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EPA Released the EJ 2020 Action Agenda

Today EPA released the EJ 2020 Action Agenda! This is the culmination of almost two years of public engagement, hard work, and planning but I am very proud to share with you the final version of the strategy. I am confident this reflects a large step forward for EPA, and as long as we work together with stakeholders like yourself, we will continue to advance environmental justice within EPA and throughout the country.

I also was hoping you could help us get the word out about the release of the plan, as the more people that are aware and engaged, the more we can gain momentum and build on the foundation that EJ 2020 is laying. Here is a blog post from Administrator McCarthy talking about the importance of EJ 2020, as well as our press release, and a fact sheet. We also have this video, The Promise of EJ 2020, in which EJ stakeholders weigh in on what it will take to put this strategic plan into action.

Please help us get the word out on social media and through your networks. It’s important for us to generate momentum and excitement around EJ 2020 so we can keep things moving forward, bring more people into the conversation on environmental justice, and start the process of making progress towards the ambitious goals laid out in the strategy. Thank you for the great work you are doing on behalf of our country’s overburdened communities, and we look forward to working together with you in the coming months and years on these critical issues.

Melinda Downing
Environmental Justice Program Manager
Office of Legacy Management
U.S. Department of Energy

WHO and US EPA sign new Memorandum of Understanding on environmental health cooperation

Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

  • The Educate Motivate Innovate (EMI) initiative blog and webpage are live.
  • The Environmental Justice(EJ) IWG conducted 18 community dialogues across the country from February 2011 to November 2011. Comments and concerns of the community were recorded at each meeting. The IWG's commitment was that its agency partners would provide responses to communities about the concerns that were raised during these meetings. Read the responses to public comments received at the 2011 Alaska Forum here (link to document).
  • The inaugural edition of the EJ Collaborative Newsletter is one of many opportunities the agencies are utilizing to share information and to communicate the various collaborative efforts ongoing throughout the EJ IWG. Click here to view Issue 1, Volume 1, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA's) Office of Environmental Justice debuts the first video in its Environmental Justice 20th Anniversary Video Series. The videos commemorate two decades of working to advance environmental justice at EPA and feature representatives of non-profit organizations, businesses, federal and local governments and students sharing stories about the lessons they have learned while working for environmental justice. View the video now. For additional information regarding environmental justice updates and information, subscribe to the EPA blog, Environmental Justice in Action Blog: