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12 African Americans who are greening the nation

Jerome Ringo

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Jerome Ringo

Ringo began his environmental activism in 1991 by becoming the first African American to join the Calcasieu League for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN), an affiliate of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. In 1996, he began serving on the National Wildlife Federation’s board of directors, and by 2005, he was chairman, making him the first African American to head a major conservation organization. Ringo is also an environmental justice advocate who fights for safer working conditions, clean energy and green jobs, most directly through his presidency in the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of groups that represent various environmental interests, labor unions and community organizations.