What is the Justice40 Initiative?
Justice40 is an opportunity to address gaps in transportation infrastructure and public services by working toward the goal that at least 40% of the benefits from many of our grants, programs, and initiatives flow to disadvantaged communities. Disadvantaged communities are those most impacted by climate change, pollution, and environmental hazards, as well as the communities that are disproportionately affected by climate hazards. Justice40 is not a single-time investment, rather it is a government-wide initiative that makes a series of changes to ensure benefits reach communities most in need.
A WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE
For the first time in our nation’s history, the Federal Government has made it a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. President Biden made this historic commitment when he signed Executive Order 14008 within days of taking office.
What kinds of investments fall within the Justice40 Initiative? The categories of investment are: climate change, clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, remediation and reduction of legacy pollution, and the development of critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure. Read More....
During his first week in office, President Joe Biden issued Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Section 223 of EO 14008 established the Justice40 Initiative, which directs 40% of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments – including investments in clean energy and energy efficiency; clean transit; affordable and sustainable housing; training and workforce development; the remediation and reduction of legacy pollution; and the development of clean water infrastructure – to flow to disadvantaged communities (DACs).
Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
Environmental Justice Projects on the Coast-to-Coast EV Highway
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) aims to promote energy and environmental justice, supporting the Justice40 initiative. The newly appointed Community Engagement Planner role focusses on establishing and maintaining relationships with community-based organizations and partners. This position will act as a vital link between CCFC and disadvantaged communities in the greater Charlotte, NC area, ensuring community priorities and experiences are integrated into project development and implementation.
Empire Clean Cities is promoting energy and environmental justice through transporattion projects like The Bronx is Breathing and The Equitable Commute Project. The former involves installing EV charging infrastructure in Hunts Point, serving as both a service hub and community center. The latter facilitates e-bike ownership for lower-income New Yorkers, reducing commute times and supporting feasible electric mobility.
Details to come