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AMWA’s Environmental Justice and Equity Award, introduced in 2023, recognizes member utilities that have made a commitment to advancing environmental equity and justice in their communities. EPA defines environmental justice as 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.

While there are many ways utilities can pursue environmental justice, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to working towards environmental justice. Winners will have demonstrated how their utility has overcome the historic inequities and barriers to sustainable urban water systems within their communities served by including equity and civic involvement as some of the building blocks to attaining an equitable and sustainable water system.

The EJ award is an independent award in AMWA’s Portfolio. As this award develops, past winners of the EJ Award will be eligible to apply to receive the award again, three years or more after receiving their previous Environmental Justice and Equity Award.

Example: Environmental Justice and Equity Award-Winning Application

Environmental Justice and Equity Award

Recent Award Winners