NEW DATE: GreenLatinos National Summit is Rescheduled for May 24-27, 2016 due to the high-risk of Oct 1 Government Shutdown
September 16, 2015
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After much consultation and consideration by the GreenLatinos Board of Directors on the looming potential government shutdown, we have decided that the most prudent course of action will be to reschedule the GreenLatinos National Summit for May 24-27, 2016 at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park.

We are taking this action because of the uncertainty that a shutdown, or even a threat of a shutdown has on the attendees due to the timing of our Summit. GreenLatinos National Summit was scheduled to begin on Oct 2nd, and a Federal Government shutdown would shut down the Summit's National Park facilities on Oct 1st without warning. Most likely we will not know if there is going to be a shutdown until late on Sept 30th, that does not leave enough time or assurances for attendees to confidently prepare or plan their travel.  This is indeed an unfortunate situation, but we will persist and we thank you for your patience and consideration during this time.

We have not made this decision lightly but believe that it is in the best interest of the attendees and Summit to avoid the high-cost and displacement associated with a last second cancellation.

As I mentioned earlier, and I want to reemphasize, all paid registrations and lodging/meals are both fully transferable for the new dates or completely refundable (including any fees), and all sponsorships will be honored for the May 2016 GreenLatinos National Summit.

I want to especially thank David Vela, the Superintendent of the Grand Teton National Park and Alex Klein, General Manager of the Jackson Lake Lodge for working with us to make this transition as seamless as possible for us and our attendees.

Stay tuned because we are looking at having a Hispanic Heritage Month event and are working on a plan to collectively set the 2016 GreenLatinos National Policy priorities before the end of the year.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Buen Camino!





GreenLatinos is a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of minority, low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders for the benefit of the Latino community and beyond. GreenLatinos develops and advocates for policies and programs to advance this mission.

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    Farmworker Protection Standard

    September 29, 2015
    Contact: Andrea Delgado



    Contact: Mark Magaña                                                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September  28, 2015

    Phone: 202-230-2070



    Following EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy's announcement that the agency is finalizing updates and revisions to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for pesticidesMark Magaña,President of GreenLatinos –a coalition of Latino Environmental & Conservation Leaders – issued the following statement:


    "As an organization that advocates for environmental, energy and conservation policies that promote the health and well-being of the Latino community across the United States, we commend the EPA for delivering a stronger Agricultural Worker Protection Standard.

    Securing a WPS that protects farmworkers from pesticide poisoning is of utmost importance to ensuring environmental justice for some of the most vulnerable workers in our community.

    Honoring the principles of environmental justice and under the leadership of Board Member Andrea Delgado, GreenLatinos led the way to ensure that farmworkers were involved at every stage of the rulemaking process and we will continue to do so throughout the implementation and enforcement process."

    EPA's final rule will enhance the protections provided to agricultural workers, pesticide handlers, and others at risk of pesticides exposure under the WPS by strengthening elements of the existing regulation, such as training, notification, pesticide safety and hazard communication information, use of personal protective equipment, and the providing of supplies for routine washing and emergency decontamination.  


    Revising the WPS - a standard that has not been updated in over 20 years - has been one of five core priorities for GreenLatinos.


    GreenLatinos is a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of minority, low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders for the benefit of the Latino community and beyond. GreenLatinos develops and advocates for policies and programs to advance this mission.


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    August 26, 2015
    Contact: GreenLatinos


    According to a new poll conducted by Latino Decisions for Earthjustice, a national environmental nonprofit law firm, and GreenLatinos, a leading national nonprofit of Latino environmental leaders, 81 percent of registered Latino voters in California strongly support state clean energy standards to combat climate change. Further, 81 percent of California Latino voters are worried about climate change, and 79 percent say they are already directly experiencing the effects of climate change in California. This poll demonstrates that for California Latino constituents, climate change is real—it’s happening now—and that they demand strong and decisive action by the state’s lawmakers and leaders. (Read the California results polling memo and California results full survey.)

    A majority of California Latino voters (64%) believe that enacting stronger environmental laws would have a positive impact on economic growth and create new jobs.

    The U.S. Census shows that Latinos are largest ethnic group in California, with 14.99 million Latinos living in the state as of July 1, 2014. Additionally, Latinos are critical to the workforce for the state’s $45 billion dollar agriculture industry.

    Over two-thirds of Latino voters in California (68%) accept the science, acknowledging that climate change is a result of human activities. An even greater number, 77% of Latinos in the state, say they are more likely to support policies and politicians that protect the environment.

    This community strongly rejects the false claim that increasing environmental protection has a negative effect on economic growth. In fact, the survey found that a majority of California Latino voters (64%) believe that enacting stronger environmental laws will have a positive impact on economic growth and create new jobs.

    The issue of proximity to the sources of air and water pollution greatly affects the Latino community. Voter response was highest (77%) among California residents, who see air pollution as a serious threat to their health.

    Nearly one out of every two Latinos lives in the country’s top 25 most ozone-polluted cities. Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups. In California, Latinos are suffering the harms of air pollution even more acutely: California has six of the nation’s 10 worst cities for air pollution, and Latino populations in the state are more likely to live in those areas overburdened by poor air quality and other pollution impacts. These problems are borne out in the polling data, as 77 percent of Latino residents in the state of California say air pollution is a serious threat to their health or that of their family members.

    Latino voters in California are also willing to put their money where their mouth is: 79 percent are willing to pay $5 more on their monthly utility bill in order to get their electricity from clean energy sources such as wind and solar, and sixty-nine percent may even be willing to pay up to $10 more.

    As California continues to battle a severe four-year drought, which scientists say is intensified by climate change, this recent study also sends a cautionary note to California’s state legislature that inaction on climate change is not an option.

    Trip Van Noppen, President of Earthjustice, issued the following statement: “Here in California, Latino voters have strong opinions about the need for California leaders to act boldly and swiftly on climate change. This powerful and growing community doesn’t need to be told that climate change is a problem because they are experiencing the dramatic effects first hand. Our Latino communities in California and their children are facing some of the worst air quality in our country and as a result, this data tells us that 77% of Latino voters see air pollution as a serious threat to their health. The poll succinctly demonstrates that elected leaders must enact policies that promote clean energy and protect the air and water that Latinos breathe and drink.”

    Mark Magaña, President and Founder of GreenLatinos, issued the following statement: “California is at the epicenter of the climate movement, both in the negative effects of climate change that they are experiencing daily and the ambitious, yet necessary, actions that they are taking to address it. This poll makes it clear why many California Latino elected officials are out front in addressing climate change; roughly four out of five California Latino registered voters say they are already directly experiencing the effects of climate change, are worried about the negative health effects on their family, strongly support state clean energy standards, are willing to pay more for clean energy if necessary, and are more likely to support policies and politicians that protect the environment. This is a community with significant commitment and consensus for demanding climate action now.”

    Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities at Earthjustice, issued the following statement: “This poll reiterates the strong connection California Latinos have to the environment and the understanding that by enacting tougher environmental standards, we can protect the health of our people. Latinos understand that promoting a clean energy economy will only help California, their families and create green jobs. Latinos are saying it loud and clear—the time to act is now.”

    Earthjustice Staff Attorney Angela Johnson Meszaros issued the following statement: “This state’s air pollution issues are worsening and Latinos and communities of color are bearing the brunt of them. California can no longer turn a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands of people who need clean air and are suffering from asthma and other chronic lung disorders. This research shows California’s Latinos want action now.”

    This release is in coordination with, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA), Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles (PSR-LA), and the Greenlining Institute.

    Statement by Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of “We are thrilled by the data in this poll, which finds overwhelming support for key arguments in the environmental justice fight and validates strong Latino commitment to fighting climate change. Latino voters are sending a powerful message that we see a bright future without petroleum, with less pollution, where most resources and pollution reduction mandates benefit the most impacted communities in the state. Our community is demanding a healthier, greener, a more just and more equitable environmental transformation of our economy and society. But the poll also sends a chilling message of accountability to those elected officials still willing to advance the lies of Big Oil and their allies saying ‘we don’t support you and you do not speak for us’.”

    Statement by Martha Arguello, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles: “Community and individual health is threatened by poor air quality, the drought, wildfires, and extreme heat. Our use of fossil fuel comes with a steep price tag for asthma, cancer, low birth weight, and all chronic illnesses linked to poor air quality and climate change. Latinos want and expect strong climate policies that address air pollution, promote clean energy production and promote real economic opportunities. We know Latino health is threatened by the drought, extreme heat and other weather events. Additionally, climate change will make our current air pollution problem worse, as days get hotter we will see more ground-level ozone. With fires we will see increased particulate matter and with that will come more emergency room visits, hospitalizations and acute asthma attacks. As this poll suggests, addressing climate change is a public health imperative that Latinos understand and take seriously. Reducing health disparities and protecting the health of future generations is a major priority for Latinos who are calling for a rapid transition to a just and healthy economy by investing in clean energy solutions.”

    Statement by Strela Cervas, Co-Director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance: “California's new majority wants clean, equitable energy. Latino and other communities of color have been on the frontlines of fossil fuel pollution for decades and now our neighborhoods are among the most vulnerable to climate disruption and extreme weather. That’s why we need to be on the frontlines of the solution: clean, renewable, local energy. This poll clearly demonstrates that Latinos see the need for renewable energy to combat climate change. Latinos want to see the economic benefits as well—living wage, sustainable and healthy jobs—and they want to see renewable energy investments and infrastructure spread equitably across all California communities. It’s time to ensure that low-income communities of color no longer bear the disproportionate impacts of energy pollution. As California creates our 'next generation' of climate policies, we have the opportunity to build an even stronger renewable energy system that invests in the communities who need it the most. Equitable renewable energy can provide some of California’s most over-polluted communities with a clean, healthy environment and create living wage economic opportunities.”

    Statement by Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director at the Greenlining Institute: "California Latinos understand how clean energy investments can bring both jobs and cleaner air to Latino communities— communities that now breathe some of the dirtiest air in the country. We've made a promising start, charging polluters and putting those dollars into clean transportation, energy efficiency and solar power for low-income communities, and Latinos want to see those investments grow. Every community needs a piece of the clean energy future."

    Statement by Byron Gudiel, Executive Director of Communities for a Better Environment: “Oil industry operations and fossil fuel combustion in transportation accounts for more than half of greenhouse gasses emitted in California in addition to causing wide range of other serious health impacts in Latino communities as well as low income communities and communities of color. The community is fully aware of these negative impacts, and they strongly support urgent decisive action by their elected officials as demonstrated by this revealing poll results. We need massive and equity-based clean energy investments through a just transition away from fossil fuels towards a sustainable path in economic development, job creation and building healthy, safe and resilient communities.”



    During Summer 2015, Earthjustice and GreenLatinos joined forces to field this state research poll among U.S. Latino voters. The survey, fielded between June 24 and July 8, is based on a national sample of 1,200 Latino registered voters who were interviewed by landline, cell and on-line in English and Spanish. As part of that effort, California, Colorado and Florida were oversampled, with 300 interviews completed in each of those states. The state samples carry a nominal margin of error of +/-5.7 percentage points.

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    August 26, 2015
    Contact: GreenLatinos



    August 3, 2015

    CONTACT: Mark Magaña,, 202-230-2070


    GreenLatinos Statement on Clean Power Plan Final Rule

    The Latino community has been nearly unanimous in its desire for strong government action to fight climate change and today we celebrate President Obama's announcement of the final Clean Power Plan which represents the largest investment in fighting climate change ever made by any President of the United States.

    The long-awaited required reduction in carbon pollution from power plants will also serve to reduce dangerous air pollutants that cause and exacerbate respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and disproportionately impact the Latino community. The Clean Power Plan will protect public health while reducing our electricity bills and increasing good jobs through investment in renewable clean energy and efficiency.  

    Today GreenLatinos celebrates the finalization of this historic rule and significant step in protecting our environment, health, economy, and security in the 21st Century and beyond.


    Declaración de GreenLatinos sobre la Norma Final del Plan de Energia Limpia

    La comunidad latina ha sido casi unánime en su deseo que el gobierno tome fuertes medidas para combatir el cambio climático. Hoy celebramos el anuncio del Presidente Obama sobre la Norma Final del Plan de Energía Limpia, una norma que representa la mayor inversión en la lucha contra el cambio climático jamás realizada por ningún otro presidente de los Estados Unidos.

    La tan esperada reducción necesaria de la contaminación de carbono de las centrales eléctricas también servirá para reducir peligrosos contaminantes del aire que afectan de manera desproporcionada a la comunidad latina y causan y empeoran enfermedades pulmonares y cardíacas.  Además de proteger la salud y el medio ambiente, el plan del Presidente reducirá nuestras facturas de electricidad e incrementará buenos empleos mediante la inversión en la eficiencia y en energías limpias y renovables.

    En este día, GreenLatinos celebra la promulgación de esta norma histórica y un paso significativo en la protección de nuestro medio ambiente, la salud, la economía y la seguridad en el siglo 21 y más allá.


    Mark D. Magaña, Presidente & CEO, GreenLatinos



    Contact: Mark Magaña                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           February  4, 2015

    Phone: 202--230--2070                                                                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




    GREENLATINOSAPPLAUDOBAMA’S BUDGET CURBING CARBON POLLUTION Urge New Congressional Leadership to Stop Prioritizing Dirty Energy Agenda


    Following the announcement of President Obama’s new budget initiatives curbing carbon pollution, Mark Magaña, President of GreenLatinos –a coalition of Latino Environmental & Conservation Leaders – issued the following statement:


    “The Latino Community feels the damaging impacts of carbon pollution and dirty air firsthand – which is why we are applauding President Obama’s budget proposals tha will help address these problems. Unfortunately, the new Senate leadership has already made it clear that they will reject these initiatives, onceagain Putting  the interests of their dirty energy allies first. Latinos will play a decisive role in the 2016 elections, and our community wants leaders who will protect our air, public health and stop catastrophic climate change – not push the agenda of dirty energy.”




    Latinos Among Strongest Supporters Of Climate Action. According to a letter by a coalition of Latino Organizations, “Latinos are among the strongest supporters of climate action. Nine out of 10 Latinos want the federal government to take action to reduce the threat of climate change. We recognize that reducing carbon pollution is critical to protecting the health of our families and communities, and the future of our children and grandchildren. We must leave our children a legacy of health and opportunity not lives devastated by climate change. And we recognize that the U.S. has a global responsibility when it comes to climate change.” [Letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, 6/25/14; NRDC, Latino Decisions National Survey, January 2014]


    National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Would Amplify Existing Health Threats In Communities Of Color. According to the 2014 National Climate Assessment, “Climate change will, absent other changes, amplify some of the existing health threats the nation now faces. Certainpeople and communities are especially vulnerable, including children, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and some communities of color.” [National Climat Assessment, 2014]

     Hispanics More Likely To Live In Counties With Higher Levels Of Pollution. According to the American Lung Association, “Communities of color also may be more likey to live in counties with higher levels of pollution. In a 2011 analysis of the population and air quality reported in the American Lung Association's State of the and Hispanics were more likely to live in counties that had worse problems with particle pollution.” [ALA,Disparitie  in he Impact if Air Pollution, 2014.








    Statement for the Record from Mark Magaña

    President of GreenLatinos



    January 29th, 2015    


    Media Contact: Mark Magaña, GreenLatinos, or 202-230-2070


    GreenLatinos make their presence felt on the issue of

    Ozone Pollution in the Air.

    GreenLatios are united in their concern for better air to breath, urging the EPA to adopt the lowest possible smog pollution standard as soon as possible.

    WASHINGTON D.C. – GreenLatinos welcomes the opportunity to submit a statement on the record on reducing the acceptable level of ozone pollution in the air we breath.  The level of smog affects the quality life of Latino children and families nationwide, since Latinos are more likely to live in counties that consistently violate clear air standards.  The issue of our children’s health and the health of our environment is a topic of great concern for our community, including concerned citizens, local leaders and environmental advocates, who are testifying and writing to the EPA to strengthen the smog pollution standard.


    In 2008 the smog standard was updated to 75 parts per billion (ppb), which is now known to be inadequate to provide a healthy environment.  Ozone pollution is known to cause or exacerbate health problems among the most vulnerable in our communities, such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. EPA has the authority, the science and the moral imperative to lower the standard to 60 ppb now to protect the health and the environment of our children, our families and our communities.


    Mark Magaña, President, GreenLatinos, released the following statement on the EPA Ozone Pollution Standard:


    Growing up in Los Angeles, we were exposed to many natural disasters; wildfires, earthquakes, floods, mudslides, severe storms, but the worst natural disasters for me were the days that we couldn't go out and play because of an unhealthy or harmful air quality index warning.


    For a child to be told that they shouldn't go out and play because of dangerous air quality levels -- a high level of smog -- is a societal shame, but for me it just became the new normal.


    The days that we could go out and play, especially the days that I would go out and play soccer, I remember coming home and often crashing on the bed gasping for air through my nose.  I remember vomiting in search of relief, this is a horrible consequence of a child going out to play, but for me it just became the new normal.


    My best friend and next door neighbor used to have to bring his asthma inhaler with him wherever he went out to play and I remember hearing him wheeze and witnessing him having to pull his inhaler out to help him breath.  A child should not have to carry around an inhaler to be able to breath, but to him this just became the new normal.


    Now I have two children, my oldest daughter is two years old and I feel a cold sweat when I hear her have a coughing fit, vomiting up what little she has in her stomach for relief.  I purchase air purifiers for every room in the house and filters for every air vent.  It may have nothing to do with the air quality, but it may, and my wife and I shouldn't live in fear reading about declining air quality and the rapid growth in asthma rates among children.  I fear that for her and children of her generation, air pollution, asthma, and lung disease, could just become her new normal but that is unacceptable when the Administration has an opportunity to do better, for many children like mine.  


    That is why I write this statement today.


    I refuse to accept that smog pollution is just something that we must accept. I refuse to believe that this has to be my children's new normal.


    A 60 ppb standard would be a step forward, it would follow science and it would protect our children and their growing bodies and lungs even more susceptible to ozone pollution.  This 60 ppb standard would start us on the road to cleaner air so that our children would be able to go out and play without parents having to worry what breathing in outside air is doing to their bodies and health. With this new standard we have the opportunity to make healthy, safe, clean air the new normal for our children and for generations to come.

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