Environmental Justice Committee

The Environmental Justice Committee (EJC) is a new opportunity that began in 2017. The EJC is a space for those most-affected by environmental inequities to have ownership of Equity & Environment Agenda implementation while enhancing partnerships with City departments and better connecting government to community-based solutions. The Committee builds on the model established by the multi-ethnic Community Partners Steering Committee that partnered with OSE to engage over 1000 residents to develop the Equity & Environment Agenda.

Committee members:

  • Advise City staff on integrating the goals of the Equity & Environment Agenda into environmental and climate focused policies and programs
  • Engage deeply with each other to increase environmental justice community cohesion and understanding of work and needs in different communities
  • Grow the ecosystem of environmental justice leadership in Seattle by co-creating and participating in learning activities about 1) programs or policies from other regions that may have relevance to local efforts and 2) City-led environmental investments and programs

The Equity & Environment Agenda broadens the analysis of environment beyond natural and built environment to incorporate a greater complexity of issues of where and how people live, learn, work and play. Starting with civic leadership through the Environmental Justice Committee allows the City and community to proactively advance environmental, economic, community and cultural benefits while identifying environmental justice issues historically ignored by government. 

Who We Are

The EJC is made up of twelve people, all deeply connected to communities of color, Native peoples, immigrants, refugees, and people with low incomes and/or organizations who work closely with these communities or environmental justice issues. Nancy Huizar and Melissa Watkinson serve as co-chairs for the Committee. 

Committee Adopted Documents:

Principles of Public Space for Communities of Color 
Principles center community needs for more gathering space, green space, places to grow culturally appropriate food, and places to play, learn, and worship. The EJC informed development in partnership with staff of the Equity & Environment Initiative and formally adopted the principles in Fall 2017.

Questions?

Contact the Equity & Environment Initiative Staff about the Environmental Justice Committee by emailing equityenviro@seattle.gov