UnTapped Fellows Visit San Jose
On April 12th and 13th, WELL’s twelve UnTapped Fellows explored important issues faced by the Northern California community, including water distribution, purification and desalination costs, water rate controls, and stormwater storage, as they immersed themselves in the heart of the Silicon Valley – San Jose.
What is UnTapped? WELL’s UnTapped Fellowship is a selective, six-month long program for local elected leaders aimed at helping participants make an impact in California water policy while addressing community challenges with water. The UnTapped program creates an opportunity for local leaders to engage with water issues by a comprehensive and active exploration of history, governance, public policy, geography, economics, and their relationship to human rights and climate change.
Learn more and apply for the 2020 Fellowship here.
WELL Founder Victor Griego Honored at Climate Resolve’s “Coolest in LA” Gala
On March 13th, Climate Resolve, California’s leading climate change non-profit organization, hosted its “Coolest in LA” Gala to sustain efforts to fight global warming, and to recognize local individuals who have been working on successful strategies to fight climate change. Victor’s work with WELL — spearheading water education, policy, and training for emerging leaders in California — was recognized at this event, and he accepted the award onstage alongside several “WELLos” (WELL Fellows). Thank you to all who attended!
The 7th Annual WELL Conference: Water Resiliency in a Changing Climate – Leaving No One Behind
Each year, WELL’s Annual Conference brings together California’s mayors, city council members, county supervisors, school board members, and water district directors to share resources and best practices on water management and environmental justice advocacy. The 7th Annual WELL Conference, held on March 28th and 29th, welcomed 130 policy makers aboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach to explore the theme Water Resiliency in a Changing Climate – Leaving No One Behind.
UnTapped Fellow Mayor Rey León Recognized for Bringing Equity to the Fight Against Climate Change
Congratulations to WELLo Mayor Rey León of the City of Huron for making the Grist 50 list of emerging leaders working toward a sustainable, equitable future! For his work to build new green infrastructure in his rural, predominately Latino farming town, Mayor León was featured as one of five environmental justice advocates on this year’s list who are “challenging those biased systems, righting wrongs, and ensuring that marginalized communities are at the center of climate solutions.”
Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) educates local Latino elected officials on California water policies to promote timely and equitable actions that strive to develop a robust economy, healthy communities, and a resilient environment for all Californians. Visit our website: www.latinosforwater.org.