Log in links for this page

MDAR's Environmental Justice Program

All people have a right to be protected from environmental hazards and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment.

MDAR strives to promote and integrate EJ considerations across their programs, policies, and activities to ensure the equal access and meaningful involvement of all people residing in the Commonwealth with respect to agricultural economic and environmental sustainability and the equitable development, implementation, and accessibility to information and resources

Translated Instructions for Language Access on Mass.gov

Request Translation of an MDAR document


Table of Contents

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental Justice (EJ) is based on the principle that all people have a right to be protected from environmental hazards and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment. EJ is the equal protection and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies and the equitable distribution of environmental benefits.


“Environmental Justice Population” is defined by the Environmental Justice Policy, issued by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in 2017, and updated in June, 2021, as

(A) a neighborhood that meets 1 or more of the following criteria:

  1. the annual median household income is not more than 65 per cent of the statewide annual median household income;
  2. (minorities comprise 40 per cent or more of the population;
  3. 25 per cent or more of households lack English language proficiency; or
  4. minorities comprise 25 per cent or more of the population and the annual median household income of the municipality in which the neighborhood is located does not exceed 150 per cent of the statewide annual median household income; or

(B) a geographic portion of a neighborhood designated by the Secretary as an environmental justice population in accordance with law.

EEA's EJ MapViewer displays Environmental Justice block groups within Massachusetts. 

Civil Rights and Non-Discrimination: EEA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, income, ethnicity, class, handicap, religious creed or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, English language proficiency or ancestry in administration of its programs or activities, and, it does not retaliate against or intimidate any individual because they have exercised their rights to participate in actions protected by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7 and all other applicable federal and state civil rights and non-discrimination laws and regulations.

Additional Resources

EJ MapViewer

The environmental justice map viewer is an interactive map that displays the 2020 EJ block groups, based upon demographic criteria developed by the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). Environmental Justice block groups are shaded in seven different colors depending on the demographics of the community.

Environmental Justice Strategy

EEA’s EJ Policy and Executive Order 552 require that the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources develop their own strategies to “proactively promote environmental justice in all neighborhoods in ways that are tailored to their agencies’ mission.” 

The public comment period for the Draft Environmental Justice Strategy has closed. MDAR and other EEA agencies are in the process of reviewing comments that were provided, and will be posting a final version of the strategy, along with a response to comments in the future. 

Environmental Justice Strategy and Translated Versions

The 2022 Draft Environmental Justice Strategy is available in the following languages for public comment:

English | Español Português | 中国人 | Kreyòl ayisyen |
Tiếng Việt | عربي | ខ្មែរ | Русский | Kriolu

Request for paper copies in the above languages can be submitted by email to ej.inquiries@mass.gov or submitted in writing to:

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge St., Suite 900 
Boston, MA 02114 
Attn: Carline Lemoine, Deputy Director of EJ for External Stakeholder Coordination

Past Environmental Justice Policies

The 2017 Environmental Justice Policy is available in:






Haitian Creole

2002 Environmental Justice Policy

Current Environmental Justice Initiatives

MDAR is currently working to…

  • Enhance communication related to resources and information, targeting non-English media outlets, as well as local community organizations to disseminate information. Complete our Interest Form to share significant EJ media outlets with MDAR. 
  • Increase language access with greater availability to public documents with translation as well as interpretation services for public meetings (in person or electronic). Stakeholders can request translation of a document, or email our EJ point of contact, Rebecca.Davidson@Mass.gov, for translation/interpretation needs. 
  • Create an EJ workgroup within MDAR, with staff from each division, to develop, discuss and ensure that policies are implemented, as well as internal EJ trainings for all staff.

To receive regular updates on our Environmental Justice activities, please complete our Interest Form

Get in Touch!

Sign up for our EJ newsletter to receive updates on MDAR's environmental justice activities. Click here to view past issues.

  1. MDAR EJ Point Person is Rebecca Davidson, who can be reached at Rebecca.Davidson@mass.gov or 857-202-7699.

  2. EEA EJ Director is Rishi Reddi who can be reached at rishi.p.reddi@mass.gov or 617-626-1039

Additional Resources

Environmental Justice Complaints

For any environmental justice concerns, complaints, compliments or ideas, or to find out more about our agency environmental, energy and climate justice efforts, please contact EEA’s Office of Environmental Justice by reaching out to:

Rishi P. Reddi 

Director of Environmental Justice Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

100 Cambridge St., Suite 900 

Boston, MA 02114 

Email: Rishi.p.reddi@mass.gov  


Carline L. Lemoine

Deputy Director of Environmental Justice for External Stakeholder Coordination

100 Cambridge St., Suite 900 

Boston, MA 02114 

Email: Carline.lemoine2@mass.gov

Federal Laws and Executive Orders

Massachusetts Executive Order on Environmental Justice:

The Executive Order 552 was issued on November 25th, 2014 requiring Secretariats to take action in promoting environmental justice. 

Federal Law and Executive Orders

Enhancing Access to Information

In order to enhance equitable access to information, MDAR has published a booklet and flyers that provide an overview of agency programs and services. These materials are available upon request, and are translated into several languages. 

To order printed materials, please contact Olivia Palmer at Olivia.Palmer@Mass.gov or Rebecca Davidson at Rebecca.Davidson@Mass.gov.

Additional Resources

Date published: December 20, 2022
Last updated: December 20, 2022

Help Us Improve Mass.gov with your feedback