Green Festival Speakers
Taleigh Smith coordinates Weatherization & Green Jobs Outreach at the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition where she launched the Bronx Green Jobs Roundtable, and the first Bronx Youth Green Jobs Academy teaching environmental literacy and urban planning at Bronx Community College. In October, 2011, she participated in a research trip to Cuba to study public health and climate change, connecting work retrofitting low-income housing for energy and water efficiency and air quality to policies addressing climate and health around the world. In 2010, she led a delegation of 47 environmental justice activists to Cochabamba, Bolivia to participate in the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. She joined thousands in the streets of Cancún that December to challenge the exclusive corporate agenda being pushed at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
As a Green Cohort member of the Applied Research Center, she is strategizing within national and local networks to ensure racial and gender equity in the emerging green economy. Her most recent endeavor is Concrete Green, a worker-owned cooperative to promote urban green infrastructure. An avid biker, gourmet vegetarian chef and lover of sunsets and moon rises, Taleigh seeks sustainability in personal, community and global practice.