Sierra Magazine, San Francisco, CA 2008
I spent four months working in the editorial department of Sierra magazine where I wrote news stories, web copy, and reviews as part of a requirement for my master’s degree in creative nonfiction writing.
Sierra is the national publication of the Sierra Club and has more than one million readers.
Here’s what Sierra‘s then-copy editor Karina Kinik had to say:
“Heather . . .was very thorough and professional . . . and she wrote clean, catchy stories. She is well-qualified for any editorial position.”
From Sierra Club Bulletin, July/August 2008:
British Columbia: Nice Break
Our neighbors in British Columbia are cheering a victory that favors farms over fairways. Last year Patricia Aldworth, a member of the Sierra Club of Canada’s Malaspina Group, spearheaded protests against a massive development on protected farmland. The project in Powell River, a remote town about 80 miles northwest of Vancouver, included a golf course, gated community, airport, hotel, and convention center on 850 acres of cropland preserved by B.C. law. Aided by Club activists, environmental groups, and outraged residents, Aldworth’s efforts bore fruit when the provincial Agricultural Land Commission rejected the proposal. “People saw that we need our agricultural land,” says Aldworth, “and that more and more development is not sustainable.” In February, she was elected to Powell River’s city council. —Heather Conn
Maryland: In Focus
From a workshop on “wacky weather” to a hybrid car display, the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) last winter brought home the impact of global warming to a group of Maryland high schoolers. The Sierra Club’s student arm invited scientists, Club volunteers, and a Democratic congressional candidate to Oxon Hill High School to discuss climate-change solutions with about 100 teens. The one-day event was part of Focus the Nation, an environmental education initiative held at 1,000 campuses and businesses nationwide; the SSC participated at more than 200 schools. “Focus the Nation has changed the way both students and administrators view environmental activism,” says student Dominique Hazzard, the SSC’s campus organizer at Oxon Hill. “The [school] administration definitely gives our group more respect now.” —Heather Conn
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