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GC3 Equity and Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
35:31
https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Climate-Change/GC3/Working-Group-Meetings-2022
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
35:47
^Recordings and slides will be posted here
Maisa Tisdale
37:19
Hi, I'm Maisa Tisdale. President/CEO of The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community. I apologize, but I am unable to use my camera at this time.
Denise Savageau
38:17
Denise Savageau, ChairCT Council on Soil and Water Conservation and President CT Association of Conservation Districts. Liaison to the Resilient Infrastructure and Nature Based Solutions workgroup
Max Teirstein
39:11
I'm Max Teirstein, a recent Yale graduate who supported the GC3 and the EEJ Working Group through a position with Edith at the DEEP EJ program in 2020 and I recently completed a large EJ mapping project with the Yale Center for Environmental Justice and New Haven City Planning Department.
Mary Buchanan
39:12
Mary Buchanan, Community Resilience Planner at CIRCA, and liaison to the Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Working Group
Alexander Rodriguez
44:06
Ashley's just good like that ;)
Alexander Rodriguez
45:02
Max was a superstar secretary to the public participation sub committee. Good to have you back, Max!
Max Teirstein
45:18
Thanks so much Alex! Great to see you!!
Maisa Tisdale
46:13
The Freeman Center is located in the South End of Bridgeport, CT. We played a leadership role in Resilient Bridgeport (Rebuild by Design & NDRC). Our environmental and EJ interests are flood hazard prevention, sea level rise, preservation-based equitable development, and community advocacy & participation.
Alexander Rodriguez
47:56
For more info on Save the Sound. Save the Sound works to ensure that:Long Island Sound, rivers, and lakes are safe for swimming, fishing, and boating, and our waters and coastal habitats support thriving populations of fish, shellfish, whales, turtles, seals, and birds;Your family has clean air to breathe, communities are healthy and vibrant, and Connecticut leads the nation in slowing climate change and building a clean energy economy;Our last great open spaces and the lands that filter your drinking water are protected from over-development, and critical natural areas can support wildlife, recreation, and clean water; andThe laws that protect natural resources, public health, and environmental justice are strong, and the region’s residents are empowered to use them.
Alexander Rodriguez
49:17
My role within the org is that developing and implementing monthly grassroots stakeholder programs in Connecticut and New York; engaging stakeholders in policymaking; applying an environmental justice lens on public policy; collaborating with colleagues to advance legislative priorities; building relationships and educating policymakers; and providing communications support for EJ-related subject matter, particularly on organization of briefing papers, press events and educational webinars.
Alycia Jenkins
49:21
I’m based in Hartford, CT
Joanna Wozniak-Brown
52:53
Hi Everyone, just wanted to say hi - Joanna Wozniak-Brown, CT Office of Policy & Management, Climate & Infrastructure Policy Development Coordinator
Maisa Tisdale
53:52
Actually the historic Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses (c.1848), under restoration, are in the South End, formerly Little Liberia (c. 1821). The Eliza House will serve as the community Resilience Center. Our offices and gallery are downtown. www.freemancenterbpt.org
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
56:50
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/climatechange/GC3/GC3_Phase1_Report_Jan2021.pdf
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
56:56
^GC3 Report
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:09:23
Slides will be posted here: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Climate-Change/GC3/Working-Group-Meetings-2022
Max Teirstein
01:09:50
So the Inflation Reduction Act funding that CT will receive and is dedicated to EJ/climate justice will support the 2020 GC3 proposed initiatives?
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:15:11
More info on the webinars: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Climate-Change/GC3/Equity-and-Environmental-Justice-in-Climate-Solutions-Webinar-Series
Ashley Benitez-Climate Planning CTDEEP
01:19:57
For those WG members that joined us later. Feel free to introduce yourselves in the chat!
Ashley Benitez-Climate Planning CTDEEP
01:21:02
If anyone would like to provide public comments please send me a direct message.
Edith Pestana
01:21:23
The CT EJ Screening Tool will be available for public comment in Mid November! Stay tuned!
Max Teirstein
01:21:33
YAAAAY!!!!!
Alexander Rodriguez
01:21:38
I think I missed the timeline for submission of working group reports this time around. Can someone clarify please?
Rebecca French, CT DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:22:59
Thank you for the question Alex. There are no narrative reports for 2022. Working groups will only have met 3 times by November. They are doing a powerpoint presentation only.
Rebecca French, CT DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:31:56
happy to take clarifying questions on the process too
Doris Johnson
01:32:17
Is it possible to have more than ten minutes for public comments
Doris Johnson
01:32:18
?
Doris Johnson
01:32:42
Thank you!
Allison Pilcher
01:33:00
When you refer to working group-specific questions, would those be questions the other working groups want to ask this group or questions this group has for the other working groups (or both)?
Edith Pestana
01:33:07
Does this group feel comfortable analyzing the work through an "equity" lense?
Edith Pestana
01:33:53
It may be helpful to provide some guidance in advance
Allison Pilcher
01:34:56
Thanks!
Doris Johnson
01:35:08
Can this working group provide continuous feedback on the lack of equity in other working groups?
Kathy Fay
01:37:17
Some working groups (mitigation in this case) have been working on a wide variety of topics. Various agencies and others will be doing implementation. How can we ensure that each of the agencies and each of the many programs have applied/will apply an equity lens?
Edith Pestana
01:40:16
YES!!
Rebecca French, CT DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:40:18
@doris I think the liaisons from EEJ to the other working groups can help with that regular feedback. Yes, EEJ can suggest further ways to address lack of equity in other working groups
Alexander Rodriguez
01:40:40
Recommended question for the fellow working groups: How do your recommendations address and uplift the social and economic welfare of state-identified EJ communities and marginalized populations not mentioned on CT DEEP's list of EJ communities?
Alexander Rodriguez
01:41:06
I like Denise's recommendation regarding a check list.
Rebecca French, CT DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:41:08
Thank you Alex and Kathy for suggested questions.
Aicha Woods (she,hers)
01:41:28
and safe clean green affordable housing on check list
Edith Pestana
01:43:00
the Checklist could include the definition of "vulnerable communities" for example-
Max Teirstein
01:44:02
People with disabilities are so often left out when thinking about equitable impacts. Would be especially eager to know how working groups focused on buildings/transportation/infrastructure/public space are considering accessibility
Doris Johnson
01:44:43
@Rebecca - thanks
Kathy Fay
01:46:53
agreed!
Alexander Rodriguez
01:47:00
Balancing a checklist with measures is a good recommendation. Thank you for centering us, Maisa
Diane Lauricella
01:47:31
+++ checklist plus measures a great idea
Alanis Allen, DEEP Office of Climate Planning
01:47:38
Send any emails/ written comments to DEEP. ClimateChange@ct.gov
Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig
01:49:32
This is a good opportunity to hear about the priorities in this group or the opportunities you see for 2023.
Denise Savageau
01:49:56
Good to hear this is continuing in 2023!
Ashley Benitez-Climate Planning CTDEEP
01:57:23
Feel free to post suggestions for 2023 in the chat as well.If you need more time we look forward to your suggestions to DEEP.ClimateChange@ct.gov
Maisa Tisdale
02:00:44
I agree with you Alex.
Diane Lauricella
02:01:12
I think we should have a brief section meeting about what is happening with the Federal work and dollars...we want to make sure that the munis and the state agencies are applied to priority projects...
Alexander Rodriguez
02:01:43
We want to share that money with members of the public and community-focused orgs that will invest back into the communities
Joanna Wozniak-Brown
02:02:21
The Inflation Reduction Act has funds for Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants, which may need public comment on the program as well as momentum for identifying projects that could qualify: ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES.—An eligible entity may use agrant awarded under this subsection for—‘‘(A) community-led air and other pollution monitoring,prevention, and remediation, and investments in low- andzero-emission and resilient technologies and related infrastructureand workforce development that help reducegreenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants;‘‘(B) mitigating climate and health risks from urbanheat islands, extreme heat, wood heater emissions, andwildfire events;‘‘(C) climate resiliency and adaptation;‘‘(D) reducing indoor toxics and indoor air pollution;or‘‘(E) facilitating engagement of disadvantaged communitiesin State and Federal advisory groups, workshops,rulemakings, and other public processes.
Alexander Rodriguez
02:02:40
Micro grants on clean transpo advocacy was a good thing we had going last year. Many groups we awarded funding to are still involved in enviro convos. This type of work should continue
Rebecca French, CT DEEP Office of Climate Planning
02:04:15
Thank you so much for the rich discussion tonight
Diane Lauricella
02:04:32
Thank you for the discussion. Will contact via email.
Ashley Benitez-Climate Planning CTDEEP
02:04:56
Looking forward to it!
Maisa Tisdale
02:05:14
My thanks to everyone as well.
Ashley Benitez-Climate Planning CTDEEP
02:05:33
Thank you, Maisa!
Alexander Rodriguez
02:06:04
Looking forward to the next meeting. Thank you, Rebecca, Ashley, our working group chairs, and CT DEEP team :)
Annie Harper
02:07:16
apologies for being so silent. I was listening amid some chaos here at home. But I look forward to participating more in the future
Diane Lauricella
02:07:24
+++++
Kathy Fay
02:07:47
that was beautifully said!