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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice

At DRBC's 2Q Business Meeting on June 10, 2020, Executive Director Steve Tambini opened the meeting by sharing the following message on behalf of the DRBC Commissioners and staff:

Statement read by DRBC Ex. Dir. to open the Commission's 2Q Business Meeting on June 10, 2020.

 

At DRBC, we are committed to the following core values:

  • Service: to the public, the regulated community and our DRBC colleagues.
  • Respect: for each other, the public and the Basin’s water resources.

  • Professionalism: defined by high ethical standards, integrity, continuous improvement and accountability.


And, we are committed to applying these core values to meet the vital goals of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ). 

In March 2022, the DRBC approved a Resolution for the Minutes that updated our Vision Mission and Values statement to express the Commission’s commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ).


Ongoing work to meet our DEIJ goals:

  • DRBC has formed an internal workgroup to help develop a DEIJ strategic plan for the Commission that will translate to policy and practices to support DEIJ goals. This plan will demonstrate the DRBC's commitment to: a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace; environmental justice in our regulatory programs; and allyship with our diverse publics and stakeholders.

  • Additional training, learning and outreach opportunities for staff are being implemented.

  • DRBC staff are part of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed’s (CDRW) workgroup on DEIJ. 

Our commitment to DEIJ is essential to our mission of managing, protecting and improving the basin’s shared water resources. Just as we all can do our parts to keep our waters clean, we all must do our parts to ensure that our basin community is one of respect, inclusion and equality. Quite simply, we ALL belong in the Delaware River Basin.

 

Additional Resources

CDRW's DEIJ Toolkit for Organizations

Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control: Environmental Justice

New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection: Office of Environmental Justice

New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation: Office of Environmental Justice

Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection: Office of Environmental Justice

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA): Environmental Justice

USEPA's EJScreen: Environmental Justice & Mapping Tool