Cleveland Has Survived Deindustrialization and a Burning River. Can It Survive Donald Trump?
Dale Maharidge of The Nation visits Cleveland, Ohio to explore how the Evergreen Cooperatives’ Green City Growers greenhouse is changing the paradigm for financially and environmentally sustainable businesses. Maharidge interviews Democracy Collaborative’s Co-founder and President Ted Howard on how the cooperative was founded:
Evergreen was started by the Democracy Collaborative, in conjunction with the Cleveland Foundation. There were three companies at the beginning: a laundry, a solar-power installation company, and the largest commercial greenhouse in the United States, at just over three acres under glass. They employ low-income city residents. The idea was to use “anchor institutions,” such as the Cleveland Clinic, that would feed laundry to the new business.