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emily williams

environmentalist, communications strategist

Emily grew up chasing her family as they were kayaking rivers, climbing peaks, and skiing powder in Central Idaho. Her passion for the environment grew as she did, deepening with every new adventure. When she discovered the rivers were being dammed for hydropower, snow forecasts were predicted to decrease due to climate change, and public lands were threatening to disappear to private interests, she knew she had to take action. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University in 2015. In her current position as Communications Associate with the Sun Valley Institute, she works to increase awareness and inspire action to protect our natural world through public advocacy campaigns. Emily aspires to continue growing an influential community to confront the critical environmental crises of our time, from climate change to water scarcity.

EMILY's Projects

STANDHOPE RUN FOR PUBLIC LANDS

As a runner and outdoor enthusiast, Emily relies on public lands not only to recreate, but for the clean air and water they provide, the inspirational moments found in natural beauty and solitude, and the habitat public lands offer for the other species we share this planet with. In 2017 Emily ran the Standhope Ultramarathon to raise money for the Idaho Conservation League (ICL), a non-profit that works to protect this unspoiled landscape for us and future generations.

Emily's Partner Organizations

Trail Sisters

Trail Sisters is a women’s trail running community and online journal. Trail Sisters mission is to increase women’s participation and opportunity in trail running through inspiration, education and empowerment.

BLAKE EVERSON

ADVOCATE FOR CULTURAL PRESERVATION AND RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Blake Everson

After graduating with a degree in environmental literature, Blake Everson set forth with a plan to explore the world’s less-traveled regions in pursuit of adventure and understanding. It didn’t take long for his itinerary to include the island nation of Papua New Guinea, which, as it turns out was exactly where he had been meant to go. Over ten years has passed and Blake now leads custom, small-group cultural immersion expeditions into some of the most remote areas of Papua New Guinea. Working closely with tribes to develop itineraries that highlight the traditional knowledge of indigenous societies, he has witnessed a revival of cultural pride that has helped compel communities to resist the menacing advance of industry. When not out eating insects with the Kosua tribe of Mt. Bosavi, Blake works to educate tour companies and adventure seekers how culturally immersive collaborations with indigenous societies can help protect cultural diversity worldwide.

BLAKE's Projects

ORIGIN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

    • Origin Papua New Guinea brings tourists to the island to experience authentic cultural immersion. The promotion of tourism in such isolated areas is known to be controversial. The decision of Origin Papua New Guinea to bring travelers from the developed world to experience traditional tribal culture was a difficult one. Only after lengthy and repeat discussions with village elders, chiefs and village citizens of the three Upper Kosua villages, was a mutually agreed upon immersive tourist program developed. It was decided that conscientious tourists would actually galvanize the cultural identity, strengthen environmental stewardship of the surrounding jungle, and provide a sustainable income for communities who have, so far, resisted the vexing voice of modern development.

NATE GALPIN

ARTIST, ENGINEER, ATHLETE

Nate is a conceptual artist; A person who devotes his energy to ideas rather than a single skill or material. He prides himself on the notion that quality is backbone of our lives. He’s a former multi-discipline member of the US Snowboard Team, X-Games alumni, a father, a mountaineer, and an Engineer/EMT for the Sun Valley Fire Department. He’s cast himself around the world for a variety of reasons and for a variety of disciplines, but calls Ketchum, Idaho home. Carrying a degree from the University of Puget Sound, he’s aiming for empowerment through knowledge and self-reliance.

NATE's Projects

“Galpin founded his studio seven years ago, it was predicated on the concept of human-as-isotope, the notion that we are all made of the same infrastructure, the same elements, the same connective tissue, but that even in repetition, there is variance. Here, where the only rules of the game are the laws that govern science, channeling what’s inherently given is vital. ‘A conceptual artist needs to pay attention to the idea, not the process,” he explained. “You have to learn to be an organism and grab at the best pieces. Extract what’s best and then step aside. Once you’ve done the work, you have to get out of the way.'” Read more about Nate in Sun Valley Magazine