Environmental Justice Resources

This page highlights some environmental justice activities that center on health and well-being.

Join an upcoming webinar to learn about federal research on environmental health disparities from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Establishing Federal Frameworks

The federal government continues to create strategies and dedicate resources in pursuit of environmental justice.

Recent Executive Action

Federal Action

  • The EPA’s Environmental Justice Strategy 2020 sets priorities and creates action plans to address environmental and public health issues and challenges confronting the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations.
  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) supports research programs, community-engaged activities, and training and education programs to address the disparate health impacts of environmental hazards on disadvantaged communities and ensure environmental health equity.

Protecting People from Environmental Hazards

Here are some environmental justice initiatives that help us better understand and overcome environmental barriers to achieving health equity. These activities include:

Promoting Participatory Practices

We work to promote equal access to the decision-making processes and economic opportunities related to building a healthy environment.

Understanding Environmental Impacts on Your Health

Our health and well-being depends on healthy and sustainable environments. Climate change continues to have significant impacts on people's health, particularly those who are already disproportionately affected by environmental hazards

Global Research

National Assessments



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