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Environmental Justice Workshop Materials Posted by FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration has posted resources from a series of webinars held in 2016 on environmental justice (EJ). The webinars were part of an effort known as the Environmental Justice Tools Peer Network, which facilitates efforts to share best practices using data tools such as EJSCREEN, American FactFinder, Equitable Target Index, DataFerrett and INVEST. For more information, link to the webinar materials. Webinar recordings are available upon request. (3-14-17)

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Report Highlights Importance of Climate Adaptation and Equity

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report concerning an April 2016 workshop on equity and climate adaptation. The workshop addressed city-level actions to combat unequal risks; an increase in diversity, community participation, and leadership in adaptation planning; and ensuring that climate change preparation efforts are benefiting and not negatively affecting those most at risk of impacts. The workshop also focused on examples of community-driven planning in New York and Michigan and highlighted the challenges facing city governance in addressing equity. The report highlights the importance of an inclusive process to set adaptation priorities and policies within communities; relationship-building that is not project-specific; identification of ways that cities reinforce inequities; and directing resources to groups that are facing the greatest risk. For more information, link to the report. (2-14-17)

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Guide Released on Measuring Equity, Opportunity in Transportation

The Governors’ Institute on Community Design has issued a resource on the data, tools and methodologies needed for transportations officials to measure access to opportunity in their planning efforts. The guide defines “access to opportunity” as how well transportation systems link people to economic opportunity, resources and essential services. The guide addresses the changing priorities in transportation performance management and how some transportation agencies are already incorporating measures of access into their programs. The guide also details the data and tools available to measure transportation equity. For more information, link to The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management. (1-1-17)

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Report Details Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural, Small Communities

The Federal Highway Administration has released a report to help transportation agencies develop effective, replicable strategies for public involvement in planning and programming in small communities and rural areas. The report specifically focuses on engaging environmental justice (EJ) communities to co-create strategies to mitigate or avoid prospective EJ issues. The report found that effective practices required as diverse a set of strategies in smaller metropolitan areas as in those with larger populations, but that smaller areas’ planning agencies have correspondingly smaller staffs and must be selective. For more information, link to the report. (1-5-17)

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    Pennsylvania DOT has developed its Every Voice Counts planning-level environmental justice guidance as well as separate project-level guidance.

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