Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 24.7

GreenStep City Best Practices: Resilient Economic and Community Development
Benchmarks and Community Engagement No. 24

Adopt outcome measures for GreenStep and other city sustainability efforts, and engage community members in ongoing education, dialogue, and campaigns.

Best Practice Action 7

Expanding Community Engagement: Engage Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), renters, low-income, new Americans, differently abled and other traditionally under-represented community members by encouragement, and support to participate in current and new opportunities in city government.

1 star Provide diversity, equity, inclusion, and bias training for city staff, electeds, and volunteers; provide ADA and reasonable accommodation training for department heads and managers; develop an equity statement that addresses the city’s overarching goals; include an equity chapter in the Comprehensive Plan.
2 star Participate in a process that promotes equity in local government, such as becoming a member of the Government Alliance of Race Equity (GARE); take multiple concrete steps to increase accessibility of local government operations and decision-making, such as by providing childcare for public meetings; hosting participation opportunities in multiple and accessible locations, formats, and/or languages; ensuring that city communications are available in languages spoken by community members; review and assess city regulations for their impacts on under-represented populations; address equity throughout the Comprehensive Plan.
3 star A committee or commission with wide community representation exists and meets regularly to provide ongoing guidance to city government on expanding and improving the quality of community engagement, particularly among historically marginalized community members; regular reporting on progress made in ensuring equitable access to city government programs, planning, budgeting and decision-making; develop and adopt a community equity plan with ample opportunity for public engagement and participation; use the Equitable Development Scorecard or an equivalent tool to assess development or redevelopment proposals.