This event is part of the Give!Guide, a city-wide campaign to raise funds and awareness for the incredible organizations doing good for our community. Proceeds will uplift the work of The Blueprint Foundation, Ecotrust, and Wisdom of the Elders.
Portland is often touted as a “green” city—but who benefits, and how?
We know that communities of color experience outsized impacts from environmental pollution and the daily realities of climate change. And these communities are also less likely to benefit from green infrastructure like street trees, adequate stormwater management, and proximity to clean and safe natural spaces. In addition, they suffer from high chronic unemployment rates and inequitable access to living-wage employment.
We don’t need to look further than Portland for evidence of these inequities reported through research and lived experience. And ongoing gentrification in metropolitan areas like ours is exacerbating the issue. Yet at the same time, growth is creating significant demand for new infrastructure that minimizes environmental impacts and ensures climate resilience.
So what’s the solution?
The Green Workforce Collaborative is a dynamic partnership aimed at addressing economic injustice through green jobs training for Portland’s young adults of color. Collaborative members include The Blueprint Foundation, Native American Youth and Family Center, Self Enhancement, Inc., ReBuilding Center, Wisdom of the Elders, and Ecotrust.
On Thursday, November 21, we’re pleased to invite you to a special event to learn more about this work, and how you can support its success. A lively happy hour will be followed by an engaging panel discussion on the intersection between economic justice and healthy environments. And we’ll raffle off an only-in-Portland prize package, too!
We’d like to give a shout-out to our funders, who have been critical partners in getting this work off the ground: Angell Family Fund, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Meyer Memorial Trust, Northwest Area Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, and Penney Family Fund.
Top image: Symone Embaye learns skills utilized by arborists, like tree climbing, during a Green Workforce Academy field training. Photo by Alex Emberlin