WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income regarding the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies, with no group bearing a disproportionate burden of environmental harms and risks. This goal will be achieved when everyone can enjoy:
- The same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and
- Equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
WHAT’S NEW IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
Justice40 (Executive Order 14008) aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of climate, clean energy, affordable and sustainable housing, clean water, and other investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.
Regarding the US Army Corps of Engineers, the programs that the Justice40 Initiative applies to are: