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									Neighborhood Knowledge for Change
   The West Oakland Environmental
         Indicators Project

 Presenters:
      Brian Beveridge
      Allen Edson

                                              June 15, 2004
                                           Denver, Colorado
         US EPA Community Involvement Conference & Trianing
        West Oakland
Environmental Indicators Project
    What are Indicators?
•   Describe quality of life

• Information tracked over
  time

• Reflect values & concerns
  of those who select them
 Why West Oakland?

• Community faces serious
  environmental pollution

• History of
  community activism
Environmental Indicators Process
                   Creates access to
                   information needed to
                   revitalize the
                   community
                   Community driven
                   process to select
                   Indicators
                   Research and Report
                   Indicators
                   Translating Indicators
                   to ACTION!
 Environmental Indicators Process
Defining Environment and Choosing the Indicators
  The Indicators represent a
  broad definition of
  environmental and address
  concerns over:
     Air quality
     Environmental health
     Land use
     Housing affordability
     Transportation
     Civic participation
Environmental Indicators: Visioning
  How do you:
  define environment & sustainability
  create a vision
  develop indicators that will affect change
  create a stakeholder process
  ensure sustainability
Putting the Indicators into Action:
Campaigns

    Clean Air Coalition

    Anti Displacement Network

    Asthma Coalition
Putting the Indicators to Action:
Disseminating Information

    Creating Coalitions
    Education Campaigns
    Community Capacity Building
    Media Campaigns
Putting the Indicators to Action:
Education

    Speaker’s bureau
    Policy matrix/community goals
    Media training
    Technical Assistance
Putting the Indicators to Action:
Media
Lessons Learned


    •   Community members can use
        these tools
    •   Data is not an end in itself
    •   Process is community driven
    •   Difficult transition
    •   Self-sufficiency slow
    •   Collaboration is challenging
               Lessons Learned

Knowledge is power

								
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