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In January 2020, the California Air Resources Board, a state agency in charge of air quality, awarded San Leandro 2050 a grant to explore how disadvantaged neighborhoods in our city—those already disproportionately affected by pollution and health problems—experience current air pollution and how they see future threats from climate change. The idea is to identify and elevate possible climate solutions for those neighborhoods as we strive to make San Leandro a climate-resilient, livable city for all.
In the chart provided, we compare several environmental impacts and markers of quality of life in some of the neighborhoods, we will be working in with Montclair, CA, the city with the least environmental burden in the state, and Fresno, CA, the city with the highest. The data is drawn from the CalEnviroScreen database. The comparison illustrates the inequities that exist.
This project, funded through a grant by the California Air Reources Board, is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.
We will be looking to connect with residents in select San Leandro neighborhoods through a variety of ways:
Neighborhood listening sessions.
Partnering with existing organizations and community groups in the neighborhoods we are reaching out to, we are planning small, friendly gatherings to share with residents current and future environmental risks, hear from residents about their “on-the-ground” experience of environmental health issues, and discuss the needs, ideas and possible initiatives to bring about more quality of life.
Community Focus Groups
After we had several listening sessions and surveys, we found that we would like to dig deeper into people concerns, understand more about what needs and wants of our residents, and to discuss ideas that were not able to be discussed in detail in our listening sessions. The focus group participants had an opportunity to discuss personal stories, challenges, and their hopes for change.
Ultimately, we hope to use the findings to create Neighborhood Action Plans that are truly based on resident input. We will be working some of our focus group participants to refine our draft plan and to ensure it reflects the of the needs of our community.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has had an impact on the timeline of this project. In-person sessions that were planned for summer 2020 will have to be postponed while we develop alternative ways to reach residents. We will post updates here, on our Facebook page and via our newsletter (subscribe here).