We are so thrilled to have Kelly Conroy joining us as a contributing writer!
“I’m so honored to be part of the Urban Treehouse team and I’m very much looking forward to sharing all of the creative, fun, and fascinating sustainability practices taking place in my hometown of Sacramento and all over the world.
Living sustainably has been a personal passion of mine since I found my love of science in high school. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and have since been building my career as an environmental educator. After a stint as a waterfowl biologist (chasing, catching, releasing, and teaching about ducks), I found my way to Sacramento Tree Foundation where I currently lead the Education Department. Oftentimes, urban forestry is an overlooked amenity within a city. But, as a resident of the “City of Trees,” I am so proud to be working each day to bring the benefits of trees to every neighborhood in Sacramento. One of my favorite parts of my job is watching kids that have never been encouraged to spend time outdoors get their hands dirty while planting a tree. Through tree planting, they get to connect with nature and participate in establishing a legacy that will provide clean air, cooler temperatures, and much more for generations.
When I’m not planting trees, I’m usually at home trying to keep our vegetable and pollinator gardens alive during the summer heat or cooking up our weekly meal plan full of farmer’s market finds. As a novice gardener, I’m clumsily learning how to compost, conserve water, and cultivate California native plants, and it sure is satisfying to make a whole meal fresh from your backyard!
Kelly & Russ in Patagonia Torres del Paine
My husband, Russ, and I are also avid campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. While we dream of owning a tiny house on a big piece of property someday, we currently make do by planning overly wild experiences like honeymooning in Patagonia or volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand (You can read more about our crazy adventures on the Politely Wild blog).
But, nothing quite compares to the natural wonders around us in California. Spending the weekend among old growth redwoods or hiking through the Sierras always provides the perspective and motivation I need to bring sustainable living back to my city life.
Kelly & Russ in Yosemite
Stay tuned for fun articles featuring local sustainability efforts and my own experiments in eco-friendly living!” – Kelly Conroy
Welcome to the Treehouse, Kelly!