Environmental Justice

Promoting social justice and healthy environments
Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or education level – in environmental decision-making. Our EJ Program is committed to promoting a healthy, safe environment in San Francisco's most vulnerable communities.



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The EJ program promotes healthy environments in the City’s underserved communities. We seek to address health inequities by ensuring that the places where we live, play, learn and work are safe and healthy and that everyone has access to affordable and healthy food, housing and quality surrounding amenities and services.


How clean and pure the air is can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Depending on wind conditions, amount of traffic, and the distance from sources of pollution. Air quality can be an EJ issue when lower-income communities are disproportionately burdened by air pollution.


The City worked diligently with environmental justice activists and residents to improve our energy infrastructure.  Upgrades to transmission lines and adopting renewable energy and energy efficiency measures resulted in the closure of polluting power plants – one in Potrero Hill and another in Hunters Point.

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In 2001, SF Environment created an Environmental Justice grant program to address community concerns including energy, air pollution and environmental health.  SF Environment has awarded more than $12 million in grant funds to nonprofit groups to promote a healthier, sustainable environment in the Southeast area of the City.