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Climate Equity Advocate: Kendra Norrell, U.S. Program Officer at ISC

We’re kicking off our celebration of Black climate equity advocates by highlighting our very own, Kendra Norrell. As a U.S. program officer at the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Norrell supports leaders of color, community organizations and local and regional governments in the U.S. to prioritize racial equity and climate resilience.

 Norrell says:

“As someone who has always been interested in being outside and being a part of nature, it was eye-opening for me to learn more about the history of environmentalism. As I’ve moved through my career, I’ve learned it is vital that when people think of climate, they understand the importance of addressing climate injustices. There is no climate justice future if those most impacted by climate change are not leading it. I want to be a part of that future.”

Before joining ISC, Norrell worked as the community engagement coordinator for the city of Richmond’s Office of Sustainability in Virginia. There, she incorporated community priorities and racial equity in the city’s climate action planning process.

Norrell also worked in climate education and engagement with Virginia Commonwealth University, the GRTC Transit System and Groundwork RVA, an organization that works with local youth to transform blighted open spaces into public assets.

Norrell received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Haverford College and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, with a focus on environmental planning, from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Continue to stay tuned this month as we highlight Black climate advocates working to champion sustainability for all. And, for more updates on what’s happening at ISC, subscribe to our newsletter, The Climate Justice Bulletin

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