Multnomah County is committed to a new way of working that shifts away from the traditional government planning process by centering the voices and expertise of frontline communities. This approach seeks to:
- Build spaces where community and government show up as equals,
- Recognize the unique roles that community and government play in affecting change, and
- Identify opportunities where collective impact can address the climate crisis.
Moving at the speed of trust, the County has worked with frontline community based organizations and individuals to explore this new model of collaboration.
Rooted in Values, Guided by Vision: Community-driven climate justice framework sets the foundation of vision and values that will be used for developing the Climate Justice Plan. It reflects a shared vision of climate justice that has emerged through intentional process, community qualitative data collection and analysis, quantitative data analysis, and a spring 2023 convening.
The County also worked closely with community partners to publish a Cultivating Justice in a Changing Climate, an environmental justice zine, that weaves together quantitative data with community experiences and stories and original artwork to illustrate a current state of environmental justice in the community.