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January 09, 2013

12 Sierra Club Bloggers to Watch in 2013: Part I

At the Sierra Club, we can't thank our members and supporters enough for helping us achieve so many accomplishments in 2012 and making green resolutions for the new year. Here's one more way you can stay connected in 2013 -- follow some of our experts, leaders, and professionals on the blogs. Below are a few bloggers to keep an eye on in the new year as we continue to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

Michael Brune
Executive Director

Brune2Michael Brune became the Sierra Club Executive Director in early 2010 after serving in that position for seven years at Rainforest Action Network. By confronting corporations and working with lawmakers, he works tirelessly to help the U.S. move beyond dirty fossil fuels and combat climate disruption. This global crisis hit home for Michael when Superstorm Sandy rocked his childhood hometown on the Jersey Shore last October. One of his priorities for 2013 is to help restore American democracy in order to more effectively fight against the climate crisis.

Michael blogs weekly on his very own Sierra Club blog, Coming Clean, which is also cross-posted on his Huffington Post column. He’s also an avid tweeter.

Allison Chin
President, Board of Directors

Allison-chin2012 was a big year for Allison. In May, she was named president of the Sierra Club’s board of directors after being a life-time member of the Sierra Club, a longtime environmental activist, and a previous Sierra Club treasurer and president from 2008-2010. She led crowds of activists in rallies across the nation against fracking, the Keystone XL pipeline, and secrecy in trade pacts; traveled extensively during the election season to help elect environmental champions, and much, much more. She’s hoping to see more diversity and cooperative partnerships in the environmental movement in 2013.

Allison’s personal Sierra Club blog is called Power to Change.

Sarah Hodgdon
National Program Director

Sarah Hodgdon smallSarah began her grassroots organizing career in 1993 with Green Corps, serving as Recruitment Director for the group from 1996 - 2000. With Green Corps, Sarah recruited and trained young environmental activists who have since become Executive Directors of organizations such as Greenpeace, MoveOn.org and Rock the Vote. Later she was the Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance, a North Carolina-based forest protection organization.

Sarah loves profiling hard-working activists in the environmental movement around the nation covering everything from public lands, moving beyond coal, securing environmental justice, and much more.

Sarah writes a weekly column, which is posted on TreeHugger.

Mary Anne Hitt
Director, Beyond Coal Campaign

Mary Anne HittMary Anne’s leadership within the Beyond Coal campaign has helped retire the nation’s archaic coal-fired power plants -- the the #1 source of mercury pollution and a leading trigger of asthma attacks -- and combat climate disruption. Mary Anne has an acute concern for clean and air water, as her daughter Hazel is enjoying toddlerhood and always itching to go outside and play. At the end of this year, the closing of the Danskammer coal plant in the Mid-Hudson Valley marked the 126th coal-fired power plant to be shut down since 2010, when the campaign began work to responsibly retire the nation’s coal-fired power plants and transition to clean energy. Expect that number to go up in 2013.

Mary Anne is a regular contributor to Sierra Club’s Compass blog, Grist, Huffington Post, and DailyKos. She’s an active tweeter as well.

Look for 12 Sierra Club Bloggers to Watch in 2013: Part II tomorrow.

-- Dan Byrnes, Sierra Club Media Assistant 


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