Office of Environmental Justice

About the Office of Environmental Justice

Environmental justice touches a wide variety of issues related to quality of life, including housing, health, and transportation. Low-income communities and communities of color in New Jersey and across the country often bear the brunt of pollution and the impacts of climate change.

Governor Murphy is committed to supporting environmental justice in New Jersey. It is a priority not only for the DEP, but for all state agencies, to incorporate environmental justice considerations into their actions. DEP’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) is charged with overseeing this endeavor.

Priority 1:

Amend DEP’s internal work to incorporate environmental justice.

Priority 2:

Facilitate a council of NJ agencies to amend the way the entire state achieves environmental justice.

Priority 3:

Engage with overburdened communities to remove barriers to accessing resources so that communities are better informed, heard, and able to advocate for justice locally.

Additionally, the Office of Environmental Justice:

  • Administers the Environmental Justice Advisory Council
  • Aids in the development and/or implementation of department policy, regulations, and procedures to increase opportunities for meaningful public participation and to address potential environmental justice concerns
  • Aids in health tracking and environmental data analysis
  • Informs community members of opportunities for public participation
  • Acts as a community liaison to amplify community concerns within the department
  • Conducts outreach and educational efforts to municipalities and community-based organizations
  • Streamlines access to information to effectuate meaningful involvement in state level environmental decision-making
  • Fosters partnerships to increase involvement in environmental decision-making at all levels of government
  • Promotes sustainable and equitable community revitalization
  • Supports the consideration of environmental justice in climate mitigation and resiliency and clean energy

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