Jade District

Did you know your zip code determines more of your health than your genetic code? The Jade District is using a community-centered approach to greening, engaging an array of community members and leaders. Between 2017 and 2019, Jade District greening partners planted 364 trees, created over a thousand square feet of new greenspaces, and interacted with over a thousand community members through volunteer and outreach events. The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) worked with Providence Center for Outcomes Research and Education, Willamette Partnership, and Portland State University to model the predicted water, air, and health benefits of those activities. The Evaluation Greening Template, developed by the Shift Health Accelerator team and Willamette Partnership, is designed as a framework for community groups, cities, and/or coalitions working to increase urban greenspace to use to show the multiple benefits of their activities.