Environmental Justice

Overview

Environmental Justice is about equal and fair access to a healthy environment, with the goal of protecting underrepresented and poorer communities from incurring disproportionate environmental impacts. The SCAG region is demographically and economically diverse, and displays the extremes in household income. The region includes heavily urban and entirely rural areas, as well as terrain that in some instances make achieving air quality goals challenging.

Considerations of Environmental Justice are both good planning practices as well as to meet the federal and state requirements. The federal requirements originated from Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI). Title VI establishes the need for transportation agencies to disclose to the public the benefits and burdens of proposed projects on minority populations. The understanding of civil rights has then been expanded to include low-income communities, in addition to minority populations. In addition to federal requirements, SCAG must comply with California requirements for Environmental Justice.

Contact

Help us keep our contact information updated. If you have any questions, comments or would like to join the Environmental Justice mailing list, please contact:

Ms. Anita Au
(213) 236-1874
environmentaljustice@scag.ca.gov​

Resources & Links

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Environmental Justice Working Group (EJWG)

As part of the Regional Planning Working Groups (RPWG), the Environmental Justice Working Group (EJWG) started in May 2018. The purposes of the EJWG is to share information regarding SCAG’s EJ Program and efforts, the development of regional transportation plans/sustainable community strategies and provide a platform for continuous discussions on relevant EJ issues and topics.

Environmental Justice Working Group

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Current Information

Plan Performance Technical Report

Final Connect SoCal Environmental Justice Technical Report

Upcoming EJWG Meetings

The next Environmental Justice Working Group meeting is TBD.

Agendas and presentations can be found on the RPWG webpage.

Meeting Summaries:

November 19, 2020 Meeting Summary
September 24, 2020 Meeting Summary
January 9, 2020 Meeting Summary
August 15, 2019 Meeting Summary

For more meeting summaries, please email environmentaljustice@scag.ca.gov.