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Black Culture, Green Thumb: 7 Black Environmental Changemakers Using Their Platform To Promote Sustainability

1970 was pivotal in America’s relationship with sustainability and earth preservation. Earth Day was created on April 22, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established on Dec. 2, 1970. Since this time, pervasive movements have centered around how people can intentionally preserve the planet by reducing trash, reusing materials, and recycling products to be repurposed. But if you were to talk to many members of the Black community, these practices have been a staple in Black households for decades. While sustainability is making waves through the popular halls of society, the concept is not new for those deeply associated with Black culture. From the reuse of everyday items to the current display of being plant parents, Black people from across the diaspora have been tapping into innovative and natural ways to keep the world “green” before it was ever an official thing. Plant enthusiast and Memphis, TN, resident Eso Tolson reflected on many green moments he...

Jul 31, 2023

Apple's Impact Accelerator Program Showcases Black And Brown Businesses With Green Tech Solutions

Apple is continuing its fight against systemic barriers with another equity initiative to uplift Black and brown tech founders. Today, Apple unveiled a class of 15 Black and brown-owned businesses developing innovative green technology and clean energy solutions joining the tech giant’s Impact Accelerator program. As part of the program, these businesses have committed to support equity and opportunity in the environmental sector while also advancing change for communities most impacted by climate change. According to an announcement, the 15 businesses come from cities all across the U.S. — including Silicon Valley in California and Detroit, MI — that have demonstrated innovation in environmental sectors like energy efficiency, solar, green chemistry, recycling, and more. The focus of this program is to allow these founders and innovators to offer clean energy, opportunity and vital services to underserved communities nationwide. Photo Credit: Apple “We are thrilled to welcome our...

Aug 17, 2021

Goodr Is Partnering With The NFL To Eliminate Food Waste During Superbowl Week

With more than 700,000 people expected to descend on Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, one company is looking for a way to repurpose excess food accumulated over the weekend. Goodr, the Atlanta-based startup working to eliminate food waste nationwide, has teamed up with the NFL and NFL Green, the organization’s environmental program, for this year’s Super Bowl. Goodr uses blockchain technology to find uses for excess food in communities. Corporate clients can donate food through the Goodr app, monitor pickups and deliveries, and track the amount of food donated over time. NFL Green is focused on making the Super Bowl the most sustainable sports championship in America. The program has also partnered with Verizon Green and Zoo Atlanta for this year’s big game. Handling the NFL’s official events will be no small feat. Goodr CEO Jasmine Crowe said the team began expanding when it got the green light for the partnership a few months ago. The company also had to buy more equipment for this...

Jan 29, 2019