On a day of much climate action, the White House announced Monday the members of its brand-new Environmental Justice Advisory Council. This announcement is a win for climate activists and minority communities, as environmental justice has only recently gained national attention.
The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) was founded in President Biden's Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and it is funded and administrated by the EPA. The WHEJAC will advise the Council on Environmental Quality on how to address both current and historic environmental injustices.
The members of the WHEJAC will be voluntary but the council is official. Its first meeting will be held Tuesday, March 30. Though the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council has been meeting since 1993, the WHEJAC will complement its work.
These are the members of the WHEJAC, as listed by the White House Briefing Room:
LaTricea Adams, Michigan
Susana Almanza, Texas
Jade Begay, South Dakota
Maria Belen-Power, Massachusetts
Dr. Robert Bullard, Texas
Tom Cormons, Virginia
Andrea Delgado, Washington, D.C.
Catherine Flowers, Alabama
Jerome Foster, New York
Kim Havey, Minnesota
Angelo Logan, California
Maria Lopez-Nunez, New Jersey
Harold Mitchell, South Carolina
Richard Moore, New Mexico
Rachel Morello-Frosch, California
Juan Parras, Texas
Michele Roberts, Washington, D.C.
Ruth Santiago, Puerto Rico
Nicky Sheats, New Jersey
Peggy Shepard, New York
Carletta Tilousi, Arizona
Vi Waghiyi, Alaska
Kyle Whyte, Michigan
Beverly Wright, Louisiana
Hli Xyooj, Minnesota
Miya Yoshitani, California
“White House Announces Environmental Justice Advisory Council Members.” The White House, March 29, 2021. The White House. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/29/white-house-announces-environmental-justice-advisory-council-members/.
Pres. Biden. Executive Order 14008. "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad." The White House Briefing Room (27 January 2021). https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/.