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Dayna Reggero is an award-winning film director, listener, and founding director of the Climate Listening Project. She was an All-American and Division 1 runner before volunteering at the local zoo while in college. Dayna’s work started at 19, when she began appearing on television with animals to promote connection to nature.

In a print feature, Woman’s Day Magazine showcased Dayna 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.”

Salon.com 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.”

Dayna has been interviewed by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX networks and coordinated with Animal Planet, TLC, and the Food Network for features. Her efforts have been featured on hundreds of outlets including NPR, Univision, and Jane Goodall Institute. Her work was selected by National Geographic as an Open Explorer Expedition and featured in the nationwide PBS series EcoSense for Living.

Dayna’s first film effort was a tour of California’s sustainable farmers in collaboration with Discovery Communications. 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 from six continents. Then, she collaborated with the Sierra Club on the Emmy Award-winning series “Years of Living Dangerously” before founding the Climate Listening Project.

The Climate Listening Project connects hopeful conversations on climate change impacts and community solutions. In her Climate Listening Project work, Dayna traveled to Belize in collaboration with National Audubon Society to listen to birders across borders connected by a common goal to protect a beloved songbird for a documentary short film “The Wood Thrush Connection”. Dayna went on a national listening tour, filming women throughout the United States fighting back and winning against a culture of extraction in collaboration with Moms Clean Air Force for a documentary short film, “The Story We Want”. She traveled across the United States in collaboration with NRDC and Cultivating Resilience, listening and filming stories of farmers taking risks and innovating to adapt to a changed climate for a documentary short series on Resilient Agriculture. And she traveled to listen to doctors, nurses, and health professionals on the front lines of the unconnected climate and pollution pandemic for her film “Planet Prescription”, now available through Exposure Labs Film in the Field.

The Climate Listening Project has reached millions and millions of people. All the films continue to been shown at local and international screenings, from universities to the Paris Climate Talks. The “Faith in Action” short film in collaboration with EcoAmerica and Disciples of Christ was shared with a DIY action toolkit at 4,000 churches across the United States. Dayna has partnered with 90 high school students to make their own Climate Listening Project podcasts; college students to create their own Climate Listening Project art; and the “Wood Thrush Connection” film is being used as an elementary school curriculum.

Dayna is currently listening in the Gulf.

Education

Master of Science, Environmental Policy
Bachelor of Arts, Communications

Honors

Finalist, Don Eldon Activist Award, 2021
Finalist, My Hero Project International Film Festival, 2021
Winner, Cinema Verde International Film Festival, 2021
Winner, Impact Docs Awards, 2020
Winner, Southern States Indie Film Fest, 2020
Official Selection, Fist Up Film Festival, 2020
Official Selection, Real to Reel International Film Festival, 2020
Official Selection, Cat Fly Indie Film Festival, 2020
Semi-Finalist, Southeast Regional Film Festival, 2020
Official Selection, Connect Beyond Festival, 2020
Official Selection, Southern Screen Film Festival, 2020
Official Selection, Big Syn International Film Festival UN SDG, 2020
Official Selection, Femme Filmmakers Festival, 2019
Official Selection, Film Vault Presents, 2019
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

Impact

Dayna launched Woody Harrelson’s Step Forward Paper in the United States in an effort to preserve forests; coordinated with Ian Somerhalder and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation on collaborations to protect forests and move beyond coal; 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 about sustainability; and coordinated with Danny Glover and Patti LaBelle at events for social justice and animal welfare.

Dayna has worked with the Sierra Club to help communities move beyond coal in North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida; coached Dogwood Alliance as they work with communities to protect forests throughout the Southern United States; and advised with the Pentagon and U.S. Army on the triple bottom line greening of base communities. 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.; promoted regenerative businesses with Accelerating Appalachia in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio; and worked with hundreds of environmental funders from throughout the United States and around the world as part of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.

Travel

Dayna is from New York and now lives on the Gulf Coast. 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 as part of a student-exchange and volunteered in Italy for three months in a newly preserved forest in the Alps.

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