14 Jun 2011
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Gray Is Green is the leading environmental education, advocacy, and action organization for older adults. It is the only program that brings the unique needs, interests, and experience of older generations into the local and national dialogue around climate change, energy policy, and environmental health.
America’s greenest generations are calling for a cleaner, healthier future for everyone. It is the “go to” organization for members of America’s seniors who are interested in environmental sustainability, in their own homes and in their communities. It serves as a clearinghouse for those interested in greening their lives, learning about sustainability, advocating for sound climate change policy, and serving as resources for younger people involved in sustainability.
The quality of our environment affects us all, and will even more critical to the quality of life of our children and grandchildren. Sign up for our free newsletter, ask what you can do, and start creating a clean and healthy future with us.
The Gray Is Green Story:
In 2007, a group of retired professors from Yale University interested in environmental conservation decided to “green” their retirement home. As Dr. Robert Lane, Prof. Art Galston and others began to organize conservation resources, they were shocked to find there were none aimed at engaging older adults. Reasoning that their generation is in large part responsible for environmental degradation, and that seniors have significant political and financial leverage, the group decided to change that. They produced a set of tools to help other seniors address sustainability, including educational inform ation, guides and suggested actions. They discovered that senior citizens are interested in effecting positive environmental change but often don’t know how to do it.
The group launched a 501(c)(3) in 2008 to expand their work and perpetuate their gains, and The National Senior Conservation Corps was born. The group launched a website (www.grayisgreen.org) and began to create a network of members around the country. Members were encouraged to form local Green Teams, equip themselves with the NSCC’s materials and enable change in their own communities.
Now, Gray Is Green is involved with older adults and communities across the country. In February 2011, it formed a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the nation’s largest and most experienced environmental advocacy organizations, to demonstrate the true potential of older Americans in creating a cleaner, healthier future for everyone.