Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

What You Can Do

  • 1. Know your neighborhood's polluters.

    • It’s important to know the lay of the land. Consult Scorecard for a list of polluters in your ZIP code.

    2.  Buy local.

    • Do your research before you vote with your dollars! Seek out opportunities to support local, small businesses. 

    3.  Buy fair-trade.

    • Look for fair trade items at the grocery store!    
    • Products with the fair-trade logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated.   
    • Fair trade assists farmers and other businesses in developing countries positively influence their communities. 

    4. Drink 'green' coffee!

    • Look for ‘single-origin’ coffee, which makes it easier to identify where the coffee came from.   
    • Fair trade, organic, shade-grown, direct trade – what does it all mean? These terms will help you understand where, how, and who made your coffee!  
    • Direct trade directly sources coffee from farmer to roaster without a third party.

    5. Help improve access to healthy food. 

    • Become involved with the many organizations that we have listed!   
    • The urban farming movement is empowering people to grow their own organic food, while other food activists are teaching children about gardening and healthy eating.   

    6. Volunteer in your community. 

    • Get to know your community by becoming involved in these organizations   
    • Ask questions of these affected communities. Get to know the people living there. 

    7. Start seeing the world in an integrated way.

    • Start thinking of the environment as something that is always around us – not something outside or separate from us.  
    • Understand how caring for people includes caring for the places where they live. We are inextricably linked to all of life.