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Environmental Justice Leaders Workgroup

Climate Work

Help Tacoma Plan Its Climate Future 

Tacoma needs to hear from diverse voices as the City plans for its climate future and Tacoma City Council considers approving a new Climate Justice Plan to be developed over the next year.


Environmental Justice Workgroup Leaders will participate in facilitated discussions about local social justice and environmental issues, and make recommendations about how the City of Tacoma should make investments and take action to address them. The Work Group will advise City staff on the overall tone, design, strategies, and actions detailed in the Plan, as well as write a unique section of the Plan that reflects the Work Group’s collective voice.

 

Apply Now-Applications Due September 13, 2020

 

For questions or assistance completing the application, please contact Marquis Mason with Citizens for a Healthy Bay at mmason@healthybay.org or (360) 936-0236.  

 

Engagement Overview

With your help, Tacoma can center the voices of frontline communities – those that are underrepresented, underserved, or made vulnerable, and expected to experience the first and worst consequences of climate change. The Climate Justice Plan will help guide City priorities, policy, and investments that work toward a just and sustainable future. We understand and value that people know best how to engage with their own communities, and encourage Ambassadors to engage with their communities in their own way.

By submitting this application, you may be eligible for a $1,000 stipend for participation between September 2020 - September 2021. Stipends are conditional based on completion of Environmental Justice Leaders.

 

Work Group responsibilities:

 

Participation Timeline: September 2020 - September 2021

  • Monthly two-hour meetings to guide development of Tacoma's Climate Justice Plan 
  • Regular communications with Work Group coordinators and peers 
  • Regular engagement support between Work Group and your communities

Questions? Join Staff for Virtual Community Office Hours to Discuss Roles and Applications

When: 10-11 AM and 4-5 PM on Friday, September 4, Tuesday, September 8, and Thursday, September 10, 2020

Meeting Link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/6344848811?pwd=czJ4QlhvckxkMUhrTllLYS9OREpjZz09

Meeting ID: 634-484-8811

Password: 253253

Phone: (253) 208-9046

  

  

For questions or assistance completing the application, please contact Marquis Mason with Citizens for a Healthy Bay at mmason@healthybay.org or (360) 936-0236.

  

 

Engagement Overview

 

With your help, Tacoma can center the voices of frontline communities – those that are underrepresented, underserved, or made vulnerable, and expected to experience the first and worst consequences of climate change. The Climate Justice Plan will help guide City priorities, policy, and investments that work toward a just and sustainable future. We understand and value that people know best how to engage with their own communities, and encourage Ambassadors to engage with their communities in their own way.

 

By submitting this application, you may be eligible for up to $600 in participation stipends across two program periods. All applicants are invited to be Climate Justice Ambassadors upon completing training and engagement activities:

Period 1: September – December 2020

  • Orientation, training, and workshop (5 hours, September - October)
  • Engagement activity implementation (4-7 hours, October - November)
  • Reporting and compensation (1-2 hours, November – December)

Applications Due September 7, 2020

  

For questions or assistance completing the application, please contact Marquis Mason with Citizens for a Healthy Bay at mmason@healthybay.org or (360) 936-0236.

  

 

Engagement Overview

 

With your help, Tacoma can center the voices of frontline communities – those that are underrepresented, underserved, or made vulnerable, and expected to experience the first and worst consequences of climate change. The Climate Justice Plan will help guide City priorities, policy, and investments that work toward a just and sustainable future. We understand and value that people know best how to engage with their own communities, and encourage Ambassadors to engage with their communities in their own way.

 

By submitting this application, you may be eligible for up to $600 in participation stipends across two program periods. All applicants are invited to be Climate Justice Ambassadors upon completing training and engagement activities:

Period 1: September – December 2020

  • Orientation, training, and workshop (5 hours, September - October)
  • Engagement activity implementation (4-7 hours, October - November)
  • Reporting and compensation (1-2 hours, November – December)

Applications Due September 7, 2020

  

For questions or assistance completing the application, please contact Marquis Mason with Citizens for a Healthy Bay at mmason@healthybay.org or (360) 936-0236.

  

 

Engagement Overview

 

With your help, Tacoma can center the voices of frontline communities – those that are underrepresented, underserved, or made vulnerable, and expected to experience the first and worst consequences of climate change. The Climate Justice Plan will help guide City priorities, policy, and investments that work toward a just and sustainable future. We understand and value that people know best how to engage with their own communities, and encourage Ambassadors to engage with their communities in their own way.

 

By submitting this application, you may be eligible for up to $600 in participation stipends across two program periods. All applicants are invited to be Climate Justice Ambassadors upon completing training and engagement activities:

Period 1: September – December 2020

  • Orientation, training, and workshop (5 hours, September - October)
  • Engagement activity implementation (4-7 hours, October - November)
  • Reporting and compensation (1-2 hours, November – December)

What does EJL Workgroup participation look like?

Environmental Justice Workgroup Leaders will participate in facilitated discussions about local social justice and environmental issues, and make recommendations about how the City of Tacoma should make investments and take action to address them. The Work Group will advise City staff on the overall tone, design, strategies, and actions detailed in the Plan, as well as write a unique section of the Plan that reflects the Work Group’s collective voice.
 
EJ Workgroup Leaders selected will have the opportunity to serve between September 2020 - September 2021. Members of this group may be eligible for a $1,000 stipend for workgroup participation, conditional upon completion of Work Group responsibilities. Work Group participation is limited to ten people.

When does the program start and what is the time commitment?

The first monthly Work Group will take place in September 2020. Scheduling will be based on Work Group member availability. Members will learn about the program, have a chance to ask questions, will receive a work plan and materials for participation, and will begin to engage with local social justice and environmental issues. 

 

Total participation between September 2020 - September 2021 will be an estimated 30 - 45 hours between monthly meetings, regular communication, and engagement support work. 

How do I qualify for a stipend?

Work Group applicants will be selected from frontline communities and based on other knowledge, experience, and skills. Work Group members will receive a stipend upon completing at least nine of ten monthly meetings and other responsibilities satisfactorily.   

Frontline community members include individuals from one or more of the following backgrounds:  
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)  
  • Speak English as a second language 
  • Living with a low household income  
  • Ages 16-22
  • LGBTQIA+  
  • Living with three or more generations in one home 
  • Living with more than one family in one home 
  • Living with a disability 
  • Immigrant  
  • Experiencing homelessness  
  • Completed formal education up to a high school/GED level  

 

What experience do I need to participate?

No experience needed! Everyone is encouraged to apply.

 

While education or lived experience in social justice, environmental issues, civic engagement, or activism may be helpful, it is not required to be considered for the Environmental Justice Leaders Workgroup. Applicants from frontline communities will be prioritized. 

How else can I participate in Tacoma's Climate Justice Planning?

Tacoma community members are also encouraged to apply for the Climate Justice Ambassadors Program!

The Climate Justice Ambassadors will be tasked with engaging with community members, documenting stories, priorities, ideas, worries, needs, and opinions and sharing them with Citizens for a Healthy Bay and the City of Tacoma.

Applicants can not serve as both a Climate Justice Ambassador and an EJL Workgroup member, but everyone is encouraged to apply to both programs. Visit our Climate Justice Planning page to compare both programs and learn which might be best for you.