Who We Are
email: myslivy at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (785) 764-2055
As Assistant Director for the Climate + Energy Project (CEP), Rachel facilitates CEP’s climate resilience, health equity, leadership, development, and capacity-building initiatives. Rachel joined CEP in 2012 to strengthen relationships with the agricultural community through the Water + Energy Progress initiative. She was named Assistant Director in 2017. She has been researching and raising awareness of the connections between climate change, energy, and health equity in Kansas since 2015. Rachel is energized by bringing diverse groups together to focus on common ground solutions that preserve natural resources, strengthen relationships, and create community resilience.
Dedicated to building community, Rachel co-founded the Kansas Women’s Environmental Network, an organization designed to connect, inspire, and empower women across the state. She has established several multi-generational environmental education and outreach initiatives in schools, faith communities, and localities in northeast Kansas. Committed to showcasing the practical environmental voices of the Heartland, Rachel has conducted numerous oral history projects, collecting stories of faith, environmental stewardship, nonviolence, and connections to the land.
Rachel holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas. She has received several awards recognizing innovation and leadership, including most-recently the Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 Clean Energy Leaders Award. Inspired to learn new strategies for community engagement, Rachel holds a Level II Teaching Leadership Certification (2017) and Leadership Coaching (2019) from the Kansas Leadership Center. Rachel is a graduate of three systems thinking intensives: the ReAmp Systems Thinking Academy (2017) and The ReAmp/Human Systems Dynamics Institute Systems Thinking Academy (2018) and the Forum for the Future’s School of Systems Change: Basecamp Americas (2018). Rachel is a climate advocate, farmer, systems thinker, leadership developer, wool maven, hardcore crafter, avid melodeon player, and proud mother, driven to make the world a better place for all future generations.