28 Green Heroes Week 3
For over 15 years, Aaron Clay has worked in the economic justice and renewable energy sectors. Aaron earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Morehouse College, and a J.D. degree from Loyola University Chicago Law School. He also earned graduate certificates in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technology from Stanford University, and Advanced Energy Law and Policy from UC Berkeley, Boalt School of Law. Clay is the CEO of Sunswarm, an organization that seeks to level the playing field by helping consumers and communities access and benefit from renewable energy. Aaron also serves as the Director for Solar-Oversight, a non-profit organization that helps other non-profit organizations connect to sustainable energy solutions.
Kevin D. Williams
Kevin D. Williams, J.D., M.P.H., has made a career out of mentoring and directing those in need. Williams is the Associate Director, Director of Development and Policy, and the Program Director for Career Development at Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA). BYA is a community based non-profit that helps children, youth and their families in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in CA. The organization is seeks to give young adults access to academic support, counseling services, job readiness, and summer jobs for over 200 ‘at-risk’ youth every year. BYA also connects youth with the environmental movement, their Environmental Training Center works with youth to grow and distribute fresh food throughout their community. Williams received the Champion of Health Professions Award from the California Wellness Foundation and the Bay Area Achiever Award from the National Forum for Black Public – Administrators -Oakland/Bay Area Chapter in 2013. Kevin Williams also sits on the Advisory Board for the Alameda County Health Pathway Partnership (ACHPP), which is an organization that counsels and leads young adults who aren’t represented in health professions
Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley
Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley is no stranger to being an activist. During his undergraduate years at Tennessee State University, Dr. Durley was a student leader who was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. During his time at TSU, Dr. Durley played basketball and earned his degree in psychology. After graduation, Dr. Durley was one of the first U.S. Peace Corps’ volunteers to serve in Nigeria. Later, Dr. Durley earned his Masters of Divinity at Howard University’s School of Divinity. Dr. Durley served faithfully as the pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA for 25 years. Now that he’s retired from pastoring, Dr. Durley’s roots are still at PMBC where he now serves as the Pastor Emeritus. During his time as a pastor, Dr. Durley became involved in the climate change and environmental justice movement as he began to see that environmental justice and civil rights are intricately connected. Dr. Durley continues to use his platform to advocate for environmental justice and saving the planet.
Rev. Leo Woodberry
Rev. Leo Woodberry combines his love for God and environmental advocacy everyday. In the 1990s, Woodberry started his activism with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, focusing on mercury emissions and advisories. In 1994, he became a member of the African American Environmental Justice Action Network (AAEJAN), an organization focused on uniting communities of color throughout the country, and persuade funders like the Ford Foundation to help people of color that are unfairly impacted by environmental hazards. Most recently, Rev. Woodberry helped to create the Justice First Campaign, a strong network of grassroots and frontline organizations working together to advance climate and environmental justice with a focus on 100% clean energy for 100% of the people. Between April 2018 to August 2018, several organizations came together under the banner of Justice First to do a justice tour throughout the Southeast calling for solidarity and immediate action around the issues of climate change, environmental justice, 100% clean energy among other justice issues impacting frontline communities. Rev. Woodberry has also worked with numerous organizations focused on environmental and social justice issues. Rev. Woodberry is the pastor of Kingdom Living Temple in Florence, S.C.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III sits as the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. Also a civil rights activist, Pastor Moss has used his wealth of experience and knowledge to lead his congregation by educating them in theology and problems affecting the Black community like mass incarceration, economic equality, and environmental justice. Under Pastor Moss’ guidance, Trinity United Church of Christ has a bold vision for Imani Village – one of the first of its kind – a sustainable, and Green community in the heart of Chicago. Imani Village is a manifestation of Pastor Moss’ environmental mantra ‘By Any Greens Necessary’. In 2018, Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary named Dr. Moss as one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World”. Dr. Moss also received the 2016 NAACP Image award for his work with Unashamed Media Group. Dr. Moss graduated with honors at Morehouse College and he went on to earn his Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and his Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dele is a grandmother, author and wisdom teacher who uses her skills as a permaculturist and theologian to mentor spiritual leaders and Earthkeepers so they create a climate of JOY with their Impact! A sixth generation minister who grew up on the frontlines of desegregation, Dele found that justice begins with inner balance; and that spiritual development in nature prevents internalized rage and burnout. She is also the author of the book: Breath of Life. Rev. M. Dele’s passion to spread knowledge about sustaining the environment led her to create Nature’s Friends, an organization focused on calling faith communities to practice Creation Care and be good stewards of the earth. Her mission, is to teach vulnerable communities how to be survive and thrive during climate change by embracing organic ways to support themselves. Dele was ordained in the U.C.C. She believes that ‘redeeming the soul requires redeeming the soil’. Rev. Dele is also a Climate Reality Leader and a board member of Virginia Interfaith Power and Light. Dele is a visiting professor in Permaculture at the College of William & Mary, Eco-Theology at Virginia Union University and also Baylor University. Dele works with the UN Decade of African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition, United Church of Christ Council for Climate Justice, and she is a council member of the National Congress of Black American Indians.