Lane County Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force

Call for Participation:
Lane County Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force

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

Supporting Partners: Lane County Public Works Department, GEOS Institute

Main Contact: Haley Case-Scott – Climate Justice Grassroots Organizer: Phone – 5412141437, Email – hcasescott@beyondtoxics.org

Purpose: National research and local experience have shown that the impacts of climate change tend to disproportionately impact marginalized communities, such as communities of color, low-income communities, the elderly, and people experiencing disabilities. Lane County Government is currently accepting applications for their Climate Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is charged with helping Lane County develop the Lane County Climate Action Plan (CAP) and implement mitigation actions to meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) targets.

As it stands, there is not a focus on identifying community resilience or adaptation strategies. To address this, Beyond Toxics and the NAACP have developed a partnership with Lane County staff to develop a Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force.

This call for participation is your invitation to join us in the development of a Climate & Equity task force that will advise Lane County staff in the development of the CAP.

Background:
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 agree 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 are developing a Climate Resilience and Equity Task Force, to be composed of community representatives and stakeholders who work with and serve diverse and underrepresented communities in Lane County, to ensure that the climate actions developed by County staff and approved by its Board are equitable.

This Task Force will work 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 will be 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.

Who are we looking for?

  • Community representatives and stakeholders who serve the above listed communities.
  • Built Environment and Technical Experts from the following systems: Water resources, human health, economics, emergency preparedness, natural systems.
  • Possible Membership Roles and Responsibilities: Regularly attend monthly meetings of the Task Force. Represent community needs and interests, assist with a Lane County community vulnerability assessment and strategy development, help inform the County’s CAC, ensure that equity principles are implemented into the identified climate actions and recommendations included in the final draft of the CAP.

Outside support: GEOS institute, a environmental consulting agency based in Ashland, OR, will assist the task force in conducting a vulnerability assessment and strategy development workshop.

Timeline (Estimated):

  • July – September 2020: Task Force members are recruited
  • September – November 2020: Task Force convenes and begins community engagement on Scope of the CAP
  • November 2020- June 2021: Begin to Identify Community concerns are identified; Climate adaptation, resilience, and equity actions developed
  • June 2021 – August 2021: Climate adaptation, resilience, and equity actions submitted & implemented into First Draft of the CAP
  • August – November 2021: First Draft of the CAP presented to Community for Feedback; Redrafting of CAP

How to get involved: Please respond to Haley Case-Scott at 541-214-1437 or hcasescott@beyondtoxics.org for more information and to sign-up!