Friday, September 24, 2021

Equitable Community Engagement

In this webinar, presented live on September 22, 2021, we learned about conducting community engagement in an equitable and inclusive way. 


9:00: Welcome & Introductions
9:15-9:45 - Melissa Birch and Chris Meyer - Central and Southeast Regional Coordinators, Clean Energy Resource Teams

  • Green Team Guide (coming soon!)
  • BP 24 overview and updates

9:45 - 9:55 - Q&A
9:55-10:05 - Kevin Bright - Energy and Sustainability Director, City of Rochester and Destination Medical Center

10:05-10:15 - Jonee Brigham - Senior Research Fellow, Minnesota Design Center

  • D4CR - Design for Community Regeneration

10:15-10:25 - Becky LaPlant - Public Policy Program Associated (Retired), Blandin Foundation 

10:25-10:35 - Wendy Thompson - Executive Director, Beltrami Area Resiliency Team

10:35-10:55 - Q&A and open discussion
11:00 - conclusion

View the PDF and additional materials: 

  • 24.1 - Inclusive and Coordinated Decision-Making: Use a city commission or committee to lead, coordinate, report to and engage community members on the identification and equitable implementation of sustainability best practices.
  • 24.2 - Communicating Progress on Goals: Organize goals/outcome measures from all city plans (social, environmental, economic) and report to community members data that show progress toward meeting these goals.
  • 24.3 - Measuring Outcomes: Engage community members and partners in identifying, measuring, and reporting progress on key sustainability and social indicators/ including energy use/greenhouse gas emissions, social vitality/social inclusion outcome measures.
  • 24.4 - Public Education for Action: Conduct or support a broad sustainability education and action campaign, building on existing city & community relationships, networks & events involving:
    • a. The entire community, community leaders
    • b. Homeowners, manufactured home communities, landlords and tenants
    • c. Community-based organizations, block clubs, neighborhood associations, front yards/sidewalks
    • d. Congregations.
    • e. Schools, colleges.
  • 24.5 - Planning with a Purpose: Conduct a community visioning and planning initiative that engages a diverse set of community members & stakeholders and uses a sustainability, resilience, or environmental justice framework such as:
    • a. Strong Towns, Resiliency, Transition, Appreciative Inquiry.
    • b. Eco-municipalities, Smart Cities, Healthy Communities. 
    • c. Environmental Justice, Race Equity, Equitable Development.
  • 24.6 - Engaging the Next Generation: Engage wide representation of community youth and college students by creating opportunities to participate in city government (including commissions).
  • 24.7 - Expanding Community Engagement: Engage Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), renters, low-income, new Americans, differently abled and other traditionally under-represented community members by encouragement, and support to participate in current and new opportunities to participate in city government.

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