Introduction

RVAgreen 2050 is the City of Richmond's equity-centered climate action and resilience planning initiative. RVAgreen 2050 will identify actions that equitably reduce pollution and help the community adapt to extreme heat, precipitation, and flooding. 

We are seeking participants for the key groups that will guide the RVAgreen 2050 planning process:
 
Roundtable: A group of up to 18 Richmond residents with the following roles:
  • Help the City center equity in the planning process and elevate frontline community voices
  • Inform and guide the planning process and provide recommendations for RVAgreen 2050
  • Serve as liaisons to ensure community needs and assets are integrated into the planning process
Working Groups: Six groups providing topical expertise on RVAgreen 2050 goals and strategies to the Roundtable. They will assist with translating community priorities into equitable climate action and resilience strategies. Each working group will have 2 co-chairs: one City of Richmond staff member and one resident. Each working group will have support from at least one designated Office of Sustainability staff member.

Application periods begins: August 31, 2020
Applications due: September 30, 2020
Selection notifications: Early October
Meetings begin: Mid to Late October

Read more about each group's roles and commitments below. Please contact Kendra Norrell, Community Engagement Coordinator, with any questions before applying.

Applications are due by Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
RVAgreen 2050 Roundtable

Definitions

Communities on the frontlines of climate change: Those who are hit first and worst by the impacts of environmental injustice and the climate crisis. These communities confront many vulnerabilities, including racism, poverty, housing insecurity, and more, which intensify climate threats. These communities are also underrepresented in City of Richmond planning processes for many reasons, which may include: 1) traditional meetings conflict with work or home schedules, 2) the policy and planning processes sometimes use technical language that is difficult to understand – regardless of educational or income level, or 3) people feel burnout from participating in past efforts from which they have sometimes seen limited results. In Richmond, these individuals are typically those who are lower-income, Hispanic and Latino, and/or Black and African American.

Grants: The Office of Sustainability is committed to paying Roundtable members for their time and expertise as residents of Richmond, especially those from communities on the frontlines of climate change. The range of grant amounts is designed to reflect this commitment and offer the highest amounts to those who need it most. All selected Roundtable members will need to register with the City of Richmond as a vendor in order to receive a grant. The Office of Sustainability anticipates disbursing the grants in five to six quarterly payments.
Grant Levels (all grants are optional)

Community Leader: $5,000
  • Resident working independently of a paid position (such as with a community organization) to fulfill Roundtable responsibilities who identifies as a member of a community on the frontlines of climate change
  • Live and/or work in communities that are underrepresented in City planning efforts, understand the barriers that limit participation, and have ideas for overcoming those barriers
  • Commitment:
  • Attend an average of two (2) 2-hour meetings per month from October 2020 to April 2022 - likely all virtual at least for 2020
  • Serve on at least 1 topical working group
  • Conduct at least 2 engagement activities with community members during both RVAgreen 2050 Engagement Phase 2 (spring 2021) and Engagement Phase 3 (late summer/fall 2021) to seek input and bring that input back to the Roundtable. Activities could include: virtual meetings, phone interviews/surveys, physically distanced meet-ups, community ideas collection box, door-to-door surveys, etc.
  • Help create and grow a contact list for RVAgreen 2050
Community Partner: $3,000
  • Community-based organization that serves communities on the frontlines of climate change
  • Works in communities that are underrepresented in City planning efforts, understand the barriers that limit participation, and have ideas for overcoming those barriers
  • Commitment:
  • "Sponsor" 1 representative (staff or other) to attend an average of two (2) 2-hour meetings per month from October 2020 to April 2022 - likely all virtual at least for 2020, and serve on at least 1 topical working group
  • Conduct at least 2 engagement activities with community members during both RVAgreen 2050 Engagement Phase 2 (spring 2021) and Engagement Phase 3 (late summer/fall 2021) to seek input and bring that input back to the Roundtable. Activities could include: virtual meetings, phone interviews/surveys, physically distanced meet-ups, community ideas collection box, door-to-door surveys, etc.
  • Help create and grow a contact list for RVAgreen 2050
Community Ally: $1,000
  • Resident working independently of a paid position (such as with a community organization) to fulfill Roundtable responsibilities who identifies as a member of a community on the frontlines of climate change
  • Live and/or work in communities that are typically not involved in City planning efforts, understand the barriers that limit participation, and have ideas for overcoming those barriers
  • Commitment:
  • Attend an average of two (2) 2-hour meetings per month from October 2020 to April 2022 - likely all virtual at least for 2020
  • Serve on at least 1 topical working group
  • Help design engagement efforts for RVAgreen 2050
  • Help create and grow a contact list for RVAgreen 2050

Question Title

Below is an outline of the scoring framework that will be used to evaluate Roundtable applications:

Below is an outline of the scoring framework that will be used to evaluate Roundtable applications:
RVAgreen 2050 Working Groups

RVAgreen 2050 Working Groups: Six groups providing topical expertise on RVAgreen 2050 goals and strategies to the Roundtable. They will assist with translating community priorities into equitable climate action and resilience strategies. Each working group will have 2 co-chairs: one City of Richmond staff member and one resident. Each working group will have support from at least one designated Office of Sustainability staff member. Applications will be evaluated by staff and consultants based on technical expertise and experience.

Commitment: Working group members will serve as unpaid volunteers and will be expected to participate in up to two (2) 2-hour meeting per month between October 2020 and April 2022.

Working Groups

Community - Centering community priorities
Potential topics such as: well-paying, sustainable jobs; affordable and sustainable housing; education; health and safety; neighborhood beautification

Energy - Clean and equitable energy sources
Potential topics such as: renewable energy; grid security

Buildings & Infrastructure - Healthy, resilient, zero-carbon buildings, infrastructure, and land use
Potential topics such as: housing; densification; building energy efficiency

Environment - Ecosystem resilience, regeneration, and conservation
Potential topics such as: green space and trees; biodiversity; water quality and conservation

Transportation & Mobility - Clean and equitable mobility systems
Potential topics such as: public transportation; biking and walking; electric vehicles

Waste - Zero waste, circular economy
Potential topics such as: recycling; composting; circular economy
Please contact Kendra Norrell, Community Engagement Coordinator, with any questions before applying.

Applications are due by Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
 
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