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Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco

Tiffany Traynum

Born and raised in Southern California, I had the luxury of growing up near sandy beaches and the state’s gorgeous coastal landscape. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach, I migrated up north and found myself amongst young people invested in creating change in their community and in the state of California. I began working in social services and youth advocacy, looking for creative ways engage and challenge their belief systems. Often times these "creative" challenges took place in wilderness and ocean settings. Nature always proved itself to be the best place to open up, invoking feelings that rarely surfaced. After six years I began looking for another opportunity or "passion project" where I could bridge my love of California’s natural resources and working with other dedicated professionals making a real difference in the state. I found this opportunity at Natural Resources Defense Council.

I work with both the Communications and Latino Advocacy teams. This gives me the unique opportunity to explore and bring public attention to environmental factors that negatively impact our less affluent communities, as well as highlight some of the work NRDC is doing to bridge the gap. Through my blog I hope to inform and excite the "non-traditional" environmentalist.

Recent Posts

Oakland Feels the Local Love: Earth Day 2015

Posted April 21, 2015 by Tiffany Traynum

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My weekend was better than yours. Unless you were hanging out with community activists, family, international refugees, college prep teens, parks & rec folks and a kick-butt airline crew -- all volunteering their time in celebration of Earth Day 2015...continued

Black History Month's Evolution: The Black Lives Matter Movement

Posted February 12, 2015 by Tiffany Traynum

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It's a rough time for blacks in this country. And there's no doubt about it, we need some relief. Police-community relations are at an all-time low; our neighborhoods are plagued by unregulated air pollution pouring from industrial facilities resulting in...continued

A People’s Climate Production (HOME): Healing Our Mother Earth “To Tha Beat”

Posted November 19, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum

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Music is a force, and Hip Hop is like ‘The Little Engine that Could’; a monumental movement in itself. Why? Because Hip Hop has never been scared, nor swayed by the naysayers. It started with nothing, only to become a...continued

Feeding the 5000 Oakland: Bringing Food Waste Awareness by the Dumpster Load

Posted October 21, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum

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As everyone knows, I like keeping it local. Don’t get me wrong, traveling is the only way to experience other ways of life and take in all the beauty this world has to offer. But there is nothing better than...continued

We Came, We Marched, We Demanded Climate Action!

Posted September 30, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum

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Trouble-makers for good  -- the influencers who shape history, from world leaders and to grass-roots advocates-- for the most part have something in common, which is that they set out to make life better for everyone. To inspire change where...continued

Age Ain't Nothing But a Number? Tell That to Climate Change

Posted July 22, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum

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It’s not easy getting older. Believe me, as perhaps the oldest member of the NRDC ‘Youth Task Force’ nearly every day I am faced with the laughable question “so when do I retire from the force”? And once I’m identified...continued

NRDC Back in Bloom: New Beginnings, New Life...New Growing Green Foodies to Honor!

Posted March 26, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum

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Spring is the season when the world shakes off its winter hibernation and reveals new life. Flowers bloom; fabrics get lighter and brighter; birds chirp hello; we feast, dance and ‘Spring Break’; and much needed April Showers’ feed a thirsty...continued

The Honorable Bruce Babbit @ UC Hastings: A New Vision for a Lasting Environmental Legacy

Posted January 24, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum

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“You’ve practically grown up at UC Hastings”, my mother said to me as we drove awayfrom the prestigious law university. In a way, she was right. In fact, I first stepped foot on UC Hastings campus back in the 80’s,...continued

My Play Day in an MPA: Who's That Running Girl? (Video)

Posted December 19, 2013 by Tiffany Traynum

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Every now and again, like the musician Prince, I party like its 1999. You remember that year; maybe Y2K computer glitch fears had you freaked out, or perhaps that was the year you became obsessed with The Matrix. For us...continued

NRDC Food Fame 2013

Posted October 22, 2013 by Tiffany Traynum

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How often do you think about food? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner make three; but if you work at NRDC it never stops. Why? Because we not only have a deep love for the food that nourishes us, but we...continued

Smartphones - Saving Time, Money and the Environment?

Posted July 24, 2013 by Tiffany Traynum

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Most smartphones can hold up to 2160 apps. That’s a lot of info right at your fingertips, if you choose your apps wisely. Need to know when the next bus in coming? There’s an app for that. Want to know...continued

Presidents Climate Speech Hits NRDC's Blogosphere

Posted July 1, 2013 by Tiffany Traynum

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Last Tuesday NRDC’ers brimmed with pride as we witnessed our President tell the country – and Congress -- that he WILL issue clear directives and policies in the months ahead to combat climate change. I examined many of the faces...continued

Smart City Planning: Reviving Your City - and You

Posted February 6, 2013 by Tiffany Traynum

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As I’ve said before, “I love my four-wheels”, partly because I’m the offspring of the car enthusiast of all enthusiasts and partly because I’m a Californian. Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but as a former Southern California local, I...continued

Influential Judges Spotlight: 2013's Growing Green Awards VIPs

Posted January 10, 2013 by Tiffany Traynum

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There’s a lot to look forward to in the New Year. A new season of MLB playoffs (Go Giants!) and another round of crazy reality shows are sure to have me on the edge of my seat. And if you...continued

Give Thanks to Your Food Visionary - Nominate Them for a 2013 Growing Green Award!

Posted November 20, 2012 by Tiffany Traynum

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The holiday season is my favorite time of year. You could easily argue that there are other seasons as equally stunning as winters on the west coast, but there is undoubtedly no other time that feels as good as...continued

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