GREEN is her last name, and so is her life! Ashantae is a sustainability ambassador, educator, & advocate for environmental justice/ equity, food security & healthy resilient communities. As an architectural & digital designer specializing in Green building, Ashantae was appointed to the City of Jacksonville’s subcommittee for resiliency advising on environmental planning & community protection. She is a graduate of Florida State college at Jacksonville, and currently completing certificates in Sustainability Management from LSU & Sustainable Agricultural & Urban Land Management from UF. Ashantae is also a board member of multiple nonprofits organizations,
So much of her life has centered around Green living-whether actively engaging communities to be green or living in spaces that were not green at all. Ashantae grew up in Jacksonville on the East Side and witnessed the impacts of environmental inequities during her childhood. In 32206, there were higher rates of asthma and heat stroke among children because of the lack of trees, factories and the fact that highways cut through mere meters from playgrounds, spewing carbon emissions, making neighborhoods up to 10 degrees warmer. However this story is not unique to her alone. There are people across the First Coast-from Jacksonville working to keep the St. Johns and waterway clean: to the Beaches, dealing with erosion & plastic pollution; to Baldwin concerned with food insecurity & inequitable access; to north-side Jacksonville where flooding and contaminated soil goes unaddressed, these citizens deserve better. Each of these communities and so many others create the diverse biosphere that is Duval County, her home. It’s a biosphere that needs to be cared for and protected.