Our Mission is to racially & ethnically diversify the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, diversifying institutions and building communities.


We have a Theory of Change. Are you with us?


CDE’s 2014 Impact:

Engaged 267 people in diversity programs

Delivered 41 days of retreat programming

Facilitated Equity Engagement Strategy Processes for 6 organizations

Graduated 20 new change agents from our Environment 2042 PNW cohort

Launched our newest E42 Environmental Educator Leadership cohort with 20 participants

Graduated 38 change-agents from 2 Exploring Power, Privilege and Tools for Change retreats

Launched a new Program Associate team of 11 co-facilitators to help build our capacity

Welcomed Los Angeles into our growing National Environmental Professionals of Color Network 

We want the year ahead to be the one in which all of our collective work tips the scales on diversity and inclusion initiatives in the environmental movement.

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Enroll in our upcoming Exploring Power, Privilege, and Tools for Change 

Our next Exploring Power, Privilege and Tools for Change Retreat will be held February 17th – 19th at Alton Collins Retreat Center.
You still have time to register at a modified rate of just $825! This retreat engages environmental professionals who aspire to become more effective diversity, equity, and inclusion change agents. For more information visit our EPPTC webpage. This course is geared toward individuals at the intermediate levels of understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Are you ready? Register here

Registration after January 3, 2015: $1075





Our Theory of Change

The Center for Diversity & the Environment grew out of the belief that everyone has a place in the environmental movement. Everything we do at CDE supports this vision of inclusivity. We build bridges between communities of color and the environmental community, fostering a fundamental revolution of the environmental movement–into an equitable, inclusive, and diverse coalition of people at work on a wide array of environmental issues. We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches our work and makes the environmental movement more relevant than ever. Alumni of our programs carry this work forward and out into their communities: they are the change agents and ambassadors of the changing face of environmentalism.



Our Vision

We envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all its citizens through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all. The Center for Diversity & the Environment racially and ethnically diversifies the U.S. environmental movement by Developing Leaders, Diversifying Institutions & Building Communities.


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