ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
“Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” (From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of environmental justice.)
The mission of the CGE Environmental Justice Committee is to foster awareness and promote action on environmental justice within the City of Evanston.
Our objectives are to work collaboratively with the City of Evanston, neighborhood organizations and non-governmental organizations to:
1. Ensure that no neighborhood or residential area in Evanston should bear a disproportionate burden of environmental nuisances, hazards and risks, including:
Air, water or soil pollution
Noise or odor nuisances
Dangerous traffic patterns
Lead paint, asbestos and other toxins
Lead or other contaminants in drinking water
Other dangers, nuisances or disruptions
2. Ensure that environmental assets are fairly distributed across the community and that they have desirable features that support health, well-being, and a sense of community, including:
Parks, open space, and natural areas
Access to the lakefront
Infrastructure investments, including streets, sidewalks, bike paths, community centers and other recreational assets
3. Ensure that all residents affected by land use or development decisions made by the City have the opportunity for meaningful involvement and effective participation. This may include:
Modifying the City’s decision-making process related to review, approval and regulation of private development projects
Developing Environmental Justice guidelines for project evaluation by City staff to ensure development projects enhance community health, well-being and the environment in affected neighborhoods
4. Implement guidelines for meaningful citizen involvement to ensure:
Access to information in accessible, non-technical terms with sufficient lead time to allow participation
Scheduling informational meetings at times and locations convenient for affected residents
Soliciting comments in time for adequate consideration by decision-makers
Developing responsiveness summaries to document how concerns were addressed in the decision process.
The EJ committee is currently focused on two primary initiatives:
Working with the City of Evanston to improve environmental conditions in the area of the city’s Waste Transfer Station (WTS), based on input from the community. This initiative currently includes efforts to budget current and future funds collected from the WTS to design, fund, and implement an environmental monitoring & evaluation program for the WTS to assess its effects on the environment of the neighborhood surrounding the WTS site.
Working with key stakeholders to ensure commitments to environmental justice are integrated into key decision-making and approval processes for the city of Evanston.
Janet Alexander Davis
The EJ Committee meets on the third Monday of every month on the second floor of Morton Civic Center at 6:30pm.
Please contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org