GRLEI Social Equity
Focus Area: Social Equity
Vision: The GRLEI Social Equity Focus Area seeks to support the development of complete communities with equitable access to opportunity and amenities for all people.
Scope: This group explores ways to promote complete communities that include equitable access to housing, transportation and transit, education, employment, human services such as healthcare and safety, and other amenities such as parks. These complete communities balance land uses focused on people, (such as commercial and residential land uses), with natural and working land uses such as open space, waterways, farms, and ranches.
Challenges & Impact: The LAI purpose includes taking actions to support ideas that contribute to the enrichment of our urban and rural environment and benefit the quality of human life. Arguably, addressing sustainable and equitable land economics is the greatest challenge of our time. The Social Equity Focus Area seeks to support this goal by focusing on stakeholders who may lack the access or resources necessary to be involved in land economics decision-making. These often involve barriers stemming from community investment practices and socio-economic issues.
At the formation of this group, top focus areas are housing affordability, economic development, workforce development, urban agriculture and food systems, sustainable resource and waste practices, and environmental justice.