Approach to Equity


The EJII values precipitate building equity and economic opportunity through a resident-led outreach methods that engages agency stakeholders, community outreach specialists, property owners, and residents to understand the challenges and opportunities around federal, state and local energy and water infrastructure investments.

Initiative Values

Work accomplished in partnership with Black & Brown leaders.

Advancing people with different identities, experiences, and perspectives in the room. Inclusion means that power is shared among those diverse people and that everyone’s voice is heard and incorporated into decision-making. Equity, as we’ve mentioned above, means equitable outcomes.

Account for inequity in process: which community groups or stakeholders may feel tokenized? How is lived experienced prioritized

We are centering people of color through the reallocation of resources, opportunities, and policies to address historical and current structures of racism.

Convene and create spaces for civic education & engagement

Co-created: time / date/ location and process for engaging community members.

Policy Entrepreneurship

We support member compensation? Especially individuals with limited income and disposable time.

Understand historical and current power imbalances and inequity

Lifting up individuals with less assigned social power to be given more decision-making power.

Integrated Outreach & Engagement. that is intergenerational and linked across sectors

“Ground-truthing” data and making sure it matches the lived experiences of impacted communities