Our chapters mobilize committed activists to drive progress in communities of all sizes – from the 1,000 Leaders in our San Francisco Bay Area Chapter who’ve taken on projects across the city and the state, to the 15 in our Coastal Georgia Chapter who helped secure the city of Savannah’s commitment to renewable energy earlier this year. Just a few of the victories these chapters won in 2020 include:
- New Orleans Chapter: Activists successfully pressured the city council to pass a resolution calling for the city’s public utility, Entergy, to develop a renewable portfolio standard of net-zero by 2040.
- Westchester County, NY Chapter: After two years of effort to secure a 100-percent renewable energy commitment by the county executive, we saw the county officially sign on to the County Climate Coalition.
- Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter: Activists were instrumental in developing the City of Dallas Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP), which was passed by city council in late May.
- Hudson Valley/Catskills Chapter: Activists successfully pushed the towns of Rosendale and Olive to join the nearly 80 other commitments the chapter has secured over the past three years to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2030.
Campus Corps Chapter Wins
While the pandemic temporarily sidelined many of our Campus Corps chapters organizing young activists at colleges and universities across the US, we still saw a long-term campaign effort result in a major victory.
- University of Pennsylvania: Activists helped push the university to announce a new climate action plan and a large power purchasing agreement that together will reduce campus carbon emissions by 45% and work towards carbon neutrality by 2042.
Climate and Environmental Justice Focus
Our chapters have become a critical part of our work fighting for climate and environmental justice in the US, with 31 chapters across 18 states engaging in climate justice campaigns and eight chapters in six states collaborating directly with the Poor People’s Campaign.
- Charlotte Chapter: Activists spearheaded a food and toy donation program for vulnerable communities in coordination with the local chapter of the NAACP and United Neighborhoods of Charlotte. Activists also launched a 20 Houses of Faith in 20 Weeks campaign, where chapter members tour 20 historically Black churches in 20 weeks to deliver climate justice specific presentations.
- Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter: Chapter members collaborated with the Poor People’s Campaign Dallas and are creating programming focused on issues uniquely faced by Latino communities.
- New Orleans Chapter: Activists joined with the Coalition Against Death Alley to stop the development of 14 new Formosa plastic plants and enforce EPA chloroprene standards at the Denka plant.
- Central Florida and Gainesville Chapters: Members collaborated with the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Committee as well as other social justice organizations in the region, hosting webinars and educational opportunities for frontline communities and coalition members.