Environmental Justice is the name given to a series of laws and regulations aimed at preventing discrimination in any programs, policies, and activities that receive federal funds.
The Genesee Transportation Council recognizes that those with the least political power, ability, or even knowledge, may be impacted negatively by transportation decisions.
By being proactive, broadening the conversation on transportation within our region to encompass diverse voices, and identifying the concerns of various groups, GTC believes it can better serve everyone who relies on transportation facilities and services.
GTC Statement of Nondiscrimination Policy
The Genesee Transportation Council is committed to ensuring access to all our programs, services, and benefits without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or minority or socioeconomic status.
Nor will GTC tolerate discrimination by its employees or by those who receive federal funds from GTC.
The Genesee Transportation Council prohibits all discriminatory practices which may result in an individual:
- Being denied any service, financial aid, or benefit provided under a program to which he or she may be otherwise entitled.
- Being held to different standards or requirements for participation.
- Experiencing segregation or separate treatment in any part of a program.
- Being subject to differences in quality, quantity, or manner in which a benefit is provided.
Further, the Genesee Transportation Council will:
- Avoid or reduce harmful human health and environmental effects on all communities.
- Ensure full and fair participation by all communities in transportation decisions.
- Prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by all communities.
Legislation and Guidance
The above rights are guaranteed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states:
No person in the United State shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance (42 U.S.C. Sec200d).
Subsequent federal regulations have prohibited discrimination according to handicapped status (29 U.S.C. 790); sex/gender (23 U.S.C. 324); age (42 U.S.C. 6101); and English language proficiency (EO 13166).
In addition, Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, 1994, provides:
Each Federal agency shall make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.
To meet its commitment to nondiscrimination and to comply with and exceed the requirements of federal law, the Genesee Transportation Council has instituted a formal program to increase public involvement; provide technical assistance and guidance on nondiscrimination issues to consultants and subcontractors; train our staff in an ongoing, systematic way; and monitor our progress.
Title VI Nondiscrimination Assurance (December 2020)
GTCs commitment to complying with Title VI obligations. Appendix A of the Assurance is attached to all GTC contracts.
GTC staff training is ongoing and is based primarily on materials from the Federal Highway Administrations Office of Civil Rights.
Title VI Nondiscrimination Implementation Plan (December 2012)
Additional GTC-produced documents and analytical tools: