Brune says he’s still getting acclimated.
“I don’t start until March so right now I’m simply trying to remember people’s names. And once I start the top priority is to get strong federal climate legislation passed and to continue our work to shut down coal plants and transition to clean energy."
The 38-year-old Brune replaces Carl Pope, who served as the Sierra Club’s executive director for 18 years.
Pope will stay on as executive chairman focusing on the group’s work battling climate change.
The Sierra Club was created in 1892 by conservationist John Muir.