DIVISION: Policy, Planning and Science
GENERAL PHONE NUMBER: (609) 633-0715
FAX NUMBER: (609) 292-3268
The department 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 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 the state's urban and older suburban communities.
The program administers the Environmental Justice Advisory Council and Environmental Justice Taskforce and 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 justice concerns. In addition, the program informs community members of opportunities for public participation, as well as acting as a community liaison to amplify community concerns within the department. Furthermore, the program 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, and fosters partnerships to increase involvement in environmental decision-making at all levels of government.
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