Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy. Our theory of change is that sustainability can be reinterpreted as an anti-poverty strategy. Since 2005, Verde has brought environmental infrastructure to low-income neighborhoods, engaged residents to design and implement these projects, and ensured that environmental investments contribute to community well-being.
Bottom Line for Portland
Verde engages community to create healthy neighborhood environments and prevent displacement of low-income communities of color. Verde transformed a 25-acre landfill into a park in Northeast Portland and stopped developers from displacing 3,000 Portland mobile homes. Verde co-led a multiyear effort to pass the Portland Clean Energy Fund and ensure a just and equitable implementation. The Fund will provide $40 to $60 million annually for equitable climate action in Portland.
Salazar Architect will matche the first $2,500 donated to Verde, and Cordelia Newbury will match the first $5,000 donated.
“Everything Verde does is about what I believe is next-century innovation. Leading with justice and sustainability, Verde finds practical solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and inequity that threaten our communities daily.” —Desireé Williams-Rajee, Verde board member