OPC is mandated to protect California’s coast and ocean for current and future generations. To be successful, our work must be inclusive and reflect the diversity of perspectives and needs of California’s communities. This requires intentional and sustained action to ensure our efforts are equitable and provide benefits to all Californians. Through the implementation of OPC’s Strategic Plan, specifically Goal 2 “Advance Equity Across Ocean and Coastal Policies and Actions”, OPC has embarked on numerous equity initiatives that involve collaborative partnerships with various stakeholders, including but not limited to, environmental justice communities, government agencies, universities, research entities, non-profits, and California Native American tribes.  

Environmental Justice

New! OPC Draft Equity Plan is Available for Public Comment!

May 9, 2022

OPC is pleased to release its comprehensive draft Equity Plan for a 45-day public review and comment. The OPC Equity Plan represents OPC’s commitment to advancing equity across ocean and coastal policies and actions in California and strengthening internal efforts to create a more inclusive workplace and workforce for California’s coasts and ocean. The OPC Equity Plan was collaboratively developed with OPC staff and leadership, funding grantee, Better World Group (BWG), and members of OPC’s Equity Plan Environmental Justice (EJ) Advisory Group

The Equity Plan highlights the equity efforts within coastal and ocean policymaking and research that are primed for statewide action. Specifically, the Plan outlines priorities, milestones, and outcomes to increase communication and outreach; provide targeted funding and technical assistance; improve staff training and capacity; strengthen environmental justice policies, and further integrate community science and tribal expertise into decision-making.

We welcome your feedback on this draft! Access the OPC Draft Equity Plan, or click on the image.

Public comment should be submitted to OPCEquityPlan@resources.ca.gov by June 23, 2022.

Bilingual Services
OPC intends on releasing a final version of the Equity Plan in Spanish. If there are any language considerations or requests before then, please contact: Maria Rodriguez at maria.rodriguez@resources.ca.gov.
Servicios Bilingües
OPC tiene la intención de publicar una versión final del Plan de Equidad en español. Si hay alguna consideración o solicitud de idioma antes de esa fecha, comuníquese con: María Rodríguez en maria.rodriguez@resources.ca.gov.