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Environmental Justice Subcommittee

Committee Charge

 

Vision:

Support, highlight, and coordinate discussions about environmental justice within the UC Riverside campus.

Mission:

The purpose of the Environmental Justice Subcommittee is to provide resources and serve as an engagement platform for environmental justice related concerns and issues for students, staff and faculty.  

Strategies:

  1. Offer UCR research and networking opportunities to students, faculty, and staff interested in and passionate about environmental justice related projects. 

  1. Bridge the UC Riverside and Inland Empire communities by collaborating with local nonprofit organizations. 

  1. Integrate ideals of equity and justice within UCR policies, programs, and daily operations. 

Goals:

  1. Meet monthly to explore, discuss, and facilitate collaboration between the university and campus community. 

  1. Foster conversations about Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism. 

  1. Educate and engage campus community about prevalent environmental justice issues.

  1. Encourage civic engagement.

  1. Collect feedback and recommendations to improve on Environmental Justice Subcommittee mandate. 

 

CalEnviroScreen 3.0

  • What is it? 

    CalEnviroScreen is a science-based mapping tool that helps identify California communities that are most affected by many sources of pollution, and that are often especially vulnerable to pollution’s effects. CalEnviroScreen uses environmental health, and socioeconomic information to produce a numerical score for each census tract in the state. 

    The results are depicted on maps so that different communities can be compared to one another. A census tract with a high score is one that experiences higher pollution burden and vulnerability than census tracts with low scores. CalEnviroScreen ranks census tracts based on data that are available from state and federal government sources. CalEnviroScreen 3.0 is the most current version and was released in January 2017. 

  • Who developed it?
    • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) 

    • California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) 

  • Uses of CalEnviroScreen
    • To identify California’s most environmentally burdened and vulnerable communities.  
    • To assist CalEPA’s boards and departments with decisions, such as prioritizing resources and cleanup activities.  
    • Disadvantaged communities in California are targeted for investment of proceeds from the State’s cap-and-trade program. CalEPA designated census tracts with the highest CalEnviroScreen scores as disadvantaged communities for investing cap-and-trade proceeds.  
    • Used by CalEPA’s Environmental Justice Task Force and other state entities as guidance in allocating grants and in other decisions. 
  • Data Used in CalEnviroScreen

     Indicators in CalEnviroScreen are measures of either environmental conditions, in the case of pollution burden indicators, or health and vulnerability factors for population characteristic indicators. CalEnviroScreen indicators fall into four broad groups: 

  • How are scores calculated?

    Pollution Burden x Population Characteristics = CalEnviroScreen Score 

  • Geographic Scale

    Census tracts from the US Census Bureau (2010 census) are used to represent the locations of communities across California. The average size of a census tract is around 4,000 people and represents a relatively fine scale of analysis. 

    Source: https://oehha.ca.gov/media/downloads/calenviroscreen/
    factsheet/ces30factsheetfinal.pdf  

     

  • What does this mean?

    UC Riverside ranks in the highest CalEnviroScreen 3.0 Percentile score of 90-95%. UC Riverside faces the highest pollution burden and vulnerability among all 10 UC campuses.