Bridgett Luther has a long history of involvement in environmental protection and efforts to protect natural resources for future generations.
Most recently, she spent five years as Director of the California Department of Conservation, overseeing a budget of $1.4 billion and 700 employees in 14 offices around California. As Director, she was responsible for a wide variety of programs, including the California beverage container recycling program, the worlds largest such program.
Land Resource Protection
Bridgett Luther also oversaw several other programs including Land Resource Protection, which protects California's rich agricultural land and tracks changing land-use patterns; the California Geological Survey, which studies and maps earthquakes, landslides, and volcanoes; and the Bureau of Mine Reclamation, which cleans up mines left over from California's Gold Rush days, along with ensuring the safety of new mines.
Bridgett Luther moved to California from Charlotte, North Carolina, where she helped create a recycling education program. She also led a $220 million bond campaign to acquire land to protect the region's water quality, and organized campaigns to create neighbourhood parks and ball fields. She helped found the Carolinas office of The Trust for Public Land, one of the nation's largest national land preservation organizations.