Distinguished Speakers Series Welcomes Sierra Club’s Bruce Hamilton

On Wednesday, 1-25, as part of our Distinguished Speakers Series, we welcomed Sierra Club Deputy Executive Director Bruce Hamilton to campus for an interview and conversation with our community. Hamilton has worked for the Sierra Club for 40 years. He started as a regional Sierra Club organizer in the northern Rocky Mountains and northern plains states, then served as national field director, and later as national conservation director.

In his interview with Kevin Henschel ’93, Hamilton was asked about his history at the Sierra Club and evolution of the 125-year-old organization. Students took notes during the interview, which was followed by questions from students and faculty. Hamilton then walked the grounds with Head of School Randy Bertin and Director of Sustainability Tod Cossairt to see the vernal pool filled by the recent rains. As they walked, Hamilton ticked off names of bird and plant species and got to hear a little about our recent brush-clearing goats and some of the school’s initiatives.

Our community was grateful to hear personally from such an informed and lifelong advocate for environmental and social justice! It was an honor for us to be able to share the vernal pool, the snowy Topa Topa bluffs, and a breath of clean winter Ojai air together.