Eight local organizations will participate in the City of Eugene’s Sustainability Equity Panel. The panel will meet twice a month from June 2021 to May 2022. It will advise City staff to ensure that new sustainability-focused projects in areas including transportation, climate action and housing are sensitive to the needs of marginalized communities.
Who will be on the Panel?
Participants were selected to ensure broad representation and provide a mix of voices from both small grassroots groups and larger organizations. They are:
Sapsik’ʷałá Teacher Education Program
Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC)
St Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County
Community Outreach Through Radical Empowerment (CORE)
Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA)
The Arc, Lane County
Lane East Asian Network (LEAN)
Why is the City Convening an Equity Panel?
National research and local experience have shown that the impacts of climate change tend to disproportionately impact marginalized communities, such as communities of color, the elderly, low-income communities, and people experiencing disabilities. The panel will look at transportation and housing policy because these are key to reducing the climate impact of human activity, but these have also historically been areas in which the exclusions faced by marginalized groups are institutionalized and perpetuated.
How can I learn more?
The project team will post project updates to this webpage. Check back for more information or reach out to Lacey Johnson with questions.