2020 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator
The U.S. Accelerator
The U.S. Grassroots Accelerator for Women Environmental Leaders is designed to catalyze the critical efforts of women and women-identified leaders who have stepped forward to protect our families, communities, and ecosystems from environmental and climate threats. This Accelerator supports a diverse group of women leaders from across the country to deepen their strategies for change, build powerful alliances within and across movements, and scale their solutions for environmental protection,
health, and justice.
Meet the U.S. Accelerator Leaders
U.S. Accelerator participants are having impacts like:
1,000 solutions to the climate crisis innovated by communities and students through hackathons and provided for free to the world
500 farmers planting native seed throughout Virginia as part of rebuilding food security and culture for native peoples by preserving and proliferating native seed systems
60,000 people participating in a national campaign to transform the industrial energy complex to a thriving energy economy that is based on clean and renewable energy and benefits all, especially frontline and impacted communities
Leaders are accelerating the impact of their existing projects in these intersectional areas and beyond:
Why the U.S.?
Women’s leadership in the U.S. and around the world is one of the greatest leverage points for increasing our collective climate resilience. Yet the women who step forward to prevent environmental destruction and injustice face an uphill battle. Women’s bodies and health are threatened, their work is under-resourced, and their leadership is stymied. For example, in 2017, only 0.2% of philanthropic funds were channeled to women-led environmental solutions. Deep structural inequities rob these leaders of their full potential to profoundly shape our communities, our values, and the future on this planet.
Why an Accelerator?
In the face of environmental crises, the diverse solutions that women environmental leaders deliver are critical to our survival. Our action-oriented Accelerators are designed for timely action and high impact, convening powerful groups of women leaders who are out front - fiercely protecting our water, food, air, forests, land, sacred sites, indigenous lifeways, and future generations. By investing in women leaders to scale solutions for change, we are creating the conditions for an inclusive, safe, and thriving world.
Through a blended learning curriculum of virtual and in-person programming, participants receive the up-leveling they need to improve on and scale their existing environmental and climate initiatives that meet the urgent needs of their regions as well as impact global sustainability goals. Each participant and their organization receive support, tools, and mentorship to develop actionable climate and environmental strategies for their region. They also gain new skills, visibility, resources, and momentum for their critical work.