Verde engages community members, peer organizations and policymakers about the connection between protecting the environment and building community, advocating and organizing with low-income people and people of color to drive environmental resources into their neighborhoods in response to existing needs. 

Current activities include:

Lidres VERDES | Avanzad@s

Lideres Verdes builds environmental leaders in Cully’s Latinx community, providing training to support community leaders in gaining the confidence to advocate for themselves and their families, while also growing collective community power to make broader community changes. Our vision is for leaders to have the skills to advocate for changes that positively affect their communities in the arenas of housing, transportation, and renewable energy/climate justice.

 “Avanzad@s” (advanced) program offers continued training and engagement opportunities for program graduates. Each new Líderes Verdes program participant is matched with an “Avanzad@s” cohort participant who is their mentor throughout the year of the program.

Read more about the current Líderes Verdes and Advanz@s cohorts here!

Coalition of Communities of Color

The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) is an alliance of culturally-specific community based organizations with representation from the following communities of color: African, African-American, Asian, Latino, Native-American, Pacific Islander, and Slavic. Via its membership in the CCC, Verde partners with peer organizations to bring environmental assets to communities and to influence environmental policy making.

Living Cully

Living Cully. 2010, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, Native American Youth & Family Center and Verde established Living Cully, a long-term, community-based strategy to address multiple disparities in the Cully Neighborhood by concentrating environmental investments at neighborhood scale and braiding those investments with traditional community development resources.  Together, these strong anti-poverty organizations are taking sustainability, the thing that Portland tries to do better than any other city, and turned it into a powerful tool to address the needs of low-income people.

For more information, please visit the Living Cully website.