about GGF

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Since their inception, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority serving institutions (MSIs) have taken on a leadership role in addressing issues that impact African-Americans and people of color in the US.  Today, HBCUs and MSIs are emerging as leaders of the environmental sustainability movement in response to the numerous health, economic, and social disparities plaguing African-American communities in this country. These institutions are creating models that can be used by other impacted communities and minority serving institutions to address common issues.

HBCUs and MSIs are privy to the socio-economic and environmental plights of their student populations and the communities from which they come. They understand the importance of engaging the local communities in an effort to create innovative and interdisciplinary partnerships, to identify needs and solve problems, and to lead by example. Sustainable practices have been an integral part of the African-American community and communities of color for centuries. For example, quilts, clothes, and food items were often products of the creative reuse of used or scrap materials. Waste was unacceptable and unsustainable then and still is.  HBCUs and MSIs are uniquely situated to guide the communities of color, the American public and the global community back to consciousness regarding sustainability.

“GreenGoingForward” (GGF) is a platform consisting of a series of components that offer an exclusive look into how HBCUs and MSIs are evolving and adapting their practices to support and contribute to environmental health.  The GGF web series is the flagship component that showcases positive images and ideas of people of color practicing environmental sustainability in institutions of higher education, local US communities, and globally. The platform emphasizes environmental sustainability and active implementation of plausible processes and techniques that will assist minorities in participating in the growing green economy.

This platform offers excellent branding opportunities as it facilitates school/community/viewer participation by sharing information and resources to boost the overall mission of achieving environmental sustainability.  Each entity involved has the opportunity to brand itself individually and as part of a larger cause, offer positive images of supportive agencies and organizations, and offer a network of administrators, faculty, and staff.  GGF gives organizations that represent HBCUs and MSIs an opportunity to converge in a synergistic fashion as a united front around a cause that benefits our community as a whole.

The series has currently been viewed in Sweden, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Honduras, and 12 states in the US.

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GreenGoingForward (GGF) Progress and Promise Timeline:

2012

  • Completed production of pilot webisode featuring Morehouse College (http://youtu.be/LFasWpZbRj4)
  • Established contact with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Officially launched GGF at the Youth Summit during the Environmental Protection Agency’s 3rd Annual Symposium on College Sustainability at North Carolina A&T University at the invitation of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Covered opening of on-campus recycling center at Mississippi Valley State University (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaUEDOByJDs)
  • Presented GGF and served panelist at Florida A&M University at the invitation of Prof. Richard Gragg
  • Covered Clark Atlanta University Homecoming and Toyota Green Footprint (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2mZANd-mGU  AND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh_Vzqzx8sQ )
  • Covered the Green Ambassadors’ attendance at the 2012 AASHE Conference in LA at the invitation of the United Negro College Fund Special Programs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEi-3K5uryQ)

2013

2014

UPCOMING: GreenGoingForward – Go 4 Green Tour Awareness event at Atlanta Metropolitan State College

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Creator / Executive Producer / Talent

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Lindsay Harper

A native of Atlanta, GA, Lindsay is a second-generation graduate of Howard University.  It’s there she began her career in radio and production with public relations company In the Public Eye, Inc. enjoying internships with the Institute for Policy Study, XM radio station WOL, and the Pacifica Network station WPFW.  After graduating Cum Laude in 2004 with a major in Film and a minor in sociology, she went on to work at V-103 in Atlanta in the radio research department. It was there she was convinced to attend the Connecticut School of Broadcasting  in 2006.  A few years after graduating at the top of her class, she began interning at Stankonia Recording and later landed at Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.   After two years, she was named as an Emmy® nominated talent, promoted to producer and produced programming for teens and young adults.  Acting as a producer for nearly five years, she is experienced in developing and producing a wide variety of programming including: news, health & wellness, short-form documentary, children’s & children’s fitness, teen & young adult, interstitials, promotional, PSAs and corporate spots.  In addition, she has extensive and varied on-camera and voice over-talent experience.   She is president and CEO of multimedia production company Pivot Point, Inc.  The GreenGoingForward platform is her flag ship global initiative.

Connections with the following institutions and organizations has been established:

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Bennett College

Clark Atlanta University

Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University College of Law

Howard University

Interdenominational Theological Center

Meharry Medical College

Mississippi Valley State University

Morehouse College

Morehouse Medical College

North Carolina A&T University

Savannah State University

South Carolina State University

Spelman College

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Farmworkers Association of Florida (FWAF)

Fight for Light

Georgia  Women’s Action for New Directions (GA WAND)

Greening Youth Foundation (GYF)

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

Sustainable Atlanta

Truly Living Well (TLW)

SMALL BUSINESSES

LS Whitehead Group

Woodline Solutions

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS/BUSINESSES

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Keep Atlanta Beautiful (KAB)

United Negro College Fund Special Programs (UNCFSP)

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