INTERTWINE SUMMIT 2021
Advancing the Intersections of Climate and Social Justice:
Keynote presentation by Leander Lacy
Intertwine Summit 2021 Keynote Speaker Leander Lacy has dedicated his career to working at the intersection of climate and social justice. This work can take many forms and can be tailored to individual organization’s missions, while also looking for partnership to increase impact. Leander has worked with organizations such as Protect our Winters, The Nature Conservancy, Bat Conservation International and many more on the topic of climate and social justice. He also learns from his guests on The Green Mind Podcast, where he talks to individuals around the world about their dedication to the intersection of environmental and social advocacy. Leander will share personal and professional stories of why the two topics are inseparable.
Leander Lacy (he/him) is the founder and owner of Lacy Consulting Services. His company focuses on helping environmental organizations and sustainability minded business meet their goal of improving human and community wellbeing through conservation action. Leander has worked on projects such as dam removal, deer management, building trust between fishers and conservation groups, a five-state collaborative to protect the U.S. shortgrass prairie, assessing discrimination in U.S. farming and ranching, and updating the Conservation Standards with a focus on how to include Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into conservation practice. He is trained traditionally as a wildlife ecologist and received his M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, where he did his thesis work on how to improve the quality of life of the urban poor through environmental action. Prior to starting his company, he worked on global teams with The Nature Conservancy and has been an advocate for increased social science in conservation projects. He recently served as Interim Director for the Metro Denver Nature Alliance, a sister coalition to The Intertwine Alliance that seeks to bring equitable conservation to communities in Denver, Colorado. He also started a podcast called The Green Mind that focuses on people working at the nexus of people and nature outcomes.