Lane Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Lane County, Oregon -  Final Report (PDF)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - Prioritization of Vulnerabilities (PDF)

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What is the Lane County Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment?

  • The initial step to adaptation planning for a climate resilient community by identifying where are we most vulnerable to climate change and which communities are most impacted 
  • An assessment of the five major community systems (built, natural, cultural, economic, and human) and the rank of these vulnerabilities importance based on community-led discussion 
  • A discussion on the identification of vulnerabilities through how great the impact would be (sensitivity) and the resources that already exist to adapt to the vulnerability (adaptive capacity) 

 

What are the key outcomes of the Lane County Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment?

  • The assessment will serve as the foundation for efforts by the Lane County Climate Equity & Resilience Task Force (CERTF) to develop ecologically sound and socially equitable climate resilience strategies as part of Lane County’s Climate Action Plan process.
  • The development of these strategies can provide many benefits to the residents and natural habitats of Lane County when implemented.

 



BACKGROUND

Who: Beyond Toxics, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Supporting Partners: Lane County Public Works Department, GEOS Institute

Main Contact: Paige Hopkins, Climate Justice Organizer: phopkins@beyondtoxics.org

Beyond Toxics and the NAACP Eugene/Springfield are working with the Lane County Public Works Department regarding their Climate Action Plan and Climate Advisory Committee (CAC). Lane County, Beyond Toxics, and the NAACP Eugene/Springfield have agreed to work cooperatively to ensure that the CAC has diverse representation, and that climate actions developed by County staff and approved by County’s Board of Commissioners are equitable and address the needs of all Lane County communities.

Beyond Toxics and the NAACP have developed a Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force, which is composed of community representatives and stakeholders who live and work with diverse and under-represented communities in Lane County, to ensure that the climate actions developed by County staff and approved by its Board are equitable.

This Task Force works concurrently on both mitigation and resilience planning processes to ensure that the needs of all Lane County communities are represented and addressed. Through the Task Force, strategies and actions are being developed in both processes to address climate change and ensure equity for the following communities: Low-income and working populations; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; Immigrant Communities; Tribal Governments; Mental Health and Disability Representatives; LGBTQ Communities; Rural Communities.

Those interested in more information may contact Paige Hopkins at Beyond Toxics: phopkins@beyondtoxics.org.


Interview with Haley Case-Scott (former Climate Justice Organizer for Beyond Toxics) about the efforts of the Lane Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force on Jefferson Public Radio (9/29/21)