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In 2021, President Biden established the Justice40 Initiative to advance environmental justice and spur economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities. Justice40 is a whole-of-government effort to ensure that Federal agencies work with states and local communities to make good on President Biden’s promise to deliver at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from Federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities. 

Although Justice40 holds the potential to strategically invest in communities that have historically been environmentally and economically left behind by infrastructure redlining in the past, it’s going to take more than money. The Administration must create the conditions for the infrastructure dollars to be spent equitably and actually reach historically marginalized communities, including the need for greater accountability and transparency of federal agencies charged with distributing and investing funds.

History has shown that too often projects intended to benefit our communities never reach us. Thus, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, along with our partners, WE ACT for Environmental Justice and the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University, will launch a Justice 40 Community Engagement Project that will build the capacity of communities through education and training to participate in the “just” implementation of Justice40.

We have designed this project using the collaborative insight of hard-learned lessons from our decades-long history of research, education and community engagement work to document, address and bring change through our struggle for Environmental Justice.

Strategic Leadership Team: 

These environmental justice pioneers all currently serve on the The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC)


► Justice40 Resource Guide  - Equitable and Just National Climate Platform (EJNCP)


DSCEJ Justice40 Timeline:

⇒ April 2022

Justice40 Implementation Announcement and Eighth Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference

⇒ August 2022

FIRST Convening to discuss Justice40 Project in ACTION - New Orleans, LA
The project is designed to build a grassroots infrastructure that will support community-based organizations (CBOs) and Environmental Justice groups to advocate for:

  • thoughtful, transparent and sustained stakeholder engagement, 
  • the identification and dismantling of bias and systemic racism embedded in programs; and 
  • the use of federal investment to reduce pollution in environmental justice communities.

August 22 - 23, 2022
NOPSI HOTEL, New Orleans, Louisiana

Together with our partner organizations WE ACT for Environmental Justice and The Bullard Center for Environemental Justice at Texas Southern University, we welcomed over 100 participants from 21 states, throughout the U.S., representing over 30 community-based organizations and supporting organizations.






Contact Us:

If you have additonal questions, please contact us at justice40 at dscej dot org.


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