Savannah District Commitment
The Savannah District is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and environmental justice principles and practices related to its workforce, partnerships, and community engagements. Leaders and teammates will strive to meet the needs of historically disadvantaged communities by reducing disparate environmental burdens, removing barriers to participation in decision-making, and increasing access to benefits provided by programs of the Corps. We will work collaboratively with other federal, state, local governments, non-governmental organizations, Indian tribes, and historically disadvantaged communities to build trusting relationships, encourage active engagement, and increase participation of all communities in the assessments of need, studies, and implementation.
The Savannah District has drafted an Environmental Justice Outreach Strategy to achieve the goals set forth by this administration and leadership within the Corps. This strategy outlines 7 objectives and describes how these will be delivered.
7 Key Objectives for the Environmental Justice Strategy
- Improving the timing and quality of outreach to local communities and access to USACE Civil Works information and resources.
- Forming strong partnerships within and outside of the government to strengthen underserved and disadvantaged community participation in USACE programs and activities.
- Developing and optimizing USACE resources to broaden internal expertise through the continual refinement and application of tools, training, and products centered on EJ.
- Strengthening Tribal relationships by taking advantage of opportunities to listen and increase effective communication while enhancing USACE’s ability to understand and respond to Tribal water resources needs.
- Improving awareness, access, and participation for USACE Civil Works technical assistance programs while maximizing assistance that benefits underserved and disadvantaged communities.
- Forming effective partnerships, early engagement, and ensuring comprehensive analysis of a full range of benefits for USACE studies and programs; and,
- Developing whole-of-government solutions, where possible, for all aspects and phases of USACE Civil Works programs, from study development to construction and operation of projects.