My name is Cassie. I am a writer, a social media pro, a photographer, and an environmental steward.
I am the digital organizer for the Ohio Environmental Council, and proud of it. I run social media, manage online fundraising and campaign efforts, design and circulate emails and newsletters, create photo and video elements for the blog, and write about current issues facing or state's natural resources.
My passion for nature goes back almost as long as I can remember. I grew up in a small farm and dairy town outside of Cleveland, Ohio, with a field of wildflowers in the empty lot next to our new home and a creek that ran right through the center. I climbed tall oaks, caught tadpoles and crawdads, and made mud pies out of of "ingredients" I found in the woods.
But, as I grew older, those elementary joys turned into true curiosity. I wanted to learn everything I could about the water cycle, photosynthesis, and natural disasters. I was constantly running out into thunder storms and bringing poisonous spiders home to mom. Luckily, I ended up totally normal by the time I reached college (sarcasm) and all of that curiosity lead me to get a degree in journalism and a certificate specializing in environmental science.
I went to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio which is in the heart of the Appalachia foothills. During my time there, I came to recognize the true threat to our environment with extractive industries like fracking ravaging the land, acid mine drainage from abandoned coal mines polluting the water, and backwards legislations on renewable energy and other green technologies. Seeing these sites, talking to the people most afflicted, and writing about these issues for the student publications fueled a rage in me. It was in Appalachia that I truly became an advocate.
I've had about a dozen positions since accepting my degree in 2015. I worked for the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, covering stories on environmental research, physics, chemistry, technology, and women in STEM.
In 2016, I became a Student Conservation Association (SCA) and AmeriCorps member serving as a social media coordinator for the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, NY. For six beautiful months, I lived in the gardener's cottage on the Vanderbilt Estate, writing about the park's conservation efforts, meeting fellow environmentalists, and honing my skills as a social media specialist and nature photographer. To this day, I consider my time with the SCA the most valuable of all of my experiences in the professional world, thus far. The SCA taught me how to be a leader for the environment, how to use my skills to do meaningful work, and how to maintain a solid moral foundation even when times get tough. I am forever grateful for this organization and AmeriCorps for giving me the tools I needed to be where I am today.
Following my service, I was an editorial & outreach fellow for Inverse, an online news site covering all things science and constantly asking what's next? I wrote about astronomy, environmental science, health, and robotics. I also wrote for EcoWatch, an online source for environmental advocacy, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where I continue to write about biomedical engineering including robotic prosthetics, cutting edge cancer treatments, and emerging medical technologies.
When I'm not obsessing over protecting the planet, I enjoy planting in my garden (okay, kind of the same thing), reading and writing science fiction novels, cooking healthy meals, and kayaking, hiking, and traveling with my pup.
To learn more about me, follow me on Instagram or @Eco_Cass. For all other inquiries email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.