Region 5 EJ Contact
Environmental Justice Program Coordinator
Lara Lasky (email@example.com)
National Environmental Justice Information Resources
Compliance & Enforcement Data Tools
EPA Activities to Promote Environmental Justice in the Permit Application Process
EPA Region 5 Regional Implementation Plan to Promote Meaningful Engagement of Overburdened Communities in Permitting Activities (PDF) (5pp, 114KB)
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.
The following resource list supports environmental justice community initiatives. It includes a grants calendar, a grants tutorial and links to EPA grant programs that may have an environmental justice focus.
- EPA Grant Competition Forecast for Calendar Year 2013
- EPA Grants 101 Tutorial
- Environmental Justice Small Grants
- Community Action for a Renewed Environment
- Brownfields Grants
- National Clean Diesel Campaign Grants and Funding
- Environmental Education
Environmental Justice in Action
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.
- In Cleveland, Earth Day Coalition educated 42 teachers, 845 students and 408 community members. The coalition restored native plants to four vacant lots (20,000 square feet), and started two school-based nursery plot sites and a garden site.
- In Chicago, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization reduced air emissions by weatherizing 100 housing units, and worked with the Chicago Transit Authority to begin a new 12-mile cross-town bus service that will serve 300,000 people living in seven Chicago community areas.
- In Ohio, Communities United for Action provided education and outreach to four low-income communities on how to protect families from air toxins in Mill Creek Valley.
- 2011 Grant Recipients Nationwide (PDF) (17 pp, 104K)
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.
- Conducted 13 tank and facility inspections and seven multi-media investigations to evaluate potential environmental impacts.
- Awarded over $2 million in grants to the city and state to assess and clean up 200 sites.
- Trained 75 families on blood lead screening, asthma testing, lead paint removal and health home practices
- Removed 100 pounds of hazardous chemicals and trained teachers in 90 public schools on safe hazardous material practices.
- Trained handymen and contractors to remove lead-based materials safely .
The Region 5 Environmental Justice program not only works with community organizations, but also with state agencies. The region maintains open communication with state environmental justice contacts and develops and provides training sessions to ensure environmental justice principles are upheld.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency