“Agencies shall make achieving environmental justice part of their missions by developing programs, policies, and activities to address the disproportionately high and adverse human health, environmental, climate-related, and other cumulative impacts on disadvantaged communities, as well as the accompanying economic challenges of such impacts.”

President Biden’s Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” 
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A Review of the Department of Energy’s Implementation of Executive Order 12898 and Recommendations for a Second Five-Year Strategic Plan.

U.S. Department of Energy

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

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to ensure that the principles of environmental justice (EJ) are applied to all the DOE’s programs, policies, and activities. In pursuit of our mission and goals, we treat people fairly and achieve early and meaningful involvement by our affected communities and broader stakeholder populations.  Learn more about the DOE’s EJ goals and objectives in the 2007 DOE EJ Strategy2017 DOE EJ Strategy, 2008 DOE Environmental Justice Five-Year Implementation Plan, and 2019 DOE Environmental Justice Five-Year Implementation Plan. Read about the DOE’s EJ accomplishments in the Department’s implementation progress reports, the 2018 report on DOE Public Engagement, Education, and Outreach Accomplishments, and the LM Program Update (2nd Quarter 2020). Please see “Environmental Justice at DOE” to learn more about environmental justice at DOE.

Agency Contact

Melinda Downing

Melinda Downing
Office of Legacy Management
Washington, D.C.
Telephone: (202) 253-9361/(202) 586-7703
Email: melinda.downing@hq.doe.gov