Laura Weiland is the senior fellow for special projects at GCSE. She is a member of the US Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Strategic Framework coordination team, and the UNFCCC Education, Communication, and Outreach Stakeholders (ECOS) steering committee. Previously, Laura served as the director of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), in Rhinebeck, New York. Since the age of 15, She has lived, studied, and worked across several countries and the United States while imagining, designing, and creating nontraditional and cross-cultural educational experiences for herself and others.
She holds a master’s degree in sustainable development with a focus in community development. Along with thousands of educators, administrators, practitioners, engineers, and other visitors, Laura worked with student groups of all ages over the last decade at Omega’s learning center and EcoMachine, a natural treatment facility that purifies gray and black water for the campus through the lifecycle of plants and microbiology. Laura developed and ran Omega’s annual four-week residential Ecological Literacy Immersion Program for seven years, among many other conferences, environmental programs, regional gatherings, and innovative think tank events.
In 2018 and 2019, she designed and organized the first Drawdown Learn Conferences, in partnership with the Project Drawdown organization, to explore how to more deeply activate a solutions-oriented approach to climate education and engagement through schools and community participation. Laura enjoys strong involvement in regional, national, and global network coordination, collaboration, and relationship building.