Environmental Justice Tool

Autocase – in partnership with Stantec, HOK, Jacobs, Quinn Evans, and the LFRT – plans to develop a free online environmental justice tool to help support more equitable decisions in the built environment.

Past Stakeholder Workshops

Online Environmental Justice Tool – Stakeholder Workshop #1

Visioning Workshop Summary: Friday Oct 1st

We held a 90 minute online stakeholder workshop to get people’s responses on what they would find useful in an EJ tool. 

We formed mini breakout groups and gathered everyone’s responses in this virtual whiteboard: https://metroretro.io/board/LB8SZJEJ8KIA.

A word cloud of people’s responses can be seen below.

After the workshop, the internal project team bucketed each response into different groups/themes for what the tool’s vision could be. These groups include: Insights & impacts; Historical context; Community engagement; Interactive best practices resource; Actions; and Other.

Next Steps

The next step is to form a conceptual prototype of a feasible tool given people’s ideas and to get feedback from our steering committee.

About the Tool

How will this be different from other tools out there?

The tool will have four core modules:

1. An EJ Resources module

a) A public webpage with links to great external resources like EJ data, tools, organizations, & guides.

2. A Project Connect module

a) A public-facing web portal for local community leaders, EJ experts, and CBOs to discover & actively connect with projects they can support, as well as for stakeholders to have more transparency on projects in their community.

3. An  EJ Expert Connect module

a) A public-facing web portal for project teams to find and & connect with local EJ leaders/community-based organizations that could support their project.

4. An Interactive Project Toolkit module.

a) Log in to create as many projects as you’d like. Use the tool as a self-reflective guide to identify the needs of the community and assess your project’s potential impacts across a number of EJ topics.

b) Each project will have a location-specific data insights dashboard drawing from EJScreen to provide locally-specific EJ insights.

c) Upload documentation of actions you have taken to address EJ-related issues in order to document your progress.

d) Add team members to your project to collaborate.

e) This is not a checklist or a scoring tool. Each project and the needs of the community are so different that we don’t offer one prescriptive approach. Rather we offer a flexible self-reflective set of questions and toolkit for the user

Will the tool be free?

Yes – the tool will be free and available online.

How much funding is needed and how long will it take?

In order to commence Phase 1, and be able to offer the tool free of charge to all users, we need to secure $150,000 of sponsorship. Autocase will match $150,000 with in-kind development hours. 

The tool will be hosted and maintained by Autocase, as well as leverage a lot of existing data and infrastructure in their existing sustainable business case tool, which will save on costs.

Once funding is secured, we will conduct stakeholder engagement with our partners, develop the tool, and release it to the public to get feedback within a 9-month timeline.

Who will decide what goes in the tool?

The tool will be stakeholder-driven to ensure that it is trusted, useful, and reflects community needs & values. An advisory group will be formed from stakeholder groups to oversee the governance of the tool and be the primary decision-making body.

Who will build it, maintain it, and own the data?
  • Autocase will create, host, & maintain the equity dashboard. 

  • Autocase commits to maintain and update methods, data, and models for at least two years from the release date, after which more co-funding may be required. 

  • Autocase will make the methodologies open to the public. 

How do I get involved?

We encourage you to join us in this venture. Involvement can take many forms – financial sponsorship, organizing or attending stakeholder workshops, and testing the tool.

To get a sense of what the equity dashboard may look and function like, try Autocase’s new free Insights page.

To learn more please contact:

simon.fowell@autocase.com 

rachel.bannon-godfrey@stantec.com 

Stakeholders & partners