CALIFORNIA’S S.B.

535:
ENSURING GREENHOUSE GAS FUNDS FOR
DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES

CALENVIROSCREEN
VERSION 2.0 OCT. 2014
 Broad picture of the
relative burdens in
California communities
from pollution
 Indicators of
environmental
conditions and
population
vulnerability (19)
 Census tract scale
 Guidance on uses of
2
tool

DEVELOPMENT OF
CALENVIROSCREEN
California
EJ
Statutes
1999-2000

Advisory
Committee
Recommendati
ons
&
CalEPA EJ
Action Plan

Cumulative
Impacts
Work Group
2008-2013

2004

CalEnviroSc
reen
Public
Versions

Workshops
and
Consultatio
n Processes

Proposed
Screening
Tool

2013-2014

2010-2013

2010
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CALENVIROSCREEN MODEL
Burden of
Pollution

Population
Characteri
stics

Exposures

Sensitive
Populations

Environmental
Effects

Socioeconomi
c Factors

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CALENVIROSCREEN 2.0 INDICATORS
Exposures
 Ozone
 PM 2.5
 Diesel PM

Environmental
Effects

Sensitive
Populations

 Cleanup sites  Children and
elderly
 Groundwater
threats

 Pesticide use  Impaired
waters
 Toxic releases
 Solid waste
from facilities
sites and
 Traffic density facilities
 Drinking
 Hazardous
water quality
waste
facilities and
generators

 Asthma ER
visits

Socioeconomi
c
Factors
 Educational
attainment
 Linguistic
isolation

 Low birth
 Poverty
weight infants 
Unemploymen
t

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CRITERIA FOR INDICATOR
SELECTION
▪ Contributes to understanding the
component
▪ Widespread environmental concerns
▪ Population characteristics that may
influence vulnerability to pollution

▪ Publicly available
▪ Location-based
▪ Good quality
▪ e.g., covers the state, accurate, current

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SCORING METHOD
▪ Each census tract is scored for each
indicator.
▪ For example, 75% percentile is higher
than 75% of other census tracts in
California.

▪ CalEnviroScreen score is calculated
by combining all indicator scores.
▪ Allows comparison of different areas.
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EXAMPLE: TRAFFIC DENSITY INDICATOR
Data source:
▪ California Environmental
Health Tracking Program’s
Traffic Volume Linkage Tool
▪ Caltrans Highway
Performance Monitoring
System

Raw data:
▪ Traffic volumes along predefined road segments

Indicator:
▪ Traffic density within 150
meters of census tract
boundary
(vehicle-km/hr/km)

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TRAFFIC DENSITY RESULTS

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EXAMPLE: CLEANUP SITES INDICATOR
Data source:
▪ EnviroStor Cleanup Sites Database
▪ California Department of Toxic
Substances Control & US EPA National
Priorities List

Raw data:
▪ Facility locations and site
boundaries
Indicator:
▪ Weight sites by type and status
www.epa.gov

▪ e.g., Federal Superfund, State
Response, etc. categories.

▪ Adjust for proximity to people.
▪ Add together weighted cleanup
sites within each census tract.
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CLEANUP SITES INDICATOR RESULTS

Percentiles
calculated across
census tracts based
on buffered,
weighted cleanup
sites, data was
symbolized into
deciles.

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CALENVIROSCREEN 2.0
RESULTS

CALENVIRO
SCREEN
VERSION 2.0
RESULTS
STATEWIDE

IROSCREEN 2.0 RESULTS: GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA

PUBLICLY AVAILABLE RESULTS
▪ CalEnviroScreen Report
▪ Maps for individual indicators
▪ Description of each indicator

▪ Mapping Tool
▪ Online maps of results

▪ Other data
▪ Excel spreadsheet of results by census
tract
▪ Google Earth file
▪ ArcGIS geodatabase

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RACE/ETHNICITY AND INDICATORS VALUES

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RACE/ETHNICITY AND INDICATORS VALUES

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18

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USING CALENVIROSCREEN
SB 535 (DE LEÓN, 2012)

>10%

Greenhouse
Gas
Reduction
Fund
Investment
Plan

Projects located
in
disadvantaged
communities

>25%

Projects that
benefit
disadvantaged
communities

“CalEPA shall identify ‘disadvantaged
communities’ for investment opportunities
based on geographic, socioeconomic, public
health and environmental hazard criteria.”
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SB 535 DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES IN
GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA

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USING CALENVIROSCREEN
▪ Ongoing planning and decisionmaking within CalEPA
▪ EJ Small Grant Program
▪ EJ Compliance and Enforcement
Working Group
▪ Trainings and outreach

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QUESTIONS &
COMMENTS