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Sierra Club Meeting: Justice-focused Environmental Movement in Texas
August 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Kristal Ibarra-Rodriguez and Greg Harman will be our guests at the August General Meeting. Kristal Ibarra-Rodríguez is the Chapter’s new Volunteer Coordinator based in Austin and Greg Harman is the new Clean Energy Organizer based in San Antonio.
Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Greg Harman worked for more than 15 years as a reporter and editor, writing extensively on environmental health and justice struggles in Texas and beyond. His work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Guardian Sustainable Business, Indian Country Today, Yes! Magazine, and Texas Observer, among many others, He has been honored by a range of media and environmental organizations. He was selected by the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter for its annual environmental reporting award in 1999 and 2009. His knowledge of San Antonio’s many environmental challenges and opportunities is informed by his time as a staff writer and editor at the San Antonio Current, where he worked from 2007 to 2012. He is a former contributing editor for Texas Climate News and current a Master’s candidate in International Relations (emphasis on conflict transformation) at St. Mary’s University.
After serving as a long-time volunteer with the Sierra Club at both local and national levels, Kristal Ibarra-Rodriguez now works with Lone Star Chapter volunteer leaders and staff to develop and implement outreach programs that support the work of existing volunteers and aim to recruit new ones. Prior to this role, she conducted outreach on waste management practices in California with successful efforts toward achieving the ambitious goal of 75% waste diversion from landfills by 2020. Kristal is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, her home island, where she studied General Science with particular focus on Environmental Education and Sociology.