Rebecca Silver, Sierra Club, 646-461-9831, firstname.lastname@example.org
OF THE SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IS NOTABLE ADVOCATE
FOR OFFSHORE WIND IN THE GREAT LAKES
FRANCISCO – The Sierra Club Foundation is
pleased to announce that Shirley Weese Young, Chicago graphic designer and land
conservationist, is the newest member to join the Board of Directors. Young’s resolve
to see Chicago become a leader in renewable energy and her commitment to the
Sierra Club is inspirational.
Passionate about transitioning to offshore wind
in Lake Michigan and actively engaged with the Sierra Club’s Great Lakes, Great Communities program, Young is
taking a lead with the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter's advocacy for offshore
wind in Chicago. Most recently Young made a generous contribution to the Sierra Club
Great Lakes Wind Project.
“As the Sierra Club Foundation continues to fund projects that
focus on ending our dependence on coal and oil, we must also promote the right
set of clean energy solutions to replace them,”
said Foundation Executive Director Peter Martin. “There's significant potential for offshore wind,
especially in the Great Lakes, and the Sierra Club Foundation is fortunate to
have Shirley on board to help us get the job done. Her creativity, fire, tireless energy and
boundless curiosity make her a true asset within the Sierra Club.”
Young is also politically active
through the Illinois Sierra Club Chapter and the Illinois Wind Council. An ardent volunteer during the fight to close
the Fisk and Crawford coal plants, both located in the heart of Chicago’s
Southwest side, Young hosted the victory celebration earlier this year.
“Renewable energy solutions, particularly offshore wind in the
Midwest, are crucial for the future of Chicago, the future of our country and
the future of this planet,” said Shirley Weese Young. “It is with great pleasure that I take on a
larger role within The Sierra Club Foundation and continue the momentum across
the Great Lakes region towards a clean energy future.”
Young is the daughter of famous Chicago architect Harry Weese
and Chicago interior designer Kitty Baldwin Weese. A Sierra Club member since 2008, Young is
also involved with Door County Land Trust and sits on the board of 3Arts, an
organization that supports Chicago artists.
more information about the Sierra Club Foundation, please visit www.sierraclub.org/foundation.
The Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation is a public
charity whose mission is to provide financial support to the Sierra Club and
other environmental organizations for charitable projects. The Foundation
relies on the generosity of thousands of donors across the country who care
about preserving and protecting the planet for future generations. The Foundation funds small, local projects
and multi-year, multi-million dollar campaigns that help educate, inspire and empower
humanity to preserve the natural and human environment. To learn more, visit www.sierraclubfoundation.org.