Love what Al Gore, Bill McKibben, and Michael Pollan are doing — but wish we heard more often from women environmental leaders? In California, a new event called “Women and the Environment” will put the spotlight directly on women leaders in the environmental community.

The event, organized by Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, will feature a panel of six prominent women:

  • Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board
  • Alina Bokde, Vice President of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission
  • Felicia Marcus, Western Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Jerilyn Lopez-Mendoza, Environmental Attorney and Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners
  • Irma Munoz, President of Mujeres de la Tierra
  • Effie Turnbull Sander, Vice President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
Here’s your chance -- if you're in the Los Angeles area -- to hear from women who’ve dedicated their lives to working working full-time on environmental issues of the day — and to mingle with fellow eco-minded Angelenos while enjoying refreshments. According to Wendy Greuel, who will moderate the panel, panelists will “focus on their personal views and experiences, as well current efforts to protect our environment.”

The event happens Thurs., Jan 28 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in Council Chambers, City Hall, 3rd Floor, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles. To attend, RSVP to Nancy Hernandez at

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