Los Angeles

CASE STUDY: A Clean Up Green  Up Ordinance for Los Angeles 

For the past 24 years, the Los Angeles  Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice  has been taking on industries, local governments,  and regulatory agencies in order to improve the  quality of life for communities disproportionately  impacted by pollution. It was formed in 1996  when Communities [More….]

Los Angeles

CASE STUDY: Southeast LA Community Leaders Shut Down a Metal Recycling Facility

In Southeast Los Angeles, where industrial facilities are located next to homes and schools in a predominantly low-income and people of color neighborhood, local residents succeeded in shutting down a scrap metal recycling facility that had been polluting the neighborhood for years. Working alongside other [More….]

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POLICY

CASE STUDY:  Committee  for a Better Arvin — Oil and Gas Ordinance

In 2018, community leaders in Arvin pressured  city officials to pass an unprecedented, health- protective oil and gas ordinance, and used the  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in  litigation to protect residents from four new oil and  gas wells. Twenty miles southeast of Bakersfield,  Arvin [More….]

NEW

Indirect Source Rule a Big Step toward Clean Air and Zero Emissions

By Andrea Vidaurre, CCAEJ Policy Analyst & Community Organizer For decades, disadvantaged communities in the South Coast Basin have been plagued by pollution coming from commercial activities at warehouses, rail yards, seaports and airports. Diesel truck, train, and cargo ship emissions are concentrated at these [More….]

San Joaquin Valley

Case Study – Southern San Joaquin Valley: Chelsea Tu, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

We use three primary strategies to advance our land use and green zones work: Number one is advancing environmental justice communities’ priorities through local, regional, and state land use planning processes. Number two is connecting community-identified infrastructure projects to funding opportunities at the state and national levels. Number three is building community leadership, self-governance, and resilience. [More….]

San Diego Region

Case Study – San Diego and National City: Carolina Martinez, Environmental Health Coalition

Back in 2005 when we conducted a survey, the community said we want to ensure that we don’t have industrial uses surrounding the schools, specifically, and next to the homes. They also said that they needed affordable housing, that the height of the building needed to be limited to three floors to preserve the character of the community. And that no new housing needed to be built next to the freeway. The community fought really hard to move them forward, and it passed as part of the Westside Specific Plan in 2010. [More….]