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Brighter Green Participates in UNFCCC Meeting

Brighter Green has been working with some of our colleagues to put together submissions for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We attended the Bonn Climate Change Conference from April 30th-May 10th. You can learn more about the conference here. (more…)

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Recent News

Brighter Green’s Work in China Featured in GFC’s Magazine

The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) released the latest edition of their magazine, Forest Cover 55. This issue looks at the effects of global trade in just four key commodities—beef, soy, wood, and palm oil—which, together, are the main drivers of deforestation in the world. (more…)

April 14, 2018
Green Dining Tour in China Covered by China Dialogue

During the Green Dining Tour, Rafi Taherian was interviewed by Charlotte Middlehurst, Deputy Editor of China Dialogue, for the article, “The Food Revolution will start on campus.” (more…)

April 10, 2018
China Speaking Tour on Yale’s Green Dining Policy

Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, has demonstrated leadership in “greening” its dining halls. Through a series of progressive dining policies that include significantly increasing the amount of plant-protein served, applying ethical criteria to purchases, and reducing use of meat and other animal-based foods, Yale has not only made its dining halls healthier and more environmentally friendly, but also contributed to changes in the food industry by implementing a sustainable procurement strategy.

Rafi Taherian, Certified Executive Chef ’95, the associate vice president of Yale Hospitalityin charge of all of Yale’s food serviceis embarking on a speaking tour of China where he will meet with food educators and leaders from universities and other educational institutions in order to introduce Yale’s dining policy, vision, and strategy, and encourage Chinese universities to make commitments to serve “greener food.”


March 22, 2018

Meet Africa’s Animal Defenders

Please join us for an evening of conversation with Josphat Ngonyo and James Nkansah-Obrempong from Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW).

DateThursday, May 10th6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Downtown Brooklyn, near Tillary and Gold Sts. (address provided with RSVP).
Nearest subways: DeKalb B/Q/R, Jay St. Metrotech F/A/C/R, Hoyt St. 2/3. Parking available in building’s garage.

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Recent Events

Mia MacDonald to Speak at Minding Animals Conference in Mexico

The fourth Minding Animals Conference is happening this January in Ciudad de México from the 17th-24th. Learn More

January 5, 2018
Brighter Green at SB 46 Bonn: What’s at Steak? Land Use, Livestock, Offsets and the Climate Regime

Brighter Green will be collaborating with our colleagues at the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) and the Friends of the Siberian Forests (FSF) on an event at this year’s Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB 46 Bonn).

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May 11, 2017
Reducetarian Summit at NYU

Registration is now open for the ​Reducetarian Summit​, a two day conference by the ​Reducetarian Foundation​, which will bring together perspectives and technologies from all corners of the world to explore how to create a more equitable, compassionate and sustainable food system. The central question of the 2017 Reducetarian Summit is: “How do we as individuals, organizations, communities, and societies work to systematically decrease meat consumption?”

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February 2, 2017

Our Mission

Brighter Green is a public policy action tank that works to raise awareness of and encourage policy action on issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainability. Based in New York, Brighter Green works in the U.S. and internationally with a focus on the countries of the global South and a strong commitment to ensuring and expanding equity and rights.

On its own and in partnership with other organizations and individuals, Brighter Green generates and incubates research and project initiatives that are both visionary and practical. It produces publications, websites, documentary films, and programs to illuminate public debate among policy-makers, activists, communities, influential leaders, and the media, with the goal of social transformation at local and international levels.


We believe that environmental protection and human development are intimately connected, and that both depend on equitable distribution of, access to, and sustainable use of the planet’s resources. We work with organizations promoting the self-determination of indigenous communities, communities of color, and individuals both locally and internationally to enable them to stake their claim to fair treatment and protection of resources (natural, cultural, and capital) within their communities and regions.


Brighter Green seeks to bring together the many sectors that need to be engaged if human societies are to thrive and Earth’s biodiversity is to survive. We also aim to bring into public and policy discourse the interests of non-human animals, both wild and domesticated, and examine how issues of food safety and security, globalization, deforestation, global warming, and consumption affect human and animal populations.


Brighter Green examines sustainability and its links to functioning democracies and engaged civil society, as well as to peace, infrastructure, and human capacity. We recognize the reality of globalization, and base our projects on a thorough elucidation of resource usage and consumption patterns in developed and developing countries. In doing so, we seek to understand human “environmental footprints” around the world and the flow of capital, goods, and resources between the northern and southern hemispheres.