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The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and our boards, departments, and office (BDOs) 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.
La Agencia de Protección Ambiental del Estado de California (CalEPA) y nuestros consejos, departamentos y oficina (CDO) acordarán debidamente el mas alto respeto y valor a cada individuo y comunidad, desarrollando y llevando acabo nuestros programas de salud publica y protección ambiental, políticas y actividades de una manera que promueve equidad y da paso a tratamiento justo, accesibilidad y protección a todo Californiano sin considerar raza, edad, cultura, ingreso o ubicación geográfica.
CalEPA Environmental Justice Program Update, February 2014
This report (PDF) discusses the steps CalEPA and its Boards, Departments, and Office have taken to implement environmental justice, in accordance with Public Resources Code Sections 71110-71116.
CalEPA Creates New Environmental Justice Working Group
On June 28, 2013, CalEPA California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriquez today announced the formation of a new agency-wide working group to improve compliance with state environmental laws in California communities most burdened by pollution.
CalEPA Creates New Environmental Justice Working Group
• Memorandum: CalEPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez Announcing Establishment of Working Group (PDF)
• Policy Memorandum and Charter: Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement Working Group (PDF)
CalEPA Provides Grants to Communities for Environmental Justice Projects
On June 13, 2013, CalEPA announced the selection of 13 organizations for this year's Environmental Justice Small Grants. The program will provide nearly $250,000 to these community-based nonprofit groups and federally recognized tribal governments to support environmental justice-related projects across California.
• Press Release:
CalEPA Provides Grants to Communities for Environmental
Justice Projects (PDF)
• Project Summaries: 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants Project Summaries (PDF)
CalEnviroScreen 1.1 (California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool)
This updated tool presents the nation’s first comprehensive screening methodology to identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution and presents the statewide results of the analysis using the screening tool. CalEnviroScreen is a screening methodology that can be used to help identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution.
CalEnviroscreen 1.1 uses the same methodology as Version 1.0 except that the indicator for race/ethnicity was removed from the calculation of a community’s CalEnviroScreen score. This change was made to facilitate the use of the tool by government entities that may be restricted from considering race/ethnicity when making certain decisions. The CalEnviroScreen 1.1 document continues to calculate scores for the state’s ZIP codes. While race and ethnicity will not be used in the calculations, a new section has been added that provides information on the racial and ethnic composition of communities throughout the state. This information contributes to a better understanding of the relationship between race/ethnicity and the pollution burdens facing communities in California. CalEPA and OEHHA are committed to updating and expanding this section as new versions of the tool are released.
California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool Report (CalEnviroScreen 1.1) (PDF)
Race and Ethnicity and CalEnviroScreen 1.1
The document below provides a sampling of scientific literature showing that the relationship between pollutant exposure, stress, and health outcomes can vary based on race and ethnicity. Information on the composition of communities throughout the state by race and ethnicity is also included. CalEPA and OEHHA recognize the need to better examine and understand the relationship between race/ethnicity and pollution burden, which is also explored in this document. CalEPA and OEHHA are committed to updating and expanding this analysis as new versions of the tool are released.
- Analysis of CalEnviroScreen 1.1 Scores and Race/Ethnicity (PDF)
- Análisis de la Puntuación CalEnviroScreen 1.1 y la Raza/Etnicidad (PDF)
Online Mapping Application of CalEnviroScreen 1.1 and Data
• CalEnviroScreen 1.1 Highest Scoring ZIP Codes (Top 10%)
• CalEnviroScreen 1.1 Statewide ZIP Code results (All Zip Codes)
• Microsoft Excel spreadsheet showing raw data and calculated percentiles for individual indicators (MS Excel), as well as combined CalEnviroScreen 1.1 scores for individual ZIP codes
CalEnviroScreen Results and Data in Other Formats:
- Microsoft Excel spreadsheet: A spreadsheet showing raw data and calculated percentiles for individual indicators and combined CalEnviroScreen scores for individual ZIP codes with additional demographic information: CalEnviroScreenData_v11.xls
- Google Earth file: A file which can be opened using the free Google Earth application to view results in map format (Google Earth may be downloaded here): CalEnviroScreen1.1.kmz (Note: this file will download via GoogleDocs)
- ArcGIS Geodatabase: A zipped file which can be unzipped, then opened using ArcGIS software to view the results in a File Geodatabase Feature Class format (ArcGIS is a paid subscription): CES1_1Geodatabase.zip
For questions regarding this report, accompanying documents or the web application, please contact John Faust at (510) 622-3200 or CalEnviroScreen@oehha.ca.gov.