The legacy of Marshall Saunders, founder of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) and former Coronado resident, continues to grow. Marshall, who passed away in December 2019, was an advocate for non-partisan efforts to solve climate change.
Thanks to an anonymous donor who is a firm supporter of Marshall and CCL’s mission, the University of California, San Diego, has newly established a chair named the Marshall Saunders Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Global Climate Policy and Research to celebrate Marshall’s legacy. The inaugural holder has been named, Jennifer Burney, an associate professor.
“Jennifer Burney is an environmental scientist whose research focuses on simultaneously achieving global food security and mitigating climate change,” said Peter F. Cowhey, dean School of Global Policy and Strategy of University of California San Diego. “She received her A. B. in history and science from Harvard College and her Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. Burney publishes regularly in top scientific journals (such as Nature and Science) as well as in leading social science journals on environmental economics and policy. She was the first of a growing cadre of STEM Ph.D. holders on the GPS faculty. Among her recent research awards is a 2017 National Science Foundation $1.5 million four-year award for research focusing on the coupled climate and institutional dynamics of short-lived local pollutants and long-lived global greenhouse gases. The research looks further at the human environmental interaction by creating a global climate model, while also breaking the project down into national levels.”
Regarding CCL, their work continues onward throughout the pandemic. They are finding that the new prevalence of digital platform usage has proven to be a boon for CCL’s outreach, education and lobbying.
“The member participation can now be more inclusive than ever, allowing the organization to be more representative of all citizens who care about the planet’s future,” said Susan Flores Higgins, director of Human Resources and Administration at CCL. “All ages and ethnicities, those from highly impacted and at-risk communities, from various business sectors and all political leanings, are working together to make a difference. We are excited and hopeful and more determined than ever.”