DOE’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Changes Its Name to Office Of Energy Justice and Equity to Reflect Our Vision

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proud to announce a significant milestone in its journey toward achieving a just and equitable energy economy. Effective immediately, DOE’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity is changing its name to the Office of Energy Justice and Equity (EJE) to better reflect DOE’s commitment to energy justice and tackling the climate crisis through equity-centered solutions.

This name change illustrates DOE’s commitment to prioritizing energy justice and equity and to better serve communities that have historically been left on the outskirts of the nation’s fossil energy economy while bearing the brunt of its pollution. This represents a strategic decision to align our office with DOE’s mission and President Biden’s long-term environmental justice and equity goals. The name Office of Energy Justice and Equity reflects this evolution and encompasses the full scope of the organization’s work.

The name change also represents an exciting new chapter in DOE history, and underscores the core mission of the office: to conduct research and analysis on the impacts of the energy system on communities of color, and to provide management and technical assistance to minority educational institutions and minority business enterprises. Specifically, to engage minority communities in the research, development, demonstration, and contract activities across the Department. EJE will continue to lead the critical shift to tackling the climate crisis through equity-centered solutions that give communities and stakeholders the resources they need to thrive. 

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm made the official announcement during Justice Week 2023. She said, “This change signals the scope, magnitude, and urgency of our mission to right the wrongs of the past, to bring economic opportunity to those who need it most, and to ensure that the clean energy economy is fair and just.”

The transition to the new name will be a seamless process and will not affect any ongoing contracts, agreements, or partnerships. As such, any existing commitments and obligations will be honored. As a part of this process, the EJE team is working diligently to update its website and all digital and printed assets to reflect the new name.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Office of Energy Justice and Equity, as it truly embodies the work that we do every day and reflects our highest aspirations for a just and equitable energy future,” said DOE’s Director and Secretarial Advisor on Equity, Shalanda H. Baker. “DOE is helping working people and communities fight the effects of climate change and we are on the frontlines fighting to advance energy justice and equity for those that need it the most.”

This change marks an exciting new chapter in the DOE’s forty-six-year journey. It provides EJE with the opportunity to boldly take up space as we march toward a new horizon of hope and equality for all.

For further information about the name change and any media inquiries, please contact us by email at energyjustice@hq.doe.gov  or by phone at 202-586-8383.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Justice and Equity (EJE) develops and executes policies to implement applicable legislation and Executive Orders that strengthen diversity and inclusion goals affecting equal employment opportunities, small and disadvantaged businesses, minority educational institutions, and historically under-represented communities.

With a commitment to energy justice and equity, EJE is dedicated to ensuring that everyone is afforded an opportunity to participate fully in DOE’s programs and opportunities.

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