Hub proponents and partners develop and deploy rigorous plans for community engagement and partnership including commitments to take action to address local needs and concerns.
WHAT IT MEANS IN PRACTICE
All Hub developers, including all associated partners and projects, commit to meaningful and actionable dialogue and proactive partnership and consultation with all potentially impacted communities, public health officials, and environmental justice leaders.
Dialogue and consultation leads to demonstrated actions to address needs and concerns raised and by so doing provide a cumulative benefit to potentially impacted communities (see Environmental Impact Objective; Economic Development Objective; Added Value Objective).
Existing facilities and operators with histories of negative environmental and community impacts, limited community engagement, and continuing permit violations are not included in Hubs without an explicit successful effort to address existing issues collaboratively with communities.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND PARTNERSHIP
Hubs demonstrate genuine, diligent community engagement and partnership toward mutual benefit and support.
GENUINE COLLABORATIVE APPROACH
Government funding programs and other investors take into consideration community concern and opposition in a manner that incentivizes more genuine, collaborative approaches, including serious consideration of modifications to alternative siting of Hub components of concern as a requisite of financial support.
FINANCIALLY EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT
Funding is set aside for substantive community engagement on the part of Hub proponents and made available (or identified) for community groups to have the resources, support, and technical capacity necessary to participate substantively in the Hub planning and development process.
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