Part of the Food Policy Community Spotlight Series
Name: Brighter Green
What they do: Individually and in partnership with other organizations and individuals, Brighter Green generates and incubates research and project initiatives that are both visionary and practical. It produces publications, websites, documentary films, and programs to illuminate public debate among policy-makers, activists, communities, influential leaders, and the media, with the goal of social transformation at local and international levels.
How they do it: Brighter Green focuses on the multiple challenges to, and possible solutions for, conservation, sustainable development, animal welfare, and human rights. Working in the U.S. and internationally, with special emphasis on emerging economies and countries in Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific rim, they draw attention to the ways in which these seemingly separate concerns are inextricably linked.
Brighter Green’s goal is to raise awareness and encourage policy action by providing information to governmental decision-makers, non-governmental organizations, and the media so that they, in turn, can educate the public, generate debate, shape opinion, and bring about systemic change.
Brighter Green works in four main areas:
Mission: Based in New York, Brighter Green is a public policy action tank that works internationally to raise awareness of and encourage policy action on issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainability.
Latest project/campaign: The Green Dining Tour in China. In 2018, Rafi Taherian, associate vice president of Yale Hospitality and head of Yale University’s food services, went on a speaking tour throughout China in which he presented Yale’s “dining policy, vision, and strategy, [to] encourage Chinese universities to make commitments to serve ‘greener food.’”
Major Funding: VegFund, Open Philanthropy Project, A Well-Fed World, Animal Welfare Trust, and individual donors.
Annual Budget: N/A
Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: The organization operates out of a NYSERDA certified “green” workspace: all energy is wind-powered and all food is plant-based and composted.
Location: 165 Court Street #171, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Core Programs: Public Policy Research and Analysis on Food Policy and Equity, Sustainability and Community, Climate Change, Livelihoods, and Rights; the Vegan America Project.
Number of staff: 5
Number of volunteers: N/A
Areas served: Brooklyn, National, International
Year Started: 2008
Director: Mia MacDonald
Contact Information: (212) 414-2339 ext. 17