[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)
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.