Maryland Sierra Club organizer Christine Hill was featured in Essence magazine's "Young, Black, and Amazing!" package in its August issue (p. 50).
[The feature appears in the print, but not the online edition of the magazine.]
"Armed with a law degree, this conservation representative works with the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club to demand a safe and healthy environment," Essence writes. "Hill is known for rallying members and leading town hall meetings petitioning for clean water and air and renewable clean energy."
Essence, a monthly magazine targeted at African-American women between the ages of 18 and 49, has a monthly circulation of 1,050,000 and an estimated readership of 8.5 million.
"To be featured in Essence is truly an honor," Hill says. "I've been reading this magazine for as long as I can remember. I even remember being a little girl, sitting on my momma's lap as she read it."
Hill says black environmentalists have been historically overlooked. "I hope this feature can be a catalyst for other young women of color to get involved and become the leaders of this and coming generations."
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Hill earned a Bachelor's of Art in Broadcast Communications and Electronic Media from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School (currently ranked #1 in Environmental Law by U.S. News and World Report) in South Royalton, Vermont.
As the Conservation and Policy Associate with the Sierra Club's Maryland Chapter and Beyond Coal campaign, Hill has been working to promote clean energy—and particularly offshore wind—to members of the Maryland state legislature. When she's not in Annapolis working on clean energy policy, she is collaborating with other Sierra Club and community organizers in Prince George's County, Maryland—per capita the wealthiest black-majority county in the nation—on effective grassroots strategies in communities of color.
Hill has led, organized, or co-organized rallies, press conferences, town hall meetings and lobby day events, written newspaper articles, and given speeches on various topics. She recently introduced Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act at the 2012 Maryland Legislative Session's Environmental Summit.
Above, Hill discusses the bill with citizens in Annapolis; below, local residents sign up to be Sierra Club members at a town hall meeting on offshore wind power that Hill helped organize in Prince George's County.