Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, talks about the importance of understanding the local impacts of climate change and how we can live in harmony with nature.
Dr. Joylette Portlock is the Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, a nonprofit working to accelerate sustainability policies and practices in southwestern Pennsylvania. Most recently she served as Associate Director of Science and Research at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Executive Director of Communitopia, a nonprofit based in Pittsburgh that focuses on climate change communication. During her time at Communitopia she starred in a series of funny, short web videos on climate change for the general public, called Don’t Just Sit There - Do Something! Dr. Portlock holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in anthropology from MIT and a Ph.D. in genetics from Stanford University. Her work focuses on building community around sustainability topics and giving the public important scientific information it can use. She has worked on environmental issues at the local, state, and federal level, with a focus on global climate change since 2007. Dr. Portlock also currently serves on the Allegheny County Board of Health and has many other roles in the community.