Meet the Cool Davis Foundation Board
Meet the Cool Davis Foundation (CDF) Board, made up of six Davis residents working together to promote energy conservation, water conservation, and sustainable lifestyle practices in the City of Davis and surrounding areas. Its general purpose is to build a formal mechanism to support the development and dissemination of educational materials to the public relating to the Cool Davis mission, environmental stewardship, and eco-justice, including but not limited to dissemination of information through publications, lectures, conferences, expositions, campaigns or otherwise.
Judy Moores is presently CDF president. Since childhood, Judy has loved being outside and teaching others about the natural world. In college, she studied biology. As a young woman and later as a mother, she worked to co-found two science museums. More recently, she led the effort to make the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis a Green Sanctuary, and co-founded Cool Davis to help implement the City of Davis’ Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
Judy has long been concerned about the negative impacts of humans on the planet – from extractive industries to polluted land, air and water to the extinction of species to global warming. With each new devastating climate report, she becomes more determined to help Davis reduce its carbon footprint, adapt to the changing climate, and improve the quality of life for all. She invites/urges all Davisites to join Cool Davis and work with us to make Davis a model of sustainable living.
Lynne Nittler joined Cool Davis before it became official, and now serves as secretary of the board. After 33 years as a secondary English teacher and K-12 Writing Coordinator in the Vacaville school district, Lynne looked forward to a quiet retirement of gardening, hiking, and serving in Village Homes where she has lived since its beginning in 1976. However, as climate change became increasingly ominous, she felt compelled to devote herself to our necessary transformation from fossil fuel dependency to sustainable living.
Lynne writes, “I’ve always been an environmentalist, but I never imagined the threat of climate change that confronts us now. For me, slowing climate change is a moral issue. Serving on the board is one tangible way I can respond.”
She found herself in familiar territory developing curriculum such as the Cool Solutions tree and the Renter’s Guide to Sustainable Living, organizing workshops, and writing articles. Lynne hopes to see the Cool Davis Foundation reach a point of financial maturity so it can support a strong public outreach program.
Bill Heinicke agreed to be treasurer of CDF. As a school facility planner, Bill knows the impact our built environment can have on our actions – and vice versa. Furthermore, as a father of a teenage daughter, he knows that the Cool Davis Foundation’s message can and must include communication with the youth of our community and that their response will be inspiring to all of us.
Bill explains, “I was honored to be nominated and happy to join the Cool Davis Foundation board. I like the focus on action right here in our town. While we are working on a global issue, the solution starts with each one of us and the individual measures we can take to reduce our personal climate impact. The Cool Davis Foundation will provide information and support as we all do our part.”
Christina Blackman has been working in the financial services industry for over 25 years. As the marketing manager for Yolo Federal Credit Union, Christina is responsible for the marketing, public relations and business development activities for the organization.
As a lifelong Davis resident, Christina is passionate about the Davis community and has been a committed volunteer for many years, including being a past member of rotary. She served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, and is currently an active member of the Davis Downtown Business Association as well as other local organizations.
She joined the Cool Davis Foundation Board to help with the city’s climate action goals. She brings a business perspective to the group with a focus on economic vitality, growth and sustainability.
Kerry Daane Loux
Kerry Daane Loux is a licensed Landscape Architect and an accredited LEED design professional. She first lived in Davis while she attended UC Davis for her degree in Environmental Planning and Management, and again since she returned in 1992.
Kerry says, “Davis has been a wonderful ‘home town’. I’ve raised three daughters and managed my own business here.” For Kerry, volunteerism has always been a priority, including gardening in the schools, as a Master Gardener, as a UC Davis Arboretum Naturalist, as a Davis Odd Fellow member and more.
With its goals for awareness of climate change and carbon footprint reduction, Cool Davis is the right place to focus her energy now. After Co-Chairing the Cool Davis Festival 2013 and volunteering on several Cool Davis committees, Kerry believes, “With Sustainability as the key word, we can encompass three inter-connected “E’s”: the Economy, the Environment, and social Equity. I hope to offer interpersonal and leadership skills, professional expertise and connections in the community to serve as an effective CDF Board Member and an active volunteer.”
Anthony Eggert is the executive director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, which is dedicated to leveraging University expertise to inform better policy. From 2007 through 2012, Anthony served as an appointee of Governors Brown and Schwarzenegger in several senior policy positions including science and technology policy, advisor to the chair of the Air Resources Board, commissioner for the California Energy Commission, and deputy secretary for energy policy of the California Environmental Protection Agency overseeing clean energy and environmental policy development for California.
Prior positions include advising the University of California on federal energy and climate policy, directing research on low-carbon fuels and vehicles at UC Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies, and as an engineer and then manager for Ford Motor Company. Anthony serves on the boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, the UC Energy Institute at Haas, the UC Transportation Sustainability Research Center, and is a technical advisor to the US Department of Energy.
Anthony explains, “I chose to join the CDF Board because it provided an opportunity to share my knowledge of climate policy and give back to the community on an issue I care deeply about. I also believe that if we going to successfully address the climate challenge, we must harness the energy and enthusiasm of local communities which are actively implementing climate solutions for clean energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation.”
“The strengths I bring include a knowledge of climate solutions and the ability to make productive connections between the residents, CDF initiatives and actions occurring at the state. I hope to be able to contribute towards the mission and goals of the board including substantially increasing the number of households that are taking action in Davis by showing them the benefits of those actions.”
Would you like to be a CDF Board Member?
The Cool Davis Foundation Board may elect up to 15 members who have rotating 3-year terms. The Board will be recruiting new members this spring. Let a board member know if you are called to join us in our rewarding and important work. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org