The City of Providence, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island are working together to bring a racial equity lens to the City’s sustainability work. This initiative, which was funded by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth with a match from the Rhode Island Foundation, includes three components:
- Discovery: Researching best practices for applying a racial equity lens to sustainability work and areas of concern in Providence
- Developing a better way: Establishing a Racial and Environmental Justice Committee (REJC) to 1) identify key concerns, issues, and needs for communities of color related to environmental sustainability in Providence; and 2) Recommend a long-term process and structure for collaboration between communities of color and the Office of Sustainability.
- Understanding effects of personal and institutional racism: The project team is hosting two Undoing Racism trainings from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
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**On September 1st, 2017, the Environmental Sustainability Task Force voted in support of the Office of Sustainability officially adopting the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee’s Recommendations for A Racially Equitable and Just Providence. Read the full document here.
The Office of Sustainability will continue to work with the ESTF and the REJC on the implementation of these recommendations.**