Blacks in Green‘s (BIG) goals are to invent, invest, manufacture, and merchandise, black communities into walkable, self-reliant, mixed-income villages.
BIG’s green-villages are anchored by neighbor-owned businesses, which become the agents of “jobs-driven development.” Only jobs-driven development stabilizes neighborhoods through wealth enhancement of present residents, avoiding forced or voluntary neighbor migration to “better” neighborhoods, or the influx of “better” neighbors – benign or hostile. Resident money stays active locally supporting community self-interests, and the heritage of a place is preserved. Such sustainable community initiatives are especially important for Black neighborhoods.
BIG’s approach is whole-system focused and job-driven; analyzing local wealth, manufacturing, waste, farming, culture, and education though an ecological lens and featuring a foundation of neighbor-owned green business.