Orange County Environmental Justice
Who we are:
Formed in 2016, Orange County Environmental Justice Educational Fund (OCEJ) is a 501(c)3 multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environmental justice organization. We are developing grassroots leadership and advancing an environmental justice agenda within the ancestral homelands of the Acjachemen and Tongva Nations, now known as Orange County, California. Our mission is to fight for environmental justice by mobilizing and empowering marginalized community members.
What is environmental racism?
Defined as the disproportionate distribution of environmental challenges to lower income Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
In order to help address the soil lead contamination in the City of Santa Ana, our first step is to identify where the lead can be found and how much there is. The XRF Scanner analyzes soil samples and can report findings of toxic metals including lead.
By having an XRF scanner, OCEJ can expand its efforts into identifying what communities in Orange County are most risk of lead poisoning. Overall, we'll be able to accelerate the remediation process in Santa Ana and other potential locations.