Blacks in Green
Blacks in Green serves as a bridge and catalyst among communities and their stakeholders in the design and development of green, self-sustaining, mixed-income, walkable-villages in communities owned and populated by African Americans. In these places, every household can walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play, and neighbor dollars circulate to reduce greenhouse gases.
Their mission is to promote the 8 Principles of Green Village Building, a whole-system solution that can transform the whole-system problem common to Black communities everywhere
8 Principles of Green Village Building
1. WEALTH. Micro-Saving/Lending, Local Currency, Wealth. Each village has its own measures, exchanges, and repositories of wealth.
2. ENERGY. Local Energy Production & Transportation. Each village produces its own energy for heat, light, and transportation.
3. PRODUCTS. Shopping & Waste. Each village supplies basic goods and services to neighbors, converting waste to wealth in the process.
4. HOMESTEAD. Affordable Green Homes & Gardens. Each village is sustained through jobs-driven development without displacement, providing low-income housing and roucing high-quality food through land trust CDC’s.
5. CULTURE. News & Networks, Stories & Structures. Each village celebrates its past, present, an future culture through stories in print, digital, and theatrical forms.
6. ORGANIZATION. Village Centers & Borders. Each village is a walkable, self-sustaining whole with perceptible borders, inter-dependent local ties, global context, organized for elf-interest.
7. EDUCATION. Health, Education & Welfare. Each village fosters life-long learning through hubs, which are epicenters for green training, development, and lifestyle transformation.
8. ECONOMY. Green Jobs & Enterprise. Each village circulates its wealth through neighbor-owned businesses which invent, invest, manufacture, and merchandise locally.
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