The West Coast Green Institute focuses on green innovation for the built environment, community development, business and technology.

West Coast Green (the annual 10,000+ attendee conference) was launched out of a need for a common conversation for decision makers influencing the greening of the built environment. Today, four years since it's inception, West Coast Green continues to provide dynamic, big-picture, systems-thinking education, strategy, connections and professional development to these leaders. We are experts at designing programs and processes that allow the individuals, companies and communities we serve to realize their potential. Through success in this work, we move together toward a world where all live in prosperity. Why do we do this? That’s easy. For a love of humanity.

The West Coast Green Institute (WCGI) was created to continue community development projects born at West Coast Green year round. WCGI seeks support to develop a program dedicated to transforming low-income communities into ones that are sustainable, healthy, empowered and vital communities /neighborhoods. We seek to develop strong community leaders, train and empower local organizations and networks with the capacity to continue building on our work. Through building a network of support we aim to facilitate the development and the implementation of a sustainable collaborative community vision which incorporates leaders who are building green affordable housing, promoting community economic development, and launching ambitious urban agriculture projects that respect cultural histories.

This project is WCGI’s response to a need that has been expressed by many underserved communities in the Bay Area as well as the tribal communities within EPA Region 9.

Initial Three targeted Communities:
WCGI wishes to work with one previously identified community and two additional low income communities that are to be determined.

1. West Oakland “Village Bottoms”

2. A Tribal Reservation within EPA Region 9

3. A San Francisco based community – Selection TBD


Upon successful completion of all Steps for Community Redevelopment , WCGI will assess and aggregate the best practices and resources, and produce a multi-media guide for sustainable community redevelopment. The clear intention of this to serve as a model of collaboration, and provide the framework in which this support mechanism can be replicated across the country.

For a step by step, detailed project outline, email Abby Monroe at institute@westcoastgreen.com.

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