CONSERVATION & CONSULTING
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.
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.
Cream City Conservation
3628 W. Pierce St.
Milwaukee, WI 53215