Environmental Justice Program
What is Environmental Justice?
The principles of environmental justice call for fairness, regardless of race, color, national origin or income, in the development of laws and regulations that affect every community’s natural surroundings, and the places people live, work, play and learn.
California was one of the first states in the nation to codify environmental justice in statute. Beyond the fair treatment called for in code, leaders in the environmental justice movement work to include those individuals disproportionately impacted by pollution in decision making processes. The aim is to lift the unfair burden of pollution from those most vulnerable to its effects.
CalEnviroScreen Version 2.0
CalEnviroScreen 2.0 is a screening methodology that can be used to help identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. It is an important tool in meeting CalEPA’s commitment to environmental justice for all.
Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement Working Group
Last year, Fresno was the focus of CalEPA’s first multi-agency environmental justice initiative, with the goal of reducing pollution in the city’s most disadvantaged communities. A working group composed of CalEPA’s six boards and departments consulted with community members, provided assistance to regulated businesses, and coordinated inspections and enforcement to address a range of environmental problems. The Fresno Initiative Report describes the initiative’s activities and results. Read the report (PDF).
SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities
CalEPA has responsibility for identifying disadvantaged communities for the purpose of investing State proceeds from the cap-and-trade program. These investments, focused on programs to reduce climate pollution, represent an unprecedented opportunity to improve public health and reduce pollution burden in communities throughout California. Read more.
CalEPA EJ in the Community