Green Empowerment


Green Empowerment develops and implements renewable energy, clean water delivery, and watershed projects and programs with partner NGOs in Latin America and Southeast Asia to serve rural farming communities and indigenous groups in order to alleviate poverty and restore the environment.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Jason Selwitz, Program Manager
Secondary Contact
Anna Garwood, Executive Director
Address 140 SW Yamhill ST
Portland, OR
United States
Phone (503) 284-5774
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Green Empowerment works to jointly implement solar, wind, hydroelectric, biogas and improved cookstove projects with partner NGOs in Latin America and Southeast Asia in rural communities. Green Empowerment hosted the first annual Workshop to Exchange Biogas Digester Experiences in Latin America in Peru at the CEDECAP center in 2009. In 2010, the Network of Biodigesters for Latin America and the Caribbean (RedBioLac) met again in Costa Rica at the Earth University campus.

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Sectors of Experience: Energy
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Agroforestry, appropriate technology
Countries of Operation: Costa Rica

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

Green Empowerment adds 13+ years of practical experience with a huge focus on community development. Green Empowerment and local partners provide pre-project organization, training workshops and set up the framework for communities to help with the maintenance and operations of the systems installed. Green Empowerment provides long-term project follow-up through our service learning program, technical expertise, and our NGO partners' community by community commitments.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Green Empowerment and NGO partners are exploring micro financing options to further develop their biogas and improved cookstove projects.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

Green Empowerment works to initiate and facilitate collaborative multi-stakeholder networks that transfer knowledge between partners in the South, as well as, North to South.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

Green Empowerment utilizes its strong partnerships with academia and private sector, civic groups and specialized local and international volunteers to build the capacity of local NGO partners to monitor projects.

Relevant Publications or Studies

None noted

Our Contribution to the Partnership

1. Continuing to implement projects;
2. Initiating and facilitating the transfer of knowledge between partners in the South, as well as, North to South.
3. Participating in events as necessary.