By Cathy Cockrell | February 26, 2013
BERKELEY — Weekdays at UC Berkeley, Erin Fenley is all about helping the campus reduce its carbon footprint by saving kilowatts.
After hours, she’s all about burning energy – her own – in an intense roller derby scrimmage.
To understand the former Fenley, it helps to appreciate her roots. Berkeley’s energy-management communication specialist grew up in southern Appalachia, where coal is king. Both her grandfathers were coal miners and both died before she was born.
What coal mining “did to them,” as she puts it, and what it continues to do to the land – via mountaintop-removal and strip technologies – grieves this “proud hillbilly.”