Speaking request policy

ACE receives many requests to speak at events, in classrooms and with community groups. We appreciate your interest in our work! To remain true to our mission of building the power of lower-income communities and communities of color to achieve environmental justice, we ask for a sliding scale honorarium to cover our time spent away from our primary campaign and legal work.

We are sometimes able to fulfill speaking requests depending on staff time and availability. We ask for a sliding scale honorarium depending on the type of group making a request. The scale ranges from $100 to $500 an hour, with universities and colleges on the high end and Boston Public Schools on the low end. Occasionally we may be able to arrange exchanges with other youth organizing groups or substitute a portion of the honorarium with volunteer work for Boston Public high school classes. Please contact us with more information about your event.

Note: Now and then we are asked to participate in events to serve as a youth/people of color/EJ community/diverse presence. We will decline requests that lead to tokenizing situations.

Thank you for your understanding!

Best wishes for your event and contact us if you have further questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: We don't have funding for an honorarium. Will you be able to speak/attend without one?

A: We are generally not able to fulfill speaking requests without an honorarium. We may make an exception if you are a member or group who has a history of working with us. Please contact us if you have more questions.


Q: We have partial funding for an honorarium. Will you be able to speak/attend without a full honorarium?

A: We may make an exception for a partial honorarium if you are a member or group who has a history of working with us, or are a group or an event that is primarily comprised of or attended by low-income people and people of color. Please contact us if you have more questions.


Q: We have an event coming up soon, will you be able to attend?

A: We generally need at least four weeks advance notice for speaking requests. More time is better. The shorter the lead time, the less likely we are to be able to respond to your request and schedule a speaker.


Q: Will you be able to attend my event that is outside the Boston area?

A: We may occasionally travel outside of Boston for speaking engagements, depending on the event and the group making the request. For these requests, we ask for the honorarium cover travel time as well, and travel expenses for requests outside our region. Ex: A two-hour panel at an event that is two hours away = six hour honorarium. (Two hours of speaking + round-trip travel.) Please contact us if you have more questions.