See below for a list of nationally-recognized organizations that may be useful for design teams to explore.
You can also visit our People Connect Portal module to find individuals and community based organizations that are looking to be engaged on projects and provide their expertise.
The CESBS Initiative brings together organizations and individuals from the fields of environmental justice, architecture, energy, affordable housing, transportation, economic development, higher education, sustainability, and more to develop and implement a multi-faceted action plan that universalizes access to sustainable, healthy, regenerative building design for all of the places where we live, learn, work, and play.Click Here
NOMA’s mission, rooted in a rich legacy of activism, is to empower our local chapters and membership to foster justice and equity in communities of color through outreach, community advocacy, professional development and design excellence.Click Here
President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative —a plan to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of climate investments to disadvantaged communities.Click Here
Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.Click Here
The SEED Network connects similarly-minded members of the general public with designers from the fields of Architecture, Communication Design, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Urban Planning, who have an interest in community-based design practice.Click Here
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a national network of governments working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.Click Here
The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund promotes economic revitalization in distressed communities throughout the United States by providing financial assistance and information to community development financial institutions.Click Here
Groundwork USA is a network of local organizations devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of low-resource communities—a national enterprise with local roots, working at the intersection of the environment, equity, and civic engagement. Groundwork USA and our network of Trusts across the U.S. engage everyday people and communities to tangibly improve their environmental, economic, and social conditions, increase the likelihood of upward mobility, and improve health and overall quality of life. Learn more about the five main focus areas of our work: Equity and Inclusion; Healthy Communities; Climate Resilience; Transforming Brownfields; Urban Waters; and Youth Development.Click Here
The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) has been established pursuant to Executive Order 14008, titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The White House council will not only bring greater visibility to EJ issues across the federal government but will provide EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) with an excellent partner for providing horizon-expanding EJ advice and recommendations to our government’s leadership.Click Here
We would like to thank HOK, Stantec, Jacobs, Quinn Evans, and the Large Firm Roundtable for their generous support. Thanks also to our steering committee – made up of members from NAACP’s Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector, National Organization for Minority Architect, and the large firm roundtable – for their vision, guidance, and feedback throughout the tool’s development.
The Building EJ Tool was developed by the team at Autocase, with the help of a steering committee guiding the process.Learn more about why we made this tool