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.

CalEPA EJ in the Community

Public Meetings

Top News:

CalEPA Invites Applications For Environmental Justice Grants

On June 30, 2014, CalEPA Secretary Rodriquez made available $250,000 for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. The Program will provide nearly $250,000 to grassroots community-based nonprofit groups and federally recognized tribal governments to support environmental justice-related projects across California.

Arsenio Mataka, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice meets with United Voices of Pomona
Caption: Arsenio Mataka, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice meets with United Voices of Pomona

 


Share This

Last updated: August 25, 2014
California Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.calepa.ca.gov
General Public Contact, cepacomm@calepa.ca.gov (916) 323-2514