Land of Risk Land of Opportunity
The UC Davis Center for Regional Change has released a path-breaking report, “Land of Risk/ Land of Opportunity” documenting the high levels of environmental and social risks confronting San Joaquin Valley residents.
Executive Summary (English)
Executive Summary (Spanish)
Full Report: Land of Risk/Land of Opportunity
UC Davis Press Release: November 14, 2011
- Press Release in Spanish
- Fact Sheet
- SJV Cumulative Environmental Assessment Map (CEVA)
- SJV Cumulative Environmental Action Zones Map (CEVAZ)
The report uses an innovative new tool, called the Cumulative Environmental Vulnerabilities Assessment (CEVA), to identify the locations and populations within the Valley that are at greatest risk and that require immediate protection.
Using CEVA, CRC researchers documented that the most extreme
concentrations of environmental hazards populations tend to be located
in communities where the people have the least political, social, and
economic resources to prevent or mitigate these risks. Over 1.2 million
residents (31% of the region’s total population) live in what the report
calls Cumulative Environmental Vulnerability Zones (CEVAZ). The report
calls on regional and state policy makers and regulators to focus
resources for enforcement, investment, and additional assessment in
these communities and to work collaboratively with each other and with
local residents to protect community health and well-being.
The analysis presented here is that of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of other project partners or its funders.
The authors thank the San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impact Project (SJV CHIP) for its partnership.
Funding for the report generously provided by The Ford Foundation through a sub-grant from the Environmental Justice Project of the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment. Additional funding was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as well as the Community Forestry and Environmental Partnerships graduate fellowship.