12 Sierra Club Bloggers to Watch in 2013: Part II
This post is a continuation of Part I, where we began to introduce you to Sierra Club bloggers to watch in the new year. Below is the second in a three-part series.
Director, Beyond Oil Campaign
Michael leads a fearless team of fossil fuel fighters -- ones that believe the U.S. should use less oil and accelerate the transition to cleaner methods of transportation -- as Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign Director. Before assuming this position, Michael was a management consultant and used his environmental activism to help lead several campaigns to improve the environmental practices of major corporations. Michael thinks 2013 will be a big year for the Beyond Oil team, especially with a decision to approve the construction of the dangerous Keystone XL project on the President’s schedule.
Michael also launched his own Huffington Post column in 2012. Check it out.
Director, Beyond Natural Gas Campaign
The Sierra Club’s efforts to clean up a natural gas industry run amok expanded this past year with the launch of its Beyond Natural Gas campaign. Deb, the Sierra Club’s leader on all things natural gas fracking, has helped this campaign track the pollution caused by methane emissions, kept a close eye on the nationwide escalation of fracking, and led the effort to leapfrog this dirty and dangerous fuel and promote clean energy. Located in the heart of the fracking boom, Deb works from Pennsylvania and visits frack sites regularly. A frack-free 2013 would be her wish for the new year.
Deb is one of Compass’s regular contributors.
Director, Mission Outdoors
In 2012, Stacy was promoted to become director of the Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors program -- an organization with one simple yet vital goal: get America outdoors. Previously, he served as coordinator for the Military Family and Veteran Initiative at the Sierra Club, which is now nested within Mission Outdoors. As a veteran himself, Stacy personally understands the value of getting service members, veterans, and their families outdoors. In 2012, Stacy discussed this idea and ways to use social media more effectively to ensure broader community education and participation on a special Google+ Hangout with Michael Brune and Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist and craigconnects. He also took movie star Marion Cotillard on a short hike through the Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New York, among many other outings. If everyone gets outdoors in 2013, Stacy will be happy.
Stacy shares his thoughts regularly on his Huffington Post column and on Mission Outdoors' blog.
Policy and Operations Manager, Mission Outdoors
Like Stacy, Jackie knows how important it is to get America outdoors. In addition to her position with Mission Outdoors, she is the co-founder and Chair of OAK (Outdoors Alliance for Kids). She has spent years in the field as a naturalist and educator, teaching thousands of children about the environment. Working from the Sierra Club’s legislative office in Washington, D.C., Jackie is able to meet with lawmakers to promote programs that would help children, veterans, and all Americans get outdoors, with the hopes that these adventurists take their love for nature and join the growing number of environmental activists in America. At the end of 2012, Jackie took to the blogs and publicly pledged to get herself and the people she loves outdoors more in 2013.
Jackie’s column can be found on Huffington Post and Mission Outdoors' blog, and you can follow her on Twitter.
Look for 12 Sierra Club Bloggers to Watch in 2013: Part III tomorrow.
-- Dan Byrnes, Sierra Club Media Assistant