U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Environmental Justice and Climate Action Initiatives

On April 23, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michael Regan, announced three new agency initiatives to support “community-driven solutions” for environmental justice and climate change in North America and across the world. The announcement came in conjunction with President Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate where the President pledged to cut nationwide net greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% to 52% by 2030 in comparison to 2005 levels. According to the announcement, EPA will work with the United Nations Foundation’s Clean Cooking Alliance to reduce emissions from home cooking and heating, will work with the Aleut International Association to implement the Black Carbon Health Assessment in indigenous arctic communities, and will allocate an initial $1 million for an Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience Initiative to support underserved and vulnerable communities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to build resilience to climate change. Administrator Regan previously stated that advancing environmental justice initiatives would be one of his “top priorities,” which was discussed in more detail in our previous blog post.    

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