What is environmental Justice?

In order to understand Environmental Justice, social injustices must be understood as environmental issues. 

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."


The Environmental Justice Team at the University of California, Riverside, is determined to educate students on the inequalities that demand environmental justice. 

Our goal

We will focus on informing you of environmental injustices in the Inland Empire and Riverside County and how we can combat these issues together.

Above the Clouds

Our Projects 

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enviRonmental inequities 

Environmental Racism 
What does this look like? 
What are the causes? 

Understanding  Environmental Justice 


Breaking it down 

 Where you live, determines the environmental benefits or risks you are exposed to. If you live in a wealthy and suburban community you are more likely to benefit from greener spaces, a variety of healthy food options, and better environmental laws/regulations. If you live in a more diverse lower-income, urban, or rural community, you oftentimes suffer from environmental burdens. This includes factories, toxic waste, highway pollution, a lack of greener spaces, and healthy food options. 

Tropical Leaves

How Environmental Justice came to be 

Dr. Robert Bullard, a sociologist and activist, is known as one of the founding fathers of Environmental Justice. He gathered data on landfill dumps in Houston's Black neighborhoods and found that 100% of city-owned landfills were in black neighborhoods. With this evidence, his wife Linda Mckeever Bullard, was able to file the first environmental discrimination lawsuit. In 1990, Bullard released the book, Dumping in Dixie, one of the first texts to explore environmental justice. 


How to implement change

Advocate for marginalized groups, especially Black people 


Use social media to your advantage

Go deeper into environmental justice   

Fast Fashion

The constant production of cheap trendy clothes like Fashion Nova disproportionately affects BIPOC, especially in third world countries.

Buy less

Wear your clothes longer and refrain from "retail therapy."

  Learn more here

Environmental Gentrification 

Refers to the displacement of communities of color for the benefit of new development.

Sustainable Developement

Advocate for an investment in the physical structure of BIPOC communities. Get involved and make sure the developer is apart of the community. Learn more here and here.  

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