Category Archives: 2020

Sierra Club’s president: Why we must confront our past

The Sierra Club recently began a process of publicly re-examining aspects of our difficult past, including a reckoning with the history and words of our founder John Muir. Many of the responses we’ve received to those national headlines have been positive, embracing our move to ground the environmental movement in equity and justice. Others have […]

Planning for Disasters When They Don’t End

September is National Disasters Preparedness month.  It serves as a reminder of the importance of preparing for natural and human-made disasters before they occur.  But what does planning look like when the window for advance planning doesn’t exist? Or when the time between disasters become smaller and smaller? What do we do in a moment […]

If you care about the planet, you must dismantle white supremacy

The climate movement has its work cut out for it, and not just in terms of decarbonizing the energy sector. In dozens of cities across America, the streets have been packed with protests about the murder of George Floyd and the long history of police violence against Black men, women, and children. The pain and […]

Advocating for Diversity in Environmental Nonprofit Boards

Why does once Marine Biologist, Dr. Francisco “Paco” Ollervides, transition from researching the impacts of boat noise on gray whale behavior, to become an Executive Director of Green Leadership Trust? The relationship I had with everyday people while I was collecting this info, the fisherman, the boat captains, and so I saw I was more […]


SAN FRANCISCO, CA  — The Sierra Club, a grassroots environmental organization that has been leading the shift from dirty fossil fuels toward a clean energy economy, has hired Nellis Kennedy-Howard as Sierra Club’s first-ever director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The DEI Director works closely with the board of directors and the executive team […]

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