Mission Statement

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

About

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.

Goals

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

Our Strategic Plan

Timeline

July, 2018

“The Blackalachian”visits Asheville

Daniel “The Blackalachian” White visits Asheville to inspire youth and the community to get outside! — “Love & Light: The Blackalachian on the Appalachian Trail”

Frank and Audrey Peterman visit Asheville

Planned public visit and presentation by Audrey and Frank Peterman

March 2019
January 2018

Racial Equity Workshop

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

Dr. Carolyn Finney visits Asheville

Visit and public presentation by Dr. Carolyn Finney.

March 2017
January 2017

Racial Equity Workshop

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

Racial Equity Workshop and Strategic Planning

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

January 2016
April 2015

Family Fun Festival

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

Conference

Full-day conference in October 2014, with 100 attendees.

October 2014
Fall 2014

Deborah Miles visits WNC

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