Green Empowerment

Green Empowerment provides villages with clean water, electricity from renewable energy and sustainable solutions.

Green Empowerment
140 SW Yamhill Street
Portland, Oregon 97204
United States
 BRIDGE Number: 8447748858

Executive Director

Anna Garwood

Management Team

Miel Hendrickson, Aaron Liss, Emily Green, Sherri Phillips, Karen Wilson

Board of Directors

Peter Murchie, Erick Petersen, Linda Boise, Kathy Fry, Michael Royce, Francie Royce, Marc Heisterkamp, Dick Edwards, Susan Stone, Ben Vitale, Eli Lamb, Mike Grenier

Project Leaders

Mike Kalkofen
Michel Maupoux
Caitlyn Peake


Green Empowerment provides villages with clean water, electricity from renewable energy and sustainable solutions.


Our renewable energy systems: Generate energy and electricity for household uses including: lighting and cooking. Offer energy-efficient lighting and power for schools, health clinics, and community centers. Provide power to charge cell phones, radios, and computers to improve communications. Supply energy for income-generating activities, such as crop processing or small businesses. Reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and firewood. Our water systems are designed to: Deliver and treat water for drinking, cooking, washing, hygiene, and irrigation. Incorporate hygiene and sanitation education workshops and strengthen community management systems. Our ecosystem restoration and conservation programs work to: Integrate environmental management and restoration activities, in order to replenish local water supplies and restore healthy ecosystems. Prioritize local land rights and community management of natural resources. Promote income generation from improved agroforestry, ecological forestry, and regenerative pasture practices. WORKING APPROACH Through our network of local partners, we work with rural communities, and local and regional governments, to address the connected needs of rural poverty, environmental degradation and climate change in developing countries. Green Empowerment coordinates needed technical, organizational and financial assistance to support local leaders and communities motivated to improve their lives. In addition to our partnerships overseas with NGOs and Communities, Green Empowerment engages a diverse constituency of US-based participants as a way to expand its work, broaden skill-sets, and mobilize resources to further the Green Empowerment mission. GEOGRAPHIC REACH In Latin America we have worked in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru. In Southeast Asia, we have worked in Malaysia, the Philippines, and along the Thailand/Burma border. In Africa, we coordinated projects in Madagascar and Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, we have coordinated multi-country networks, such as the Latin American network of biogas digester practitioners (RedBioLAC) and WindWorks, an international partnership to catalyze small wind turbine development and use. Through these networks, we have worked with non-profits, universities and small businesses in 20 countries.

Statistics on Green Empowerment

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $799,359
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $799,359
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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