The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments hereby gives public notice that it is the policy of the agency to assure full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, Executive Order 13166 on Limited English Proficiency, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.
Title VI requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which PPACG receives federal financial assistance.
Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency”, requires Federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and develop and implement a system to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access to them.
Executive Order 12898 (1994) directs each federal agency to make environmental justice part of its mission. It dictates that, “each federal agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.”
2023 Title VI and Environmental Justice Plan
PPACG’s Title VI Plan sets standards and describes how transportation planning activities will be performed in a nondiscriminatory manner.
In 2019, PPACG combined environmental justice and Title VI into a single coherent plan that meets all related federal requirements for both. It clarified terms and several areas of law and incorporates a more thorough geographic analysis of environmental justice populations in the region. It also introduces reporting and tracking requirements for greater accountability. In 2023, PPACG’s Board of Directors adopted an update to this plan that included additional reporting related to FTA 5310 funding as well as updated demographics information.
The protection of persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is an extension of the prohibition against national origin discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. An update to the LEP Plan was also adopted in 2023.