For Immediate Release August 9, 2013
Contact: Ellen Davis - (512) 639-9959 or firstname.lastname@example.org
San Francisco − Two Sierra Club 2013 national awards go to Texans
Note to editor: Photos of the award winners will be available upon request after Sept. 21
Jessica Olson from Round Rock receives the Joseph Barbosa Award
recognizes Sierra Club members under the age of 30
Austin, Texas – Jessica Olson will be a senior this fall at Southwestern University, where she is majoring in environmental studies and feminist studies. Jessica became involved with the Sierra Club in 2011 after attending the PowerShift conference in Washington, D.C.
That summer, she attended the Sierra Student Coalition’s Summer Leadership Training Program known as SPROG.
Jessica has interned with the Lone Star Chapter, the Beyond Coal Campaign, and the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance. In the spring of 2012, she coordinated the Lone Star Chapter’s internship program, supervising a group of 12 interns.
Jessica has been a member of the Sierra Student Coalition Executive Committee since June 2012 and was one of 12 students who were selected to represent the SSC as youth delegates to the United Nations Climate Change Conference known as COP18, which was held in Doha, Qatar, in November 2012. Jessica led several workshops at the conference and also blogged extensively from the conference to help others understand what was happening.
At Southwestern University, Jessica is co-chair of the student environmental group on campus, which is called Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge, or SEAK. In February 2013, she took three other Southwestern students with her to Washington, D.C., to participate in a rally for climate change that the Sierra Club supported.
Jessica spent the summer of 2013 teaching at Penn State’s Environmental Center. She hopes to attend graduate school to study environmental science and policy and would eventually like to work in the area of environmental policy and advocacy as a lobbyist or perhaps even a negotiator for the United Nations.
The Lone Star Chapter has received $250 to help Jessica further her work.
The Club’s David Brower Award is going to the StateImpact Texas reporting team, which includes reporters from KUT-FM in Austin and KUHF-FM in Houston.
StateImpact Texas is part of a larger project called StateImpact that is sponsored by National Public Radio. The StateImpact Texas project has been producing in-depth stories on how energy and environmental issues affect the public. Several of the StateImpact Texas stories have quoted representatives from the Sierra Club.
The on-air content is supplemented by additional materials online as well as a social media presence. For more information on the project, visit http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/.
For more information on the Sierra Club awards program, visit www. sierraclub.org/awards.