From the Margins to the Mainstream

Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEA)

Lessons from the Clean Power Plan for Alignment, Leadership, and Environmental Justice

A Case Study by Ife Kilimanjaro and Antonio Lopez

A case study highlighting the sustained efforts of policy advocates rooted in EJ communities during the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

This report shows how grassroots-led organizing strengthened climate policy by incorporating equity and the expertise of frontline communities, laying a critical foundation for aligning the environmental movement in an increasingly hostile political landscape.

The successes and challenges of this work provides lessons and insight on how funders, greens NGOs, and grassroots groups can collaborate in a just way that deepens the relationships formed from CPP equity work to advance a stronger, more effective, and brighter future.