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Interviews Begin for DEQ Environmental Justice Study

Feb. 19, 2020

Contact: Greg Bilyeu
 (804) 698-4107

Skeo also to solicit public feedback through webinars and survey

RICHMOND, Va. – As announced by the agency last September, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has enlisted Skeo Solutions, Inc. to develop recommendations on how DEQ can best target its efforts to incorporate clearly articulated environmental justice principles into the agency’s plans, policies and programs. During phase one of the environmental justice study, Skeo completed research and an assessment of DEQ’s statutory authority across air, water and land programs. DEQ is now entering the next phase of work focused on conducting interviews with a broad cross-section of stakeholders.

Informed by best practices of similar government entities, Skeo’s team, led by nationally recognized expert on environmental justice Michael J. Lythcott, will be interviewing environmental justice stakeholders, non-government organizations, local government, the regulated community and DEQ staff from across Virginia. Interviews will gather information about interviewees’ experiences with environmental justice and DEQ’s programs, strengths and weaknesses of related efforts in the commonwealth, and short- and long-term recommendations for improvements. Skeo will begin reaching out to those selected for interviews this week.

Following the interview process, Skeo will hold a series of webinars – open to the public – to share themes and feedback learned during the interview process. A survey will be available following each webinar so that anyone wishing to provide additional comment has the opportunity to do so. More details on the webinars and survey will be shared as soon as they become available.

Feedback from interviewees and webinar participants will be incorporated into Skeo’s final recommendation report to DEQ, which will identify options and make recommendations for a strategic approach to environmental justice in DEQ programs. The final report is expected to be completed this year.

A federally certified small business founded in 1996, Skeo Solutions, Inc. has been in operation for over 20 years and employs a staff of more than 50 who work extensively with federal, state and local government, national organizations and non-profit organizations. Clients include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Program, Georgetown Climate Center, James River Association and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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