CAMILLA FEIBELMAN, Northern New Mexico Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Director and SHANE WOOLBRIGHT, Former Santa Fe City Manager and Sierra Club Executive Committee Member, will Talk About the Sierra Club’s Efforts to Address Climate Change in New Mexico
Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy
Camilla Feibelman, Director of the Rio Grande Chapter of Sierra Club, which represents over 7,000 members, works with hundreds of volunteers throughout New Mexico and West Texas. The Sierra Club works to protect special places like the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Albuquerque’s
Rio Grande Bosque, and to help curb global warming while stimulating the economy through renewable energy development. Feibelman was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as a
Trustee on the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation in 2014.
Camilla dedicated over ten years in Puerto Rico to protecting the Northeast Ecological Corridor, a swath of coastal habitat that is the second most important Leatherback Turtle nesting beach in U.S. jurisdiction and continues to work as an advisor to the Chapter and the Coalition.
Camilla Feibelman has served as Director of the Rio Grande Chapter of Sierra Club since May 2013. Since joining the Sierra Club in 2000, she has held positions including Field Organizer in Puerto Rico, where she helped to protect the Northeast Ecological Corridor, nesting ground for the endangered Leatherback turtle, as a nature reserve. She served as Deputy Press Secretary for Diversity Programs, providing environmental justice communities with media support and helped create a Spanish-language environmental column which is syndicated throughout the country. From 2000 to 2001, she was the National Director of the Sierra Club’s Sierra Student Coalition.
Camilla was a Fulbright Scholar in 1998, studying the impact of urbanization on the fishery in the Peruvian Amazon and a Morris K. Udall Scholar in 1997. Camilla received a B.A. in Environmental Biology from Columbia University and a M.P. in Urban Planning from the University of Puerto Rico. She was nominated to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Morris K and Stewart L. Udall Foundation by President Obama. Camilla was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she now lives with her husband, stepdaughter and son.
In the Sierra Club’s Washington, D.C., press office, Camilla helped environmental justice communities throughout the country reach the media on pressing issues from chemical plant compliance to proposals to mine coal adjacent to sacred sites. She was also responsible for the Club’s Spanish-language media outreach and helped develop the first nationally syndicated Spanish-language, weekly environmental column, Sierra & Tierra, which continues 15 years later. She later worked to develop new relationships with Latino communities in the United States around environmental issues, resulting in part in the formation of the Sierra Club’s Puerto Rico chapter.
Camilla has a master’s in urban planning from the University of Puerto Rico highlighted by a thesis study entitled, “Can an Ecotourism model be successfully applied to the town of Luquillo and the Adjacent Northeast Ecological Corridor?” She has a bachelor’s in environmental biology from Columbia University in New York. She was named a Udall Scholar in 1997. Camilla was born and raised in New Mexico, the land of enchantment, where, attending Girl Scout camp in the Jemez Mountains each summer, her love of nature blossomed. She is a graduate of Albuquerque High School.
Shane will be focusing Sunday on such issues as the Trump administration’s elimination of national monuments, Chaco Canyon energy exploitation, methane and natural gas leakage, gasoline taxes, electric vehicle tax credits, and New Mexico progress toward solar energy use.
Woolbright will talk about automobile exhaust as a major problem here in New Mexico. How can we structure appropriate taxes on gasoline and diesel with tax credits or other incentives for electric vehicles to respond to our emissions issues?
Former electric utility association executive and Sierra Club energy strategist, Shane Woolbright will share with us his uniquely informed perspective on these and many other issues of vital concern to members of the Journey audience.
Woolbright and Feibelman will talk about automobile exhaust as a major problem here in New Mexico. How can we structure appropriate taxes on gasoline and diesel with tax credits or other incentives for electric vehicles to respond to our emissions issues?