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National Equity Atlas

The National Equity Atlas, created by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, is an online tool that allows users to find information on demographic changes, racial and economic inclusion, and potential economic gains from racial equity. Data is available for the largest 100 cities, 150 metropolitan regions, and all 50 states in the United States. While this resource does not address climate change, it can provide useful information to frame environmental justice and equity challenges that may be exacerbated by climate change.

Related Organizations: Policylink, University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

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California Disadvantaged Communities Mapping Tool

June 2016

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed a web-based application to assist in evaluating disadvantaged community status throughout the State. This publicly available mapping tool shows disadvantaged communities of California, in funding areas as recognized pursuant to California Proposition 1 and Proposition 84. 

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

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EJSCREEN: EPA Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

June 10, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJSCREEN. EJSCREEN allows users to access high-resolution environmental and demographic information for locations in the United States, and compare their selected locations to the rest of the state, EPA region, or the nation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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From Community Engagement to Ownership: Tools for the Field with Case studies of Four Municipal Community-Driven Environmental and Racial Equity Committees

June 2018

Recognizing the importance of collaborative governance in reducing inequities as a result of climate vulnerability, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network gave the Innovation Fund Project grant to four municipal community-based committees for racial equity and environmental justice. They were funded to learn and evaluate the collaboration process between community-based committees and the local governments utilizing the spectrum of community engagement to ownership as a tool to analyze the case studies. The four case studies include the Equity Working Group in Portland, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee in Providence, the Environmental Justice Committee in Seattle, and the Equity Advisory Group for Ward 7 in Washington DC. The four committees and groups contracted with Facilitating Power (FP), Movement Strategy Center (MSC), and the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners to establish an evaluation process of collaborative governance. After conducting surveys and in-person interviews, the research indicates that all four cases are still at level two (consult) on a scale of five on the spectrum. While some have shown the potential of moving toward level three (community involvement), none of these cases have arrived at level four (collaborative governance). Building on the findings and the spectrum, the project further suggests a learning and evaluation tool for assessing the process of collaborative governance.

 

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), Facilitating Power, Movement Strategy Center, National Association of Climate Resilience Planners

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Find Your Frontlines

August 2014

This document outlines a short community-engagement activity aimed at making climate change personal and helping people make the connections between issues of inequity and climate change.

Related Organizations: Movement Generation

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Survivor Workbook

April 2013

This guide is a compilation of activities and resources that were developed and piloted by the Pacific Institute at community meetings, events, and workshops. These activities can be replicated by others to engage a diverse and wide-rage of people in climate adaptation planning. The guide addresses the following topics: What is Climate Change. How does climate change affect us. What can we do to prepare. How can we create more resilient communities. The activities include objectives, directions, prompts, possible modifications, an appendix of pre-designed materials, additional resources, and questions for further discussion.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute, Oakland Climate Action Coalition

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ariana de Leña, Catalina Garzón, Seth Mullendore

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And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet

2011

This paper summarizes a workshop held as part of the February 2011 Coal Retirement Conference that focused on how environmental organizations and frontline communities could more effectively work together. The report highlights several challenges that have stymied mutual collaboration in the past, and some core actions that can support more effective partnerships going forward. While not specific to climate adaptation, these lessons are certainly applicable to those working on equitable adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

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NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

2010

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to educate and mobilize communities to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color in the United States and around the world. NAACP explains that race - even more than class - is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country; while communities of color and low income communities are often the hardest hit by climate change.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

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Case Study: Community Engagement in Austin, Minnesota

2016

In the summer of 2016, the City of Austin, MN surveyed minority, immigrant and refugee people to determine their knowledge of climate change and how it impacted them personally. Surveys were completed over a two-week period at a local non-profit called the Welcome Center, which helps new residents and immigrants transition into the city, find economic opportunities, and become part of Austin's multicultural community. Following the survey, the City compiled the results and convened a focus group with Karen women, primarily from southern and southeastern Myanmar.

Related Organizations: City of Austin, Minnesota, Great Plains Institute, The Welcome Center

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Neighborhoods First Engagement Model

April 2016

This training tool, while not focused on climate change adaptation specifically, offers useful insights into community engagement at the neighborhood level. It describes what is called the “Neighborhoods First Engagement Model” (NFEM), a resident-led method of creating positive community change. This model encourages widespread participation in advocating for a better quality of life in all neighborhoods and improving communications among neighborhood groups, community development organizations, city officials, institutions and businesses.

Related Organizations: Eastside Community Network

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