Opportunity to comment on draft DHHS Environmental Justice Strategy

"The Draft 2012 HHS Environmental Justice Strategy (PDF – 557KB) introduces the vision of "a nation that equitably promotes healthy community environments and protects the health of all people."

Details, with links to each section of the draft, are available on the HHS Environmental Justice Strategy website.

"HHS recognizes that disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards with negative health effects persist in minority and low-income populations and Indian tribes and that coordinated Federal action is needed to eliminate these disparities. The 2012 HHS Strategy is intended to provide clear direction of goals, strategies and actions to address environmental justice in minority and low-income populations and Indian tribes.

"The 2012 HHS Strategy is organized into four interrelated strategic elements as follows:

  • Policy Development and Dissemination;
  • Education and Training;
  • Research and Data Collection, Analysis and Utilization; and
  • Services.

Members of the public can submit comments on the Draft 2012 HHS Strategy to ejstrategy@hhs.gov. The 60-day public comment period opens on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 and ends at 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Submitted comments will be a part of the public record and therefore available to the public. The final 2012 HHS Strategy will be released in February 2012.

OskiCat and proxy server downtime on 11/19

The following services will be unavailable from midnight through as late as 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, while we perform scheduled maintenance:

  • OskiCat, the UC Berkeley library catalog (including searching, request, and renewal functions).
  • UCB call number and availability information in Melvyl.
  • The library proxy server for accessing licensed electronic resources (VPN will still work).

Other than that, our website will not be affected.