Responsible entities, recipients, applicants, and partners are required to conduct an environmental review before beginning a HUD-funded project. Learn more about Environmental Review.
What is an Environmental Assessment?
The environmental assessment (EA) is one of the five levels of environmental reviews listed in 24 CFR Part 58 and 24 CFR Part 50. Environmental assessments are essential in determining how a project may affect the environment and how the environment may affect the project.
When is an Environmental Assessment Required?
This level of review, prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act, is typically required when a proposed project has activities such as new construction or a change in land use.
When an environmental assessment is required under 24 CFR 58.36 or 24 CFR Part 50 Subpart E, responsible entities, recipients, applicants, and partners must thoroughly investigate the impacts of the project on the surrounding environment, community, and population and the impacts of the surrounding conditions on the project.
Environmental Assessment Factors and Categories eGuide
This Environmental Assessment eGuide will help environmental review preparers review all aspects of their project. The eGuide is fully searchable and updated with the latest requirements, resources, and best practices for conducting an environmental assessment.
Climate ChangeAs you work through the environmental assessment factors in this guide, remember to consider how the results of your analysis may change under foreseeable future conditions due to climate change. Climate change is already affecting communities throughout the United States, so you should consider whether each factor under review is vulnerable to present and future climate change effects and whether the project and its occupants are protected from those impacts.
Please note: Two new EA Factors, Climate Change and Environmental Justice, have been added to the EA Factors eGuide. Until the HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS) is updated to add a dedicated row for these new factors, review preparers should report any Climate Change and Environmental Justice impacts and mitigation in the Other Factors row under the Natural Features EA category in HEROS.
Explore the Environmental Assessment eGuide
To navigate this eGuide, click through each of the factors and their categories to find relevant guidance and information.