Green Festival Speakers

Steve Coleman



Steve Coleman is the cofounder and director of Washington Parks ; People, DC's awardwinning grassroots alliance of community park partnerships. Parks ; People has dramatically transformed once crimeridden innercity DC parks from Meridian Hill/Malcolm X to Marvin Gaye Park, galvanizing tens of thousands of people to rebuild green communities in the heart of the city. In the process, Parks ; People has advanced a new approach to handson civic environmental action that is now being used to help advance the Cool Capital Challenge, the DC region's model onebillionpound carbon dioxide diet. Driven by its motto, We Have the Power, and its call to action, Cool Now, Cool Capital (www.coolcapital.org) is an unprecedented partnership of businesses, institutions, congregations, and communities working together on immediate direct action to reverse the climate crisis. A range of other cities are already beginning to adopt the Cool Capital model.