Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

CSSJ Staff (left to right): Eli Moore, Catalina Garzón, Ariana de Leña, Eyal Matalon

November 20, 2010, Oakland, CA: The Pacific Institute’s Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program (CSSJ) celebrated its 15th anniversary on November 18, 2010 with a coming-of-age party that honored the people and community partners that have enriched the program’s endeavors over the years. Friends, family, and partner organizations and coalitions gathered for the Quinceañera festivities to celebrate the work CSSJ has done to build community power that creates and sustains healthy neighborhood environments.

Since 1995, the Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program has worked to overcome the common root causes to economic, environmental, and community health challenges in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color through action research that advances innovative, cross-cutting solutions developed by impacted residents. The program has developed a wide range of action research, community education, policy advocacy, and movement- building tools, and brings extensive experience in collaborating with organizations to build a broader movement for environmental health and justice. Through the years, the program has also provided high-quality and scientifically rigorous research support and technical assistance designed to fit the capacity and strategies of community-based organizations and coalitions.

Since its inception, the Community Strategies Program has completed five major research projects with publications that

have led to and supported numerous community environmental health and justice victories, including the closure of one of the Bay Area’s top air polluters (Red Star Yeast), the re-routing of diesel trucks out of residential neighborhoods in West Oakland, and the passage of a local measure to increase the share of revenues for public benefit that are collected from businesses in Richmond, including the Chevron refinery.

CSSJ works with community-based organizations and coalitions in long-term strategic partnerships and shorter tactical alliances. It also provides consulting on projects that fit with its mission. If you are interested in contracting with the program to conduct a small-scale research project; to deliver targeted training focused on research, advocacy and/or environmental justice; or to adapt our movement-building tools to meet your organization’s specific needs, please contact or Catalina Garzón.

Read more about the CSSJ Program.

Download the CSSJ Program brochure.