Sarah Saylor has been with the Policy and Legislation department in Washington, D.C. since 2001.
In that time, she has worked to protect some of America's wildest national treasures, including Yellowstone National Park, the Appalachian Mountains, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
Sarah holds a BA in Botany from Miami University in Ohio, and is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, the land of the burning river.
As Senior Legislative Representative for Earthjustice in Washington, D.C., she advocates for transitioning our nation to a clean energy economy, energy efficiency solutions and positive and lasting federal protections for our shared resources.
It wasn’t until 6th grade that Science class distinguished itself from History as a field of exploration and discovery. Thanks to my middle school science teacher, Ken Radie, I became aware of where my trash went after it was picked up from the curb, that we could test the acidity of rainwater to determine whether to call it acid rain and that the Cuyahoga River, which caught fire in 1969, was neither fishable nor swimmable. This last hypothesis was tested due to the requirement under the Clean Water Act (it was post 1985, after all). After that, if I could turn an assignment in any class into one where I could delve into an environmental challenge, I would. In fact, I first learned of global warming while working on an essay for an English class in the 8th grade (shortly after reports first surfaced in the popular media on the subject).
I went on to study science as an undergrad, and then upon graduation, moved to Washington DC for an internship with the Clean Water Network. There I had the privilege to become acquainted with Earthjustice’s own Clean Water Act expert, the late Joan Mulhern. Though I was first hooked on water policy, I had long considered global warming to be the single most important issue of our time. It wasn’t until the close of the George W. Bush administration that I began to work directly on stemming the tide on climate change. I am still at it today.
"As soon as a court decision is made that the dirty energy industry doesn’t like, there’s a legislative effort to undermine that court decision."