About the project
We all consume products, from the items we purchase to the materials that form the buildings in which we live and work. These products have a life cycle: raw materials are extracted from the earth, manufacturing turns them into the items we consume, and we discard them into the garbage and recycling system when we’re finished. Each stage impacts our environment, our economy and society.
Metro is currently developing the Regional Waste Plan, a 10-year blueprint for managing and reducing the environmental impacts of goods consumed in the region, from production to disposal. The plan sets goals and policies to reduce the amount of garbage the region generates, promote greater reuse and recycling of items, and manage the remaining waste in a manner that protects the environment and public health, gets the best value for the public’s money, and advances racial equity, diversity and inclusion in the region. The Metro Council will adopt the plan in late 2018.
Equity Work Group: What will it do?
The Equity Work Group will help ensure: 1) that development of the Regional Waste Plan fully incorporates equity into the planning process and outcomes and 2) the Regional Waste Plan advances Metro’s progress towards the racial equity goals adopted by Metro Council in its Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
To do this, the work group will: 1) develop a shared understanding of the regional garbage and recycling system; 2) identify barriers that disproportionately impact communities of color and strategies to eliminate those barriers; and 3) identify opportunities to leverage Metro’s role in managing the garbage and recycling system to support racial equity outcomes.
Roles and expectations
Equity Work Group participants will:
- Prepare for, and be full participants in, work group meetings
- Attend and participate in two regional forums to discuss equity outcomes with community leaders and Metro Council
- Collectively produce a summary of findings during each phase of plan development
- Commit to participating in all phases of the planning process from May 2017 to October 2018
Metro commits to supporting the work group with staff, a facilitator, financial compensation, meeting space and opportunities for participants to connect directly with decision-makers throughout the planning process.
Metro seeks participants for the Equity Work Group who have any combination of the following skills and abilities:
- Background in social and racial equity at both institutional and systemic levels
- Willingness to adapt Metro’s equity lens and apply it to the regional garbage and recycling system
- Critical thinking skills to identify ways that the current garbage and recycling system is inequitable
- Ability to help articulate a vision for an equitable garbage and recycling system
- Familiarity with planning processes or a willingness to learn
- Ability to effectively collaborate with others
Metro seeks participants for the Equity Work Group from communities of color and those historically marginalized from system planning and policy development, including but not limited to:
- Young adults ages 18-25
- Immigrants and refugees
- Seniors and elders
- Oregon COBID-certified business owners in the garbage and recycling field
- Environmental justice practitioners
- Garbage and recycling system workers
The Equity Work Group will kick off in May 2017 and continue through October 2018. Work group participants can expect to invest approximately 70 hours during the course of the 16-month project, including reviewing documents, attending work group meetings and participating in public forums. A summary of project phases and an estimate of hours is below. Actual hours may be slightly higher or lower. Metro will compensate work group participants at an amount not to exceed $9,500 per participant. Metro will enter into contracts with selected participants or the organizations they represent.
|Planning phase||Timeline||Hours estimate|
|Work group kickoff phase||May 2017||11 hours|
|Phase 1: Values||June 2017||6 hours|
|Phase 2: System scenarios and vision||July–Sept. 2017||8 hours|
|Phase 3: System analysis and goal setting||Oct. 2017–March 2018||8 hours|
|Phase 4: Building a strategy||Feb.–Aug. 2018||23 hours|
|Phase 5: Plan adoption||Aug.–Oct. 2018||14 hours|