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January 14, 2013

Contact: Rebecca Silver, Sierra Club, 646-461-9831,




SAN FRANCISCO – The Sierra Club Foundation is pleased to announce that Marc Weiss, creator of the celebrated PBS series P.O.V. and climate activist, has joined the Board of Directors.

As a member of the board, Weiss will play an active role on several board committees, serve as an advisor to various Club initiatives, and expand the fundraising base in the New York City metro area.  Most recently, Weiss was asked to help lead the Sierra Club's Obama Climate Legacy Project, a 100 day action plan designed to encourage President Obama to lead on climate in his second term.

Weiss has been an activist and leader in the independent, alternative media movement for more than 40 years, first as a filmmaker and journalist, then as a co-founder of several key organizations.  Creator of the public television series P.O.V., the award-winning documentary series now completing its 25th season on PBS, and founder of Web Lab, an online laboratory that has been recognized for its pioneering use of the Internet to engage a wide range of people on social issues, and most recently Executive Producer of “A Fierce Green Fire,” a sweeping history of the environmental movement that will open theatrically in March, Weiss is turning his attention to climate change and the environment.

“Marc is a doer and brings a unique skillset to the Foundation,” said Foundation Executive Director Peter Martin. “As a filmmaker, journalist, organizer, innovator and activist, his energy and passion engaging people on social issues is exactly what the Foundation needs as we continue to preserve the natural and human environment and move towards a clean energy future.”

Weiss said, “As the father of two teenagers, I feel an incredible sense of urgency to reverse the climate crisis that threatens the future of their generation. “I’m excited to shift my focus and help build a movement that can force change at the scale required to reverse the course we’re on.”

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About 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