Nomination Form
Applications open through May 25, 2019 at 8:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: United States
U.S. Grassroots Accelerator for Women Environmental Leaders
Accelerating women’s leadership to transform pressing environmental and climate challenges into scalable solutions for all.
In recognition of the critical role that women play in environmental and climate movements and the acute support they need to grow their impact, the Sierra Club and Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) are launching the U.S. Grassroots Accelerator for Women Environmental Leaders.

This action-oriented accelerator will convene a powerful group 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 leaders to scale your solutions for change, we aim to help create the conditions for an inclusive, safe, and thriving world.

Why Women's Environmental Leadership?
It is globally recognized that women’s leadership 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. We know that it is time to invest in women's environmental leadership. We cannot afford to wait.
Our Collective Impact
Together, the Sierra Club and WEA are committed to generating measurable and sustained improvements to our environment, economies, and communities by catalyzing women-led, grassroots solutions. 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

Through the Accelerator leaders will gain:
• A comprehensive action plan to strengthen and grow their environmental/climate initiative - leaders will have all of the support they need to complete the Accelerator with ready-to-go proposal building blocks for funding, including refined mission statement, impact framework and metrics, implementation strategy, timeline, and budget

• A communications plan and professionally produced media assets

• A stipend of $1,500 to support leaders time investment in the Accelerator, plus a certificate in Women’s Environmental Leadership

• Alliance- and relationship-building among a cohort of cutting-edge women leaders

• Visibility of leaders' work within the Sierra Club’s 3 million + membership and Women’s Earth Alliance’s international network

• Speaking, facilitation, and other leadership opportunities within the Sierra Club and Women’s Earth Alliance national and global programming

• Ongoing mentorship and access to and input into both organizations’ resources, networks, and repository of best practices

• Please note: We are committed to building a collaborative, hands-on, non-extractive, and culturally relevant experience for all participants. As with all of our programs, this Accelerator will be co-created alongside participating leaders through a collaborative application process and program. We carefully consider the needs and offerings that leaders share in their application, and we draw upon their responses to shape the program. We know that many solutions already exist in our communities and that one of the most important things we can do is facilitate the spaces for women to exchange solutions in an empowering and peer-led container.

The Accelerator includes:
• 4 months of weekly facilitated online skill-building, knowledge exchange, and coaching with an action-oriented focus specifically tailored for leaders' work with a cohort of 20-30 allied women leaders

• Twice-monthly group video calls and speakers

• Program content offered by experts on topics such as how to measure impact, increasing awareness of leaders' work through effective communications strategies, diverse models for raising funds, building strong coalitions, hands-on environmental technologies, leadership development, and healing and self-care

• 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 at 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)

• Estimated time commitment of 2-3 hours per week plus 4-day in-person “Collaboratory”

• 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

The Accelerator is right for a nominee who is:
• A woman or woman-identified leader engaged in an environmental/climate initiative that is creating impact in their community, and, in some cases, nationwide

• Active in non-profit leadership, grassroots advocacy, business, community organizing, or movement building

• In the process of strengthening or growing the impact of their work to create game-changing environmental/climate justice and impact

• Engaged in building networks and forging diverse partnerships

• Committed to growing their capacity in order to advance their cause

• We believe that many environmental movements have perpetuated the marginalization of the global majority — including people of color, native peoples, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities

Nominate Today. Unlock the Future.
Please note: all nominees must also complete an application form by May 25, 2019 at 8:00 PM Pacific Time. Please share the application form with the woman who you are nominating. Here is a link to the application form:
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