Sustainability Sites

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOPE VI Program requires that a plan for Community and Supportive Services be put in place to help residents of redeveloping neighborhoods make progress toward self-reliance. Urban Strategies works with Public Housing Authorities across the country to creatively design and implement services that address specialized needs of individuals and families and link them to a variety of relocation services. We also design comprehensive plans in collaboration with the community so that the plan reflects a community’s values and vision for future strength. Our Sustainability Sites showcase the best of resident-led community redevelopment that a neighborhood elevates and supports. As our national work progresses, communities phase from planning to redevelopment to sustainable and thriving communities.

Alice Griffith

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, click here. 


Heritage Park

Green Garden Bakery is a group of young entrepreneurs from the Heritage Park neighborhood in Minneapolis, who have started their own environmentally friendly youth-run business. Youth participants grow vegetables in their community garden, bake them into healthy vegetable-based desserts, and sell them at local farmer’s markets and festivals. One-third of the proceeds of the sales go directly to compensate youth leaders, one-third is reinvested into the business, and one-third is donated to local community needs the youth identify. In 2017, the youth-led entrepreneurship won the Youth Division of the MN Cup Entrepreneurship Competition, the country’s largest statewide new venture competition.  To learn more, visit the Green Garden Bakery’s website

MN Cup Entrepreneurship  – Youth Division Winners

Renaissance Place at Grand

In 2016, two youth residents of St. Louis’ Renaissance Place at Grand’s Room13Delmar, an after-school social justice art program held in the neighborhood’s community space, accepted the opportunity to travel to Bristol, England to visit with the youth artist of Room13Harclive to begin discussions for their collaborative art project. To learn more their travels, click the links below.

St. Louis Post Dispatch Newspaper

St. Louis American Newspaper