Montreal, 22 February 2022 — Today, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) selected the first EJ4Climate grant recipients.
“For our inaugural EJ4Climate grant cycle, we received applications from amazing projects working all across North America,” said Violaine Pronovost, CEC Grant Programs Coordinator. “The 15 winning projects address environmental justice in a diverse array of underserved and vulnerable communities in the entire region. They will have strong social and environmental impacts.”
The EJ4Climate selection committee chose 15 final projects, five per country, from over 375 proposals: 57 (15%) from Canada, 144 (38%) from Mexico, and 174 (47%) from the United States. Each selected project included active community involvement, an emphasis on promoting partnerships, a sound implementation plan and measurable objectives and activities that could be achieved within the project life cycle.
The selected projects meet the CEC Council’s strategic objectives for this program to support model environmental initiatives that will help build long-term partnerships and promote a shared responsibility and stewardship for the environment.
Work on the selected projects will begin in February 2022 and end in February 2024.
Congratulations to the following organizations:
The CEC’s EJ4Climate grant program supports nonprofit and nongovernmental entities in Canada, Mexico and the United States that work closely with local and Indigenous communities to foster their resilience to climate change and climate-related impacts.
To learn more about EJ4Climate, visit www.cec.org/ej4climate.
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations
The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.