Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Green Building United is committed to improving diversity and inclusion across the organization and strives to center equity and racial justice in our work.

GBU can only realize its mission and goals effectively by achieving greater diversity - whether of race, gender, sexual orientation, or ability - among the stakeholders who inform and engage with our work. GBU crosses different professional disciplines working to design, build, and maintain spaces for all, many of which have a history of being homogenous and exclusionary. As a member based organization, working closely with professionals, organizations, and institutions, we are committed to being a resource within this community and continue our own work towards anti-racism. 

 

Defining our work

It is important to define what we mean by Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in order to set goals and work towards them. We define these terms using definitions from the JEDI Collaborative.

Diversity - All the differences between us based on which we experience advantages or encounter barriers to opportunities. Diversity isn’t just about racial differences. 

Equity - Allocating resources to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equity recognizes that advantages and barriers
—the ‘isms’—exist.

Inclusion - Fostering a sense of belonging by centering, valuing, and amplifying the voices, perspectives and styles of those who experience more barriers based on their identities.

Justice - Dismantling barriers to resources and opportunities in society so that all individuals and communities can live a full and dignified life.

 

Commitments

  • Providing more racial justice training for our board, staff, and volunteers
  • Amplifying the messages of diverse voices and communities of color in the green building and sustainability industries
  • Building stronger partnerships with minority owned businesses and building industry organizations
  • Addressing the legacy of environmental racism in our policy and advocacy work.  Green Building United is a signitory of the the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform

Resources

Background Information

 

Environmental Racism & Justice

 

Tools and Frameworks

 

This is a living list of resources and readings. If you would like to add any additional resources to this list, please email lharvey@greenbuildingunited.org. 

 

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