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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

The Environmental Justice Advisory Committee is structured to serve as a subcommittee of Fresno COG’s Transportation Technical Committee (TTC). This subcommittee enjoys the benefits of a formalized process as it feeds into the structured, standard committee process.  The subcommittee meets 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 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 report all advisory actions to the TTC through an Environmental Justice Representative. Then the TTC’s recommendations are referred to the Policy Advisory Committee and Fresno COG Policy Board as needed.

The subcommittee has 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 Trai Her-Cole at traih@fresnocog.org or 559-233-4148.

 

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

Fresno COG Office Operations: Consistent with protocols being followed by state and local public agencies regarding the COVID-19 crisis, the majority of Fresno COG staff are telecommuting from home. For a Fresno COG staff email directory click here.

Regional Transportation Mitigation Fee (RTMF) Collection: Fresno COG will continue to collect RTMF mitigation fees on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm only, until the COVID-19 situation has been mitigated to a level deemed safe by public health officials.

Measure C Senior Scrip Program: Seniors who live in Fresno County will still be able to purchase paper senior scrip for taxi usage and electronic scrip for Uber and Lyft rides by mail order. Click HereClick Here for mail order information.