Felicia Davis, Co-founder, HBCU Green Fund; Coordinator, Sustainability at Clark Atlanta University
Felicia M. Davis, directs the Building Green Initiative housed at Clark Atlanta University within the Atlanta University Center-the largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities in the nation. Created by UNCF, the program advances green building and other sustainability efforts at historically black, Hispanic-serving and tribal colleges and universities. Davis is committed to helping Black colleges and other special mission institutions make the transition to a more environmentally and economically sustainable future. She managed the 2014 UNCF/Toyota sponsored Green Ambassador program with student green ambassadors on 27 HBCU campuses. A staunch advocate for measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency retrofits, green building and an array of sustainable practices, creating an HBCU Green Fund is among her highest priorities. She also coordinates the AUC Vine City EcoDistrict Planning Process, a multi-stakeholder tool for developing sustainable, resilient cities by focusing on neighborhoods to engage residents in making their communities places that work now and for future generations.
Davis began her environmental journey with Ozone Action in 2000 when she was recruited to serve as the Georgia Airkeeper Director where she mentored a small cadre of women and minority climate activists. Davis has been advocate for just climate policy since attending the UN Climate Conference in The Hague. An experienced NGO participant in United Nations conferences on women, technology, and climate change, she also created innovative “eco-cyber-centers” in Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa that successfully integrated digital technology, environmental stewardship, and cultural exchange. She serves as the North America Focal Point for Gender CC-Women for Climate Justice-an international advocacy coalition advancing gender equity in climate policy. She produced the MSI Green Report, the first minority-serving institution sustainability survey. She also produced Sustainable Campuses-Building Green at Minority Serving Institutions, a compilation of energy efficiency and campus sustainability case studies and leadership perspectives. Her most recent publication, created in partnership with the North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development, surveyed more than 40 black colleges on their sustainability practices to produce the 2014 HBCU Green Report.
Davis applies organizing and coalition building skills to increase African American involvement in environmental and climate issues. An author of the critical Air of Injustice Report, she brought together the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda, Black Leadership Forum, Clean Air Task Force and the Clear the Air Campaign in a historic collaboration. She served as the first Program Manager for the Georgia Conservancy’s Mothers & Others for Clean Air. A member of the Green 2.0 Board advancing diversity in the environmental arena, she is an Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership alumni and an Environmental Leadership Program senior fellow. Davis serves on the Board of the Georgia Coalition of Black Women and the National Coalition’s Black Women’s Roundtable; she is a contributor to DogonVillage.com, an African American focused website online since 1995; a founding partner in Women Flying High, LLC; and, the proud mother of Brower award winning millennial activist Illai Kenney.