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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.

Upcoming Events

The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc. will present another in its series of virtual workshops and training programs:

This panel will introduce attendees to the growing field of disaster citizen science and present a toolkit designed to provide guidance on using citizen science strategies to support community preparedness, response, and recovery. Disaster citizen science, also known by other names such as community science or street science, is the use of scientific principles or methods by nonprofessional scientists to address issues related to disasters or community hazards. Environmental justice is a large component of both disaster preparedness and citizen science. Communities of color and lower-income communities are often at the frontline of disaster events. These communities tend to be more exposed to disaster harms or more susceptible to disaster effects. At the same time, despite (or given) their vulnerabilities, these same communities are often at the forefront of grassroots solutions. There are many potential benefits of citizen science for environmental justice communities, both in improving disaster preparedness and meaningful community empowerment. Many communities have been instrumental in leading citizen or community science efforts.

Panelists include:

  • Ramya Chari,
    The RAND Corporation
    Sharon, MA
  • Sameer Siddiqi
    The RAND Corporation
    Sharon, MA
  • Sharon Gauthe
    Executive Director (Retired)
    Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO)
    Houma, LA
  • David Gauthe
    Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing (BISCO)
    Houma, LA

Register for the Disaster Citizen Science Toolkit Virtual Workshop at

For More Information Contact:

Lloyd Moore
Conference Coordinator
(202) 827-2224


Agency Contact

Melinda Downing (Environmental Justice)

Melinda Downing
Office of Legacy Management
Washington, D.C.
Telephone: (202) 586-7703