Environmental Justice Program

What is Environmental Justice?

CalEPA and our boards, departments, and office shall accord the highest respect and value to every individual and community, by developing and conducting our public health and environmental protection programs, policies, and activities in a manner that promotes equity and affords fair treatment, accessibility, and protection for all Californians, regardless of race, age, culture, income, or geographic location.

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.

Commitment to EJ

California faces a wide variety of complex and daunting environmental challenges: we must improve our air and water quality, preserve and enhance our diverse ecosystems, clean up the contamination left behind by many years of industrial and agricultural use, provide our communities with safe drinking water, and ensure that consumers are not subject to undue chemical threats. At the same time, we must plan for continued economic development and prepare for anticipated population growth during a period of uncertainty caused by changes in our climate.

It is CalEPA’s commitment and obligation to see that when we respond to these challenges we do so fairly and in a way that protects the rights of all Californians.

EJ Compliance and Enforcement Working Group

CalEPA established the Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement Working Group in June 2013 as part of an ongoing effort to integrate environmental justice considerations into our mission. It underscores the Agency’s commitment to ensuring that all Californians enjoy a clean and healthy environment.

The Working Group coordinates compliance and enforcement by involving the enforcement chiefs from within each of the boards, departments and office. The Working Group focuses enforcement efforts on multiple types of pollution simultaneously, whether it involves air, water, toxics, solid waste or pesticides.

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

 


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Last updated: July 22, 2014
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