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Duwamish Valley Community Equity Program

Upcoming Events

Duwamish Alive Habitat Restoration Work Party, Saturday Oct 19 from 10am to 2pm at Terminal 107.

Multi-lingual Duwamish River Boat Tour, Saturday Oct 26 from 11:30am to 2:30pm! Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cambodian interpretation provided. Join the Port Community Action Team to learn about the Port of Seattle's mission, history, and activities. The event will highlight community partnerships on capacity building, environmental health, and economic prosperity for all. Email Billingsley.c@portseattle.org to sign up by Oct 24, spaces are limited!

1st Reading of the Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment, Tuesday Nov 19 from 12pm to 2pm, at Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center!  

2nd Reading of the Duwamish Valley Community Benefits Commitment, Tuesday Dec 10 from 12pm to 2pm at Pier 69!

About

In 2013, the Cumulative Health Impacts Analysis (CHIA) was co-authored by Just Health Action and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group. The CHIA found that a range of health exposures and impacts disproportionately affect people in the Duwamish Valley, an area with the greatest number of contaminated waste sites, poor built environment characteristics, and severe air pollution compared to the rest of Seattle. Life expectancy in the neighborhoods of Georgetown and South Park is up to 13 years shorter than wealthier parts of Seattle. With the support of this data, the Duwamish Valley is characterized as an area with disproportionate health impacts and environmental injustices where more effective actions and investments are needed to address health and economic inequities.

Recognizing that some near-Port communities, such as the Duwamish Valley, experience a higher proportion of environmental impacts and lack equitable access to the Port’s benefits to the region, the Port of Seattle, Duwamish Valley community members, and health equity non-profit, Just Health Action, launched a pilot project in 2017.

Originally as part of a U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Pilot Project technical assistance grant, the pilot project focused on improving engagement with near-Port communities that experience environmental justice issues. Following two years of focused work, the pilot phase of the project is complete and on May 28th, 2019 the Port of Seattle passed a Motion to build an ongoing Duwamish Valley Community Equity Program (DVCE) that formalizes the collaboration with Duwamish Valley communities. View this historic Commission meeting here!

The Program seeks to achieve three shared goals:

1) Community-Port Capacity Building

2) Healthy Environment and Communities

3) Economic Prosperity in Place

Accomplishments

  • Established the Port Community Action Team, a 10-person community advisory committee representing Georgetown and South Park who engage in program decisions and long-term planning.
  • Launched the Youth Habitat Stewardship Program to Create Green Job Pathways in 2019- see video above for our launch on Earth Day!
  • Sponsored educational workshops and Duwamish River Mural Art in South Park in 2019.
  • Port hosts its first-ever Multilingual "Port U" Educational Boat Tour along the Duwamish River and Elliott Bay in 2018.
  • Conducted resume and career readiness workshop to encourage youth from Duwamish Valley Youth Corps to apply for the Port's Youth Internship Programs. Since 2018, seventeen youth have worked for the Port!
  • Commission authorization and funding to extend program beyond "pilot" phase and explore long-term policy opportunities to sustain the work.
  • Capacity-building workshops for Port staff and community members on equitable development, community benefits agreements, environmental justice, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance funds community science research to identify air quality solutions in Georgetown and South Park.

 

Contact

For questions, please email Christina Billingsley, Sr. Program Manager, Environmental Engagement at Port of Seattle - billingsley.c@portseattle.org.

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