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Environmental Justice Starts with Education

December 15, 2010 - 4:50pm

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Today, Obama Administration officials and hundreds of advocates of environmental justice gathered at the White House Summit on Environmental Justice to discuss green jobs and clean energy, and open up a dialogue on these and other issues. We owe these advocates a big thank you for their work to make sure every American has clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, and clean communities to live in. The office of Economic Impact and Diversity is helping coordinate the Department’s efforts to promote environmental justice both internally and with communities.

Community education is one of the most important parts of what we do at the Department of Energy. We want to make sure families know about our initiatives to improve energy efficiency so they can save money on their utility bills by saving energy in their homes. Our home efficiency efforts are also reducing pollution and creating thousands of jobs.

If you have questions about our programs, you can email us at the link here, or call the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy hotline at 1-877-EERE-INFO. Additionally, Secretary Chu has also appointed a senior level official to focus on education, and to make sure we are effectively reaching the public.

We are also working to educate our nation’s youngest citizens about the importance of energy efficiency . When we teach children about clean energy and energy efficiency, they apply what they learn at home, influencing their family members and helping build a clean energy economy.

To strengthen our efforts, we seek to tap into the knowledge and expertise of environmental justice advocates such as those who gathered in D.C. today. We need your ideas to reach our shared goal - building a clean energy future that works for all communities and all citizens. The Department looks forward to continuing our work with the environmental justice community to create healthy communities for our children and our children’s children.

Bill Valdez is the Acting Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.

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