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. Fair treatment means that no population bears a disproportionate share of negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or from the execution of federal, state, and local laws; regulations; and policies. Meaningful involvement requires effective access to decision makers for all, and the ability in all communities to make informed decisions and take positive actions to produce environmental justice for themselves.
The following pages detail how the Department of Energy (DOE) implements environmental justice within the Department.
- Community Engagement Initiatives
- DOE Environmental Justice Documents and Publications
- DOE Environmental Justice Frequently Asked Questions
- DOE Environmental Justice Strategy Updates/Revisions
- History of Environmental Justice at the Department of Energy
- Place-based Initiatives
- Resources to Overburdened, Underserved, and Economically Distressed Communities
- Youth/Student Opportunities