Chelsea Chandler is the director of the Academy's Environmental Initiatives. She leads the Climate & Energy and Waters of Wisconsin Initiatives, to which she brings her interdisciplinary experience and passion for researching and communicating solutions to environmental challenges. Chelsea has a MEM in Global Change Science and Policy from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prior to joining the Academy in August 2016, Chelsea worked for a number of other environmental non-profits. As a scientist in the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Climate and Energy group, she developed tools for tracking progress toward local sustainability goals, modeled energy and emissions reductions in various sectors, and presented at international training workshops on climate change mitigation. She studied climate change adaptation through water resource management in the Andes while at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Most recently, as a project manager at Green Seal, she reviewed environmentally preferable products to determine compliance with the organization’s certification criteria.
Chelsea also co-owns and co-manages Plowshares & Prairie Farm in Argyle, WI, an organic produce farm with a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. She is committed to pairing sustainable food production with strong conservation work, and her involvement in the farming community has given her direct experience and insights into the interactions between agriculture, climate, and water in Wisconsin. In her free time, she enjoys soccer, biking, cooking, and traveling.
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