Safety Element


The Public Health, Safety and Environmental Justice Element assesses the natural and man-made hazards present in the community and includes goals and policies to address those hazards. This Element is also being updated to include factors of equity and environmental justice.

Help us determine how and where to focus City resources to promote a more equitable community by taking the online survey.

What is environmental justice?

Environmental Justice is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of laws, regulations, and policies. This goal will be achieved when everyone enjoys:

  • the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and
  • equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

Environmental Justice in the General Plan

California requires that cities that have areas of disadvantaged communities to prepare an Environmental Justice Element in the General Plan. Therefore, the Public Health, Safety and Environmental Justice Element will include policies to reduce health risks in these communities including addressing improvements to air quality, access to public facilities, food access, safe and sanitary homes, and physical activity.

Disadvantaged Communities in Highland

The City of Highland contains areas identified as disadvantaged communities, as defined by CalEnviroScreen. These communities experience a disproportionate pollution burden combined with fewer community resources. To view the CalEnviroScreen Interactive Map and explore the factors involved please visit CalEnvviroScreen

  • Disadvantaged communities means an area identified by the California Environmental Protection Agency Pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code; OR an area that is disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and other hazards that can lead to negative health effects, exposure, or environmental degradation.

Community Conversations

If you live or work in one of the disadvantaged communities, we would like to have a conversation with you about your thoughts and concerns and ideas for improvement. Please contact the City's Assistant Community Development Director, Kim Stater at or (909) 864-6861 Ext: 204.