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Lutsey named new Climate Change Coalition Executive Director

A potentially familiar face to you has been selected as the new leader of the Climate Change Coalition of Door County.


The organization announced on Friday that Jeff Lutsey will be its new executive director. He is no stranger to environmentalism in Door County as a part of the Waseda Farms family in Baileys Harbor. The organic farm is known for its sustainable practices, which included installing solar panels in 2017. Lutsey serves on the Ridges Sanctuary Board of Directors and has assisted on several sustainability-driven programs with organizations like Destination Door County, the Town of Baileys Harbor, and the Village of Ephraim.


He is currently the owner of a boreal preserve in Baileys Harbor, where he is creating workforce housing with an environmental focus. Lutsey says while he is alarmed by the impact climate change is having on the native tree and insect populations, he is inspired by what the Climate Change Coalition and its partners are doing to “educate and respond and take specific, science-based, and meaningful actions.”


The organization’s founders, Roy Thilly and Mary Smythe, are excited to welcome Lutsey as its executive director, commending him for his leadership, friendly spirit, and fresh ideas that can help the Climate Change Coalition move forward with its mission.

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