Focusing on Climate
From building climate resilience and adaptation to prioritizing zero-emission vehicles, enforcement, and response to wildfires, drought and much more, climate action is at the forefront for the state, CalEPA and our six departments.
- The California Climate Commitment invests billions of dollars to lead the world in fighting climate change, and it’s designed to involve and benefit all Californians. Read a Fact Sheet on the Governor’s 2023-24 proposed budget.
- The 2022 Scoping Plan, approved by the California Air Resources Board in December 2022, is a world-leading roadmap to address climate change that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 85% and achieves carbon neutrality in 2045.
- The new California Climate Dashboard keeps track of state climate action and progress toward key targets.
- CalEPA’s Climate Action page highlights priorities and the teams coordinating climate efforts.
The state’s new water year began Oct. 1, and with it came fresh concerns about a fourth year of extreme drought. The three-year period from 2020 to 2022 is now the driest on record going back to 1896. Despite a few recent storms, California is still amid a historic drought.
News & updates
CalEPA announces new Environmental Justice Action Grants Program
CalEPA has announced the establishment of its new Environmental Justice Action Grants Program and released draft program guidelines for tribal consultation and public comment. The CalEPA EJ Action Grants aim to address environmental injustices impacting California Native American Tribes, low-income communities, and communities of color by funding actions on supporting emergency preparedness, protecting public health, improving environmental and climate decision-making, and strengthening enforcement. Read the press release. (6/7/23)
New River Improvement Project marks milestone with groundbreaking ceremony in Calexico
A project to improve water quality in the New River as it crosses into California from Mexico broke ground in Calexico today. This milestone reflects years of collaborative advocacy, and nearly $48 million in investments from the state of California. The New River, which runs from Mexico through the city of Calexico to the Salton Sea, is considered one of the most polluted rivers in the nation. The groundbreaking is years in the making and is a key step forward in protecting the environment and public health in the region. Read the press release. (5/26/23)
California approves new regulations to cut transportation pollution
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CalEPA Employment Information
The constituent boards, departments, and offices of the California Environmental Protection Agency do their own hiring under the civil service system of the State of California. They hire over 4,000 engineers, scientists, technicians, information specialists, attorneys, and support staff in locations throughout the state.
In addition to the links provided below, the state maintains a website with a searchable database of job openings for all state agencies and departments. It includes electronic applications that can be completed, stored and updated by individuals who create a free online account. Job seekers can also subscribe to receive email notifications when new openings are posted for positions of their choosing.
To learn more, visit CalCareers.
CalEPA Office of the Secretary
California Air Resources Board
Department of Pesticide Regulation (916) 322-4553
Department of Toxic Substances Control (916) 323-2678
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) (916) 341-6000 (press 4)
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (916) 445-9376
State Water Resources Control Board (916) 341-5127
Regional Water Quality Control Board (916) 341-5127
State employment opportunities are also available at CalHR Exams and Job Vacancies Search.
Environmental Mapping Tools and Data
CalEPA and its departments develop interactive online tools and databases to increase efficiency and transparency. Some of the tools are provided on the Environmental Mapping Tools and Data webpage, which includes a brief description and an explanation of the information conveyed. Some tools are used to help enforce environmental laws, while others are used to identify populations that are the most vulnerable to the effects of pollution to help focus resources. Still other tools help communicate environmental issues, as we work with stakeholders and others develop solutions together. California residents can use these tools to find out more about the environment near their homes, schools or workplaces. Business owners, school administrators, legislators, environmental regulators, and others may also find these tools useful as they search addresses, cities, counties and regions of the state.
To learn more, visit the Environmental Mapping Tools and Data webpage.