Authored with Naomi Davis, Founder and CEO of Blacks in Green (BIG)
Cultivating your green village is central to the conservation lifestyle that centers on a personal relationship with the land and renewed cultural history of stewardship in the age of climate change. Communities and people of color are disproportionately burdened by pollution and changing climate. The sustainable square mile brings to life Blacks in Green’s 8 Principles of Green-Village-Building to reverse this trend by creating walkable neighborhoods, where neighbor-owned businesses, neighbor-owned properties, and the conservation lifestyle harmonize to circulate neighbor dollars, build neighbor wealth, and promote neighbor culture while supporting ecosystems and acting to surmount disruption. Conceived as a higher way forward in the revitalization of black communities, these principles can resound for everyone. This handbook provides guidance to residents and village leaders for how to put these principles into practice and teach others to do the same.