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Join the Department of Transportation for Public Meetings on the Justice40 Initiative!

On January 27, President Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) on combatting climate change. The EO also announced the creation of the Justice40 Initiative (“Justice40”).

The goal of Justice40 is to work toward equity for communities that have been marginalized. Many of these communities have been harmed by underinvestment in important programs and services. These include transportation, housing, water, healthcare, and more. Justice40 will try to fix this. Justice40 will direct 40% of federal investments in covered programs to disadvantaged communities. Interim guidance with recommendations has been released.

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is working to developing their approach to Justice40. To start things off, they will host two virtual meetings. These meetings are open to the public. People who join the meetings will hear from USDOT leaders. People can also provide input. Please see below for information and to decide which session(s) to attend.

Read more about the DOT’s Justice40 efforts. If you have questions about the meetings or Justice40, contact [email protected].

Session 1:

Tuesday, November 9, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

This session will introduce Justice40. Presenters from DOT will discuss the benefits the Justice40 transportation investments can bring. You do not need to know about USDOT or Justice40 to attend.

Register for Session 1

Session 2:

Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern

This session will ask people to provide input on what data and measurements to use. This session is geared toward people with prior knowledge of:

  • USDOT structure
  • USDOT programs
  • USDOT funding
  • USDOT terms
  • Types of data used in environmental justice

It is encouraged, but not required, to attend Session 1 before Session 2. 

Register for Session 2


  1. Shawn Tucker says

    U.S. Department of Transportation Public Meeting on Justice40 Session 1 on Nov. 9th @ 12.
    I was screen recording the Public Meeting on Justice 40 for my boss and I have video without sound. Is there a way I can get a copy of the zoom meeting with video and sound? Please contact me ASAP (803)391-5695 or [email protected]