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Mission, Vision, Values

We engage people in our democracy to protect our environment and healthy communities for everyone.

Our vision for Florida’s future is one where our environment is recognized as the irreplaceable foundation of our economy, culture, and quality of life. It’s a future where our economic development, energy innovation, and conservation goals align.

We envision a government that reflects the people it serves and lawmakers who vigorously fight for policies that protect our environment and create a healthy, sustainable future for all Floridians.

We envision FCVEF with a stable and thriving network of organizers, volunteers and supporters who are seen as leaders on environmental issues affecting their communities and who connect people with their elected representatives to advocate for strong environmental policies at every level of government.

Mission-Driven and Strategic. We don’t let the “perfect” become “the enemy of the good,” but we never let go of the Mission that defines us. Our work is assessed by the results it achieves for Florida’s people, especially communities of color, low-income communities, working families, and other communities that have been and continue to be disproportionately impacted by pollution.

Focused on Environmental Justice. We work to shine a light on and overcome systems and structures that unjustly burden Black, Latinx, and other communities of color with pollution and deny their access to a healthy environment. We acknowledge what we do not know or understand and approach others with deep respect for their life experiences and the challenges they face.

Committed to Integrity. We are consistently open, honest, ethical, and genuine. We mean what we say, and we say what we mean. We break down complex issues and take a systems approach to inform citizens, communities, policymakers, and partners with concise, credible, and fact-based points that get to the heart of the matter.

Problem-solving and Innovative. We are proactive in solving problems and overcoming obstacles. We learn from our mistakes and seek out opportunities to learn and act on new and better ways of getting things done. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and seek feedback.

Racial Justice and
Economic Equity Principles

Florida Conservation Voters and FCV Education Fund commit to building a more racially and economically just and equitable conservation movement. We believe these principles should be integrated into every aspect of our work, from our hiring and budgeting decisions to our policy, advocacy, and civic engagement work. We stand in solidarity with the individuals and organizations led by people of color who work tirelessly–and too often without support from white-dominated institutions and organizations–to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable future.

We commit to uphold the following principles and will hold ourselves and each other accountable to them.

“Frontline communities,” as that term is used below, means Black, Latinx, Indigenous, low-income, and rural communities that have been and continue to be disproportionately harmed by environmental pollution, climate change impacts, the siting of harmful land uses and transportation facilities that fragment and harm neighborhoods, and the disruption of natural systems.

We believe Florida:

  • WILL ultimately respond to the climate crisis by adopting policies that elevate the leadership of frontline communities, reduce pollution in those communities, and hold polluters accountable.
  • CAN grow our economy to support sustainable communities, businesses, and workers. We can do this by incentivizing homegrown, living-wage, clean-energy jobs, encouraging innovative technologies, providing better choices for consumers, training and financial support programs for new and displaced workers and improving public health.
  • MUST not deepen the damage to communities disproportionately harmed by fossil fuel and other pollution and must clean up toxic and polluting sites. We must also ensure that the transition to clean energy promotes racial and economic justice and equity, the democratization of energy, and the equitable distribution of benefits across communities.

To achieve that vision, we must:

  • Enact policies and make investments that effectively and dramatically reduce water pollution to acceptable levels, achieve 100% clean energy by 2050, and increase protections for natural areas and places where people can connect with nature.
  • Elevate the leadership of frontline communities and indigenous communities to ensure their equitable representation and decision-making power in the design, implementation, and delivery of pro-environment and climate solutions.
  • Prioritize investments in clean energy, resilience strategies, land conservation, and water protections that will achieve positive outcomes and tangible pollution reductions in low-income communities, communities of color, and those who are most harmed by environmental degradation.
  • Make clean, renewable energy options available, accessible, and affordable for Florida’s low-income and working families.
  • Ensure the shift to clean energy and a pollution-free Florida improves the economic and physical health of low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Advocate for targeted investments, and support for workers and frontline communities affected by our transition to a sustainable, and regenerative economy.
  • Advocate for capacity building and technical assistance resources that allow environmental justice, community organizations to participate in and access projects, grants, and overall benefits of clean energy policies and investments.

And so we will:

  • Develop deep, authentic, long-term, and mutually beneficial relationships and trust with organizations representing frontline communities that, because of racism and economic inequality, bear a disproportionate burden from environmental degradation and climate change to:
    • advance a broad set of clean energy, climate resilience, and conservation goals that help to tackle systemic racial and economic inequities;
      understand and support the goals of the people and communities with whom we work;
    • find ways to eliminate barriers and work collaboratively to ensure full participation and leadership by communities of color, low-income communities, working families, and other frontline communities;
    • develop enduring partnerships centered in a shared vision, goals, and commitment to action grounded in shared power, leadership and resources, mutual respect, authenticity, and collaborative decision making.
  • Foster racial and socioeconomic diversity and inclusiveness as an ongoing process requiring continuous action and diligence, while honoring that this is not a project or task with an endpoint.
  • Identify, engage, invest in, and listen to community leaders as we work towards a more representative and inclusive conservation movement.
  • Be conscious of, and responsive to, the issues facing the communities in which we work, our potential impacts, and the need to follow through on clear commitments.
  • Integrate racial and socioeconomic diversity, equity, and inclusivity values throughout our programs and organizational structures.
  • Support and encourage our partners in the Conservation Voter Movement to uphold, advance and evolve these principles and develop tools for learning and self-assessment.