“Got Green is bridging the gap between communities of color and low income communities and a progressive, ecologically aware future.”
– Kamyu Turner, 21, Got Green Board Member
Founded in 2008 with sponsorship from the White Center Community Development Association, Got Green leads community organizing efforts, public policy advocacy, and job training programs to ensure that the benefits of the new, green economy –green jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient homes, and public transit – are widely available to low income communities of color.
ORGANIZING TO MAKE THE GREEN MOVEMENT BENEFIT ALL COMMUNITIES
Since 2008 GOT GREEN has engaged and educated more than 2,500 families of color, low income, and/or immigrant families on the issues of green jobs, climate change, home weatherization, food access and energy efficiency. GOT GREEN has amplified the voices of thousands calling for federal stimulus dollars to be spent in under-served communities, and won a federal stimulus training grant as a result. GOT GREEN has contributed to the development of three community hiring agreements with local government prioritizing low income workers for green construction jobs.
WOMEN IN THE GREEN ECONOMY PROJECT: A GENDER CUT ON SUSTAINABILITY
Founded in 2010 to put the needs and priorities of low income women and women of color front and center in debates and policy about the green economy, the Women in the Green Economy Project is off to a strong start. In April 2011 the project completed face-to-face surveys with more than 200 low income women and women of color about their priorities for and needs for the green movement. By a 2:1 margin, women of color chose “Access to Healthy Foods” as their top priority and the project is now launching a one year campaign to put more “healthy food dollars” into the pockets of low income women.
GREEN JOBS PROJECT: PUTTING THE UNEMPLOYED TO WORK AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
In partnership with the Laborers Union of North America (LiUNA) GOT GREEN has provided certified job training in home weatherization installations and energy efficiency retrofits to 38 low income workers – 98% people of color. GOT GREEN is currently working to place and support our graduates in weatherization sector jobs on the City of Seattle’s Community Power Works Program, and to organize a broad-based Green jobs Equity Coalition to leverage or create new, green jobs and training opportunities for low income communities.