Bridging faith and environmental justice to educate her Wisconsin community on energy and water conservation.
Affiliations & Roles
Founder and Director, Wisconsin Green Muslims
Huda Alkaff is an ecologist, environmental educator, and the Founder and Director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin formed in 2005 to connect faith, environmental justice, and sustainability through education and service. Wisconsin Green Muslims has educated thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds in Wisconsin and beyond on a variety of environmental topics, including climate change, water, food, fair trade, solar energy, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and transportation equity. The group’s Green Ramadan campaign is now shared and implemented in approximately 20 states and globally and the initiative Energy Democracy: Faith Communities for Equitable Solar has connected with over 4,000 people from different constituencies. Huda has spent two decades working as an advocate for environmental justice, initiating Muslim and interfaith programs focused on energy and water conservation. In 2015, Wisconsin Green Muslims received national awards and recognitions for their water and climate change-related work from both GreenFaith and the Interfaith Power and Light. Huda received the 2015 Obama's White House Champions of Change for Faith Climate Justice Leaders recognition, the 2016 Sierra Club Great Waters group Environmental Hero of the Year, and in 2017, Huda has been recognized nationally by Environment America as one of the Voices for 100% Renewable Energy. Also, Huda received the 2018 Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Eco-Justice Award and the RE-AMP Network Superstar award.
Huda is currently working to grow her group’s initiative Faith Communities for Equitable Solar to advance solar projects and build interfaith relationships. She plans to establish a practical roadmap for energy democracy and initiate solar job trainings, especially with women and people of color.