Darcy nelson (she/her)
Chief Marketing Strategist,
Nelson Strategic Marketing

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) 

Waste reduction and regenerative food production are the most interesting areas of sustainability to me. I grew up in a town whose water supply was affected by a newly developed landfill in my teen years and this experience made it tangibly clear to me that there is no “away” when it comes to our trash and our lack of resource looping with materials. I’ve also learned a bit about the connection between soil health and human health and see the farmer and local food production as vital and often underappreciated facets of environmental care. How our food is grown and where it comes from affects our health and the planet’s health in massive ways.

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability? I truly enjoy being part of a network of women who care for the planet and one another. It’s encouraging to see a variety of people with varying passions and subject expertise areas work collaboratively for positive change and impact. Every sector can and should be committed to sustainability practices.

Finish this statement: I CARE Because … the earth is our only habitat, and the choices we make today impact the quality of life for future generations.

What are some self-care tips you like to share? 

My daily at-home yoga practice is an essential self-care habit that brings me a moment of peace before the day begins and helps get my lymph and muscles moving and working before a day in front of a screen. For me, yoga can be a moving form of meditation and self-love.

I’ve also started tapping into mindfulness and guided meditation with the help of apps and videos. Sometimes life is so hectic and my mind is so full I need the extra support to just breathe and set it all aside for a few minutes.

When the weather is warm enough, my favorite form of self-care is biking to a park with my hammock and taking a nap or reading a book while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. It feels so carefree and removed from the adult stresses of life.

What is your favorite quote? 
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs

What are some things that bring you joy? 
Using Music as Medicine brings me joy! I’m a songwriter and have a silly song about how much I love farmers’ markets that I hope to dust off and share soon. I also love biking when the weather and logistics allow it. It feels good to conserve gas and get some exercise in at the same time. Dancing anywhere and anytime also brings me joy. Hit me up the next time you want to go two-stepping or have a ladies’ night out!

Check out Darcy’s TEDx Talk “Music is Medicine

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