Whitney Terrill

Environmental justice organizer at the Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Whitney Terrill joined the North Star Chapter as an Environmental Justice Organizer in 2022. In Minnesota, Whitney recently served as the Environmental Justice Program Manager at Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light where she designed, coordinated, and facilitated community-based programming and partnerships for MNIPL and individual faith communities. Her work focused on many topics in the EJ movement from just solar and clean energy, to fossil fuel resistance and clean water, to equitable planning and policy, and interfaith dialogue and racial justice. In her role with the Sierra Club, she works to strengthen and empower communities most impacted by environmental injustices. Whitney’s professional experience includes environmental justice advocacy and organizing in Minnesota to serving on leadership committees or board of directors of major environmental nonprofits, including Minnesota Environmental Partnership (Vice Chair, Board of Directors), Cooperative Energy Futures (Treasurer, Board of Directors), Women’s Environmental Institute (Board of Directors), Interfaith Power & Light (National Steering Committee, Midwest Representative); City of Hopkins Planning Commissioner, and Minnesota Multifaith Network Steering Committee. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University (VA) and an executive certificate in conversation and environmental sustainability from Columbia University (NY). Influenced by childhood experiences at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Whitney hopes to advocate and collaborate with communities to achieve inclusion of all people in the environmental justice movement in Minnesota.

Industrial heartlands in the green transformation

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