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Sharon Pfeifer

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Sharon Pfeifer has lifelong exposure to natural and social sciences and the arts. She has degrees in Ecology, Anthropology, Public Affairs and Policy, and Conservation Biology. Fellowships with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Minnesota’s Bush Foundation enabled her to engage in community-science professional work in many developing countries and in the state of Minnesota. In the fall of 2019 Sharon retired after nearly 27 years with the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a community assistance and natural resources manager. Her chief DNR educational and outreach accomplishments included: 1) creation and management of DNR’s regional Metro Greenways Program with its local community grants and Green Infrastructure workshops for local government staff and residential builders; 2) development and offering, with professional speaker support, interagency groundwater protection events for local government staff; and 3) development and facilitation of climate change literacy events for DNR’s Divisions. Sharon appreciates the voluntary opportunity to continue assisting communities with their environmental issues as a Thriving Earth Exchange Fellow, as well as advocating for more community-science assistance, which is in short supply.

“Community science needs institutional and financial support from others to continue development of its unique approach to assisting communities with their environmental issues that affect community well-being.”