Environmental Justice Framework

Mecklenburg County is working with its communities to develop an Environmental Justice Framework. This will serve as a roadmap toward making Mecklenburg County a more environmentally-just community for all.

Mecklenburg County recognizes that people of color, low and moderate income households and residents with fewer years of education are more likely to live in proximity to environmental injustices due to historical effects of systemic racism, to include, but not limited to: availability of affordable housing, limited public engagement, not-in-my-backyard activism (NIMBYISM), redlining, residential covenant restrictions and segregation.

In order for our efforts to have a strong foundation, we must have, as a starting point, intentional community partnerships, particularly with community-based organizations doing work in similar spaces. This will provide us with robust demographic, health, and environmental data.

What is Environmental Justice?

The EPA and NC Department of Environmental Quality define environmental justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.

Areas of Focus

Mecklenburg County wants your input. Your voice can make a difference.