We wrote The Verde Paper to highlight and amplify the stories shared by Latino grassroots activists whose effectiveness and impact are a testament to the community’s long standing leadership in conservation. Additionally, we have started a list of Latino community based organizations working in conservation. We encourage you to reach out and support them!

Borrowing from Hispanics in Philanthropy description of Latino organizations – the organizations included have the following characteristics:

  • They are Latino-led (Executive Director, Majority of board or Majority of Management is Latino)
  • They are Latino-serving (Mission statement clearly focuses of Latinos or the majority of people served are Latinos)

Name of Organization


Region of Work


America’s Latino Eco Festival Boulder, CO National Latino environmental leadership
Anahuak Youth League East Lost Angeles Greater Los Angeles Football, sports, after school, children, obesity
California Environmental Justice League Oakland, CA & Huntington Park, CA California Environmental Justice
Camp Moreno Denver, CO Colorado Outdoor, experiential
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice Riverside, CA & Jurupa, CA Inland Empire, California Social, economic and environmental justice
Center for Race, Poverty & the Environment Delano, CA & San Francisco, CA Central Valley & Statewide California Environmental justice
Central California Environmental Justice Network Fresno, CA Central Valley, California Environmental justice
Central Coast Alliance for Sustainable Economy Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura, CA Greater Central Coast, CA Social, economic & environmental justice
Committee for a Better Shafter Shafter, CA Shafter, CA Environmental justice, fracking
Communities for a Better Environment Oakland, CA & Huntington Park, CA Statewide California Environmental justice
Earth Guardians Boulder, CO Colorado Youth, indigenous leadership, climate action
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice Long Beach, CA South Bay & Los Angeles, CA Environmental justice
Ecohermanas Washington, DC National Women, environment
El Quinto Sol de America Lindsay, CA Lindsay, CA Environmental justice
Environmental Health Coalition San Diego, CA San Diego, CA & Tijuana, MX Environmental justice
Environmental Learning for Kids Denver, CO Colorado Youth, outdoor education
Escuela Tlatelolco Denver, CO Colorado Education, youth
Hacienda CDC Portland, OR Portland, OR Community development
Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and the Outdoors Albuquerque, NM New Mexico Outdoor recreation
International Center for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability Las Cruces, NM Local communities Appropriate technology, sustainable communities
Latino Outdoors Sacramento, CA National Outdoor education, youth, water
Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability Fresno, CA San Joaquin & Coachella Valley Social, economic & environmental justice
Lideres Campesinas Oxnard, CA Local Toxics, environmental justice
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization Chicago, IL Chicago, IL Environmental justice
Mujeres de la Tierra East Los Angeles, CA Greater Los Angeles Environmental justice, women’s empowerment
Pacoima Beautiful Pacoima, CA San Fernando Valley, CA Environmental justice, pollution
People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA Social, economic & environmental justice
Physicians for Social Responsibility – LA Los Angeles, CA Greater Los Angeles/Statewide Public health
Sachamama Los Angeles, CA National Environmental conservation, environmental justice
Tamales y Bicicletas Minneapolis, MN Local Cultural empowerment, environmental justice
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services Houston, TX Texas Environmental justice
The City Project East Los Angeles, CA Greater Los Angeles Environmental justice, civil rights, childhood obesity
The Greenlining Institute Berkeley, CA Statewide California Environmental justice, social justice
Tierra y Libertad Tucson, AZ Local Urban farming, youth
Urban Semillas East Los Angeles, CA Greater Los Angeles Outdoor education, students, water
Valley LEAP (Latino Environmental Advancement Project) Fresno, CA Local Environmental justice
William C. Velazquez Institute Los Angeles, CA National Social, civil, economic & environmental justice

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