Evers creates new office of environmental justice

Posted at 10:43 AM, Apr 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-22 11:43:39-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has signed an executive order creating a new office of environmental justice, announcing the move on Earth Day.

Republicans last year removed the office from Evers' proposed budget. But the Democrat up for reelection this November got around them by creating it through an executive order on Friday.

The new office will work with the existing Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy.

The goal will be to facilitate collaboration across state agencies to promote environmentally just policies. Evers earlier this week released the state's first clean energy plan.