Effectively Shifting Power- Using Equity as a Lens to Enhance Community Resilience

Effectively Shifting Power- Using Equity as a Lens to Enhance Community Resilience

Organizer: 
Kristin Baja
USDN
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 2
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

In this session, five local government leaders will share their work on how they are shifting power to low-income communities of color in planning, designing, and implementing climate resilience plans, policies and programs. Rather than ascribing to the common practice of extracting information from communities, these five leaders are using innovative partnerships, initiatives, and tools to radically transform climate planning. They are working to ensure community respect, needs, and well-being are the backbone of government efforts, and that communities are an active partner and play a powerful role in every phase of decision making. This session will highlight a range of approaches including co-development and use of a racial equity evaluation tool in Seattle; an inter-departmental initiative to advance current planning practices towards equitable community-driven climate adaptation and action planning in San Francisco; use of a POC community-developed framework in all decision-making in Providence; building of community capacity through a racial equity lens on a smart city platform in Charlotte; and development of a combined Climate Action and Adaptation plan with a Climate Equity Technical Working Group in San Antonio. This session will focus on ways to move from engagement to ownership.

Presentations

Effectively Shifting Power- Using Equity as a Lens to Enhance Community Resilience
Leah Bamberger, City of Providence
Effectively Shifting Power- Using Equity as a Lens to Enhance Community Resilience
Tracy Morgenstern, City of Seattle
Effectively Shifting Power- Using Equity as a Lens to Enhance Community Resilience
Elizabeth Felter, City of San Francisco
Effectively Shifting Power- Using Equity as a Lens to Enhance Community Resilience
Effectively Shifting Power- Using Equity as a Lens to Enhance Community Resilience
Rob Phocas, City of Charlotte