Monday, April 25, 2011

The Ludacris Foundation, Green For All and Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam Host “Keep It Fresh” Earth Day Event


Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and Rashan Ali celebrate Earth Day at a community service event hosted by Green For All, April 21st in Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta, GA - Green For All, a national organization dedicated to improving lives through a clean economy, partnered with The Ludacris Foundation and special guests, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Rashan Ali to celebrate Earth Day. The partners raised awareness about critical water issues through a community service event on Thursday, April 21st at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance in Atlanta.

Under the guidance of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA), students from Dobbs Elementary served together by planting a rain garden (aids in water treatment) and completed a frog and turtle pond. The service day also included an educational session on water treatment and water conservation from local Green For All Fellows and Ambassadors, that provided participants with kits and information to help them save water at home and at school.

“Saving our planet’s water systems – saving our planet – doesn’t have to be difficult,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “Any community can develop innovative ways to address its local environmental needs. We’re thrilled to be able to work with The Ludacris Foundation and schoolchildren in Atlanta to prove that.”

Access to clean water isn’t a future problem, it’s a current problem facing many – particularly in America’s low-income communities and communities of color. Currently, only one percent of the earth’s freshwater is easily accessible. Thirty-six states expect to face water shortages within the next five years, and at least fourteen are currently experiencing crisis-level water shortages and contamination. Given Ludacris’ green stance on the issues facing youth and his unique ability to educate young adults, both organizations saw an opportunity to work together for change.




Roberta Shields, Executive Director of the Ludacris Foundation with Keshia Knight Pulliam, Rashan Ali and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins





“The Ludacris Foundation is excited to partner with Green For All, Keshia, Rashan and the students to honor Earth Day and reframe the face of environmentalism. Protecting our youth includes educating and empowering them about the promises and opportunities of a green economy – safer streets, cleaner communities, pathways out of poverty,” stated Roberta Shields, Executive Director of The Ludacris Foundation.

About Green For All
Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit http://www.greenforall.org/.

The Ludacris Foundation
The Ludacris Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and this year marks the foundation’s ten year anniversary. GRAMMY® award winning artist and actor, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges established his foundation in 2001, with the aim of inspiring youth through education and memorable experiences to live their dreams. The foundation’s program focus is in three key areas (3L’s): Leadership and Education; Living Healthy Lifestyles; and LudaCares. For more information, visit http://www.theludacrisfoundation.org/.