1. Community in Government: Addressing Racial Equity within the System

    November 15, 2019

    By Aaron Neal.   Aaron serving a government employee at the Sustainability Action Agenda picnic where we thanked, honored, and planned with stakeholders, government employees, and Detroit community for support in releasing Detroit’s first sustainability plan.   Working in Non-Profits and doing community engaged work I was not initially excited about the prospect of working Read more

  2. UPROSE: Building a Grassroots Climate Justice Movement in Brooklyn— One Block at a Time

    November 12, 2019

    By A.J. Hudson. How Did I Apply my Skills to Community Organizing Work? The Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) was really special for me. I had a deeply gratifying experience where I effectively got to return home and apply the skills I gained in grad school to the communities closest to my heart. Through my placement Read more

  3. Healing People to Heal the Climate: Health and Environmental Philanthropy

    November 12, 2019

    By Donny Hearn III. At the Solidago Foundation in Northampton, Massachusetts, a national funder with a longstanding history of early funding, idea incubating and grassroots grantmaking, I was allowed to research within their climate and environmental justice portfolio. Coming from Michigan and rooted in an academic background of evolutionary anthropology and public health, I was Read more

  4. Working Behind the Scenes: The Small but Necessary Projects for Advancing an Organizational Mission

    November 12, 2019

    By Kamari Durley. In early August, nearing the conclusion of my summer fellowship experience with the Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative (VEJC), I scheduled the last of my two informational interviews with Quan Williams. Quan is currently the Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy however she also has a Master’s degree Read more

  5. Gaining the Confidence to be an Environmentalist

    November 5, 2019

    By Rachel Correll. It’s Monday morning. The coffee pot is empty. Staff of the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) are filing into the South Conference room. It’s my first staff meeting and chance to meet everyone. Going into this internship, I felt a severe case of imposter syndrome. I had only ever known academia, spending Read more

  6. Environmental Health’s Place in Social Justice

    November 1, 2019

    By Cally Xi. Being an Environmental Health Sciences student tends not to be the most cheerful of disciplines. This is especially true when one specializes in environmental quality and sustainability. I can list off the harmful chemicals the everyday person may encounter in air we breathe, food we eat, personal care products we use, and Read more

  7. The Transformative Power of an Equity Lens

    November 1, 2019

    Jeffrey Wong This summer, among the verdant hills of Vermont, I had the pleasure to work with the incredible team at the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nonprofit dedicated to advancing climate mitigation and adaptation action through trainings and capacity building for industry, governments, and local communities in the US and abroad. I joined Read more

  8. On the Road to Movement Building: Assessing the Intersections of Environmental Justice

    November 1, 2019

    By Cassandra A.A. Osei. ]My fellowship experience in New York City pushed me as a leader and challenged my understanding of what it means to fight for environmental justice. New York City is a bustling metropolis that houses brilliant activists in the environmental justice movement. I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to network with Read more

  9. Effective Grant-Based Stormwater Solutions Will Unite Our Land, Water, and Communities

    November 1, 2019

    By John Nguyen. This summer, I worked with the William Penn Foundation (WPF) who hosted and funded my summer fellowship. While there, I collaborated with their environmental grantmaking team to tackle stormwater runoff issues in Philadelphia and the greater Delaware River Watershed. Part of my summer activities included meeting our grantees along the Delaware River Read more

  10. Lessons From The Swamp  

    November 1, 2019

    By Delia Mayor. Having lived in the DC area before, I was familiar with the common expression “draining the swamp.” Although not necessarily rooted in the factual ecological history of the area, which according to Carl Abbott (2017) in his piece Draining the swamp: A guide for outsiders and career politicians, more closely resembled a Read more