Connect and learn about the attendees at the inaugural

Women and the Environment Conference!

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Sigrid Wright

CEO/Executive Director

Community Environmental Council

Santa Barbara


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What key words best describe your hope for the future?

State and local environmental leadership that is citizen empowered, community engaged, solutions oriented, authentic.

Describe what are you working on in the field of climate change, environmental protection, environmental justice or social impact.

Most of my time is spend focusing on real life solutions to climate change – particularly within energy, food and transportation systems. My organization annually collaborates with about 50 nonprofit and government partners, and convenes dozens of community education events, including one of the largest Earth Day festivals on the West Coast. We work closely with local governments on policy initiatives, and have a history of running some kind of social enterprise (currently our “for profit” branch is in the solar energy market). On a personal level – as the first female CEO in the organization’s nearly 50 year history -- building leadership among women is passion. I use my small bits of spare time to serve other organizations that focus on building this leadership (Leading From Within, County Commission for Women).

How might other W&E conference attendees be able to support your work, goals or objectives?

I feel strongly that evolution is not just about survival of the fittest, but about survival of the most cooperative. There are signs that a cultural shift in this direction is possible, and that women are playing a major role. While this is broad-brush statement, women tend to bring to the table an ability to collaborate, to listen a bit more deeply, and to build teams. I welcome opportunities to do more of this.

What are you able and willing to contribute to other attendees at the conference to support their work, goals or objectives?

Experience with team building, collaboration, networking, and community-scale planning.

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