The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) created a Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) to identify disadvantaged communities subject to J40. While the CEJST supports consistency and uniformity across all federal agencies, multiple agencies have published their own guidance and tools. Below are examples from three agencies:
J40 Guidance by Agency
Department of Energy (DOE)
According to its General Guidance for Justice40 Implementation, DOE has identified eight J40 policy priorities:
- Decrease energy burden in disadvantaged communities (DACs)
- Decrease environmental exposure and burdens for DACs
- Increase parity in clean energy technology (e.g., solar, storage) access and adoption in DACs
- Increase access to low-cost capital in DACs
- Increase clean energy enterprise creation and contracting (minority or disadvantaged business enterprises) in DACs
- Increase clean energy jobs, job pipeline, and job training for individuals from DACs
- Increase energy resiliency in DACs
- Increase energy democracy in DACs
Nearly all DOE programs and investments are covered by J40. Click here for a detailed, up-to-date list.
Local governments should use the Disadvantaged Communities Reporter to identify and prioritize DAC census tracts. For the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, use the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Justice40 Map Tool.
To comply with J40, DOE funding applications must include letters of support from established labor and community-based organizations, as well as a Community Benefits Plan that illustrates how the proposed project will:
1. Support meaningful community and labor engagement
2. Invest in the American workforce
3. Advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
4. Contribute to the goal that 40% of the overall benefits flow to DACs. Letters of support from established labor and community-based organizations are also required.
DOE encourages applicants to demonstrate the above through good neighbor agreements, community workforce agreements, project labor agreements, and other collective bargaining agreements. For more information, review DOE’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Toolkit, as well as our guide to centering equity and high-road labor practices in clean energy RFPs.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Local governments should use the Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts (Historically Disadvantaged Communities) tool to identify and prioritize DACs. For the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Programs, use the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Justice40 Map Tool.
For a complete list of DOT programs covered by J40, click here.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Local governments should use the Environmental Justice Mapping and Screening Tool (EJScreen) to identify and prioritize areas with people of color and/or low-income populations, potential environmental quality issues, and other factors that may be of interest to J40.
For a complete list of EPA programs covered by J40, click here.