MDB supports programs and agencies that address environmental justice issues.


looking at the chimney-stalksEnvironmental Justice is a principle of American democracy that combines civil rights with environmental protection. MDB has been on the forefront of environmental justice issues, and we proactively address the interests and needs of people and communities disproportionately affected by environmental problems. Through our expertise in education, training, research, outreach, facilitation, and stakeholder engagement we support programs and agencies that address environmental disparities and improve the lives of underrepresented people.


Environmental justice strategy

  • MDB supported the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in developing and implementing its 2012 Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan. This plan provides direction for HHS to achieve environmental justice as part of its mission.
  • MDB helped the U.S. Department of Energy analyze environmental justice issues and develop recommendations for resolution of those issues.
  • For the NIEHS, MDB developed a report called “Advancing Environmental Justice,” which provides a history of the environmental justice movement and the grant funding investments made by the Institute, an analysis of those contributions, and conclusions and next steps.

Facilitating dialogue

  • For more than a decade, MDB has facilitated an ongoing multi-stakeholder, private-public dialogue in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This dialogue has addressed a variety of environmental justice issues and is viewed by many as a national model of collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution. Read more here.


  • MDB supported the EPA Office of Water in developing an Environmental Justice Outreach Resource Guide. MDB conducted interviews, wrote the guide, and assisted in its roll out.

 Download and read more about our capabilities in our 2015 Environmental Justice brochure.