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
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
Current WHEJAC Members:
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.
All scheduled meetings will be published in the Federal Register and sent out by the EPA-EJ Listserv and the EPA Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights X account.
Information on future meetings will be posted here when available
Public Comment Period: The WHEJAC is interested in receiving public comments relevant to current charges, topics, and questions currently under consideration. The public can submit written comments in 3 different ways:
- Entering comments in the Docket at http://www.regulations.gov
- Using the webform
- Sending comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, for comments with additional materials.
The meeting agenda and other meeting support materials including the public comments will be posted in the public docket as they become available at http://www.regulations.gov.
Learn more about the WHEJAC: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/white-house-environmental-justice-advisory-council
Questions: Please contact Audrie Washington via email at email@example.com or by phone at 202-441-7295.
View a message from Vice President Kamala Harris on the WHEJAC
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