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ECOSS Environmental Coalition of South Seattle. Mission Statement.

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ECOSSEnvironmental Coalition of South Seattle


Mission Statement

  • ECOSS is a non-profit organization working with Puget Sound businesses and neighborhoods for an environmentally responsible community. ECOSS provides environmentally-oriented education, technical resources and other services. We serve as a voice for the community on issues that encourage a clean environment and urban redevelopment.


ECOSS

  • ECOSS is non-profit organization

  • ECOSS has a Board of Directors

  • ECOSS receives funds from a variety of sources:

    • Membership

    • Donations

    • Foundation grants

    • Government contracts


ECOSS Programs

  • Business Programs

    • Environmental Extension Service

  • Community Building Projects

    • Neighborhood improvements

    • Parks, libraries, art, infrastructure

  • ECOSS Multi-Cultural Outreach Team (EMCOT)

    • Greening Ethnic Businesses

    • “At Home” Residential Program


EMCOT Program Staff

  • Mayra Ayala – Latino Community

  • Jeanne Johnson – ESL Communities (Asian Pacific Islanders, Taiwanese, Cambodian)

  • Tigist Nigash – East African Communities

  • Tien Duong-Le & Lee Chang – Vietnamese Community

    • Currently, staff speak 6 Languages:

      • English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Amharic (Ethiopia), Tigrinian (Eritrea) and Somalian


Greening Ethnic Businesses Program

  • Working with small and medium-sized, ethnically owned/operated Seattle businesses

  • Providing free spill kits, spill plans, training and other stormwater information

  • Soliciting participation in City energy & water conservation programs

  • Improve recycling programs

  • Establish food waste composting programs


“At Home” Program Outline

  • Hired staff in 1995-97 to work with families to reduce use of hazardous materials in their homes and increase recycling; partnering with local agencies

  • Expanded program to teach water and energy conservation. Added smoking cessation program in 2004

  • International staff working in their own communities


ECOSS and the EJNA program

  • Each community is at a different stage in the EJNA process

  • Based on their stage, EMCOT staff is assisting, convening, organizing or leading the community-based organizations

  • We will now give examples from each community


Tien Duong - Le Vietnamese Community

  • Working extensively in the community since 1996

  • Outreach examples:

    • Buddhist Community

    • Catholic Community

    • Elders

    • Children and Youth

    • Community organizations

    • Families


Jeanne Johnson – ESL Communities

  • Asian Pacific Islanders

  • Taiwanese

  • Khmer


Jeanne Johnson – ESL Communities

  • Working extensively in the community since 1997

  • Outreach examples:

    • Health care, baby care and parenting groups

    • Families, Children and Youth

    • Community organizations

      • Assisting in leading the Environmental Justice Network in Action (EJNA) in the Khmer (Cambodian) and Taiwanese


Mayra Ayala – Latino Community

  • Working extensively in the community since 1995

  • Outreach examples:

    • Churches

    • Health care, baby care and parenting groups

    • Families, Children and Youth

    • Community organizations

      • Convener and Organizer for the Environmental Justice Needs Assessment (EJNA) in the Latino community


Tigist Nigash- East African Community

  • Working extensively in the community since 1998

  • Outreach examples:

    • Community organizations

      • Convener and Organizer for the Environmental Justice Needs Assessment (EJNA) in the East African community

        • Horn of Africa

        • Somali Community Organization

    • Also working with

      • Ethiopian Community Organization

      • Ethiopian Business Association

    • Health care, baby care and parenting groups

    • Families, Children and Youth


Take Away Messages

  • Every community is different

  • One size does not fit all

  • It is not just simple translation of utility information, but we need to work to find out what the unique approach is for different communities


Thank you very much

  • Do you have any questions?


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