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Environmental Justice (EJ)

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Environmental Justice Program Coordinator

Lara Lasky (lasky.lara@epa.gov)
Fx: 312-385-5538

EJ in your state

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EPA works with state EJ contacts and provides EJ training.

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Environmental Justice in Your Community

Environmental Justice in your Community

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.

Region 5 strives to consider Environmental Justice principles in its enforcement, permitting and community-based work. These programs are derived from Plan EJ 2014, a comprehensive national strategy to ensure incorporation of Environmental Justice into all aspects of EPA’s decision-making.

Environmental Justice in Action (PDF) (2pp, 732K) February 2013 fact sheet

Get funding for EJ community initiatives

Environmental Justice Small Grants

In 1994, EPA establishted the EJ Small Grants program to support and empower communities. The following are examples of work done with EJ Small Grants funding.

Region 5 2013 EJ Small Grant Recipients

Environmental Justice Small Grants FY2013 summaries by region (PDF) (11 pp, 126K) September 11, 2013

Milwaukee 30th Street Corridor

In Milwaukee's 30th Street Corridor, the state, city, EPA and community groups worked to improve the cumulative effects of pollution and public health issues related to medical care and lack of healthy food.

EJ in the permit application process

EPA Regions are implementing plans to explain how they will encourage meaningful engagement of overburdened communities on EPA-issued permits.


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