Empowering agents of change by integrating education, art, and environmental advocacy



A Latina-led and founded nonprofit (b.2011), Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A) advances healthy communities through environmental and cultural stewardship that can best bridge the outdoor and creative inclusion gaps and serve the most underserved. We do this through our award winning main programs:

  • The annual Americas Latino Eco-Festival ALEF -now in its 10th edition- (leveraging the arts and Latino American leadership for conservation gains)

  • Our indie publishing arm, Mandel Vilar Press MVP  (advancing diversity and conservation in publishing)

  • Our community nature health workers Promotores Verdes (growing outdoor recreation based environmental literacy and green workforce development by elevating the economic, conservation, and health benefits of human-nature connections and an outdoor recreation economy)

  • Our youth leadership training camp, United Cultures for Arts + Nature U-CAN (building a more diverse generation of environmental stewards), and

  • Journey for Climate Justice (raising climate change awareness and advocacy thorugh outdoor adventure). All programs aim at environmental and multicultural education and an anti racist conservation and cultural agenda.

AFC+A is the only Puerto Rican American founded and led environmental organization of its size and mission in Colorado (our home base) and one of only a handful of Latina founded and led enviros in the country addressing BOTH of these breakdowns in equity and inclusion:

  • Brown citizens make up 40% of the US population but only 8% of environmental organizations.

  • Less than 1% of what the average US citizen reads is from a book in translation vis a vis most of the social democracies of Europe (Norway, Germany, France, etc) which are reading above 35% in translation. Only 4% of what is being published in the United States is from a minority voice/writer.

  • A healthy democracy cannot thrive with a segregated environmental and cultural production workspace and when inequity of this magnitude prevails.


Supporting organizations like AFC+A is a direct action to bridge these gaps and assure those sitting at the decision making table regarding the stewardship of our natural resources and cultural assets needed for advancing healthy communities reflect equity and inclusion.

2020 AFC+A Resilient Programs Report


All communities must have equal access to education and a healthy environment. Arts grow and sustain healthy communities and social justice. Intersectionality is the foundation for transformational change.


Todas las comunidades deben tener el mismo acceso a la educación y a un ambiente saludable. Las artes crecen y sostienen comunidades saludables y justicia social. La interseccionalidad es la base del cambio transformacional.



  • JUSTICEdemands equality of opportunity.

  • RESILIENCEovercomes adversity.

  • INCLUSIVENESS, advances justice.

  • COLLABORATION, powers intersectionality.

  • INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS, grow resilience and transformational change.

  • AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP, speaks Jemez Principles.

  • EMPOWERMENT, stems from all our Core Values-

  • JUSTICIAexige la igualdad de oportunidades.

  • RESILIENCIAsupera la adversidad.

  • INCLUSIVIDAD, avanza la justicia.

  • COLABORACIÓN, potencia interseccionalidad.

  • SOLUCIONES INNOVADORAS, aumentar la resiliencia y cambio transformacional.

  • LIDERAZGO AUTÉNTICO, habla los principios de Jemez

  • EMPODERAMIENTO, proviene de todos nuestros Valores Fundamentales.


We bring our whole selves to build creative, integrative solutions that enhance your network and achieve real cultural and ecological outcomes.

Brindamos todo nuestro ser para crear soluciones creativas e integradoras para mejorar su red y lograr resultados culturales y ecológicos reales.


If you are not ready to be pushed beyond your comfort zone, don't work with AFC+A. If you are willing to take a leap, this work will be some of the most rewarding and impactful you will ever experience.

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The Latino community in the US is suffering the brunt of the effects of air pollution and climate change. Statistics show Latinos are at the forefront of the climate crisis and are disproportionately impacted by climate change related issues:

  • Of the top 10 most polluted cities in the nation, six count Latinos as 40 percent or more of their populations

  • 66% Latinos live in areas that fall below the EPA's air quality safety standards--and 72% in Colorado

  • Hispanic children are 60 percent more likely to have asthma as compared to non-Latino whites

  •  Latinos are 30% more likely to visit a hospital due to asthma compared to non-Latino Whites 

  • Latinos are three times as likely to die of asthma

  • Latinos represent the highest uninsured rates of any racial/ethnic group in the US.2 In 2012, 30% of Hispanics were reported as uninsured, compared to 10.4% of non-Latino Whites

  •  1 in 5 Latino adults are unable to pay for asthma medicines, furthering the disproportionate impacts of air pollution 

  •  Spatial patterns in environmental injustice and inequality for residential outdoor nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in the US show NO2 concentrations are 40% higher for nonwhites than for whites.


Did you know that Americas for Conservation + the Arts is working on 16 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

What are the Sustainable development goals?
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.


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