Environmental Justice Included in 2009 Spending Bill

via Environmental Justice Blog and The Associated Press

Title II, Environmental Protection Agency, page 491 of the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 1105) states:

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of, or to delay the implementation of, Executive Order No. 12898 of February 11, 1994 (59 Fed. Reg. 7629; relating to Federal actions to address environmental justice in minority populations and low-income

H.R. 1105 making omnibus appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. Continue reading

2009 Environmental Justice Achievement Awards


Via the EPA

The 2009 Environmental Justice Achievement Awards will recognize mutli-stakeholder partnerships for their success in addressing environmental justice issues or by adopting the goals of environmental justice to positively impact their community.

The goals of the Environmental Justice Awards Program include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. promoting positive behavior on environmental justice issues by all stakeholder groups
  2. documenting models of success for others to emulate
  3. encouraging achievement of environmental results in communities having environmental justice issues
  4. fostering collaborative problem solving by all stakeholder organizations to address significant environmental justice concerns

To be considered for the award, mutli-stakeholder partnerships will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. partnerships and collaboration
  2. innovation
  3. community, equity, and public involvement
  4. environmental justice integration
  5. leveraged resources/capacity building/sustainability
  6. demonstrated results/effectiveness

Requests for Applications

On February 12, 2009, a new announcement was released for the Environmental Justice Achievement Awards Program was released.  The 2009 National Achievements in Environmental Justice Awards (PDF) (1,800KB, 3 pages) will recognize multi-stakeholder partnerships for their success in addressing environmental justice issues. Applications must be post-marked or emailed by no later than May 13, 2009.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships refer to the arrangement in which stakeholders work together to achieve goals.  Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships bring together diverse organizations with multiple perspectives and interests to address these issues.  Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, for the purpose of addressing environmental justice issues, consist of various partners representing viewpoints from the following types of organizations:

  • Academic Institutions
  • Business and Industry organizations
  • Community based organizations
  • Non-governmental and Environmental organizations
  • State and local government organizations
  • Tribal government and indigenous organizations