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EPA Establishes Environmental Justice Clearinghouse

EPA announced the Environmental Justice Clearinghouse, a comprehensive, internet-based resource hub related to environmental justice (EJ) tools, resources, and information. The preliminary resources listed were submitted by agencies from across the federal government, including funding opportunities, screening and mapping tools, and technical assistance.

Small businesses can derive several benefits from the Environmental Justice Clearinghouse:

  • Access to Resources: The EJ Clearinghouse provides a curated collection of materials related to environmental justice. Small businesses can access guidelines, case studies, policy documents, and best practices tailored to their needs.
  • Compliance Guidance: Stay informed about regulatory requirements. The EJ Clearinghouse offers insights into compliance measures, helping businesses navigate environmental regulations effectively.
  • Community Engagement: Engage with the local community. Learn how to foster positive relationships, address concerns, and collaborate on sustainable initiatives. The EJ Clearinghouse provides tools for meaningful community involvement.
  • Mitigation Strategies: Discover mitigation and restoration practices. If your business operates in areas impacted by environmental issues, the EJ Clearinghouse offers practical solutions to minimize ecological harm.
  • User Feedback: Small businesses can actively contribute to improving the EJ Clearinghouse. Share feedback, suggest enhancements, and help shape a valuable resource for all stakeholders.
Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.