|Sustainability Plan / Environmental Justice / Strategy|
|goal 1||To establish meaningful participation in the decision-making processes that affect historically disadvantaged communities of San Francisco.|
|goal 2||To create a vibrant community-based economy with jobs and career opportunities that allow all people economic self-determination and environmental health.|
|goal 3||To eliminate disproportionate environmental burdens and pollution imposed on historically disadvantaged communities and communities of color.|
|goal 4||To create a community with the capacity and resources for self-representation and indigenous leadership.|
|goal 5||To ensure that social and economic justice are established as an integral aspect of environmental well-being and sustainability.|
|To establish meaningful participation in the decision-making processes that affect historically disadvantaged communities of San Francisco.|
|1-A. Both the marginalized and the powerful communities in San Francisco share in the responsibility for preserving San Francisco’s ecological and social environment.|
|1-1. Information about decision-making processes is made accessible in culturally and linguistically appropriate formats.|
|1-1-a. Broadly publicize meetings;
1-1-b. Direct outreach into all communities;
1-1-c. Have a pool of translators and interpreters available at all times;
1-1-d. Translate documents and agendas; and
1-1-e. Hold meetings in affected communities on a wide range of sustainability issues.
1-2. Community education about:
|1-2-a. Create an environmental resource center where
residents can gain access to information about environmental hazards in their communities;
also create a community-initiated system for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating
information about environmental hazards in various communities.
1-2-b. Ensure that information regarding present and future public policies reaches all residents of San Francisco; including disseminating information via non-traditional forums such as religious institutions, schools and community-based organizations.
1-2-c. Recognize and financially support urban, community-based environmental education programs.
|1-3. Decision-making bodies and processes have adequate and direct representation of affected communities.|
|1-3-a. Include proportional representation from historically disadvantaged groups in all decision-making bodies. (Candidates for these positions should be chosen by and reside in the communities they wish to represent.)|
|1-4. All residents of San Francisco participate as
equal partners at every level of decision-making processes, including planning, implementation,
enforcement and evaluation.
1-5. Community awareness of policies and plans affecting the communities of San Francisco has increased.
|To create a vibrant community-based economy with jobs and career opportunities that allow all people economic self-determination and environmental health.|
2-A. Adequate, non-polluting means of livelihood have been provided so people are not forced to choose between jobs and environmental health.
2-B. Extensive public awareness of the advantages of community-based enterprise (money going back into the community rather than out of it) has been created.
2-C. Sustainable businesses have been created throughout San Francisco that generate jobs and capital for poor communities.
2-D. A skilled work force in poor communities has been created that is ready to work in new and existing sustainable businesses and industries.
2-E. Existing toxic, radioactive, hazardous, or otherwise polluting industries and businesses in poor neighborhoods have been replaced with safe and sustainable ones.
2-F. City standards of workers’ occupational health and safety have been bolstered to minimize workplace illness and injury.
2-G. Residents of lower-income communities of color have access to technology and resources to participate in sustainability programs.
2-1. Residents of poor communities are trained in the basic and technical job skills required by new and existing sustainable businesses and industries.
2-2. An economic strategic plan has been developed that will appropriately place (according to resource supplies, resource needs, cultural fit, etc.) just and sustainable businesses and industries into communities within San Francisco,
2-3. Local, state, and national sources of economic and technical business and industrial assistance have been identified and are in use.
2-4. The volume of community-based economic activity in poor communities of color has been increased from 20% to 80%.
2-5. The economic and environmental well-being of historically disadvantaged communities has increased to reach parity with all other communities in San Francisco, according to traditional economic and environmental indicators.
2-6. 25% of existing and new businesses and industries are enrolled in environmental/ environmental justice incentive programs.
2-a. Create and fund locally staffed neighborhood economic development corporations to research and develop appropriate non-polluting businesses in poor neighborhoods.
2-b. Provide economic and technical assistance to those businesses, such as loan programs for home-based and small businesses especially in poor neighborhoods with the concept of sustainability as a criteria for such loans.
2-c. Link economic development corporations with federal programs (such as Climate Wise) that sponsor environmental assessments of existing local industries to make them more economically sound and less polluting and to cut energy and waste costs.
2-d. Create an incentive program for small and large businesses and industries to meet environmental and environmental justice sustainability criteria, recognizing that sustainability is an ongoing process rather than an end goal.
2-e. Create an incentive program for landlords and homeowners to extend accessibility to low-flow toilets, weatherization, etc.
|To eliminate disproportionate environmental burdens and pollution imposed on historically disadvantaged communities and communities of color.|
|3-A. Pollution prevention strategies to reduce environmental
pollution throughout the City of San Francisco have been implemented, with special
focus on reducing the amount of pollution and toxic waste having an impact on historically
3-B. The amount of pollution and toxic waste having an impact on historically disadvantaged communities is dramatically reduced.
3-1. The amount of environmental pollution affecting historically disadvantaged communities of color has been reduced by 25%;
3-2. The approvals process for proposed projects that have the potential to cause significant adverse environmental impact take into account:
3-3. The percentage and amount of environmental pollution in communities in San Francisco that have been disproportionately burdened with environmental pollution (“EJ communities”); has been reduced.
|3-a. Identify communities in San Francisco that have
been disproportionately burdened with environmental pollution (“EJ communities”);
3-b. Through detailed and comprehensive environmental assessments, identify sources of environmental pollution affecting EJ communities and identify a quantifiable “baseline” for pollution (this “baseline” may serve as a supplement to the 1994 Environmental State of the City Report);
3-c. In partnership with local residents, establish an inter-agency task force to develop a comprehensive plan and implement pollution prevention strategies to reduce pollution in EJ communities (these could include promoting new technologies, using alternative manufacturing materials, promoting economic incentives and/or increasing enforcement and regulatory compliance).
|To create a community with the capacity and resources for self-representation and indigenous leadership.|
|4-A. The relations of power have been altered so that historically disadvantaged communities are able to participate as equal partners with business, government, environmental and other sectors.|
|4-1. Resources have been provided and support has
been given to organizations that develop indigenous leadership and community capacity
in historically disadvantaged communities.
4-2. The contributions of people from diverse sectors of historically disadvantaged communities, with an emphasis on those who suffer the greatest environmental risk, are solicited and considered.
|4-a. Fund community-based organizations for leadership
development activities and community organizing within historically disadvantaged
4-b. Hire staff with first-hand understanding of historically disadvantaged communities.
4-c. Consult with diverse sectors of historically disadvantaged communities, especially those who suffer the greatest environmental risk.
|To ensure that social and economic justice are established as an integral aspect of environmental well-being and sustainability.|
|5-A. Long-term strategies that integrate activities of business, city government, and community groups with the goals of social, economic and environmental sustainability have been established.|
5-1. The environmental program and project resources of all city departments shall be divided equally between:
of environmental problems.