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Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, geographic location or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.


  • U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Links:
  • U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Grants and Outreach:
    • U.S. EPA revised Environmental Justice Web site features information on working groups, awards, and funding opportunities so that communities always know the resources available.
  • Leadership Training:
    • The Pew Partnership for Civic Change: Leadership Plenty Program is a training program aimed at strengthening community leadership by equipping citizens to take effective civic action. Selected partner organizations are provided with the LeadershipPlenty Training Program, "train-the-trainer" instruction through an intensive training institute, limited technical assistance with implementation of the program, and involvement with other partners in the LeadershipPlenty Network to refine the program and share strategies. Groups eligible to apply for the program include national organizations with local affiliates, national foundations, community foundations or regional organizations, local community organizations, and universities and colleges. Applications are due December 31, annually.
  • National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC):
    • The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) was established September 30, 1993. This council represents the first time that representatives of community, academia, industry, environmental, indigenous, as well as state/local/tribal government groups, were brought together in an effort to create a dialogue that can define and "reinvent" solutions to environmental justice problems. It is essential that such a dialogue occur. In addition, NEJAC provides a valuable forum for integrating environmental justice with other U.S. EPA priorities and initiatives.
    • A U.S. Government web site that makes it easier for you to participate in rulemaking from EPA and other Federal agencies.