The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations

Environmental institutions have been working on diversity
efforts for the better part of five decades. This report discusses
the findings of a study of three types of environmental
institutions: 191 conservation and preservation organizations,
74 government environmental agencies, and 28 environmental
grantmaking foundations. It also reports the findings of
interviews conducted with 21 environmental professionals
who were asked to reflect on the state of diversity in
environmental institutions. The study focuses primarily
on gender, racial, and class diversity in these institutions as
it pertains to the demographic characteristics of their boards
and staff. It examines the recruitment and hiring of new
workers as well as the types of diversity initiatives undertaken
by the organizations. The report also discusses other kinds of
diversities such as cultural, sexual orientation, intergenerational,
and rural-urban.

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