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Science Tools Development

Goal

To substantially support and conduct research that employs participatory principles and integrates social and physical sciences aimed at understanding and illuminating solutions to environmental and health inequalities among overburdened populations and communities in the United States.

Read the implementation plan on science tools development (PDF) (45 pp, 928K, About PDF).

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Background

Under Plan EJ 2014, EPA has committed to building a strong scientific foundation for supporting environmental justice and conducting disproportionate impact analysis, particularly methods to appropriately characterize and assess cumulative impacts.

These efforts will help to ensure that EPA brings the best science to decision-making around environmental justice issues. The science and research activities described in Plan EJ 2014 build upon discussions and recommendations from EPA’s Science of Disproportionate Impacts Analysis Symposium and an Environmental Justice Regulatory Analysis Technical Workshop (June 9-10, 2010).

The March 2010 Symposium was the principal event for the Agency to identify science needs for environmental justice and stimulate innovative research to meet those needs.

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Strategies

  1. Apply integrated transdisciplinary and community-based participatory research approaches with a focus on addressing multi-media, cumulative impacts, and equity in environmental health and environmental conditions.

  2. Incorporate perspectives from community-based organizations and community leaders into EPA research agendas and engage in collaborative partnerships on science and research to address environmental justice.

  3. Leverage partnerships with other federal agencies on issues of research, policy and action to address environmental and health disparities.

  4. Build and strengthen the technical capacity of Agency scientists on conducting research and related science activities in partnership with impacted communities and translating research results to inform change.

  5. Build and strengthen technical capacity of community-based organizations and community environmental justice and health leaders to address environmental health disparities and environmental sustainability issues.

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