McKenna Dunbar

Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

McKenna Dunbar is a steadfast advocate for equitable clean energy transitions in frontline and rural communities, with a focus on the intricate intersections of environmental justice, green workforce development, and net-zero building policy initiatives. As the Building Electrification Staffer at Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Dunbar leads a team dedicated to advancing building electrification and reducing fossil fuel dependence.

Dunbar’s distinguished accomplishments include being a 2023 Aspen Institute Future Leader, 2022 Truman Scholarship Finalist, 2022 ACEEE’s Linda Latham Scholar, 2022 BECC Fellow, 2022 Greenbuild Host Committee Scholar, 2022 LinkedIn Top Voice in Social Impact, 2022 EPA Environmental Justice Video Challenge Winner, and 2021 Udall Scholar, among numerous other prestigious accolades.

In addition to promoting energy efficiency endeavors and technologies, Dunbar is a proponent of climate mental health awareness, emphasizing the psychological impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities. Outside their professional pursuits, Dunbar delights in e-biking, hosting tea parties, listening to clean energy podcasts, and preparing vegan cuisine. Their unwavering commitment to environmental justice and equitable clean energy transitions establishes Dunbar as an influential and scholarly voice in the quest for a sustainable future.