The Green Neighborhoods Project coordinates habitat restoration projects in your neighborhood!
An integrated strategy to restore habitat, enhance ecosystem services, and create vibrant communities in Portland, Oregon.
The Green Neighborhoods Project (GNP) is a core program that is administered by The Center for a Sustainable Today (CST), a 501c3 Non-profit, socially motivated organization. The GNP strategy simultaneously addresses many of the problems and challenges that are pervasive in urbanized areas such as habitat loss, ecosystem fragmentation, and deterioration of ecosystem services, as well as addressing quality of life and social issues such as access to local organic produce, access to free and inexpensive education, and the disconnect from nature that many urban dwellers experience.
How it Works:
The GNP is a strategy that creates vibrant communities by facilitating synergistic relationships through innovative project design. Staff at The Center for a Sustainable Today utilize a four step framework to implement the Green Neighborhoods Project.
Our framework includes:
First, the GNP catalyzes the creation of green neighborhoods by utilizing appropriate, existing technologies to identify areas that fulfill multiple criteria for restoration goals.
Second, once a neighborhood has been identified, the GNP facilitates the creation of green neighborhoods by identifying land-use based restoration opportunities within the target neighborhood.
Third, the GNP facilitates the creation of green neighborhoods by linking restoration opportunities with appropriate Green Neighborhood Network (GNN) partners.
Fourth, the GNP creates green neighborhoods through collaborative efforts with GNN partners, and through internally generated and implemented grant projects.
The Green Neighborhoods Festival is in August every year. Visit the festival website here: http://greenneighborhoodsfestival.org/