Public Engagement Sessions to Gather Feedback on Screening Tool that Will Help Federal Agencies Ensure that the Benefits of Federal Programs are Reaching Disadvantaged Communities

Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced a series of public listening sessions and training webinars on the beta version of the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST).

The CEJST will help Federal agencies identify disadvantaged communities for the purposes of the Justice40 Initiative—a signature initiative of the Biden-Harris Administration that seeks to provide 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments to disadvantaged communities. The current version of the tool is in a public beta form and will be updated based on public feedback and research. In addition to submitting written comments through the Federal Register, the public can also provide feedback directly on the CEJST website. CEQ will also engage in consultation and coordination with Tribal Nations on the beta version of the tool.

CEQ Chair Brenda Mallory also published a blog today highlighting the following opportunities for the public to learn more about the tool and to provide feedback:

Training Webinars on beta version of CEJST

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 4pm ET. Register here.
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 4pm ET. Register here.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 4pm. ET Register here.

Public Listening Sessions on beta version of CEJST

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 4pm ET. Register here.
  • Friday, April 15, 2022 at 4pm ET. Register here.

The beta version of the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool can be found at https://screeningtool.geoplatform.gov.

Additional information on the tool can be found here.

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