Climate Resolve Staff Interview: Bryn Lindblad

Posted by on July 19, 2016

norway mountainsGet to know Bryn Lindblad, Climate Resolve’s Associate Director.

Describe your work in one sentence.

I’m working a lot with transportation and land use issues at the moment — trying to create more viable options for people to live and enjoy Los Angeles in more climate-friendly, appealing ways.

What inspired you on your career path?

I’ve long been motivated by opportunities to try to realize large-scale societal shifts towards greater sustainability, especially when that change increases prosperity and community welfare in the doing. The work of nonprofits like ours — advocating for policies that incentivize that transition and implementing programs that prove the net benefit — are crucial to building the momentum that’s needed to solve our climate crisis. I can’t think of anything more rewarding or inspirational than that!

What are the key external factors that drive your work?

The influence that oil money has is definitely an obstacle that I’m driven to try to help our society overcome. Aiding that effort are new technological breakthroughs for lower carbon alternatives as well as scientific revelations of the quickening pace and increasing extent of climate change, which serve as powerful impetuses.

What have you added to your field/workplace? Brag a little: what’s your value-add?

I bring a good deal of ambition and vision, and also the attention span to strategize how our team (and our broader Southern California community) can realistically take steps to achieve its goals. Head in the clouds, feet on the ground.

What are the barriers you face in work — and what could make your job easier?

We foster a lot of collaborations, cross-sector partnerships, and coalition work, which isn’t always easy. Facilitating these efforts requires sensitivity and that due influence be given to a variety of stakeholders with diverse perspectives. Increased public salience about the importance and feasibility of addressing climate change could help bring decision-makers’ agendas into better alignment with achieving climate goals.

A genie grants you two wishes to help fight climate change. What do you ask for? (And what would you do with the third wish?)

Safe bike lanes! So people can feel good about choosing this climate-friendly option.

Campaign finance reform, so fossil fuel industries can’t keep buying their way to political influence, which perpetuates our tax dollars subsidizing their continued market dominance.

Transform our consumption patterns towards supporting greater durability of goods and less wasteful planned obsolescence. Prioritize quality over quantity of items produced by establishing product-service systems that are structured to meet people’s needs and wants in ways that have less detrimental lifecycle-oriented ecological footprints than is current practice.

Name two things you like most about LA, and what would you change?

What I like most about LA: the sunshine and colorful cultures. What I’d change: the dominance of cars in our streetscapes. Let’s aim for more multi-modal harmony instead, which will create a much more pleasant urban environment.