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.


Environmental Justice Small Grants

The CalEPA Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants are available to help eligible non-profit (501(c)(3) IRS tax designated) community organizations and federally-recognized Tribal governments to address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. 

On January 17, 2020, Agency Secretary Blumenfeld directed the release for Notice of Funding Availability for the 2020 Cycle of the CalEPA EJ Small Grants Program with at least $1 million will be available for award.  The maximum grant amount is $50,000 and the grant term is 12 months.

Deadline for applications is April 17, 2020.  For more information, visit the EJ Funding page.


CalEnviroScreen Version 3.0

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 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.