Below is summary information on ENVS 295 engagement projects; click on any title for fuller information.
Project partner: Hood River Forest Collaborative
Our proposed project with the Hood River Forest Collaborative aims to increase the group’s presence in the community and allow more stakeholders to be heard. Currently, the Collaborative is composed of a small subset of representatives from industry and environmental groups, but we see potential to incorporate other stakeholders into land management discussions. We hope to do this by utilizing social media to create new spaces for interaction online, and eventually in person through public speaker events. The goal is to identify new stakeholders to provide input on discussions and create better and more civil discussion among all members, as well as make participation more accessible than it is currently.
Project partner: Portland Harbor Community Coalition
As students of Lewis and Clark College, specifically in the Environmental Studies program, it is imperative that we learn, and practice, successful engagement with a diverse range of individuals and parties in our community and beyond. In actively doing so this semester, we have officially begun creating partnerships with organizations in the Northwest Oregon region that represent/advocate for different voices on various environmental issues. This includes the Portland Harbor Community Coalition (PHCC), a group actively working to represent minorities and at-risk individuals in the fight to clean up and restore the Portland Harbor Superfund Site (Superfund sites are an environmental issue that shows how closely intertwined issues of pollution are with racial and economic inequality. People of color and low-income folk are often the most impacted by Superfund sites). This organization is one whose main focus is outreach and advocacy for marginalized community members. Their biggest strengths, and weaknesses, however, lie in the ways in which they are able to communicate with and involve a diverse community. While PHCC has created and maintained many partnerships, there are still certain demographics they are working to reach. Thus, through brainstorming collaboration opportunities between PHCC and Lewis and Clark students, there seems to be opportunity for a wider range of individuals to be reached through up-to-date technological platforms such as Instagram.