What is a community green?

Community greens are shared parks on the inside of blocks, collectively owned by the by the neighbors whose homes, yards, decks, and patios enclose the green. Distinct from community gardens, residents’ homes abut the shared space, they contribute their property to it, and jointly maintain it.

Examples of community greens

Community Greens come in all shapes and sizes and reflect the ideas of residents creating them.

Benefits of community greens

Astounding psychological benefits have been scientifically proven to accrue to green spaces. There are also financial benefits via increased home values.

What we do

Ashoka’s Community Greens catalyzes the development of these green spaces and raises awareness of their benefits.

How to get involved.

Create a community green or donate
May 1, 2009
Baltimore Magazine - UpFront

City alleys are transforming into community courtyards.

Download the article >>

February 1, 2008
Metropolis

Baltimore and Melbourne transform dead lanes into vital public spaces.

Download the article >>

December 1, 2005
Community Greens - by Kate Herrod

Green Infrastructure and Community Revitalization

Download the PDF >>

Read more Ashoka News »

Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 07/28/15 Editor's Note: This article was written by Avery Pagán and Dan Schiff who are part of the Ashoka Support Network team. The success of the Ashoka Support Network (ASN) hinges on the idea that active philanthropy must include...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Wed, July 15, 2015
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 07/15/15 This article originally appeared on www.changemakers.com/futureforward on June 15Taddy Blecher, an Ashoka fellow, founded the Maharishi Institute to try and revive a lost generation. Every day in South Africa, 4 million youths...
Submitted by Ashoka ChangeInSight on Tue, July 14, 2015
Submitted by: Tsega Belachew on 07/14/15 This article originally appeared on AshokaU on July 7 2015. It was written by Mariana Kim. Marina co-founded and leads Ashoka U, working with campuses to embed social innovation as an educational focus and core value of the...

Read more Blog Posts »