Accelerating Women's Climate Solutions in the U.S.

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grassroots women leaders


U.S. states and Territories represented

4 months

of knowledge and skill-sharing

The 2019 U.S. Accelerator

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.

This year's leaders are accelerating the impact of their existing projects in these intersectional areas and beyond:

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 The Accelerator is working with women environmental leaders to amplify:


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 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:

4 months of weekly facilitated online skill-building, knowledge exchange, and coaching with an action-oriented focus

Program content offered by diverse experts on topics such as designing and measuring for impact, effective communication strategies, resource mobilization, coalition building, environmental technologies, leadership, and self-care

Twice-monthly group video calls and speaker series

Sector-specific working groups to dig deeper into environmental technologies, networks, and communities of practice

The Collaboratory: A 4-day immersive experiential learning and knowledge-share, hosted by our partner Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC), an 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center in West Sonoma County, California (all travel and accommodation costs covered by the Accelerator)

Graduation into the Women’s Earth Alliance – an alliance of women environmental leaders who are building relationships for the long-term, co-designing a diverse and just movement of women’s environmental leadership, and unleashing solutions that will shape our collective future

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. Deep structural inequities rob these leaders of their full potential to profoundly shape our communities, our values, and the future on this planet.

Why a WEA Accelerator?

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.

2019 U.S. Accelerator Organizational Partners

Los Angeles Eco Women’s Alliance
Project 911
Shellmound Walks
Women for Wildlife

2019 U.S. Accelerator Sponsors

Leaders in Action