Heartland Environmental Justice Center

A Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center

HEJC Partners

Center for Rural Affairs

Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, nonprofit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action-oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

Climate + Energy Project

Climate + Energy Project is a 501c3 organization that builds resilience in Kansas through equitable clean energy solutions and climate action. We engage in policy work, encourage civic participation, and collaborate with individuals, communities, and organizational partners to power an equitable clean energy transition.

Community Engineering Corps

Community Engineering Corps (CECorps) partners with communities throughout the US to advance local infrastructure solutions by providing pro-bono engineering and consulting services. CECorps is committed to building infrastructure that improves equity in access to resources and opportunity, with a focus on communities whose needs are the most urgent.

Environmental Protection Network

The Environmental Protection Network (EPN) is a 501(c)(3) founded in January 2017 and now has over 550 EPA alumni across the country volunteering their time to protect the integrity of EPA, human health, and the environment. EPN launched its pro bono capacity-building technical assistance program in June 2021 to help disadvantaged communities, community-serving NGOs, and under-resourced agencies navigate and understand government programs, data, and processes; gain access to partners, allies, and decision makers; and apply for funding.

Iowa Environmental Council

The Iowa Environmental Council is the largest environmental coalition in Iowa, with over 100 member organizations and thousands of individual supporters across the state. Working primarily on clean water and clean energy, we are committed to addressing both the climate crisis and issues of environmental justice. We work on federal, state, and local public policy and engage Iowans statewide to build a just, healthy environment and sustainable future for all Iowans.

Kansas Rural Center

The Kansas Rural Center’s mission is to promote the long-term health of the land and its people through research, education and advocacy that advance an economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just food and farming system. KRC was founded in 1978 with the belief that diversified farming systems hold the key to preserving, developing and maintaining a food and farming future that provides healthy food, a healthy environment and social structure, and meaningful livelihoods.

Kansas State University Engineering Extension

Kansas State University’s Engineering Extension (EEXT) is a Carl R. Ice College of Engineering department at a public university which provides technical assistance, training and outreach to industry, communities, and institutions in the areas of pollution prevention, environmental compliance, radon, and energy. For several decades, the EEXT programs have provided valuable environment and public health technical assistance to urban and rural populations, many of which are underserved communities that have been disproportionally burdened by environmental hazards and health consequences, resulting in environmental and energy justice challenges. 

Metropolitan Congregations United

Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) puts faith into action by developing leaders who move their congregations, organization, and communities to change public policy for the common good. MCU will provide grassroot community organizing training to develop local leaders. Trained environmental justice leaders will increase their civic engagement and that of others in their communities.

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