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Newark, New Jersey Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impact Ordinance

July 7, 2016

The Newark Municipal Council passed the Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance to address long standing health disparities among Newark’s poorest communities. While the ordinance is not specifically about climate change, it does provide a mechanism to address cumulative environmental impacts that lead to the disproportionate climate risks on low-income residents and people of color. This ordinance requires industrial and commercial development proposals to include information about cumulative environmental impacts that will allow decisionmakers and the public to make an informed decision if the development meets the city’s sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: City of Newark, New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California SB 1000 -  Land use: general plans: safety and environmental justice

September 24, 2016

Senate Bill 1000 requires cities and counties of California to include an Environmental Justice element in their General Plans. The intent of the bill is to ensure that local governments proactively plan for and address environmental justice when developing their long-term goals, policies, and objectives for land use and any future growth. With this legislation, all cities and counties need to identify their “disadvantaged communities” and develop strategies to mitigate and reduce environment-related health risks.

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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CA EO N-05-19 CAL FIRE to provide recommendations on wildfire prevention and mitigation, including at-risk populations

January 8, 2019

From California Governor Gavin Newsom, this Executive Order directs CAL FIRE and other state agencies to recommend administrative, regulatory, and policy changes to prevent and mitigate wildfires. To support the California communities most vulnerable to wildfire impacts, the California Department of Fire and Forest Protection (CAL FIRE) will also recommend a methodology to assess what communities are at greater risk from wildfire that includes socioeconomic factors. The order states that California's “present emergency condition” with wildfire is due to a history of fire exclusion, forests managed to be overcrowded, climate change and drought.

Related Organizations: State of California

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Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations

February 11, 1994

On February 11, 1994, President Clinton signed E.O. 12898 which directs federal agencies to make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health, environmental, economic and social effects of its activities on minority and low-income populations.  Agencies are further directed to identify potential effects and mitigation measures in consultation with affected communities.

Related Organizations: Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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King County, Washington Ordinance 16948 and Equity Impact Review Process

October 11, 2010

Ordinance 16948, commonly referred to as King County’s Equity and Social Justice Ordinance, establishes definitions and directs implementation steps related to the “fair and just” principle of the adopted 2010-2014 countywide strategic plan. These steps include: applying “equity and social justice foundational practices” to county actions, plans, systems, and budgets; establishing an interbranch team to facilitate accountability and coordination; and releasing an annual equity report.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Minneapolis Resolution Establishing "Green Zones"

April 28, 2017

On April 28 2017, the Minneapolis City Council approved a final Resolution establishing a Green Zones policy to facilitate community-led planning in socioeconomically vulnerable neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the goal of prioritizing city initiatives to combat a range of resiliency challenges. Within Green Zones pilot areas, city officials will work with the community to develop work plans, focused on specific neighborhoods, that will be designed to prioritize initiatives and link city policies on economic development, gentrification, racial equity, and climate resiliency, to achieve an equitable distribution of resources.

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California Coastal Commission Environmental Justice Policy

March 8, 2019

Established in 1972, the California Coastal Commission has a mandate “to protect and enhance California’s coast and ocean for current and future generations" by regulating development with local government. In 2016, AB 2616 was enacted to amend the state’s Coastal Act, giving the Commission authority to specifically consider environmental justice when making coastal permit decisions. While providing the public and the Commission with guidance on how the agency will implement its authority under AB 2616 - the 2019 environmental justice policy is intended to integrate the principles of environmental justice, equality, and social equity into all aspects of the Commission’s program and operations.

Related Organizations: California Coastal Commission

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Climate Change & Community of Color: Key Poll Findings and Top Lines

2014

This report summarizes a 2014 poll that assessed people of color's views on climate change. It finds that climate change is a high profile issue for communities of color. It also finds that voters of color see economic benefits to investing in the green economy and see addressing climate change as a moral obligation. The poll  surveyed 800 registered African American, Latino, and Asian voters in the summer of 2014. 

Related Organizations: Green For All

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Status and Progress in Engaging Communities of Color to Advance Resilience to Climate Change: Experience of 15 U.S. Cities

December 2014

From the Texas Health Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report documents a study of the progress made by major U. S. cities in engaging vulnerable communities of color in climate change planning and adaptation. A large variation was found in cities across the country, and lessons learned of the most socially equitable and progressive adaptation planning strategies are shared. The report offers community level “bottom-up” engagement strategies to inform national, state, and local policies and programs on socially equitable climate change planning.

Related Organizations: Texas Health Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Social Equity and Climate Change

November 2015

Social Equity and Climate Change is a “discussion paper about community resilience” from the Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). This Brief describes social equity issues specifically related to the impacts of climate change, and includes a broader examination of issues of social equity in planning and public policy at the community level. The paper consists of “Strategies to Promote Social Equity in Adapting to Climate Change Effects” which focus on five issues of particular importance for vulnerable populations:  Learn about communities and find a reading list that will help you think through resilient affordable housing strategies.

Related Organizations: American Planning Association (APA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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