The Americas Latino Eco Festival is the nation’s premier, public meet up of Latino American environmental minds and a multicultural gathering place for artists, scientists, advocates, public policy leaders and community from across the Americas to discuss novel solutions to advance a healthy environment, locally and globally, through arts advocacy, education, and engagement of culturally diverse populations.This exciting festival with over 500 presenters and participants, and an audience of over 5,000 has something for everyone! 

The three-day event will include an environmental film series, leadership artivism trainings, an eco book fair with authors’ presentations, a green exhibitors hall, a Colorado River summit, an international eco drawing arts Expo, a BioBlitz in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service that will engage more than 400 fourth graders in an interactive biological survey of local surroundings, and a whole day devoted to family-friendly events including performances, workshops, eco shorts planetarium shows, a mariachis showcase and much more.

ALEF2017: People & Waters First: Ripples of Hope

The five thematic pillars of this year’s ALEF include: People and Waters, Restoration and Public Lands, Clean Air and Climate Hope, Food Safety and Sovereignty, and Honoring Our Water Protectors

Region of Honor: Colorado River 

Country of Honor: Cuba

ALEF is an initiative of Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A) and is co-presented with GreenLatinos in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association, and Benitez Strategies.


Maite Arce

Maite’s family emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in search for work and a better life in the 1970s. She was raised in Southern California. While working in the nonprofit sector for many years, she realized how much easier life could have been for her parents had they had access to information, resources, and personalized guidance to help them navigate the surroundings of their adopted country upon their arrival to the U.S. Her family has since become naturalized citizens, active voters, and engaged in community service. 

Maite is the Founder of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), a national nonprofit organization that helps individuals, particularly those with limited language proficiency to transform information into action. She has 15 years of experience developing innovative outreach strategies that effectively mobilize underrepresented populations working with faith and community based leaders with whom she designs and executes data driven and measurable outreach initiatives. Ms. Arce formerly served as Programs and Policy Director of the Self Reliance Foundation (SRF). She was responsible for coalition building, planning, community organizing, and implementation of various outreach activities, campaigns, and multi-year outreach programs funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and National Library of Medicine. Prior, she served as Vice President of Operations for the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO) increasing Latino parental involvement in education, and public policy participation among Latino faith and community leaders. In 2007, Ms. Arce received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Logos Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida.