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.

New2016 Environmental Justice Small Grant Cycle Open

Applications are being accepted through January 22, 2016 for the Environmental Justice Small Grant program. More information.

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.

New Report Describes CalEPA Environmental Justice Initiative in FresnoEnvironmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement Working Group

The Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement Working Group selected a portion of the City of Fresno and its surrounding unincorporated area for its first initiative, with the goal of increasing compliance with environmental laws in this area. View report (PDF, 12 MB).


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Last updated: October 6, 2015
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