EPA Launches Public Online Library to Boost Environmental Justice Efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice Clearinghouse has granted public access to its online library of environmental justice-related resources.  According to the EPA, the searchable library is designed to make it easier and more efficient for stakeholders to access resources that could advance their work. 

“Everyone interested in environmental justice will be able to find resources on one website,” Jalonne White-Newsome, federal chief environmental justice officer for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said.

The library includes over 200 resources such as: available funding opportunities; screening and mapping tools; federal research; and guides and information about organizations with specific subject-matter expertise. Currently, the resources in the online library are based on submissions from federal agencies, but the EPA hopes to add to the library on an ongoing basis and welcomes input and any submissions from the public for review and potential inclusion.

The release of the library was under the direction of President Biden’s Executive Order on Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All.

“Delivering on the Biden-Harris Administration’s ambitious environmental justice agenda requires shared dedication to building strong relationships and solution-oriented programs. The Environmental Justice Clearinghouse is a transformative resource guide built to help us accomplish our agency-wide environmental justice goals,” said Theresa Segovia, Principal Deputy Assistant Director for The Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights. “Having an online, easily accessible library of information will ensure that resources from across the country are at the fingertips of all environmental justice stakeholders and advocates. And it will only be made stronger with suggestions from the American people.”