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FINDING JUSTICE IN THE LOW-CARBON TRANSITION

Rachel Krause, Public Affairs and Administration; Uma Outka, Law; Ward Lyles, Urban Planning

funded Spring 2015

Climate change is driving innovation in policy and technology around two core imperatives. The first, climate mitigation, involves curbing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change. The second, climate adaptation, anticipates climate impacts and aims to strengthen the capacity for resilience in our communities, infrastructure, and environment. These dual aims intersect at the local level in the context of distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, and microgrid development – key components of the low-carbon energy transition underway in the United States.

In April 2016, the researchers convened a symposium to engage this intersection and explore how local energy transitions can be leveraged to advance local social justice objectives that prioritize the needs and rights of traditionally disadvantaged groups, with a focus on:
- What does social justice look like in the context of a low-carbon energy transition?
- What avenues exist for effectively incorporating social justice priorities into the development of distributed renewables and climate adaptation policy?
- What legal, political, or structural obstacles complicate social justice considerations in this context?

For a summary of the symposium, view this report: Finding Justice in the Low-Carbon Transition Symposium Summary.
For more information, visit the conference website: http://www.carbonjusticeconference.com/.