Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach, and advocacy.
Bottom Line for Portland
HCC Broadway Corridor Community Benefits Agreement. Advocated for change in the City of Portland in the public-private partnership model of redeveloping the 34-acre Broadway Corridor to generate good jobs, affordable housing and environmental benefits for low-income people and people of color. Co-led Portland Clean Energy Fund and created $54-$71 million annually to be invested in BIPOC communities in Portland, built by minority, women-owned businesses and in partnership with other nonprofits. Transformed a 25-acre landfill into Cully Park. Engaged thousands of residents in the design and build, and achieved 70% minority- and woman-owned business participation. Anti-displacement. Organized residents at Oak Leaf mobile home park to convert their properties to non-profit ownership, resulting in 150 permanently affordable homes. July 2018, won the state’s first mobile home park zoning designation, making 3,000 families less vulnerable to displacement. Las Adelitas. Verde eliminated long-standing blighted property known for criminal activity, including drug dealing and human trafficking, in the low-income, people of color Cully neighborhood. Hacienda CDC has since taken over the project, and is on schedule to begin building community space and 141 affordable homes in 2021.
Quote: “Verde me empodera para tomar un rol de liderazgo en mi comunidad porque nos hacen saber que todas somos importantes, que cada voz y idea es importante, y nos apoya para que esas ideas que tenemos mejoren la comunidad. Nos informan de recursos, derechos y procuran mantener la comunidad unida. Es bello ver cómo personas podemos cambiar nuestra manera de pensar y ver como nuestra comunidad y familia mejora.” - Gloria, Líderes Verdes 2021
Translation: "Verde empowers us to take a leadership role in our community because they let us know that we are all important, that every voice and idea is important, and they support us in making those ideas that we have better the community. They inform us of resources, our rights, and they keep the community united. It is beautiful to see how we can change the way we think and see how our community and family improve." - Gloria, Líderes Verdes 2021
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Verde has a foundational commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are developing a DEI vision and framework to be the foundation of our ongoing five-year strategic plan and theory of change. Verde has an intentional alignment between staff, board and the populations we serve. To be accountable to BIPOC communities we have to be accountable to our staff. Verde is re-dedicating ourselves by creating new pathways to further DEI in staffing and program delivery. We are strengthening our organization by increasing the leadership of women of color and non-binary people and challenging ourselves to examine our own internal biases and assumptions. Verde provides culturally specific programming like the Black Community Organizing Initiative and Club Aves and Lideres Verdes. By providing support, these programs build environmental leaders. Through the Energy Justice Leadership Institute, we build capacity and power among low-income people, BIPOC and tribal residents across the state. Verde packs and delivers weekly food boxes containing culturally specific foods and multilingual COVID-19 facts/resource flyers to over 200 low-income, BIPoC families. Verde and partners launched the LivingCully Renters Relief Fund, which prioritized BIPOC renters and families that can not receive relief payments due to immigration status.