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Equity and Inclusion in Climate Action Planning

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: FREE
Credits: CM (see below)



This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording.

Webinar Overview

This is the second of three webinars in MRSC’s Local Climate Response Project training series, which is meant to provide cities, counties, and special purpose districts with the tools and training needed to respond to climate impacts. An essential part of this work is seeking out and engaging the communities that are most affected by severe climate events, including degraded air and water quality, food system disruptions, and other climate-related impacts.

Educational Objectives

The webinar will address:  

  • Why communities that bear the impacts of severe climate events should be front and center in climate planning  
  • Data and other resources that help local governments identify disparate health outcomes and vulnerable populations within their communities
  • Best practices and success stories related to engaging and building trust relationships with frontline communities that are most impacted by climate change   

Who Should Attend?

  • Policymakers and staff interested in learning more about climate action at the local level


  • Allison Ertl, Epidemiologist, Washington State Department of Health. Allison Ertl is part of the climate justice team at the Washington State Department of Health. Previously, she worked as an epidemiologist for the Mortality Surveillance Team in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Her dissertation was titled Neighborhood Context and Racial Disparities in Pediatric Violence. 
  • Elise Rasmussen, Climate Justice Coordinator, Washington State Department of Health. Elise has been with the Washington State Dept. of Health since 2019 where her focus has been to prioritize health and equity in the face of a changing climate. She works alongside communities, academics, and health and environmental practitioners to study and implement policies and practices that bring us closer to health, racial, social, environmental, and climate justice. Prior to working for the state, Elise interned at the Seattle Department of Transportation where she was the project coordinator for a racial equity analysis of the city’s Safe Routes to School program. 
  • Autumn Salamack, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Officer, City of Bainbridge Island. Before joining Bainbridge Island, Autumn was formerly at the City of Shoreline where she served as the Environmental Services Coordinator for several years. Autumn has 20 years of experience working on the development and implementation of comprehensive sustainability programs, including management experience and expertise in the fields of climate change, energy and water conservation, zero waste, green building, pollution prevention, sustainable land use management, and stakeholder engagement.    
  • Tracy Burrows, Executive Director, MRSC. Tracy is the moderator for this webinar.


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