Got Green Programs
Food Access Team/Food Security Campaign elevate the leadership of low income people and people of color to put more healthy food dollars into the pockets of low income families of color, and increase physical access to healthy food in South Seattle and South King County communities.
2015 GOAL: Garner public support to address the Food Security Gap, Recruit new members to the Food Access Team, including low income men and LGBTQ.
South Seattle Jobs Committee/Targeted Local Hire Campaign leads community organizing and coalition-based advocacy strategies to elevate the voices and concerns of unemployed workers of color to win living wage jobs and training opportunities on construction projects that are being “built green” and/or an outgrowth of transit oriented development.
2015 GOAL: Support the implementation of Priority Hire Ordinance with community outreach and education to will guarantee construction-related jobs and training opportunities to workers living in the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in our city.
Young Leaders in the Green Movement/Green Pathways out of Poverty elevate the voices of young adults ages 18-34, from low income backgrounds and communities of color, to win environmental, racial, and economic justice for ourselves and our peers and help shape the goals of the broader “green movement.”
2015 GOAL: Lead a campaign for living wage, paid work experience targeted for young people of color in the City of Seattle; Expand the definition of “green jobs”; Recruit and train new young people in environmental justice; connect to a broader movement.
Climate Justice Project is working to develop a racial justice framework for climate change that is led by people with low incomes and communities of color. Identify and lift up community priorities and work to influence current policy options at local, regional and state governments.
2015 GOAL: Collect 150 face-to-face surveys with low income people and people of color in South Seattle/King County. Develop Got Green’s future action steps and form a grassroots leadership committee.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
From 2011-2015, Got Green ran a grassroots campaign driven by South Seattle residents and workers to create a citywide Priority Hire law, to require city contractors to hire a percentage of workers from local, disadvantaged zip codes. With unemployment rates in Rainier Valley double than that of the city, Got Green wanted to ensure that city projects benefited communities living where they were happening, with local, living wage green jobs to reduce poverty and our carbon footprint. By building public support and a coalition of 43 organizations, small businesses, faith groups, and unions, Got Green was success in getting an unanimous vote from Seattle City Council for Priority Hire.
In 2013, the Food Access Team worked to turn the Fresh Bucks pilot program into a permanent food access program that provides matching dollars for low income individuals and families using food stamps/EBT cards at neighborhood farmers’ markets. Now, Seattle families on food stamps or EBT cards can double their dollars at neighborhood farmers markets.
Our advocacy for farmers’ market bucks caught the attention of the City of Seattle. The City responded by creating a pilot program for low income families shopping at neighborhood farmers’ markets; “Fresh Bucks” gave more healthy food dollars to help put more healthy, local food on families’ tables.
To ensure that Fresh Bucks would come back each and every year, our women's team collected 450 petitions from members of our community in Southeast Seattle, and personally delivered the petitions to Seattle City Council members and the Mayor's office. The team also mobilized and testified at city council hearings, created a music video, published media articles and blogs, and shared video testimonials to show the benefits of the Fresh Bucks program on low-income Seattle families.
Got Green needs funding to staff each of the grassroots leadership committees to support them as they strive to create a place for people of color and low income people to grow their leadership and lead campaigns to win changes in public policy that increase access to the benefits of the green economy - good green jobs, healthy food, energy efficient and healthy homes, and quality public transportation.