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Immediate Release

The Department of Defense Announces Environmental Justice Listening Sessions

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced this week, two listening sessions to solicit input from the public on its environmental justice (EJ) strategy.

DOD is updating its EJ Strategy in accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 14096, Revitalizing Our Nation's Commitment to Environmental Justice for All, and to pursue a whole-of-government approach to advancing EJ.

To ensure community needs and concerns are heard, the Department has scheduled the following listening sessions on June 25 and 27, 2024. During the sessions, DOD will briefly discuss its draft goals and overall approach to implementing EJ across the Department's policies, programs, and other activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to provide input on the Department's draft EJ goals and approach. 

The listening sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Listening Session Title Date Time (Eastern) Registration Link
Public Listening Session #1 06/25/2024 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register here for Session #1
Public Listening Session #2 06/27/2024 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Register here for Session #2

Interested individuals may also submit written comments to the Department by:

DOD will consider all comments received or postmarked by July 9, 2024. The Department recognizes that public engagement is an ongoing process and will investigate opportunities to further engage communities with environmental justice concerns. 

The Department also invited Tribal leaders and organizations to participate and provide feedback on DOD's EJ strategy in three listening sessions dedicated to federally recognized Tribes. 

More information on the listening sessions, including how to register for them are available on the Federal Register. For more information on the Department's EJ efforts visit: or contact