For Immediate Release: February 20, 2020
Contact: Daniel Herrera, firstname.lastname@example.org, 213-694-3353
Washington, D.C. — On February 20, 2020, the chief executive officers from some of the nation’s top environmental organizations joined the Green Leadership Trust (GLT) to celebrate their commitment to equity by using GLT’s recently launched CEO Evaluation Tool. The event celebrated the commitments environmental leaders are making towards serving and mobilizing black, indigenous, and communities of color across all their activities.
First released in June 2019, the CEO Evaluation Tool offers guidance on measuring the performance of CEOs on equity and inclusion. The tool includes metrics that support building the power needed to win on environmental issues, particularly in 2020, a critical year for shaping equitable solutions to the environmental crises we all face.
“The CEO Evaluation Tool from the Green Leadership Trust was presented at a time when our organization realized that we need to take our equity efforts to the next level – to go beyond diversity and ensure that equity and justice are core parts of the way we approach each other, our partners, and our shared work.” — Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society
“As NPCA begins our second century of protecting national parks, we’re committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive National Park System that adequately honors the diversity of the places, peoples, cultures and beliefs that have shaped our nation. While progress has been made, there’s still much more work to be done to better tell the stories of all Americans. To meet this challenge, we must work with people from all backgrounds, who reflect different perspectives and knowledge. The Green Leadership’s CEO Evaluation Tool will help our organization do just that, providing an opportunity for us to continue to diversify our staff and board, and to better serve and engage our members and the public in our mission to create national parks where all communities feel welcome and empowered to visit.” — Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for National Parks Conservation Association
“While organizations like Clean Water Action have made progress in addressing racial equity internally and externally within our coalitions, we still have a lot of work to do. The CEO Evaluation Tool is a great resource to help us hold ourselves accountable to implementing policies that increase equity, and ensure that we’re truly building a movement that centers racial equity in our efforts to protect our water and the health of our communities.” — Robert Wendelgass, President & CEO, Clean Water Action
“At a time when we in the environmental community are resisting everyday threats on our air, water, public lands, and climate, 2020 presents a unique opportunity to center people of color and communities that are most impacted by these rollbacks. Not having a truly inclusive environmental movement is no longer an option. Board members and executives at environmental NGOs have the power and responsibility to deliver!” — Pallavi Phartiyal, Board Member of American Rivers and Deputy Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network
“The environmental organizations adopting this tool are making a bold and vital commitment to building power for all Americans who want to protect our planet. There is no daylight between social justice and climate justice and this tool helps leaders across the environmental movement raise the bar for how to show up and how to build the kinds of coalitions we need to win.” — Michel Gelobter, Board Member, CERES, New Energy Nexus, formerly NRDC
“As we face the election of our lives at the top of the climate decade it is imperative that the work of environment is shaped by the context of the world we live in. Justice and equity doesn’t just happen. It is the effort of many and this action by environmental leaders for environmental organizations will measure progress in real time and raise the likelihood that we will reach success for the sake of all communities with truer alignments to the expertise of black, indigenous and people of color.” — Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Chair of the Board of Directors, Women’s Voices for the Earth
“As someone who has been an active participant in the efforts to diversify the environmental movement in the U.S. for more than thirty years I can finally say that progress is being made on this front. But the progress has been glacial (formerly known as slowly). Given the magnitude of the environmental and social challenges facing us we must pick up the pace to build an environmental movement that reflects the rich diversity of our nation. I’m so thankful to Green 2.0 and Green Leadership Trust for producing reports and tools that show us where we are in this quest, how far we still have to go, and a blueprint on how to do this.” — Vernice Miller-Travis, Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Group and Board Member, Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund, NRDC Action Fund, Chesapeake Bay Trust Advisory Board
Green Leadership Trust is a network of people of color and indigenous people who serve on U.S. environmental nonprofit boards. We work to build power by expanding the impact and leadership of people of color and indigenous people in the environmental movement.