Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are Essential to HARC’s Sustainability Mission
Sustainability defines all aspects of HARC’s work. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite and must be conserved, protected, and distributed in a manner that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
As a nonprofit research organization that works to “find solutions for a sustainable future where people thrive and nature flourishes,” we must address the reality that economic prosperity, environmental quality, community health, and quality of life are enjoyed unequally by marginalized communities in our region, in our state, and beyond because of historic and systemic racism and discrimination.
At HARC, our mission is to provide independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. This is HARC’s mission because our founder, Board of Directors and staff believe in the power of science, data and information to create sound policies and innovative technologies. When science and data are used to promote equity and justice, they are powerful and transformational tools for burdened, and underinvested communities.
HARC as an organization commits to embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion in our culture, operations, programs, and community partnerships. At HARC, this means applying an equity lens in our hiring, spending, professional development, research and development, educational, and relationship-building activities.
Creating and sustaining an inclusive organizational culture is a process that takes time, and we commit to that work. We seek input on HARC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) journey from every employee at HARC, along with our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and existing and future collaborators. At HARC we are learning and improving and will hold our organization and each other accountable. We will make mistakes along the way, but we are determined to listen, learn, innovate, and improve.
HARC has identified the following five principles to guide our sustainability mission.
HARC’s Guiding DEI Principles