Together for Art in Action: Van Jones & Phaedra Ellis-Lampkins

Who would have thought the days of 2010 could go by so fast? It’s already February and we’re in the midst of a convening frenzy at the Foundation.  We are planning a number of really exciting convenings and conferences and to kick them off, we are sponsoring a fundraiser for Art in Action featuring Van Jones and Phaedra Ellis-Lampkins from …

What Do We Value?

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, particularly in the midst of the holiday shopping madness, I’ve spent some thinking about how and what we value. I keep coming back to this question: Do Americans value consumption over citizenship? Believe me, these are not my random thoughts. It all started with this story on National Public Radio about …

What Works on the Green Scene

Hi everyone! It’s been an exciting couple of months in the world of Green Access to say the least. We’ve been planning for the Foundation’s 2010 roll-out, following the amazing work of our grant recipient organizations and partners like Green for All and Movement Generation fighting the good and hard fight for racially and economically just climate change solutions in …

Lean, Green, Active Machine

Hi there! It’s been a booming and bustling couple of months with trips to Alaska and Washington DC, planning for next year, and making sure that all of our ts are crossed before we let go of yet another year. On the Green Access front, we’ve had an amazing couple of months. I was lucky to work with a couple …

What Have We Done?

I went to bed last night and did that thing you’re never supposed to do in order to get a good night’s sleep: opened my laptop, went to the New York Times, and started poking around. About half way down the page was the news of Van Jones’ resignation from the Obama Administration as the Special Adviser for Green Jobs. …

On the Streets: Not-to-Miss Events!

Looking for some food justice? How about a good fight for the planet? Or maybe seeking out a venue to hear your favorite activist or poet give a 20 minute talk? If your answer is yes to any of these, here go 3 places you should be at at in the next couple of months Eat Real Food Festival August …

Green Jobs for Everyone

This last Wednesday, August 19th, I joined the family members and friends of the Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative’s (SHEC) Recycling Interns to recognize their success in completing their program. If you haven’t heard of the SHEC or their training programs… stop reading and look them up right now. They are at truly at the forefront of the green jobs movement! …

All Kinds of Action

Mitchell Kapor Foundation grantee’s have been on the move this summer. The work of VoICE and Green Access grantees has come together through the national Green the Block campaign . On August 4th, Green For All and the Hip Hop Caucus announced the launch of their new partnership ‘to educate and mobilize communities of color to ensure a voice and …

Making Moves: The Push for Climate Change Policy

Looking back, 2009 will be remembered as a critical moment in the movement towards a greener, leaner, and cleaner U.S.  Whether we are looking to Michelle Obama’s garden and the growing understanding of why fresh, local, and organic matters or the Cash for Clunkers program, which trades old fuel inefficient cars and replaces them fuel efficient vehicles, this presidential administration …

Act Now for Climate Justice

Over the course of the last three weeks, I attended 3 conferences, 2 meetings, and 1 planning session all of which were focused on addressing the issue of climate change. Although these conversations ranged from identifying individual strategies to green one’s life, like changing the type of light bulbs you use and riding your bike to work, to the implementation …

Stimulus 101: Following Up on Opportunities

On Tuesday April 7th, we hosted over 50 nonprofits from throughout the Bay Area to learn more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka The Stimulus) and the opportunities it offers their communities. Radhika Fox and Ruben Lizardo from PolicyLink presented an impressive overview of the stimulus and the opportunities nonprofits have to position themselves as drivers and advocates …

Sunshine in Richmond

Last Friday March 27th, Tiffany, Stephen, and I took a trip to the city of Richmond to hear about the amazing work and prospects of one of our grantees, Solar Richmond.  If you haven’t heard, Solar Richmond promotes and inspires the use of solar power and energy efficiency in order to bring the economic benefits of the green economy to …