Community Member

Girl Plus Environment

Atlanta, Georgia

The mission of Girl Plus Environment is to educate, engage and empower Black and Brown girls, women and nonbinary individuals to stand up for climate and environmental justice in their own communities. Since its founding in 2019, Girl Plus Environment has advocated for energy justice through its Protecting Our Energy Project; raises awareness among black stylists about toxins in hair products through The Mane Issue Initiative; promotes mental and physical health and sparks interest in environmental careers via activities like the 100 Girl Hike; and provides a space for young environmental justice activists to learn and share their impactful work during monthly, online Green Table Talk chats. Based in Atlanta, GA, Girl Plus Environment aspires to a national reach through its collaboration with a diverse community of like-minded individuals across the country who are passionate about environmental justice and eager to share and learn about effective advocacy strategies to empower their local communities.

(left) Diamond Spratling, founder and executive director of Girl Plus Environment

Diamond Spratling always knew she wanted to work in the environmental justice sphere and recalls bending the ear of patient family members about various environmental issues – including the energy we consume. After leaving corporate America, Diamond founded Girl Plus Environment, making energy justice and the goal of empowering energy-burdened communities one of the organization’s signature projects. The Protecting Our Energy (POE) Project: Raising Awareness of Energy Burden Among Black and Brown Women in Atlanta Initiative was a three-month project that expanded into six months due to community demand, and is now in its second year. With ever-increasing energy rates from Georgia Power as its impetus, POE educates communities of color to become more aware of the impacts of energy burden and how to lower their energy bills, engage in Georgia’s Energy Policy Process and advocate for energy initiatives that prioritize the needs of low-income communities.

From the Girl Plus Environment Facebook page

For more information:

Diamond Spratling Receives Black Millennials 4 Flint 2023 Young, Gifted & Green 40 Under 40 Award – Press Release, September 2023

Reducing Energy Burden and Creating Just Energy Futures – Feminist Research Institute, June 2023

In Honor Of World Wildlife Day: These Gen-Z’ers Put The Environment First – Girls United, March 2023

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry is a journalist by profession, having worked as a daily newspaper reporter on both coasts and a contributing writer for several national magazines. She is a former Congressional press secretary and has worked as a communications manager and consultant for corporations and nonprofits.

Contact

Diamond Spratling, Founder and Executive Director

Website

Social Media

Climate Impacts

Flooding, Heat

Environmental Justice Concerns

Air Pollution, Coal/Coke Plants and Emissions, Lead Contamination

Strategies

Community Organizing and Education

501c3 Tax Deductible

Yes

Accepting Donations

Yes