The Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, Ohio are pioneering innovative models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability. Evergreen’s employee-owned, for-profit companies are based locally and hire locally. Evergreen creates meaningful green jobs and keeps precious financial resources within the community. Workers earn a living wage and build equity in their firms as owners of the business.
The first Evergreen Cooperative businesses—Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, Ohio Cooperative Solar, and Green City Growers Cooperative—launched in 2009–2010.
Evergreen is a partnership between the residents of six city neighborhoods and some of Cleveland’s most important “anchor institutions”—the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and many others. Together, Evergreen strives to build community wealth to transform Cleveland and change lives.