Urban Equity Climate Compact
In urban areas across the U.S., systemic racism and ongoing disinvestment compound the negative climate impacts that communities of color face. Because of this, organizations and governments must center equity in their approach to reduce the effects of a changing climate on these communities and make way for resiliency and true sustainability.
The Institute for Sustainable Communities’ Urban Equity Climate Compact began as a pilot program in 2021 to unite community organizations and local governments in Cincinnati, Baton Rouge and Tampa Bay to address this issue and develop equitable, community-driven climate solutions.
During the pilot program, these groups learned resilience best practices, such as scenario planning and data mapping. In addition, the compact provided opportunities for participants to network and develop teams that addressed how systemic racism impacts climate policies and local decision-making approaches. From their work, participants created strategic plans that tackled climate resilience issues in their communities.
The Urban Equity Climate Compact understands that people of color are already on the ground leading resiliency initiatives in their communities. But, these leaders do not always receive the resources, support or recognition they need to drive transformative change.
As the Urban Equity Climate Compact moves beyond its pilot phase, it aims to provide community leaders of color with resources, technical support and guidance in their climate endeavors. In addition, the compact will work to foster networking opportunities to help community organizations and governments grow the footprint of their work.
The mission of the Urban Equity Climate Compact is to center equity in climate change solutions that meet the needs of communities, especially those wrestling with underlying economic, social and health factors. The Institute looks forward to scaling the compact’s work throughout the U.S., expanding the collaboration to more community partners and regional and local government leaders, planners and administrators.
The Urban Equity Climate Compact has developed the following eight core competencies that guide its work. Select the core competencies below to learn more about how communities and governments can use these understandings in their climate equity efforts.