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Out of the Wilderness: The Mainstream Green Movement Heads toward People of Color

In an attempt to diversify, national environmental groups expand to become more relevant to minorities

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NEW YORK CITY'S BACKYARD

Jumaane Noel of New York City was an intern at The Nature Conservancy's Maurice River Bluffs Preserve in New Jersey. "I was blown away by all the trees and animals living right in our backyard, things that I used to see only in books.....[ More ]

A NEW LOOK FOR THE SIERRA CLUB

Allison Chin, who is Chinese-American, was elected president of the board of the Sierra Club in 2008. She is the first member of a minority group to lead Sierra.....[ More ]

A DIVERSE OUTLOOK

The Sierra Club is trying to devise ways to make its hikes and other outings more welcoming to minorities. Above, a diverse group enjoys a Sierra Club hike in Los Angeles.....[ More ]

SOLAR-POWERED ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

The Audubon Center at Debs Park has solar panels on its roof. The building cost $11 million, which included $4 million in unexpected costs to comply with city regulations.....[ More ]

SAVING A NEIGHBORHOOD

The first director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park, Elsa Lopez, grew up in East Los Angeles and, with other mothers in the neighborhood, successfully fought against the construction of a toxic waste incinerator there in the 1990s.....[ More ]

PUTTING THE GREEN BACK IN A PARK

Until recently, this section of Debs Park in East Los Angeles was frequented by vandals and prostitutes. Crime has gone down since the Audubon Center at Debs Park opened in 2003.....[ More ]

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Ornithologist Keith Russell, who as a teenager was the first black member of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, is the outreach coordinator for Audubon in a black neighborhood in Philadelphia where the organization hopes to open a center.....[ More ]

RENEWABLE BUILDING

The Trinity River Audubon Center cost $13 million to build. Green construction materials were used, such as bamboo floors, cypress siding and a turf roof.....[ More ]

A CENTER TAKES FLIGHT

The Trinity River Audubon Center in Dallas, shaped like a bird, opened in October 2008. It sits atop a former illegal dumping ground in the 6,000-acre (2,400-hectare) Great Trinity Forest, eight minutes from downtown.....[ More ]

A TIRE DUMP BECOMES A COMMUNITY CENTER

A computer rendering of the $7-million Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix, which will open this summer. "We have to make sure that people in our community feel that it's theirs," said Sarah Porter, the center's director.....[ More ]

A CITY'S JEWEL?

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center is being built on Columbus's Whittier Peninsula, a patch of land previously used for warehouses and impound lots. "I think it'll be one of the jewels of our city," Mayor Michael Coleman said.....[ More ]

A CENTER GROWS IN OHIO

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus, Ohio, is scheduled to open this summer. Audubon has raised roughly $14 million to build and run the center, including $4 million from Grange Insurance, a local business.....[ More ]

ONE COMMON EARTH

"When you can work directly with families and local groups and just try and help the children, that's the one common ground we've got that cuts across every racial and ethnic barrier," Audubon President and CEO John Flicker said.....[ More ]

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