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Laura Rigell

Hailing from east Tennessee, Laura has been an avid advocate for climate justice since 2010. From halls of the United Nations to mountain hollers impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining, Laura's activism has spanned from the local to global scale. While an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, she has become involved with Serenity House, a healing space and outreach center of Arch Street United Methodist Church. Since, the collaboration between Swarthmore students and North Philadelphia community members has sprouted many projects advancing sustainability in the community. One of these projects is Serenity Soular, an initiative to share the benefits of solar power with North Philadelphia, a low-income community of color. Laura is now seeking a Masters of City Planning at Penn Design, in order to pursue her interest in sustainable community development.