Saturday, February 11, 2012

EPA seeks comment on draft environmental justice and equitable development report

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks comment on its draft environmental justice and equitable development report, Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development.

Communities across the country are integrating smart growth and environmental justice approaches to achieve development that is healthy, environmentally and economically sustainable, and beneficial for all residents, regardless of race, ethnicity, and income. This publication aims to build on past successes and help other low-income, minority, tribal, and overburdened communities implement their own versions of equitable development. It identifies strategies that bring together smart growth and environmental justice principles and goals and can be used by community-based organizations, local and regional decision-makers, developers, and other stakeholders to shape land use decisions where they live.

In order to ensure that this publication is as helpful as possible for communities, EPA is soliciting comments on the draft through March 1, 2012. Where appropriate, comments will be incorporated into the publication and will inform EPA's broader work on smart growth and environmental justice.

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