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.
EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys:
- the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and
- equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
Learn how the EPA is prioritizing environmental justice and community revitalization priorities: Read the Memorandum!
Want to learn more about the progress that the EPA has made in advancing environmental justice principles throughout the years? Read our annual progress reports to receive updates on the Agency's most recent EJ accomplishments.
Still have questions? Contact your Regional Staff.
Learn about the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).
Read about EPA's EJ 2020 Action Agenda, EPA's strategic plan for advancing environmental justice.
Learn More About
- Environmental Justice
- Community Voices on Environmental Justice
- Federal Interagency Working Group
- Environmental Justice for Tribes and Indigenous Peoples
- Equitable Development and Environmental Justice
- Environmental Justice and National Environmental Policy Act
- Environmental Justice and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- EPA’s Role in International Human Rights, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Environmental Justice
This timeline presents EPA's involvement in the Environmental Justice Movement and the major events leading up to it. This is not meant to be an all inclusive history of the movement in general.