Mission and Purpose: Based in Oakland, California, the Greenlining Institute works toward a future when communities of color can build wealth, live in healthy places filled with economic opportunity, and are ready to meet the challenges posed by climate change. To achieve this vision, Greenlining is committed to building a just economy that is inclusive, cooperative, sustainable, participatory, fair, and healthy. Our multifaceted advocacy efforts aim to address the root causes of racial, economic, and environmental inequities, and meaningfully transform the material conditions of communities of color in California and across the U.S. To this end, we develop solutions that promote economic prosperity and healthy communities, including housing access, small business and job opportunities, improved air quality, and clean energy in our homes and transportation systems.
History: Greenlining was founded in the mid-1970s by a group of grassroots leaders from Black, Asian, Latinx and disabled communities who came together around a new and visionary set of ideas: Rather than solely fight institutionalized racism and redlining, we should coalesce our efforts to proactively bring targeted investments and opportunities into our communities. Instead of redlining, we would work toward greenlining — the affirmative practice of providing economic opportunities to low-income communities of color.
Impact: Since our nonprofit incorporation in 1993, Greenlining has successfully advocated and negotiated initiatives directing over $600 billion in corporate and public investments into targeted communities of color in California and across the nation. As an organization, we aim to break down unjust barriers to opportunity and access, bridging research and policy to spearhead innovative strategies at the intersections of racial, economic, and climate equity. We have pioneered cross-sector solutions and continue to promote a racial equity lens in non-traditional industries such as public utilities and insurance, forging new possibilities in intersectional advocacy for economic rights and consumer protections. These efforts have brought tangible and practical benefits to underserved communities, including jobs in clean energy industries, increased access to affordable housing, and climate-resilient infrastructure to protect low-income Californians against the worst impacts of climate change.
Mission and Purpose: Based in Oakland, California, the Greenlining Institute works toward a future when communities of color can build wealth, live in healthy places filled with economic opportunity, and are ready to meet the challenges…