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Community Engagement Model

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CARB's approach to community engagement

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is working to develop a consistent approach to community engagement to build trust and strong relationships with communities and ensure equitable outcomes for all Californians. CARB is creating the Community Engagement Model to achieve this goal. The Community Engagement Model will be co-developed through our partnerships with communities to ensure we build upon the knowledge and expertise of communities throughout the state. 


Background

On October 22, 2020, CARB adopted Resolution 20-33 to establish and advance racial equity and social justice measures in all CARB actions. In this resolution, the Board called for all staff to identify and implement best practices for community engagement, and to apply these practices throughout all of CARB’s activities. Essential to the work on community engagement, which the resolution addresses, is the work to address institutional and structural racism. In tandem with the Community Engagement Model, CARB is developing the Racial Equity Lens (formally known as REAL), a data driven analytical tool for staff to embed a racial equity analysis in the planning and implementation of policies, programs, and actions undertaken by CARB. The Racial Equity Lens is designed to help CARB staff incorporate racial equity into actions and decision making at CARB by:

  • Describing the legal, policy, and organizational frameworks at CARB for staff to consider racial equity; 
  • Identifying the information staff should consider in assessing the equity impacts of actions and decision making at CARB; and 
  • Characterizing and highlighting questions about racial equity that staff should ask and address in each step of the process. 

The Community Engagement Model and Racial Equity Lens will help CARB implement a charge of the resolution, “that all people of color – both inside the organization, and those outside the organization for whom CARB serves and works with as constituents and stakeholders – are treated without prejudice, bias, and derision.” CARB is committed to advancing racial equity and deepening our community engagement efforts to make sure all Californians, especially people of color, are achieving equitable outcomes.


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Public Dialogue Sessions

CARB staff held public dialogue sessions to hear from community members as we develop the Community Engagement Model. To learn about this effort, please subscribe for email updates on the Environmental Justice Stakeholders Group.

If you were unable to attend any of the public dialogue sessions, we welcome written recommendations on the Model through the public comment docket or sending us an email at communityengagement@arb.ca.gov.

Updated December 2023: A series of in-person Public Dialogue Sessions were originally scheduled for January 2024. Due to a spending freeze issued by the Department of Finance which directed CARB staff to limit travel, we transitioned to three virtual meetings and one in-person meeting at our Southern California headquarter, in Riverside. 

DateMeeting Materials

Thursday, January 25 - Virtual

Overview Recording (this is the same for all virtual sessions) 
Recording of Breakout Session Report Back
Notes
Flyer

Tuesday, January 23 - Virtual

Overview Recording (this is the same for all virtual sessions)
Recording of Breakout Session Report Back
Notes
Flyer

Thursday, January 18 - CARB's Riverside Headquarters

Notes
Flyer

January 17, 2024 - Virtual

Overview Recording (this is the same for all virtual sessions)
Recording of Breakout Session Report Back
Notes
Flyer

December 11, 2023 - East Oakland (Bay Area)

Notes
Flyer

November 30, 2023 - Salinas (Central Coast)

Notes
Flyer

November 29, 2023 - Yuba City (Sacramento Valley)

Notes
Flyer

November 28, 2023, VirtualOverview Recording (this is the same for all virtual sessions)
Recording of Breakout Session Report Back
Notes
January 19, 2023, Virtual

Notice
Flyer
Presentation
Recording
Community Expert Solicitation
Meeting Notes
Chat Log and Q&A

Contact

Community Engagement Model