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What We Do
Green DMV promotes sustainability in low-income communities as a pathway out of poverty. Our approach to accomplish this mission is to use a 3-point system that focuses on targeted areas of the community. These areas include small and disadvantaged businesses, underserved school districts and community stakeholders.
Business leaders in low-income areas are great influencers in the community. They can take the lead by showing their customers that they are concerned for both the environment and community empowerment. Green DMV helps businesses to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable practices and procedures into their existing business model that increase energy efficiency, reduce water usage and develop cleaner waste management programs. By allowing GDMV to come into their business and provide free CO2 audits and assessments, these businesses become members in our Green DMV Business Program.
Green DMV targets education efforts with underserved schools to reach students at an early age and encourage them to become stewards of their environment. This students are future candidates for green-collar job opportunities in the green economy. The environmental education on topics ranging from climate change issues to sustainable living will hopefully spill over into their' households to indirectly expose parents in low-income communities to the sustainability and the opportunities that a green economy provides.
Green DMV works with community stakeholders in low-income communities. These influential members of the community are business leaders, pastors and others who have a genuine interest in the economic, social and environmental well-being of their communities.
Community stake holders are very important to move Green DMV's initiatives forward in low-income communities. Green DMV seeks to make community stakeholders allies in the struggle for environmental and social justice to address issues like adverse health effects caused by the pollution and access to good paying green jobs in low-income communities.
1. Educate small businesses on the benefits of going green to save money and manage their impact on the environment.
2. Actively build and maintain a community database with existing members, local authorities and other organizations involved in creating green spaces.
3. Create a green job workforce in low-income and underserved communities to provide new employment opportunities in the growing green economy and curb global warming.
4. Provide technical assistance to mayors and community groups to implement local green-collar job initiatives.
5. Facilitate communication and sharing of information among community groups involved in green initiatives.