Kelcie Ottoes (she/her)
Founder, Kelcie Ottoes Copywriting

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.) I’m a huge soil nerd. I think that the microorganisms that live, grow, and support plant life fascinates me. I went down such a rabbit hole the day I found out about mycelium networks. And, as an avid gardener, understanding soil health also helps me reduce my overall carbon footprint.

I’ve also found the accessibility of sustainability really interesting over the last year, which is part of the reason I’m teaching the webinar I am. For a long time, I couldn’t understand issues like global warming, so I buried my head in the sand and tried to ignore it. The moment someone wants to understand, we have to give them the resources available to do so. I’ve made it my mission to create relatable, accessible copy driven by stories to help increase retention.

What interests / excites you most about being involved in sustainability? This is one of the most supportive, caring, and intentional group of folks on the planet. I love the full circle, holistic approach that’s taken to provide educational, fun, and actionable opportunities for all of the group members.

Finish this statement: I CARE Because … if not me, who?

What interests /​ excites you most about being involved in sustainability? I’m grateful I found a way to use my superpower (writing and telling a great story) to help sustainable brands be more relatable and approachable. It sounds cheesy, but it really is an honor to support the folks who are doing the work to save the planet.

What are one or two of your favorite sustainability tips or tricks that you like to share with others? Composting is one of the easiest things to do in the entire world and it makes a HUGE impact on the amount of waste sent to landfill, as well as supports your garden. Win/win!

What are some of your favorite podcasts, books, documentaries, etc that you recommend to those looking to engage more in the environmental space? I really enjoy the “Make Climate Cool Again” podcast, as well as the “Keep Climate Cool” podcast. Both can help you explore businesses you could support.

What are some things that bring you joy? My dogs, husband, and a trail without any trash.

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