The Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, Ohio are pioneering innovative models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability. Evergreen’s employee-owned, for-profit companies are based locally and hire locally. We create meaningful green jobs and keep precious financial resources within our community. Our workers earn a living wage and build equity in their firms as owners of the business.
The first Evergreen Cooperative businesses are — Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, Ohio Cooperative Solar, and Green City Growers Cooperative.
Evergreen is a partnership between the residents of six of our city’s neighborhoods and some of Cleveland’s most prominent “anchor institutions” — the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and many others. Help us build community wealth to transform Cleveland and change lives.es.
How Evergreen Cooperatives change lives
Ted Howard on Evergreen Cooperatives
Ted Howard of Evergreen Cooperatives, Cleveland
at the US Worker Cooperative Federation Conference, Berkeley 2010
“In May 2011 the Capital Institute convened a meeting in Greenwich, Connecticut, as an activity of the Capital Lab’s “Field Guide to Investing in a Resilient Economy” project. We had recently published a “field study” of Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives and our goal was to bring together a group of innovative practitioners and thinkers to discuss strategies to support the scaling up of a network of anchor-institution-based, worker-owned cooperatives based on Evergreen’s compelling model. This video— featuring Gar Alperovitz and Ted Howard, cofounders of The Democracy Collaborative; Ron Jones of the Evergreen Cooperatives; Jeffrey Hollender cofounder of Seventh Generation; Dana Pancrazi, senior program officer of The F.B. Heron Foundation; Sandy Wiggins, Chairman of e3bank, Nick Iuviene of the MIT Community Innovators Lab; and John Fullerton, founder of Capital Institute–captures the shared vision and common intention of our gathering. “
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