Part of: Social Equity Considerations for Cities’ Decision Making Related to Inner, Nearby, and Faraway Forests

Policy Commitments for Social Equity

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Addressing social equity issues may require measures that compensate for historical disadvantages of marginalized or vulnerable groups.

Steps to inclusive and equitable climate policy. Image adapted from: C40 Inclusive Planning Executive Guide.

To this end, green policies can include equity goals and policy commitments that are:

The C40 Climate Action Planning Resource Centre provides additional resources and check-lists on designing equitable and inclusive policies.

According to the National Recreation and Park Association of the United States, only 40% of U.S. park and recreation agencies have a formal inclusion policy or goal. Portland, Oregon’s Urban Forest Management Plan 2003 explicitly includes spatial equity as one of its key goals and recognizes that “The urban forestry is unevenly distributed. Economically disadvantaged neighborhoods often have fewer trees than more wealthy areas.”