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The Changes in the Air Program: Empowering BIPOC Communities for Climate Justice

The Changes in the Air Program: Empowering BIPOC Communities for Climate Justice

The Changes in the Air program is a vital cornerstone in the journey toward a just transition.By establishing robust, long-term data infrastructure, we empower BIPOC communities in Portland to take ownership and drive action in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Picture: Will, a mentor and now employee for ELSO guiding a student scientist how to create a air-quality monitor.

Addressing Data Gaps

Our initiative directly tackles the data void surrounding climate-change-related air pollutants prevalent in Portland’s Black, BIPOC, and low-income neighborhoods. These pollutants include:

Addressing Data Gaps

Black Carbon (BC) Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) Particulate Matter (PM) Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) Other Emissions from Transportation and Industry

Community-Centric Approach

Through community engagement, we collaborate with Black youth and adult community members. We guide them in creating air quality monitoring sensors, installing environmental monitoring devices, and utilizing resulting data for advocacy efforts. Together, we develop a localized air quality model and implement pilot projects identified by the community.

A Holistic Impact

Beyond environmental justice, our project yields an additional benefit: a Black community-owned data platform. This platform serves as a hub for data storage, analysis, and visualization, generating revenue while amplifying community voices.

Join us in shaping a cleaner, more equitable future—one breath at a time.

Green Workforce Academy:Cultivating Environmental Leaders

The Green Workforce Academy (GWA) is a transformative paid 5-week program designed for Black and Native-identified community members aged 18 to 25. For those who may not pursue higher education, the GWA offers a unique path to family-sustaining careers.

What We Offer
What We Offer
Environmental Literacy: Dive into 120 classroom hours, equipping yourself with essential knowledge about sustainability, conservation, and green practices. Hands-On Skill Development: Spend 80 field hours immersed in practical experiences. From tree planting to sustainable construction, you’ll gain tangible skills that matter.
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Our Focus
Our Focus
Equity and Opportunity: The GWA prioritizes Black and Native American young adults. We believe that everyone deserves access to meaningful work and a brighter future. Training and Apprenticeship: Prepare for success in the construction and green building sector. Our training programs lead to apprenticeship enrollment, job placement, and long-term job retention.
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A Collaborative Coalition
The GWA thrives on collaboration. We proudly partner with: NAYA: Guided by their expertise, we create pathways to success. Ecotrust: Together, we build a sustainable and resilient workforce. Self Enhancement Inc.: Empowering youth through education and opportunity. Wisdom of the Elders: Honoring ancestral wisdom and fostering growth. See more: Ecotrust - Green Workforce Academy
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For more information, reach out to our Program Director, Jason Storman, at Jason@theblueprintfoundation.org. Join us in shaping a greener, more inclusive future—one where every individual thrives.

Connecting Canopies:Cultivating Equitable Urban Forests

The Connecting Canopies initiative unites BIPOC community members, private industry partners, and governmental representatives in a transformative effort to revolutionize tree planting and maintenance. Our mission? To ensure an equitable distribution of trees across the region, reaping the myriad public health benefits they offer.

A Collaborative Coalition

We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with esteemed partners: The Blueprint Foundation, The Nature Conservancy Oregon, and The Intertwine Alliance. Each organization brings unique expertise to the table, informing and enriching our collective impact.

Empowering the Workforce- Blueprint’s contribution

At the heart of our endeavor lies workforce development. Through a 10 month paid internship, we empower young adults to champion our cause.

Here’s what you’ll focus on:

Social and Environmental Impact: By promoting tree planting and care in BIPOC communities, you directly address disparities in access to tree-related and planting benefits. Your work enhances air quality, moderates temperatures, and uplifts mental well-being for residents. Learn and Collaborate: Engage with cross-sector partners, immersing yourself in community engagement, urban forestry, and environmental justice. Learn from experts and fellow interns, honing science-based decision-making and policy development skills. Hands-On Experience: Connecting Canopies offers field-based opportunities. You’ll plant trees, maintain green spaces, and contribute to food cultivation. Networking and Skill Development: Forge connections with professionals and community leaders. Develop project management, communication, and environmental advocacy skills.

Get Involved

As a champion of urban forests and equity, you’re part of a movement with lasting impact. Advocate for better policies, nurture green spaces, and shape a healthier, more inclusive cityscape. For more information on getting involved with policy and engagement, contact Theress Huang at Theresa@theintertwine.org.

Are you a young adult or know of someone who might be interested in becoming an intern for Connecting Canopies? Email our Intern Director MJ at MJ@theblueprintfoundation.org.

Empowering the Workforce- Blueprint’s contribution

At the heart of our endeavor lies workforce development. Through a 10 month paid internship, we empower young adults to champion our cause.

Here’s what you’ll focus on:

Social and Environmental Impact: By promoting tree planting and care in BIPOC communities, you directly address disparities in access to tree-related and planting benefits. Your work enhances air quality, moderates temperatures, and uplifts mental well-being for residents. Learn and Collaborate: Engage with cross-sector partners, immersing yourself in community engagement, urban forestry, and environmental justice. Learn from experts and fellow interns, honing science-based decision-making and policy development skills. Hands-On Experience: Connecting Canopies offers field-based opportunities. You’ll plant trees, maintain green spaces, and contribute to food cultivation. Networking and Skill Development: Forge connections with professionals and community leaders. Develop project management, communication, and environmental advocacy skills.

Get Involved

As a champion of urban forests and equity, you’re part of a movement with lasting impact. Advocate for better policies, nurture green spaces, and shape a healthier, more inclusive cityscape. For more information on getting involved with policy and engagement, contact Theress Huang at Theresa@theintertwine.org.

Are you a young adult or know of someone who might be interested in becoming an intern for Connecting Canopies? Email our Intern Director MJ at MJ@theblueprintfoundation.org.

As the seasons turn, we honor the past, tend to the present, and sow seeds for a resilient future. Join us in cultivating a legacy that transcends time—a legacy where trees whisper stories, air heals, and communities flourish. Visit Leach Back 5 Community Habitat to learn more.