Biden Infrastructure Proposal Prioritizes Equity and Environmental Justice

In parts one and two of our series on President Biden’s infrastructure plan, we have discussed infrastructure resilience, remediation, green technologies, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Today, we focus on a central theme woven into President Biden’s proposal: equity and environmental justice.

Many of President Biden’s proposals fall into several of the four areas of federal policy intervention that environmental research institution Resources for the Future has identified as necessary for a fair transition to greener technology: workforce development and labor standards, economic development, environmental remediation, and infrastructure, and public benefits. The summaries below include some of that overlap.

Workforce Development and Labor Standards

As evident by name of President Biden’s infrastructure proposal, the American Jobs Plan, workforce development is a key focus. The proposal focuses on two areas — (1) job creation and training and (2) labor standards — as it invests in low-income communities and communities of color. In particular, the plan calls for:

To support these newly created jobs, the plan calls for:

Economic Development

President Biden’s plan calls for several programs aimed at promoting the economic development of low-income communities and communities that may be economically impacted by a transition to greener technologies.

Environmental Remediation and Infrastructure

As discussed in our first blog post on the infrastructure bill, many of President Biden’s proposals are specifically aimed at remediation efforts. Several of these efforts are specifically geared towards low-income communities and communities of color. These programs include:

Public Benefits

The plan also calls for an increase in public benefits in several areas, such as:

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