During early 2016, Oregon Solutions interviewed stakeholders from a wide spectrum of interests to explore aspirations, concerns, and opportunities to address air quality issues. A need to raise awareness around environmental health disparities stemming from exposure to air toxins, lack of walk-ability and accessibility in the community of the Jade District in outer SE Portland was conveyed by many who were interviewed. This project gained significant interest from a diverse group of local governments, communities of color, nonprofit organizations, and community groups. Therefore, Governor Brown designated it as an Oregon Solutions project.
Informed by the results of a community-led visioning process, a project team was convened from stakeholders to identify community-centered strategies to ensure a breathable, accessible, livable, and prosperous Jade District, and to delineate stakeholders’ commitments in a Declaration of Cooperation.