Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is the chief executive officer of Green For All.

Keep It Fresh: On the Campus Consciousness Tour with Wiz Khalifa

While you were brushing your teeth this morning, did you ever, for a moment, think that the water coming out of your faucet would make you nauseous or damage your kidneys? Probably not. But, unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury. …


The Men Who Cried Wolf

If a fire broke out in your office right now, would you know what to do? Would you know where to go? You likely would, thanks in large part to codes requiring fire exits and fire drills. Today, we accept …

Climate & Energy

In defense of progress: pushing back the ideologues

Progress is a slog. It always is: occasionally pushed forward by a burst of energy; often knocked backward by opposition. In politics, it’s an evolutionary process that depends on gradual re-alignment and re-consideration of views. Consider pollution. At the beginning …


Set the Alarm Clock: Don’t Sleep Through the Green Revolution

Originally posted on The Great Energy Challenge “There is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution.” The revolution Dr. King spoke of in his speech at the National Cathedral in 1968 was one of the most transformative of …

Climate & Energy

On your 40th anniversary, thank you EPA

Forty years ago today, the Environmental Protection Agency was created. It’s fitting that the anniversary falls just one week after Thanksgiving, because every American from every state should be grateful for the Agency’s work. Consider that by 1990, the EPA’s …


When I learned that water isn't supposed to have a taste

Turning on your faucet shouldn't be a high-risk venture. Cities and towns shouldn't have to worry that the water lost in leaky pipes will mean ongoing shortages or usage restrictions. But these concerns are already cropping up in communities throughout …

Climate & Energy

Prop 23: Green Jobs vs. Dirty Energy

In our moments of hope, we look to and count on our elected officials to make the right decision. In our moments of cynicism, we fear that they will instead make wrong decisions in order to make nebulously defined “special …


Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins: Five Years After Katrina, the Gulf Is Showing All of Us the Way Forward

As August draws to a close, we face a somber, sobering anniversary. Five years ago, on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The storm — and the horrifying ineptitude of the relief efforts …

Climate & Energy

BP's Gulf oil waste being dumped on communities of color

We now know where the oil removed from the Gulf waters went. And a disproportionate amount is being dumped in communities of color.