CONSERVATION & CONSULTING
LOCATED ON OCCUPIED POTAWATOMI, HO-CHUNK and MENOMINEE LAND
To be relevant and impactful in our ever changing world, we must ensure our programs are culturally relevant, our internal practices equitable and our teams, representative of the communities we work within. Most organizations understand this, yet feel lost or confused on where to start. We help organizations leverage their unique strengths and identify internal barriers that hinder diversity and inclusion goals. Let's move the needle together.
DEI Staff Education
D&I Strategy Consultation
Inclusive Culture Cultivation
Recruitment & Retention
Equitable Program Design
Young Adult Crews
Apprentice Crew Leaders
Urban Agriculture Crews
Green Infrastructure Crews
Crew Leader Training
Youth Program Design
Evaluation & Reporting
Culturally Relevant Programming
Risk Management Planning
We believe Milwaukee can be the thought leader in blue-green job creation.
We believe our youth are not just our future, they are our NOW.
Because of this, we believe in dedicating our work to creating equitable green career pipelines.
Despite consensus from the "green community" that the advancement of our work is dependant on having a diverse representation of voices present, the environmental industry remains racially homogenous. While we have made great progress in terms of gender diversity, we have yet to move the needle on equity and inclusion of people of color.
For over a decade, through partnerships with local and national organizations, we have helped engage thousands of Milwaukee youth and young adults in hands-on service to the land.
From public green space revitalization to privately contracted invasive species removal, watershed management, green infrastructure and trail work: We are making a difference on the land and in lives. Whether you need us to identify youth stewards for your project or develop your existing group into environmental leaders, our success is credited to strong community partnerships and a deep understanding of racial equity and youth development pedagogy.
We believe that because the problem is not one dimensional, the solution must be multifaceted. We work with fellow environmental and community based organizations to increase their capacity to understand and navigate conversations around diversity, cultivate inclusive work cultures and identify strategies that promote financial stability, cultural relevance and sustainability of their organizations
HOW WE WORK
Cream City Conservation is a two-prong social enterprise.
First, Cream City Conservation & Consulting works with environmental and community service organizations to address internal cultures and practices that contribute to workforce homogeneity. Through intensive exploratory sessions, interactive staff education and equity audits, we help our partners leverage their unique strengths to cultivate inclusive environments, develop intentional green career pipelines and harness the most effective team.
Second, Cream City Conservation Corps program trains and employs young adults 15-25 whose social identities are traditionally underrepresented in the environmental industry. The model is a closed loop system between our Consulting firm and our Corps program. Together, we cultivate the next generation of environmental change agents while strengthening environmental and community-based organizations to attract, develop and retain diverse pools of talent. The Corps program is supported by community partnerships and profits from the Consulting firm.
Derrick, planting natives
It took over twelve amazing partners to make this program come to fruition. The Learn. Earn. Grow
When you don't have a pick-up truck
MKE River Parkway Conservation Crew
Green Infrastructure 6
Green Infrastructure 5
Principal Burns even stopped by to see the progress as Bonnie Halverson led the planting charge! So.
Planting squash at Vincent HS
Planting at Sherman Park
If you weren't able to volunteer with us at the urban farm yesterday, you missed out on meeting thes
Our new friend Susan!
Scenic Bike Ride
Program manager (Milwaukee) August with Crew Members Karina and Xe
Web of Life (crew leader training 2015) _the_sca
Rustic Beach Path
mosquito infestation style camping anymore
Beautiful Humming Bird
#musthaves #environmentalism #the_sca #mkeparks #ecoliteracy
Cooking during the 3 day hike
Just a cool old tree
Earth Day Invasive Removal
Vanessa Andrews of Madam Chino teaching members how to start their own environmentally conscious bus
Gervis Myles The first African American Game Warden in Milwaukee
First African American Game Warden in Milwaukee.
12 Service Project _ UEC
Crew Leader Apprentice Jarrod, restoring a praire
#perspective #redwoods #california #thesca
Natural Fence at Greenfield Park
Thanks to Milwaukee County Parks, Natural Areas Manager Brian Russart for teaching us this technique. Repurposed buckthorn.
pulling garlic mustard at Washington Park
Keosha & Alex, removing invasives
Founder in SF
Green Jobs Summit 2019
Ciera, pulling garlic mustard _earthmonthmke _southwestair _the_sca _sca_milwaukee
Sunset in the Nature
Kimani and Ivario pulling garlic mustard _the_sca _sca_milwaukee many thanks to our sponsors _southw
Saying hello to Foxy! at UEC
Part of our Trail
Founder at Sculpture Park
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
After a decade of working in the environmental field,
August Marie Ball, a woman of color, and citizen of the world, noticed a theme:
Lack of representation of people of color in leadership positions and a lack of knowledge on how to mitigate existing organizational cultures which lead to workforce homogeneity in the first place.
August helps environmental and community-based organizations address diversity and land stewardship needs through the cultivation of inclusive culture and creation of equitable green career pipelines.
Any organization can increase engagement of traditionally underrepresented populations and build access through her trainings because she helps them identify (and provides tools) for interrupting unconscious bias and disrupting institutional roadblocks.