Got Green 


GOT GREEN is bridging the gap between communities of color and low income communities and a progressive, ecologically aware future.

GOT GREEN is a people of color-led grassroots environmental justice group located in racially diverse Southeast Seattle. We engage, recruit and build leadership among low income workers, people of color, and young adults in SE Seattle and beyond into South King County.

Our goal is to turn the promise of the new, green economy into tangible benefits for our communities while cultivating new leaders for the environmental and social justice movements.

Mission Statement

GOT GREEN organizes for environmental, racial and economic justice. We are a Southeast Seattle based grassroots organizing group led by people of color and low income people, cultivating multi-generational community leaders to make our voices central to the Green Movement.

We work to ensure that the benefits of the green movement and green economy - green jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient and healthy homes, and public transit - reach low income communities and communities of color.

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Got Green
3518 S Edmonds St 
(206) 290-5136 

Jill Mangaliman 
Executive Director 


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.


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.

Proven Success
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:

12/9/2014 $100,000.00to support the Young Leaders in the Green Movement Program. COO RFP
9/24/2014 $3,000.00honorarium for community-based organizations participating in the Communities of Opportunity Design Committee.
5/30/2013 $20,000.00support general operating expenses. Equity LOI grant.
3/10/2013 $16,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2012 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2011 $10,000.00support general operating expenses for Got Green.


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