The environment is everything: where we live, work, play, go to school, as well as the physical and natural world. And so we can't separate the physical environment from the cultural environment. We have to talk about making sure that justice is integrated throughout all of [what] we do. - Dr. Robert Bullard
Going Green is more than recycling. Even though our work is usually categorized as human services or social services, the paper we use, the electronics we dump, the lights we leave on still have an impact on the environment AND on our budgets. And for the survivors and communities we work with, pollution, lack of access to nutritious food and the high cost of participation in emerging technology are all real issues. Communities, families and individuals who experience barriers to safety and healing are very likely also experiencing barriers to adequate and sustainable resources. On the other side of the coin, initiatives that promote strong communities and sustainable jobs may very well also increase safety and healing for survivors. Greening our nonprofits can mean changing the technology we use, where an employee works from, how we train our members, how we do public awareness campaigns, and partnering with community groups also focused on food access and health. This weeks Tip includes link to some of the Green Nonprofit initiatives out there, as well as some provocative thoughts on why Environmental Justice is linked to human services work and how we might find an upside in the economic downturn. Later this month, right around Earth Day, the next Tip will include more links to specific ways to green our work.
from Two Crises, One Solution (Van Jones):
Two problems confront us: social inequality and environmental destruction. Both problems are reaching crisis points. We act as if they are separate. But they are linked economically, politically, and morally. The solutions and strategies for each must, therefore, be one [more]
from The Green Upside to the Meltdown (GreenBiz.com):
While there's little to like right now about what's happening to the global economy, or about the government's never-ending rescue efforts -- did you really want to become an owner of Citigroup? -- there is this: The possibility that Americans will at long last rethink our habitual consumption [more]
GreenNonprofits was founded to be an accessible source of information about greening into three areas:
- provide information about greening your nonprofit workplace.
- advocate for a greener nonprofit/NGO global community.
- offer a certification program to help guide nonprofits and demonstrate their success to supporters.
GreenNonprofits will lead the way in helping nonprofits/NGOs around the world meet this challenge. [includes webinars & eNewsletter]