CARB has developed a Racial Equity Framework that provides a shared foundation for an anti-racist organization. The Framework is not an action plan—rather it communicates a model of organizational change and a few key ideas to guide action planning to advance racial equity at all levels of the organization. This framework describes racial equity as both:
- An outcome—achieving racial equity means race will no longer predict life outcomes and outcomes for all groups are improved, and
- A process—ensuring those impacted by structural racial inequities are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of CARB’s policies, programs and practices that impact their lives.
CARB commits to using existing authorities and resources to address environmental injustice, the root cause of which is structural racism, including by incorporating the 17 EJ principles that were adopted in the 1991 First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit and by using a racial equity lens, which is a set of questions to center equity through an assessment, in all CARB’s programs, policies, and regulations.