Environmental Justice Project
Since 2005, the Environmental Justice Project at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton, has used its unique Catholic voice to improve air quality, slow global warming emissions, advocate for sustainable and just community growth, and reduce the impact of climate change in the San Joaquin Valley. In accordance with Catholic Social Teaching, we are particularly concerned with his these environmental challenges harm poor and vulnerable communities.
The Environmental Justice Project is a program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton, a non-profit organization committed to providing help for today and hope for tomorrow. Catholic Charities administers 56 different programs in 6 counties. You can learn more about the work of the full organization here.
Veronica and her family live in Stockton and attend Church of the Presentation. She graduated from University of the Pacific with a B.A. in Political Science. She has two smart and outgoing girls, who keep her extremely busy. Veronica has resided in the Central Valley for much of her life and appreciates the year-round farmers’ markets, fruit stands and nearby wine tasting. She also enjoys several outdoor activities with her family, which include camping, hiking, and bike riding.
Environmental Justice Program Manager
Jonathan graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a B.A. in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Health Promotion with Cum Laude honors. At Stan State he was a member of the organizations: Student Nursing Association, Alpha Phi Omega, and 3 Wins (formerly 100 citizens). He has lived in Stockton all his life and continues to stay involved in local events and projects. In his free time, he likes to exercise, do photography, and listen to different podcasts.
San Joaquin Program Coordinator
Martha and her family reside in her hometown of Merced, CA. She is a native to the valley and graduated from Merced College with a A.A. in Psychology. She later went on to receive her BA in Sociology with a Minor in Criminal Justice from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, CA. Her coursework there included research in areas of alcoholism among the Hispanic population and understanding homelessness through the “Tenderloin Experience”, a class in which students are exposed first hand to the displaced lifestyle. She participated in this class, both as a student and as a Teacher’s assistant. She is an accomplished Interpreter and has a strong background in grassroots development and outreach within areas of health, equity and social justice. She has worked on projects from safe routes to school to implementation of policy changes. Her goals here at Catholic Charities are to strengthen the integration of community by educating residents and building capacity so that the voice of the community may be heard in all areas of systemic change.
Stanislaus Program Coordinator
Alec Castellano lives in his hometown of Turlock where he has been a part of their Catholic community his entire life. He graduated from Modesto Junior College in 2017 with an A.A. degree in Theatre Arts. Alec continued his education with a B.A. degree in Radio, Television, and Film and was presented as a Dean’s Scholar upon graduating in 2019. He believes multimedia is the most effective tool in helping the community to get involved with Environmental Justice projects.