(Spring of Sustainability) Tackling Climate Change in Your Household and Community

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:00pm

Please note: this webinar is part of the Spring of Sustainability, a nine-week virtual gathering of sustainability leaders and innovators. Registration is free and gets you access to all nine weeks worth of online events. Learn more and register here. (This event is listed in Pacific time).

Learn about models for reducing your carbon footprint at the household and neighborhood level, including the award-winning Transition Streets program!

Linda Currie is an outreach organizer and sustainable living facilitator, based in Berkeley, California. In 2011, she co-founded Transition Berkeley, part of the US Transition network. She has been involved in educating community members on sustainable living practices, as a group facilitator since 2008. She serves on the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition steering committee, a group formed to implement Berkeley’s ambitious climate action plan. Linda has worked for and served on the board of Bay Localize, a nonprofit whose goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, while increasing community resilience and livability. She is an advisor and member of Green Sangha, an organization that brings together mindful practice and environmental action. Linda lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, teenage son, college age daughter and dog. She enjoys traveling around on her bike, hanging clothes on the line, picking fresh veggies from the garden to paint in watercolors and then eat.

Mary Anne Hitt is director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which is working to eliminate the pollution caused by coal throughout its life cycle, and repower the nation with clean energy. In 2012, Mother Jones described the campaign as “a grassroots rebellion [that] is winning the biggest victory yet on climate change.” Mary Anne previously served as executive director of Appalachian Voices (where she was one of the creators of the award-winning campaign to end mountaintop removal), the Ecology Center, and the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project. Mary Anne was named one of the 10 most influential people of 2013 by SNL Energy, and was listed in 2013 by the Washingtonian as part of “The New Guard: People Who are Shaping Washington” in Obama’s second term. She is an alum of the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s National Yearlong Leading from the Inside Out Fellowship, and also a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. She received her Master’s of Science from the University of Montana, where she received the Len and Sandy Sargent Environmental Advocacy Award, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where she was a Whittle Scholar and the founder of the campus group Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), and where she later received the 2008 Notable UT Woman Award. She grew up in the mountains of east Tennessee and now lives in West Virginia with her family.

Diana Donlon is the Director of the Cool Foods Campaign at the Center for Food Safety in San Francisco. Diana has two decades of experience in philanthropy and grassroots environmental activism. As a Program Executive at the Goldman Environmental Prize, she helped to elevate the critical and often unrecognized campaigns of grassroots activists around the world. As one of the founders of the foundation collaborative the Roots of Change Fund, she has helped set California on its path to be the world leader in sustainable agriculture. Currently directing CFS’ Cool Foods Campaign, she is working to educate, empower and engage the public to understand the connection between food choices and climate change.

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