The Roots & Shoots program out of the Jane Goodall Institute is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. Roots & Shoots is made up of tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, where the network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects in youth-led campaigns, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.
The Brandywine Sprouts Chapter, based in northern New Castle County, Delaware, was inspired to take action regarding a problem in our communities: plastic pollution. Specifically, light weight "single use" plastic bags which litter our communities, enter our watersheds, are consumed by animals with tragic results, and clog our stormwater systems and our recycling facilities.
The BringYourOwnBag campaign was launched by the Brandywine Sprouts in 2010 to undertake educational outreach, awareness building and policy change to address the issue of plastic bag pollution. With an initial focus on plastic bags, the effort has grown and expanded to plastic straws, balloons, polystyrene, and more. And our name was changed to Plastic Free Delaware (PFD) to reflect our broader mission. PFD undertakes educational programs, awareness building events and projects, and advocacy initiatives in order to obtain our goal of greatly reducing single-use plastics in the First State.
BringYourOwnBag Delaware built the Delaware Plastic Pollution Action Coalition (DEPPAC) of many national and Delaware groups who endorsed action to address single use plastic pollution.
Dee lives with her family in her childhood home in Rockland, Delaware adjacent to Brandywine Creek State Park where her passion for conservation was instilled exploring the woods and streams of the park as a child. In the past, Dee has served in leadership roles in several statewide and regional environmental organizations including the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Common Cause Delaware, Preservation Delaware, and S.A.V.E., as well as volunteering for multiple nonprofit boards of the Sierra Club Delaware Chapter, New Castle Conservation District, Preservation Delaware, the Junior League of Wilmington, and the Civic Council of Brandywine Hundred.
Nancy is steeped in education and the arts, including teaching Pre-K through third grade. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MFA at Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Nancy has a deep commitment and widespread experience in community service, ranging from Board service at the Charter School of Wilmington, the Jewish Community Center, as General Chair of the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball in Wilmington, and has volunteered for the Russian Ballet, Kutz Home, Child Inc., Junior League of Wilmington, Tower Hill School, and Centrevlle Civic Association. Nancy conducted research on contemporary issues affecting teaching in Delaware for the Rodel Charitable Foundation.
Trē Sullivan spent most of her career in the pharmaceutical field retiring from Merck in 2012. She lives in Wilmington with her two cats, Kinsey and Coco. Her married daughter, Erin, resides in Brooklyn, NY. Besides Plastic Free Delaware, Trē is currently involved with Faithful Friends, Saint Vincent de Paul, and the Sierra Club. She is a past board member for Delaware Greenways.
Her hobbies include skiing, biking, tennis, hiking and reading. She also enjoys conservation vacations.
Educated in the UK as a Registered Nurse, Trish immigrated to the USA in 1966. She is now retired and living in Lewes, Delaware. In addition to Plastic Free Delaware, Trish volunteer as at CASA, MERR, and the Friends of Cape Henlopen. She is the Co- Chair of The Green Team of St. Peter's Church Lewes, Delaware.
Mike is a former public school teacher and past president of the Technology Education Association of NJ (now NJTEEA). He is credited for helping develop the Technology Education Framework Standards for NJ. He is a practitioner of STEM and was Supervisor of Student Teachers 2006- 2014 for the Technological Studies Department at the College of New Jersey. He is a certified scuba diver actively diving since 2005 with more than 850 hours logged underwater to date. He is an underwater photographer/videographer and currently a scuba diver for Adventure Aquarium putting on the dive show, doing underwater maintenance and working with the marine biologists. He has experienced, in person, the effects of the change in ocean climate. He has been providing Earth Day presentations for schools since 2013.