Vermont Clean Cities recognizes that access to safe, reliable, clean transportation is not a reality for many. In our work, we seek to center equity concerns in order to help meet the transportation needs of underserved communities.

We have been developing an equity framework for our organization, as well as a toolkit of resources. This is a living document and will evolve and be updated frequently. We welcome stakeholder input.

Please contact us at vtccc@uvm.edu with questions, concerns, and ideas.

Priority Area   Considerations  Questions to Ask  Strategies 
Prioritize investments in clean, efficient, accessible, affordable transportation options that connect housing, jobs, local services and social opportunities 

 

  • Cost 
  • Capacity to carry out work 
  • Where are transportation needs being left unmet? 
  • Where is there opportunity to better connect people w/ the places and services they need? 
  • Adjust funding decision processes to consider needs of underrepresented communities 

 

Collaborate and coordinate across transportation agencies and organizations, community action organizations, businesses, state and local governments, and academic institutions to advance transportation equity 
  • Look for opportunities for inclusion 
  • Build solid relationships built on trust 
  • Every community/end-user has different needs. 
  • Who are we currently working with? 
  • Who do we need to be working with? 
  • Are we appropriate messengers for this work? Who is? 
  • Build relationships w/ local organizations who are already working w/ underrepresented communities who can help establish trusted “champions” 
  • Strategies are not “cut and paste” from one community/end-user to the next 
Engage disadvantaged communities/end users to identify challenges/needs to inform solutions 
  • Every community/end user is different & are not homogenous within themselves 
  • This work takes time and continual effort 
     
  • How is this project related to VTCCC’s mission? 
  • What is its end goal? 
  • Who currently benefits from the status quo? 
  • Who is currently being disadvantaged by the status quo? 
  • What barriers to equitable transportation currently exist? 
  • How will this project positively impact disadvantaged communities/end-users? 
  • Identify project purpose 
  • Identify project impact 
  • Identify community/end-user priorities  
  • Look to community/end-user for their knowledge/experiences to inform solutions 

 

Resources

Peer-reviewed Articles 

White Papers/Agency Publications 

Fan, Y.; Guthrie, A.; Dort, L.; Baas, G. (2019) Advancing Transportation Equity: Research and Practice. Center for Transportation Studies at University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Transportation. https://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/program/advancing-transportation-equity/pdf/CTS%2019-08.pdf 

Webinars 

Abrash-Walton, A; Green, R. (2021) The Work within the Work: Expanding Environmental Justice and Civil Society through Climate Adaptation, Mitigation and Community Resilience. Antioch University New England: Climate Resiliency Center. https://www.communityresilience-center.org/webinars/the-work-within-the-work-expanding-environmental-justice-and-civic-society-through-climate-adaptation-mitigation-and-community-resilience/ 

(2020) Achieving Equity in Transportation. Los Angeles Department of Transportation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNBxvFYuNeE 

(2020) Caltrans Equity Workshop. UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajddjJUsGjU 

Yeampierre, E. (2021). The Path to Environmental Justice is Local. Antioch University New England: Climate Resiliency Center. https://www.communityresilience-center.org/webinars/the-work-within-the-work-expanding-environmental-justice-and-civic-society-through-climate-adaptation-mitigation-and-community-resilience/ 

Organizations  

 

News/Opinion Articles 

Cotton, E. (2021, November 7). UVM study: Vermont policies don’t solve energy vulnerability. VTDigger. https://vtdigger.org/2021/11/07/uvm-study-vermont-policies-dont-solve-energy-vulnerability/ 

Toolkits