Diverse Cross-Sector Leaders Discuss “Breaking the Green Ceiling” at packed Green 2.0 Briefing in San Francisco, CA
On March 4, over 200 attendees heard from diverse leaders from a range of sectors and backgrounds. In addition, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen– representing two mainstream environmental organizations – discussed their respective organization’s efforts to implement diversity initiatives. All endorsed the call for transparent diversity data.
Leading environmental funders join diversity data gathering initiative, Tom Steyer applauds Green 2.0
Bullitt Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and Rockefeller Brothers Fund to share diversity data on GuideStar Exchange by April.
Green 2.0 and its working group push for data transparency, accountability and increased resources to ensure that the mainstream environmental organizations, government agencies, and foundations increase their diversity.
Environmental organizations, foundation and nonprofit leaders voice support for first-of-its-kind program to collect diversity data from nonprofits at scale.
The current state of racial diversity in environmental organizations is troubling. Unless people of color are represented, their real life experiences in their communities and their needs will not be represented in the environmental sector. As communities of color continue to grow, so does their say on social issues and politics. We need to see diversification not as a challenge, but as an opportunity to drive real change.
People of color have not broken the 16% “green ceiling” in any of the Environmental Organizations surveyed.
Green 2.0 is an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations and government agencies. The Green 2.0 working group advocates for data transparency, accountability and increased resources to ensure that these organizations increase their diversity.