The Biden White House provided details this week of how it will begin the process of ensuring at least 40% of the benefits from federal energy and environmental spending reach disadvantaged communities.  In a July 20 memorandum to the heads of all federal departments and agencies, an interim guidance details the planned implementation of what the Administration’s calls its Justice40 Initiative.

Twenty-one federal programs are embraced by the Justice40 Initiative, including those dealing with climate energy, transportation, housing, workforce training, pollution cleanup and water infrastructure.  The complete list of covered programs is available at  The list of agencies with potential covered programs are:


Appalachian Regional Commission Department of Housing and Urban Development
Corporation for National and Community Service Department of Justice
Corps of Engineers–Civil Works Department of Labor
Delta Regional Authority Department of State
Denali Commission Department of the Interior
Department of Agriculture Department of Transportation
Department of Commerce Department of Veterans Affairs
Departmnt of Energy Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Health and Human Services National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Department of Homeland Security National Science Foundation

For a copy of the guidance memorandum, click here.

White House unveils environmental justice plans
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