Healthy, sustainable communities are part of our Purpose Statement


For Crystal McCray and several thousand other Local 1000 members in a variety of departments, every day is Earth Day.

“I’m proud that my state job is to promote environmental justice and foster healthy communities,” said McCray, a sustainability coordinator at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) in Sacramento. “My work at CalEPA is consistent with my values and our Purpose Statement at Local 1000. We work every day to promote the quality of life in our state.”

Local 1000’s Purpose Statement says: “The purpose of Local 1000 is to have the power necessary to give our members—and all Californians—the opportunity to have a good life, live in sustainable communities and enjoy the fruits of social and economic justice.”

Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker said that our members in the agencies under CalEPA, including the Air Resources Board (ARB), the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, (CalRecycle), the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) as well as members in the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California State Parks and other agencies also work to ensure that our families live in a safe environment.

“Our work for environmental justice is really an extension of the fight for economic and social justice in our communities,” Walker said. “I applaud our members who work every day for environmental justice as well as those of who volunteer in our communities in their free time.”