History

Before Got Green

At Got Green, we honor the legacy of organizing that has come before us. Got Green emerged building off of the work of labor organizers, racial justice organizers, and environmental leaders. We are especially grateful for the work of our predecessors at Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, who built a legacy of organizing communities of color for environmental justice and generously transitioned their 501c3 status to us.

Founding (2008-2010):

Founded by Michael Woo and Kristyn Joy, Got Green was launched as a program to provide home weatherization job training to workers of color in South Seattle — an opportunity to link labor, housing, racial justice and the environment. In our formative years, we were fiscally sponsored by White Center Community Development Association.

Fresh Bucks (2012-2013):

Through thoughtful conversations about gender justice, Got Green founded Women in the Green Economy (now Food Access Team). This powerful team went on win the restoration of Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Fresh Bucks program, which has since expanded to WA state.

Climate Justice (2015-2016):

Got Green has become a force for centering low-income families and communities of color in the fight for climate justice, as a founding member of Front and Centered as well as a co-host of the annual Just Transition Assembly. We are particularly proud of release (with our friends at Puget Sound Sage), the community based report Our People, Our Planet, Our Power — drawing the connections between climate change, displacement, and community resilience in South Seattle.

Local Hire (2012-2015):

Moving from job training to community organizing, Got Green’s Seattle Jobs Committee build a powerful coalition of over 40 groups and waged a dynamic worker-led campaign that successfully passed the Targeted Local Hire ordinance in Seattle.

Passing the Torch (2014):

Veteran organizer and Got Green founder Michael Woo “passed the torch” to new Executive Director Jill Mangaliman. Our “Passing the Torch” ceremony was the result of a two-year plan in which Got Green’s board, staff and activist leaders envisioned and implemented a leadership transition from a veteran, straight male leader to a young, queer person of color.

Green Pathways (2015-2016):

Young Leaders in conducted 150 face to face survey with young adults in South Settle. And launched a campaign to demand green pathways for low income young workers of color. Young Leaders released report “Breaking the Green Ceiling.” In Fall 2016, the Green Pathways resolution passed the Seattle City Council.

Before Got Green:

At Got Green, we honor the legacy of organizing that has come before us. Got Green emerged building off of the work of labor organizers, racial justice organizers, and environmental leaders. We are especially grateful for the work of our predecessors at Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, who built a legacy of organizing communities of color for environmental justice and generously transitioned their 501c3 status to us.

Founding (2008-2010):

Founded by Michael Woo and Kristyn Joy, Got Green was launched as a program to provide home weatherization job training to workers of color in South Seattle — an opportunity to link labor, housing, racial justice and the environment. In our formative years, we were fiscally sponsored by White Center Community Development Association.

Local Hire (2012-2015):

Moving from job training to community organizing, Got Green’s Seattle Jobs Committee build a powerful coalition of over 40 groups and waged a dynamic worker-led campaign that successfully passed the Targeted Local Hire ordinance in Seattle.

Fresh Bucks (2012-2013):

Through thoughtful conversations about gender justice, Got Green founded Women in the Green Economy (now Food Access Team). This powerful team went on win the restoration of Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Fresh Bucks program, which has since expanded to WA state.

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Passing the Torch (2014):

Veteran organizer and Got Green founder Michael Woo “passed the torch” to new Executive Director Jill Mangaliman. Our “Passing the Torch” ceremony was the result of a two-year plan in which Got Green’s board, staff and activist leaders envisioned and implemented a leadership transition from a veteran, straight male leader to a young, queer person of color.

Climate Justice (2015-2016):

Got Green has become a force for centering low-income families and communities of color in the fight for climate justice, as a founding member of Front and Centered as well as a co-host of the annual Just Transition Assembly. We are particularly proud of release (with our friends at Puget Sound Sage), the community based report Our People, Our Planet, Our Power — drawing the connections between climate change, displacement, and community resilience in South Seattle.

Green Pathways (2015-2016):

Young Leaders in conducted 150 face to face survey with young adults in South Settle. And launched a campaign to demand green pathways for low income young workers of color. Young Leaders released report “Breaking the Green Ceiling.” In Fall 2016, the Green Pathways resolution passed the Seattle City Council.

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