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Driven Doer: Olga Lyandres

10.02.17 | Announcements

Welcome to our Driven Doer series! Every month, we highlight the passionate, motivated people who help advance Delta’s mission of achieving a resilient Great Lakes environment and economy.

Meet Olga Lyandres, Ecosystems Specialist with Delta Institute. She grew up in Russia, but has called Chicago home for 15 years, where she is lucky to live within walking distance of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

What do you do?

I work at Delta Institute and manage projects focused on water quality and agricultural systems.

What drives you and inspires you to get up in the morning?

Teaching my kids to be good people and respect the natural world around them (hopefully by example and through my work at Delta!)

How are you currently involved with Delta; what’s exciting about the project?

I am excited about several new projects that we are kicking off this fall that look at new ways to invest in conservation and to make agricultural systems more resilient, improving environmental outcomes.

One noteworthy project that I’m currently working on takes place right here in Chicago, helping communities across the city to gather data on air quality through crowdsourcing and involving residents that live in the community. Read more about this project here.

Describe Delta in 4 words or less:

Ambitious, generous, organized chaos

What’s your favorite place in the Great Lakes region?

Sleeping Bear Dunes are amazing! The water is a beautiful shade of turquoise and you can see all the stars. Closer to home, I love to go to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary to recharge.