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Overall Principles for Energy Justice

Building on the opportunity-specific considerations in the FFOLD tool, this literature review and resource list highlights environmental and energy justice publications and tools from organizations that lead this work to help you and your city better understand energy justice:

  • Equity and Buildings: A Practical Framework for Local Government Decision Makers, written by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Emerald Cities Collaborative, American Cities Climate Challenge, and Upright Consulting Services, begins with “Principles of Practice” (pages 8–9), which underpin the framework and wider practice of equity across sectors. The resource then walks through the preparation and phases of centering the practice of equity in two parts: Part 1 establishes “equity fundamentals” (pages 10–29), and Part 2 builds on this, exploring critical intersecting issues with case studies and guiding questions (pages 30–48).
  • The Energy Justice Workbook, authored by the Initiative for Energy Justice, provides an overview and history of “energy justice,” synthesizing energy justice (and related terms) as framed by practitioners in the field, as well as by scholars explicitly writing about energy justice (pp. 9–24). The workbook also includes a scorecard for evaluating case studies.
  • Another resource from the Initiative for Energy Justice includes the Justice in 100 Scorecard, which poses and answers the question “What can we each do to advance equity and justice in our field of work?” This includes a scorecard evaluating equity in 100% clean energy laws across states and territories.
  • The Energy Democracy Scorecard and the associated Flipbook, developed by Emerald Cities Collaborative, are designed to help community leaders advance policies and projects that sustain the goals of energy democracy on all geographical levels and are intended to be co-created through a participatory process leading to a collectively owned product. Both the Scorecard and the Flipbook present scenarios of energy democracy rated across four themes: social justice, moral economy, regenerative energy, and co-governance.