This session will focus on energy and environmental challenges and will highlight impacts, mitigation strategies, and the transition towards a more sustainable future from an AANHPI perspective. Key topics of discussion include international, national and local efforts to combat climate change, as well as steps that we can take as individuals to address this global issue.
Destiney Mack, a 23 year old Dallas,Texas native, climate organizer with the Sunrise Movement, a national campaign to advance economic, racial, and gender equality through the creation of millions of new jobs and a Green New Deal. A recent graduate of Salem College, Destiney completed her B.A in Environmental Studies with a concentration on policy and advocacy. As a Trainer with the Sunrise Movement, Destiney balances coordination between grassroots environmental justice organizations and youth climate “hubs.” Her work includes designing curriculum for new organizers in developing strong leadership skills. She is fascinated by the complexity of human and environmental interactions and works to combat the inequities of social and ecological degradation. Throughout college, Destiney focused her research on ecology, sustainability, conservation and most important to her environmental justice . She enjoys using her communication and organizational skills, combined with her studies, towards being a voice in the youth climate movement and an agent of environmental justice. Along with her love for organizing she enjoys bike riding, hiking and anything outdoors.
Nina Lobo enjoys developing community-based solutions focused on climate resilience and environmental stewardship, using her civil engineering degree as a foundation. She has 3+ years of project development and research experience in emerging clean energy markets. Her work has primarily been in community solar and is growing to include green stormwater infrastructure for community organizations in the Washington, DC area. Nina draws motivation from her international roots and a deep love of nature, community, and harmony.
Ruchira Shah – Bio coming soon!
Susan Jin Davis – Bio coming soon!
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Dakota Pekerti is an Energy Analytics Engineer at Growing Energy Labs Inc. (GELI), a San-Francisco based tech startup where he works to develop renewable energy storage projects by navigating the complex regulatory and economic relationships between renewable energy generation and storage necessary for decarbonizing the energy grid. Dakota is also currently a Fulbright Student Fellow for 2019-2020 and slated to travel to Indonesia in April 2020 to do research on sustainable logistics optimization. Prior, Dakota was a rotational associate at Optoro, a Washington D.C. based tech startup that develops software to help large retailers route and manage their returned inventory, keeping it out of landfills. At Optoro, Dakota has filled a variety of roles across different departments including product management, quality engineering, solutions consulting, financial forecasting, account management, and product marketing. Dakota is also part of Optoro’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee, helping to lead company-wide speaker series, unconscious bias trainings, and affinity group events. Dakota graduated from Swarthmore College with a BS in Engineering and a minor in Environmental Studies. While at Swarthmore, Dakota represented Swarthmore at a number of sustainability-oriented events and competitions such as the COP21 in Paris, 2016 PA Power Dialogue, Columbia Economics Review Environmental Policy Competition, and more. In his spare time Dakota enjoys learning new languages, mixing music for house parties, travelling, practicing capoeira and kendo, and experimenting with new spices in the kitchen.