William Barber III serves as the Coalition for Green Capital’s Chief Consultant of Environmental Justice and Equity. Barber leads the organization’s work on environmental and climate justice, bringing a background of scholarship and activism to bear . Barber’s background includes a degree in environmental physics from North Carolina Central University and a degree in environmental law and policy from UNC School of Law. He possesses nearly a decade of social justice organizing focusing on environmental and climate justice issues. In Barber’s previous roles, he facilitated campaign efforts to oppose the now defeated Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as well as coordinated 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.
Currently, Barber also serves as the Director of Climate and Environmental Justice for the Climate Reality Project and has served on numerous advisory boards including the NC Department of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board; the Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Southeast Energy Insecurity Advisory Board; and the NC Advisory Board for Climate Power. Barber’s work has been featured in numerous outlets, including NextGen’s 30 under 30 Young Black Changemakers and in Paypal’s Rising Leaders Series.