Sara L. Cottle (she/her) is a communications professional, filmmaker, and photographer who specializes in environmental, science, and climate communications.

Born and raised in West Virginia, she has a particular interest in exploring stories that connect nature and culture in Appalachia and the Southern U.S.

Sara currently focuses on communications around international climate change mitigation. Previously she focused on local and global community impact through environmental storytelling with Chasing Coral and Chasing Ice as well as campaign and strategic partner research for The Social Dilemma. She has also spent a considerable amount of time on science education creating curricula with the Smithsonian Science Education Center and breaking down barriers to sustainability through digital engagement with CU Boulder’s Environmental Center.

Sara graduated with an M.A. in environmental journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020. During her time there she was able to specialize in digital media and environmental history, focusing on public lands and nurturing a start in filmmaking through environmental documentary courses. Sara’s first debut film (an Honorable Mention at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol) was ‘Connecting Congaree.

At the start of her career, Sara freelanced abroad in Europe and managed content and marketing strategy for various companies including a boutique New York City hotel, Utah ranch, and family-owned lentil company.

Sara loves to find time to go hiking, bicycling around (and out of) the city, and bouldering; she is happiest with her feet in the dirt or a creek. A former college-radio disc jockey, she makes music mixes and playlists. She’s a self-taught artist who has represented her home state at national exhibits, with a preference for watercolors and nature journaling nowadays. She’s an amateur seamstress and forager, and Appalachian poet who is teaching herself the banjo. Sara enjoys using her design skills (across all mediums) and creating maps. She’s always considering how to incorporate sustainability into everything she does and often takes the path less traveled.