CARB appoints additional members to Environmental Justice Advisory Committee
For immediate release
SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board today announced the appointment of ten new members to the AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC). This brings the total number of members to 21. On May 20, the Board delegated to its Executive Officer the authority to select and appoint additional committee members from underrepresented areas, including from the Inland Empire, the Bay Area, Sacramento, San Diego, California Native American Tribes, and Labor.
The newly appointed representatives include:
- David Campbell, United Steelworkers
- Demi Espinoza, Environmental Fellow Program (EFP) National Parks Conservation Association
- Simeon Gant, Green Technical Education and Employment
- Angel Garcia, Californians for Pesticide Reform
- Georgette Gomez, Toyon Strategies
- John Harriel Jr., International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- John Kevin Jefferson III, Urban Releaf
- Tiffany Lee McDaniel, Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education
- Amee Raval, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- Sarina Vega, Casa Familiar
CARB received 27 applications that were reviewed by the same panel that reviewed EJAC applications ahead of the May 2021 Board meeting. The review panel includes representatives from CARB’s Executive Office, CalEPA, and the EJAC. CARB staff did not receive any applications from Tribal members; CARB staff will continue to reach out to Tribal members directly to participate in Scoping Plan workshops.
The EJAC was created under Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, to help advise the board in developing the Climate Change Scoping Plan and on pertinent issues related to AB 32. CARB convened the first EJAC in 2007. It was integral to the development of the first scoping plan of 2008 and the updates of 2013 and 2017.
The ten new EJAC members will join the seven new members and four returning members appointed at the May 2021 Board meeting.