Community, Equity & Access

Our vision is for everyone, everywhere to breathe clean, healthy air all the time – regardless of who they are or where they live. In addition to reducing air pollution overall, we also focus on equity, so nobody is more at risk because of where they live or their socioeconomic status. No community in our region should bear disproportionate burdens and exposure from air pollution. 

To be relevant and serve all people in our four counties, we reach out and listen to community concerns and make room to work with issues new to us. Our commitment to equity and environmental justice means taking the time to build and invest in relationships with a range of constituents, from partner institutions to academic, and grassroots organizations.

Our Focus Areas

Our focus areas are geographic locations with degraded air quality, whose residents face economic or historic barriers to participation in clean air decisions and solutions. 

Learn more about how we've designated our focus here in the full report. 



Chinatown-International District


Duwamish Valley




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