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.
Amend DEP’s internal work to incorporate environmental justice.
Facilitate a council of NJ agencies to amend the way the entire state achieves environmental justice.
Engage with EJ communities and remove barriers to accessing resources so that communities are better informed and heard.
Office of Environmental Justice Roles:
- Administers Environmental Justice Advisory Council
- Increases public participation and educational opportunities for community members
- Serves as community liaison for EJ concerns
- Increases access to state government environmental information
- Fosters partnerships with municipalities and community-based organizations for inclusive State-level decision-making