The recent events of great movements against police violence has only brought the importance of intersectionality in Sustainability to more direct focus. In light of these events, we are partnering with the UW Resilience Lab to issue a call for proposals soliciting projects that will educate the UW community and spark dialogue about proposed solutions to environmental and societal problems that have a disproportionately negative impact on Black and Indigenous communities. In particular, we are interested in proposals that touch on themes of police reform and accountability and environmental justice (and its relation to COVID-19 vulnerability) and on solutions that can be implemented on the campus or city level.
The Campus Sustainability Fund and UW Resilience Lab are calling for proposals of up to $3,000 for projects that will educate the UW community and spark dialogue about proposed solutions to environmental and societal problems that have a disproportionately negative impact on communities of color, and in particular on Black and Indigenous peoples. Example projects could include anything from a documentary and group discussion to an anti-racist speaker series, to the creation of online resources, to a public art installation. We are especially interested in proposals that address themes of police reform and accountability, environmental (in)justice, and health disparities that result from systemic or institutional racism. The 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (About the Sustainable Development Goals – United Nations Sustainable Development) may serve as an inspiration for thinking about different aspects of intersectional sustainability that could be addressed. We prefer proposals for solutions that can be implemented at the University of Washington or in the greater Seattle area.
The CSF team particularly recognizes the disproportionate ways in which environmental problems like air pollution and climate change affect Black communities and the historic exclusion from broad sustainability efforts.