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Environmental Justice

Research, Documents & Reports

The following links provide access to environmental justice-related guidance documents, research materials, and reports. If you would like to suggest additional research, documents, or reports on this topic, please submit a short description to AASHTO (including any pertinent links) on the Share Info with AASHTO form.

 

Federal Highway Administration

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Federal Transit Administration

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Environmental Justice Policy Guidance For Federal Transit Administration Recipients (FTA Circular 4703.1, July 2012). This EJ Circular provides guidance for incorporating environmental justice principles into projects or activities that receive funding from FTA. The document provides recommendations to state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, public transportation providers, and others on how to engage environmental justice populations in the public transportation decision-making process; how to determine whether environmental justice populations would be subjected to disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects; and how to avoid, minimize, or mitigate these effects.

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Environmental Protection Agency

  • Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898 (August 2011) Seventeen federal agencies signed this memorandum of understanding to provide annual reports on their efforts to address disproportionate environmental burdens facing poor and minority communities. The agencies will pay particular attention to environmental justice considerations relating to climate adaptation and commercial transportation. The agencies also agreed to address environmental justice considerations when implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The memorandum requires the participating agencies to identify any environmental justice impacts from their programs and policies and prepare annual reports on their progress toward alleviating those effects, including performance measures for their efforts and responses to community concerns. Additional information is available on the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice webpage.
  • EJView (August 2010) Previously known as the Environmental Justice Geographic Assessment Tool, this updated mapping tool allows users to create maps and generate detailed reports on potential environmental justice concerns based on the geographic areas and data sets of their choice. The tool allows users to overlay demographic, environmental, health, and facility-specific data on a map to produce a snapshot of multiple factors affecting a selected community or region.
  • A Citizen's Guide to Using Federal Environmental Laws to Secure Environmental Justice (2002) Environmental Law Institute.
  • Addressing Community Concerns: How Environmental Justice Relates to Land Use Planning and Zoning (July 2003), National Academy of Public Administration for the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Environmental Justice Policies and Guidance includes links to various environmental justice resources.

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Council on Environmental Quality

Environmental Justice: Guidance under the National Environmental Policy Act (December 1997).

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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State Departments of Transportation

 

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Metropolitan Planning Organizations

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National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board, NCHRP, TCRP

 

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Additional Resources

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