January – February 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
After 5 years of planning the Board Members of Color and Indigenous People met for their inaugural annual convening at the Tamaya Resort. In attendance were 22 board members representing 21 environmental organizations. A workplan to build power for the environmental and conservation movement was created to: leverage our knowledge: compile and share best practices for board leadership on diversity and inclusion; disseminate this as a resource to the movement through the year; build the pipeline of people of color, sector-wide; and proactively communicate in ways that engender greater and more diverse adhesion to and participation in our movement.
The second annual convening gathered 30 board members from 20 member organizations at the Hotel Palomar. This represented a 50% growth in attendance from the first annual convening,with over half of all board members of color and indigenous people from the member organizations as officially part of our network.
The Hotel Palomar once again hosted our annual convening with 21 board members from 17 member organizations. A highlight of this event was the Board Chair and CEO joint work session with a dozen Green Group CEOs in attendance. We provided updates to our Best Practices Library; launched our new website; shared our participation CHCI and CBC engagement for divestment against dirty oil; and initiated conversations for a program on Board Member recruitment and Senior Staff pipeline.
Our fourth annual convening assembled 26 board members from 21 organizations. This year’s meeting served as an opportunity to introduce our network’s new strategic plan. In our next phase of work, Green Leadership Trust aims to influence equity in the organizations we serve, build the skill and capacity of our members, and grow our network with an increased membership.
Green Leadership Trust held it’s fifth annual convening in Puerto Rico near El Yunque National Forest. Moved by the crisis facing Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, we chose this location because it is a humanitarian crisis happening on our watch with serious and long-lasting environmental consequences. Our time in Puerto Rico was an opportunity to learn directly from leaders on the ground, support their efforts, and advance equity for a better environmental movement. In attendance were 25 board members representing 29 organizations. Recruitment of new members was a top goal for moving the retreat from DC to Puerto Rico, and we were very successful as almost 30% were first-time retreat participants and we acquired 4 entirely new members directly from retreat recruitment.
We gathered in the home state of the environmental justice movement, a state which even today is actively confronting the widespread issue of gerrymandering and while dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Board members from 33 different national and local environmental organizations spent 3 days discussing how to drive equity-based agendas on our boards and develop a strategy for evaluating the highest level of leadership. We’ve also continued to bring in new members to the retreat with 20% of attendees being first time retreat participants.
7th Annual Convening
December 2020 Virtual Convening
This year, our convening looked a bit different. Due to the global pandemic restricting in-person events, GLT chose to gather in one to two-hour increments to build community and leverage our collective power.
At the beginning of 2020, we planned for the retreat to be held in Montgomery, Alabama, a cradle of the civil rights movement. Although we could not join local leaders of color in the Montgomery area, we were still able to foster a connection with them virtually.
During our closing ceremony, David Lamfrom led a facilitated discussion with representatives from two Alabama organizations.
- Catherine Coleman Flowers from the Equal Justice Initiative discussed the history of the civil rights movement and the impacts of failing water and waste sanitation infrastructure
- La’Tanya Scott from the Cahaba River Society shared about her work familiarizing children from communities of color with the Cahaba River and the importance of fostering their confidence navigating outdoor spaces
By hearing directly from these leaders in the environmental justice movement, Green Leadership Trust continued to inform our equity work on a sector-wide level and strengthen relationships with the leaders of color that are key to the future sustainability of the environmental movement.
Sixty-eight Board members from 75 national environmental organizations joined the virtual convening. Wediscussed potential actions that GLT could take to advance our equity agenda and to frame our upcoming strategic planning process.