*This statement is a living evolving statement. For equity work to be done well it must be evolving, ongoing, and reimagined as progress is made. We are committed to making progress aligned with this statement.
It is the intent of Baltimore Green Space to preserve green spaces and serve the community in a way that reinforces values of equity and environmental health. Our work has an emphasis on supporting under-resourced communities with limited access to green space towards protecting environmental space that supports community health and benefit of all.
The systemic racism caused by redlining and reinforced in multiple ways to destabilize and harm the black community is the present painful backdrop of the beautiful healing green spaces neighbors create and care for here in Baltimore City. Additionally, multiple systems of oppression still exist in Baltimore and beyond that perpetuate inequality and racial inequity.
It is the intent of Baltimore Green Space to engage in our work with an understanding of this racial oppression and to work deliberately with people of varying races, classes, genders, sexual orientations and gender identities. In our work Baltimore Green Space is prepared to actively educate staff, and board and to engage in activities to ensure our work supports equitable welcoming access to community green spaces.