About the NYC Climate Justice Hub

Launched in September 2023, the NYC Climate Justice Hub is a partnership between the City University of New York (CUNY)—the nation’s largest public urban university—and the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA)—a coalition of grassroots organizations who have led the fight for climate justice in NYC since 1991. By uniting CUNY and NYC-EJA, the Hub strengthens and fortifies just transition efforts led by frontline communities of color across NYC.

The Hub’s mission is to support NYC-EJA’s efforts to advance climate justice for New York City’s underserved, working-class Black and Brown communities. The Hub accomplishes this through the creation and the activation of new and existing trans-disciplinary systems and cross-sectoral networks that ensure CUNY robustly supports NYC-EJA—and the coalition of organizations and campaigns it brings together—in their efforts to accelerate “just transitions” in NYC. Through the creation of research teams, educational platforms, and a leadership development “vine,” the Hub prepares a generation of CUNY students to enter the workforce as climate leaders, operationalizes climate justice infrastructure at CUNY, and advances NYC-EJA’s transformative research agenda.

The NYC Climate Justice Hub is the largest of several “hubs” that have been created around the nation through a series of generous grants from the Waverley Street Foundation. This initiative supports minority-serving universities to work with place-based environmental justice organizations to advance the interests and aspirations of frontline communities most impacted by climate change. The current grant under which the NYC Climate Justice Hub is operating is for a 2-year pilot (2023-2025), with opportunities for future funding.

ICYMI: Elizabeth Yeampierre's speech at the HUB's Launch

Elizabeth Yeampierre is the executive director at UPROSE, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and one of the six NYC-EJA member organizations participating in the NYC Climate Justice Hub. She addresses elected officials, members of the press, climate justice researchers and academics, and environmental justice advocates during the NYC Climate Justice Hub Launch on September 19, 2023 about the importance of “shared power” in the fight for climate justice. Video by Marvic Paulo, captioned and edited by Charlie Overton and Pierina Pighi Bel.

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Audience at the Hub's launch (Photo by Tianqi Liao).
Audience at the Hub's launch (Photo by Tianqi Liao).

Programs and Initiatives

Through the NYC Climate Justice Hub, resources at CUNY are allocated into three core programs that serve the climate justice campaigns and priorities communicated by NYC-EJA and six of their participating member organizations.

Research Program

Each of the six participating NYC-EJA member groups is paired with a research team coordinated by CUNY faculty and students and supported by the Hub. The teams conduct research on behalf of an assigned NYC-EJA organization partner towards that organization’s campaign goals and priorities. Additional Research Teams also support NYC-EJA city and state wide campaigns such as CAMP-EJ and NY Renews.

Kendra Sullivan, Michael Menser, Eddie Bautista (NYC-EJA), Alexandria McBride (Waverley Street Foundation), Letitia James (NYS Attorney General), Jumaane Williams (NYC Public Advocate), Jessica Clemente (We Stay/Nos Quedamos), Marco Carrión (El Puente), Damaris Reyes (GOLES).
Kendra Sullivan, Michael Menser, Eddie Bautista (NYC-EJA), Alexandria McBride (Waverley Street Foundation), Letitia James (NYS Attorney General), Jumaane Williams (NYC Public Advocate), Jessica Clemente (We Stay/Nos Quedamos), Marco Carrión (El Puente), Damaris Reyes (GOLES).

Classes and Curriculum Program

CUNY faculty at any level (part-time, full-time, graduate, undergraduate, etc.) who are teaching courses with an environmental or climate justice focus—or are aiming to develop such curriculum—are invited to meet with each other, share syllabi, and connect to climate justice content and NYC-EJA organizations and their campaigns.

Members of the Hub with some speakers at the launch.
Michael Menser, Michael Higgins (Brooklyn Movement Center), María Torres (The Point CDC), Mariposa Fernández, Ryan Mann-Hamilton, Denise Thompson (NYC Climate Justice Hub), Eunice Ko (NYC-EJA), Kendra Sullivan (NYC Climate Justice Hub) (Photo by Tianqi Liao).

CUNY Climate Justice Academy and Ambassador Program

This program provides an emerging generation of climate justice leaders from across CUNY with the skills, networks, and opportunities they need to advance climate solutions through study, service-learning, professional development, research and advocacy projects, and campaign and policy development. By establishing a leadership vine that links CUNY students to community-based organizations in their own neighborhoods, the Climate Academy and Ambassador Program creates key access points for student engagement in just transitions. (Applications for the fellowship will open Spring 2024 and are available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at CUNY.)

For each of its three programs, the NYC Climate Justice Hub’s agenda is set by NYC-EJA and six of its member organizations.

Participating Partners

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The Point CDC



Nos Quedamos


CUNY campuses work with these leading community organizations and the neighborhoods they represent. Four campuses in particular are the foundation of the collaboration:

Brooklyn College


John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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Climate Justice focuses on the root causes of the climate crisis through an intersectional lens of racism, classism, capitalism, economic injustice, and environmental harm. Climate justice supports a Just Transition for communities and workers away from a fossil fuel economy and focuses on making the necessary systemic changes to address unequal burdens to our communities and to realign our economy with our natural systems. As a form of environmental justice, climate justice means that all species have the right to access and obtain the resources needed to have an equal chance of survival and freedom from discrimination. As a movement, climate justice advocates are working from the grassroots up to create real solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation that ensure the right of all people to live, learn, work, play, and pray in safe, healthy, and clean environments (A People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy).

Environmental justice is the international movement of low-income communities and communities of color standing in solidarity against hazardous environmental and infrastructure burdens of environmental amenities and equity confronting their communities. (NY Renews Climate and Environmental Justice Glossary)

Just transition refers to the sociopolitical and economic transformation that encompasses the shift to renewable energy. A just transition prioritizes the process and goals of a move away from fossil fuels, emphasizing grassroots democratic decision-making. A just transition requires addressing intersectional systems of oppression and uplifts communities and people who have been subject to environmental racism and injustice. A just transition also involves a return of resource control (including land, water, and food systems) to the people, specifically Indigenous communities whose land has been stolen and exploited through energy extraction for centuries. A just transition also supports workers transitioning from employment in fossil fuel industries to renewable energy via job retraining, direct support, and more. (NY Renews Climate and Environmental Justice Glossary)


Hub Staff and Advisory Board

Alan Minor

NYC Climate Justice Hub NYC-EJA Coordinator