Environmental Justice Team at the DEC
Learn more about our Foundation, Function, Team Goals, Current & Ongoing Projects, or Members of the Team!
In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency set a standard for Environmental Justice incorporation into all Vermont DEC programs. In the years following, EPA has provided continued guidance and support as we launched these efforts here in Vermont. Although the principles of environmental justice were established in the early 1990s , the Vermont DEC has no Environmental Justice Policy. While lacking a formal Environmental Justice Program or specialized staff, through a group of dedicated staff, we are making progress on incorporating environmental justice into all of DEC’s programs through collaboration with external stakeholders and other state agencies, piloting innovative community engagement techniques, staff training, development of an environmental justice mapping tool for Vermont and exploring opportunities to fund this critical work.. The Environmental Justice Team was formed in 2018 to carry on the work and effort in absence of formal policies or programs, and has continued to make progress on many fronts.
What does the team do?
Monthly meetings to share information and collaborate across divisions
- Manage contracts related to environmental justice
- Advises programs within in DEC on how to include environmental justice considerations in their work
- Oversees and implements DEC’s Environmental Justice Staff Training Plan
Develop an Environmental Justice Policy for VT DEC
Empower Team member to serve as division liaison in Environmental Justice
Advise the Department on how to integrate Environmental Justice into DEC’s regulatory, outreach and funding programs
Explore funding sources (ex. EPA Healthy Communities grant program) for projects in Vermont communities
Develop a plan for Environmental Justice sustainability and consistent application throughout all DEC Divisions into the future
Support and develop further staff training including EJ team experts (ex. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Poverty Training)
Monitor the effectiveness of DEC EJ Policy and Title VI compliance.
Promote awareness of Environmental Justice in DEC
Training and Internal Engagement
Informational Environmental Justice Mapping Tool
Environmental Justice Community Engagement
Improving Language Access Resources
External Stakeholder Collaboration
Representing Administration and Innovation Division
Representing Air Quaity and Climate Division
Ellen Parr Doering
Representing Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division
Representing Environmental Compliance Division
Representing Legal Services
Representing Watershed Management Division
Representing Waste Management and Prevention Division
Representing Water Investment Division