Our Project

We are five Master’s students from Yale University partnering with Protect Our Winters (POW) to bring the climate change discussion to the 2014. Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We believe that the Olympic Games are the perfect forum to build a coordinated media campaign to reach new audiences, reinvigorate the climate change discussion and highlight the important connection between winter sports and climate change.

We plan to raise climate change as an urgent issue in a new context, outside of traditional, technical conversations, and engage audiences in a creative, meaningful and interactive way.

Team Climate will tell the story of climate change and winter sports to new audiences.

We will mobilize the global winter sports community around climate change and tell the personal stories of athletes, spectators and winter enthusiasts.

By engaging with traditional and new media, we will shift the mainstream media conversation around the Olympics to include a discussion of climate change.

Meet Our Team

Diana Madson

Diana is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is passionate about designing innovative climate change solutions for mountain communities. In her effort to achieve this, Diana wears many hats at Yale. She is the co-director of WESTIES, a student group that promotes environmental progress in the American West. She is the project manager of Fossil Free Yale, a student-led campaign working to persuade the Yale Corporation to divest its holdings of companies in the fossil fuel industry. Lastly, Diana is the graduate coordinator of Bulldog Sustainability, Yale’s project to cultivate a culture of sustainability in Yale Athletics by integrating environmental and social values into internal operations, staff and student behavior, and sporting events. Originally from California, Diana graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Society and Environment and a B.A. in Rhetoric. Before beginning her Masters at Yale, she taught companies how to meaningfully measure their greenhouse gas emissions as a carbon footprint consultant at The Climate Registry.

Taylor Rees

Taylor is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, focusing on environmental communication and media, natural resource anthropology, and sustainable development within the outdoor industry. She serves as the Director of Programming for the Environmental Film Festival at Yale 2014, and as a co-director of WESTIES, a student group promoting conservation and progress in the American West. Her background in media campaigns and film production developed overtime as she has woven these mediums into her environmental research in Greenland, Alaska, the desert Southwest, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Taylor graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Biology and a focus in climate change ecology and communication.

Bo Uuganbayar

Bo is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on natural resource management and integrative applications of renewable energy and industrial system analysis. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale college with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics. Her senior thesis centered on the natural resource curse theory and the impact of mining developments in Asia. She is particularly interested in finding innovation-driven solutions to medium-scale environmental issues. She has consulted businesses on environmental sustainability metrics and lean productivity.

Tom Owens

Tom is a third year Master of Environmental Management student at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focusing on public policy and coalition building to shift the US from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to coming to Yale, Tom graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Biochemistry. He went on to work for a number of progressive organizations including Avaaz, Repower America and Energy Action Coalition. Tom is one of the many co-founders of PowerShift, a climate change conference that has trained 35,000 young people to organize in their communities and apply pressure for Congress to act.

Kaylee Weil

Kaylee is a fifth-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on environmental communication, and to further this study, she is currently working with companies to develop innovative and powerful ways to communicate their environmental messages to the public. She graduated from Yale College with distinction in the major of Environmental Studies. Her senior thesis provided a case study in effective environmental education, leading into her work post-graduation as an environmental educator. She taught at Sierra Outdoor School in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

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