GreenLatinos had a highly successful 2016 National GreenLatinos Summit with over 100 attendees!
The 3-day event included top-notch speakers, including leaders from the environmental justice movement such as Robert Garcia with the City Project and Juan Parras with the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service. – who we learned a tremendous deal from. They also had green organizational leaders like Theresa Pierno of the National Parks Conservation Association, Jamie Williams from The Wilderness Society, and Gene Karpinsky from the League of Conservation Voters – all of whom shared their wisdom and insights with us. They had the important perspectives and insights from Jose Calderon, Hector Sanchez, Brent Wilkes, and Dr. Elena Rios with Hispanic Federation, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the National Hispanic Medical Association respectively – who are leading the charge on Latino environmental priorities within the Hispanic advocacy community.
Further, summit attendees engaged substantively in environmental and conservation policy conversations with the top leaders within federal agencies, including EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and many other distinguished public servants.
With in-depth conversations around foundation engagement and fund development, diversifying the environmental movement, collaborating cohesively and defining equitable partnership, in addition to substantive forward-looking policy discussions, this year’s Summit was our most intense and active convening to-date.
Moving forward: GreenLatinos will be hosting a conference call in the coming weeks to lay out, for those who missed the final day’s voting, the network’s core priorities for the coming year, the process moving forward for standing up working committees around those priorities and how folks can plug into that work, and the number of policy, member development, and community empowerment efforts that GreenLatinos plans to engage in during the coming months. The core priorities selected at this year’s summit include:
- Climate Change Cessation and Migration
- Enforcement of & Compliance with Civil Rights, Environmental Justice, & Public Input Laws
- Public Lands Designations, Protections, and Access
- Solar and Renewable Energy Proliferation
- Ocean Ecosystems Protection and Coastal Access
Congratulations to GreenLatinos for a successful summit!