Got Green engages and builds the capacity of historically hard to reach populations in order to ensure that all in our community are participating in and reaping the benefits of environmental preservation. The new focus on a clean-energy economy presents a unique opportunity to engage low-income communities and communities of color in the green jobs movement to promote stewardship of the environment and economic development, while empowering underrepresented communities.
While a relatively new organization, Got Green has been steadily growing its membership and activities. It is frequently around the table with public officials, working to give underserved communities a voice in the green economy movement. It was included in a stimulus grant recognizing its success in engaging these communities.
Its work with Women in the Green Economy was born out of more than 200 face-to-face surveys with low-income women who identified “access to healthy food” as a priority. With Got Green’s support these women have organized an advocacy effort that helped save the successful Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program from state budget cuts.
Use of Best Practices
Got Green’s work is based on the idea that change needs to be led by those who are affected by it. For its home weatherization apprenticeship program, they formed a historic partnership with the Laborers Union of North America (LiUNA), capitalizing on both organizations’ core strengths- LiUNA has the ability to offer respected credentials, and Got Green can design the recruitment and enrollment process to be accessible for people of color and women.
Additionally, Got Green leads an annual strategic planning retreat with staff, board, and volunteer leaders that provides an opportunity to evaluate its work and plan new programming or strategies to address gaps or emerging issues.
Got Green is an innovative grassroots organization led by people of color that works on issues of access to and equity in the green economy. It does specific outreach to low-income communities of color, recent immigrants, ex-offenders, and young adults to identify potential community leaders and support them on community identified campaigns. Got Green provides the infrastructure and training to elevate the voice of the community.
Got Green is working to build a broad-based coalition of organizations and institutions (places of worship, schools, etc.) in communities of color around the issues of access to and equity in the green economy. Existing partnerships include: White Center Community Development Association, LiUNA, Puget Sound Sage, Emerald Cities Seattle, Green For All, El Centro de la Raza, APRI Black Pastors Group, Creatives 4 Communities, Rainier Beach Empowerment Coalition, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and Umoja Peace Center.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$3,000.00||honorarium for community-based organizations participating in the Communities of Opportunity Design Committee.|
$20,000.00||support general operating expenses. Equity LOI grant.|
$16,000.00||support general operating expenses. |
$15,000.00||support general operating expenses.|
$10,000.00||support general operating expenses for Got Green. |