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House Select Committee on the Climate Cr...

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America

This has been a major comprehensive legislative package on this topic. Its relevance to community engagement and environmental justice is found in the ways in which environmental and climate justice is embedded in federal government decision making.  This plan supports grant programs to build community capacity and technical assistance. It also seeks to enable community […]

“Environmental Justice for All Act,” H.R

“Environmental Justice for All Act,” H.R. 5986, 116th Congress (2019-2020).

— All federal agencies should provide meaningful involvement to communities (including indigenous and tribal communities), due process in all rulemaking and enforcement, and direct guidance and technical assistance. — The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) shall be established by the president and remain multi-stakeholder in composition (according to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, FACA). […]

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cor...

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act.”

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez prioritize greening and modernizing buildings, providing community resilience centers, and including resident participation in architectural design and other resilience projects This bill also proposes strengthening participation in everyday management and policy development through the current structure of elected resident councils. Funding (at $25 per occupied unit) currently covers training, planning, communication, and […]

Elizabeth Warren, Tackling the Climate C...

Elizabeth Warren, Tackling the Climate Crisis Head On, 2020

This proposal put forward by Warren during her presidential campaign specifically mentions Environmental Justice (EJ) small grants to local groups, as well as the larger Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grants. Additionally Warren calls for revitalizing the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), as well as the EJ interagency working group.