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Three Main Principles of Environmental Justice
(as outlined by the Federal Government)


  1. To avoid, minimize or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low income populations.
  2. To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision- making process.
  3. To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low income populations.

Fresno COG’s Environmental Justice Report – Adopted July 2014

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This Environmental Justice Equity Analysis is intended to measure both the benefits and burdens associated with the transportation investment alternatives included in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, and to make sure that the environmental justice communities living within Fresno County share equitably in the benefits of the Plan’s investments without bearing a disproportionate share of the burdens.


Environmental Justice Advisory Committee – applications now available and due by March 1, 2017

The Environmental Justice Advisory Committee is structured to serve as a subcommittee of Fresno COG’s Transportation Technical Committee (TTC). This subcommittee would enjoy the benefits of a formalized process as it would feed into the structured, standard committee process.  The subcommittee would meet when Fresno COG staff, the TTC, the Policy Advisory Committee or the Fresno COG Policy Board request recommendations on items involving Environmental Justice populations. They would also meet to assist Fresno COG staff in setting thresholds for Environmental Justice Populations for Environmental Justice Report within each Regional Transportation Plan.  The subcommittee members would report all advisory actions to the TTC through an Environmental Justice Representative. Then the TTC’s recommendations would be referred to the Policy Advisory Committee and Fresno COG Policy Board as needed.

The subcommittee will have ten positions to provide full, diverse and equitable representation from designed Environmental Justice populations:


  • Local agency urban
  • East side local agency rural
  • West side local agency rural
  • 4 Minority representatives for the following nationalities with the highest population in Fresno County:
    • Hispanic
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian
  • 2 Low Income
  • Senior (65 or older)
  • Persons with disabilities

If you would like to apply to become a member of the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee please complete the application which is available HERE. Applications are due to Fresno COG by March 1, 2017.


If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Veenendaal at brendav@fresnocog.org or 559-233-4148 x219


Fresno COG Title VI Plan

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Fresno COG’s notice to the public regarding Title VI

Fresno COG has in place a Title VI Complaint Procedure, which outlines a process for local disposition of Title VI complaints and is consistent with guidelines found in Chapter VII of the Federal Transit Administration Circular 4702.1, dated May 26, 1988.


Questions on Fresno COG’s Environmental Justice activities please contact staff member Trai Her-Cole