Black History Month: Honoring Beverly Wright

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Beverly Wright.

Dr. Beverly Wright is a professor of Sociology and the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ). For nearly two decades, she has been a leading scholar and advocate in the environmental justice arena. She has created a unique center, formerly at Xavier University, and currently at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The DSCEJ is one of the few community/university partnerships that addresses environmental and health inequities in the Lower Mississippi River Industrial Corridor, the area commonly referred to as Cancer Alley.

Since Hurricane Katrina, much of the work at the DSCEJ has focused on research, policy, and community outreach, assistance, and education of displaced African-American residents of New Orleans. Dr. Wright has been an advocate of the safe return of residents, addressing the critical issues of health and environmental restoration and monitoring fairness as it relates to standards of clean up. The center has been a resource to the community providing education, training, and job placement to displaced citizens of New Orleans.


Who painted the White House green?

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It’s President’s Day. Not only can we enjoy a federally-mandated day off from work, but we can also take time to reflect on the leaders of the United States.

By the nature of their position, the POTUS has a platform to work to help the world in so many ways, including environmental and sustainable issues.

While some many not believe such issues are important to Americans – and the world, others have become a champion.  Here are some of the most pro-active presidents when it comes to a greener world:

Black History Month: Honoring Lisa Jackson

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Lisa Jackson.

Jackson is Head of Environmental Affairs for Apple. In this role, Jackson oversees Apple’s environmental issues globally. Jackson was the Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief Lisa Jackson. Jackson was the first African-American to serve as the chief of EPA. She left the EPA in 2013, after serving the Obama administration for four years. During her time with the Obama administration, Jackson oversaw the implementation and proposal of several politically divisive air- and water-pollution rules.


Do a grouch a favor… recycle.

Oscar the Grouch.  He’s the snarky, snarly, ‘have a crummy day’ monster. Yet, secretly he cares… especially about the world around him.  It’s why last year he expanded his living quarters to not just an only metal trashcan, but a myriad of recycling bins and composting receptacles.

Want to make Oscar miserably happy? All you need to do is celebrate Do a Grouch a Favor Day by recycling more.  Take a look.

Not so much love to the earth on Valentine’s Day

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 As much as we love the sentiment of Valentine’s Day, we don’t think you would love the outcome of the holiday, when it comes to the environmental impact.

Take a look at this infographic to see what can happen when you take the traditional route to showing your love.  (And share it with your friends!)

Instead, show your love to the earth as well by

  • choosing fair trade flowers and chocolates
  • getting things locally
  • giving vintage jewelry (it’s hip too!)
  • and honoring others with a donation in their name

Check out to find a wonderful charity where your donation will help the world.

Black History Month: Honoring Warren Washington

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Warren Washington.

Washington is an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric sciences and climate research specializing in computer modeling of the Earth’s climate. In recent years he has served his science in a broad range of capacities. He was appointed to the National Science Board in 1994, reappointed in 2000, and became chair from 2002-2006.

Global climate models developed by Dr. Washington were used in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 assessment for which atmospheric scientists, including Dr. Washington, won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

In addition to pioneering research in climate change, Dr. Washington also strove for social change within the science community.

As the second African-American to receive a Ph.D within the atmospheric sciences, Dr. Washington strove to increase scientific opportunities for young researchers from many different backgrounds, including women and minorities. Throughout the years, he served as a science advisor to former Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton.

On November 17, 2010, Dr. Washington received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama at the White House. The National Medal of Science is the highest honor given by the US government to the nation’s scientists, engineers, and inventors.



Black History Month: Will Allen

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Will Allen.

Will Allen created Growing Power to develop community food systems. He was named a McArthur Fellow — only the second farmer to be honored. Allen was also named one of Time Magazine’s 100 World’s Most Influential People.

It’s more than just the weather.

In 1870:

  • the United States 15th Amendment was ratified, giving African American males the right to vote.
  • Christmas became a national holiday.
  • The Franco-Prussian War began.

And the US Weather Bureau, the precursor to the National Weather Service (NWS) was created on February 7.  Post-war generals wanted accurate weather forecasts for battles.

Its first forecast later that year:

High winds at Chicago and Milwaukee… and along the Lakes.

We all know that was an easy one to forecast. However since that time, the NWS has expanded their technology and reach, including helping to forecast climate change.

Take a look:

Want to learn more about becoming a climate community, using some of the knowledge and discoveries from the NWS?  Check out Climate Communities International.

Send a card to a friend day – T4CI green version

Did you know the earliest known greeting card was created this month in honor of Valentine’s Day back in 1415?  Yes, cards have a come a long way since then.

It’s such a small gesture: a card telling someone you are thinking of her or that he is special to you. Yet that small gesture can make a huge difference to your besties.

And while there are many card companies who are now eco-friendly, here’s a better way to celebrate Send a Card to a Friend Day today: send this e-card we created for you.

Here’s how to share it with a friend:

  1. Right click on the e-card image below.
  2. Choose “Copy Image”.
  3. Open your email program and choose who you want to send it to.
  4.  Paste into your email text area, and add some of your own sentiments.
  5. Send it off.