How Florida is Addressing Environmental Justice
- How Does Florida Define Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Communities?
- How Does Florida Consider Environmental Justice in its Substantive Actions?
- How Does Florida Address Environmental Justice in its Procedures?
- Additional Florida Environmental Justice Provisions
- Florida Environmental Justice Contacts
- Where to Find Florida Environmental Justice Laws, Policies, and Tools
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How Does Florida Define Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Communities?
Environmental Justice Definitions
Florida statutes related to brownfields redevelopment define environmental justice as “the fair treatment of all people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”
Environmental Justice Mapping Tools
How Does Florida Consider Environmental Justice in its Substantive Actions?
Environmental Justice as a Policy of the Environmental Agency or Across All Agencies
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Permitting
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Enforcement
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Land Use
“Local governments or persons responsible for rehabilitation and redevelopment of brownfield areas must establish an advisory committee or use an existing advisory committee that has formally expressed its intent to address redevelopment of the specific brownfield area for the purpose of improving public participation and receiving public comments on rehabilitation and redevelopment of the brownfield area, future land use, local employment opportunities, community safety, and environmental justice.”
State Environmental Policy Act “Mini-NEPA”
Dedicated Funding to Environmental Justice Communities
Consideration of Cumulative Impacts
Prohibitions on Disparate Impact Discrimination
Established Environmental Rights
How Does Florida Address Environmental Justice in its Procedures?
Environmental Justice as Part of Environmental Agency’s Mission
Environmental Justice as Part of Other Agency’s Mission
Processes and Procedures (including Title VI)
Enhanced Public Participation and Information Access
Consultation with Indigenous Communities and Tribal Nations
Governmental Environmental Justice Structures, Positions, and Funding Streams
Environmental Justice Coordinating Agency
Environmental Justice Coordinator
Environmental Justice Advisory Board
Funding for Environmental Justice
Additional Florida Environmental Justice Provisions
Florida established an (now defunct) Environmental Equity and Justice Commission in 1994 to examine and determine the possible concentration of environmental hazards in people of color and low-income communities and to assess related inequities and risk. The Commission was made of 17 members appointed by the Governor. The Commission released a final report in 1996, which concluded that minority and low-income communities suffer disproportionate environmental impacts and recommended that environmental equity and justice issues be incorporated into land use planning and zoning decisions by local governments and be considered by each state agency as an element in their functional plans.
In 1998, the Legislature created the Center for Environmental Equity and Justice at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). The Center examines issues relating to enforcement, evaluation, health effects and risks, and site placement. It also provides and facilitates education and training on environmental equity and justice issues to students, citizens, and local and state government employees through traditional media networks.
Florida Environmental Justice Contacts
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
The Center for Environment Equity and Justice
Frederick S. Humphries Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32306
Phone: 850-599-8193, 1-800-391-7513; Fax: 850-412-7785
Where to Find Florida Environmental Justice Laws, Policies, and Tools
Legislation and Statutes
- FL ST § 760.85 (Florida Law, CH. 94-219, Repealed by Laws 1999, c. 99-5, § 75, eff. June 29, 1999) – Establishing the Environmental Equity and Justice Commission
- FL ST. § 760.854 (Florida Law, CH. 98-304) – Establishing the Center for Environmental Equity and Justice