Environmental justice is achieved when everyone, regardless of race, culture, or income, enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and of equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
PNNL partners with the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, federal and state agencies, and industry to identify and engage minority, low-income, resource-dependent, or other historically disadvantaged populations in regulatory decision-making, environmental assessment, and impact estimation of the consequences of large and complex polices and projects.
Framework for Assessment of Complex Environmental Tradeoffs (FACET) allows leaders to make policy and business decisions that are risk-informed, socially equitable, and defensible valuations for all stakeholders based upon optimal trade-off analyses.
Stakeholder Engagement - Our public outreach expertise—four decades developing and managing engagement campaigns, facilitating large meetings and conducting individual interviews—enables input on both the beneficial and negative potential impacts of complex projects on communities or groups of individuals, including underserved communities.
Comment Response Management System - PNNL developed this proven and effective knowledge management tool to provide a rapid and effective way to efficiently synthesize public and stakeholder comments at both large scales and broad scopes.
Environmental Risk and Assessment - Our expertise lies in developing solutions and tools to address complex challenges with difficult trade-offs. We help decision-makers, agencies, and industry partners navigate the impacts of climate change and changing baselines and evaluate environmental justice, energy infrastructure siting, flooding potential, and contaminant fate and transport.
Energy Equity - PNNL is spearheading an effort to advance equity and energy justice through the role of scientific research with the goal of building an advanced national power grid, transitioning to clean reliable energy, and designing smart buildings that are more just and equitable.
PNNL provides population screening analysis, impact pathway identification, and development of prescriptive techniques for agency staff to utilize in assessing environmental justice impacts of federal actions.