All people and communities have the right to live, work and play in a clean and safe environment regardless of their ZIP code.
Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) works for environmental justice in the San Diego/Tijuana region and throughout California. Founded in 1980, EHC has worked to reduce pollution and improve health and well-being for thousands of people in underserved, low-income communities.
What is Environmental Justice?
Environmental Justice is the right of all people and communities to live, work, and play in a clean and safe environment.
San Diego’s low-income communities of color have been deprived of this right for generations. Due to racist policies that prioritized profits over the health and wellness of people of color, our communities are burdened with more pollution than 80-97% of California. This is known as environmental racism.
Environmental Health Coalition is dedicated to achieving environmental and social justice. We believe that justice is accomplished by empowered communities acting together to make social change. We organize and advocate to protect public health and the environment threatened by toxic pollution. EHC supports broad efforts that create a just society and fosters a healthy and sustainable quality of life.
Environmental Health Coalition engaged in an intensive strategic planning process with staff, board members, and community leaders that resulted in a ten-year vision.
This plan, Building Power to Win: Strategic Vision 2008-2018, provides an overview of EHC’s major victories and introduces our approaches to community organizing, policy advocacy, leader empowerment, and organizational sustainability.
40 Years of Environmental Justice Leadership
EHC is born as the Coalition Against Cancer
Clean Up of Illegal Toxic Waste Dump on Alpha & 38th in Southeastern San Diego
Community Right-to-Know laws adopted in San Diego
EHC launches Household Toxics Project
Thousands killed by release of toxic gas at Union Carbide plant in Bhopal
New Educational Program about Toxics
Prop. 65 Wins, Requires Warnings for Toxics
EHC co-sponsors Tijuana Toxics Conference
Toxic Free Neighborhoods and Clean Bay Campaigns Begin
Phoenix Research Stops Manufacturing Toxic Gas in La Mesa Plant
Exxon Valdez repaired – strict protections secured for SD Bay
Report documents how low income communities of color are at risk
San Diego Unified School District Integrated Pest Management Policy Adopted
Blueprint for a Clean Bay
School Pesticide Use Reduction Guide
Revoked! Chemical Waste Management’s toxic waste incinerator permit in Tijuana
Chollas Creek Watershed Protection Calendar
Ecological Resource Guide & Directory
County adopts Integrated Pest Management
EHC Launches SALTA leadership empowerment training
EHC’s Porque Nosotros Chicano Park Murals
First People’s Summit For Toxic Free Neighborhoods
Chula Vista Adopts Pollution Prevention Policy
EHC fights Nuclear Aircraft Carriers in San Diego Bay
First SALTA Graduating Class
Ports Stops Methyl Bromide Fumigations
Citizens’ Petition Filed to Clean Up Metales y Sus Derivados in Tijuana Mexico
South Bay National Wildlife Refuge Dedication
EPA Barrio Logan Environmental Justice Demonstration Project
NASSCO fined $135,801 for polluting SD Bay
Colectivo Chilpancingo Office Opens
Grupo de Jovenes is formed. Alan Jordan EJ Community Champion Award 2020
CEJA Launches – EHC is a founding member
Deadly Powered Published: South Bay Power Plant Needs to Go!
Master Plating Shut Down!
CalEPA Adopts EJ Recommendations
Mexico/US Agreement to Clean Up Metales Y Sus Derivados
Diesel Trucks Banned on Barrio Logan Streets
National City Amortization Ordinance Passes
Barrio Logan Community Plan Update gets $1.5 million
EHC Sponsored AB121 Lead in Candy Law Enacted – Requires health-protective standard for the amount of lead in candy
Children’s Right to Lead Safe Housing Ordinance Unanimously Adopted by City of San Diego
Chula Vista Adopts Landmark Climate Change Policies
EHC Leaders Defeat MMC Power Plant in Chula Vista
Metales y Sus Derivados Cleaned Up
Old Town National City Specific Plan Approved
Fishing and Bay Warning Signs Posted
Clean Bay Clean-Up Announcement
South Bay Power Plant Implosion
Chilpancingo’s No Truck Route Established
Safe School Route to Kimball Elementary Old Town National City
Barrio Logan Community Plan Update Adopted by San Diego City Council
Industry-backed repeal of Barrio Logan Community Plan Update approved by voters
Barrio Logan Herb Garden
San Diego Incorporates Equity into Climate Action Plan
Georgette Gomez wins D9 San Diego City Council seat
Salvando El Alamar Campaign Launched
AB 805 Passes to Reform SANDAG and MTS
Paradise Creek Affordable Housing Apartments Old Town National City
Pepper Park Expansion Approved!
Climate Justice Start Here, Start Now Report Assessment City of San Diego progress on Climate Action Plan released
EHC Leaders Win seats on Barrio Logan Planning Group
Recipes For Respect
EHC Sponsored Bill AB 423 to reform the San Diego Air Pollution Control District Board Passes!
Colectivo Chilpancingo obtains non-profit status in Mexico
EHC’s Leaders Monitoring ,Protecting, and Cleaning Up Our Air (AB617)
Congratulations to Joy Williams on receiving the Haggen Smit Award “The Nobel Prize” for Clean Air in EJ Communities
What do we want? Environmental Justice When do we want it? AHORA