To help address environmental inequities, the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) launched the Environmental Justice Program to ensure fair
treatment for people of all races, cultures, and incomes, in the development,
implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
The DEP’s Environmental Justice Program aims to empower citizens
who are often outside of the decision-making process of government,
and strives to address environmental concerns to improve the quality
of life in New Jersey’s urban and older suburban communities.
Additionally, the Environmental Justice Program:
- Administers the Environmental Justice Advisory Council and Environmental
- Champions urban redevelopment and revitalization;
- Aids in the development and/or implementation of department
policy, regulations, and procedures to increase opportunities for
meaningful public participation and to address potential environmental
- Aids in health tracking and environmental data analysis;
- Informs community members of opportunities for public participation;
- Acts as a community liaison to amplify community concerns within
- Conducts outreach and educational efforts to municipalities
and community-based organizations;
- Streamlines access to information to effectuate
meaningful involvement in state level environmental decision-making;
- Fosters partnerships to increase involvement in environmental
decision-making at all levels of government.