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Who We Are
Green DMV is non-profit organization seeking to promote sustainability and green jobs in low-income communities across America as a pathway out of poverty. The organization was founded and self-funded by cofounders, Philip O'Neal and Rhon Hayes in 2007. The initial focus is our nation's capital and the Washington Metropolitan Area (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia - DMV) to help influence policy change in the region that will spur sustainable green job growth and equitable environmental policies. Green DMV is fueled by a passion to ensure that the green economy is inclusive of all people.
Notable projects include the development of the leading job corps training program in the Greater Washington region and the “Retro-Rescue” project, which retrofitted Gospel Rescue Ministries, a Washington, DC homeless shelter to reduce their energy costs and to expose a disadvantaged population to green jobs.
Washingtonian magazine’s May 2010 edition featured the great impact of GREEN DMV’s work and named GREEN DMV a recipient of their 2010 Green Award, which honors those who protect the environment and teach others the importance of eco-friendly living. EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson has publicly recognized GREEN DMV for its work to strengthen low-income communities through climate change solutions.
We believe that by cultivating environmental awareness and targeting three strategic areas, we can help secure both our economic and environmental future. The target areas include the local small and disadvantaged business community, underserved schools districts and community organizations. By focusing on these key areas, we can increase the collective environmental stewardship in low-income communities and provide pathways to opportunities in the green economy.
We believe that by helping low income communities to realize the true benefit of clean energy, we can increase the vitality of the small business community, educate the next generation on environmental stewardship and strengthen the effectiveness of community stakeholders by encouraging participation in the political process to make a measurable difference in saving the environment.
These incremental changes in environmental values will become key components of economic advancement in low income communities that will contribute to the reconstruction of the American economy for the next generation.