The Green For All Fellowship and Academy Program aims to expand, educate and engage a base of support for climate solutions and a clean-energy economy in America by identifying and cultivating local leaders from communities of color and low-income communities across the nation. Green For All partners with Fellows to develop and apply their skills and resources to build innovative, community-generated solutions and organize for change in their cities. Green For All Fellows are on-the-ground leaders in the movement to create an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
Green For All Fellows
Over 130 Green For All Fellows are pioneering new and effective strategies for engaging low-income communities of color in building healthy communities and climate solutions. They work in more than 74 cities in 28 states (plus the District of Columbia). Once Fellow Candidates complete the Green For All Academy (including an intensive training and nine-month term of service in their own communities), they join an active network of Green For All Fellows.
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The Fellows and Green For All’s Strategy
Green For All invests in local leaders who are building real solutions to the challenges their communities face, such as joblessness, industrial pollution, waste, lack of access to healthy food, limited access to education, mass-incarceration, and attacks on civil rights– just to name a few! These leaders help to inform Green For All’s strategic direction and collaborate to develop the building blocks of an inclusive green economy.
It’s incredible what Green For Fellows accomplish!
Here are just a few snapshots…
- In 2011 alone, Fellows in their terms of service held over 850 events across the country, from eco-literacy workshops and action-oriented teach-ins to the spearheading regional coalitions and implementation community resilience initiatives such as urban farms, rain gardens, community-wide composting programs, farmers markets and even a new radio station!
- Without Fellows joining up with Green For All staff and allies in Washington D.C. to lobby their congressional representatives and call for green investment in under-served communities, progressive workforce standards, and green service opportunities — we may not have succeeded in passing the Serve America Act, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and the Green Jobs Act.
- It all started when Green For All Fellows and staff drew 50,000 people to participate in Green For All’s “Green Jobs Now” National Day of Action in September 2008 by organizing anchor events in major metropolitan areas throughout the country.
What’s Your Role?
Three simple ways you can grow the movement…
- Bring a Green For All Fellow to your community: use the search tool or map to identify a local leader most relevant to your community. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Invest in sustainability initiatives lead by Green For All fellows. Click here to donate to the Local Leaders Micro-grant program now!
- Inspired by the work of these local leaders? Click here for tools and resources to help you get started in your own community.