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- Discover the impact of the new federal Justice 40 initiative and related environmental justice provisions of key legislation on local plans and projects.
- Apply new data tools and maps to advance environmental justice and equity in local projects and plans.
- Prepare competitive applications for federal infrastructure grants by applying new environmental justice and equity evaluation criteria.
The Biden Administration is moving forward with a range of new policies and mapping tools focused on environmental justice and social equity. The federal Justice 40 Initiative has significant implications for local plans and policies. Discover how Justice 40 is being implemented and what communities are doing with new tools to map and model policies aimed at advancing equity goals and objectives. One of the earliest actions of the Biden Administration was an Executive Order establishing a new federal standard for 40 percent of benefits of investment targeting disadvantaged communities. To bring this goal to life, federal agencies have been focusing on mapping areas of need and tracking investments, bringing vital new tools to the work of environmental justice. Meanwhile, a growing number of communities are using new technology tools to better target resources and understand critical assets and needs. Together, these trends are leading to a stronger spatial understanding of equity and creating new tools for policymakers and planners. As Justice 40 and related federal environmental justice policies continue to evolve, there will be significant implications for directing infrastructure funding and evaluating capital projects and funding opportunities. Planners will play a critical role in bringing data-driven insights to elected officials. This presentation will explore the current status of federal policymaking and mapping tools while also examining innovative local actions bringing equity plans into action.