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HUD's Environmental Justice Strategy
Overview
 
In April 2012, HUD published its 2012-2015 Departmental Environmental Justice Strategy. HUD is committed to meeting the goals of Executive Order 12898, "Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations," which states that each federal agency, with the law as its guide, should make environmental justice part of its mission. In this regard, HUD has developed its Environmental Justice Strategy (EJ Strategy). HUD's EJ Strategy is a four-year plan to address environmental justice concerns and increase access to environmental benefits through HUD policies, programs, and activities.

The release of HUD's EJ Strategy is part of the latest step in a larger Administration-wide effort to ensure strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all. In August 2011, federal agencies signed the "Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898" (EJ MOU), which committed each agency to, among other things, finalizing an EJ strategy and releasing annual implementation reports. Links to the other federal EJ Strategies are available on the Environmental Justice Interagency Workgroup (IWG) webpage.

Now that its strategy is final, HUD will continue to work with the IWG and other federal partners to engage stakeholders through outreach, education, and stakeholder events and respond to public comments through its annual implementation reports. In February 2013 and 2014, HUD released its first and second annual implementation progress reports, covering activities in the 2012 and 2013 calendar years, respectively.

Recent News

HUD releases 2013 Environmental Justice Strategy Implementation Progress Report

In February 2014, HUD released its 2013 Implementation Progress report, in compliance with the August 2011 Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898. This is the second implementation progress report on the 2012-2015 EJ Strategy. Click here to read the Implementation report

Creating Equitable, Healthy and Sustainable Communities

Partnership for Sustainable Communities composes a guide to EPA, HUD, and DOT resources on sustainability and environmental justice.

HUD releases 2012 Environmental Justice Strategy Implementation Progress Report

In February 2013, HUD released its 2012 Implementation Progress report, in compliance with the August 2011 Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898. Click here to read the Implementation report.

To commemorate 20 years of working on environmental justice issues, our EJ IWG partners at the Environmental Protection Agency are releasing a series of videos to share lessons learned by community members and EJ advocates. Click below to view the first video in this series.

    Working Together for Environmental Justice.

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