Our work in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion:
In recent years, the Urban Greenspaces Institute has pursued initiatives to diversify the conservation community.
ViveNW - we helped with and launch and served as its fiscal sponsor from 2015-2019 for ViveNW.
OakQuest - three emerging Native women leaders were employed and mentored in conservation science, leading an effort to map Oregon white oak across the region.
KelipiCamas - which engaged Portland State University’s Indigenous Nations Studies Program and Native American Youth and Family Center. As part of the ongoing KelipiCamas effort, urban Native Americans explore traditional ecological stewardship practices at natural areas, as means to assist with site restoration and strengthen community within the urban Native American youth.
Water conservation - More recently, we have cultivated partnerships with affordable housing providers to help them envision water conservation retrofits and access utility fee discounts.
Urban Forest Collective - Currently, we are partnering with the African American-led Blueprint Foundation to launch a regional urban forestry collaborative that accelerates action and investment in urban trees. We believe these active conservation partnerships with BIPOC-led organizations offer fertile opportunities for two-way learning and UGI is a stronger organization as a result.
In 2014-17, we sponsored a series of projects co-led by urban Native Americans organizations to support emerging Native American leaders, offer mentorship and networking assistance, and provide leadership roles in addressing regional conservation priorities.