Join us for a webinar on September 3rd on how public utilities can operationalize racial equity and environmental justice. 
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[Webinar] Public Utilities, Racial Equity, and Environmental Justice: Opportunities and Challenges

September 23rd, 2016 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Over the past 12 years, we have seen more and more local governments embed racial equity into departments, so that each department uses its own line of business to proactively advance racial equity.  Public utilities are one area where there has been groundbreaking work.  

This webinar will feature:

  • Michael Davis, Director of Environmental Justice and Service Equity at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU)
  • Steve Hamai, Strategic Advisor at Seattle Public Utilities (SPU)
  • Jessie Buendia, Community Benefits and Social Responsibility Manager at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SPFUC)

Register here.
More about the webinar:
This webinar is a great introduction to the vision and strategies of public utility systems that are leading national efforts to integrate racial equity and environmental justice into their operations. 

Davis and Hamai, both from SPU, will share how racial equity is an integral part of SPU’s promise to customers, making sure all communities in Seattle can access and benefit from SPU's projects and services.  Davis and Hamai will also share the opportunities and challenges of implementing their strategic framework. 

Buendia from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will share how its community benefits program is helping the SFPUC provide customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. 

The SFPUC’s landmark community benefits and environmental justice policies have deepened SFPUC’s ability to influence racialized outcomes in a Post-209 environment by creating strategies that support anchor institutions and develop programs that use geography, socioeconomic status, and marketing and outreach to target communities of color. Read more about SFPUC's community benefits program.


In the News


How Cities Are Ending Unintentional Racial Discrimination

(From Governing Magazine) Discrimination doesn't always appear in the most obvious places. Many government policies and practices are seemingly unbiased and uncontroversial but actually disproportionately harm minorities.

City of Oakland Announces Appointment of Darlene Flynn as Inaugural Director of the department of Race & Equity

The City of Oakland announced the appointment of Darlene Flynn as Oakland’s first Director of the Race & Equity Department. Darlene is one of few highly distinguished veterans in the field of race and equity specific to the local government sector. Congratulations to the City of Oakland!

Darlene has more than 12 years of experience implementing systemic change and increasing racial equity in city government. She was on the ground level in developing the Race and Social Justice Initiative in the City of Seattle. She has worked extensively with cross-racial teams seeking to bring about institutional and structural change to create racial equity in the city's communities of color. Darlene has been instrumental in strategic planning and design support for the Race and Social Justice Initiative, as well as providing ongoing technical assistance for Seattle’s city department leadership and employee teams. She has planned and delivered training for diverse internal and external audiences.

Darlene shared, “I am honored and excited for this rich opportunity to be Oakland’s Director of Race & Equity. There’s hard work ahead and I’m committed to applying lessons learned from my experience to support the City of Oakland in achieving a more equitable future for all of its diverse community.”
Join us in Atlanta, GA!

Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Government
Thursday, November 10th 
8:30-5:00 PM EDT

We're hosting a day-long convening focused on innovative policies, practices, research, and narratives that support governing for racial equity.

Register for the convening here

Also, we will be at the Facing Race National Conference the days after the convening to co-present the "Inclusive Democracy" track. Read our press release.

For more information or to register for Facing Race, click here.

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