Case Study: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access
Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access
As a Minority- and Women-Owned Business, Green Cities has a visionary commitment to DEI&A – a unique positioning amongst our peers. By adding the concept of “access” to traditional considerations of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we believe it can elevate the built environment to a channel that advocates for social change.
We aim to combat systemic marginalization by fostering dignity, providing equitable access, empowering individual voices, and inspiring collective purpose. Our definitions of these important concepts are as follows:
- DIVERSITY: We believe we make the best investment decisions and the most significant impact when we consider a multitude of perspectives and experiences. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in life experiences and characteristics that make each of our employees and our tenants unique.
- EQUITY: We recognize that each human being starts from a unique place – often impacted by imbalance and structural inequality. We acknowledge that adjustments can and should be made to overcome intentional barriers, raise awareness, and mitigate bias both through our organization and in our properties.
- INCLUSION: We desire for individuals, whether within our firm, living in our properties, or residing in the communities that surround our assets, to feel a sense of belonging and support. We reject conscious or unconscious processes and structures that create an environment of “othering,” and embrace intentionality to focus on the needs of every individual: physical, mental, and emotional.
- ACCESS: For us, the threads of “access” stretch to considerations of physical accessibility; expansion of opportunities for our residents and our employees; facilitating connections to resources and information; and strengthening civic partnerships.
DEI&A Mission Statement
Green Cities believes that we have a great responsibility to people: the tenants and property managers who live and work at our properties, the people who form the communities around our assets, and the team members who work diligently to make our business possible.