Office of Environmental Justice & Equity (OEJE)

The Massachusetts Office of Environmental Justice and Equity (OEJE) is committed to ensuring a fair and equitable distribution of all environmental and energy benefits and burdens. We work with all agencies under the Secretary to ensure every policy and program is designed with equity at the center, ensuring all voices are heard and all voices are shaping the solutions. We are working hard to ensure there is meaningful engagement in all processes, resulting in more equitable public policies.

Who We Serve

The Office of Environmental Justice and Equity serves all residents of the Commonwealth, in particular environmental justice populations who have been most overburdened and marginalized.

News

Press Release

Healey-Driscoll Administration Releases First-Ever Environmental Justice Strategy for Massachusetts 

2/15/2024 Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

New Strategy will Integrate Environmental Justice Principles into Policies, Programs, and Practices

Press Release

Environmental Justice Leader María Belén Power to Join Healey-Driscoll Administration in New Leadership Position 

2/13/2023 Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Power will serve as newly created Undersecretary of Environmental Justice & Equity

Grants

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Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Office of Coastal Zone Management

The Request for Responses (RFR) for Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Grants Is Now Available - The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is seeking proposals for the Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Grants. Municipalities within the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed, along with federally recognized Tribes, certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (including qualifying Tribal entities), regional planning agencies, and stormwater collaboratives in partnership with municipalities, are eligible to apply for funding. Eligible project activities include the assessment and remediation of stormwater pollution, comprehensive habitat restoration planning, municipal capacity-building activities to implement green stormwater infrastructure, and advanced planning to support land acquisition. Competitive projects will include public engagement, outreach, and education and consider climate change impacts to the resource area and design. Grant awards will range from $50,000-$850,000, depending on the project type. Match is optional but recommended. To view the RFR and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 7. The question-and-answer period for the RFR is open until 5:00 p.m. on May 17. Please submit questions to adrienne.pappal@mass.gov. Answers to all questions will be posted on the COMMBUYS website after May 24.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program

The Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program for the implementation of bog renovations that promote more efficient bogs both in design and production while enhancing the business and environmental sustainability of the cranberry operation.

Awards are limited to $25,000 per acre up to a maximum of $125,000.

Applications Due:  4:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2024.

Program details: Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program | Mass.gov
Contact: Laura Maul at Laura.Maul@mass.gov or (857) 507-5972

Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program (AFSIP)

The Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program (AFSIP) is a reimbursement grant program that supports produce and aquaculture operations that are looking to improve their food safety practices that work towards minimizing the risks of microbial contamination and food-borne illnesses while increasing market access.

Participants selected for funding are provided with reimbursement grants for 80% of total project costs up to $50,000.

Applications Due:  4:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2024.

Details here: Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program | Mass.gov

Contact: Laura Maul at Laura.Maul@mass.gov or 857-507-5972

Climate Smart Agriculture Program (CSAP)

The Climate Smart Agriculture Program links MDAR's water, energy, and climate grants together into one application. This includes the Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) Program, the Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP), and the Agricultural Energy Grant Program (ENER). This program continues the goals of the three individual grants by implementing projects that help the agricultural sector adapt to climate change, mitigate climate change, reducing or preventing impacts to natural resources that may result from agricultural practices, and that improve energy efficiency and facilitate adoption of alternative clean energy technologies.

The CSAP grant is broken into two sections.

  • Section I:  Environment is for environmental projects such as soil health, water use efficiency, or other projects working towards reducing or limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Section II:  Energy is Ag-Energy projects to improve energy efficiency or to facilitate clean energy adoption.

Applicants can apply to either or both sections.

Participants selected for funding under either section are provided with reimbursement grants for 80% of total project costs up to $50,000.

Applications Due: 4:00pm on Friday, May 31, 2024.

Program details here: Climate Smart for Agriculture Program | Mass.gov

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Our Team

The Office of Environmental Justice and Equity sits in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. We work with every office and agency under the Secretary, to implement environmental justice strategies and principles into our everyday work. Our team comprises Undersecretary María Belén Power, Assistant Secretary Crystal Johnson, Deputy Director Caroline Lemoine, and Program Manager Krishana Abrahim-Petrie. We are currently filling two additional roles: Director and Liaison. Our team also includes interns from different colleges and universities. Together we serve all residents of the Commonwealth as well as work with all agencies under the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, as well as other Secretariats.

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