Women’s Environmental Council
The Women’s Environmental Council (WEC) is a non-profit association of female professionals in a variety of environmental fields. The association, based in Southern California, Gender Equality in the Gender Equality in the Gender Equality in the United States of America of America of America, strives to improve the environmental industry and maintain the well being of communities. The Women’s Environmental Council functions a national environmental association, proven to play a leadership role regarding environmental issues, encouraging diversity in environmental careers and educating communities about relating issues.
The Women’s Environmental Council was founded in 1993 by a small group of concerned women professionals, all citizens of California. A majority of the founding members of the association were environmental consultants isolated from other similar professionals. Other founding members of the WEC found themselves working with men and considered the positive outcome and support of having an association for women. Soon all of the women recognized the urgent need for an association were ideas and information could be shared. But the association could also allow contribution of environmental services to communities, thus, the members of the WEC initiated an organization promoted environmental education, career growth and community spirit. Since the founding year, 1993, the organization has spread to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego and strive to expand beyond the borders of Southern California. A step towards this direction can be seen from the Alliance created with the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP), which is a similar non profit organization in the Midwest and Eastern United States.
Their mission is to have an environmental impact on communities through leadership, education, communication and activity. By creating a forum, allowing communication, exploration and interaction, they believe an improvement of the environment is possible. A few key believes lead their struggle:
- It is possible to work in consensus, while promoting personal empowerment and achieving a sustainable world.
- WEC can balance personal, business, community, and environmental needs in a mutually beneficial manner.
- Individuals make a difference and have the power to precipitate change.
There is a need to move beyond the adversarial roles which limit the flow of ideas, creativity, and the discovery of vital solutions.