Advisory Council on Environmental Justice

It is important that no segment of the population, especially individuals most impacted and vulnerable, should bear disproportionately high or adverse effects from pollution. To ensure that all people and perspectives have a voice, the Commonwealth requires a consistent, action-oriented approach to incorporating environmental justice into decision-making. Governor Northam established the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice (“Council”) to provide guidance and framework for addressing environmental justice considerations throughout Virginia. 

The Council provides recommendations on creating a consistent, action-oriented approach to incorporating environmental justice into decision-making. The Council will consist of an unspecified number of members appointed by the Governor with a Chair and a Vice Chair designated by the Secretary of Natural Resources. The primary duty of the Council is to issue an annual report to the Governor. Unlike the previous Advisory Council for Environmental Justice, this Council will be very specifically focused on establishing a framework for addressing environmental justice considerations throughout Virginia. This guidance on how to establish a framework of policies and procedures for environmental justice is the top priority of the Council as directed by the Governor.

The full text of Executive Order 29 may be found here.

Membership

Apply to the Council

Applications open through Thursday, February 28, 2019

Staff

  • Meryem Karad
  • Trieste Lockwood