|Federal agencies that contribute to EPA's environmental goals, and how they make a difference.|
|Programs by EPA Strategic Goal
1. Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
2. Protecting America's Waters
3. Cleaning Up and Sustainable Development
4. Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution
Programs by Agency
AID, ARC, CNCS, CPSC, CSB, DHS, DOC, DOD, DOE, DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOS, DOT, ED, FHFA, GSA, HHS, HUD, NASA, NRC, NSF, OSTP, SBA, TVA, USDA, USPS, USTR, VA
Department of Health and Human Services
EPA Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and
Advancing Sustainable Development
In 1994, the Institute launched the Environmental Justice: Partnerships for Communication Program. The purpose of the program was to enable community residents to more actively participate in the full spectrum of research. To achieve this goal, the program was designed to bring together three partners: a community organization, an environmental health researcher and a health care professional to develop models and approaches to building communication, trust and capacity, with the final goal of increasing community participation in the research process. The rationale of this program was multifaceted.
1. Community residents are challenged daily to make decisions about what exposures may be harmful to their health. Training and education to better understand the exposures and their sources empowers them to make informed decisions.
2. Lack of communication has fostered distrust between community members and researchers. Tools and models to promote interaction and communication between the two groups foster trust and mutual understanding, which benefits researchers and community members.
3. Active participation of community members in the identification of research questions provides residents with a sense of ownership and understanding of direct benefit to their public health. Consequently, residents are more likely to volunteer for and participate in the research project. Greater community participation may benefit research outcomes.
Source(s) of Information
1. Environmental Justice & Community-Based Participatory Research
Related EPA Program(s)
Environmental Justice is defined as 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 Environmental Justice program provides support to the Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), other Agency program offices, and regional offices to address environmental and human health concerns in minority, low-income, tribal and other historically underrepresented communities. This support is provided by facilitating the Agency’s environmental justice integration efforts in all programs, policies, and activities.
EPA - Environmental Justice Showcase Communities (a Community-Based Coordination Project*) This program aims to address environmental justice challenges in ten communities across the nation to help alleviate the environmental and human health challenges facing many American communities.
This effort brings together governmental and non-governmental organizations and pools their collective resources and expertise on the best ways to achieve real results in communities. The successes and lessons learned in these demonstration projects will be used to help guide the design and implementation of future Environmental Justice projects and will help EPA increase its ability to address local environmental challenges in more effective, efficient, and sustainable ways.
*The Community-Based Coordination Project was initiated by EPA’s Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe in March 2010, to help the Agency better understand the Office of Sustainable Communities’ efforts to work with communities, how to better coordinate and leverage its work across different community-based programs, and how to make the concept of “community” an organizing principle for the Agency. EPA has committed $1,000,000 in ten communities across the nation. The Agency is providing $100,000 per project over the next two years. (Per webpage dated June 22, 2011)
• Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
• Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
• Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
• Oil Pollution Act
• Safe Drinking Water Act
• Clean Water Act
• Clean Air Act
• Toxic Substances Control Act
• Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
• Food Quality Protection Act
• Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act
• Ocean Dumping Act