Environmental Justice

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

  • 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.
  • To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision- making process.
  • To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-incom populations.

Environmental Justice (EJ) Subcommittee

The Environmental Justice (EJ) Subcommittee serves Fresno COG’s Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) by assisting staff in setting environmental justice population thresholds for the RTP’s Environmental Justice Report. The EJ Subcommittee will also appoint one member to sit on the RTP Roundtable during the RTP update. There are 13 positions on the EJ Subcommittee that must be filled, which include four seats from urban, rural, and the County member agencies, and nine seats for representatives from a diverse group of designated EJ populations. Applications are due by June 12, 2024.

The first meeting of the EJ Subcommittee will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at 2pm.

View and download the EJ Subcommittee Application

Fresno COG’s Environmental Justice Report – Adopted July 2022

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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 Subcommittee

The Environmental Justice (EJ) Subcommittee serves Fresno COG’s Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) by assisting Fresno COG staff in setting thresholds for environmental justice populations for the RTP’s Environmental Justice Report. The EJ Subcommittee will appoint one member to sit on the RTP Roundtable for the duration of the RTP update. The subcommittee has ten positions to provide full, diverse and equitable representation from designated Environmental Justice populations. The positions include three Fresno COG member agencies representatives: Local agency urban, East side local agency rural and West side local agency rural. They also include public representatives including four minority representatives for Hispanic, African American, Asian and American Indian populations, two low Income representatives, one senior (65 or older) representative and one representing persons with disabilities.

Title VI

Please see Fresno COG’s Title VI page
Questions on Fresno COG’s Environmental Justice activities please contact staff member Jennifer Rodriguez