Donna  Lisenby

Donna Lisenby

Donna Lisenby is the Global Coal Campaign Coordinator from Boone, North Carolina. Donna spent 16 years as a Riverkeeper advocating for the protection, preservation and restoration of waterways in four states-NC, SC, TN and KY. She has played a key role in bringing litigation against coal mining companies, coal-fired power plants, changing the Carolina’s inter-basin transfer laws and was the first environmental advocate to report and blow the whistle on leaking coal ash ponds across the state of North Carolina. She is the recipient 14 awards for her work to engage citizens and reduce industrial, sewage and sediment pollution. She appeared in the film Walmart, the High Cost of Low Price where she exposed the retailers appalling failure to protect the environment and the National Geographic mini-documentary Clean Coal: Water Pollution at the Light Switch produced by Alexandra Cousteau as part of the Expedition Blue Planet series. She was named an environmental hero in a video by the University of NC School of Journalism in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and two beautiful grandchildren who motivate her work to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.