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April 16, 2015
GREEN 2.0 TO REVEAL WHICH ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SHARED OR DECLINED TO DISCLOSE DIVERSITY DATA
National Organizer of First Earth Day & Bullitt Foundation President Denis Hayes Will Join Press Call to Discuss the Need for Green Organizations, Including Foundations, to Submit their Diversity Numbers to GuideStar
Washington D.C. — On Wednesday, April 22nd, Green 2.0 will release the names of over 20 of the nation’s most influential environmental organizations and foundations who voluntarily submitted their diversity numbers to their GuideStar exchange database profiles. Organizations that have declined, so far, to share diversity data will also be noted. Green 2.0 called for organizations to establish a baseline of data by April 8th. The call to submit diversity information has been echoed by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Investor, Philanthropist and Advanced Energy Advocate Tom Steyer. The Presidents of the Hewlett Foundation, The Bullitt Foundation, and Kresge Foundation are among the philanthropy leaders that have already made their information available and encouraged their peers and grantees to share data as well on their GuideStar profiles. Green 2.0’s partnership with GuideStar and D5 is a first-of-its-kind effort, launched last October, to collect and make diversity data from these NGOs and foundations transparent in a standardized way on a national scale.
The call to track diversity data followed the July 2014 release by Green 2.0 of the most comprehensive and widely-covered report on diversity, “Diversity in Environmental Institutions” report, commissioned from Professor Dorceta Taylor. The widely publicized report found that although people of color are now almost 40% of the U.S. population, they have not broken the 16% “green ceiling” in mainstream environmental organizations, foundations, and governmental agencies in the organizations surveyed. The numbers are as low as 5% representation of people of color on Boards of Directors, and 12% in leadership positions.
Media Teleconference: Green 2.0 Diversity Data Call with National Organizer of First Earth Day & Bullitt Foundation President Denis Hayes
- Denis Hayes – President, The Bullitt Foundation/ National Organizer of First Earth Day
- Congressman Raul Grijalva (invited) – U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 3rd congressional district
- Kris Sarri – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget, United States Department of Interior
- Robert Raben – President and Founder, The Raben Group/ Founder, Green 2.0
- Jacob Harold – President, GuideStar
- Kelly Brown – Director, D5 (Diversity in Philanthropy) Coalition
- Danielle Deane (Moderator) – Director, Green 2.0/ Principal, The Raben Group
Earth Day: Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:30am ET (8:30am PT)
RSVP to Beth Lynk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-223-2848.