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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 income populations.

Fresno COG’s Environmental Justice Report – Adopted July 2018 

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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 for the 2022 RTP will be available in early 2020

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


Title VI 

Please see Fresno COG’s Title VI page


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

2019 Fresno Regional Transportation Innovations Summit & Awards

October 23, 2019
– Save the Date!

The Summit is a joint production of Fresno State's Transportation Institute and Fresno Council of Governments, designed to provide an opportunity for hundreds of residents, professionals and stakeholders to become familiar with the latest in advanced, clean transportation technology through an up-close and personal experience. It also brings together businesses and individuals that have invested in cleaner transportation technology, to share their successes and challenges with the community.

Register for the Summit here!