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Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice (EPA), is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

The USCEI works with the Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) on solving the issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and immigrant integration. The Environmental Justice project explores environmental justice implications of market-based strategies that the California may use to achieve carbon reduction goals set forth by AB 32. It has engaged the environmental justice community along with researchers and other experts to discuss the implications of such climate change policies and will analyze the various environmental justice outcomes of different regulatory and market-based strategies currently under consideration by California.



  • Environmental impacts on low-income and minority communities.


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