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BET - Commentary: How Being Black and Green Is in Our DNA

Written by Nikki Silvestri, Executive Director of Green For All
Cross-posted on BET.com. Read original post here.

Introducing Green For All’s new executive director Nikki Silvestri.

It’s not often that a life-changing revelation arrives via email. But that’s what happened to me in February when I received the results of a genetic test I ordered to track my ancestry. When I opened the message, I discovered that, based on my DNA, my forbears likely came from Cameroon, Congo, Nigeria, Benin, and Togo, as well as Ireland and Great Britain. I was stunned by the power of this revelation. Like most Black Americans, my family has never known the geography of where we came from—our ancient history was lost to slavery.

 

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Huffington Post - We Are the Environment

Written by Nikki Silvestri, Executive Director, Green For All
Cross-posted on Huffington Post. Read original post here.

When I was a little girl growing up in Los Angeles, I would spend summer afternoons in the backyard of my grandmother's home in South L.A., on Harvard and Martin Luther King Boulevard. I remember picking fresh berries off the bushes in her garden, and waiting for her to wash them and stir them with some sugar for me. My first contact with the environment was through those berries -- through food -- and it was magic. Food was something my grandmother and mother nourished me with. It came straight from the earth, from soil. It represented love. And as a result, the first way I interacted with the natural world was through love. But it wasn't all that simple. As a small child, I also developed asthma, probably as a result of the airport and oil fields near my home. I was hospitalized for the first time with an asthma attack when I was six years old. It was hard, not being able to double dutch or play tag during recess -- my inhaler followed me everywhere.

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Huffington Post - Leap Forward: Why We Need to Think Bigger on Climate Resilience

Written by Jeremy Hays, Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives of Green For All
Cross-posted on Huffington Post. Read original post here.

In 1995, a severe heat wave struck Chicago, killing more than 700 people. The disaster hit some neighborhoods much harder than others. For the most part, its devastation closely traced the city's economic and ethnic segregation. More people died in places like Englewood, a South Side neighborhood with a history of poverty and crime, and a largely African-American population; yet some neighborhoods with this same demographic fared remarkably well. Just adjacent to Englewood, the Auburn Gresham community -- also poor and black -- weathered the disaster far better than many of the city's wealthy white communities.

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Huffington Post - How Information is Changing the World: This Week in Seeding the Change

Written by Ari Nessel, Founder and President, The Pollination Project

Cross-posted on Huffington Post. Read original post here.

Every day of the week, The Pollination Project (www.thepollinationproject.org) provides $1,000 in seed funding to an individual who is working to make the world -- or just their own community -- a better, more peaceful and more sustainable place. Here are the extraordinary people and ideas changing the world this week:

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Forbes - How E-Waste Is Creating Jobs For People With Criminal Records In Los Angeles

Written by Sarah McKinney, Forbes Contributor

Cross-posted on Forbes. Read original post here.

It’s no secret that the prison system in America is broken, but the statistics are pretty shocking. The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, and 23% of the world’s prison population – that equals roughly 1 in 100 adults that are in prison. The problem is complicated and hits on hotbed issues like gun control, racism, the war on drugs, sentencing laws, overcrowding, privatization of public services, and prison profits supporting politicians and political agendas that keep us all, metaphorically speaking, locked in. 

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Tri County Sentry - Are We Plugged In?

Written by Charlene Muhammad, CBM Contributor 

Cross-posted on Tri County Sentry. Read original post here.

Like many Black Californians, Chearon Raye faces a dilemma when the time comes to make a purchase as substantial as a new automobile. 

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Huffington Post - How Michelle Obama's Critics Undercut Progress

Written by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All

Cross-posted on Huffington Post. Read original post here.

Becoming a mother last year fundamentally shifted the way I think about leadership and how we create a more just and healthy world. I've realized that one of the biggest barriers to our progress is shame. It's what keeps us feeling isolated and prevents us from realizing that we share the same struggles, and the same hopes. And it's especially evident among women (like me) who are fighting to balance our careers with the demands of parenting. 

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Oakland Local - How Green is the Hood Part Two: Bringing Solar and Energy Efficiency to Oakland's Affordable Housing

Written by Eric K Arnold and New America Media
Cross-posted on Oakland Local. Read original post here.

…Energy efficiency is particularly critical in affordable housing developments, says Jeremy Hays, Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives at Green For All, a sustainability advocacy group with offices in Oakland and Washington, D.C. According to Hays, apartment buildings built before 1970 use 55 percent more energy than those built after 1990, while low-income residents spend 400 percent more of their monthly income on utility bills than the average American. Furthermore, affordable housing owners—a segment which includes public housing agencies and non-profit real estate developers—are constrained by rising utility bills; energy consumption in the US has steadily increased nearly every year since 1985, a trend which shows no signs of reversing. 

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BET - Commentary: When Bouncing Back Isn't Enough

Written by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All

Cross-posted on BET.com. Read original post here.

The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy last month spurred renewed conversation about making communities more resilient in the face of extreme weather and disasters. President Obama moved the conversation from talk to action by signing an executive order requiring all federally funded projects to address the impact of global warming, and creating a task force of state and local leaders who will help shape climate resilience efforts. 

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E&E - Pair of Dems try again on 'green infrastructure' stormwater bill

Written by Annie Snider, E&E reporter

Cross-posted on E&E. Read original post here.

With U.S. EPA's work on a national stormwater regulation stalled, a pair of congressional Democrats are trying again to move a bill aimed at spurring innovative solutions to one of the country's largest water pollution problems. 

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