Penny Cothran

Cothran is the Sierra Club organizing representative for the Ready for 100 campaign based in Columbia, S.C. (You can follow along on Facebook @RF100SC.) She joined the Sierra Club in 2018 having worked in the nonprofit sector since 2003 in a variety of marketing and communications roles, including editing three award-winning magazines. As a strategic thinker in her community, Cothran has served on several nonprofit boards outside of work as well, primarily in the realm of homelessness and poverty alleviation. In 2014, she was recognized for her volunteerism as an Influential Woman in Business by the Columbia Regional Business Report. A proud Gamecock (@UofSC) and native South Carolinian, Cothran grew up a Girl Scout (Gold Award recipient) and can frequently be found tent camping with her family, floating down a river or exploring nearby national parks. She can be reached at or on Twitter @PennyDCothran.

This coming February 16th, 2020 at 11:30, Penny Cothran will present the Second Hour program at Columbia Friends Meeting on the Sierra Club’s Initiative called Ready for 100.
The goal of RF100 is to accelerate an equitable transition to 100% clean energy by:
Leveraging support for clean energy to change the frame around what is possible;
Grounding clean energy efforts in local priorities and values;
Ensuring that individuals across the community, especially those most impacted by pollution + those who have the most to gain, are included and have agency in this process;
Using aspirational goals to drive material changes in people’s lives, using material changes in people’s lives to drive aspirational goals; and
Building connections between the struggle for clean energy justice and efforts to address other community + societal challenges