UNDERSTANDING JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Noticing inequities and disparities is critical to doing environmental work. Gaining a greater awareness of historical and systemic inequities - along with understanding our own personal biases, privileges and power - will move us closer to greater equity and justice. Members and Supervisors are encouraged to read more about equity and inclusion here.
Environmental Justice - OPAL Definition
Understanding Demographics - Why they are important to collect and analyze
Communities of Color - A Unsettling Profile - Coalition for Communities of Color
Verde Report - Latino perspectives on conservation leadership
The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations - Final Report from Green 2.0
Populations of Color - Coalition for a Livable Future definition and map
Low Income Communities - Coalition for a Livable Future definition and map
SITE REPORT OVERVIEW
In collaboration with Project Supervisors, the Program Director sets numeric goals (metrics) for AmeriCorps Members to achieve during their Term of Service. These goals are called "performance measures". Three times per term, Members will organize and submit a Site Report to the Program Director using the tools and resources below.
AMERICORPS PERFORMANCE MEASURES
- number of unduplicated volunteers engaged
- number of hours volunteers serve
- number of unduplicated youth educated
- number of activities facilitated
- number of youth residing in under resourced communities
- number of youth surveyed who learned something new
- number of unduplicated adults engaged
- number of activities facilitated
- number of adults residing in under resourced communities
- number of adults surveyed who learned something new
- number of sites restored
- number of trees (shrubs, plants) installed
- acres of non-native, invasive weeds removed
- number of sites in under resourced communities
- number of sites monitored that show increased biodiversity (last report only)
- list of partnerships that help expand services and programs to under resourced communities
- short story highlighting a project success
Members submit Site Reports three times per term:
- Report 1: First day of service through early January
- Report 2: Early January through early April
- Report 3: Early April through last day of service
TOOLS + RESOURCES
Confluence is invested in expanding the capacity of environmental programs to serve communities that are untapped and under resourced. Members and Supervisors research and develop meaningful, sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships in schools and communities that show high concentrations of people of color and people with low income. Think about the schools and communities that are most burdened by not having access to funding, resources and services - this is where you want to be. Here are some tools to help.
Site Report Tracking Tool - Download this Excel doc to track service site data.
It's important to know who is coming out to your events, volunteer work parties, youth activities and community events. Where are you recruiting and who is actually showing up?
EJSCREEN - Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) web-based environmental justice mapping tool.
Oregon Department of Education - Scroll down to "Students" section and click Ethnicity or Free/Reduced Lunch to view data
American Factfinder - Census based demographic website
Office of Neighborhood Involvement - Census Data for Portland area neighborhoods
Portland Map - Demographics delineated by streets and neighborhoods
Census Map - BY INCOME - Demographic map delineated by zip code
Census Map - BY RACE - Demographic map delineated by zip code
Brainy Zip - Zip code demographic overview
When facilitating activities with youth and adults, Members will evaluate impact in the following ways:
- What did people learn?
- How has a behavior changed?
- Will they use new skills or knowledge in the future?
Capture this and other site specific data at the close of each activity. This practice is also useful in evaluating your effectiveness as an educator.
Stand Up Survey - Conduct short term surveys after each activity or event
Stakeholder Interviews - Conduct in-depth interviews to measure long term impact. Talk with key stakeholders such as students, teachers, parents, community members, industry partners, apartment residents, property managers etc.
Explore our Demographic Toolkit developed in partnership with the Center for Diversity and the Environment. Members can also develop a different strategy, just as long as you are working to assess who is (and who is NOT) attending your activities.
Community Mapping - Print and display a map at the welcome/registration table and have pins available for people to share where they live. Consider placing a local volunteer here to make it more interactive. Research and analyze neighborhood demographics after the event to learn more about who has been served.
Capturing Demographics - Tabling/event toolkit overview
Demographic Survey - Capture race and income data (print and have people put responses in a secure container)
Table Tent - Signage for tabling events (print + fold in half length-wise)
Outreach Table - Capture public involvement data at a tabling event
SITE REPORT SURVEY
Directions - Simple instructions for completing your site report!
Site Report Worksheet - Download this Word doc to organize data before entering it into the Google Survey