WASHINGTON (August 24, 2021) – Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a $3.5 trillion budget resolution framework that would fund policies to improve roads and bridges, protect watersheds, and build resilience to climate change. The following statement can be attributed to Deeohn Ferris, president and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Communities.
“The Biden-Harris agenda is clear on prioritizing environmental justice, that is why the House passage of the president’s budget framework is a win for communities of color facing generational barriers of racial discrimination, economic and social exclusion topped off by disproportionate environmental degradation and Code Red climate change impacts. It is past time to invest real resources in the hardest hit communities.
“In addition to critical infrastructure that fosters sustainability and green economic growth, the Administration’s budget will strengthen community resilience by expanding healthcare, lowering housing costs, and providing free preschool and community college. We applaud the tens-of-billions of dollars now designated for this work.
“The worst impacts of climate change fall heaviest on the world’s most marginalized peoples. In the U.S., Black and Brown communities are most at risk for disruption. The President’s budget commits record spending on mitigation and the nationwide clean energy transition, one of the biggest ever federal investments in achieving net zero emissions.
At the Institute for Sustainable Communities, we work hand-in-hand with communities and local leaders, governments, cities, and public and private sector stakeholders. We put people who are hardest hit at the center of our environmental and climate change solutions, because it’s the best way to ensure that we’re all protected and no one is left behind.
“Prioritizing the voices and experiences of people of color and other economically and socially disinvested groups has never been more important. It’s time to take a comprehensive, coordinated approach to climate change, fully integrating environmental justice and equity in ways that build a better future shaped and shared by all.”
Founded in 1991, The Institute for Sustainable Communities’ mission is to help communities around the world address the environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all. We are in the business of unleashing the power of people to transform their communities. Our approach ensures solutions emerge from within the community, rather than being imposed from the outside. By sharing international best practices and experience, providing technical expertise and training, and building the capacity of local organizations, we spark creative solutions and lasting change.