Why we exist People Graciela Melitsko Thornton Graciela is a sustainability and climate change professional with more than 20 years experience. Her diverse skill set includes developing policy and delivering projects for low carbon cities, environmental management for the Arts and Leisure sectors, as well as the promotion of renewable energy in the UK, Europe and Latin America. Over the years Graciela has worked in a wide range of roles: as an environmental campaigner; project manager of an International NGO; consultant and trainer; researcher; University lecturer; and sustainability expert for a dynamic unitary local authority in the UK. She also has a significant experience in project appraisal and securing funding from a range of national and international agencies. Graciela’s work has included: developing environmental management systems for organisations of all sizes; sustainability and renewable guidance for statutory local planning; development of innovative multimedia training activities; the creation of a renewables social enterprise; energy management expertise to inform asset management strategies for the public sector; strategic advice to national government and international organisations. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University (Boston, USA) and is a full Member of the UK Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) She joined Julie’s Bicycle in July 2019 as Creative Green Programme Lead.