Being Green

Three years ago, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the accompanying chasms it exposed impelled me to think about how I might be able to work harder and and more broadly for justice. The following year, I was fortunate to meet former Vice President (and future Nobel Laureate) Al Gore, who presented his Inconvenient Truth in our offices (he’s buddies with Mitch and Freada). And soon thereafter, the awesome Van Jones joined us for a lunchtime talk on eco-apartheid and the burgeoning green movement.

These three events were major forces in shaping my interest in the climate crisis and “green justice.” From early on, the Kapors have been committed to dedicating ongoing resources to respond to these critical issues. Together we figured out a frame for ensuring that people of color and low income communities would be included in the green movement in proactive ways, and our Green Access program was born.

We’re looking for a Grants Officer to oversee our Green Access portfolio. I think we’re off to a great start, and want to continue the momentum that we’re building, particularly around green jobs. If you’re interested, check out the job description and send us your materials. As Gustav has just shown us, we’ve made some progress but there’s so much more to do.

Flickr photo credit: katrina remembered IV; “Not as seen on TV”. Originally uploaded by notnA.