Tuesday, April 1, 2014


The African American Environmental Association has established the 'Cities To Wilderness'(CWP) program to help urban and suburban people of color connect with their local wilderness and natural environment. It also seeks to provide a resource for people of color to learn about and seek employment in federal, state, and non-government environmental and natural resource agencies. We believe exposure to wilderness and natural ares by inner city and urban youth could lead to a lifelong environmental stewardship ethic. We want to use the 2014 50th anniversaries of the Wilderness Act and The Civil Rights Act to raise awareness among African Americans about the importance of people of color to utilize and become active in America's wilderness' and natural areas. We plan to work with numerous private sector stakeholders, and multiple federal and state agencies including; The Forest Service, National Park Service, Buraeu of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service

The increasing disconnect between youth and nature, particularly in communities of color, is directly contributing to health problems, a lack of interpersonal relationships, and gadget dependency among African American young people. Conversly, young people who spend time in nature enjoy increased positive personal, social, cognitive, and health benefits. They also develop leadership skills and form vital relationships with their peers.The CWP program is designed to get young people back outside, and help them develop the interest and skills that could potentially help them become employed and work as stewards for America's wilderness and natural environments.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Central District

The Central Area is one of Seattle’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. Bounded to the north by East Madison Street, Interstate 90 to the south, Rainier Avenue/12th Avenue South to the west, and Lake Washington to the east, the city’s African-American, Jewish, Japanese and Filipino communities all have deep roots in the Central Area.

From the 1960s and into the 1990s, African-Americans made up the majority of the population and despite a shift in demographics—58 percent of the residents today are white—many African-American-based institutions remain. They include the Northwest African-American Museum, the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Douglass-Truth Library, and the Medgar Evers Pool. The local high school, Garfield High School, boasts among its attendees and alums, music legends Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, New York Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki, Olympic Ski Gold Medalist Debbie Armstrong and Baskin & Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins.

Central District Neighborhoods
  • Squire Park
  • Leschi
  • 23rd & Jackson Business District
  • Madrona
  • 12th Avenue Neighborhood
  • Colman
  • Jackson Place
  • Jackson Street Corridor Business District
  • Madison Valley
  • Union Street Business District
Neighborhood Resources

(Seattle . gov)

AAEA Seattle Opens

The African American Environmentalist Association opened the Seattle, Washington Office for the Pacific Northwest today (3/18/2014).