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Early Career Climate Leaders: A Virtual Panel Discussion

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Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation

900 Sanford Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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Our Early Career Conservationist series continues with sharing perspectives from early career leaders in climate change action.

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The Laguna Foundation is proud to host Christine Byrne (Sonoma Water), Connor DeVane (Daily Acts), Devyn Friedfel (Pepperwood Preserve), and Janina Turner (The Climate Center) for this candid discussion moderated by Allison Titus (Community Education Manager at the Laguna Foundation). These environmental leaders work to address climate change in different ways in Sonoma County. How did they enter the environmental field, and what inspired them to take action on climate change in their careers? Join us for an inspiring and honest conversation with these young professionals working for a better future.

There is no charge for this event, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

GET TO KNOW THE PANELISTS:

Christine Byrne grew up in Sonoma County spending her summers swimming in the Russian River and rambling around the Laguna de Santa Rosa. She works for Sonoma County Water Agency as a Water and Energy Educator where she shares her love and commitment to stewardship for the Russian River watershed with young people from across Sonoma County. She is passionate about climate justice and social justice and spends her spare time organizing with the Sunrise Movement, a youth led climate justice group, and is the founder of Movimiento Roseland Runners, a K-12 structured running program promoting equity.

Connor DeVane is a Programs Coordinator at Daily Acts Organization, an organizer with the Sonoma County Hub of the Sunrise Movement, and director of the independent film Hike the Divide: A Conversation about Climate Action on the Continental Divide Trail. After 21 years in the suburbs of various American cities, Connor’s journey into climate and conservation work began with a “thru-hike” of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, which ripped his perspective wide open. Through his work with Daily Acts, Connor works to build more connected, equitable and climate-resilient communities, primarily through workshops and educational opportunities on topics ranging from water-wise gardens to carbon sequestration techniques, and more. Through Sunrise, he helps mobilize communities to push for bold and comprehensive climate-justice legislation. Connor holds a Permaculture Design Certification from High Sierra Permaculture and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University.

Devyn Friedfel was born and raised in the Russian River area where he grew up learning to love the beauty and diversity of Sonoma County. While attending the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), Devyn organized volunteer restoration work days at Shone Farm to help control invasive plants and promote native species. Through the SRJC he had an opportunity to visit Pepperwood and dreamt of someday working there. Devyn moved to Santa Cruz County to finish his bachelor’s degree, then worked up and down the central coast with the UC Natural Reserve System, while simultaneously working as a field biologist for two environmental consulting companies. At Pepperwood, Devyn supports Preserve Manager Michael Gillogly in managing natural resources and infrastructure. He also runs our volunteer workdays in the field and assists with research.

Janina Turner is a graduate of the Energy Management and Design program at Sonoma State University. She currently works on communications and Energy Programs with The Climate Center in Sonoma County. Her work includes tracking legislation and policy at the state level, producing online informational content through webinars, and is the liaison for many different organizational partnerships. Janina is also a Hub Coordinator with the Sunrise Movement in Sonoma County, a youth-led movement to stop the climate crisis while creating millions of good jobs in the process.

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Allison Titus bridges conservation and education as the Community Education Manager at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. She plans, manages, and leads outings for a robust public education program that serves people across the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. Prior to working at the Laguna Foundation, she worked in conservation management on Mount Tamalpais, surveying the vast coastal flora, and as a lead instructor for Wilderness Orientation at UCSC.


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