Rachel’s Network announced that it has awarded environmental health advocate Heather Toney with its inaugural Catalyst Award. Heather is the national field director for Moms Clean Air Force, an organization of over one million moms and dads committed to fighting air pollution and climate change. Among her accomplishments, Heather developed a program to engage the African American faith-based community on environmental health, and one to connect mothers with mayors on climate solutions.
Rachel’s Network today announced six recipients of its inaugural Catalyst Award. The award provides women environmental leaders of color support and recognition for their commitment to a healthy planet, along with a $10,000 prize, networking opportunities, and national recognition for their work. The 2019 winners are: Annel Hernandez, Maria Gallegos Herrera, Tara Houska, Brionté McCorkle, Juliana Pino, and Heather Toney.
Gina Barquilla, environment and natural resources officer for Del Carmen, Philippines, is using unique tools and collaboration to protect 100,000 acres abundant in coral reefs, seagrass beds, and more than 12,000 acres of mangrove forest.
Despite the fact that women of color have higher levels of concern about environmental issues like climate change, they are woefully underrepresented in leadership positions in the environmental community. That’s why, today, we are launching the Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award, to provide women leaders of color support and recognition for their commitment to a healthy planet.
Rachel’s Network Partners with Plate to Politics to Support Women’s Empowerment in Rural Communities
Rachel’s Network has partnered with the Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s (WFAN) Plate to Politics program to help rural women access the leadership training and networks to advance their political careers. The grant will fund two training sessions in the fall and spring for over 50 women passionate about healthy food and farming to ramp up their leadership in their communities and give them tools to run for public office.