Lucia Whalen

A recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lucia worked on issues of sustainability and environment throughout her academic and extracurricular activities. As a student, she studied the health impacts of agricultural runoff on the Great Lakes anluciad gentrification implications of remediation and development along the Chicago River. In her final semester, Lucia analyzed the rhetoric used around climate change, focusing specifically on the presidential debates during 2016. Lucia’s other activities included an internship at the UIC Heritage Garden, serving as a student leader in the UIC Office of Sustainability, developing a pen and battery recycling program for UIC’s campus, working with a community organization in Chicago’s southside neighborhood of Bronzeville on their urban farm, and helping to develop education programs on smart grid metering.
In the fall of 2015, Lucia was selected to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Conference, where she was trained by former Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project to serve as a Climate Reality Leader. Since then, Lucia has presented Climate Reality Presentations in college classrooms and to organizations around Chicago, has organized and written about environmental issues, and has returned to successive Climate Reality conferences as a mentor for new trainees. In March of 2017, Lucia served as a mentor at Climate Reality’s Denver training and had the opportunity to serve as a panelist alongside former Vice President Al Gore, where she talked about her work as a sustainability advocate.
Lucia is the co-founder The Sky Sisters (, which serves as a blog and educational resource connecting women’s issues with environmental issues. She has also published content on Yoga Republic and Mind Body Green. She is a board member and communications consultant for Leaves Plates, a startup that manufactures fair-trade, compostable plates made from Saal leaves in India and Nepal. Lucia currently works as an Assistant to the Interim Vice Chancellor forAdministrative Services at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Date:          Friday, September 08, 2017

Time:         10:00 – 10:50 am

Location:   Taft Hall 120

Reading Materials:

nca_midwest – DUE 09.08.2017

what-does-climate-change-mean-for-illinois_ – DUE 09.08.2017