Shreveport, La. native selected to receive environmental fellowship

Leia Lewis will collaborate with environmental leaders from across the country

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – Shreveport native Leia Lewis has been selected from among 350 nominees from across the country to receive the prestigious 2012 Whole Thinking Retreat at Center for Whole Communities Fellowship Award.

Lewis, founding director of Sankofa Vision, will join other fellows in a week-long retreat, held Aug. 7-13 on Knoll Farm in Fayston, Vt. where they will work to develop ways to better tackle the opportunities and challenges facing communities and strengthen the relationship between land, people and community.

This marks the second such honor for Lewis, who was previously awarded the renowned Green For All Fellowship. As a Green For All Fellow, Lewis has earned certification as a Roots of Success © environmental literacy educator, has been a featured trainer of Green For All College Ambassadors attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has been a featured presenter on “going green” at the American Community Gardening Association Conference and the Mississippi Library Association Conference, and has earned for Sankofa Vision the inaugural Green For All Fellows Micro Fund grant.

For nearly 20 years, Lewis has worked to advance the missions of nonprofit and community organizations in Louisiana. She founded Sankofa Vision, Inc. in 2004, which coordinates Sankofa Gardens, an organic community garden and learning campus that is a Creative Community and Fresh Food Oasis, where people learn to grow food and families develop self sufficiency.

Lewis is available for interviews and can be reached at (318) 230-2892 or Learn more about Sankofa Vision in this video or visit the website at


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