Environmental Justice Council Special Meetings on the Climate Commitment Act
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Webinar: Public Input on Federal Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool
Washington State Environmental Justice Council staff hosted an instructional webinar for community members on April 21, 2022. You can watch the webinar here. The webinar covers how to access and comment on the beta version of the Council on Environmental Quality's Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST), including how to look up a neighborhood and provide neighborhood-specific feedback. The federal deadline for public comments was originally April 25th, 2022 but the Council of Environmental Quality has indicated that it plans to extend the deadline to May 25, 2022.
The Biden administration is working to keep its “Justice40” campaign promise to ensure that at least 40% of federal climate investments go directly to communities most affected by poverty and pollution. Part of that process is the use of a Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) to define and identify “disadvantaged communities” that will receive Justice40 benefits. The CEJST is meant to: “…identify communities that are economically disadvantaged and overburdened by pollution and underinvestment in housing, transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure, and health care.” The Tool uses 8 categories to identify “disadvantaged communities” (including income and education); but does not include race or ethnicity.
Environmental Justice Council staff are working to post the video with closed captioning and to get the webinar video posted in several other languages including ASL.
Governor Appoints Environmental Justice Council Members
Governor Inslee has appointed the 16 Environmental Justice Council members. You can find the list of appointed members here. The Council held its first meeting on April 4, 2022. You can find more information about the meeting here.