Planning for Everyone
Planning must be done with the involvement, and for the benefit, of all the region’s residents. SJTPO is guided by federal Environmental Justice mandates, and the Organization strives to meet these mandates, while creating an overall transparent, inclusive planning process. As the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties, SJTPO is committed to making environmental justice a part of its planning process, integrated in all programs and plans, and a guide for public participation efforts.
The federal government defines environmental justice 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, regulations, and policies.” Fair treatment means that no group of people, including a racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic group, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal programs, and policies.
Environmental Justice at SJTPO
Background on and a full definition of the Environmental Justice (EJ) analysis methodology, as well as an overview and highlights of SJTPO EJ activities are included in the Environmental Justice Report, a report updated by SJTPO in 2015. The report is available as PDF, here and its appendices are available as a PDF, here.