Urban Strategies announced today that the San Francisco-based social venture Green Streets will be launched as its own private entity. Green Streets manages environmental services including recycling, composting and waste reduction services for low- and mixed-income communities in San Francisco. Green Streets has been operating for five years with the support of Urban Strategies, a non-profit social capital development and community building organization, and leading affordable-housing property manager McCormack Baron Management. The enterprise will operate independently under the leadership of its founding members.
Green Streets provides recycling, composting, janitorial and resident education services at three San Francisco housing developments – Hayes Valley North & South, Plaza East and Bernal Dwellings. The entrepreneurial idea behind Green Streets was developed by the founding members in partnership with McCormack Baron Management in response to the rising costs of trash removal in its San Francisco properties, coupled with the need to produce income-generating activities for McCormack Baron residents, who were not being served by local providers or involved with mainstream work opportunities. With the full support of Urban Strategies as its business infrastructure development partner, Green Streets was established as a resident-driven, community owned and operated green business venture in April 2010.
“Our goal for Green Streets was to help the residents realize their vision of running their own business and giving back to their community in a positive and productive way,” says Urban Strategies president Sandra Moore. “It was always our intent to build the operation and to build the capacity of the staff to the point of independence.”
Urban Strategies provided technical assistance and social capital expertise to stabilize the Green Streets business structure over its first five years, while also supporting resident employees with human services, skill-building and personal and professional development opportunities. Since its establishment, Green Streets has achieved significant success, including more than $330,000 in annual contract awards and over $550,000 in grant and private funding.
“Through the Green Streets model we were able to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with multiple barriers to work,” continues Moore. “Through this partnership, we have developed this team of low-income, at-risk young adults into rising entrepreneurs and business owners.”
The transition of Green Streets to its own legal for-profit entity was finalized on March 31, 2015.
About Green Streets
Green Streets is a community owned and operated green business that manages recycling and composting, educates neighbors on how to reduce waste and provides integrated janitorial services. Green Streets was founded in 2010 by a group of young entrepreneurs who were charged to invest in their communities and create a better future for their planet, their city and themselves. Green Streets offers environmental waste management services for businesses, homes, and multi-family properties, and is committed to environmental stewardship through the principle of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. For more information about Green Streets visit www.ourgreenstreets.org.