BIOGRAPHY

Learn About Dayna

Dreaming Big

Dayna is an environmentalist. She started out as a spokesperson at 19 years old, appearing on television with local and endangered species. Her new effort is the Climate Listening Project video series, traveling around the world to connect, film and share hopeful conversations on climate and community.

Education

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

Television and Film

Dayna has been interviewed by CNN, appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX networks around the nation as a wildlife and sustainability expert, and coordinated with Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery and the Food Network for features. Her Sustainable Food Tour took her around California in a Chevy Volt to film food experts, biodynamic wineries, and organic food producers with Discovery and NPR. She collaborated with the Sierra Club on season one of the amazing climage change docu-series: Years of Living Dangerously. She 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 around the world working together to stop deforestation. In 2016, Dayna traveled to Belize to film her first documentary feature in collaboration with the Audubon Society; and then went on a national tour to eight states in collaboration with Moms Clean Air Force.

Celebrity

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 / Sierra Club Beyond Coal collaboration and during the Environmental Paper Network Global Paper Vision Launch; shared the inspiring voices of Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Cheech Marin on the Pacha’s Pajamas launch album connecting children and nature; interviewed Michelle Branch, Adam Savage, Olivia Newton John, Fabulous Beekman Boys, Bill McKibben, Amy Goodman and many more for films, videos or features; and coordinated with Danny Glover and Patti LaBelle at events for social justice and animal welfare; …

Speaking

The Collider, Wake Forest University, Royal Roads University, University of Montana, Lenoir-Rhyne University, University of North Carolina, St. Andrew’s University, AERO Conference, Authentic Communities Summit, Organic Growers School, Northwest Florida Women’s Expo, Interfaith Power & Light Spring Celebration, Audubon Society NC Annual Celebration, Green Festival Los Angeles, Accelerating Appalachia, Americorps Project Conserve… Book Dayna here.

Planet

Dayna is from New York and now lives in a Blue Ridge Mountain forest where she grows organic food with her family and Great Dane. She has traveled to work, study or explore in Australia, Ecuador, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Fiji, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Virgin Islands, Canada, and throughout most of the United States. She traveled to Belize to film “The Wood Thrush Connection” documentary as part of her Climate Listening Project. She lived in Ecuador for three months when she was 17 years old, and volunteered for three months in newly preserved forest in the Italian Alps.

Prosperity

Dayna has worked with top inventors and social capital investors for CleanTech Open; leading green start ups and corporations with Green Festival; and Nature-Based Businesses for Accelerating Appalachia. She is now on a Cultivating Resilience Tour with scientist Laura Lengnick, speaking at colleges and universities and filming stories of farmers and communities who are creating resilient solutions to climate change. Dayna worked with the Pentagon and U.S. Army on the triple bottom line greening of Fort Bragg communities, coordinating community involvement in conservation, urban farming, green building, and green business. She helped promote a Food Action Plan that passed unanimously at Asheville City Council, incorporating priorities for food access and security in the city sustainability plan. Dayna helped Chimney Rock State Park to become Green Certified by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources with local food, solar power, and sustainable events. Dayna has worked to promote clean energy and communities move beyond coal with Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal; and she was a coach for Dogwood Alliance’s advancement team as they work with communities to protect Southern forests.

Honors

Winner, Best Short Documentary, “Wood Thrush Connection”, Belize International Film Festival, 2017
Finalist, Best Environmental Film, “Wood Thrush Connection”, Boone Film Festival, 2017
Environment & Ecological #Conchie Social Activism Award, 2017
Outstanding Conservationist, Top Nominee, Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards, 2016
Featured Filmmaker, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, MountainTrue, 2016
#Green Shorty Award (campaign manager), 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

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