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Dayna Reggero is an award-winning filmmaker, connector, and director of the Climate Listening Project. In 2018, Dayna’s work was selected by National Geographic to be featured as an Open Explorer Expedition and in Woman’s Day Magazine as an Earth Mother: an Artist Activist who isn’t just fighting for cleaner air and water, but protecting a community’s most precious resources – its people.

In 2017, Salon.com’s Lauryn Higgins wrote: “By trade, Dayna Reggero is an environmentalist. Her work spans over two decades and ranges from filmmaking to beginning her career as a spokesperson. However, her most skilled work might come in the form of organizing conversations, or simply starting them. As I return home and crack open my notes, I notice the word “cherish” has been written several times throughout the pages of dialogue I transcribed. And simply put, that has to be the best way to describe Reggero. She cherishes everyone, everything, and if you’re lucky enough to spend time with her, you too will cherish that.”

In 2014, Dayna founded the Climate Listening Project to connect and share hopeful conversations on climate and community. The Climate Listening Project not only focuses on our changing climate, but how we are changing as individuals, listening to our own realities, overcoming our fears and stereotypes, healing ourselves, and allowing ourselves to be our whole selves. Her work showcases how real change is not just about acknowledging and adapting to our changing weather – it is about changing our political climate, social climate, inclusion climate, and economic climate. She believes we all have unique and important stories, contributions, experiences, and perspectives as we listen, learn, change, and grow. Through the Climate Listening Project, Dayna listens and shares these stories of transformation.

In her Climate Listening Project work, Dayna traveled across the Unites States in collaboration with NRDC, listening and filming stories of farmers who are creating solutions to climate change for a web series, “Cultivating Resilience”. She traveled to Belize in collaboration with National Audubon Society to follow a bird that is connecting people around the world for a documentary feature “The Wood Thrush Connection”. Dayna then went on a national listening tour, filming women fighting pollution and climate impacts in eight states in collaboration with Moms Clean Air Force for a documentary film series, “The Story We Want”. These films have screened at local events, conferences, and film festivals around the globe from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, to the Stockholm Resilience Center, and the International Paris Climate Talks. The Climate Listening Project has reached more than 10 million people and won several awards, including “Best Short Documentary” at the Belize International Film Festival. The impact continues: Dayna’s “Faith in Action” film in collaboration with EcoAmerica was shared with a DIY action toolkit at 4,000 churches across America and “The Wood Thrush Connection” is being used as an elementary school curriculum.

Honors

Winner, Best Documentary, Micropolitan Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best Film, 48 Hour Film Festival, 2018
Featured Filmmaker, Beyond the Page Film Festival, 2018
Official Selection, Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival, 2018
Official Selection, Cat Fly Indie Film Festival, 2018
McCullough Fellowship Partner, University of North Carolina, 2018
Winner, Best Short Documentary, Belize International Film Festival, 2017
Finalist, Best Environmental Film, Boone Film Festival, 2017
Environment & Ecological #Conchie Social Activism Award, 2017
Outstanding Conservationist Top Nominee, Roosevelt-Ashe Awards, 2016
Featured Filmmaker, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 2016
Shorty Award, Plant-a-Tree Campaign, 2012
Community Leader of the Year, Sustainable Energy Association, 2009
PR Power Award, Public Relations Society of America, 2007
Addy Award, Print Campaign, Advertising Federation, 2006
Addy Award, Mixed Media Campaign, Advertising Federation, 2006
Emerging Leader of the Year, Chamber of Commerce, 2006

Travel

Dayna is from New York and now lives in a Blue Ridge Mountain forest. She has traveled to work, study or explore in Australia, Belize, Ecuador, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Fiji, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Virgin Islands, Canada, and throughout most of the United States. She lived in Ecuador for three months and lived in Italy for three months in a newly preserved forest in the Alps. Dayna co-hosts a podcast series on iHeart Radio called “Speaking of Travel” about eco-tourism featuring people working on climate and community solutions around the world.

Action

Dayna’s work started at 19, when she began appearing on television with animals to promote conservation. She has worked to advance environmental engagement and action throughout the United States and around the world for 20 years.

She has been interviewed by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX networks; coordinated with Animal Planet, TLC, and the Food Network for features; partnered with Discovery on a film tour of California’s sustainable farmers; and collaborated with the Sierra Club on the Emmy Award winning series “Years of Living Dangerously”. Her work has been featured on hundreds of outlets including NPR, iHeartRadio, Univision, Yahoo, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and Jane Goodall Institute.

Dayna produced an international video series with the Environmental Paper Network to launch a new Global Paper Vision with more than 130 large and small organizations from six continents; and worked with hundreds of environmental funders from around the world as part of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.

Dayna has worked with top social capital investors for CleanTech Open in California; coordinated leading corporations with Green Festival in Manhattan, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.; and promoted start-up regenerative businesses with Accelerating Appalachia from North Carolina to Kentucky.

Dayna has worked with the Sierra Club to help communities move beyond coal in North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida; and she was a coach for Dogwood Alliance’s advancement team as they work with communities to protect forests throughout the Southern United States. Dayna worked with the Pentagon and U.S. Army on the triple bottom line greening of Fort Bragg communities; and helped Chimney Rock State Park to become Green Certified by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Dayna launched Woody Harrelson’s Step Forward Paper in the United States; coordinated with Ian Somerhalder and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation during the “Years of Living Dangerously” Beyond Coal collaboration; shared the inspiring voices of Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Cheech Marin on an album connecting children and nature; interviewed Michelle Branch, Adam Savage, Olivia Newton John, Fabulous Beekman Boys, Bill McKibben, Amy Goodman and many more thought leaders for films, videos or features; and coordinated with Danny Glover and Patti LaBelle at events for social justice and animal welfare.

Speaking

Wake Forest University, Royal Roads University, University of Montana, Lenoir-Rhyne University, University of North Carolina, St. Andrew’s University, AERO Conference, Climate City Expo, Authentic Communities Summit, Organic Growers School, Northwest Florida Women’s Expo, Green Festival New York, Green Festival D.C., Accelerating Appalachia, Americorps Project Conserve, and more… Book Dayna here.

Education

Master of Applied Science, Environmental Policy and Management
Bachelor of Arts, Communications

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