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June 20, 2013 Meeting Summary

Julia Meier, Coalition of Communities of Color
Claudia Arana-Colen (by phone), Upstream Public Health
Karly Foster ,Wisdom Council of the Elders
Kristey Nguyen, APANO
Duncan Hwang , APANO
Les Shannon, Groundwork Portland
Vivian Satterfield, OPAL

Project Staff:
Tim Lynch – Multnomah County, Program Coordinator
Michele Crim – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Program Manager
Ingrid Fish – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Program Assistant
Desiree Williams-Rajee – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Equity Specialist
Guest: Lee Moore, Clackamas County

Introductions and Overview:
Everyone introduced themselves and responded to the question: What does success look like for this project? Discussion included general recommendations for process and outcomes:


  • Need to clarify how this [equity] work is elevated throughout the process. Would like the equity workgroup to report out directly to the Steering Committee rather than through staff filter
  • Prefer that equity work group comments are transcribed and become part of the official record. Written comments are more durable.

 Capacity Building (both for community and staff)

  • Broadly, communities will understand how they can make a contribution to climate planning and outcomes. Need to include community capacity building and role in decision making.
  • Need to articulate how we will educate communities and empower them, clarify their role, what we are looking for, what their voice will look like in the process and in this work. Emphasis on reciprocity, meeting as equals.
  • Need resources for limited English proficiency, both materials translated and ability to directly communication
  • Need to understand how communities communicate, strengthen cultural awareness.


  • Climate conversation is reframed in line with goals of community groups. For example, climate action as an antipoverty tool or health equity tool.

Systemic Impact

  • Need to understand how other organizations are connected to, and informed by process. Trimet, Metro, DEQ etc. Success of climate equity work tied to the decision of other organizations. 
  • Community members need successful examples of applied climate equity outcomes in other places and in the region. Look beyond just local government plans/partnerships, identify community based success stories as well. Critical to avoid reinventing the wheel.

Climate Action Plan and Climate Change Overview:
Michele gave the group an overview of Climate Change, the Climate Action Plan, and where we are currently both in terms of carbon emission reduction and the process for the update.

Next Steps:

  • Schedule equity workgroup meeting
  • Organization grantees would familiarize themselves with CAP
  • Next meeting would include conversation of a common equity framework, including set of questions that can be applied