Oct 11, 2019
In Tiny Climate Challenge Episode 9 our Guest Expert Ashley Mazanec talks about the importance of EcoArts in addressing our climate crisis.
Ashley Mazanec is an environmental policy and non-profit professional, eco-art educator, and eco musician committed to optimizing human and environmental health. As Assistant Executive Director of the San Diego Energy District, she is deeply invested in the future of clean energy in San Diego. Founding EcoArts Foundation in 2016 led to her current position in teaching and programming eco-art education at Del Sur Elementary.
EcoArts Foundation's mission is to inspire the regeneration of Earth's ecosystems with creative media, events, and performance. Ashley has advanced this mission by producing: environmentally-themed music, an EcoArts TV production for the City of Palmdale, an educational eco art series generously funded by the Tommy Short Foundation, and the Let's Talk About the Weather podcast -- which explores ecological topics through the eyes of artists. She serves as a Sustainability Advisor for the City of Del Mar, and co-producer for ocean films with Spiral Pacific. Current board positions include the eco-village development nonprofit Local Earth, Citizens Coordinate for Century III, and the pioneer of San Diego's first EcoDistrict -- beautifulPB. Ashley is a partner and affiliated artist at the Climate Science Alliance.
Ashley has been endowed with numerous awards from 2015 to 2017, including Global Policy and Strategy Fellowship, US-Israel Center for Innovation and Economic Sustainability Lead Fellowship, and Surfing Madonna Oceans Project Scholarship to the Artists and Climate Change Inaugural Incubator. She holds her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy, where she served as Net Impact UCSD Graduate Chapter President. Coverage on her activities can be found on KPBS, The Union Tribune Coastal, Voyager, podcast and radio interviews.