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Media Advisory – New Report Shows Lack of Diversity in Environmental Organizations has Resulted In “Green Insiders’ Club”

July 26, 2014

Green 2.0 Team

For Immediate Release

July 25, 2014

Contact:  Brenda Arredondo

(202) 587-4945

Larry Gonzalez

(202) 466-0879

***Media Advisory***



Comprehensive Report Examines Why Decades of Promises to Diversify are Falling Short in the Mainstream Environmental Movement


Washington, DC – Monday, July 28, a new report will be released that finds that although people of color now account for more than a third of the U.S. population, they have not broken the “green ceiling” in the mainstream environmental movement. These dismal numbers exist despite documented support by people of color for environmental protection, at a higher rate than whites. However, environmental organizations show little interest in improving practices that lead to people of color being grossly underrepresented in their organizations, especially at the executive and board levels.

The Taylor report, commissioned by Green 2.0, “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies,” is the most comprehensive report on diversity in mainstream environmental organizations. It surveyed 191 environmental non-profits, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 leading environmental grant making foundations to investigate their gender and racial diversity composition, the majority of which state diversification as a “value.” The study includes confidential interviews of 21 environmental leaders from diverse backgrounds and experience.


WHAT: Release of the Taylor report, commissioned by Green 2.0, “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies”

WHEN: 10:30 A.M. EDT

Monday, July 28, 2014



Robert Raben, President and Founder, The Raben Group

Dorceta E. Taylor, Ph.D., Report Author, Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment

Mark Magaña, Founder and Principal, Hispanic Strategy Group/GreenLatinos

Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments

Danielle Deane, Principal, The Raben Group


*** For an advanced, embargoed copy of the report highlights and RSVP for the call *** 

please contact Brenda Arredondo (, (202) 587-4945, or Larry Gonzalez (, (202) 466-0879.   

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