Presentation Title

Can Equity Metrics Help Achieve Equity Goals?

Start Date

5-2-2018 9:50 AM

End Date

5-2-2018 10:00 AM

Abstract

The Environmental Services Tree Program plants trees with partners in Portland to benefit watershed and human health. Since our work began in 2008, outreach, education, and tree planting services have aimed to improve connectivity in the urban forest and reduce inequities in the benefits residents enjoy from our urban trees. To these ends, our work focuses in low-tree-canopy, low-income, racially diverse communities. A new tool to support this work is a five-year contract with nonprofit Friends of Trees that contains two key elements: dedicated resources for community benefit organizations to help improve service delivery in communities where socioeconomic barriers impede progress, and equity metrics to ensure at least 75% service delivery where trees are needed most. With one year of the contract completed, preliminary qualitative and quantitative data are available to begin to answer the question: does the inclusion of equity metrics improve outcomes?

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Subjects

Environmental social sciences, Land/watershed management

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Can Equity Metrics Help Achieve Equity Goals?

The Environmental Services Tree Program plants trees with partners in Portland to benefit watershed and human health. Since our work began in 2008, outreach, education, and tree planting services have aimed to improve connectivity in the urban forest and reduce inequities in the benefits residents enjoy from our urban trees. To these ends, our work focuses in low-tree-canopy, low-income, racially diverse communities. A new tool to support this work is a five-year contract with nonprofit Friends of Trees that contains two key elements: dedicated resources for community benefit organizations to help improve service delivery in communities where socioeconomic barriers impede progress, and equity metrics to ensure at least 75% service delivery where trees are needed most. With one year of the contract completed, preliminary qualitative and quantitative data are available to begin to answer the question: does the inclusion of equity metrics improve outcomes?