Susan Loomans began her work in the climate movement with the U.S. Air Force as a climatologist, and currently works to build and renovate sustainable homes by advocating for energy saving practices. Her work with green buildings and as a presenter gives inspiration to the idea of living “green.”
Why did you decide to become a Climate Reality Presenter?
Even though I had worked as a meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force, for years I was pretty much on the sidelines when it came to climate change. After seeing An Inconvenient Truth, I decided to get involved to try to make a difference. The film made me recognize the urgency of turning around our emissions, and for the US to be the world leader in reducing them.
What has been your most memorable experience with The Climate Reality
I had a presentation scheduled on what turned out to be Super Bowl Sunday, and my team (the Green Bay Packers) was in the game! I was certain that no one would show up, but we ended up with a good crowd and had some super discussions. And the Packers went on to win later that day…
Who are you outside of The Climate Reality Project?
I am the owner and president of PropertyVets LLC, a company that renovates and rents foreclosed homes using the labor of military veterans. We focus on creating safe and sustainable homes that revitalize neighborhoods and the lives of the vets that work with us. I’m also an avid hiker, biker, and cross country skier.
What do you enjoy about being a part of the climate movement?
Enjoyment may not be the best word, since I wish the climate movement didn’t have to exist. We have gotten ourselves into a mess! However, I do enjoy working with people who approach this challenge from all different directions: science, religion, business, family.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m mostly inspired by nature. Nature asks nothing from us, yet works tirelessly to restore health and balance to the many things we have disrupted. And I’m constantly inspired by nature’s beauty.
Are you currently working on a project or activity that you’d like to mention?
We recently bought a new home, and I’m in the process of converting our mowed lawn into an urban mini-farm. I’d like to see how far we can go toward growing our own food, composting, saving energy, and harvesting rainwater.