CEQA Successes

From preventing polluting warehouses from being built near low-income neighborhoods in Fresno to protecting some our state’s most iconic natural places, there are hundreds of CEQA success stories from over the past 50 years where CEQA has helped to protect public health and the environment, many recent.

Information regarding the cases listed below was obtained from The Housing Workshop (2021), CEQA: California’s Living Environmental Law; BAE Urban Economics (2016), CEQA in the 21st Century; Planning and Conservation League Foundation & California League of Conservation Voters (2005), Everyday Heroes Protect the Air We Breathe, the Water We Drink, and the Natural Areas We Prize; California Attorney General’s website, oag.ca.gov/environment; The California Environmental Justice Alliance’s Green Zones website at calgreenzones.org, and other sources.

Here are some examples: