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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 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Trai Her-Cole at traih@fresnocog.org or 559-233-4148.

Environmental Justice Position Open for Area Youth

Fresno COG is actively recruiting a member of the community to sit on the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Environmental Justice Subcommittee to represent youths. The committee provides expertise and assists Fresno COG staff in setting thresholds for Environmental Justice Populations and Communities for the Environmental Justice Report within the RTP and will appoint one member to sit on the RTP Roundtable for the duration of the RTP update.

We value your input and extend a request for involvement. If you are interested in sitting on the committee or know of someone else who may be, please submit the Environmental Justice Subcommittee member application for consideration.

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