Kara is TreeHugger's writer from New England and focuses on consumer and lifestyle pieces. She loves living in the "City by the Sea" because of all the outdoor activities available to explore. Beyond the moat that surrounds her island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count and she hopes her next adventure will be to ski the gnarly Tuckerman's Ravine. Kara is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and a volunteer for Sail Newport, a non-profit that promotes the salty sport across all ages, races, and income levels. In real life, she is a public relations director who'd just plain like to see the world a greener place. In her community, Kara is the organizer of Green Drinks Newport, is a member of Newport's Energy & Environment Commission, is a volunteer for the Norman Bird Sanctuary and has also volunteered as a panelist for Rhode Island Farmways, speaking to farmers from around the state about how they can better market and promote their businesses. Kara has been with TreeHugger since January 2005 and can be reached at: kara (at) treehugger (dot) com.