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- ItemENGAGING GRASS-TOPS AND GRASS-ROOTS STAKEHOLDERS TO VALIDATE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE INDICATORS: AN EVALUATION OF THE CHARLESTON CLIMATE COALITION’S ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROFILEBolger, CaitlinDecades of research has documented that historically marginalized communities have been disproportionately burdened by pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues. While national and state-level environmental justice tools exist to quantify environmental justice, these datasets are unable to capture the smaller-scale data to measure environmental justice at the community and even neighborhood level. The Charleston Climate Coalition has created the Environmental Justice Profile, a scientifically-informed tool that communities can use to quantify environmental injustices within their community. This study takes a grass-tops and grass-roots approach to evaluate and validate the Environmental Justice Profile. Findings indicate that with a few edits, the Environmental Justice Profile consists of appropriate indicators of environmental justice and is ready for community use.