In recognition of the central role that women play in environmental and climate movements and the resources they acutely need to grow their impact, the U.S. Grassroots Accelerator for Women Environmental Leaders supports women leaders from the U.S. and U.S. Territories with skills, tools, and networks critical to transforming pressing environmental and climate challenges into scalable solutions for all.
The Accelerator will work with selected women environmental leaders to:
Generate quantifiable impact in leaders’ projects that restore ecosystems, transform agriculture and food systems, build green economies, and protect people’s health, rights and safety
Grow public awareness and visibility for key environmental campaigns and causes via Sierra Club’s 3 million + membership and WEA’s international network
Bolster women’s environmental leadership nationally and internationally by strengthening women’s networks, spheres of influence, and access to resources
The Accelerator includes:
This year's leaders are accelerating the impact of their existing projects in these intersectional areas and beyond:
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. Deep structural inequities rob these leaders of their full potential to profoundly shape our communities, our values, and the future on this planet.
In the face of environmental crises, the diverse solutions that women environmental leaders deliver are critical to our survival. WEA’s 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.