What is Environmental Justice?
Environmental Justice at the New Mexico Environment Department is the fair treatment and meaningful opportunities for involvement of all New Mexicans regarding the development and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.
Environmental Justice in New Mexico
The State of New Mexico is committed to affording all New Mexicans, including people of color and low-income communities, fair treatment and meaningful opportunities for involvement in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, disability, religious or political affiliation, income or educational level.
Environmental Justice at the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) began in January 2004 with the creation of a public participation process to ascertain the extent and nature of unique and differing Environmental Justice issues and concerns in NMED’s five state-wide districts. The listening sessions culminated in the Report on Environmental Justice in New Mexico.
The result of listening sessions was the New Mexico Environmental Justice Executive Order 2205-056 signed by Governor Bill Richardson on November 18, 2005, the creation of the New Mexico Environmental Justice Task Force, extensive community outreach, increased notice and participation in permitting activities and public hearings, and The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 EJ National Achievement Award.