Sara Barczak is the High Risk Energy Director at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. She opened a coastal office in Savannah, Georgia in 2000 and since then has been providing extensive support to concerned citizens and organizing partners, participates in legislative, state and federal regulatory forums on issues concerning nuclear energy, public safety, utilities and the negative impacts of power plants on the region’s water resources. Sara has worked for over fourteen years in diverse environmental fields in the private and non-profit sectors: as an environmental consultant for Department of Defense facilities relating to hazardous waste and air quality issues and as a citizen’s advocate, educator and consultant for two non-profit organizations. She received a B.A. in Biology from Lawrence University.
In her own words, Sara adds: “It’s also hard to believe that building new nuclear reactors is even being discussed in this country, and elsewhere, as a supposed means to mitigate the effects of climate change given the multitude of “downsides” that nuclear power has – high costs, high risks, threats to human health and safety and on and on. But it’s happening because the nuclear industry is big business that makes a lot of people a lot of money. So that is why I continue do this work in spite of not yet having children of my own – the obvious negative side of the nuclear industry needs to be understood by more people. I believe that once people really understand, they will demand clean, safe, and equitable energy choices that don’t put our environment and current and futures generations at risk. It’s been a lot of banging ones head against the wall but I guess I’m just stubborn and refuse to give up! Plus, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have a supporting husband, family, friends, colleagues and donors who have been able to make my work possible.