Green Equity ProjectMarch 23, 2009
The Green Equity Project is a partnership of the Coalition of Black Men, National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon and Oregon Action to address historic racial disparities and theireconomic, social and environmental impacts within the greater metropolitan area through acommunity-based training and jobs program in weatherization and other energy efficiencytechnologies for people of color. The project will:
Work with the City of Portland and other metropolitan area jurisdictions as well ascommunity stakeholders to develop infrastructure for training and employing AfricanAmericans, Hispanics, Native Americans and others affected by racial disparity through apartnership with historically underutilized businesses and community partners.
The project will create the “architecture for success”
for increasing the number andparticipation of African American-, Hispanic-, and Native American-businesses withinthe metropolitan area through community-based monitoring of contracting policies andprocedures that affect the ability of historically underutilized businesses to fully compete.Achievement of project goals and objectives will break down the barriers which perpetuate racialdisparity in the metropolitan area while helping alleviate the impacts of the current economiccrisis. In longer terms, this project will help create a more diverse, technologically skilled
workforce and businesses sector, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the metropolitan area’s
ability to face the challenges of this evolving green economy and to build upon its position as aleader within it.