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King County, Washington Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan

September 13, 2016

The King County, Washington Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan provides the county’s blueprint and shared vision for addressing environmental justice, advancing equity, and fostering resiliency. The Plan was developed through a diverse and inclusive community engagement process including more than 600 county employees and 100 local organizations.   The Plan sets a pro-equity agenda for expanding access and addressing the following determinants of equity: child and youth development, economic development and jobs, environment and climate, health and human services, housing, information and technology, the justice system, and transportation and mobility.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Gulf South Rising 2015 - Final Report

September 5, 2015

Gulf South Rising (GSR) was a regional movement of coordinated actions and events in 2015, to highlight the impact of the global climate crisis on the U. S. Southern Gulf Coast region.  This report describes the movement and introduces many of the participants. GSR was a locally­-led grassroots effort that coordinated common narratives and goals from across the region, including frontline communities in Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi, through convenings, activism, and demonstration events.

Related Organizations: Gulf South Rising

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Identification and Engagement of Socially Vulnerable Populations in the USACE Decision Making Process

From the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources, this primer provides guidance on better identifying and engaging with individuals and groups of people who are more vulnerable to floods based on socioeconomic factors such as lack of access to education, adequate housing, economic resources, health care, and strong social networks. The report provides strategies, tools, and examples of how to work with these vulnerable populations, stressing how active community engagement can actually lead to better decision making around water resources.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Baker, Seth Cohen, Gigi Coulson, Susan Durden, Ed Rossman

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Action through Equity: The Integration of Equity in the Portland/Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan

July 12, 2016

Climate Action through Equity, produced by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, provides an overview of how equity in Portland and Multnomah County was integrated in the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. The case study educates users on city and county initiatives to serve communities of color and low-income populations, what actions the city took to support equity in the 2015 plan, and lessons learned from that process.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Desiree Williams-Rajee, Taren Evans

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Newark, New Jersey Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impact Ordinance

July 7, 2016

The Newark Municipal Council passed the Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance to address long standing health disparities among Newark’s poorest communities. While the ordinance is not specifically about climate change, it does provide a mechanism to address cumulative environmental impacts that lead to the disproportionate climate risks on low-income residents and people of color. This ordinance requires industrial and commercial development proposals to include information about cumulative environmental impacts that will allow decisionmakers and the public to make an informed decision if the development meets the city’s sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: City of Newark, New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Populations at Risk Tool

Populations at Risk is an online tool that can be used to determine socioeconomic information about populations more likely to experience adverse social, health, or economic outcomes, due to their race, age, gender, poverty status, or other potential risk factors.

Related Organizations: Headwaters Economics

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Considerations for Transportation Decision-making

June 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) produced this overview describing how the impacts of climate change in the transportation sector can disproportionately affect environmental justice (EJ) communities.  The report recommends considerations for transportation providers to ensure that climate adaptation measures do not exacerbate these impacts. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) policy statement on climate change previously specified that USDOT will address inequalities and EJ issues related to climate change and adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Next Generation - New York City Housing Authority Sustainability Agenda

April 22, 2016

This report outlines New York City’s Housing Authority (NYCHA) plan to support safe, clean, and connected communities that reverse the downward spiral of disinvestment. The plan specifically includes climate change as a risk to the community, public health, and public housing - noting that if Hurricane Sandy is predictive, climate will disproportionately impact low-income people and public housing residents.

Related Organizations: New York City Housing Authority, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Planning

 

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