Environmental Justice and Service Equity Glossary

Glossary of EJSE Terms

  • Culture – Culture refers to the norms and commonalities between a group of people that inform their way of life. This includes, but is not limited to, customs, language, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a nation, people, or social groups.
  • Environmental Justice - Environmental justice reflects the fundamental reality that vulnerable communities are all too often subject to the disproportionate burden of pollution and contamination (NRDC, 2019)
  • Equity - The distribution of resources that takes into account past history and current position, so that future outcomes are fairly distributed.
  • Equality - The distribution of resources so that all receive the same amount regardless of past history, current position, or future outcome.
  • Race – Race is a made-up social construct, and not an actual biological fact. Race designations have changed over time. Some groups that are considered “white” the in the United States today were considered “non-white” in previous eras, in U.S. Census data and in mass media and popular culture (for example, Irish, Italian, and Jewish people.)
  • Racial Equity – Is the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares.
  • Racial Justice – The systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all and we work to advance racial justice through media, research, and leadership development.
  • Service Equity - Service equity means that we provide inclusive and equitable service to all customers. We recognize our systems carry important and documented inequities based on race, income, and gender (among others).

We are intentional in how we work to create service equity. Our goal is to ensure all customers have equitable opportunities, access, and results.