Equity & Environment Agenda
The Equity & Environment Agenda was developed by the City and the EEI Community Partners Steering Committee. The Agenda lays out goals and strategies in the following areas:
Seattle ensures clean, healthy, resilient, and safe environments in the places where communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low-incomes, youth, and limited-English proficient individuals live, learn, work, and play. Environmental policies/programs leverage community assets; address cumulative impacts of multiple environmental hazards, social, economic and racial burdens; prepare communities to adapt to climate change; increase access to healthy food; and support connections between residents, workers, government agencies, and industries. Download the Healthy Environments section.
Communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low-incomes, youth and limited-English proficiency individuals have pathways out of poverty through green careers, including careers related to environmental policy/program development. Environmental policy/programs invest in young workers, youth pathways, prioritize local hires and small businesses, and create local, living-wage economies. Download the Jobs section.
Communities of color, immigrants and refugees, people with low-incomes, youth and limited-English proficiency individuals have equitable access, accountability, and decision-making power in environmental policies, programs, and services. These policies and programs achieve universal environmental gains while maximizing benefits for these populations by building community wealth, leveraging cultural hubs, preserving affordable housing, and minimizing displacement. Download the Equity in City Programs section.
The environmental movement is led by and centered on the stories and experiences of communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth and limited English-proficiency individuals. Environmental policies/programs invest directly in the community, support community leaders, lift up existing culturally appropriate environmental practices, and leverage the creativity of residents to find solutions. Download the Environmental Narrative and Community Leadership section.