Environmental Justice

There are three fundamental Environmental Justice principles:

  • To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.

  • To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process.

  • To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority populations and low-income populations

Effective transportation decision making includes understanding and properly addressing the unique needs of diverse socio-economic groups. VTrans is committed to a more comprehensive and inclusive approach while accounting for changes in both the human and natural environments resulting from transportation projects. The implementation of non-discriminatory environmental justice principles improves all levels of transportation-related decision making. This approach will produce transportation decisions that meet the needs of a diverse community, increase and strengthen community-based participation and partnerships in the transportation development process, and improve the access and quality of transportation services in the project area.

For further information contact:

Sue Hackney
Deputy Chief, Civil Rights & Labor Compliance 
Vermont Agency of Transportation
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05633
Phone: (802) 828-5858   Fax: (802) 828-1047
Cell: (802) 249-9291