Environment and Energy
Overview

The mission of the Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) is to advance and sustain environmental compliance in HUD-assisted projects and programs, foster environmental and cultural stewardship, and support the provision of decent, safe, and high-performing housing. OEE manages the environmental review process across HUD programs and supports energy-efficient, high performance buildings.

Environmental Planning

The Environmental Planning Division (EPD) is a headquarters team of subject matter experts to develop policy, standards, criteria, and guidelines for environmental review processes. The EPD develops innovative methods for environmental planning and assessment and provides technical assistance to HUD program offices and constituents.

Environmental Review

An environmental review is the process of reviewing a project and its potential environmental impacts to determine whether it meets federal, state, and local environmental standards. OEE is responsible for oversight of the HUD’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) through the environmental review process required for all HUD-funded programs and projects.

High-Performance Buildings

OEE supports HUD’s program offices and provides assistance to HUD program offices, partners and grant recipients to advance high-performance building policies and practices in Public Housing and HUD-assisted and HUD-insured multifamily housing. This includes promoting best practices in lowering water and energy costs, improving disaster resilience, and ensuring investments in existing affordable multifamily housing improve both energy performance and resident health and comfort.

Climate Action

OEE staff helps support the implementation of HUD’s Climate Action Plan through the Climate and Environmental Working Group. The Climate Action Plan is HUD’s ambitious plan to tackle the climate crisis will help communities across the nation build more resilient infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create well-paid jobs, and pursue environmental justice for disproportionately impacted communities.

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Content current as of January 5, 2022.