White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) has been established pursuant to Executive Order 14008, titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The White House council will not only bring greater visibility to EJ issues across the federal government but will provide EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) with an excellent partner for providing horizon-expanding EJ advice and recommendations to our government’s leadership. As EPA supports the formation of the White House council, we are continuing to support the consistent management of NEJAC, including with our annual membership recruitment process and convening public meetings.
Overview of the WHEJAC
Read the WHEJAC Charter (per Executive Order on the continuance of certain federal advisory committees, the WHEJAC has been extended to September 30, 2023):
Through President Biden’s Executive Order 14008, titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (signed January 27, 2021), the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) is being established to advise the Chair of the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the newly established White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council (IAC) to increase the Federal Government’s efforts to address environmental injustice. The WHEJAC’s efforts will include a broad range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, community engagement, and economic issues related to environmental justice.
This council will advise on how to increase the Federal Government’s efforts to address current and historic environmental injustice through strengthening environmental justice monitoring and enforcement. The duties of the WHEJAC are to provide advice and recommendations to the IAC and the Chair of CEQ on a whole-of-government approach to environmental justice, including, but not limited, to environmental justice in the following areas:
- Climate change mitigation, resilience, and disaster management
- Toxics, pesticides, and pollution reduction in overburdened communities
- Equitable conservation and public lands use
- Tribal and Indigenous issues
- Clean energy transition
- Sustainable infrastructure, including clean water, transportation, and the built environment
- NEPA, enforcement and civil rights
- Increasing the Federal Government’s efforts to address current and historic environmental injustice
WHEJAC Membership and Workgroups
The WHEJAC members have been appointed by the President.
Members were selected from across a wide range of backgrounds and have knowledge about or experience in environmental justice, climate change, disaster preparedness, racial inequity, among other areas of expertise.
Upcoming Meetings: The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) will convene a hybrid in-person public meeting with a virtual option. The public meeting will start on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, and run from approximately 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The public meeting continues Thursday, December 1, 2022, from approximately 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The meeting is free and open to all members of the public. Individual registration for this event is REQUIRED. No two individuals can share the same registration link. Registration is open throughout the duration of all meeting days virtually and in person. However, members of the public who wish to participate during the public comment period must register by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, November 23, 2022.
Register for the November 30 – December 1, 2022 Hybrid In-Person Meeting
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Location: The in-person meeting will be held at The Westin Alexandria Old Town, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
Draft Meeting Agenda: WHEJAC November 30- December 1, 2022 In-Person Hybrid Public Meeting (pdf)
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Public Comment Period: The WHEJAC is interested in receiving public comments on a variety of topics related to environmental justice. Individuals or groups making remarks during the oral public comment period will be limited to three (3) minutes. Please be prepared to briefly share your comments; including your recommendations on what you want the WHEJAC to advise CEQ to do. Submitting written comments for the record are strongly encouraged.
The public can submit written comments in three (3) different ways:
2.) by sending comments via email to email@example.com
3.) by creating comments in the Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2022-0050 at http://www.regulations.gov.
Written comments can be submitted up to two weeks after the meeting closes on December 14, 2022.
Questions: Please contact Victoria Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 202-564-6349.
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View a message from Vice President Kamala Harris on the WHEJAC
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