Community Member

Wisconsin Green Muslims

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots environmental justice group formed in 2005, has educated thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds in Wisconsin and beyond on myriad environmental topics – climate change, water, food, fair trade, energy efficiency, solar energy, waste reduction and transportation equity. The group’s signature Wisconsin Green Ramadan campaign, now shared and implemented in approximately 20 states and globally, provides waste-free, eco-friendly tips to include bringing reusable dinnerware to community Iftar, the fast-breaking evening meal during Ramadan. The group also coordinates the Wisconsin Faith Communities for Equitable Solar Initiative, a program focused on the unifying power of solar energy to bring people of faith, spirituality and goodwill together to address the climate crisis. The group connects with people from at least 19 faith traditions and spiritualities to offer solar education, assessment and consultation.

Wisconsin Green Muslims Founder Huda Alkaff (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Green Muslims)

Wisconsin Green Muslims was founded by Huda Alkaff in 2005 with a mission to connect faith, environmental justice, sustainability and healing through education and service. The statewide environmental group is based in Milwaukee. Alkaff was recognized by President Barack Obama as a White House Champions of Change for Faith Climate Justice Leaders in 2015. Through more than 250 one-on-one and small-group conversations, listening sessions and presentations, the group has reached more than 9,000 people of different backgrounds in Wisconsin. Two pathways emerged from these events – solar power for energy efficiency and training in the solar energy industry to provide living wage jobs, primarily for women, people of color and disadvantaged communities. The group also runs the Faithful Rainwater Harvesting initiative, a component of which is to provide opportunities for peer learning and sharing around harvesting rainwater for environmental efficiency.

For more information:

The clean water we all deserve – Wisconsin Examiner, March 2023

Green Ramadan, Green Muslims: Spotlight On Huda Alkaff – EcoPreacher, July 2020

Muslims Stand Up for Environmental Justice: A Conversation with Huda Alkaff – Edge Effects, October 2019

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

Huda Alkaff, Founder/Executive Director

Website

Social Media

Climate Impacts

Flooding, Heat

Environmental Justice Concerns

Air Pollution, Coal/Coke Plants and Emissions, Lead Contamination, PFAS/PFOS, Port/Transit/Highway Contamination/Noise

Strategies

Art Activism, Community Farm/Gardens, Community Organizing and Education, Direct Relief and Aid, Green Infrastructure, Nature-Based Solutions, Renewable Energy, Risk mapping and/or monitoring e.g. flooding/contaminants etc

501c3 Tax Deductible

Yes

Accepting Donations

No