The Just Transition Collaborative (JTC) engages in community partnerships to advance social and environmental justice in the transition from fossil fuels to a renewable-based economy and in response to climate change. We work to support the inclusion of underrepresented groups to foster more equitable energy, climate and employment practices and policies, and to produce community-relevant research.
Strengthening representation of marginalized communities in policy processes is particularly important in the current national political climate, where basic rights, safety, and respect for human dignity are threatened. Educating those with social and economic privilege about the intersection between environmental policy and social justice is also increasingly important in this context.
Launched in July of 2016, the JTC is led by University of Colorado Boulder faculty, staff and students in environmental and environmental justice studies, environmental communication, public engagement studies, and sociology, and with partnership with the Latino Task Force of Boulder County and other community-based organizations. We are poised to address the complex challenges of a just energy, climate, and cultural transition for Boulder County with a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and engaged approach.
As our first major accomplishment, the JTC successfully incorporated input from diverse constituents to advise the City of Boulder to incorporate social justice objectives in its landmark Climate Commitment. These include strengthening community leadership and policy inclusion of under-represented constituents, generating socially just economic and employment opportunities, and promoting equity in energy costs and ownership of green technologies.