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Ecoss environmental coalition of south seattle

ECOSSEnvironmental Coalition of South Seattle


Mission statement

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

  • 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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

Jeanne Johnson – ESL Communities

  • Asian Pacific Islanders

  • Taiwanese

  • Khmer


Jeanne johnson esl communities1

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

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

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

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

Thank you very much

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