What are Listening Circles?
The Listening Circles Project aims to increase the understanding of environmental issues that affect residents’ communities and involve community leaders and local representatives in decision-making processes at local and county levels. It seeks to give communities access to environmental and other data and how to use and interpret it for making decisions about change and community improvement.
We will conduct outreach in targeted areas within the initial cities of Fairfield, Vacaville and Suisun City where there are high levels of environmental pollution identified. We will learn what tools and resources communities need to support decision-making for community-led solutions.
At the end of the 12-month process, we will have a comprehensive Neighborhoods Impact Assessment & Action Plan that includes identified challenges and needs, and community-proposed and supported green infrastructure projects to address them.
The program is supported by an Environmental Justice grant from California’s Environmental Protection Agency.
Identifying Participating Neighborhoods
The program will select up to 10 neighborhoods identified by environmental and socioeconomic data within Fairfield, Vacaville and Suisun City. The map below shows the cities under consideration and will be updated as neighborhoods are selected for Listening Circles.
Building New Analysis
A key part of identifying the Listening Circle communities involves looking at the available data on disadvantaged communities, but also looking beyond the existing data.
Communities in our identified cities grapple with air pollution, drinking water contamination and exposure to pesticides. Many sit close to solid waste sites and facilities. These communities face the socio-economic challenges of comparatively high rates of poverty and unemployment.
Click the links below to
- View the information on the initial 50 census tracts reviewed for this project to determine the selected communities.
- Learn more about the different measures used in the selection.
Solano Public Health
Check Your Air Quality
Check air quality and report pollution at Air Watch Bay Area
Check Your Water Quality
February will mark the beginning of Sustainable Solano’s first Listening Circle sessions in central Solano County. A Listening Circle is our approach to finding community-guided solutions to community issues/problems.
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Sustainable Solano Program Managers Gabriela Estrada and Kassie Munro reflect on their experience and insight gained through a Permaculture Design Course.