Many communities face greater environmental exposures and public health risks due to a history of inequitable environmental policies and access to the decision-making process. Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
EPA and partners have launched the Environmental Justice (EJ) Video Challenge for Students to enhance communities’ capacity to address environmental and public health inequities. The goals of the challenge are to:
Inspire students at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and its territories to work directly with communities in the identification and characterization of EJ challenges using data and publicly available tools, and
Help communities (including residents and other stakeholders) address EJ challenges and/or vulnerabilities to environmental and public health hazards using data and publicly available tools.
This EJ Video Challenge for Students is structured in two separate phases, each with their own timelines. A brief description of each phase is noted below.
The goal of Phase 1 is for students to create a video to demonstrate innovative approaches to identify and characterize an EJ issue(s) in a select community using data and publicly available tools. Students will submit a video that meets requirements outlined in the Video Submission Requirements - Phase 1 section below.
Students are strongly encouraged to work in teams and identify and collaborate with community organizations that may bring important understanding and perspective to the EJ challenge(s) the community is facing.
* NOTE: The total amount to be awarded will be dependent upon the number of submissions
received. The final amount of the monetary prizes for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place winners may differ if
the number of Honorable Mentions is less than (7) seven.
In Phase 2, students will develop a video to display how they used data and publicly available tools to identify strategies and opportunities to address an identified EJ issue(s) and worked with a community-based organization(s) to inform strategies for intervention and/or facilitated effective community engagement and advocacy on the EJ issues. Details on the specific requirements and prizes for Phase 2 will be shared at a later date.
Challenge Co-Sponsor Organizations
The below organizations are co-sponsoring this challenge.
American Public Health Association (APHA)
Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC-N)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Environmental Justice (peer-reviewed journal)
For more details, including how to enter visit the EPA website.