Green team Academy
Green Team Academy is a nonprofit based in Denver, Colorado. We are a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a California nonprofit corporation and registered 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID (EIN) 46-1323531.
We empower everyday people to #BeTheChange.
We help people get together, make a difference, and feel better by starting and growing thriving green teams in their communities. We bring people together across the world to collaborate and create a more just and verdant world.
Green Team Academy is working to become the global leader in mentoring and mobilizing communities.
We believe that every person is an expert in their own community. With a little bit of support and guidance, they can take their ideas for improvements and make them a reality.
We see people around the world stepping up to become grassroots leaders, quickly getting environmental and community initiatives off the ground and making a positive impact.
We believe that we can transform our world by offering individuals an opportunity to transform themselves and their communities.
We believe in making extra efforts to reach out to those who have been impacted most by environmental and economic inequities. We know that when we develop relationships with people in our communities and across the world, we all benefit.
Meet the team that's helping make the magic happen! As a newly hatched nonprofit, we are starting with an Interim Board of Advisors and a Community Advisory Board. We are excited to be creating an inclusive board with youth and a diverse group of people from around the world. Interested in joining our team? Apply here!
FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, ECO-NUT
Joan founded Sustainable Revolution Longmont and the Congress Park Green Team before starting Green Team Academy in 2018. Joan is based in Denver, Colorado. She is an author, wellness coach and engineer, with 30 years of experience in sustainability.
Bruce is a teacher, environmentalist, business development professional, entrepreneur, musician, exercise enthusiast, dad, and husband. Bruce runs the STEM program for the elementary school at Pinnacle Charter School in Federal Heights, Colorado. Bruce recently moved to Boulder and is looking forward to support green causes in Colorado.
Founder and Team Leader of Trinity Forestry Services in Uganda, Christopher is a forester and environmentalist. Chris works on urban farming and forestry, with a goal of creating opportunities for youth and positive societal transformation.
Claudia Lorena Hurtado Toro
Claudia is a Colombian marine biologist, conservationist and founder of the environmental non-profit, CORALCol. She is passionate about educating people about the environment, diving, and sharing her time and knowledge with others.
Since moving from France to Colorado, Coralie has served as a marketing volunteer for Green Team Academy and other nonprofits. Her expertise also includes drama, plastic pollution, quality assurance, and project management. Coralie is passionate about combining the arts and environmental education to create more fun and meaningful experiences for youths.
Darwin is the founder of Earth Guardians Zambia and Team Lead for Stop Ecocide Zambia. He is a trained Climate Reality Leader. He is working to plant 10,000 trees and start 100 gardens in Zambia. He is a 2020 International Climate Action Challenger and Eco-Champion Award Winner.
Isabelle is a senior in high school who is passionate about living sustainably. She is interested in pursuing a career in environmental sciences and is a student researcher at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. Isabelle is also active with Youthpower WECAN and Bay Area Student Activists.
Nan works as a program coordinator for Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is an eco-warrior of four decades, with expertise in education, nonprofit management, marketing, writing, and editing. Nan is a mentor for the Society to Advance Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Peter spends most of his waking hours on environmental and climate justice. He is the Environmental Justice Lead for Climate Reality Chicago Metro Chapter and the liaison for the Poor People’s Campaign to Climate Reality. He is a connector bringing people together across groups. Peter’s expertise includes board governance, organizational change facilitation, public speaking, research, and contract law.
Shaina, a tribal member of the Navajo Nation from Shiprock, New Mexico, is an advocate for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. Shaina is a field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force working on air quality issues, with a focus on environmental justice for Indigenous communities and communities of color. Shaina testifies at EPA hearings and in support of environmental bills as a way to protect all living beings and secure a future for all children.
Dr. Sonja Brookins
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Brookins is a speaker, writer, and environmental activist. Dr. Brookins serves as an elected official for Soil & Water Conservation District, Vice-President of Association of Florida Conservation District and at-large member of the National Association of Conservation District RPG Working Group. Her involvement has created solution-drive impact on climate justice issues at a local, national, and global level.
Wanda is a neighborhood activist and sustainability advocate in Denver, Colorado. She is the leader of a grassroots group, Non-Toxic Neighborhood Parks. Wanda is passionate about helping people move away from pesticides to eco-friendly methods for lawn care and agriculture. She is a Kiss the Ground Soil Advocate and is accredited through NOFA Organic Land Care. Wanda also has expertise in law, project management, and organizational management.
What We Do
To achieve our mission, we build our community throughout the year. We offer opportunities for individuals who are enthusiastic about protecting the planet to join our community. We are different from many other organizations in that we don't just raise awareness about environmental and community issues. We inspire action and offer coaching and support so that people can successfully #BeTheChange.
April: Earth Week Summit
In April 2021, we hosted the 3rd Annual Earth Week Summit. In the virtual summit, we hosted workshops, happy hours, and community discussions. The summit showcases grassroots leaders who are making a difference and provides opportunities for connection, collaboration, and celebration. Learn more.
June: Summer Arts FUNdraiser Series
In June 2021, we hosted our 1st Annual Summer Arts FUNdraiser Series. This series runs from June 1 - August 10 and includes live arts-based events. With our community partners, we host cooking and gardening demos, painting classes, mini-concerts, and film screenings. Our FUNdraiser series helps fund the International Climate Action Challenge and our efforts throughout the year. Learn more.
August: Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour
This is our first year partnering with South Yuba River Citizens League for Green Team Academy presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on August 3, 2021. Our lineup features 12 short films with empowering stories of youth, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The festival includes a Happy Hour, live screening, video on demand, and Filmmaker Q&A. Through ticket sales and sponsorships, we are raising funds to support our programming. Learn more
August: International Climate Action Challenge
In August 2021, we'll host our 2nd Annual International Climate Action Challenge. This is an 18-week facilitated experience to help regular people from around the world go from passion to action in 90 days. We provide structure, coaching, and accountability in a fun, accelerator-type experience.
In 2020, our top 29 teams planted 43,000 trees, started 55 gardens and two urban farms, completed 84,000 voter outreach contacts, provided typhoon relief, and held clean-ups and food drives. The challenge resulted in the formation of sustainability groups in communities around the world, including Team GREAT Golden, Fountain Together, and Drawdown Alberta.
Our goal for 2021 is to help launch 250 environmental and community initiatives and feature the top teams in our December Impact Summit. We count on community volunteers and partners to help us meet this audacious goal! Learn more.
Climate Action Challenge Book & Workbook
Released in July 2020, this book was written by Joan Gregerson as the handbook she wished someone had given her as a teenager when she first decided she wanted to make a difference. The book and workbook provide inspiring stories, key principles, and a step-by-step approach to launching an eco-initiative in 90 days. The book was selected as one of the top 12 books on climate change on Earth Day 2021 by climate activists. Learn more.
Green Team Academy Podcast
Since our podcast began in 2019, we've produced over 120 episodes. The podcast features tips and interviews with experts and community leaders. The goal is to provide inspiration and practical advice to people who want to make a positive impact on their communities and the environment. Learn more.
Consulting, Training, and Speaking
We offer services to help school districts, cities, neighborhoods, faith communities, businesses, and other groups have a bigger impact. We use the "mentor and mobilize" approach to help develop grassroots leaders. We help create networks of teams with annual plans that can increase the impact many times over, whether in school eco-clubs, for neighborhood teams, for corporate green teams, or as part of a citywide climate action plan. Learn more.
- Green Team Academy was founded in 2018 by Joan Gregerson, as a project under her business, Positive Energy Works LLC, based in Denver, Colorado, USA.
- Launched Green Team Academy Podcast.
- Mentored over 20 new and existing green teams in the Metro Denver area through the Green Team Accelerator Lab. The Denver Compost Challenge and other initiatives were launched through this accelerator.
- Hosted the 1st Annual Earth Week Summit.
- Hosted the 2nd Annual Earth Week Summit.
- Joan Gregerson published the book: Climate Action Challenge: A Proven Plan for Launching Your Eco-Initiative in 90 Days.
- Hosted the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge with 122 participants from 21 countries using the method in the Climate Action Challenge book and workbook.
- Created profiles and videos and featured the top 29 teams in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge Impact Summit.
- Hosted the 3rd Annual Earth Week Summit.
- Structure change: Green Team Academy was spun off to operate as a Denver, Colorado-based nonprofit project on May 20, 2021. We are now a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a California nonprofit corporation and registered 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID (EIN) 46-1323531.
- Hosting the 2021 Summer Arts FUNdraiser Series including the Green Team Academy presents Wild & Scenic Film Festival on August 3, 2021.
- Hosting the 2021 International Climate Action Challenge kicking off on August 18, 2021.