The Climate and Community Project (CCP) works to connect the demands of the climate justice movement to the policy development process. We aim to do this by developing new, investment-forward public policy proposals under the framework of the Decade of the Green New Deal that target the intersection of climate justice and the built environment. We support efforts to address the climate emergency at the scale, scope, and pace needed to confront our overlapping crises.



Centering the Demands of the
Climate Justice Movement
Focusing on Investments in
People and Place

This work responds to the historic and ongoing violences Black/African-descendant, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian communities have experienced within the environmental racism of the built environment, including the climate crisis and its disproportionate impact on these communities. This is true both in the US (where ccp is situated) and across the globe where colonization and industrialization have subjected particular groups to the more extreme impacts of the climate crisis.

This work will be done in alignment, and when possible in partnership, with groups who are organizing around the built environment and climate justice. Specifically, this group will prioritize those working with Frontline Communities—those who will experience the first and worst impacts of climate change; predominantly Black, African-descendant, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and low-income communities.

Targeting Legislative Champions

This work distinguishes itself from other left and progressive-led policy projects in that it is explicitly focused on issues of public investment, government regulation, public and cooperative ownership, community, and the built environment. Instead of sweeping federal recommendations that ignore the ways in which communities understand their built environment, these briefs will make recommendations that center the specific needs of these communities, expand democracy at all scales of governance, and facilitate flexible implementation by communities.

This group considers the built environment expansively to include traditional, big infrastructure like energy systems and railways; landscapes shaped by human activity like small parks, giant farm-fields, and sprawling wetlands; and the neighborhoods, buildings, and streetscapes where people congregate.

This group is indebted to the movements, policy, and theory advancing organizing and debate on racial, economic, social, and climate justice that have come before and that will come after. We take seriously the responsibility of continuing this work.

This work is predicated on a theory of change that the greatest leverage point in translating climate justice demands into material investments and action for the foreseeable future will be legislative bodies at multiple scales, backed by movement organizing and policy expertise. Rather than competing for resources or attention doing broad progressive policy work, executive branch-focused policy work, or sweeping climate policy work without resolution, this group will target bold federal policy makers and their counterparts in states and cities to push an investment-forward climate agenda that aligns with the demands of the climate justice movement at the federal, state, and local levels of governance. And we will connect community groups’ priorities to the policy process in legislative offices.




Billy Fleming


Climate and Community Project

Wilks Family Director

McHarg Center, University of Pennsylvania


Daniel Aldana Cohen


Climate and Community Project


Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative (SC)2

Assistant Professor

Sociology, USC Berkeley


Johanna Bozuwa

Executive Director

Climate and Community Project


Patrick Bigger

Senior Policy Fellow

Climate and Community Project


Assistant Professor

Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College


Thea Riofrancos

Assistant Professor

Political Science, Providence College


Akira Drake Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania


Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

Assistant Professor

Philosophy, Georgetown University

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Mark Paul

Assistant Professor

Economics, New College of Florida


Patrick Robbins


New York Energy Democracy Alliance

Energy and Climate Fellow

Jain Family Institute

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Brittany Alston

Deputy Research Director

Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE)


Shalanda Baker


Law, Public Policy + Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

(on leave of absence)


Suzy Baker


Good Energy Collective

(on leave of absence)

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Alyssa Battistoni

Assistant Professor

Political Science, Barnard College


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Concordia University


Yonah Freemark

Senior Research Associate

Metropolitan Housing and Communities, Urban Institute


Al-Jalil Gault

Business Analyst



Jim Goodman


National Family Farm Coalition


Nick Graetz

Penn Population Studies Center


Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative


Fayola Jacobs

Assistant Professor

Urban and Regional Planning, Humphry School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

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Esteban Kelly

Executive Director

US Federation of Worker Co-ops

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Sarah Knuth

Assistant Professor

Geography, Durham University

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Myles Lennon

Dean's Assistant Professor

Environment and Society and Anthropology, Brown University

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Tracey Lewis

Policy Counsel

Energy Group, Public Citizen


Xan Lillehei




Carlos Martín

Senior Fellow

Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute


A.L. McCullough

University of Pennsylvania


Senior Fellow

Data for Progress


Rennie Meyers

Federal Affairs Manager



Dustin Mulvaney


Environmental Studies, San José State University


Raj Patel

Research Professor

LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin


Seth J. Prins

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology + Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University


Sage Ponder

Assistant Professor

Geography, Florida State University

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Malini Ranganathan

Associate Professor

School of International Service, American University


Johanna Bozuwa
Executive Director