Programs

Plains Justice provides a legal, scientific, and technical voice for northern plains communities to conserve natural resources and make the transition to a new energy future.  Our core programming focuses on the providing scientific and technical research/support relative to clean energy, legal advocacy for communities impacted by natural resource issues, and innovative peer-to-peer training in the built electric utility sector.  Each of our programs aims to assist communities in achieving energy conservation, resource conservation, and a transition to renewable energy.

CLEAN ENERGY AMBASSADORS

Our Clean Energy Ambassadors program staff works alongside utility staffers to share winning strategies for energy efficiency and renewable energy development at community-owned utilities in America’s heartland. Our Ambassadors emphasize developing leadership and productive public participation. Many of our services are provided at low or no cost, including phone consultations to match utilities and their members with the resources or people that can best help, a resource Web site that highlights clean energy resources for smaller community-owned utilities, and presentations and consultations to help consumers make the business case for energy efficiency to utility or government leaders.

COAL MINING INFORMATION

Through CoalDiver, Plains Justice provides an online user-friendly archive of in-depth data on coal mining in the United States that is not otherwise available online and/or is difficult to retrieve by other means. We research and provide an easy-to-navigate interface with thousands of documents, photos, and news items produced by the Office of Surface Mining, Bureau of Land Management, state and local agencies, journalists, private parties, nonprofits, and others. We provide easy access to citizens, advocates, journalists, commercial interests, government officials, and others to detailed information, including the voluminous applications for mining permits, draft EIS, news items, investor reports, coal company quarterly and annual reports, and other information relevant to mining in the United States. You can access CoalDiver here.