Breakout Session 2C: How CEQA Can Redress Disproportionate Impacts
Saturday, February 27, 2016
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PST
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Participants will learn about how community residents and attorneys have used the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to advance Environmental Justice and equity in order to improve projects and planning, increase mitigation in areas that are overburdened, and identify opportunities to improve environmental regulation systemically. Sofia Parino will provide an overview of how community residents have used CEQA as a tool for reducing impacts and improving projects, including a recent CEQA challenge to the Kern County Oil and Gas Ordinance. Phoebe Seaton will discuss how CEQA has been important to increasing transparency and public participation in planning processes, such as the Sustainable Community Strategies process. Adrian Martinez will discuss emerging trends at the intersection of Environmental Justice and CEQA such as increased attention to enforcing mitigation measures, and efforts to circumvent CEQA through the electoral process.