About CalEnviroScreen

What is CalEnviroScreen?

  • CalEnviroScreen is a mapping tool that helps identify California communities that are most affected by many sources of pollution, and where people are often especially vulnerable to pollution’s effects.
  • CalEnviroScreen uses environmental, health, and socioeconomic information to produce scores for every census tract in the state.
  • The scores are mapped so that different communities can be compared. An area with a high score is one that experiences a much higher pollution burden than areas with low scores.
  • CalEnviroScreen ranks communities based on data that are available from state and federal government sources.

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What are cumulative impacts?

  • “Cumulative impacts” means exposures and public health or environmental effects from all sources of pollution in a geographic area.
  • Cumulative impacts also take into account groups of people that are especially sensitive to pollution’s effects, such as young children and people with asthma, and socioeconomic factors, such as poverty, race and ethnicity, and education.
  • For CalEPA’s definition of cumulative impacts, see the CalEnviroScreen 3.0 report.

What is Environmental Justice?

  • State law defines environmental justice to mean “the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”
  • Environmental justice principles are an important part of CalEPA’s goal to restore, protect and improve the environment, and to ensure the health of people, the environment and the economy.
  • CalEPA asked OEHHA to develop CalEnviroScreen to identify communities suffering from cumulative impacts of multiple pollutants and people who are vulnerable to pollution’s effects.
  • Visit CalEPA’s Environmental Justice Program page here.

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Reports, Notices, Documents

Feb 1, 2017: SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities - Fresno Meeting
February 1, 2017 community meeting in Fresno to discuss the use of Cap-and-Trade proceeds to fund projects in disadvantaged and low-income communities to implement Senate Bill 535.
Jan 30, 2017: CalEnviroScreen 3.0
Information on CalEnviroScreen 3.0, with links to press releases, map of the overall CalEnviroScreen 3.0 scores and additional data.
Jan 26, 2017: CalEnviroScreen 3.0 en Español
(CalEnviroScreen 3.0: Spanish) OEHHA a nombre de la CalEPA, anuncia la disponibilidad del Instrumento de Evaluación de la Salud Ambiental de las Comunidades de California: CalEnviroScreen 3.0.
Jan 10, 2017: Download Data
CalEnviroScreen data is made available in several different formats.  Links are provided.
Oct 27, 2016: CalEnviroScreen 3.0 Draft: Public Comments
The draft CalEnviroScreen 3.0 was released for public comment on September 6, 2016. The public comment period closed on October 21, 2016.  Comments are available for review.

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