Environmental justice is defined as “the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies” in Government Code Section 65040.12. In 2016, the Governor signed AB 2616 (Burke), which amended the Coastal Act and gives the Commission new authority to specifically consider environmental justice when making permit decisions. This legislation also cross-references existing non-discrimination and civil rights law in the government code and requires the governor to appoint an environmental justice Commissioner to our board.
Commission staff is developing an environmental justice policy to guide how the agency can implement this new authority and to help the Commission make even better, stronger decisions that protect coastal resources in ways that also benefit underserved communities. For more information about the environmental justice work at the Coastal Commission, please email EnvironmentalJustice@coastal.ca.gov or contact Noaki Schwartz at (562) 833-5487.
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Status - Completed October 2017
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Status - Not yet started
The next roundtable will be held in August or September with locations yet to be determined. Details will be posted as they become available.
Staff is currently reaching out to environmental justice groups throughout the state to talk with stakeholders and gather input on what we should include in our new policy. If you have not been contacted and are interested in providing input, please email EnvironmentalJustice@coastal.ca.gov or call an staff member on the environmental justice team closest to your area (staff team members are listed in the right panel).
This webinar introduces the Coastal Commission, the scope of our work and how environmental justice can apply to the Commission’s decisions
Commission staff are currently developing a Tribal Consultation Policy with input from Tribal members. This is a separate and distinct effort at our agency than the development of the Environmental Justice Policy. The Tribal Consultation Policy acknowledges the unique status and history of tribes, and requires more proactive timely and meaningful notification, consideration and discussion with tribes on actions that may impact tribal lands and other tribal interests. For more information about the Tribal Consultation Policy development, please contact Mark Delaplaine at (415) 904-5289 or Mark.Delaplaine@coastal.ca.gov.
If you are not already a member, the California Coastal Commission would like to invite you to join the Environmental Justice Email List. The purpose of this information tool is to notify individuals about activities at the Commission involving environmental justice. By subscribing to this list you will receive information on the Commission’s programs, projects, grants and meetings, as well as environmental justice activities at other agencies. Noteworthy news items, State and National meeting announcements, and new publication notices will also be distributed. Postings can only be made by the Coastal Commission. To request an item to be posted, send your request to EnvironmentalJustice@coastal.ca.gov and indicate in the subject "Post to Environmental Justice Email List"
Governor Brown appointed Vice Chair Turnbull-Sanders as the environmental justice commissioner in 2017.