Presentation on theme: "Exploring the San Joaquin Valley: A Land of Change and Promise December 4-6, 2013 Jonathan London, Ph.D. C UMULATIVE E NVIRONMENTAL V ULNERABILITIES :"— Presentation transcript:
Exploring the San Joaquin Valley: A Land of Change and Promise December 4-6, 2013 Jonathan London, Ph.D. C UMULATIVE E NVIRONMENTAL V ULNERABILITIES : O PPORTUNITIES I NTEGRATING HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL P OLICY AND P HILANTHROPY Sarah Sharpe
Road Map Development of a Community –University Partnership: Importance of Relationship-Building and Mutual Learning – Sarah Sharpe Methods and Outcomes of a Cumulative Environmental Vulnerability Assessment for the San Joaquin Valley – Jonathan London Longer-term impacts of Land of Risk/ Land of Opportunity – Sarah and Jonathan
Key Findings A region at risk. Nearly 1/3 (1.2 million) of San Joaquin Valley residents face extreme cumulative environmental and social vulnerability. More environmental hazards exist than are publically documented: Residents identified many more environmental hazards than are documented or addressed by the state and federal regulatory inventories. Not all vulnerability is equal: The combination of environmental risk and social vulnerability is not randomly distributed across the region, but rather concentrated within particular communities. Collaborative action is needed, focused on the most vulnerable people and places.
West Fresno residents document their local knowledge of hidden environmental hazards Center for Regional Change creates a digital map documenting local knowledge Residents use the maps to inform and empower their own advocacy Community Mapping for Change 13
Action Strategies State should create its own Cumulative Impacts policies Implement CEVA across SJV (and CA) Prioritize investment in CEVA Action Zones Special attention to permitting, monitoring, and enforcement Improved and targeted public participation Economic investments (turn the red zones green!)
CA has created its own CEVA (CalEnviroScreen) SJV advocates played key roles in development CalEnviroScreen to be used to direct investments in EJ areas (Cap and Trade revenues, Strategic Growth Council grants) US EPA Region 9 designated the SJV as a priority area for public participation, funding and enforcement CEVA elements used in SB 375 implementation CEVA supported case for development of EJ reporting platforms (KEEN, FERN etc.) CalEPA Environmental Justice Working Group pilot project for joint enforcement Health funders (TCE, TCWF) have continued to invest in CEVA across the state Action IMPACTS