The National Federation of Business & Professional Women's Clubs is mindful of the effect that we have on our environment and natural resources, as well as how climate change disproportionally affects women and girls. To us, that includes how we perform as a steward of the environment, the decisions we make as an organization, and how we manage our relationships with members, communities and partners.
The NFBPWC organization has created the Environment & Sustainable Development committee to focus on:
A disproportionate impact on women and girls
Women and girls around the globe are challenged to have access, use and control of natural resources, as well as the right to a clean, safe and healthy environment. Our committee also works to identify and support gender responsive approaches in addressing barriers to sustainable development.
Marikay owns and manages a 40-acre organic ranch on which she raises beef cattle, grows apples, and keeps bees in Durango, CO. As a member of Xerces Society, she promotes the preservation of pollinators and developing carbon sequestration solutions through healthy soils. Her ranch is within La Plata Open Space’s conservation easements (meaning it cannot be developed in perpetuity) and contains seven ponds dedicated to Colorado Parks & Wildlife as wetlands. Marikay is also an accomplished artist and a children's book author.
Daneene is a Registered Nurse and a life/supplemental health insurance expert based in Cleveland, OH. As the VP of Advocacy for NFBPWC, she serves as the bridge to other related organizations / initiatives and brings valuable health-related perspectives, while promoting the “little” things we can do in our daily lives to help make a positive impact on our environment.
Laurie is a musician and an activist who promotes zero waste and conservation through a multimedia environmental presentation, Space Earth: What Can I Do? She was the Founding Chair of NFBPWC's Environmental Committee and currently serves as Chair of BPW/Colorado's Environment & Sustainable Development Committee.
Sue is a TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages)-certified teacher and an editor who pioneered teaching online long before it became the new normal. As a native of the Detroit Metro Area and an involved member of her community on environmental and equity issues, she has had close encounters with environmental challenges and their impact on people's livelihoods.
Special Announcement! April 23 was Hyon Rah's last day as Chair of the ESD committee. She stepped down to focus on her new role at Savills, a commercial real estate firm, as Director, ESG Consultancy. At Savills Earth, Hyon is tasked with helping them build and grow their sustainability and ESG practice in North America.
THANK YOU Hyon for your service to the Environment and to NFBPWC.
Under your leadership the NFBPWC environment and sustainable development program was launched with laser-focused purpose, incredible ESD event participation and attendance, and an expert long-term plan for growth and success. You have turned our great organization into a true steward of the environment. Thank you.
We wish you much success in this new position! CONGRATULATIONS!!