Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

EDGI documents, contextualizes, and analyzes, current changes to environmental data and governance practices through multidisciplinary and cross-professional collaborative work. EDGI fosters the stewardship and expansion of public knowledge through building participatory civic technologies and infrastructures to make data and decision-making more accessible[hyperlink to accessibility value]. EDGI creates new communities of practice to enable government and industry accountability.

Vision

We envision a future in which justice and equity are at the center of environmental, climate, and data governance. Governing agencies and industries will be held accountable through transparent, collaborative, community-centered environmental research, technology, and decision-making. We seek to realize a world that creates and maintains healthy, just, bountiful, and beautiful environs in which people thrive.

Values

We seek to create organizational practices that model these values: 

Justice

We support justice and equity approaches to climate change and stand in solidarity with principles of environmental justice and climate justice. We are part of a larger community of data justice, which works in all societal areas to promote and adhere to the principles and practices of informed consent, and to provide broad access to useful data, including data that can be used to show discriminatory and inegalitarian practices.

Environmental and Human Health

We believe that it is essential for environmental governance to be designed to support environmental and human health for present and future generations, rather than to protect business interests and bureaucracies.

Intersectionality

We are committed to respectfully recognizing and struggling together with differences created by race, gender, ethnicity, ability, citizenship, class, sexual orientation, and technological access.

Anti-Fascism, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression

We stand against all forms of oppression, racism, and inequality.

Accessibility

We believe that people have the right to know about the status of and factors influencing their environment and its management. Information about the environment, environmental research, and environmental policies must be easily found and provided with proper context to make the information legible to the public..

Responsivity and Proactivity

We promote an honest + nimble response to pressing issues, and proactive construction of more just environmental governance. We think it is important for agencies and organizations to continually re-assess their models for data collection, storage, dissemination, and collaboration to allow for innovative and proactive improvements to environmental management and governance.

Participatory Knowledge-Making

We promote collaborative, horizontal, transparent, and participatory knowledge-making and governance. We think it is important for funding mechanisms and advisory committees for both public and private bodies to include affected laypeople on their teams in order to ensure broad participation.