The Heartland Environmental Justice Center is a Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center for disadvantaged communities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and adjoining Indigenous Nations. The Heartland EJ Center is a “first-stop” resource for communities seeking help on pressing environmental and energy equity challenges, known for providing support with an objective, inclusive, and collaborative approach at no cost to the communities it serves.
We strive to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with frontline communities for social mobility, environmental and energy justice, and climate resilience. We believe in the need for meaningful change to build a future where all communities in the Heartland region can thrive.
The Heartland Environmental Justice Center operates first as a listener to communities that have historically and systematically been disproportionately impacted by environmental, energy, climate, and public health adversities. We learn from communities about their burdens, barriers, priorities, and opportunities. Then, our team responds by identifying unique community needs and linking communities with appropriate resources.
The Heartland EJ Center seeks to listen and engage in ways that are tailored to the community we are working with, ensuring that the people most affected by environmental justice issues have a strong voice and seat at the discussion table. We tap into our established network of partners to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information, contacts, and support available.