What is environmental Justice?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Environmental Justice is defined as, "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 and regulations, and policies."
We will focus on informing you of environmental injustices in the Inland Empire and Riverside County and how we can combat these issues together.
Understanding Environmental Justice
The Green Campus Action Plan was born out of a student's desire to take sustainability issues into their own hands. With the support of other students and staff, the GCAP, $2.50 referendum was created and voted on by the student body. GCAP is now on its way to turn 10 years old.
In its 10 years, GCAP has awarded and supported students with over $700k in funding to pursue sustainability work and projects on UCR's campus. However, GCAP's impact does not stop there; with educational and outreach programs, GCAP has been able to educate 10's of thousands of students on their part in keeping UCR, our community, and our planet green.
While GCAP acknowledges that change needs to come from the government and corporations, we also understand our unique position to help our students, the future executives and lawmakers of the world, understand that a change needs to happen. By education, we hope to help ensure our planet's viability.