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.

2015 Environmental Justice Small Grant Awards

California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez announced more than $500,000 in grants to 28 organizations to improve environmental and health conditions and promote public engagement in California communities disproportionately burdened by pollution. See list

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.

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

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Last updated: April 14, 2015
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