Structuring and guiding diverse working groups to develop equitable climate action recommendations

In response to passing a climate emergency resolution, the City of Longmont needed to quickly develop community-informed, equitable climate action recommendations. To support this work, IBE structured and managed the process for developing and reviewing recommendations for the Climate Action Task Force and Just Transitions Plan Committee, leading to group consensus on recommendations presented to Longmont City Council.  IBE supported the Just Transitions Plan Committee in defining equitable climate action, and in creating and applying an equity lens to recommendations proposed by the Task Force, revealing opportunities, barriers, and blind spots that helped improve the recommendations proposed by the Task Force. In addition to facilitating the two community groups, IBE developed and analyzed a community wide climate opinion survey, and led community engagement activities in Spanish and English, often with live translation.

Equitable Climate Action Planning Facilitation | City of Longmont

Key Outcomes

  • Working group consensus on climate action recommendations
    Increased capability to approach equity and just transitions for future civic policies and activities
  • Capacity building around civic engagement for members of historically underrepresented communities
  • Community awareness, engagement, and insights related to equitable climate action

Project Deliverables

  • Equitable Climate Action Recommendations Report
  • Equity Lens Framework for future equity and inclusion engagement
  • Community questionnaire development and analysis