|Washington, DC — Coalition for Green Capital today announced that William J. Barber III has been named its Chief Consultant of Environmental Justice and Equity. With nearly a decade of experience as an organizer, Barber will lead the organization’s work on environmental and climate justice.|
“We’re delighted to welcome William Barber III to our team,” said Reed Hundt, CEO of Coalition for Green Capital. “Mr. Barber brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization and will be an integral part of our work to advance clean energy investments, especially in disadvantaged communities and communities of color.”
“CGC has a long track-record of promoting environmental justice by expanding access to clean energy technology for BIPOC and LMI communities through the green bank model,” said Barber. “I am excited to join the effort to scale this model, focusing on innovative ways that climate finance can help advance social equity and create co-benefits for frontline communities.”
In Barber’s previous roles, he facilitated campaign efforts to oppose the now defeated Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as well as participation of the NC Poor People’s Campaign as a filing party of a Title VI Complaint–recently accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency–that calls on a more stringent review of the environmental justice impacts of expanded permitting of biogas facilities in North Carolina.
He also worked and collaborated with his father, Bishop William J. Barber II of the Poor People’s Campaign, to cultivate a partnership with The Climate Reality Project focused on amplifying the intersections of environmental and climate justice and poverty.
Barber is currently a fellow for Environmental Justice and Civic Engagement at the Center for Earth Ethics. He received his B.S. in environmental physics from North Carolina Central University and earned his juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of law, where he focused on environmental law and policy. He is also founder and CEO of the Rural Beacon Initiative–a multi-member startup focused on accelerating participation of BIPOC and LMI communities in the clean economy.
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The Coalition for Green Capital (@CGreenCapital) is a non-profit with a mission to halt climate change by accelerating investment in clean energy technologies and by advocating for, creating and implementing green bank institutions. Green banks are a proven finance model that uses public and philanthropic funds to mobilize private investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other decarbonization technologies. For over a decade, the Coalition for Green Capital has led the Green Bank movement, working at the federal, state and local level in the U.S. and in countries around the world. For more information, visit: https://coalitionforgreencapital.com/.