BECAUSE ADVOCATES MUST COME TOGETHER
The Americas Latino Eco Festival (ALEF) -a Latino-hosted multicultural gathering- has grown to become the nation's premier meetup of Latino American environmental minds, and a home for artists, scientists, advocates, public policy leaders, and communities from across the Americas, committed to advancing a healthy environment, both locally and globally, through arts, education, and engagement of culturally diverse populations. Now in its 13th edition- ALEF continues to elevate the voices of communities of color and women in conservation by fostering intersectional collaboration to better tackle environmental justice challenges, leveraging arte y cultura to advance shared values.
Our call to action: Today minorities make up 40% of the US population but only 8% of environmental organizations. Against this inequity backdrop, ALEF’s unique contribution to reducing the “Environmental Inclusion Gap” is more important and urgent than ever.
Unique - ALEF is the first and largest event of its kind in the US showcasing BIPOC led conservation and creative leadership. Donor support keeps ALEF free and open to the public.
Authentic - The festival’s special blend of Advocacy, Arts, Networking, and Education is designed by Latino hosts and made available to all that support environmental conservation. What better place for a genuine connection?
Established -ALEF has been supported by loyal donors like GOCO, the City of Denver, Whole Foods Market, Kaiser Permanente, NRDC, Environmental Defense Fund, World Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, US Forest Service, AARP, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Art Museum, Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy among many other valuable partners
Visible - ALEF attracts all ages, cultures, and celebrities and has hosted leaders Edward James Olmos, Bianca Jagger, Dolores Huerta, Laura Esquivel, and Junot Diaz among many other inspiring public figures. No wonder ALEF has been featured in more than 40 English and Spanish language national media outlets between 2013 and 2019 and gained over 50 million media impressions.
High Impact - Since 2012, ALEF has been attended by over 15,000 people, engaged over 2,500 Latino advocates, educated 3,800 K-12 school children and seeded over hundreds of intersectional collaborations.
ALEF is the recipient of multiple awards including the 2016 City of Denver Office of Sustainability Love This Place Award for Community Building, the 2017 Denver Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture: IMAGINE 2020 Award, the 2015 ALEF Proclamation by Colorado Governor John Wright Hickenlooper, and the 2018 Monarch Pledge by City of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.