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January 20, 2010

The Sierra Club Announces Its New Executive Director: Michael Brune

Michael Brune Today the Sierra Club announced that environmental activist Michael Brune will be the organization’s new executive director. Brune served as the Rainforest Action Network's executive director for the past seven years, and is the author of Coming Clean – Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal. He has also been an important organizer for Greenpeace and ForestEthics.

The 38-year-old New Jersey native has spent much of his career fighting illegal logging and working to prevent global warming. He campaigned to get companies, including Lowe’s, Kinko’s, Citi, and Bank of America, to change their business practices toward sustainability. His work that led to Home Depot’s abandoning the sale and purchase of wood products from old-growth forests was dubbed the top environmental story by Time in 1999. Last year, Brune was part of a demonstration to shut down Capital Power Plant, a protest that the Wall Street Journal called “the biggest act of civil disobedience against global warming in American history.”

Brune will be taking over for Carl Pope, the club's head since 1992, who announced last year that he was stepping down. The announcement ends the Sierra Club’s board of directors' yearlong search. In a statement today, Brune said that he comes to the Sierra Club strongly interested in protecting wild places, pushing for clean energy, and continuing to fend off climate change.

--Nicholas Mukhar

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