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Lisbeth Shepherd

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Lisbeth founded Green City Force (GCF) in 2009 to address the dual imperatives of urban youth unemployment and climate change through service. Named “NYC’s Most Innovative Nonprofit” in 2013, GCF has engaged 300+ young adults residing in public housing with an 80% graduation and 80% placement in employment or college. GCF coated or cleaned over 1 million square feet of rooftop with the NYC ˚CoolRoofs campaign, built NYC’s first urban farm in public housing with the NYC Housing Authority and Added Value, and educated thousands of public housing residents about changing energy consumption behaviors in their homes, through the Love Where You Live Challenge. From 2007-8, Lisbeth chaired the Clean Energy Corps Working Group at Green for All, working with Van Jones and leaders in the green jobs movement on a policy proposal for a national Clean Energy Corps. Lisbeth previously founded Unis-Cité, the leading national youth service program in France which engages over 2,000 annual corps members and inspired national legislation affecting 75,000 young adults. She is an Echoing Green and Draper Richards Kaplan alum, New Profit Inc. Accelerator Entrepreneur, Audubon “Woman Greening the City,” Yale graduate and mother of two.

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