We Practice DEI Principles
We are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) advancement and believe that it’s essential for our success as a company and as a force for positive change in the world. We value the diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities of our employees, clients, partners, and communities, and we work hard every day to create a culture where everyone feels welcome, heard, respected, and empowered.
We operate with the belief that DEI is not a destination but a journey that requires constant learning, action, and reflection. That is why we have integrated DEI principles into our core values and vision for Ascent, and we have established clear goals and metrics to measure our progress. We are committed to advancing DEI in every aspect of our work, from hiring and retention to project delivery and engagement. We believe that by embracing DEI holistically, we can unleash our full potential for innovation, creativity, and impact. After all, the true potential of a team is realized when its members can be their authentic selves. We invite you to learn more about our DEI vision, initiatives, and achievements in this page.
Low-income households, communities of color, indigenous peoples, and tribal nations have experienced disproportionate environmental effects, pollution burdens, and related health impacts. Environmental justice elements address the environmental health impacts of land use decisions on disadvantaged communities.
Although climate change affects everyone to some degree, not everyone is affected equally. When equity is put front and center, climate action and adaptation strategies can address and lessen existing social, racial, and health disparities.
Inclusive engagement ensures that the voices of all community members are heard in the decision-making process. By engaging with diverse and underrepresented groups, Ascent’s planners work to create more equitable and inclusive plans that reflect the values and aspirations of the people they serve.
AB 686 requires cities and counties to promote fair housing and avoid actions that would undermine it. This means taking actions to reduce segregation, address housing disparities and opportunities, and foster inclusive communities.