Climate Justice: Ensuring Resiliency


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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020
2 – 3:15 p.m.

Watch a recording of the Climate Justice: Ensuring Resiliency webinar here.

Presented in partnership with GRIST

As the effects of climate change continue to impact our communities, how can we build resiliency?

Join us for an intimate conversation exploring ways to build capacity and power within urban grassroots organizations working on issues such as green housing and energy efficiency. We’ll discuss how and why communities can inform and lead climate resiliency efforts, ways to advance policy change, the importance of long-term philanthropic investment, and more.


Shamar Bibbins, Senior Program Officer for Environment, The Kresge Foundation
Shamar Bibbins serves as a senior program officer for Environment at The Kresge Foundation, where her grantmaking supports policies and programs that help communities build resilience in the face of climate change. Shamar plays a lead role managing Kresge’s Climate Change, Health & Equity Initiative. She also contributes to the development and implementation of program strategies and supports efforts that advance diversity, racial equity, and inclusion in the environmental field. She previously served as the director of national partnerships at Green For All, a national nonprofit dedicated to building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director, PUSH Buffalo
Rahwa is executive director of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), a community organization that works at the grassroots to create and implement a comprehensive revitalization plan for Buffalo’s West Side, with more than $40 million invested in affordable housing rehabilitation, weatherization and green infrastructure. For more than 15 years, Rahwa has worked with community-based organizations in Western New York that promote community development. Ghirmatzion was the recipient of the 2017 Community Commitment Award from VOICE Buffalo and the 2013 Community Leaders Arts Award from the National Federation for Just Communities.

Katrina Peterson, Climate Justice Program Manager, Puget Sound Sage
Katrina Peterson is the Climate Justice Program Manager at Puget Sound Sage. Puget Sound Sage combines research, innovative public policy, and organizing to ensure all people have an affordable place to live, a good job, a clean environment, and access to public transportation. During her time at Sage, Katrina has co-authored Powering the Transition: Community Priorities for a Renewable and Equitable Future and is currently in the fight to keep BIPOC communities connected to power during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, Chief Executive Officer,
Brady is the CEO of, the leading national environmental media organization. Grist launched the nation's first environmental justice desk in 2017 to cover the connections between environment, health, equity, and the disparate impacts of climate change on communities. Grist reaches an audience of several million readers per month and syndicates environmental storytelling through 25+ national publications. Brady previously served in the Washington State Legislature and spent several years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Princeton, where he served on the board of trustees. 

Watch a recording of the Climate Justice: Ensuring Resiliency webinar here.

This virtual event is part of a series exploring the work behind our Climate Justice Impact Strategy.

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