Green Equity Toolkit: Standards and Strategies for Advancing Race, Gender and Economic Equity in the Green Economy

Source: Yvonne Yen Liu and Terry Keleher, Applied Research Center, November 2009

The Green Equity Toolkit: Standards and Strategies for Advancing Race, Gender and Economic Equity in the Green Economy highlights green equity success stories and practical steps for how labor and community organizers can advocate for equity and inclusion in the green economy.

The Toolkit, developed by the Applied Research Center in conjunction with several organizational allies, includes Principles, Goals, Outcomes, Strategies, Success Indicators and Examples for making race, gender and economic equity a priority in green-collar job creation.

For instance, in Los Angeles, advocates working with Apollo Alliance forced the city to adopt a green retrofit ordinance that promises to create jobs for communities of color struggling with the economic crisis. The Detroit Community Food Security Network has influenced public policy to promote urban agriculture and access to healthy food options for residents, who are majority people of color.

In the months ahead, the Toolkit will be supplemented by Case Studies and a Model Policy Bank.

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