Environmental Justice Element

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What is environmental justice?

Environmental justice is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of laws, regulations, and policies. This goal will be achieved when everyone enjoys:

  • the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and
  • equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

Environmental Justice in the General Plan

California requires that cities that have areas of disadvantaged communities to prepare an Environmental Justice Element in the General Plan. The Environmental Justice Element will include policies to reduce health risks in these communities including addressing improvements to air quality, access to public facilities, food access, safe and sanitary homes, and physical activity.

Disadvantaged Communities in El Cajon 

El Cajon has two Census Tracts identified as disadvantaged communities. These communities experience a disproportionate pollution burden combined with fewer community resources. To view the CalEnviroScreen Interactive Map and explore the factors involved please click here

Community Conversations

If you live or work in one of the disadvantaged communities, we would like to have a conversation with you about your thoughts and concerns and ideas for improvement. Please contact Planning at or 619.441.1742.