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Justice40 Timeline

June
2023
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The CEQ releases the Environmental Justice Scorecard to ensure agency accountability on Justice40 implementation.
November
2022
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The CEQ launches the CEJST 1.0. Based on public input, the CEJST 1.0 includes new data sets, indicators, methods, and improvements to the site experience.
August
2022
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The White House publishes an updated list of federal programs covered by the Justice 40 Initiative.
The CEQ issues a request for information to solicit feedback on the vision, framework, and outcomes of an Environmental Justice Scorecard.
May
2022
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The White House launches the Justice 40 Week of Action, which highlights hundreds of federal programs representing billions of dollars in annual investment that fall under the Justice 40 initiative—including programs that were funded or created in the bipartisan infrastructure law.
Feb-May
2022
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The CEQ publishes the beta version of the CEJST and invites comments on the tool from communities, climate and environmental justice experts, and the public. The CEQ also holds training and listening sessions on the tool.
December
2021
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Federal agencies submit methodologies to the CEQ and the Office of Management and Budget for calculating and tracking Justice40 benefits for the hundreds of programs that fall under the Justice40 Initiative. The CEQ has not yet published agency methodologies for calculating and tracking Justice40 benefits.
July
2021
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The White House has issued interim implementation guidance for Justice40, instructing federal agencies to evaluate both existing and new programs to ensure a minimum of 40 percent of their total benefits reaches disadvantaged communities. The guidance outlines a pilot program involving 21 federal initiatives, subjecting them to thorough examination and adjustments to optimize benefits for these communities. The intention is for these programs to subsequently share successful strategies, fostering efficient Justice40 implementation throughout the entire federal government.
May
2021
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The WHEJAC submits recommendations on Justice40, the CEJST, and executive order 12898 revisions to the chair of the CEQ.
March
2021
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The CEQ (Council on Environmental Quality) creates the WHEJAC (White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council) in accordance with President Biden’s directive.
January 2021
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President Biden signs an executive order introducing the Justice40 Initiative.

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