Sunny Galbraith is an environmental and labor activist with local climate action group 350 Sonoma, a board member of North Bay Jobs with Justice, and a high school science and math teacher at Orchard View School in Sebastopol. Sunny serves on the Sebastopol City Council’s Zero Waste Committee and is a member of the Zero Waste North Bay Task Force. Sunny co-chairs the annual Santa Rosa Junior College Climate Action Night event, working collaboratively with Sonoma County high school teachers and college professors to integrate climate action into the curriculum and support students in advocating for effective climate action at the local, state, and federal level.
Sunny received her B.S. in Biology from U.C. San Diego and her mathematics and biology teaching credentials from Sonoma State. She founded and runs the compost and recycling program at Apple Blossom and Orchard View Schools. Over the past fifteen years, her program has diverted over 100,000 pounds of organics and recycling from the landfill through on-site worm bins, the county green-waste program, and recycling. Sunny has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years and an environmental educator for 25. In 2015, Sunny was awarded the West Sonoma County Teacher of the Year by the Sebastopol Rotary, and in 2019 received the Environmental Consciousness award from the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce and the Press Democrat’s North Bay Spirit Award. In 2020, the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Climate Action Night event that she co-chairs won the Partnerships, Communications, & Planning Best Practice Award from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.