Environmental Justice Leadership Training
Rutgers Future Scholars is a pre-collegiate academic enrichment program, and tuition-free pathway to higher education, offered to select high school students in the vicinity of Rutgers’ campuses. NJEJA conducts trainings with Rutgers Future Scholars, introducing students in 8th and 9th grade to concepts and topics on environmental justice. Participants in the program have been from the cities of Rahway, New Brunswick, Piscataway, and Highland Park.
Environmental Justice Leadership Training Modules
Ethnicity, Money and Environmental Justice: Through interactive exercises, students examine the roots of EJ, including its underpinnings in the Civil Rights Movement, and the interchange of racism and economic inequity in the strive for this socioeconomic goal.
Advocacy and Organizing: This course is an introduction to the Elements of Organizing, with a focus on EJ issues. Students will learn how to apply the organizing elements in real world scenarios.
Healthy Ports Tour: Students will tour a site with an unsustainable legacy of environmental pollution in order to view prime examples of environmental injustice and learn about strategies toward a healthier port.
Recycling and Solid Waste: Students will be introduced to trash as a valuable natural resource, and to a waste audit as a tool to create better recycling systems and moving towards zero waste.
Food Justice:: This course is an introduction to the Food Justice Principles and how activists across the country are applying them to reshape the local food landscape for EJ communities.
Air Quality: This course is an introduction to particulate matter air pollution, its composition, sources, and health effects, as well as the emissions reduction policies developed by the NJ EJ Alliance.
Climate Change: This course is an introduction to climate change from an EJ perspective, including mitigation and adaptation policies, greenhouse gas co-pollutants, carbon trading, and EPA’s climate change rule (the Clean Power Plan).
Cumulative Impacts: This course is an introduction to the concept of cumulative impacts as well as the policies developed by the NJ EJ Alliance and its allies to address the issue.
Sustainability and Green Jobs: This course is an introduction to sustainable living in a green economy. Students will become familiar with a sustainability plan and learn how to make applications in their lives.
Community Mapping and Fieldwork: A Student Perspective: Students map community characteristics, ground truth data from city, state and federal databases, and explain variations.
Community Monitoring and Fieldwork: A Student Perspective: Students monitor air quality in the vicinity of community assets and liabilities, collect data and explain results.
Data Management and Course Evaluations: Students will analyze environmental data, discuss findings, draw individual conclusions, and make recommendations for improvements to EJ training.