Western States Fellow, Environmental Climate Justice - NAACP

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Position Location:  San Fransisco, CA

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

We are seeking a dynamic person to support the objectives for one of the Association’s major policy advocacy, reform and public education programs:  Environmental and Climate Justice, examining the impact of environmental injustice and climate change on African Americans and other communities of color and working with communities to organize to advance social justice.

Summary of ECJ Fellows Portfolio and Duties:

Recognizing the potential of the NAACP’s unique voice and leadership in garnering support from a broadened set of state and local constituents in advancing energy efficiency and clean energy regulations, the strategy of the proposed capacity expansion includes the following elements: 

  • Nationally, the NAACP unit infrastructure possesses an enormous potential to engage branches and chapters in the pushback on false messaging such as “solar hurts the poor” as well as regressive regulations including fixed charges, while advancing energy efficiency standards and clean energy regulations 
  • Units (branches and chapters) will be equipped the understanding to be strong advocates to engage media, decision makers, local and state regulators and other constituents  
  • Units will advance a civil rights framework of an energy agenda that prioritizes regulations that transition from excessive and wasteful use of energy, to energy efficiency, and transition from fossil fuel based energy production that pollutes, to clean energy that is affordable and accessible
  • This project will build unit capacity to promote awareness/education at state and local levels, have strong media presence and impact, and increased engagement with key decision makers and education awareness
  • Regional fellows will support the units’ access to regional, state, and local research and policy analysis as well as policy tracking on climate adaptation, energy efficiency and clean energy regulations