Empowering Communities, Advocating Solutions



For immediate release:
Monday, July 18, 2011
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org


CCE is proud to announce that Long Island Program Coordinator Tara Bono was chosen by Baruch College and The International Center, as one of fourteen participants throughout the U.S. for the 2011 Climate Change Professional Fellows Program.

The program, which was funded through the U.S. Department of State, will convene professionals from four East Asian Countries and the United States to address global climate change issues. The goal of the Professional Fellows Program is to create opportunities for professionals in the field of climate change to come together and share information and strategies for reducing carbon emissions. Participants will exchange ideas and best practices developed in each country, and share information on education and communication campaigns for those working in urban and rural areas that are most vulnerable to environmental devastation resulting from climate change.

"I am excited and eager to represent CCE on the other side of the globe and participate in this educational, networking experience with global climate change professionals. The issues we face in New York are no different than the issues they face in China or Australia; rising sea levels, harmful air emissions, and reducing household waste are truly global issues. I look forward to learning from others' experiences and bringing new perspective back to CCE to apply that to the issues we work on here,” stated Tara Bono, LI Program Coordinator.

Tara will be one of four fellows spending 3 weeks in Sydney, Australia, meeting with climate change professionals to explore the science, impact, adaptation, mitigation, and actions related to climate change. The fellows will attend workshops with topics such as:

• Strategies to reduce solid waste through changes in packaging and increased use of recycling;
• The challenges of building sustainable economies while preserving the environment;
• Strategies for the management of climate change in urban settings.

Tara was selected for the program because of her direct experience on climate change issues at Citizens Campaign for the Environment, as well as her experience in policy studies at CUNY Baruch, where she got her Masters of Public Administration in 2010. She has worked at CCE for over three years on a variety of issues, including working to advance renewable energy policy throughout New York State; successfully lobbying for legislation and policies that increase recycling and decrease consumption and waste including e-waste, hazardous waste, and plastic bags; conducting educational presentations on energy conservation and decreasing household waste; and working to advance downtown, accessible communities built around sustainable development and transportation.


Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by tbono  7/18/11