About

Mission Statement

Everybody’s Environment transforms organizations to effect institutional change through racially equitable leadership from our WNC communities.

Goals

  • Build inclusive and equitable organizational cultures.
  • Develop a Racial Equity Leadership Pipeline.
  • Foster a learning culture and reciprocal exchange with communities of color.

Background

The group originally formed after Green 2.0 (an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations and government agencies) published a report on the state of diversity in environmental organizations. 

The report, titled “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies”, is the most comprehensive report of its kind. The report found that people of color in environmental organizations and agencies have not broken the 12% to 16% “green ceiling” that has existed for decades. This report inspired the need for environmental and community organizations in Asheville to collaborate toward integrating the needs of the community into their long-term plans.

Timeline

July 2018

Daniel “The Blackalachian" White visits Asheville to inspire youth and the community to get outside!

March 2018

Planned public visit and presentation by Audrey and Frank Peterman.

January 2018

Continued Racial Equity Workshop training for Everybody’s Environment participating partners’ staff, volunteers, and Board members.

March 2017

Visit and public presentation by Dr. Carolyn Finney.

January 2017

Continued Racial Equity Workshop training for Everybody’s Environment participating partners’ staff, volunteers, and Board members.

January 2016

Racial Equity Workshop training  for participating partners’ staff, volunteers, and Board members, followed by facilitated strategic planning process.

April 2015

Family Fun Festival at the Edington Center, with 350 attendees.

October 2014

Full day conference in October 2014, with 100 attendees.

Fall 2013

Deborah Miles, Center for Diversity Education, convenes a meeting of representatives from environmental organizations and community groups across the region.