You’re Invited: Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool Events

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The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has announced a series of public listening sessions and training webinars on the beta version of the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) while they accept public comment on the tool through April 25, 2022. CEJST will help Federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) identify disadvantaged communities for the purposes of the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities.

To learn more about USDOT’s approach to Justice40, you can visit our Justice40 Initiative webpage. Meanwhile, we encourage you to attend CEQ’s upcoming CEJST training and listening sessions and provide input on the tool.

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.

ICYMI: Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure Toolkit

On February 2, USDOT released a new, free resource to help rural communities across the country take full advantage of federal funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The guide, titled Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure, can help connect community members, towns, businesses, planning agencies, and others with partners needed for these projects. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes a total of $7.5 billion to build out a nationwide network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers. 

The toolkit contains best practices for planning EV charging networks and tips to navigate federal funding and financing to help make these projects a reality. DOT will also be holding workshops with rural communities to help them utilize the toolkit most effectively. 

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