The Dickinson College COP21 Delegation includes 2 current students, 4 recent graduates and the Director of the Center for Sustainabiliy Education, Neil Leary.
The student and alumni delegates are Timothy Damon ’12, Sarah Ganong ’13, Samuel Pollan ’14, Anna McGinn ’14, Elizabeth Plascencia '16, and Keziah Groth-Tuft ’17.
Neil Leary, Director, Center for Sustainability Education
START, directing climate change assessment and capacity building programs that engaged over 300 scientists from 50+ countries. He also participated in the 3rd, 4th and 5th science assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). During his 20+ year career, the advances in the scientific understanding of climate change have been sobering. Countering the gloomy science, Neil is heartened by the passion of students with whom he has worked. COP21 will be the fourth COP that he will attend with students. He fully expects that the experience for this group, as for the previous groups, will be transformative and will provide them with knowledge, skills and desires to create needed changes in the world.
Timothy Damon ’12
Sarah Ganong ’13
Samuel Pollan ’14
Sam Pollan is a graduate of Dickinson College. Majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in climate change and sustainability, Sam works to promote sustainability in both his professional and personal life. Sam first immersed himself in the study of climate change and sustainability while participating in the Dickinson College South Africa Climate Change Mosaic in the Fall of 2011. The following years have seen Sam become a leader of sustainability efforts both on and beyond the college campus setting. Recognized as a Baird Sustainability Fellow, as well as attending the competitive Climate-KIC: The Journey program attest to his dedication to improve current conditions without sacrificing the opportunities of the future. Sam currently serves as the Energy and Waste Fellow at Luther College. In this position, he works closely with students, faculty, and administrators to implement zero-waste programming, carbon emissions reductions strategies, and student projects.
Anna McGinn ’14
Anna McGinn graduated from Dickinson College with an Environmental Studies degree in 2014 and is now working at the college as the coordinator for campus recreational programs where she is developing the Dickinson outdoor education program. She attended COP17 as a part of the Dickinson delegation, and she is here at COP21 to research the climate change adaptation-conflict nexus.
Elizabeth Plascencia '16
Elizabeth Plascencia (Liz) is a Posse Los Angeles and NSF-STEP scholar majoring in the Earth Sciences at Dickinson College. She has participated in research initiatives in Iceland, Canada, Cuba, Peru, and New Zealand. Last December, Liz attended the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, as a result of the 2014-2015 Global Climate Change Mosaic. Her research focused on Article 6 under the UNFCCC, which highlights climate change education, outreach, and public participation throughout the history of the negotiations. Ultimately, Liz aspires to work in an engaging environment that fosters climate change education and outreach in underrepresented communities (i.e. communities of color, low-income communities, etc.) by creating local community gardens, Farmer's Markets, and climate education workshops.
Keziah Groth-Tuft ’17