Rev. Saafir: Toyota Green

Congratulations to our own Rev. Malik Saafir, who earned the honor of being named a 2011 Green Fellow: Green Fellowship Program.

More recently in November of 2013, Malik was named a recipient of one of the 2013 Toyota TogetherGreen grants and fellowships. He is the only recipient in Arkansas.

AR (Little Rock): Malik Saafir, of Village Commons, an environmental justice non-profit, will expand the organization’s capacity to work with impoverished neighborhoods to lower utility bills. Fellowship Grant: $10,000.

NEW YORK (Nov. 6, 2013) – Toyota TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, today announced new awards of more than $1.3 million to 70 innovative and diverse conservation projects nationwide. Audubon and Toyota founded Toyota TogetherGreen in 2008 to foster diversity, jumpstart innovation, and invest in conservation leaders. Now in its sixth year, Toyota TogetherGreen has invested $23.5 million in community-based conservation, engaging more than 420,000 people in 295 cities and all 50 states.

Since 2008, Audubon’s Toyota TogetherGreen fellows and grantees have worked with communities to improve 30,426 acres of habitat, plant 237,447 native trees and plants, conserve 15 million gallons of water, and remove more than 3.5 tons of trash. The program has logged 474,880 volunteer hours, valued at more than $10.5 million. Toyota TogetherGreen fellows and grantees have partnered with more than 3,000 organizations across the country—from Native American tribes to schools to corporations— and have leveraged their funding to raise an additional $9.1 million to support conservation.