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Environmental Justice Overview
Residents in our underserved neighborhoods face multiple barriers to food security, safe and affordable housing, and meaningful employment. Poor residents living close to industrial facilities and freeways are often exposed to more air pollution and environmental stressors than those living in San Francisco’s more affluent neighborhoods. These barriers and burdens will only grow more challenging as the effects of global warming unfold. While climate change affects everyone, it disproportionately hurts those with the fewest resources. The EJ Program is building capacity and resources in the City’s poorer neighborhoods so that every community in our City is a healthy and sustainable place to live and work.
San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.