OSE Racial Equity Toolkits

Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is the City's commitment to realize the vision of racial equity. RSJI is a citywide effort to end institutional racism in City government, and to achieve racial equity across our community. RSJI builds on the work of the civil rights movement and the ongoing efforts of individuals and groups in Seattle to confront racism. The Initiative's long term goal is to change the underlying system that creates race-based disparities in our community and to achieve racial equity. 

One way City departments are advancing racial justice in their work is by completing Racial Equity Toolkits (RETs) for departmental programs and policies. The Racial Equity Toolkit lays out a process and a set of questions to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, initiatives, programs, and budget issues to address the impacts on racial equity. 

The Office of Sustainability & Environment completes RETs every year. They are a key part of our analysis in updating or developing new environmental policies and programs.