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Jennifer Seydel, PhD

Jennifer Seydel, PhD, COO/CFO, Green Schools National Network School Designer -- Expeditionary Learning Schools Jennifer Seydel, Ph.D. is a School Designer with Expeditionary Learning, www.elschools.org. Expeditionary Learning is a national EL school reform model contributing to positive results at scale across urban, rural, and suburban schools, both district and public charter. She has a B.A. in Education, an M.S. in Environmental Education, and holds her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch Graduate School of New England. Prior to her role with EL, Jennifer was on the faculty at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts and was thedirector the S.A.G.E. Project, an education reform collaboration among local, state and national organizations. View Guest page

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Barbera Aimes

Founder and President Barbera Aimes creates children toys that represent her true passion: our planet. After studying languages and music in Japan and across the US, she explored ways in which she could communicate her desire to make the world a gentler, move loving place. In her mid thirties, she found that the natural beauty of Boulder, Colorado was the ideal place to call home, establish her business, and create a positive change amongst the people around her. "All my life I've wanted to leave behind something positive with lasting power," Barbera explains, "My greatest desire is to help children develop a deep appreciation for their planet." Through the language of play, Barbera and ImagiPLAY have inspired children across the globe to discover the world on their own terms and discover their place in the environment. With ImagiPLAY's child and earth safe toys, games and collectibles, children enrich their ability to count, learn the alphabet, and identify different animals while gaining a true sense of the world's beauty and diversity of species. View Guest page

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Massoud Amin

Dr. Massoud Amin, is a senior member of IEEE and member of the IEEE Computer Society's Task Force on Security and Privacy. He is also a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership and is the Director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities. In addition to his administrative and research responsibilities, he serves as the director of graduate studies (DGS) for the security technologies (MSST) program (2008-present), served as the DGS for the management of technology (MOT) program (2003-2009) and teaches several courses. His research focuses on two areas: 1) Global transition dynamics to enhance resilience, agility, security and efficiency of complex dynamic systems. These systems include national critical infrastructures for interdependent energy, computer networks, communications, transportation and economic systems. 2) Technology scanning, mapping, and valuation to identify new science and technology-based opportunities that meet the needs and aspirations of today's consumers, companies and the broader society. This thrust builds coherence between short- and longer-term R&D opportunities and their potential impact. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in March 2003, Dr. Amin held positions of increased responsibility including Area Manager of Infrastructure Security, Grid Operations/Planning and Energy Markets at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. In the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, he directed all security-related research and development at EPRI, including the Infrastructure Security Initiative (ISI) and the Enterprise Information Security (EIS). Prior to October 2001, he served as manager of mathematics and information science at EPRI, where he led strategic research in modeling, simulation, optimization and adaptive control of national infrastructures for energy, telecommunication, transportation, and finance. Prior to joining EPRI in January 1998, he served as an associate professor of systems science and mathematics, and associate director of the Center for Optimization & Semantic Control at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. During his twelve years at Washington University, he was one of the main contributors to several projects with the United States Air Force, NASA-Ames, Rockwell International, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, MEMC, ESCO, Systems & Electronics Inc. and United Van Lines. Dr. Amin holds B.S. (cum laude) and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. View Guest page

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Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson is a seasoned broadcast executive with 35 years experience in local television. Serving as President and General Manager for KBWB television in San Francisco (now KOFY) from May of 2002 through 2007, Mr. Anderson put together an experienced and dedicated management team and led the station through difficult transitions, challenging issues and a changing marketplace. Mr. Anderson managed the split of Granite Broadcasting’s San Francisco duopoly of KNTV/KBWB in May of 2002 when KNTV was sold to NBC, re-establishing KBWB as stand alone station. He managed the recreation of traffic and accounting departments that had been combined in the duopoly. He assembled a new management team. He worked closely with Granite through several attempted sales of the station. He managed the transition from WB affiliate to independent with the establishment of a new identity. And he managed the station through corporate bankruptcy reorganization. Through all of the changes Mr. Anderson developed a close knit station culture, created unique and successful station initiatives, and launched new and successful local programming. In 2006 Mr. Anderson created a station-wide initiative to establish environmental or “green” programming for the station. Under the umbrella of “Your Green Life,” he developed a daily green news program interstitial, an annual Public Service campaign, and a weekly half-hour magazine show. The show, also called Your Green Life is now airing in syndication on 175 stations as quarterly one-hour specials. After leaving KBWB at the end of 2007, Mr. Anderson established a production company to develop and distribute series television. His first project is an FCC Educational and Informational qualifying program called Eco Company. Eco Company will premier in syndication in the fall of 2009. Mr. Anderson was previously Vice President of Programming for the San Francisco duopoly. In July of 2000, Mr. Anderson coordinated KNTV’s programming switch from being an ABC affiliate to being an independent. In September of 2000, he coordinated KNTV’s next programming move from assignment the 119th DMA (Salinas-Monterey) to assignment in the 5th largest DMA (San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose) while managing cable carriage to the full DMA. Under his tenure as Program Manager and Executive Producer KNTV, he launched local shows such as Tech Now!, Sports Sunday and Wine Country Living (now In Wine Country), all of which are still on the air. Tech Now! now airs on all NBC O&O stations, and In Wine Country airs on the weekends on the full NBC network. In Mr. Anderson’s 23 year career at KNTV he served as Producer, Director, Production Manager, Promotion Manager, Program Manager and as Director of Programming and Creative Services for both KNTV and KBWB. Before joining KNTV in 1979, Mr. Anderson was a Producer/Director at KMST (CBS) in Monterey, California and prior to that a Director at KHGI-TV (ABC) in Kearney, Nebraska. Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska and furthered his education in graduate studies in Broadcast Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. Mr. Anderson has won numerous awards as Producer, Director and Executive Producer for commercials, promotions and local programs including local San Jose Ad Club Joey Awards, Addy Awards and two NATPE Iris Awards. Mr. Anderson has produced many local programs including live sporting events, telethons, political debates and community-oriented specials. Mr. Anderson has also been very active in the community serving on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Symphony, on the Christmas InThe Park Committee and as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Northern California chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. View Guest page

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Jason Anderson

Prior to joining CleanTECH San Diego, Jason Anderson was Vice President of Business Development for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. In that role, Jason oversaw the delivery of business development services in support of EDC’s mission to attract and retain high-growth, high-wage industries in the region. Prior to joining EDC in 2006, Jason lived in Austin, Texas where he worked in the State Capitol as Legislative Director for Texas State Senator Frank Madla. In this role, he was responsible for managing legislative staff, creating and organizing legislative initiatives, and drafting and analyzing legislation. Jason graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Corporate Communications and is a 2008 graduate of LEAD San Diego. View Guest page

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John Armbruster

John Armbruster is a seismologist with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He is from the New York City area, went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Physics and has been with Columbia University since 1969. He has always been interested in earthquakes in the eastern U.S. but also worked on projects in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, China, Turkey and Italy. He lived in Pakistan almost 4 years and was in Abbottabad many times. From 1987 to 2003 I studied earthquakes in Ashtabula Ohio that I concluded were caused by a waste injection well. View Guest page

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Bradley J. Arthur

Bradley J. Arthur, a 1987 graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Past board member of the Pharmacists Association of Western NY (PAWNY), Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Pharmacists Society of the State of NY (PSSNY), and current member of the Executive Committee of The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Brad is currently involved in an advisory capacity to the D'Youville College of Pharmacy and a member of the WNY HealtheLink advisory panel charged with expanding the utilization of electronic prescribing and electronic medical health records. Brad is an owner in two independent community pharmacies in Western NY. View Guest page

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Lisa Bardwell

Formerly executive director and one of the founders of FrontRange Earth Force, Lisa is now President/CEO of Earth Force. Lisa has a PhD from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Prior to joining Earth Force to help found the Denver office, Lisa taught at the University of Michigan, and in Utah and Colorado. She has always been committed to finding ways to better engage students in learning and their communities. Her expertise in environmental education, community development, service-learning, environmental problem-solving, and how our environment influences people’s well-being and ability to function made Earth Force a natural fit. She became a Board member of Earth Force in 2005, and CEO in 2007. View Guest page

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George Barnes

George Barnes is an award winning Producer/Director/DP with over 20 years of experience He has served on Executive Boards including the Executive Office of the Governor (Florida), and the AICP, Association of Independent Commercial Producers. George has shot thousands of projects including the 2014 Launch campaign of the Lamborghini Aventador, the 2013 Blue Man Group TV and Social Media campaign as well as many Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's AD campaigns. George is currently the Senior Producer and Head of Production East Coast for UVAmericas, (a WPP company), and creator of the award winning mobile app SkyderALERT and director of "Look Up" the film that takes an unbiased look at weather modification and GeoEngineering. View Guest page

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Bradley Bartholomew

Bradley Bartholomew leads a team of architects and designers dedicated to creative and innovative sustainable design at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting located in Charlotte, North Carolina. With more than 15 years of experience in design and construction, Brad’s diverse body of work includes civic, commercial, hospitality, retail and residential commissions, which have garnered regional, national and international attention. This significant level of experience has helped him form an expertise in design and the ability to realize this vision in meaningful architecture. Son of a general contractor, Brad grew up with an understanding of how things get constructed in the field. This early influence evoked a desire to create built environment and led him to Syracuse University where he received his Architecture degree. Brad is currently NCARB certified and registered in the states of New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. In addition he is a LEED accredited professional and an active member of AIA. Early in Brad’s career he lived and worked in both Boston and New York City. Here he was impacted and also contributed greatly to several noteworthy architectural firms. In addition he was active as a guest critic at several universities in the northeast. While a member of The Stubbins Associates (now KlingStubbins) he collaborated with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture on the Guggenheim Museum in Las Vegas. This project received mention from many architecture publications including Architectural Record and World Architecture Magazine. Once in New York he spent time at Hillier Architecture (now RMJM‐Hillier) and eventually settled at Arquitectonica where he led and played an integral role in numerous large scale international projects. Brad’s portfolio highlights from this period include Lulu Island Master plan in the UAE (also documented in Architectural Record), Seoul International Finance Center, Revel Casino, Ellipse Residential Tower, Rohm Haas China Research and Development Center, French Science Center at Duke University, University of Puerto Rico Biomolecular Research Building, Emerson College Residence Hall and several mixed‐use complexes in Asia. Ultimately, Brad joined the team at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Charlotte, North Carolina where he currently is a Director of Design. Since his arrival, he has focused Little’s practice on sustainable design beyond the LEED checklist. As a result they have enjoyed successful explorations on what it means to practice”creative and innovative” sustainable design. Most recently this has led to their submission for the Re:vision Dallas competition being selected as one of 3 top finalists. View Guest page

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Bob Baugh

Bob Baugh was appointed as the first Executive Director of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council (IUC) in January 2003. The Council, comprised of the nation’s leading industrial unions, is the coordinating body for the federation’s manufacturing policy and legislatitive initiatives. Bob is the co-chair of the AFL-CIO Energy Task Force and served as the leader of the U.S. labor delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference negotiations since 2007. He regularily testifies before Congress, is a spokespeson with the media and writes about manufacturing, trade, globalization, energy and the economy. Bob also serves as the Executive Director of the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI). The institue is a union think tank/technical assistance organization for worker training/education, technology and economic development and is home to the Center for Green Jobs. Bob has a rich history union, community and government activism. He has been a union organizer, educator, economist, consultant and advisor: Economist/Educator International Woodworkers of America, Secretary-Treasurer Oregon AFL-CIO, Deputy Director Oregon Economic Development Department, and Deputy Director of the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute. Bob holds a BA from the University of Detroit and an MS in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Oregon. View Guest page

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Gene Baur

Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder, Farm Sanctuary Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals. Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2008, Gene’s book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, became a national bestseller. As a guest on The Martha Stewart Show’s first-ever “vegan show,” he inspired viewers to eat in alignment with their values of compassion. Gene began his activist career selling veggie hotdogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions of factory farm animals who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. View Guest page

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Ed Begley Jr.

Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then, Ed has moved easily among feature, television and theatre projects. Ed co-starred in the Woody Allen movie Whatever Works with Larry David, as well as the Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow filmPineapple Express, and a number of Christopher Guest films, including A Mighty Wind, Best In Show and For Your Consideration. Other feature film credits include Batman Forever, The Accidental Tourist and The In-Laws. On television, Ed just completed Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, an HBO movie with Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella. He also starred in the HBO movieRecount with Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern, and appeared in recurring roles on Six Feet Under, Arrested Development and Boston Legal. In 2012, he starred in David Mamet’s November at the Mark Taper Forum, and has appeared in several other works by this amazing playwright: The Cryptogram, in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, as well as Romance, also at the Mark Taper Forum. Ed has directed several episodes of the hit show NYPD Blue. He also wrote and directed the play Cesar and Ruben, which won a Nos Otros Award and four Valley Theater League Awards. He is one of the Governors of the Motion Picture Academy and he lives in a solar-powered home and drives an electric car. Ed and his family are currently documenting construction of a LEED Platinum-certified home for Begley Street, a television and Web series produced by Make It Happen Productions. Both shows are set to launch later this year. View Guest page

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Andrew Behar

CEO, As You Sow Andrew Behar is CEO of corporate social responsibility organization As You Sow. He has 30 years of experience as an executive in the cleantech, communications, and life science sectors. Prior to joining As You Sow, Andrew founded and was CEO of an innovative fuel cell technology startup, served as COO for a social media agency focused on sustainability and has been a strategic consultant in the nonprofit sector. He also founded and ran start-ups in the areas of medical devices and communications, and serves on the boards of several companies. View Guest page

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James Bell

James Bell Head of Consumer Affairs General Motors With almost 15 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, and dealers, and the every-day car shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell also oversaw the company’s consumer communication efforts through social media and viral marketing platforms. In addition, he served as the company’s chief spokesperson with the media and has been featured on national television news shows on CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC, national and local talk radio, as well as within the pages of both respected newspapers and automotive trade publications. Before KBB, Bell served six years as editor and publisher at IntelliChoice.com. He was responsible for strategic automotive advertising and marketing consultation for all car manufacturers, including brand strategy development and licensing opportunities. He also led all sales, marketing, research and promotion strategies within the company. While at IntelliChoice, Bell hosted and regularly contributed to his blog, The Bell Curve, on the company’s Web site addressing the latest automotive news and issues. As an industry leader, he also served as company spokesperson for the media. James also enjoyed five years with R.L. Polk in the U.S. where he held such positions as business development manager in their dealer solutions group and account executive. While with Polk, he also assigned to work in their European operations as director of Ford of Europe where he worked to develop OEM-oriented programs and services. He also handled overall relationships with the U.S. operations of Toyota, Lexus and the European operations of Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo. Bell currently serves on the board of directors for the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles and was President of this revered organization, the largest of its kind in the U.S., in 2010 and 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University. View Guest page

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BRITA BELLI

BRITA BELLI is the editor of E / The Environmental Magazine, the largest independent magazine dedicated to green issues. Prior to joining E, Brita was the arts editor at the Fairfield County Weekly where she won numerous awards for her writing from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, New England Press Association and Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. She wrote the book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Renewable Energy for Your Home. Her stories have been featured in the books: Notes from the Underground: the Most Outrageous Stories from the Alternative Press and Best AltWeekly Writing and Design 2006 and she edited the book, EarthTalk: Expert Answers to Everyday Questions About the Environment. She has written green columns for the Union of Concerned Scientists and Connecticut Home & Garden and her articles have appeared in Plenty Magazine, MSN.com, Treehugger.com, Fairfield Magazine, Colorado Springs Independent, Black & White City Paper, Illinois Times and Monterey County Weekly. She has appeared on numerous TV programs as an eco-expert, including the Comcast Network, the Regional News Network, Fox61 and Connecticut’s News Channel 8, and maintains a blog on sports and the environment at www.PlayItGreen.com. View Guest page

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Lisa Bennett

Lisa Bennett, communications director for the Center for Ecoliteracy, is a former fellow at Harvard University's Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has contributed to several non-fiction books, authored research reports, and written more than 3,000 articles for newspapers and magazines. Numerous media outlets and organizations have cited her research, including USA Today, The Atlantic Monthly Online, and the Brookings Institute. She has spoken at the National Press Club and appeared on the BBC, C-SPAN, Hardball, and many other programs. View Guest page

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David Bergman

David Bergman runs a multidisciplinary design studio embracing architecture, interiors, product design and research. In his over 25 years of experience, his work has evolved to have an emphasis on the inclusion of sustainable/eco design principles. He has become an expert in the field, frequently teaching, speaking and writing on topics in sustainability. The architecture and interiors practice undertakes a wide range of residential and commercial projects including renovation, interiors and new construction. Designing for both environmentally-aware and "conventional" clients, Bergman's work incorporates what he terms "Transparent Green," the seamless merging of eco design with the individual needs of each project, resulting in designs that are effortlessly green. Fire & Water, Bergman's lighting company, was initially created to produce custom designs for clients over fifteen years ago and has since grown to include several lines of award-winning light fixtures. Sustainable design has become a core part of Fire & Water's emphasis, uniquely exploring the combination of emerging energy-efficient light sources with new applications of green materials and finishes. The designs have been acclaimed by The New York Times, Metropolis, ID, Wallpaper*, Architectural Record and many other publications. Bergman teaches at Parsons the New School for Design where he has developed core sustainable design courses for four departments. He was also the co-creator of "Educating the Educators: A Crash Course in Ecodesign," a program to bring sustainable principles to design schools throughout the country. In 2005, he created and taught an interdisciplinary seminar at Yale on the emerging topic of the mainstreaming of green design, exploring his concepts of Transparent Green. He is currently working on several books in areas of ecodesign and sustainability. Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in Spring 2012. He is a frequent contributor to the USGBC's Green Home Guide website as well as other sites. Bergman co-curated and produced "Assignment: Green," an important exhibit and conference at the Municipal Art Society focusing on sustainable design education in New York City colleges. He is an executive board member of the ecodesign organization o2/NYC, a board member and past president of Furniture New York (an organization of New York designers and manufacturers), and an executive board member of the Designers Lighting Forum of New York, as well as a member of several other civic and green design organizations. David Bergman received a Master in Architecture from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Economics from Yale University. He is a New York State Registered Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional®. View Guest page

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Lisa Bicker

Prior to CleanTECH San Diego, Lisa Bicker was president of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a private nonprofit corporation formed to accelerate investment in California’s clean energy economy. Before joining CalCEF, Bicker was a co-founder and CEO of TruePricing, Inc., an energy technology company. She also served as COO of NewEnergy, Inc., a high-growth, retail electricity provider that grew to over $800 million in revenues prior to its acquisition by AES. She was General Counsel to the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB), a non-profit advocacy group founded by Edmund G. “Pat” Brown and was a senior writer for Governor George Deukmejian. Bicker has a B.A. from UC Davis and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. In 2007, she was appointed to and currently serves on the Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee (ETAAC), a statewide committee that is tasked with reporting to the Governor, the state Legislature and the Air Resources Board on recommendations as to how to effectively implement AB 32, the state’s landmark global warming law. She is a member of the California State Bar and several industry associations. View Guest page

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Teri Blanton

Teri Blanton has been fighting mountaintop removal mining and toxic pollution in her home state of Kentucky for 20 years. She is former chairperson and current fellow of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide group that is working to protect communities from coal pollution and promote environmental justice in Kentucky, and a member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a federal advisory council to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While struggling to fight coal pollution and mountaintop removal mining in her community, she also learned that her home in Harlan County had been the site of decades of toxic waste dumping by an electrical manufacturing company. All at once, she found herself fighting for protections from two separate industries that both had been dumping on her community and working to educate her neighbors on the harms of both. View Guest page

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Mark Blaxill

Mark Blaxill is the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism, editor at large for Age of Autism, a director of SafeMinds and a frequent speaker at autism conferences. He writes often on autism, science and public policy issues for Age of Autism and has published a number of articles, letters and commentaries on autism in journals such as Public Health Reports, the International Journal of Toxicology, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Neurotoxicology and Medical Hypotheses. He has also been invited to peer review articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Epidemiology, Pediatrics and the International Journal of Toxicology. He received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. In his professional career, he is Managing Partner for 3LP Advisors, an advisory firm focused on intellectual property transactions. He recently published a business book, The Invisible Edge: Taking Your Strategy to the Next Level Using Intellectual Property (Portfolio, March 2009) and is teaming with Dan Olmsted to write a book, called The Age of Autism, due out in September 2010. View Guest page

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Mike Bond

Bestselling author, advisor to the US and foreign governments, human rights and war correspondent, award-winning poet and international energy expert, Mike Bond has lived and worked in over thirty countries on six continents. His works have been translated into many languages and have been praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic for their intricate plots, fascinating characters, extraordinary settings, and explosive pace.Based on his own experiences in dangerous, remote, and war-torn regions, his novels look deeply into the dark side of man as well as the good. They depict the terror and fury of battle and the intense joy of love, the vanishing beauty of the natural world, and the nature of the universe and its many meanings for human life. His lean unsentimental raw prose, free of best-seller formulas and literary pretension, conveys through the lives of real people what it means to be deeply alive, to hunger for a better world.How do we live, his books ask, at the deepest level? In what ways does evil masquerade as good? What are politics, government, and intelligence behind their many masks? What are the secrets behind the international deals, dirty wars, assassinations, and coups? What are the stories that have never been told? How does one lead a good life and care for others in a world of danger and evil?Dealing with political truths few else discuss, Mike Bond’s books have been widely quoted by military experts, intelligence analysts, and political thinkers. They put us at the deepest level into real places, covering the most significant issues of our time in exciting stories of the real people who live them. View Guest page

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Kenneth David Brower

Kenneth David Brower is the oldest son of the pioneering environmentalist David Brower. His first memories are of the Sierra Nevada and the wild country of the American West. His father drafted him into service as an editor at nineteen, and under his leadership he wrote or edited fourteen volumes in the Exhibit-Format Series of photography books produced by the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth. In his mid-twenties he departed his father's shop to become a freelance writer, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Audubon, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, The Paris Review, Reader's Digest, Smithsonian, Sierra, Islands, and numerous other magazines. He is the author of the books The Starship and the Canoe, Wake of the Whale, A Song for Satawal, Realms of the Sea, The Winemaker's Marsh, Freeing Keiko, and many more. He lives in Berkeley, California. View Guest page

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Margo Reid Brown

Margo Reid Brown was first appointed to the California Integrated Waste Management Board by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and was unanimously confirmed by the California State Senate. She was reappointed to a second term by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2009, and her current term expires January 1, 2013. Under her leadership, the Board has assumed a more aggressive role in furthering the State’s goals relating to waste reduction, sustainability, and climate change. The State achieved the landmark 50 percent waste diversion target and has now reached 58 percent, making California the nation’s leader in recycling and diversion, and an undisputed model around the world. Notably, the Board has energized the relationship between sensible waste handling practices and global warming. As a member of the Governor’s Climate Action Team, the Board has brought expertise to the AB 32 Scoping Plan with a focus on expanded diversion in the commercial sector and the reduction of methane generated from waste disposal activity. Chair Brown has also led targeted efforts to expand the Board’s impact, with new initiatives such as extended producer responsibility, and disposal-based compliance for waste handling that provides a bottom-line barometer for the state’s recycling revolution. Chair Brown has also directed the Board’s efforts in setting new goals for reducing waste among critical material types such as organics, construction waste, and scrap tires. The Board has also expanded its market development efforts, and conducted exploration of new technologies that have the potential for expanded waste diversion, clean energy sources, and greenhouse gas reductions. She is chair of the Board’s Strategic Policy Development Committee, and sits on the boards of Keep California Beautiful and California Green Summit. In addition to her tenure on the Board, Chair Brown has spent many years in positions of leadership working with local jurisdictions and strengthening community service. She was founder and president of Capitol Ideas Development Corporation, specializing in community relations and fund development consulting. She is also a past president of the Junior League of Sacramento, and served as a board member of Prevent Child Abuse California, Sacramento Capitol Club, and Putting Our Children First neighborhood alliance. She is a 1985 graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in international relations and political science. View Guest page

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Peter Jay Brown

Peter Jay Brown has been called an eco-terrorist as a result of more than 30 years of work as an environmentalist, most notably with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Whether you call aggressive tactics like ramming major whaling vessels in international waters, or stopping the clubbing of baby seals eco-terrorism, the fact remains that Brown is an irreverently fearless conservationist and filmmaker. Although he is widely known for his stint on Discovery Channel’s hit show, Whale Wars, chronicling the exploits of the The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In 1982, Peter Jay Brown began filming the unconventional activities of Paul Watson and his band of environmental pirates, risking his life with fellow volunteer crew members to raise awareness of illegal fishing, whaling and seal slaughter around the world. Each campaign that he’s chronicled could have easily been his last; from the dangers of the open seas, to being fired upon by foreign naval vessels, Brown and his comrades have overcome the perils of intense conservation to tell their tales. The behind-the-scenes look at life on the Sea Shepherd campaigns is poignant, humorous, and brutally honest. It gives the viewer and insider’s look into the aggressive conservation tactics of Captain Paul Watson and his crew. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. He has recently completed a feature length documentary based on his experiences, Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist. With over 30 years of experience producing show like Real People and Entertainment Tonight, combined with his enthusiasm for the pursuit of stopping crimes against wildlife, no matter what the cost, Brown has cultivated a uniquely outspoken insight into the art of storytelling. He has gone on to master his skills as a director and cinematographer, opting to specialize in capturing real-life adventure with a keen interest in big, sexy animals that could eat you. Over the past five years, Brown has produced and directed twenty films with the Kenya Wildlife Services for international television to champion wildlife conservation in Africa. In December 2001, Brown helped Mary MacMakin (winner of the EIS Award for her 40 years of humanitarian work in Afghanistan) to re-establish her charity, PARSA, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Aside from his conservation efforts, Brown also created, wrote, directed and produced the educational television series, “Pops”, about self-esteem, which was incorporated into elementary level curriculum in five U.S. states. Whether ramming ships in an illegal pursuit of endangered wildlife, conservation and activism on the high seas, hanging out with wildlife in Africa, making films to spread the awareness of the crimes against the wild, or teaching children to feel great about themselves, Brown is a force to be reckoned with who dedicates his existence to the protection of nature, regardless of what the “rules may be. View Guest page

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Katie Buck

Katie Buck is a Senior at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA. She is the tuba section leader for the school’s marching band, which is ranked 5th on the west coast. She is also part of the jazz band, and was selected for the Competition Civics team. The focus of her summer internship with the Go Green Initiative is to study the humane treatment of livestock animals, and learning about eco-friendly, organic diets. Katie has literally grown up “green”, as the eldest of three children of the founder of the Go Green Initiative, Jill Buck. She has accompanied her mom on business trips and speaking engagements around the country, and has toured landfills, recycled paper mills, and many other ‘green’ facilities with her family. Katie believes that students her age can take leadership positions in their community to help create a more sustainable way of life. View Guest page

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Dr. Robert D. Bullard

Robert D. Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). In 2010, The Grio named him one of the “100 Black History Makers in the Making” and Planet Harmony named him one of Ten African American Green Heroes.” View Guest page

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Tom Butler

A Vermont-based activist and writer, Tom Butler is the board president of the Northeast Wilderness Trust and the former longtime editor of Wild Earth journal. His books include Wildlands Philanthropy, Plundering Appalachia, and ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth. View Guest page

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Philip Cafaro

Philip Cafaro I'm a professor of philosophy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. My main research interests center on environmental ethics, consumption and population issues, and wild lands preservation. I'm the author of Thoreau's Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue and co-editor with Eileen Crist of the recently released anthology Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, both published by University of Georgia Press. I am an affiliated faculty member of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, and president of the board of directors of Progressives for Immigration Reform. I live in Fort Collins with my wife Kris and sons Henry and Tom. View Guest page

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JOSIAH CAIN

JOSIAH CAIN is a landscape architect with 16 years experience as an ecological design professional. He founded a design/build firm in 1997, and for 8 years provided ecologically-driven master plans and innovative green projects to hospitality, schools, developers, and residential clients internationally. After graduate studies, Cain then managed an office for an influential, nationally recognized ecological design firm, leading project teams for civic clients such as the New York Dept. of Environmental Protection(DEP), University of California, and the California Academy of Sciences, in addition to a high-end corporate and residential clientele. Cain was raised on a remote organic homestead along the Trinity River, in Northern California. He holds a BS in landscape architecture from UC Davis and a Master of Design Technology & Environment from Harvard Graduate School of Design. View Guest page

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Virginia Carter

Former Senior Vice-President and Head of Drama for the largest independent television production company in Hollywood (Embassy Television, a Norman Lear Production). She serves as a pro-bono training consultant to PMC in development of social-content serial dramas. In her capacity with Embassy TV, she was awarded an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for her work on the immensely popular American situation comedies All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, The Facts of Life, and Diff’rent Strokes. She also worked on two “strips” for television: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and All That Glitters. She assisted in the production of the top five most highly rated television shows in the United States during the 1980s. Among the many movies for television she produced was Eleanor: First Lady of the World, which was voted one of the top ten movies of the year. She holds an M.S. in Physics from the University of Southern California and an honorary doctorate of science degree from McGill University. View Guest page

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Scot Case

A sustainability consultant since 1993, Scot Case is an internationally recognized expert in sustainable business strategy development, responsible purchasing, green supply chains, and environmental marketing. As Director of Markets Development for UL Environment, Scot helps connect retailers and consumers seeking environmentally and socially responsible products with the manufacturers supplying them. View Guest page

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Scott Cassel

Scott Cassel is the Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which pursues initiatives to ensure that all those involved in the lifecycle of a product share responsibility for reducing its health and environmental impacts. Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is also a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 25 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and currently writes a monthly environmental column for the Boston Business Journal. He is also author of a definitive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. Scott has a masters degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. View Guest page

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John Castellaw

John Castellaw is a member of the board of the American Security Project and is the President of the Crockett Policy Institute (CPI) a non-partisan policy and research organization headquartered in Tennessee. Prior to CPI, Castellaw served in the Marines for 36 years holding several operational commands and flying more than two dozen different aircraft including the CH-46E Sea Knight, the TAV-8B Harrier and the MV-22B Osprey. His duties included service with the UN during the Siege of Sarajevo, command of a U.S. joint force in an Australian-led multi-national security and stability operation in East Timor, and as the chief of staff for the U.S. Central Command at the height of the war in Iraq. Other service included assignments ashore and aboard ship in Africa, Europe, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. His last tours on active duty were in the Pentagon where he oversaw Marine Aviation and, later, the Marine Corps budget creation and execution. In 2008 he retired and returned to Crockett County, Tennessee and to the family farm from where he remains involved in national security issues. In addition to CPI, he is on the National Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and is a teaching fellow in the College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee, Martin. He serves on several boards, works with economic development organizations, and advises corporations on management and strategic planning. Castellaw is completing his final term as National Commander of the Marine Corps Aviation Association. View Guest page

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Serah Chae

Serah Chae is the president of Hosung NY, maker of miYim and My Natural eco-plush toys and accessories for infants and toddlers. The company was born when a family member was diagnosed with cancer and began to seek ways to live naturally and as chemical-free as possible. As a result, every miYim and My Natural toy is 100% certified Non-Toxic and made earth-friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, natural cotton and bamboo. These fabrics are colored with low-impact dyes that are non-toxic and free of heavy metals. Serah attended Boston College Carroll School of Management and Vanguard University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Hosung NY, she was a category manager at Disney Consumer Products. Serah also worked for Jakks Pacific as a boys toys manager. View Guest page

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Jaimie P. Cloud

Jaimie P. Cloud - Founder & President, Cloud Institute Jaimie is a thought leader in the field of Education for Sustainability. She has authored The Cloud Institute’s EfS Framework, and several peer-reviewed journal chapters and articles on Sustainability and the significance of Education for Sustainability. Jaimie works extensively with educators, administrators, and school boards across the nation. She designs and facilitates professional development programs and directs the collaborative development of numerous instructional units and courses for K-12 and Higher Education designed to teach and learn across disciplines through the lens of sustainability. In addition to her commitment to furthering the mission of The Cloud Institute, Jaimie serves as an advisor, board member or committee member to several organizations with related goals and interests. View Guest page

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Julie Connor

Julie was born and raised in the sun and sprawl of southern California. She obtained a degree in Journalism from CU and was a freelance reporter for the Boulder County Business Report. She later headed to Paraguay as a health promoter with the Peace Corps. She then taught American English to business executives briefly in Chile while she became reacquainted with electricity, running water and paved roads. Since returning to Colorado in ‘96, she has worked on graphics and communications for numerous entities in Denver, in particular the City and County of Denver, and ran for Denver City Council in 2007. Over the years, she has championed green spaces, energy conservation and transportation alternatives, both as policies and ballot measures, in various positions with various organizations including 4-H, Sierra Club, Colorado Environmental Coalition, Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Denver’s Parks and Rec Advisory Board and Transit Alliance. View Guest page

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Philippe Cousteau

Philippe Cousteau is the 31-year-old son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father through EarthEcho International (www.earthecho.org), the non-profit organization he founded with his sister and mother and of which he serves as CEO. His goal is to engage and empower people to take action for a brighter future. His tools are simple-education, balanced advocacy and a commitment to action. In addition to his work with EarthEcho International, Philippe is co-founder of Azure Worldwide (www.azureworldwide.com), a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company. Projects include work on environmentally friendly resorts and destinations as well as environmental programming for eco-entertainment attractions from Washington DC to Bahrain and from Singapore to Florida. Philippe is the Chief Ocean Correspondent for Discovery's Animal Planet, where he works on various ocean and environmentally-focused content. Philippe has recently signed on as a special correspondent for CNN International hosting a series of environmentally themed specials throughout the year. Philippe and his sister Alexandra are hosts of Planet Green's annual Blue August initiative, an entire month of programming that celebrates our oceans. Philippe hosted Oceans Blue, a High Definition Discovery networks/BBC series which premiered in the U.S. on Planet Green in August 2010. In addition, he is the Chief Spokesperson for Environmental Education for Discovery Education, the #1 provider of K-12 broadband-delivered educational content to U.S. schools and lectures to over 100,000 K-12 students a year. Philippe is also the coauthor, with Cathryn Berger Kaye, of Going Blue, A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands (Free Spirit Publishing), which was released in the summer of 2010 and has been awarded Learning Magazine's 2011 Teachers' Choice Award for the Family. View Guest page

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Phyllis Cuttino

Phyllis Cuttino is director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, which advocates for national policies that promote the economic, environmental and national security benefits of the clean energy economy. She joined the Pew Environment Group in 2007 as project director for the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, which played a critical role in passage of the first increase in federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years. Before joining Pew, Cuttino worked on the senior staffs of Sen. Brock Adams of Washington and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. She also served as vice president of public affairs for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the Better World Fund, programs developed from Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift to U.N. causes. At UNF, she oversaw communications activities as well as a $50 million grant portfolio. As a senior vice president at a strategic communications consulting firm in Washington, Cuttino helped Fortune 500 companies, international and domestic nongovernmental organizations and U.N. entities to influence public policy and increase awareness of critical issues. Cuttino holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Furman University. View Guest page

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Sharon Gamson Danks

Sharon Gamson Danks is an environmental planner and founding partner of Bay Tree Design, inc. in Berkeley, California, a women-owned landscape architecture and planning firm that collaborates with clients to develop lively outdoor spaces including ecological schoolyards. Sharon's schoolyard ecology background includes research, writing, and hands-on design and planning with school communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She has visited and documented approximately 200 green schoolyard projects in North America, Europe, Great Britain, and Japan over the last ten years. This has helped her develop design guidelines and best practices for green schoolyards and informs her work as an author and designer. Since 2001, Sharon and her firm, Bay Tree Design, have assisted over three dozen schools, using a participatory master planning process to help them transform their grounds from ordinary asphalt into vibrant ecosystems for learning and play. The green schoolyard master plans that Bay Tree Design creates follow ecological design principles and reflect each school's unique community, curricula and site-specific ecology. Sharon Gamson Danks and Bay Tree Design are currently working with San Francisco Unified School District on their cutting-edge green schoolyard program. Ms. Danks has directed three hands-on schoolyard ecology conferences for the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance and serves on their advisory board. She also serves on the national board for the Community Built Association. In 2008, Sharon and Bay Tree Design designed a Sustainable Schoolyard exhibit for display at the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Sharon has written a number of green schoolyard-themed articles that have appeared in Landscape Architect Magazine, Orion, New Village Journal, and Green Teacher. She is also the lead-author of the Green Schoolyard Resource Directory for the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to a MLA-MCP from University of California, Berkeley, Sharon holds a Professional Certificate in Natural Resource Management from U.C. San Diego Extension and a BA from Princeton University. Sharon is also the mother of two expert playground testers, ages 7 and 10. View Guest page

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Don Davidson

Don has been with Safeway for almost 10 years. His department, Strategic Sourcing, is focused on collaborating with the highest capable supply base on the overall Safeway strategy to drive long term competitive advantage. This includes identifying new suppliers that can bring exclusive innovation to Safeway, as well as working with current suppliers to improve their performance in service, quality, sustainability and costs. Prior to joining Safeway, he spent some time as a consultant with A.T. Kearney working with Fortune 500 companies on optimizing their supply chains. He also spent some time with the Clorox Company in their procurement and supply chain areas. Early in his career, he worked in the finance industry with Norwest Corporation, which was later acquired by Wells Fargo. View Guest page

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Dominique De Vito

Dominique De Vito began her pet publishing career at the American Kennel Club, where she was an editor for their magazine, the AKC Gazette. She went from magazine to book publishing, where she was publisher for Howell Book House (now part of Wiley), as well as TFH Publications. Dominique created the best-selling "Happy Healthy Pet" series for Howell, published many of the pet books in the "For Dummies" series, and developed TFH Publications' "Terranova" series - the first to include a DVD with training and health care advice. Now a freelance writer and editorial consultant, Dominique and her family own the Hudson-Chatham Winery in the northern Hudson Valley. You can learn more about the winery at www.hudson-chathamwinery.com. The De Vito family now includes just one dog, their Dalmatian, Cinderella. Their beloved Dalmatian, Chief, passed away this summer at the age of 13. View Guest page

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Ron Dembo

Dr. Ron Dembo is the Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint. Zerofootprint is a socially responsible enterprise whose mission is to apply technology, design and risk management to the massive reduction of our environmental footprint. Zerofootprint operates both in the for-profit and charitable domains through two entities, Zerofootprint Software and Zerofootprint Foundation using shared technology. The Zerofootprint Foundation was founded in 2005 to engage communities everywhere in the battle against climate change. It pursues causes that uphold values of sustainable development, risk management, research, and advocacy. The Foundation initiatives involve government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal), educators (universities, elementary and middle schools) and other not-for-profit organizations. Geographical and societal barriers do not limit its vision. Zerofootprint came in first place and won Gold in the Climate Change category at the Canadian Environment Awards in 2008. Prior to founding Zerofootprint, Dr. Dembo was the Founder, CEO, and President of Algorithmics Incorporated, growing it from a start-up to the largest enterprise risk-management software company in the world, with offices in fifteen countries and over 70% of the world’s top 100 banks as clients. Algorithmics was consistently voted as one of the top 50 best-managed companies in Canada. View Guest page

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Ted Dennard

Ted grew up on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, and was first introduced to honey as a 12-year old boy. An elderly beekeeper named Roy Hightower opened his eyes to a world of magic in honeybees. For Ted, the love of bees is a way of life. He kept bees in high school and college. He taught beekeeping to Jamaican farmers in the Peace Corps. Fifteen years ago, Ted had beehives along the Altamaha River. He bottled some of that honey and gave it to a friend who was opening a store in downtown Savannah. When more stores wanted to sell his honey, Ted moved the operation to his garage. With his passion blossoming into a business, Ted decided to quit his job and put all his efforts into Savannah Bee Company. 2012 finds Ted in a 40,000 square foot warehouse on Wilmington Island, Georgia, operating four retail stores, bottling distinct world-class honeys, and creating a luxury beeswax-based body care line. Today’s operation is stark contrast to the days in Ted’s kitchen, but his passion has never changed. “I just love it,” he says. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” View Guest page

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Jon Devine

NRDC Senior Attorney, Water Program Areas of Focus Wetlands and headwaters, urban runoff pollution, algae blooms, mountaintop removal, industrial livestock operations, Clean Water Act. Bio Jon Devine is a senior attorney* with NRDC’s water program and he leads the clean water solutions team. His work focuses on implementing, defending, and strengthening Clean Water Act core programs. Jon specializes on the legal scope of the Clean Water Act; runoff pollution and the use of green infrastructure; water quality and nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin; and mountaintop removal coal mining and its impacts on bodies of water in Appalachia. Prior to the water program, Jon worked with NRDC's health and environment program for four years. Before joining NRDC in 2001, Jon was an attorney-advisor in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of General Counsel. Jon was a law clerk for Judge Phyllis Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996 and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1991. Before attending law school, he was an environmental specialist in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. *Admitted in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia View Guest page

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Chuck DeVore

Assemblyman Chuck DeVore currently represents the 70th District of the State of California with over 500,000 constituents. Chuck DeVore is a common sense conservative candidate for United States Senate in 2010 against Barbara Boxer. Chuck lives in Irvine and represents an area that includes almost 500,000 people in Orange County. His legislative committee assignments are: Vice Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, the Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Chuck was elected in 2004 and reelected in 2006 and in 2008. Chuck has been honored as the Legislator of the Year by seven groups: the California Veterans of Foreign Wars, the California chapter of the American Legion, the California State Commanders Veterans Council, an umbrella organization of 19 veterans groups, the Southern California Contractors Association, the Young Republican Federation of California, the California College Republicans, and the Republican Party of Orange County. United Way of Orange County recognized Chuck in 2006 for his legislation improving childcare. Chuck worked in the aerospace industry for 13 years and was vice president of research before leaving work to begin serving as an elected official. Chuck served as a Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to 1988. As Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs his duties included working with Congress to advance the President’s foreign and military policy. Chuck’s official travels took him to Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central America. His initiative helped develop the Arrow Anti-Ballistic Missile program. In 1988 Chuck served as Director of Public Liaison for former Congressman Chris Cox’s first campaign for public office. Through 1990, he served as the Congressman’s Senior Assistant. From 1991 to 1996, Chuck served as a City Commissioner for the City of Irvine. He was Chairman of the city's Community Services Commission. In 1983, Chuck enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. He earned an ROTC scholarship that allowed him to attend Claremont McKenna College where he graduated with honors with a degree in Strategic Studies in 1985 and was commissioned an officer. He also studied overseas at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. After more than 24 years of service, Chuck retired from the Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, his awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, and others. Since age 19, Chuck has been an active volunteer for the Republican Party, serving in the leadership of several organizations. He was elected to the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee in 1992 and was reelected four times. Chuck was Chairman of the Ethics Committee. View Guest page

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Faber Dewar

Scottish born and English raised I was from the very beginings a woodworker. Ask any family member where I was as a child and they would answer," in the garage with a hammer, some wood and nails". When we were in Scottland doing a special "trading Castles" , a castle owner told me that my name" Faber', translated from Latin, meant "Someone who made things with thier hands". I lived for 40 years before finding that out.! I moved to Hawaii to go to college as I became very determined to become a marine biologist. My goals being, to develop open ocean fish farming techniques to help feed 3rd world nations. My time in Hawaii was magical and I was influenced profoundly by the people and the lifestyle. I returned to London in 1986 and worked on restoring and selling victorian and Georgian properties,and grew to appreciate the woodworking craft from these times. Affairs of the heart brought me out to Los Angeles where I met and partnered with my friend and mentor, Stephen Ritson. Together we opened Alderley Edge, a custom furniture buisness selling japanese inspired furniture as well as an ecclectic mix of mirrors made from reclaimed materials. It was during this time at the showroom in Venice California that I was approached to be a carpenter on the Hit tv show Trading Spaces. View Guest page

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Robbie Diamond

Robbie Diamond is the President and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group of business leaders committed to promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale in order to combat the economic, environmental, and national security dangers caused by our nation’s dependence on petroleum. The Coalition was launched in November 2009, and as its first official act, released the Electrification Roadmap, a sweeping report outlining a vision for the deployment of a fully integrated electric drive network. Diamond is also the Founder, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). In 2006, he came together with Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, to form SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council, a group of prominent business leaders and retired senior military officers dedicated to combating our nation’s dangerous dependence on oil. Since then, SAFE and the ESLC have been at the forefront of the energy policy debate, successfully helping to shape legislation in 2007 and shepherd a new, comprehensive energy bill through the Senate Energy Committee in 2009. Prior to his roles with SAFE and the Electrification Coalition, Mr. Diamond served as Deputy Director of Community Outreach on Senator Joe Lieberman’s 2004 presidential campaign. Before that, Mr. Diamond was a Director at the Washington firm Fontheim International LLC, working in all practice areas of the firm. Prior to coming to Washington, he worked with senior executives at Seagram Spirits and Wine Group on special projects. Mr. Diamond earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three daughters. View Guest page

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Mary Ann Dickinson

Mary Ann Dickinson is the President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada. Based in Chicago, the Alliance works with over 335 water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers. Prior to joining the Alliance in July of 2007, Mary Ann was Executive Director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, a non-profit organization composed of urban water supply agencies, environmental groups, and other entities managing statewide water conservation in California and implementing the nation’s first set of Best Management Practices. Mary Ann has over 35 years of experience, having worked at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in environmental planning, she has authored numerous publications on water conservation, land use planning, and natural resources management, and has co-produced two films which have aired on public television and community cable stations. She is Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association, President of the California Irrigation Institute, a Trustee and past Chair of the American Water Works Association National Water Conservation Division, and has presented numerous papers on water conservation in Spain, France, Australia, Korea, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Chile, China, Romania, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, and all across the United States. View Guest page

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Martha Diepenbrock

Martha Diepenbrock is director of External Affairs for the California Conservation Corps (CCC). She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown and is responsible for development, legislative affairs and communications. Martha rejoined the CCC where she worked in field and headquarters positions in the early days of the CCC. In the intervening years, she helped launch a public charter school in Oakland, and served in various capacities for youth development and policy organizations, including serving as founding director for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. View Guest page

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John Dilliott

John Dilliott has been with UC San Diego since 1993 and has been involved in over $60M in energy efficiency projects, including cogeneration, thermal energy storage and campus wide controls upgrades, which deliver annual savings to the campus of approximately $12M. In his current role as the Manager, Energy & Utilities, UC San Diego he is responsible for campus utilities operations, including the 30MW Cogeneration and District Heating & Cooling Plant, commodity energy procurement, carbon management and has secured financing for three year, $73M in energy efficiency program. John also led UC San Diego in carbon management, helping UC San Diego to be the first university to certify all six green house gases and active participant in the Chicago Climate Exchange. John has a BS degree in Marine Engineer Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point. View Guest page

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RIANE EISLER

RIANE EISLER is a social scientist, attorney, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired both scholars and social activists. Her research has impacted many fields, including history, economics, psychology, sociology, and education. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children. Dr. Eisler is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 23 foreign editions. Her newest book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics – hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking," by Gloria Steinem as "revolutionary," and by Jane Goodall as "a call for action" – proposes a new approach to economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: the work of caring for people and planet. See more here http://www.partnershipway.org View Guest page

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Paul R. Epstein

Dr. Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHGE) at Harvard Medical School, has been documenting the links between global warming and declining human and environmental health since the early 1990s. Co-author Dan Ferber, a contributing correspondent to Science, traveled to rural Kenya, Honduras, Harlem and other places to talk with doctors, patients, scientists and others who are wrestling with these changes. The authors tell their stories and describe Epstein's quest to alert the world to the public health dangers of climate change. Then they draw on the latest science to vet climate solutions, and lay out a suite of innovative solutions to shape a healthy global economic order in the twenty-first century. View Guest page

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Lisa Faast

Lisa graduated from University of the Pacific (pharmacy school) in 2001. She worked for Kmart for the first 4 years out of schoo,l then left for an independent pharmacy. She opened Faast Pharmacy in April of 2006. Lisa is married with 2 boys, ages 4 and 1. The pharmaceutical take back project was important to her, not only because she is a pharmacis,t but most importantly because she is a mother View Guest page

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Sohrob Farundi

Sohrob brings over a decade of start-up and corporate leadership experience to Flipswap. As CEO, Sohrob focuses on evaluating and driving new business opportunities, as well as new technologies that enhance and extend the company’s offerings. Prior to Flipswap, Sohrob co-founded EZWay Auctions, one of the first eBay drop-off stores on the East coast. He also served as an Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V) Project Manager for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Before that, he worked with a start-up that developed a proprietary application for online merchants to provide various financing options for their customers. Sohrob began his career as a consultant for global management consulting and technology services firm Accenture. Sohrob holds a master’s of science in information systems technology from George Washington University, graduating top of his class. He received his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. View Guest page

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Victoria Fernandez

Student Leader Fossil Free Cal Victoria Fernandez is a third-year student at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Economics and Society and Environment. As an active member of the fossil fuel divestment campaign at UC Berkeley since January 2011, she is also Co-Director of the student government Sustainability Team. Fossil Free Cal has rallied substantial support on campus: In a student ballot initiative last year, 73% of the student body supported fossil fuel divestment. View Guest page

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Michael Ferraro

Michael A. Ferraro, founder and President of Preferred Commerce, Inc., began growing vegetables for his father’s garden center when he was a child. As a third-generation nurseryman, he learned firsthand the benefits of gardening, as well as running a successful family-owned business. From there, Michael moved on to establish a prosperous career in the financial services industry as a retail stockbroker/manager for investment brokerage firms. While his 14-year financial calling flourished, Michael chose to go back to his growing roots to create a thriving business that has made significant impact on more than just the horticultural industry: It is now changing the lives of families nationwide. Under Michael’s vision and leadership, Preferred Commerce and its team designed and built the learning system that trained tens of thousand of Lowe’s Garden Center employee’s world wide for 5 years. Michael did not think that was enough and started to focus on children and families. Preferred Commerce now has its focus on it’s children’s-gardening division, Growums®, and are encouraging kids and adults alike to grow and eat their own healthy food, giving them gardening knowledge and skills, a chance to live a healthy lifestyle, a way to fight obesity, an opportunity to help the environment, and time to have fun with their families. Today, Growums has received a number of awards nationally, been praised by some of the best retail analysts in the country and has sold its products in more than 2,000 stores nationwide and nearly 1 million garden kits just during its beta launch. As a result of his company’s success, Michael has been given The Arthur E. Turner Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award and was asked to participate in an MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida Case Study. He continues to propel his company to even greater success, expecting to help millions of more families, schools – and the environment – in the process. View Guest page

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Steve Fleischli

Steve Fleischli is a senior attorney in the water program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Prior to joining NRDC in 2010, Steve served as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, an international environmental organization supporting local watershed programs (such as Riverkeepers, Baykeepers and Soundkeepers) in nearly 200 communities across six continents. Steve also served as Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance (2003-2007) and as the Santa Monica Baykeeper in Los Angeles (1999-2003). He has held positions as a Legal & Policy Analyst for Heal the Bay and as an adjunct law professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with majors in Economics; Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology; and Environmental Conservation. View Guest page

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Brett Fleishman

Brett Fleishman is the senior divestment analyst for 350.org in their California office. Before joining 350.org, Brett worked for economist Jeremy Rifkin at the think tank The Foundation on Economic Trends on distributed energy policy. He holds a M.S. in MacroEconomic Sustainable Development from The New School in New York City. Brett worked in Bolivia, Peru, and Laos teaching college- accredited courses on economic and environmental issues. View Guest page

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Eric Corey Freed

organicARCHITECT is the office of Eric Corey Freed, a licensed architect (California, New Mexico, Arizona), and a recognized pioneer in the tradition of Organic Architecture, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A lifetime proponent of individualism and sustainability, Eric Corey Freed knew he wanted to be an architect at the early age of eight. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Eric Corey Freed attended Temple University College of Architecture, graduating with honors in 1994. While a student, Eric had the opportunity to focus his concentration on Urban Design in Rome, Italy. During several years working in both Philadelphia and New York City, Eric became very active within the profession. He worked under acclaimed architect Beverly Willis, and helped design two schools in New York. Their design for Manhattan Village Academy was widely published. At that time, noted architect and critic, Philip Johnson cited Eric as "one of the real brains of his generation." In 1996, Eric accepted a position in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a former apprentice of the master, Frank Lloyd Wright. While there, he had direct contact with both the most ancient and the newest of environmental building materials. Seeking to expand his knowledge, Eric relocated to San Francisco in 1997 to start his own practice and join the heart of the environmental movement. Eric's work has been exhibited in numerous venues. He has been a visiting critic at several schools of architecture and the recipient of various awards and accolades. Eric teaches the Sustainable Design curriculum at the Academy of Art University and Certificate Program at UC Berkeley Extension. He served as Founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (NorCal ADPSR), Natural World Museum and a Committee Member of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Friends of Kebyar. In addition, Eric is a Program Coordinator for the Environmental Committee of The Commonwealth Club of California. Eric and organicARCHITECT advise companies around the world on various issues of design, sustainability and green building. Eric sits on the advisory boards of West Coast Green, Urban Revision, Build It Green, craigslist Foundation, Green Home Guide, as well as numerous other organizations. In addition, Eric is co-founder and one of the editors of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design, a publication for people interested in the environment as well as a regular columnist for GreenerBuildings.com. He is author of "Green Building for Dummies" (Wiley, 2007) and the forthcoming books, "Sustainable Schools," "Green Homes Green Pockets," and "The Inevitable Architect: A Phase By Phase Guide to Green Building." A sought after public speaker, Eric speaks at nearly 50 events a year tirelessly promoting his vision of innovative green design. View Guest page

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Stephanie Fry

At Groundwork Denver, Stephanie is responsible for connecting low-income communities with energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy efficiency resources. With the Take Charge! project, Stephanie engages student and adult volunteers in community outreach initiatives. She has managed several successful similar door-to-door campaigns in Colorado and Ohio, conducting over 200 community outreach canvasses. Her previous experiences include her work as the Director of Outreach and Development with iCAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology), focusing on identifying sustainable opportunities for underserved Colorado communities, and prior to that, Ms. Fry was the Start-up Operations Manager with D-Rev: Design for the other 90%, increasing the accessibility of technologies to communities in developing countries. Stephanie has been active in her local community, speaking out on issues of homelessness, sexual violence, and the environment. Stephanie received a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from the University of Denver in 2004. View Guest page

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Cathie Gail

As KTB's executive director, Cathie oversees board development, contract and grant administration, fundraising, finance and organizational planning. She has more than 20 years experience with non-profits, having most recently served as the vice president of development for Special Olympics Texas and chief development officer for Special Olympics Michigan. Cathie has also worked with the American Red Cross, Greater Houston Chapter, and the Houston Area Women’s Center Shelter for Abused Women. She earned her bachelor of fine arts from Central Michigan University. View Guest page

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Michael T. Gamble

Dr. Gamble is a former staff member of the physics division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he researched directed-energy devices such as terawatt laser systems. He is a former Vice President of Manufacturing Technology for Nanovation Technologies, Inc. and a founding partner of Fidelys, LLC, a California investment banking and corporate advisory firm. Gamble holds degrees in nuclear and mechanical engineering, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. View Guest page

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Dexter Gauntlett

Dexter Gauntlett, Research Analyst Dexter Gauntlett is a research analyst contributing to Pike Research’s Smart Energy practice, with a focus on global renewable energy markets including solar, wind, and hydrokinetic and ocean energy. Gauntlett has extensive experience in the cleantech industry in the United States and internationally in both the private and non-profit sectors, including a background working with development agencies, development banks, and government programs intended to catalyze cleantech projects in urban and off-grid settings. Prior to joining Pike Research, he was a fellow with Green Empowerment, an international non-profit that partners with local NGOs to install renewable energy systems in rural villages in developing countries. Previously, he was a senior research and marketing associate with Clean Edge, a research and publishing firm focused on the cleantech industry. He has also served as director of service learning at Green Empowerment and a senior sales associate at Green Mountain Energy. Gauntlett holds a BA in political science from the University of California Los Angeles. View Guest page

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Christopher Gavigan

Christopher Gavigan is Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Child Healthy World. For more than a decade, he has dedicated himself to improving the lives of children and families. He holds degrees in environmental science and geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has extensive graduate training in child psychology and education. He has worked as an ecology and sciences teacher in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, and as a child and family specialist. He is the founder of Pinnacle Expeditions, an outdoor leadership program for teenagers. Since joining Healthy Child Healthy World, Gavigan has launched public awareness campaigns, strategic partnerships, and educational programs that have educated millions about daily choices and actions that impact our children’s health and our planet’s future. He is the best-selling author of "Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home". View Guest page

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Karl Gawell

Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association: Mr. Gawell has been the Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association since 1997, prior to which he was the Director of Government Affairs for the American Wind Energy Association. His background includes senior positions in several national environmental organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation and the Wilderness Society. He worked in several positions in the U.S. Congress, including Associate Staff of the House Appropriations Committee, Legislative Director for Representative David Skaggs (D-Colo) and Legislative Assistant to Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minn). He was Business Manager for the Rockford Corporation in Charlottesville, Virginia and an analyst and Project Manager for the U.S. Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory). He recently served on the Renewable Energy Advisory Board of the US Export-Import Bank, and has been an advisor to the US EPA, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the United Nations. He has a BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and studied in the Department of Economics at the University of Nottingham in England. Mr. Gawell has published numerous papers and articles on energy and environmental policy, testified before Committees of the U.S. House and Senate, and appeared on various national television and radio shows. Mr. Gawell, together with co-author Dr. P.M. Wright, was awarded the President’s Certificate for Excellence by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for their presentation “International Geothermal Development” in 1998. View Guest page

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Lois Marie Gibbs

In the spring of 1978, a 27 year old housewife Lois Marie Gibbs discovered that her child was attending an elementary school built next to a 20,000 ton, toxic-chemical dump in Niagara Falls, New York. Desperate to do something about it, she organized her neighbors into the Love Canal Homeowners Association. Opposing the group’s efforts Occidental Petroleum, as well as local, state and federal government officials all insisted that the leaking toxic chemicals, including dioxin, the most toxic chemical known to man, were not the cause of the health problems experienced by residents, which included high rates of birth defects, miscarriages, cancers and other maladies. In October 1980, President Jimmy Carter delivered an Emergency Declaration which moved 833 families from this dangerous area and signified victory for the grassroots community. Once families were relocated from Love Canal, Lois’s life was changed forever. During the crisis, she received numerous calls from people across the country who were experiencing similar problems. This revealed to her that the problem of toxic waste went far beyond her own backyard. She became determined to support these grassroots efforts. In 1981, now a single parent with two children and $10,000, Lois left Niagara Falls for the Washington, D.C. area to establish a national organization to help families living near other Love Canal-like sites. Lois knew she was no longer the innocent housewife of the past – but had become a sophisticated advocate of human rights and justice. In 1981, Lois created the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, an organization that has assisted over 11,000 grassroots groups with organizing, technical, and general information nationwide. Today, Lois serves as Executive Director and speaks with communities nationwide and internationally about toxic chemicals and children’s unique vulnerability to environmental exposures. Lois has been recognized extensively for her critical role in the grassroots environmental health movement. She has spoken at numerous conferences and has been featured in hundreds of newspaper articles, magazine, and textbooks. Lois has appeared on many television and radio shows including 60 Minutes, 20/20, Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, The Morning Show and the Today Show. CBS produced a 2 hour prime-time movie about Lois’s life entitled “Lois Gibbs: The Love Canal Story” starring Marsha Mason. The many awards she has received include the 1990 Goldman Environmental Prize, Outside Magazine’s “Top Ten Who Made A Difference Honor Roll” in 1991, the 1998 Heinz Award, the 1999 John Gardner Leadership Award from the Independent Sector, and in 2003 Lois was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has received an honorary Ph.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY), Cortland College, Haverford College in May 2006, Green Mountain College 2009 and Medaille College in 2010. She also sits on numerous Boards and Advisory Committees. She lives in Virginia with her husband. View Guest page

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Robert Glennon

Robert Glennon is the author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, which was published in April 2009 by Island Press. His previous books include the highly-acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters (2002). Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona View Guest page

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Robert von Goeben

Prior to co-founding Green Toys Inc., Robert was the founder of Propellerhead Studios, a leading Silicon Valley design studio specializing in electronic toys and games. At Propellerhead Studios, Robert worked with many major toy companies, including Mattel, Radica and Wild Planet. Before Propellerhead Studios, he was the founder and managing director of Starter Fluid, a seed-stage venture capital fund backed by institutional and corporate investors, including Compaq Computers and the University of Chicago. Robert’s career began in the entertainment industry where he started and managed the online division at Geffen Records. Robert has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Mathematics from the State University of New York and holds two U.S. Patents in the field of toys and games. View Guest page

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Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is Vice President and Director of the Climate and Energy Program at Next Generation. Ms. Gordon is a nationally-recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, most recently as Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C., and before that as Co-Director of the Apollo Alliance. She has worked on a variety of economic development and social justice issues for more than 15 years and is regarded both inside and outside Washington as a leader in the national “green jobs” movement. View Guest page

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Rachel Gutter

Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools When the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council was established in 2010 to serve as the driver for green schools dialogue, policy development and innovation, USGBC appointed Rachel Gutter to take the reins. Rachel came to USGBC in 2007 to oversee the launch of LEED for Schools, a version of USGBC’s popular green building certification program that facilitates the design, construction and operations of high-performance, green schools. Later that year, Rachel spearheaded the launch of the National Green Schools Campaign to engage students and teachers, parents and school superintendents, elected officials and other policy makers in a national conversation about the relationship between high-performance educational facilities and high-performing students. Today, Rachel is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic of green schools. More than 100 major media outlets have sought Rachel’s perspective, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today and CNN. In 2011 she was honored as an eco-heroine in Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine. Rachel’s professional experiences in the fields of green building consulting and interior architecture and her time with the Green Building Program of Montgomery County Public Schools have contributed to her in depth knowledge of green schools. However, it is her six years of teaching experience that fuel her commitment to educating a generation of sustainability natives. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. A competitive figure skater throughout her childhood, today Rachel finds balance through a daily dose of yoga. She lives in Washington, D.C. View Guest page

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Chad Hall

Chad Hall spent 14 years with Ioxus’ parent company, Custom Electronics, Inc. (CEI). His extensive mechanical engineering and business experience helped establish Ioxus from funding to factory to launch. Chad is responsible for manufacturing and testing of standard products, as well as further establishing the company and building the team, increasing sales, locating funding, and spurring continued product development. Chad is also responsible for educating the market on Ioxus products and training sales personnel on the technical aspects of the expanding product. He overcomes business challenges with an innovative yet practical approach. Chad is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Additionally, he was involved in several high-voltage, high-reliability capacitor projects at national labs, playing key roles in each project’s success. He attended State University of New York, Delhi and received a 3-M certificate in electro-mechanical design and drafting. View Guest page

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David Hanson

David Hanson is a freelance journalist living in Seattle. He was the founding travel editor for Cottage Living Magazine and is now Editor-at-Large for Coastal Living. He writes for magazines such as Southern Living, Garden and Gun, Preservation, and Sunset. At Cottage Living, David reported on many of the nation’s best examples of community and urban planning. He recently completed a 550-mile solo canoe trip down the Deep South’s Chattahoochee River. www.davidhanson3.com View Guest page

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Richard Heinberg

Author of ten books, including The Party’s Over,Peak Everything, and the soon-to-be-releasedThe End of Growth, Richard Heinberg is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. With a wry, unflinching approach based on facts and realism, Richard exposes the tenuousness of our current way of life and offers a vision for a truly sustainable future. Senior Fellow-in-Residence at Post Carbon Institute, Richard is best known as a leading educator on Peak Oil—the point at which we reach maximum global oil production—and the resulting, devastating impact it will have on our economic, food, and transportation systems. But his expertise is far ranging, covering critical issues including the current economic crisis, food and agriculture, community resilience, and global climate change. Richard’s latest book, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality makes a compelling argument that the global economy has reached a fateful, fundamental turning point. As energy and food prices escalate and debt levels explode, paths that formerly led to economic expansion now go nowhere. The “recession” will not end in a “recovery,” yet in the coming years we can still thrive—if we maximize happiness rather than the futile pursuit of growth at any cost. Richard is a much sought-after speaker and has presented in dozens of countries and across the United States. He’s featured in many documentaries, including End of Suburbia and Leonardo DiCaprio’s film 11th Hour. Richard has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, Canadian Broadcasting Television, BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Al Jazeera, as well as numerous radio programs (national NPR) and print publications (Time magazine). He lives in northern California with his wife and is an avid violin player. View Guest page

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Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is the author of eleven books including : • Snake Oil (July 2013) • The End of Growth (August 2011) • The Post Carbon Reader (2010) (editor) • Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis (2009) • Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007) • The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism & Economic Collapse (2006) • Powerdown: Options & Actions for a Post-Carbon World (2004) • The Party’s Over: Oil, War & the Fate of Industrial Societies (2003) Richard is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, The Ecologist, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, and The Sun; and on web sites such as Resilience.org, TheOilDrum.com, Alternet.org, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com. He has been quoted in Time Magazine and has spoken to hundreds of audiences in 14 countries, including members of the European Parliament. He has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour, is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education, and in 2012 was appointed to His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm initiative. Richard’s animations Don’t Worry, Drive On, Who Killed Economic Growth? and 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Minutes (winner of a YouTubes’s/DoGooder Video of the Year Award) have been viewed by 1.5 million people . Since 2002, he has delivered more than five hundred lectures to a wide variety of audiences—from insurance executives to peace activists, from local and national elected officials to Jesuit volunteers. He lives in northern California with his wife and is an avid violin player. View Guest page

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Tamara Henry

Tamara Henry (known as "Green T" for her devotion to green issues and eco-entertainment) is the web’s leading eco TV host and green personality. She has worked as an anchorwoman for thirteen years and has graced audiences with extensive coverage of red carpets for the film festival circuit, award shows, eco-green events, green lifestyle & businesses and interviewing celebrities about deeper issues. "Green T" is dedicated to “Conscious Entertainment” and using media to support environmental causes and messages. With credits on The Tonight Show, Access Hollywood, Animal Planet, Style Network, and USA Network and an early career as a WB and Fox evening news anchor producing health and medical news, "Green T" is currently celebrating her commitment to meaningful media through her popular online TV portal "GreenTwithTamara.TV" which offers webisodes focusing on the latest green business news and event coverage, celebrity interviews, eco-film premieres, green expos and more. GreenTwithTamara.TV is also playing a leadership role in the bridge between entertainment and environment by helping the 2010 Miss America Pageant go green this year with its "Green is Gorgeous" INTERACTIVE eco-contest. Henry has interviewed each of the 53 pageant contestants and asked them her famous question, “What does being green mean to you?" The public is invited to vote by January 30, 2010 on which contestant offers the best insight on why Green Is Gorgeous. As a former competitor in the Miss Arkansas Pageant herself, Henry is the ideal host and creator of the contest. She won the Community Service and Quality of Life Awards presented by the Arkansas Miss America pageant for a program she created called "Promoting Health Through Whole Person Wellness" which inspired the residents of Little Rock and surrounding communities to live a balanced life of mind/body/spirit. Henry used the scholarship monies she won during her pageant appearances to earn her bachelors degree in broadcast journalism. After becoming a TV news anchor in 1997, she established her own scholarship for the contestant with the highest interview score majoring in TV news: "The Tamara Henry Broadcast Journalism Award." View Guest page

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Eric Herm

Eric Herm was raised on a cotton farm near Ackerly, Texas. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in broadcast journalism. After working in sports television broadcasting, he traveled extensively. Having broadened his mind, Herm eventually returned to Texas to work the land that has been in his family for almost 100 years. Startled by the changes he saw in the land, he began to change practices on his own farm and to speak out against the ravages caused by commercial agriculture. Eric lives on the farm with his wife, Alison, and their two sons. View Guest page

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Angie Howard

Angie Howard is president of Howard – Johnson Associates, a consulting practice specializing in strategic energy and utility issues as well as public affairs, communications and leadership development. She has extensive contacts and relationships with industry and policy executives and organizations throughout the country. Ms. Howard retired in May 2009 as vice president, Office of the President and Executive Advisor to the President for the Nuclear Energy Institute. She represented NEI with policy, industry, academic and international organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Howard, who joined NEI as Sr. Vice President, Communications in 1996, had previous responsibilities for the organization’s communications, external affairs and member relations activities. Ms. Howard was vice president and director of industry relations and information services for the Atlanta-based Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, joining INPO in 1980to establish external and internal communications for the Institute. She also was involved in the formation of the World Association of Nuclear Operators and the development of communications activities for the WANO-Atlanta Center, which is co-located with INPO. Before joining INPO in 1980, Ms. Howard was employed by Duke Power Company in various communications and nuclear information management positions from 1969 to 1980. Ms. Howard received a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. She has completed the Reactor Technology Program for Utility Executives sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Academy for Nuclear Training. Ms. Howard is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of the American Nuclear Society. She also is a member of the Clemson University Research Foundation Board and the University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Department Advisory Committee. She was the recipient of the 2009 Women in Nuclear Global leadership award. View Guest page

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Eric Hudson

Eric Hudson is the Founder & CEO of Preserve, a sustainable consumer products company based in Waltham, Massachusetts. Eric started the company in 1996 when he designed the Preserve toothbrush, a product made from recycled polypropylene and completely recyclable. At that time, making a product from start to finish as respectful as possible of our Earth’s natural resources was an effort to turn business on its head. Today his company boasts a portfolio of everyday household products including kids and adult toothbrushes, razors, tableware, and kitchen tools. The Preserve line can be found in more than 7,000 retail locations nationwide including Target and Whole Foods and is best selling in each of its categories in the $76 billion natural retail market. A native of Massachusetts, Eric earned a bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science from Boston College and earned his MBA, with distinction, from Babson College. He comes from a family rich in entrepreneurship including grandparents who were the original founders of Brookstone. Eric’s love and respect of nature is really what took him out of the business-as-usual atmosphere he was rooted in early in his career. Eric worked in operations management and trading at Fidelity over the course of 6 years. After business school, he established his own consulting firm, Hudson Consulting, in collaboration with such partners as Andersen Consulting, advising clients on becoming more efficient throughout their operations. At the same time, he began researching product ideas for a company that he envisioned would utilize Earth’s resources more respectfully by keeping reusable plastics out of landfills. In 2004, the Natural Food Merchandiser included Preserve (then known by its incorporated name, Recycline) in both their “25 Ideas that Changed the Industry” and their “25 that Made Naturals Beautiful” lists. In 2006, Eric was named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Green 50”; and, in 2007, Preserve won the Forbes.com’s 2007 “Boost Your Business” contest with a grand prize of $100,000. In 2009, Preserve Kitchen won the International Housewares Association’s Green Design Award. Eric is a member of Social Venture Network (SVN), Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). He has served on several boards and councils and presently serves on the town of Acton’s Green Advisory Board and the board of the Robbins de Beaumont Foundation that funds a variety of non-profits including those with a focus on preservation of the environment through education about the value of our natural resources. Eric lives in Acton, MA with his wife and 3 young sons. He drives what some call a grease car – a car fueled by recycled vegetable oil – but is most happy getting around on bicycle or by foot. Every year, Eric raises thousands of dollars for the Pan Mass Challenge – a bike-a-thon that raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. His primary form of recreation these days is roughhousing with his sons. He is also an avid tennis player, mixes hockey with yoga, and has been skiing since he was three; and although the opportunities are rare these days, Eric shares a great love of windsurfing and has spent many a day windsurfing on Cape Cod. View Guest page

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Lisa Hymas

Lisa Hymas is senior editor and cofounder of Grist.org, the nation's leading online environmental news organization. She writes and blogs about the green side of being childfree as well as other environmental issues. She won a 2010 Population Institute Global Media Award for her writing on childfree living and population. She started her career as a writer and editor at Greenwire, a Washington, D.C.-based online environmental news service. She has also worked at Island Press, an environmental book publisher, and Tomorrow, a sustainable business magazine. She lives in Seattle. View Guest page

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Sarah Elizabeth Ippel

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel has dedicated her life to early childhood education. Prior to pursuing her vision for the Academy for Global Citizenship, she acted as Principal of Cambridge Educational Associates, an educational consulting company founded with a focus on developing customized and integrated auxiliary curriculum and parental guidance for children with academic related challenges. Throughout her career, Sarah Elizabeth has traveled to 77 different countries across 6 continents, extensively examining educational philosophies and world languages as well as creating international alliances that have contributed to the design and culture of the Academy for Global Citizenship. In addition to studying the application of the International Baccalaureate approach in various cultural contexts across the globe, her most recent initiatives have been the development and implementation of globally cooperative literacy programs for orphan children in northern Tanzania. As current Vice President of Education on the governing board of the United Nations Association, Sarah Elizabeth is committed to fostering implementation of The Growing Connection, a globally collaborative organic gardening initiative established to cross-culturally connect children and educators. She also serves on the United States Green Building Council Green Schools Advocacy Committee for the Chicago Chapter, Chicago Public Schools Environmental Action Plan Taskforce, and the Steering Committee for Climate Cycle. Sarah Elizabeth's additional leadership and civic contributions have included executive board memberships with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recognizing Mayor Daley's revolutionary Renaissance 2010 initiative in a time of escalating global interdependence, Sarah Elizabeth feels passionately about creating a learning environment where children develop the insight, intellect and compassion necessary to actively impact their global communities. She fervently believes that a comprehensive integration of sustainability principles is a critical component to embracing our roles as world citizens and has been a leader in modeling school-wide environmental initiatives. As Founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Global Citizenship, Sarah Elizabeth deems that the future belongs to these empowered global citizens who understand the languages, histories, cultures and dreams of all humanity. View Guest page

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Lauren Ivey

Lauren is a Princeton University undergraduate student majoring in Architecture and pursuing a certificate in Urban Studies. About to enter to enter her Junior year, she has recently become interested in the implementation of green techniques in architectural design and urban planning to see how environmentally friendly utilities can shape the urban space and community environment. Throughout her summer internship with the Go Green Initiative, she will explore a variety of ways that this can be achieved; from greening prisons to studying inner city rejuvenation. Apart from urban studies and architecture, Lauren loves to dance and watch movies online. View Guest page

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Major General Anthony L. Jackson

Major General Jackson recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after 36 years of service. Prior to his retirement, Major General Jackson served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West. Major General Anthony L. Jackson was born in Fort Lewis, Washington. He graduated from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, 1971. In 1973, he completed his MA (History) at San Jose State. In May 2011, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (H.C.) from the Trustees of The California State University and San Jose State University.  In May 1975, he enlisted in the Marine Corps to attend Officer Candidate School. Upon graduating from the Basic School in June 1976, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. While there, he served as a Rifle and Weapons Platoon Commander and Battalion Adjutant. In 1978, he left the regular Marine Corps; however, he continued to serve in the reserves as the Weapons Platoon Commander, "L" Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Upon returning to the regular Marine Corps in December 1979, he was again assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. During this tour, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer and as a Rifle and Weapons Company Commander. In February 1982, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA. While there, he served as a Battalion Operations Officer, Company Commander, and Officer-in-Charge, Recruit Field Training Division. In June 1984, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer, Marine Detachment, USS Long Beach (CGN-9), home ported in San Diego, CA. In July 1988, he was transferred to 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, HI. While in 1st MEB, he served consecutively as a Headquarters and Service Company Commander and Combat Service Support Plans Officer in Brigade Service Support Group-1, and as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer of 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines. After completing his tour with 1st MEB, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. Upon graduation in June 1990, he then served as a Senior Emergency Action Officer in the National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, DC until July 1992. Upon transfer, MajGen Jackson served as the Chief of Instructors, The Basic School, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, VA. From July 1993 to June 1995, he was the Commanding Officer, Marine Security Forces, Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA. In June 1997, he completed an assignment as the Advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps on Equal Opportunity matters and as the Head of the Equal Opportunity Branch, Headquarters, Marine Corps. In June 1998, he graduated from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Upon graduation from the War College, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force. He served in that billet from June 1998-June 2000. He then served as the Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. After that assignment, he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan where he was the Division's Chief of Staff. During that assignment, he served concurrently as the Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force-555, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. From August 2003 until March 2005, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff (G-5), First Marine Expeditionary Force and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. From June 2005 to September 2007, he served as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces, Central Command. From September 2007 to September 2009, MajGen Jackson was the Director of Operations and Logistics, U.S. Africa Command located in Stuttgart, Germany.  MajGen Jackson completed both the Amphibious Warfare School and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College by correspondence. His personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal (w/two gold stars for second and third award), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/two gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (w/one gold star), the Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (w/bronze star) Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/two bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/silver and bronze star), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (w/bronze star), and the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon. He is married to the former Susan Gail Steinbach of Lafayette California; and they have two sons Brian and Blaine Jackson. View Guest page

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Dr. Sarah Janssen

Sarah Janssen is a senior scientist in the health and environment program at NRDC in San Francisco. In her capacity as a scientist with NRDC, Dr. Janssen provides scientific expertise for policy and regulatory decisions on a number of toxic chemicals, including hormone-disrupting substances which interfere with fertility and reproduction. Her work has included research on flame retardants, cosmetics, plastics and plasticizers, breast cancer and threats to adult reproductive health and child development. Dr. Janssen is board-certified in preventive medicine, with a subspecialty in occupational and environmental medicine. She is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco where she is conducting clinical research, and she works part-time at Kaiser Permanente of Northern California. She completed her M.D. and Ph.D. in molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001, a Masters in Public Health at UC-Berkeley in 2005 and residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Janssen is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. View Guest page

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Dustin Kahler

James Kao

James W. Kao is an experienced CEO with a successful track record of delivering results in startup and Fortune 500 environments. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kao has raised over $24 million of funding to support several start-up companies. In 2000, he co-founded Managize, a supply chain management company later sold to Escalate, Inc. Prior to Managize, Mr. Kao founded and led eALITY , a business process enterprise software firm. He served as CEO of The Right Sizing Group, a data warehouse consultancy, whose clients included Wells Fargo Bank, Charles Schwab, Intuit, Mervyn's and TransAmerica Corp. Mr. Kao also played a key marketing role in significantly driving Oracle sales for the HP product business, and also held management positions with HP and IBM. Mr. Kao holds a BS in math/computer science from UCLA and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. View Guest page

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CATHRYN BERGER KAYE

CATHRYN BERGER KAYE, MA. president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, offers onsite and distance professional development, conference keynotes, and exceptional resources for educators—teachers and administrators—across the globe. Her themes include service learning, high level literacy skills, social and emotional development, engaging teaching methods, literature connections, environmental stewardship, and school culture and climate. Ms Kaye has developed Strategies for Success: A Learning Curriculum that Serves for student achievement and is the author of several award winning books including, The Complete Guide to Service Learning (Revised & Updated Second Edition), and Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands, written with Philippe Cousteau and EarthEcho International. Find her new Action Guides at www.WaterPlanetChallenge.org, Philippe Cousteau's environmental program. Her latest resource—Service Learning in International Schools: A World of Possibilities—is a veritable encyclopedia of information and resources including articles, PowerPoints, and video available for free download on her website. A blend of inspiration, practical wisdom and innumerable ideas for implementation, Ms Kaye delivers dynamic programming that equips educators to improve every day in the classroom with significant benefits to students and teachers. cbkaye@aol.com, www.abcdbooks.org. View Guest page

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Mark Kitchell

Director/Producer/Writer Mark Kitchell is best known for Berkeley in the Sixties, which won the Sundance Audience Award in 1990, was nominated for an Academy Award, and won other top honors. It has become a well-loved classic, one of the defining documentaries about the protest movements of the 1960s. Kitchell went to NYU film school, where he made The Godfather Comes to Sixth St., a cinema verité look at his neighbors caught up in filming The Godfather II for which he received another (student) Academy Award nomination. View Guest page

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Kim Knowlton

Kim Knowlton, DrPH, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)'s health and environment program in New York City; and chair of the Global Climate Change and Health Committee of the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section. She is Co-Convening Lead Author for the Human Health chapter of the 2013 Synthesis of the National Climate Assessment; and was among the researchers who participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 Fourth Assessment Report. Her work focuses on the health impacts of climate change, advocating for strategies to prepare for and prevent these impacts, and making health a more central feature of national, state and local climate change adaptation plans. She has researched heat- and ozone-related mortality and illnesses; connections between climate change, pollen, allergies and asthma, as well as infectious diseases like dengue fever; the health costs of climate change; and domestic and international climate-health preparedness strategies. Knowlton holds a master’s degree in environmental and occupational health sciences from Hunter College/CUNY; and received her doctorate in public health from Columbia University in New York, NY. View Guest page

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Michael E. Kraft

Michael E. Kraft is Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs in the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs and Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Riverside, and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Yale University. He has taught at UW-Green Bay since 1977 and has held visiting faculty appointments at Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses on environmental politics and policy, public policy analysis, Congress, and environmental science and policy. Among other works, he is author of Environmental Policy and Politics (5th ed., Pearson Longman 2010 ); co-author of Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (CQ Press, 3rd edition, 2010); and co-editor and contributing author of Environmental Policy (CQ Press, 7th ed., 2010); Business and Environmental Policy (MIT Press, 2007); Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy (MIT Press, 2nd ed. 2009); and Public Reactions to Nuclear Waste: Citizens' Views of Repository Siting (Duke University Press, 1993). He also serves as co-editor (with Sheldon Kamieniecki) of a book series, American and Comparative Environmental Policy, at MIT Press. His research interests focus on U.S. environmental policy and politics, and his most recent project focuses on the role of information disclosure in improving corporate environmental performance in the United States. It uses the federal Toxics Release Inventory program to examine trends in toxic chemical releases and risk reduction at some 10,000 industrial facilities nationwide and the reasons for variation among firms, communities, and states. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation, and a book on the project, Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance, will be released by MIT Press in fall of 2010. View Guest page

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Michael L. Krall

Michael L. Krall is the President, CEO and Chairman of PURE Bioscience, a position he has held since 1993. Originally founded as a pharmaceutical device company, PURE has a long history of operating in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. The original device division was sold in 2005 after which PURE turned its complete attention and resources to developing and commercializing its new molecular entity, silver dihydrogen citrate, as a broad spectrum antimicrobial platform. With more than 30 years experience as an entrepreneur and businessman, Mr. Krall’s prior leadership roles also include ownership and executive management of a successful residential and commercial building and development company. View Guest page

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Russ Kremer

Russ Kremer is a diversified family farmer and manager of Heritage Foods, a national processor, marketer and distributor of natural and organic protein products. His farming enterprises include humanely and sustainably raised hogs and cattle as well as chemical free vegetables, crops, hay, and timber. He was the founding president of Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative, a farmer owned and controlled network of nearly 100 farmers of compassionately raised swine. He also co-founded Green Energy Management, LLC (GEM), a solutions oriented developer of sustainable energy systems. GEM is dedicated to the production and marketing of regional alternative bio-fuels from local feedstocks such as animal fats, oilseed crops and forest products. Kremer previously managed Osage Ag Concerns, a business that converted organic wastes into bio-fuels, fertilizer and livestock feeds. Kremer was president of the Missouri Farmers Union for ten years and served on the Executive committee of the National Farmers Union. As an advocate for rural America, Kremer has testified before Congressional committees several times: helping shape policy related to food safety, market access, beginning farmers, farm credit and telecommunications. Kremer is a cooperative business developer and organized and directed the Family Farm Opportunity Center for six years. Under his direction, the Center assisted the development of various community based, value added, cooperative projects such as broadband communications; cooperative distribution; sustainable production, processing and marketing of livestock; organic dairy and vegetable processing; goat processing, wind energy and biomass recovery. In 2005, Kremer received the National Cooperative Development Award. Kremer was the first recipient of the St. Louis Local Food Hero award that was presented during National Food Day in October, 2011. Kremer serves on USDA’s 21st Century Agriculture Advisory Committee and has served as a board member of Cooperation Works, a national network of cooperative developers. Kremer has served on the board of directors of the National Campaign of Sustainable Agriculture. He is an advisory board member of the University of Missouri Sustainable Farm and Food Systems Program and a board member of the Missouri River Community Network. A former director of the Westphalia Young Farmers Association, Kremer has served on the agricultural advisory committee for five different Missouri governors. In May, 2006, he was one of four United States delegates at the World Farmers Congress in Seoul, Korea. In 2009, Kremer helped establish and was elected chairman of Farm to Family Naturally, a unique farmer-owned market and grocery store in St. Louis that features local and natural products. Kremer is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in Animal Husbandry and Agriculture Education. His work in sustainable energy, agriculture and natural food production has been featured on the CBS Morning Show, ABC Nightline, Newsweek, Alternative Energy Magazine, New York Times, Gourmet Magazine and various Associated Press articles. He was also featured in the movie documentary Fresh, (2009), showcasing successful models of new, sustainable food and energy systems. View Guest page

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Robert ter Kuile

Robert ter Kuile is the Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability in the Global Public Policy group for PepsiCo where he actively develops, implements and operationalizes the global public policy on environmental sustainability initiatives and is responsible for developing, maintaining, and partnering with global stakeholders. He also serves as the Liaison Delegate to the WBCSD for PepsiCo. Prior to joining the Public Policy and Government Affairs team, Robert served as the Director of Energy and Climate Change for three years developing and implementing, energy and carbon reduction strategies throughout PepsiCo’s Global Operations. Robert also served as a Corporate Environmental Manager at Frito-Lay North America (a Division of PepsiCo) for six years. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Robert served in various governmental roles for what is now the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, and has held several environmental and sustainability consulting roles. He is an active member of his Church in Farmers Branch, Texas, USA where he lives with his wife and two daughters. View Guest page

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Leah Lamb

Leah is the online producer for Current Green (www.current.com/green). Since its inception in 2005, Emmy award-winning Current TV has been the world's leading peer-to-peer news and information network. Current is the only 24/7 cable and satellite television network and Internet site produced and programmed in collaboration with its audience. Current connects young adults with what is going on in their world, from their perspective, in their own voices. Current pioneered the television industry's leading model of interactive viewer created content (VC2). Comprising roughly one-third of Current's on-air broadcast, this content is submitted via short-form, non-fiction video "pods". Viewer Created Ad Messages (VCAMs) are also open to viewers participation. Current.com is the first fully integrated web and TV platform where users can participate in shaping an ongoing stream of news and information that is compelling, authentic and relevant to them. View Guest page

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David Lanham

Through his work at Planet Connect, and it’s parent organization, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), David Lanham is striving to increase environmental literacy among high school students. Realizing that education is often the most effective way to ensure long term positive change, David has been instrumental in expanding the organization’s connection with high school students - through annual student green grants, a green internship database and a brand new video contest for students to show how they are reducing their carbon footprint. Combined with his degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary, and his prior work experience in the U.S. Department of Treasury, David seeks to implement positive change on both the community and national levels - through public and private partnerships. A lifelong outdoors enthusiast, David hopes to use his experience and knowledge to generate lasting positive change. View Guest page

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Trung Le

Trung is the Design Director for OWP/P’s education group. Dedicated to designing innovative educational spaces that encourage student inquiry and imagination, Le believes there is a direct connection between the idea of experience and the idea of place. He creates spaces that promote casual interaction and dialogue where the exchange of knowledge and ideas offers students a sense of what it means to be a part of a democratic community. It is this design philosophy that has yielded awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago and AIA Illinois in his 16 years at OWP/P. His projects have also been published in Architectural Record, Contract Design and Edutopia. A member of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners (CEFPI), the U.S. Green Building Council, and the AIA, Le has also actively participated in the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education and the Design Committee. View Guest page

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Aaron LeMieux

Aaron LeMieux Tremont Electric CEO & Founder Aaron founded Tremont Electric in 2007, and by 2009, nPower® technology was patented and the first nPower® PEG was launched, the most acclaimed clean energy technology to emerge from the industrial rust belt city of Cleveland, Ohio, or anywhere, in a generation. Before founding a clean energy startup, Aaron was a crisis and business turnaround manager for small-cap manufacturing companies in Northeast Ohio for over ten years, learning manufacturing technologies from the ground up in capital constrained environments. Aaron was an important consultant for the launch of Alcoa Subassembly and Logistics (ASL) a Just-In-Time facility serving the Freightliner division of Daimler Chrysler. Aaron collaborated with Stryker Howmedica Osteonics to develop a manufacturing method for implantable devices. Aaron has served in the US Naval Reserves. With five granted patents to date, Aaron holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering. Aaron lives with his wife Jill and their two dogs Harvey and Bianca, in the company’s namesake neighborhood of Tremont in Cleveland, Ohio. View Guest page

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Melanie Lenart

Melanie Lenart, Ph.D., author of LIFE IN THE HOTHOUSE: How a Living Planet Survives Climate Change, is an environmental scientist and writer who specializes in climate change and forests. As a scientist, she studied forest dynamics in China, Colorado, and Puerto Rico, where she lived during two major hurricanes. She was involved in an Arizona agricultural experiment testing how plants responded to elevated levels of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas responsible for the ongoing warming of the planet. While working as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Arizona’s Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), she researched forest policy in the aftermath of an Arizona wildfire that torched nearly half a million acres. Some of the many feature articles she wrote for CLIMAS have been pulled into a book compilation, Global Warming in the Southwest. An award-winning journalist, Lenart worked as an environmental writer for Puerto Rico’s daily San Juan Star in the mid-1990s. She lives with her husband in Tucson, where she teaches environmental writing and writes about the many facets of climate change and its impacts—including what we can do about it. View Guest page

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Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman

Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman is an internationally recognized authority on school improvement using natural and community surroundings as interdisciplinary contexts for education. He led the development of the innovative educational strategy called EIC Model™, using a school's local Environment as the Integrating Context for learning and, more recently, the development of the curriculum for the State of California's Education and the Environment Initiative. During the past seven years, Dr. Lieberman served as the principal consultant for the State of California’s Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI). The EEI is a cooperative endeavor of the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Governor’s Secretary of Education, the Integrated Waste Management Board and the Resources Agency. Dr. Lieberman led the development of the State’s approved “Environmental Principles and Concepts” the plan for the “EEI Curriculum.” In 2010, this standards-based curriculum was completed and approved by California's State Board of Education. The EEI Curriculum is now being disseminated to K-12 classrooms throughout California. The EEI Curriculum is available for downloading at: www.californiaeei.org In 1995, Dr. Lieberman founded and has since directed the State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER), originally a cooperative endeavor of departments of education in 16 states. SEER now works directly with schools to help them meet their academic goals through a process of continuous improvement based on the EIC Model™. SEER's work was sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Education Commission of the States recognized SEER's EIC Model™ as a "promising practice… that shows evidence of success in improving student achievement." Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lieberman has created and conducted professional development programs for more than 9,000 educators and other professionals, working with formal education systems at local, state, national and international levels. He has designed and coordinated curriculum development programs in the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Colombia and Argentina. During the past five years, Dr. Lieberman has focused his work on professional development programs that help schools achieve school improvement goals through implementation of the EIC approach. Dr. Lieberman is the principal author of Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning, a ground-breaking, national study that received an award from the National Environmental Education Foundation for "bringing environmental learning into the mainstream of American K-12 education." He has authored 40 other major reports, books and articles on subjects related to environment-based teaching strategies and environmental science. Dr. Lieberman received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and his B.A. from U.C.L.A. He currently serves on the Board of the Captain Planet Foundation where he chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, and is a past Chair of the Commission on Education of IUCN, the World Conservation Union. View Guest page

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Janice Lin

Janice Lin is the founder and Managing Partner of Strategen Consulting, a strategic consultancy that helps businesses create sustainable value through clean energy solutions. Janice has worked in clean energy strategy and market development for over a decade, during which she has advised clients ranging from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Recognizing energy storage as a key asset for greater renewable integration, grid efficiency, and system reliability, Janice co-founded the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in 2009. This inter-industry advocacy group is committed to expanding the role of grid-connected storage, and has led successful efforts in both the California Self Generation Incentive Program and the enactment of Assembly Bill 2514. Prior to founding Strategen in 2005, Janice held several senior management positions with PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower Systems), including VP of Product Strategy and VP of Business Development. During her tenure at PowerLight, Janice led initiatives in product and new market strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, strategic partnerships, investor relations, and customer finance. Janice holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BS from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. View Guest page

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Donna Lisenby

Donna Lisenby is the Global Coal Campaign Coordinator from Boone, North Carolina. Donna spent 16 years as a Riverkeeper advocating for the protection, preservation and restoration of waterways in four states-NC, SC, TN and KY. She has played a key role in bringing litigation against coal mining companies, coal-fired power plants, changing the Carolina’s inter-basin transfer laws and was the first environmental advocate to report and blow the whistle on leaking coal ash ponds across the state of North Carolina. She is the recipient 14 awards for her work to engage citizens and reduce industrial, sewage and sediment pollution. She appeared in the film Walmart, the High Cost of Low Price where she exposed the retailers appalling failure to protect the environment and the National Geographic mini-documentary Clean Coal: Water Pollution at the Light Switch produced by Alexandra Cousteau as part of the Expedition Blue Planet series. She was named an environmental hero in a video by the University of NC School of Journalism in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University and two beautiful grandchildren who motivate her work to ensure a healthy environment for future generations. View Guest page

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Gerard Lordahl

Gerard Lordahl is the Director of the Open Space Greening Program. Prior to becoming Director in January 1988, Mr. Lordahl was GrowNYC’s Plant-A-Lot Manager. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University with a major in Ornamental Horticulture in 1980. After graduating, Mr. Lordahl worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a Children’s Gardening Instructor. From 1981-1984, Mr. Lordahl was the Director of Environmental Education at the Madison Square Boys and Girl’s Club where he developed nature study programs for inner city youth ages 6-18. He then became the Manhattan Horticultural Agent for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s urban gardening program. As the Director of GrowNYC’s Open Space Greening Program, Mr. Lordahl supervises various projects including Plant-A-Lot, Grow Truck and Community Mapping. He is a past President of the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) and a member of The Green Guerillas. View Guest page

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Leslie Lukacs

Leslie Lukacs is a founder and principal of L2 Environmental,(L2) and has over 15 years experience providing sound environmental consulting services for both the private and public sectors. Leslie specializes in the design and implementation of comprehensive sustainability and zero waste programs for large institutions, public agencies, venues, and events throughout the Nation. Experience includes recycling program development and coordination, stakeholder outreach management, waste audits and characterization studies, extended producer responsibility ordinance preparation and implementation, compliance, and grant writing and administration. Leslie has been instrumental in pioneering the greening of venues and events throughout the nation and is a leading advocate for the industry. She has implemented diversion programs at national football stadiums, government facilities, universities, theme parks, convention centers, performing art centers, fairgrounds, and numerous large events. Leslie is founder and Chair of the Green Initiatives for Venues and Events (GIVE) Council, an organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of implementing green programs at venues and special events. Under Leslie's direction, GIVE was the lead sponsor to a California venues and event recycling bill that was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2004. Leslie currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the state's largest resource conservation organization. Leslie has presented at numerous industry and non-industry conferences as a keynote presenter or session speaker. Ms. Lukacs has presented at the following conferences: Zero Waste International Association conference in Brazil (2010, 2011, 2012), US Zero Waste Business Council, California Resource Recovery Association, Solid Waste Association of North America, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, R-05 World Congress on Recycling, Recycling, and Re-integration - Beijing, Western Fairs Association, US Conference of Mayors, Recycling Council of British Columbia, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Green Event Summit, UC Davis - Plan Green, San Mateo County - RecycleWorks, Texas Festivals & Events Association, Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District, California Downtown District, and the Special Events Show (2011, 2012). View Guest page

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David Luks

David Luks, Founder of Honeydrop • Previously Senior Manager for Pepsi & Diet Pepsi until 2007 • 8 years of Marketing experience at PepsiCo • Consultant for Fortune 500 CPG firms ‘07 – ’09 • Founded Honeydrop in ’08 after being diagnosed with cancer • Diagnosed with cancer in ’06 • Switched from an artificial to natural lifestyle • Inspired by nutritionists at Sloan Kettering • Learned about the benefits of honey • Launched Honeydrop in’09 • MBA Georgetown University • BA Skidmore College View Guest page

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Jason Makansi

Jason Makansi is an independent consultant in the power generation industry. For 30 years, he has been analyzing the technological, business, environmental and regulatory issues in electricity production and delivery and has visited power plants and electricity infrastructure installations around the globe. Jason is also a prolific author, respected industry thought leader, and sought-after communicator. He spends much of his time speaking to industry, business and community groups on energy issues. His third book, Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, the Global Economy, and What It Means to You, was called a “must read for anyone even slightly interested in the adequacy of the U.S. power sector and what the future may hold,” and received glowing reviews from industry observers and critics in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch to name just a few. Jason has appeared on CNBC, TheStreet.com, and the Financial News Network and has been interviewed several times on NPR. He has been interviewed for and quoted in The New York Times, Newsweek and CFO magazine, has written special sections on energy for Business Week, and has had articles published in Power magazine, Electric Power International, Global Energy Business, Electrical World, Power Engineering, Combined Cycle Journal, IEEE Spectrum, and others. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in New York. View Guest page

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Marley

Marley is 17, lives in the Los Angeles area. She teaches and takes dance classes regularly, loves Disneyland, movies and live ROCK CONCERTS! View Guest page

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Linda Marsa

Linda Marsa is an investigative journalist and contributing editor at Discover who has covered medicine, health and science for more than two decades. A former Los Angeles Times reporter and author of Prescription for Profits: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Bankrolled the Unholy Marriage Between Science and Industry, her work was selected for the anthology The Best American Science Writing, 2012. She lives in Los Angeles. View Guest page

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Chris Martenson

Chris Martenson may know more about "The Three E’s" (economy, energy and environment) than just about anybody else. Once a vice-president of an international Fortune 300 company, he lived in a waterfront, 5-bathroom house in upscale Mystic, CT. His large portfolio was managed by a broker -- and his neighbors? He barely knew them. He was, in other words, definitely part of the 1%. Now, the dynamic, articulate and entertaining Martenson is regularly invited to speak at the United Nations, major corporations, municipalities, the U.K. House of Parliament and various U.S. state legislatures – but not because his message is one the 1% want to hear. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Martenson ditched his corporate job in 2004, sold the McMansion and settled into a rural Massachusetts’ community, where he and his family now raise chickens and grow some of their own food. Meanwhile, the Ph.D. scientist devoted himself to dissecting and explaining “The Three E’s” in a way which helps the 99% understand what is going on. His website traffic is now in the top 1% of all internet sites. His video lecture series, The Crash Course, has been translated into 6 languages and watched over 5 million times. "For the first time ever," says Martenson, "the human experiment is seriously bumping up against the constraints of a finite planet. Declines in global supplies of energy and key non-renewable natural resources – the essential inputs for economic growth – are already upon us, with more rapidly approaching. Unfortunately, the leaders of our fragile, debt-based global economic system are addicted to pushing ‘growth’ as the answer to all our ills -- and that is just not going to work." As America prepares for a presidential campaign sure to be full of empty promises of "renewed economic growth" and outrage over the price of gas at the pump, Chris speaks with both realism and optimism about the future. "Unless we consciously manage our natural resources and business relationships to give priority to the common good, we will face dire consequences. Because I am not saying the economy won’t grow…I’m saying it can’t grow. Either we change on our own terms, or some other terms. Time still remains to navigate to a pleasant future filled with promise and purpose, but that time is running out." View Guest page

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Hilary Martin

Originally from the Midwest, Hilary earned Marketing and Organizational Communication degrees from Murray State University, in Murray, KY. Before joining ShopToEarth, she was the National Marketing Director for Growkids, LLC, who provides earth friendly fundraising to schools and non profits across the U.S. At ShopToEarth, Hilary works with Senior Management to develop and implement marketing strategies to ultimately expand awareness and recognition of the company. Hilary is an eco enthusiast who brings deep understanding and expertise in brand management, direct sales, eCommerce functionality and design and logistics. Martin is an active member of the US Green Building Council, Sierra Club, Green America, Women In Distress of Broward County and Women in Technology. View Guest page

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Edwin Marty

Edwin Marty is founder and executive director of Jones Valley Urban Farm, a non-profit, education and working production farm located in downtown Birmingham, AL. Edwin began Jones Valley while a garden editor for Southern Living Magazine. Over Edwin’s eight-year guidance, Jones Valley has grown from a single vacant lot into a city-wide farm with 28 acres in production that provides food to Frank Stitt’s restaurants, youth nutrition gardening programs for thousands of Birmingham students, and garden plots for low-income housing residents. www.jvuf.org View Guest page

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Steve Maviglio

Steve Maviglio is the spokesperson for the No on 23 campaign. Steve has nearly 30 years of campaign experience and government service. He was the Deputy Chief of Staff for two of California's history-making Assembly Speakers, Fabian Nunez and Karen Bass, where he worked on the legislation that Prop 23 is trying to repeal, Assembly Bill 32. Previously, Steve was press secretary to Governor Gray Davis. Before moving to California, he worked on Capitol Hill and in the Clinton Administration. Prior to moving to Washington, he ran a variety of campaigns in New Hampshire and served in the Granite State's legislature for six years himself. View Guest page

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Wendy Max

Wendy Max, Ph.D. is Professor of Health Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been on the faculty at UCSF since 1987. Her recent research has focused on modeling the economic impact of tobacco on healthcare expenditures, lost productivity, and premature mortality. She and her colleagues have estimated national costs of smoking; costs to Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers; costs in California; and the impact on communities of color. They have studied the impact on smoking in managed care organizations and on persons with mental illness. They are currently developing models of the impact of secondhand exposure on healthcare expenditures in California and the US. Another current project is analyzing the impact of California Tobacco Control Program funding on healthcare expenditures under several alternative assumptions about the future level of funding. These models use a microeconomic econometric framework, and are based on the analysis of national and state survey and examination data collected at the individual level. Dr. Max is part of a group that is working to develop a research program on international tobacco control at UCSF. In addition to her research related to tobacco, she has conducted a number of studies related to the economic impact of chronic and other illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and injuries. View Guest page

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Laurie Mazur

Laurie Mazur, Director of the Population Justice Project, has worked for years as an independent writer and consultant specializing in population, environment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Her clients have included the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Pew Global Stewardship Initiative, the Rockefeller Foundation, Communications Consortium Media Center, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Ford Foundation. She is the editor of A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge (Island Press, 2009). She is also the editor of Beyond the Numbers: A Reader on Population, Consumption and the Environment (Island Press, 1994. With Michael Jacobson, she co-authored Marketing Madness: A Survival Guide to a Consumer Society (Westview Press, 1995), an indictment of excesses in advertising and marketing. Mazur founded and, for several years, directed the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, an association of grantmakers that seeks to improve communication, foster collaboration, increase resources and enhance the overall effectiveness of grantmakers in this field. Earlier in her career, Mazur worked as communications director for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). View Guest page

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Richard McCaskill

Richard McCaskill shaped his creative and business skills on Chicago’s Southside. At 17, McCaskill's leadership ability was developed in the military. During the 1990 Gulf War, he was a Special Forces Marine Paratrooper. After his six year stint with the Marines, he started several ventures ranging from industrial imports to hospitality, along with general business consulting. In 2007, McCaskill started Recon Recycling, LLC a waste reduction and recycling company based in San Diego, California. Recon is a minority and disabled veteran owned company. Recon believes in following the principles of sustainability, economic development, and social equity. Recon’s waste reduction and recycling program has diverted over 4 million pounds of materials from landfills since its inception. Collected materials are recycled or reused, significantly reducing the energy requirements and CO2 emissions associated with manufacturing new products and materials. Some of our clients include IKEA, Port of San Diego, and NewSchool of Architecture & Design. View Guest page

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Andrew McFerrin

Andrew McFerrin is from Clovis, California. He joined the U.S. Army when he was a junior in high school. Now in his 11th year with the California National Guard, Andrew is a three-tour combat veteran. He joined the Veterans Green Jobs wildland firefighting program in April 2012, just one month after returning from his third tour. He was hired for the California Conservation Corps in Placerville, California. The day after his U.S. Forest Service training ended, he was hired as a firefighter on an Engine 33 with the El Dorado National Forest. View Guest page

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Scott McGinnis

GBK’s big boss, CEO Scott McGinnis, a producer, director and actor of over 20 years whose track record for producing and directing quality content like ANGEL and HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS, GBK has grown to include social networking, shared videos, and exclusive red carpet coverage. He knows what he’s doing, but he also knows that we are smart enough to enjoy programming that is important and fun, silly and relevant, global and local. We want it all (he gets that), and we want it to sound like us. Enjoy GBK and look out for what’s coming. View Guest page

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Jim McGrath

Jim McGrath, President/CEO, Green Schools National Network McGrath Associates STEM Education Consultant Jim is the President/Executive Director for Green Schools National Network and Executive Producer for www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org. Jim was the founding principal of Oakwood Environmental Education Charter School and EAA STEM Aerospace Charter School. As the Dissemination Coordinator for both charter schools he has worked with Green Environment Focused Schools and STEM Schools across America and developed “How To Become A Green School” online graduate course. He was awarded the Wisconsin Environmental Education Administrator in 2004. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Education; M. S. in Health & Physical Education; M.S. Educational Administration; Specialist Certification in Education Leadership. View Guest page

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Brook Meakins

Brook went to the University of Oregon School of Law from 2006-2009, where she served as President of the Student Oregon Trial Lawyers, the American Constitution Society, and as executive board member for the Women’s Law Forum. She also served on the steering committee and as Vice-Chair for the American Civil Liberties Union of Lane County, and she was a Morse Fellow for the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, an interdisciplinary center for scholars and activists, dedicated to the legacy of Senator Wayne Morse - one of two US Senators to vote against sending troops to Vietnam. Brook also spent her last semester as a visiting student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Brook started working at the Dolan Law Firm in May of 2008 as a law student, and continued working at the Dolan Law Firm as an attorney until March of 2010. While with the Dolan Law Firm she gained valuable litigation experience advocating on behalf of injured, demoralized, or wronged plaintiffs. Now in her capacity as a sole practitioner with her own practice, she enjoys working in the areas of general litigation; family law matters; contract interpretation, drafting, and disputes; elder abuse; medical negligence; wrongful death; product liability; and personal injury. She is particularly interested in climate-change related torts and has written on the rapidly evolving topic. View Guest page

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Josh Mongerman

Josh Mogerman is deputy director of NRDC's national media program. He works closely with the land and wildlife, international, midwest, and dirty fuel programs, engaging deeply in the Keystone XL, tar sands, Great Lakes, coal, atrazine, Yellowstone wildlife (whitebark pine, wolves, bison) and Chicago River efforts. Josh is a graduate of the University of Missouri and lives on Chicago’s South Side. View Guest page

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Karen Bulich Moreau

Karen Bulich Moreau is the President, CEO and co-founder of the Foundation for Land and Liberty. Karen grew up on a mushroom farm on the Hudson River in Catskill, New York, the granddaughter of a Croatian immigrant who shoveled coal to fire the cement kilns by night and farmed by day on rented cement company land. In 1943 John and Johanna Bulich purchased a farm on the river, and began clearing the land with their family and growing mushrooms in one of the large barns. Today, Bulich Mushroom Company is the last commercial mushroom farm in NYS in a valley where there were over 40 mushroom growers and once thriving cement plants. The three main employers of hundreds during Karen’s childhood, the Catskill cement plants, are mothballed or decaying relics of a once prosperous area. Karen credits her late father, Frank Bulich, with her understanding that wisely using one’s land resources in harmony with nature is a key to success, as well as maintaining a deep appreciation for the people who “work with their hands”. Mushroom farming was year round laborious work, and the girls in the family worked side by side with the men to do everything that needed to be done on the farm. Happy times, Karen recalled, revolved around the hunting seasons when the men in the family took some well earned time off to pursue ducks, deer and turkey. Karen went on to graduate from Siena College in 1982 with the top GPA in American Studies, also having founded the Siena Women’s Soccer Club and holding several school records in softball and first place in Model United Nations competition, defeating Harvard and Yale. She graduated from Albany Law School in 1985, shortly before the birth of her second child. Following law school, Karen worked in a general practice law firm, focusing on corporate, estate planning and real estate law, and taught Business Law at the Sage Colleges. She then worked solo as a country lawyer for many years, as she raised her five children. In 1993, she founded a farm market to retail her family’s farm products and teach her children the values one gains in a family business. She left the business in 2001 for an opportunity to shape government policy as an Assistant Counsel to the Senate Republican Majority. For eight years her practical expertise in agriculture and small business was instrumental in her role in crafting state agricultural policy. Additionally, she handled the subject areas of real property taxation, general business law, real estate, parks, tourism, and rural economic development for the Senate. Her first serious encounter with governmental land use regulation came with the Hudson River Valley Greenway proposal. As a young attorney, Karen worked with other interested landowners in the Greenway towns to ensure that the power of eminent domain was removed from the legislation which created the Greenway. Throughout her career, she has been involved in numerous local zoning issues, and has helped to organize citizen’s groups to address zoning changes. As she learned early on, one can work years to achieve the American dream of property ownership, only to have it wiped out with the stroke of a legislator’s pen or a Town Board vote of 3 to 2 on a confiscatory zoning proposal. Prior to heading the Foundation, Karen served as General Counsel and spokesperson for a privately-owned industrial marine terminal on the Hudson River, and maintains a private practice in real estate, land use law and estate planning. She manages the agricultural and woodlands on her own 130 acre farm, and enjoys restoring her historic home and barns. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls and Boys. View Guest page

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Grace Morris

ORGANIZER, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE & PUBLIC WATER WORKS! Morris mobilizes and expands our base of activists and allies for the Think Outside the Bottle & Public Water Works! campaigns to advance campaign strategies and tactics. She also serves as a campaign spokesperson. View Guest page

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Meg Morris

Meg has been involved in solid waste and recycling for over 20 years, first in the public sector, now in the private sector and (as she says) always in the not-for-profit sector! She started her 20 year career in solid waste first as a town board member, then as Executive Director of the Eastern Rensselaer County Solid Waste Management Authority, and now as the Northeast Regional Director for Environmental Science and Community Affairs for Covanta Energy Corporation. In addition to paid employment, most recently she sits on the Board of Directors for the Go Green Initiative, an innovative environmental education program endorsed by PTAs throughout the United States, including New York. Meg also served on the National Recycling Coalition board for six years and was both its Chairman and President during her tenure. Additionally she was elected Chairman of America Recycles Day, Inc. for several years and remains on the NYS/America Recycles Day planning team. In New York, Meg continues serve as the Chairman of the Federation of New York Solid Waste Management Associations and sits on the board of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling. In Massachusetts, she is a member of the Board of Directors for MassRecycle. Meg holds a Bachelors Degree from Radford College, the Women’s Division of VPI in Physical Geography. She has made numerous presentations about all aspects of solid waste management, including waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and waste to energy in the United States and Europe. View Guest page

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Susanne Moser

Susanne Moser, Ph.D., is Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting in Santa Cruz, California. She is also a Social Science Research Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University and a Research Associate at the University of California-Santa Cruz Institute for Marine Sciences. Previously, she served as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; served as staff scientist for climate change at the Union of Concerned Scientists; was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Heinz Center in Washington, DC. Susi's work focuses on adaptation to climate change, vulnerability, resilience, climate change communication, social change, decision support and the interaction between scientists, policy-makers and the public. She is a geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University) with an interests in how social science can inform society's responses to this global challenge. She has worked in coastal areas, urban and rural communities, with forest-reliant communities, and on human health issues. Susi contributed to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report, served as Review Editor on the IPCC’s Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation,” and is currently a contributing author to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment. She has advised federal, state and local governments on various aspects of climate change.. She is a co-editor with Lisa Dilling (University of Colorado-Boulder) on a ground-breaking 2007 anthology on climate change communication, called Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (Cambridge University Press), and is currently co-editing another anthology with Max Boykoff (University of Colorado-Boulder) on Successful Adaptation (forthcoming from Routledge). Her work has been recognized through fellowships in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, the UCAR Leadership Academy, Kavli Frontiers of Science Program, the Donella Meadows Leadership Program, and the Google Science Communication Program. View Guest page

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Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli jim@jimmotavalli.com Jim is a freelance journalist, speaker, book author, radio personality and expert on all things environmental. Jim blogs weekly for The New York Times, Mother Nature Network, BNET and The Daily Green, is a regular contributor to The New York Times’ "Automobiles" section, and has a weekly syndicated "Wheels" column. He writes “Green Living” for the Environmental Defense newsletter and has contributed to Men's Journal, AMC Outdoors, Popular Mechanics, The Nation, The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Review, Salon, Grist, The Guardian, Tomorrow Magazine, Greenwich Magazine, Sierra and many other newspapers, magazines, and websites. He is a two-time winner of the Global Media Award from the Population Institute, and has shared his environmental expertise in radio interviews across the country. His books include Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery, Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean Cars" for the Future and Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change. An engaging speaker, Jim is as comfortable lecturing at environmental conferences or academic gatherings as he is addressing the general public. His speeches are provocative and relevant. Jim spent 14 years as editor of E/The Environmental Magazine, a national bi- monthly where he now contributes as a senior writer. He has also served as executive editor for New Mass Media and edited an alternative news weekly. He is a member of the Society for Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and has taught journalism at Fairfield University and University of Connecticut. He hosts a bi- weekly public affairs and music radio show on listener-sponsored WPKN-FM. View Guest page

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Julie Nauman

Julie Nauman was appointed to the position of Executive Officer by the three-member Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB) effective July 1, 2008. Prior to joining the VCGCB, Ms. Nauman was the Chief Deputy Director of the Integrated Waste Management Board where she served since 1998. As Chief Deputy Director she was responsible for the administrative and programmatic functions of the Board. Ms. Nauman’s public-sector experience also includes serving as Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 1984-1990. She worked in the private sector from 1990-1998 as Principle-In-Charge of The Planning Center, a Sacramento land-use and environmental planning consulting firm. From 1973 to 1983, she served as a consultant to the Assembly Committee on Local Government. Ms. Nauman received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento. View Guest page

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Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (the department she chaired from 1988-2003) and Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley (continues below). For her c.v., click here. Her first faculty position was in the Department of Biology at Brandeis University. From 1976-86 she was Associate Dean of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where she taught nutrition to medical students, residents, and practicing physicians, and directed a nutrition education center sponsored by the American Cancer Society. From 1986-88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. She has been a member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee and Science Board, the USDA/DHHS Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and American Cancer Society committees that issue dietary guidelines for cancer prevention. Her research focuses on how science and society influence dietary advice and practice. She is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002, paperback 2003) and Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003, paperback 2004), both from University of California Press. In 2003, Food Politics won awards from the Association for American Publishers (outstanding title in allied health), James Beard Foundation (literary), and World Hunger Year (Harry Chapin media). Safe Food won the Steinhardt School of Education’s Griffiths Research Award in 2004. Her book, What to Eat, published by North Point Press/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux (2006, paperback 2007), was named as one of Amazon.Com’s top ten books of 2006 (Health, Mind, and Body) , and a “Must Read” by Eating Well magazine; it won the Better Life Award (Wellness) from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the James Beard Foundation book award for best food reference in 2007. Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine was published by University of California Press in 2008 and in paperback in 2010. Feed Your Pet Right, co-authored with Malden Nesheim also came out in 2010 (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, May 2010). Her most recent book, published in 2012, is also with Malden Nesheim: Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, also with University of California Press. She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and blogs daily (almost) at www.foodpolitics.com and for The Atlantic. She also tweets @marionnestle. View Guest page

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Jason Newland, MD

Jason Newland, MD, Med Biography Dr. Newland obtained his B.S. in Pre-professional studies at the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2000. He completed pediatric residency at the University of Nebraska/Creighton Medical Centers in 2003 and fellowship in Pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2006, distinguishing himself with teaching awards at both the resident and fellow level. In August of 2006, he joined the faculty at Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri where he is the director of the antimicrobial stewardship program and the medical director of patient safety and systems reliability. An active resident and faculty mentor, he recently completed his master's in education through a joint program offered by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Education. View Guest page

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Robyn O’Brien

Founder of Allergy Kids "I was completely clueless about food allergies, which is what my pediatrician diagnosed when I called him. And that’s when my education began. That night I sat down at the computer and started researching, and I was stunned at how prevalent the problem had become in the last ten years and how little information there really was about it. I thought, it’s tough enough to protect my child in my own home; how will I protect her when she’s old enough to be at school? Or at friends’ houses? It dawned on me that there had to be a universal symbol for food allergies the way there’s a pink ribbon for breast cancer, so allergy kids could be identified. And so that night I sat down and sketched out that symbol, which became the bright green “stop sign” shape stickers I’ve been trying to get into the hands of parents of the millions of children with allergies." From HEALTHY CHILD HEALTHY WORLD. Reprinted by arrangement with Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright (c) 2009 by Healthy Child Healthy World. Robyn O'Brien authored "The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It." A former food industry analyst and mother of four, Robyn brings insight, compassion and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children. She founded www.allergykidsfoundation.org and was named by Forbes as one of "20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter." The New York Times has passionately described her as "Food's Erin Brockovich" and her work has been critically-acclaimed by Dr. Oz, Dr. Bob Sears, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Erin Brockovich, Yoko Ono and others. You can learn more at www.robynobrien.com View Guest page

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Marcel Van Ooyen

Marcel Van Ooyen earned degrees in Social Ecology from the University of California Irvine and from the Seattle University School of Law specializing in Environmental Law. After graduating from law school, Mr. Van Ooyen worked for the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in Washington State, where he conducted the environmental review of proposed power plants. Upon moving to New York City, Mr. Van Ooyen worked for the New York City Council as the Chief of Staff to City Council Member Gifford Miller and then as Legislative Director for the City Council. As Legislative Director, he wrote and ensured the adoption of over 30 environmental laws, including the city’s landmark green buildings legislation, lead bill, clean air codes, environmental purchasing laws, and many more. Since joining GrowNYC, he has developed new and innovative programs like Learn it, Grow it, Eat it and Youthmarkets, which help teens improve their eating habits through education, gardening, community outreach and running urban farm stands in their neighborhoods. View Guest page

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Charles Orgbon

Charles is a freshman in High School at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, GA. He serves as the Freshman Class President in Student Government, and is a leader in Young Democrats of America and Key Club. Concurrently, he serves as President/CEO of Greening Forward, an organization whose mission is to raise awareness for environmental causes by supporting a network of youth-led environmental school clubs, helping small businesses and non-profits create a more sustainable workplace, and educating low-income communities about ways to conserve water and energy resources. Charles is a board member for Earth Force, youth advisory board member for Ways to Help, and national youth councilman for Youth Serve America. Charles also serves on the volunteer staff of a small community newspaper, The Echo. In his free time, he loves outdoor recreational activities, going to the movies, and of course volunteering. View Guest page

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Osprey Orielle

Osprey Orielle Lake, MA, is a lifelong advocate for environmental justice and societal transformation. She is the Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus, on the governing Board of Praxis Peace Institute and an advisor to the International Eco-city Standards initiative. Osprey has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities. She is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot bronze sculpture monuments for locations around the world, where people can ponder a better future for the earth and humanity. Her themes concern new cultural narratives and the way public imagery and stories either enhance or distance our relationship with the Earth. Osprey’s unique perspectives as a renowned international sculptor and public speaker on environmental issues have been featured on both national and European television. http://www.ospreyoriellelake.com http://www.worldforum.org/womans-caucus.htm View Guest page

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Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake, MA is a lifelong advocate of social and environmental justice issues. She is the Founder and President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and is Co-Chair of International Advocacy for Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Osprey has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities. She is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot bronze sculpture monuments for locations around the world, where people can ponder a better future for the earth and humanity. Her themes concern new cultural narratives and the way public imagery and stories either enhance or distance our relationship with the Earth. Osprey’s unique perspectives as a renowned international sculptor and public speaker on environmental issues have been featured on both national and European television. Osprey studied Ancient History and Biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon where her focus was on an Ecological Impact Study of the Oregon river system. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz where her reports on the use of phenoxy herbicides and alternative methods for pest management played a central role in Santa Cruz County’s re-evaluation of herbicide use. She received her MA in Culture and Environmental Studies from Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Awards include the National Women’s History Project Honoree, “Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” and the Woman of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Federation of Business and Professional Women. Her work has received recognition at CNN Headline News; the Campagna Rassegna Dell’Acqua (Review of the Water) Festival in Salerno, Italy; and the 10th International Film, Video & New Media Festival at the Detroit Museum of New Art. Uprisings for the Earth is a Nautilus Book Award. View Guest page

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William "Bill" Orr, C.E.G.

William "Bill" Orr, C.E.G. Executive Director William "Bill" Orr became the Executive Director of CHPS in July 2009 to transition CHPS from a regional organization to a national program. Bill is a leader in the high performance schools field and is dedicated to making all schools better places to learn. During his tenure, CHPS has expanded regionally-based initiatives to more than a dozen states, and developed a more consistent, streamlined process for bringing high performance school resources to new states. Under his leadership, CHPS launched a high performance product database, and the Operations Report Card, a web-based benchmarking and continual improvement tool for existing schools. Before coming to CHPS, Bill worked for the state of California for almost thirty years. For a majority of career in state government, Bill worked for the California Integrated Waste Management Board where he managed their Green Building and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing programs from 2000-2007. Bill served on the national LEED for Schools committee and was inducted into the California Green Schools Hall of Fame in 2007. Bill is a registered Engineering Geologist in California. On weekends, he enjoys geocaching and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. View Guest page

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JACQUELYN OTTMAN

JACQUELYN OTTMAN IS THE NATION'S FOREMOST EXPERT ON GREEN MARKETING & ECO-INNOVATION. At age four, her siblings called her “Junkie Jacquie” when she dragged home treasures from the neighbor’s trash. Today she's on a mission to help businesses develop and market profitable new products and services that can help consumers lighten their own impact. After spending over a decade in major NY advertising agencies learning the marketing ropes from the likes of Procter & Gamble and Ralston Purina, in 1989 Jacquie Ottman founded J. Ottman Consulting, Inc. and pioneered green marketing. Her goal: apply her finely-honed consumer packaged goods skills, her creative bent for dreaming up new products, and her strategic instincts to the toughest issues involved in meeting consumers' needs sustainably. She and her colleagues have helped more than 60 Fortune 500 businesses and various U.S. government labeling programs, including U.S. EPA's Energy Star and the USDA's new USDA Certified Biobased label, develop concepts for exciting new products and strategies for reaching green consumers while minimizing the risk of backlash. View Guest page

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John Perlin

John Perlin is an historian and the author of three highly acclaimed environmental books. Amory Lovins writes that Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology (with Ken Butti) is "rich with surprises on every page." Perlin's A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization was described by the BBC as "one of those bold imaginative steps through history that leaves you full of excitement as suddenly events fall into a pattern for the first time." And his most recent book, From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity (Harvard University Press), was called "vivid and fascinating" by Nature Magazine. Perlin has spoken to a wide range of audiences in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil and Italy. His presentations focus on the story of solar energy and of humanity's interaction with forests over 5000 years. View Guest page

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Carla Peterman

Carla Peterman was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011. She fills the Public Member position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Ms. Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute at Haas since 2006 and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2008 to 2010. She was an environmental business analyst with community development non-profit Isles from 2004 to 2005 and was an associate focused on energy financing in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers from 2002 to 2004. Ms. Peterman also served on the board of directors for The Utility Reform Network from 2008-2011, most recently as Board Treasurer. Commissioner Peterman focus areas include renewables, transportation, natural gas, and the IEPR. Ms. Peterman will complete her doctoral studies this year in Energy and Resources at the University of California Berkeley. Her research focuses on solar photovoltaic markets, policy, and financial incentives. She has also worked and written on a wide range of California energy and policy issues including, cap-and-trade, efficacy of local environmental regulations, climate change and communities of color, clean energy subsidies, and energy security. Peterman holds a B.A. in history from Howard University and an M.S. in environmental change and management and an M.B.A. from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. View Guest page

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Patti Prairie

Patti Prairie, CEO of Brighter Planet, has over three decades of intrapreneurship starting new businesses and revitalizing under-performing ones at IBM, American Express, BankBoston, and a host of Fortune 500 clients. She was tapped in the fall of 2006 to become an entrepreneur at Brighter Planet and to bring to life the embryonic concept conceived in a college classroom for a credit card with environmental rewards. Today Brighter Planet finds surprising sustainability solutions in the world's flows of data and money, engineering them into scalable science-based technologies. With over 150,000 customers and 1.6 million carbon calculations under its belt, Brighter Planet helps its customers meet the 21st century’s urgent climate and resource challenges. The Brighter Planet credit and debit cards have become the leading environmental card program in the country, Brighter Planet's personal footprint calculator is arguably the best in the world, and Brighter Planet's carbon modeling web services are a new class of business sustainability software. Patti and her team have garnered high praise including Discovery Channel Treehugger's 2010 Small Business of the Year. Patti's prior ventures at IBM ranged from developing fault-tolerant computing for data-intensive rocket science applications, to forging strategic alliances for mid-range computers, to helping build IBM Management Consulting into a mainstay of the company's services strategy. At American Express, she ran information technology for corporate cards, small business services, and travel. At Beneficial Management, she spearheaded comprehensive re-engineering of core loan office businesses. At BankBoston, she managed small business, middle markets, and private bank. She's analyzed and published best practices for information technology in large companies, and founded a graduate program in design automation. View Guest page

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Phil Radford

As the Executive Director of Greenpeace, Phil Radford is at the helm of one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the country. Phil leads a national team of 500 highly-skilled environmental leaders working in 23 cities across the U.S. on national and global campaigns to protect our planet’s oceans, forests, and climate. Phil began his environmental career as a student organizing to shut down incinerators on the West Side of Chicago. Phil spent the next five years running door to door fundraising and campaign offices for PIRG, the Sierra Club, and the Human Rights Campaign. With his roots in local organizing and fundraising, Radford has always specialized in mobilizing people to raise their voices for the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet for our children. Prior to taking on his current role, Phil worked as Greenpeace’s Grassroots and National Canvass Director for six years. During that period, Phil’s team doubled the budget of Greenpeace in the U.S., quadrupled its staff, launched a national student organizing program, and created an online to offline mobilization program. Over the past decade, Phil has managed several high-impact, national campaigns on global warming, including Global Warming 2000, which convinced Senator McCain to take leadership on global warming; The Global Climate Coalition Campaign, where he managed the national field work that forced Ford, GM, Texaco, and other companies to stop funding the Global Climate Coalition, the industry front-group funding global warming skeptics; persuading Citigroup to increase investments in clean energy; and working with over a dozen communities to make significant investments in clean energy. Phil is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, NBC, and ABC News. Phil has a degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a certificate in Non-profit Management from Georgetown University. View Guest page

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Bill Radvak, BASc

Bill Radvak, BASc – President, CEO and Director Bill Radvak received a Mining and Mineral Process Engineering Degree (1986) from the University of British Columbia. In January 2010 he joined American Vanadium as President and CEO. Previously, Mr. Radvak was a Founder and past CEO of Response Biomedical, a publicly listed medical device company that commercializes rapid immunoassay diagnostic tests for its marketing partners, 3M and Roche Diagnostics. Mr. Radvak led Response Biomedical from its evolution to a 90-employee company, and raised in excess of $50 million in public offerings. View Guest page

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Garett Reppenhagen

What is your role at VGJ? Director of Veteran Development. Providing outreach to veterans to make them aware of out programs and connect them to opportunities within VGJ, assist in placement into careers, and offer wrap around support services to overcome employment and education obstacles. Currently I manage our Service Transition Programs, Veterans Green Corps which partners with conservation corps to place veterans in outdoor conservation and natural resource crews, and Veterans City Canopy that offers veterans the opportunity to plant trees in urban areas and learn landscaping certification skills. Where were you stationed? Conducted One Site Unit Training in Ft. Knox KY with the 5/15 CAV. Was stationed in Vilseck Germany with 1st Infantry Division 2-63 Armor Battalion Shadow Recon Platoon. Deployed to Kosovo for a nine month peacekeeping mission and completed a combat tour in Iraq in the Brigade Sniper Team. View Guest page

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Stephanie Rico

Stephanie Rico focuses on external engagement related to Wells Fargo’s environmental initiatives. Her responsibilities include communication, reporting, marketing and stakeholder engagement.   Stephanie has been helping drive positive change, including supporting issues such as resource management, healthcare, education and the environment for over 15 years. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she managed charitable giving initiatives for Mitsubishi Motors N.A., media relations for Harris Bank, and day-to-day operations for select California-based political campaigns.   Stephanie earned a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies from San Francisco State University and an Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. She is member of the 2011 e-Stewards® Leadership Council promoting responsible disposal of e-waste. View Guest page

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Paul Ritter

When you look up the definition of “teacher” in Webster’s Dictionary, you will find a picture of Mr. Paul Ritter. Paul Ritter is a teacher that always puts his students first. To him, teaching is his life, not just a job. His passion for education and the environment goes well beyond the classroom, but touches every aspect of his life, as well as his students. Paul has received many awards and honors for his interdisciplinary projects including 11 major awards from three different Governors of the State of Illinois. A few of Paul’s exemplary projects are: The Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program, the Pontiac Township High School Crayon Recycling Program, the PTHS Cell Phone Recycling Program, the Pontiac Billboard Project, the PTHS Ecology Class “Adopt A Highway” Project, and the PTHS Ecology Student Weather Radio Program and the Storm Sewer Stenciling Program, a community project between Pontiac Township High School students and Pontiac Grade School students. His most recognized projects are the Pontiac Prescription Drug Disposal Program aka. Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program, and the PTHS Bio-diesel Program. These joint projects combine the efforts of his students with other classes, communities, businesses, and state governments. His passion for teaching is contagious to all that meet and work with him. When Paul undertakes a project, you can rest assured it will done to perfection! His tireless work ethic is second to none. His enthusiastic attitude is so contagious that his students, as well as his colleagues, cannot but help get excited about learning and teaching. Paul Ritter can be described as a visionary teacher. His passion for teaching is shown everyday in the classroom, community, and in the state. Teachers like Paul are hard to find in today’s world. Paul could pursue other professions; private industry or even politics, but has dedicated his life to teaching others the importance of finding a passion and sharing that passion with others. Pontiac Township High School, the city of Pontiac, the State of Illinois and the United States are all better places because of one man, Paul Ritter! View Guest page

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Stephen Ritz

Stephen Ritz Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher and administrator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never imagined, while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. His Bronx classroom features the first indoor edible wall in NYC DOE, which routinely generates enough produce to feed healthy meals to 450 students and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America. His students, traveling from Boston to Rockefeller Center to the Hamptons, earn living wages en route to graduation. Stephen has consistently moved attendance from 40 percent to 93 percent daily, helped fund and create 2,200 youth jobs, captured the US EPA Award for transforming mindsets and landscapes in NYC, recently won the ABC Above and Beyond Award and the 2012 Chevrolet National Green Educator Award, and helped earn his school the first ever Citywide Award of Excellence from the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health­—and Stephen attributes these results directly to growing vegetables in school. The National Association of Secondary School Principals cited Stephen’s work and the Green Bronx Machine as one of five national exemplars of service learning. His speech at Columbia University, entitled “From Crack to Cucumbers,” along with the release of a YouTube Video, “Urban Farming NYC,” resulted in a national following, including an invite to the White House Garden. Recently dubbed the Pied Piper of Peas by Lorna Sass, Stephen has launched the Green Bronx Machine to a national audience and has signed on more than 6,000 local followers in several months. Stephen was just announced as a national Green Apple Education Ambassador for the US Green Building Council. He is currently working on embedding the concepts of sustainability and environmental justice into K-12 programming and beyond. Stephen has electrified and inspired audiences of all types with his “Si se puede” message of hope, urgency and Amer-I-Can innovation. In February 2013, he received the first standing ovation in the thirteen-year history of Green Biz and went on to standing ovations at the United Nations Social Innovation Summit and City Resilient. Stephen was just named a Poptech Fellow. His work has been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and Fast Track, as well as on CNN, NBC, ABC, NPR and regionally across the country. Dedicated to harvesting hope and cultivating minds, Stephen dreams of opening a nationally replicable Career Technical Education public school in the poorest Congressional District in America rooted in urban agriculture, green, and sustainable initiatives. Stephen recently lost more than 100 pounds by modeling positive behavior and eating what he and his students grow in school. View Guest page

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Giorgio Rizzoni

Dr. Rizzoni's research activities focus on modeling, control and diagnosis of automotive systems. These activities have involved a substantial amount of experimental research on engines and vehicles. Current activities include: vehicle and powertrain diagnostics; powertrain modeling and control; and the development of alternative propulsion systems including new engine concepts, electric, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell vehicles. He has supervised approximately 50 graduate student theses (including 15 Ph.D.) at OSU and UM. His research has been funded by, among others, General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Delphi , Visteon, Dana, ArvinMeritor, Fiat, Honda, Lamborghini, Magneti Marelli, Oshkosh Truck, Cummins, IBM, Motorola, Allied Signal, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army TACOM, the National Renewable Eenrgy Laboratory, and DARPA. He is director of the US Department of Energy Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center on Hybrid Drivetrains an Control Systems , and has contributed to the development of graduate course sequences entitled Powertrain Modeling and Control and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles offered to practicing engineers at General Motors through the General Motors Technical Education Program. Since his appointment as Director of CAR-IT, Dr. Rizzoni has been responsible for the growth of an industrial research consortium with sponsorship from 15 major automotive manufacturers, suppliers and government agencies, totaling over $3M in research funding. Dr. Rizzoni has been an advisor to the OSU Formula Lightning electric race car team (three times national champion) since 1993, to the Buckeye Bullet electric land speed record team (current holder of the U.S. land speed record for electric vehicles) since 1997, and to the OSU FutureCar and FutureTruck hybrid-electric vehicle teams since 1995. View Guest page

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Claire Robinson

Claire Robinson is the coordinator of the citizens' group GMOAction.org, which campaigns for a healthy and GM-free food supply. She is an editor at GMWatch, a public information service for news and comment on GM crops and foods, and research director at Earth Open Source, a food sustainability nonprofit and platform for scientific research in the public interest. She has a background in research, writing and editing, and since the early 1990s has worked for NGOs that focus on public health and the environment. View Guest page

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Otis Rolley

Rolley attended Rutgers College and was admitted into the school’s Honors Program. At Rutgers, he was a James Dickson Carr Scholar and a recipient of the Buttonwood Scholarship. In his junior year at Rutgers College, Rolley was accepted into the Eagleton Institute of Politics as an Undergraduate Associate. In 1995 Rolley was also accepted into the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program, and after the successful completion of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Summer Institute, he was granted the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. In 1996, Rolley graduated with honors from Rutgers College with a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies and went on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate studies in City Planning with a concentration in housing and community economic development. While in graduate school, he worked as an Urban Development Technician for the Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce. In 1998, upon completion of his master’s thesis, “The Role of Faith based Institutions in Promoting and Sustaining Local Economies”, he graduated MIT with a Master in City Planning. View Guest page

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Pratik Roychoudhury

Pratik is the Founder & CEO of Mylatch. Pratik has worked in Quality Engineering, Engineering Management and Strategic Planning roles at HINDALCO, MEDRAD, Inc. (a Bayer subsidiary) and Bayer Healthcare, Diabaetes Care with roles of increasing responsibilities rising up to executive positions. During his brief stint as a Director of Operations for a Staffing & Recruiting firm, he conceived the idea of Mylatch. Pratik is now responsible for Mylatch's Business Development, Technology, Sales, Marketing and HR functions. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Nagpur University and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the West Virginia University. He will be graduating from the MBA program at The Wharton School, University of Pensylvania in May 2010. View Guest page

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William Ryerson

Population Media Center’s founder and President, William Ryerson has a 40-year history of working in the field of reproductive health, including 25 years of experience adapting the Sabido methodology for behavior change communications to various cultural settings worldwide. He has also been involved in the design of research to measure the effects of such projects in a number of countries, one of which has led to a series of publications regarding a serialized radio drama in Tanzania and its effects on HIV/AIDS avoidance and family planning use. He also serves as President of the Population Institute, which works in partnership with Population Media Center. He received a B.A. in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College and an M.Phil. in Biology from Yale University (with specialization in Ecology and Evolution). Before founding Population Media Center, he served as Director of the Population Institute’s Youth and Student Division, Development Director of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Executive Vice President of Population Communications International. As a graduate student, he was Founder and first Chairperson of the Yale Chapter of Zero Population Growth (ZPG). He also served on the Executive Committee of ZPG, as Eastern Vice President and Secretary of the national organization. Mr. Ryerson is listed in several editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the East. In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development. Most recently, in 2011 he was nominated for the “Courage in Leadership” award as part of the Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards for PMC’s work in addressing population growth related to environmental sustainability. View Guest page

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Peter Sale

Prof. Peter Sale is a marine ecologist with over 40 years experience in tropical coastal ecosystems, particularly coral reefs. Prior to joining UNU-INWEH, he was a faculty member at the University of Sydney, Australia (1968-1987), University of New Hampshire, USA (1988-1993) and University of Windsor, Canada (1994-2006) where he remains Professor Emeritus. His work has focused primarily on reef fish ecology, most recently on aspects of juvenile ecology, recruitment and connectivity. He has done research in Hawaii, Australia, the Caribbean and the Middle East, and visited reefs in many places in between. He has successfully used his fundamental science research to develop and guide projects in international development and sustainable coastal marine management in the Caribbean and the Indo-Pacific. His laboratory has produced over 200 technical publications and he has edited three books dealing with marine ecology. Dr. Sale currently leads the Connectivity program within the Coral Reef Targeted Research Project as well as Coastal Zone Management in the Arabian Gulf. View Guest page

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Heidi Sanborn

Heidi has been a leader in the solid waste industry in California for 22 years; working with industry, government and the public to reduce waste, improve product design and recyclability, and implement cost-effective policies which protect the health of our communities. Collaborating with local government leaders, Heidi founded CPSC in 2007 to change the way product waste is funded and managed in California; she has since become a nationally recognized thought leader and driver for innovative product stewardship programs across the country. Heidi’s collaborative, tenacious problem-solving approach has delivered unprecedented success in developing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) public policy at national, state and local levels. She has engaged diverse stakeholder groups to create and promote best-in-class product stewardship programs for pharmaceuticals, mercury thermostats, carpets, paint, fluorescent lights, batteries, and “Sharps” (needles and syringes). Nationally, Heidi was instrumental in adoption of EPR policies by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the US Conference of Mayors. She served in state government as the technical advisor to the Chair of the California Integrated Waste Management Board (now CalRecycle). To date, she has assisted most of the 129 California cities and counties in adopting resolutions aimed at reducing environmental pollutants and hazardous and problematic waste by eliminating them at their source. Through CPSC, she successfully co-sponsored AB 2347 with the Sierra Club, creating a comprehensive statewide take-back program for mercury thermostats to reduce mercury pollution in the environment. She worked to implement the country’s first full EPR paint plan, piloting the Be Paint Wise program at 17 retailers in three counties. She partnered with California Stormwater Quality Association and Sanitation Districts on Brake Pad Partnership Legislation to minimize copper in urban watersheds by phasing it out of brake pads sold in California. Heidi has also influenced the formation of product stewardship councils in three key states, which respectively passed EPR legislation: for e-waste in Texas, mercury lamps in Vermont, and rechargeable batteries in New York. View Guest page

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Dr. David Santillo

Honorary Research Fellow (Greenpeace) David obtained a degree in marine and freshwater biology in 1989, and a PhD in marine microbial ecology in 1993, both from the University of London, before continuing with postdoctoral research into nutrient pollution in the Adriatic Sea. A senior scientist, David joined the Greenpeace Research Laboratories in 1994, and now has almost 15 years experience in organic analytical chemistry and development of policies for environmental protection. View Guest page

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Brian Schmidt

Director – District 7 Santa Clara Valley Water District Brian Schmidt is the director of District 7 of the Santa Clara Valley Water District representing Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, South Almaden and unincorporated County areas extending to the County line. The Water District as a whole voted to divest its $400 million financial reserves last August pursuant to Brian’s recommendation. Drought and climate change were important drivers of the Board’s decision. Brian has been involved in Santa Clara County Civic matters for eight years, which includes previous service to the District as a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee and Performance Audit Committee. View Guest page

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Gorav Seth

Gorav developed a keen interest in agroecology, agroforestry, and permaculture while studying Plant Biology at UC Berkeley. He took this interest out into the world, working on projects in the USA, Honduras, India, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. In 2004, he completed his MBA in International Business under the Millenium Fellowship from the George Washington University. At TREES, he is coordinating our country programs, developing our India country program, expanding our monitoring and evaluation systems, and maintaining the IT systems and our website. View Guest page

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Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah is the CEO of Carbon War Room. A visionary committed to renewable energy, Jigar launched SunEdison in 2003 based upon a business plan he developed in 1999 for a university class. That plan became the basis of the SunEdison business model: Simplify solar as a service. This model changed the status quo, allowing organizations to purchase solar energy services under long-term predictably priced contracts and avoid the significant capital costs of ownership and operation of solar energy systems. Under Jigar's guidance, SunEdison pioneered the solar power services agreement (SPSA) model, which has turned solar services into a multi-billion dollar industry. SunEdison now has more solar energy systems and megawatts under management than any other company. Jigar is an expert on energy project finance, changing energy policy, working with entrenched stakeholders, convincing different type of customers to embrace energy technology. Today, Jigar works closely with some of the world's leading influencers and guides policy makers around the globe on key issues surrounding renewable energy, global warming and sustainability. Jigar holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from The University of Maryland. View Guest page

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Scott Shell

Scott is a principal at EHDD Architecture in San Francisco. He and the firm use an interdisciplinary approach to creating low-energy and carbon-neutral buildings. Scott is currently working on developing the Lifecycle Building Challenge, a program that promotes the use of recovered building materials and “design for deconstruction (DfD)” to reduce the lifecycle impact of building materials. He has designed a number of EHDD’s most successful high-performance projects, including the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology in Stanford, California; Chartwell School in Seaside, California, and the Biomedical Science Building at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Scott received a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University; a Master of Arts in Humanities from Stanford University, and studied Tamil language and culture at the University of Chicago and the American Institute of Indian Studies in Madurai. View Guest page

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Craig Shields

Craig Shields is editor of 2GreenEnergy, and author of an ongoing series of books, including, Renewable Energy – Facts and Fantasies (published by Clean Energy Press, 2010) and Is Renewable Really Doable? (2012) — both #1 best-sellers on Amazon.com in their respective categories. He hopes to have his current project: Renewable Energy – Following the Moneyavailable in January, 2013. Craig’s background includes a degree in physics, a 30-year career as a business consultant and public speaker, and the publication of many hundreds of articles and white papers on clean energy and electric transportation. View Guest page

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Rita Shreffler

Rita's background is in advertising and public relations, managing retail and national advertising accounts for The Kansas City Star and The Daily Oklahoman. She earned her master's degree in library science from the University of Missouri in 1985 and served as author/teacher liaison for publisher William C. Brown's elementary and high school textbook subsidiary. Rita has spent the past eight years working to build public awareness of the relationship between increased toxic exposures to children and the development of neurological disorders such as autism and ADHD, lobbying at state and national levels for the removal of mercury from vaccines. Rita and her husband Arnie live with their two children, Andrew and Mary Kathryn, in Nixa, Missouri. View Guest page

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Carolie Sly

Carolie Sly, education program director for the Center for Ecoliteracy, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to schooling for sustainability. She has founded ReGeneration, a high school for at-risk youth, been a professor at San Francisco State University, and served as a public school teacher in Davis and Napa, California. Carolie earned a doctoral degree in science education from the University of California, Berkeley, and has authored and co-authored several books and articles, including the award-winning California State Environmental Education Guide and the Center for Ecoliteracy's Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment. View Guest page

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Adam J. Smargon

Mr. Smargon is a graduate student at the University of Delaware in Newark DE, where he is a research associate and doctoral candidate in energy and environmental policy. He holds two master's degrees in the environmental field. He has been a college professor and environmental manager, and he has experience and practical knowledge of several aspects of environmental management and environmental policy. Most of Mr. Smargon's teaching experience has been at the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire in Durham NH. He has also had faculty appointments at Southern Vermont College (Bennington VT), the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (Baltimore MD), Bryant & Stratton College (Albany NY), Northern Essex Community College (Haverhill MA), and Harford Community College (Bel Air MD). He earned a Master of Science in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire in 2009, where he specialized in innovative climate change research specific to offsetting carbon dioxide present in carbonated beverages. Ten years earlier, he received a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he specialized in pollution prevention and business strategy. The capstone of his graduate degree was a practicum as the Green Purchasing Coordinator at RPI. Mr. Smargon earned a Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida in 1997, where he focused on natural resources and environmental economics. He has been affiliated with the White House Task Force on Recycling, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Environmental Business Association of New York State, the American Hazard Control Group, the environmental education efforts of Bisk Education, and the environmental efforts of the Miami-Dade County Public School System. View Guest page

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Rick Smith

Rick Smith is a prominent Canadian author and environmentalist. He is the Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute (www.BroadbentInstitute.ca), a progressive policy thinktank. From 2003 to 2012 Rick was Executive Director of the national charity Environmental Defence Canada. He co-authored the 2009 book Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health which became a bestseller in Canada and Australia and has now been translated into six languages. With a Ph.D. in biology and a stint as Chief of Staff of the federal New Democratic Party, Rick’s career has been equal parts science and politics. He is regarded as one of the country’s leading environmental campaigners and has spearheaded important new “green economy” policies at both the provincial and federal levels. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two small boys. View Guest page

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Greg Snyder

Greg Snyder served in the Iraq War and is a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police. He has been hired to staff the West Coast office. The office is located at the California Conservation Corps’ headquarters building in Sacramento. Prior to joining Veterans Green Jobs, Snyder was a corps member conservationist with the California Conservation Corps. He has received training and/or certifications in chain saw management, flood mitigation, arboriculture, trail management and fuel reduction, and has volunteered more than 4,000 hours with AmeriCorps. He received a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Snyder was an air traffic controller and recruiter on active duty with the U.S. Army in Killeen, Texas, and was with the Army Reserves Military Police in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a veteran of the Iraq War (OIF), having served in Iraq for six months in 2005. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2006. View Guest page

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Susan Hunt Stevens

Almost four years ago, I tossed my first bottle of conventional baby lotion and banned plastic from our microwave. My toddler son had just been diagnosed with a whole range of food and environmental allergies. This got us reading labels — and we quickly learned a lot about the impact that chemicals, hormones, antibiotics in foods, and other nasty stuff have on us and our kids. The process was confusing, time-consuming, and complex–and it was filled with a lot of contradictory information. And that was just the cleaning, food, and personal-care stuff! When we decided to embark on a major home renovation focused on other ‘green’ things — like saving energy, saving water, reducing waste, and selecting products and services that were better for us and the planet — it got REALLY hard. So hard, I decided to do a graduate program in sustainable design to understand it better! I learned a lot about LEED® in my courses. LEED is a system for developers, builders, and architects to earn points for incorporating green features into buildings. If they do a really good job, their projects become LEED Silver, Gold, or even Platinum. LEED® has sparked a boom in green building. What I especially loved about LEED® was its framework, which made it easier to understand what to DO to live healthier and greener. There was only one problem with LEED®. It wasn’t helpful for the majority of decisions I was making on a daily basis as a mom. How many points for bringing bags to the grocery store? How many for ditching my petroleum-based lipstick or switching to cloth napkins? When I do these things, am I still just barely green or have I improved a lot? I wanted LEED® for moms like me, my neighbors and friends. And that’s the vision for Practically Green: a new online service that figures out where you are today and provides a personalized list of what you could be doing to “move up”. View Guest page

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Michael K. Stone

Michael K. Stone, senior editor, EcoLiteracy, was managing editor of Whole Earth magazine and the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog before joining the Center's staff. Previously, he wrote for several publications, including The New York Times and the Toronto Star, and served on the staffs of the Lt. Governor of Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council. He was a founding faculty member at World College West in northern California. His responsibilities there over 19 years included codesigning and directing the program in Meaning, Culture, and Change, and serving as academic vice president and interim president. View Guest page

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Jennifer Taggart

Jennifer Taggart I'm a mom of 2 (my son is 6 and my daughter is 4) and a children’s environmental health advocate. In my real life, I'm an environmental attorney specializing in consumer product labeling and Proposition 65 and have been for 15 years. Prior to becoming an attorney, I was an environmental engineer for 5 years. I'm a typical overscheduled working mom - always trying to do to much with too little sleep. My interest in children’s environmental health stems from my work, but also from suffering two miscarriages before getting pregnant with my son. I had tried so hard not to get pregnant for so many years, it was ironic that I couldn't get and stay pregnant. But I started wondering if environmental reasons may have been a contributing factor to the unexplained miscarriages. And that ignited my already existing interest in reducing toxic chemical exposure. So, I've been trying to raise my kids in a non-toxic environment, with a somewhat doubting husband. I focus on simple, practical steps to reduce or eliminate toxic chemical exposures in the home. The gritty details: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. I earned my law degree from Southwestern University School of Law (cum laude) and was nominated to the Order of the Barristers. After graduating from Cal Poly, I worked as a CEIP Intern for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, focusing on compliance with AB 2588, the Air Toxics “Hot Spots” Information and Assessment Act. Subsequently, I worked as an environmental engineer for Rockwell International, Rocketdyne Division. As an environmental engineer, I specialized in air quality and air toxic issues, including risk assessment, and Proposition 65, California’s toxic exposure and warning law. I went to night school while working for Rocketdyne. After earning my law degree, I entered into private practice, specializing in environmental law. I am a partner with Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis, LLP. My practice includes advising clients on consumer product labeling laws and compliance with Proposition 65, California’s law requiring notice before exposing consumers and others to certain chemicals. I served as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs Commission from 1996 to 2005. The Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs Department advises the Mayor and the City Council on environmental matters. View Guest page

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Lauren A. Thaman

Lauren A. Thaman is the Associate Director, Science and Professional Communications for P&G Baby Care most known for Pampers diapers and wipes. Thaman works with pediatricians, dermatologists, clinicians, and P&G scientists in four technical research centers to study and report on scientific developments and emerging technology trends in sustainability, skin and baby development that have product applications in 180 countries worldwide. As a scientist, Thaman worked in Research & Development at P&G for 18 years, specializing in skin, hair, and scalp technology. She holds seven patents and her work in product development, experimental design and new test method development has been published in scientific media and presented at medical and scientific review meetings. Thaman received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Miami University in Ohio. She received a Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical Science, with a focus on cosmetic science, from the University of Cincinnati. View Guest page

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Josh Tickell

The author of two books on alternative energy, Josh Tickell has worked on environmental issues for over 20 years. His career spans a unique mixture of science, investigative journalism and filmmaking. Having grown up amongst the oil refineries in Louisiana, Tickell experienced the impacts of dirty oil processing at a young age. After watching his mother suffer from pollution related sickness, Tickell began to search for sustainable, clean energy sources. His directorial debut film, “Fuel,” was the 2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary that investigates the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. For his rescue mission in the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane in Louisiana, Tickell’s nonprofit organization was selected by President Bill Clinton as an inaugural part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. View Guest page

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Rebecca Tickell

Rebecca (Harrell) Tickell dedicates herself to the advancement of women and the environment. She is the co-director and producer of the documentary “The Big Fix,” which features Peter Fonda and was an Official Selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She has spent the last year documenting the impacts and root cause of the BP oil spill. While investigating the spill she became ill and was left with permanent damage from exposure to the oil and dispersant in the atmosphere. She produced “Fuel.” She co-directs the nonprofit I’ll Be the One Organization and is the author of Hot, Rich & Green, a book about redefining feminism and the role of women in the environmental movement. As a child, she starred in the Orion (now MGM) Christmas Classic movie, “Prancer.” Tickell and her husband Josh Tickell live in Venice, California with, their Veggie Van, The Freedom Bus and the world’s first algae gasoline powered car. View Guest page

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Rebecca Tickell

Rebecca (Harrell) Tickell dedicates herself to the advancement of women and the environment. She is the co-director and producer of the documentary “The Big Fix,” which features Peter Fonda and was an Official Selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She has spent the last year documenting the impacts and root cause of the BP oil spill. While investigating the spill she became ill and was left with permanent damage from exposure to the oil and dispersant in the atmosphere. She produced “Fuel.” She co-directs the nonprofit I’ll Be the One Organization and is the author of Hot, Rich & Green, a book about redefining feminism and the role of women in the environmental movement. As a child, she starred in the Orion (now MGM) Christmas Classic movie, “Prancer.” Tickell and her husband Josh Tickell live in Venice, California with, their Veggie Van, The Freedom Bus and the world’s first algae gasoline powered car. View Guest page

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John Toth

John Toth is Senior Director of Veterans Programs and a former United States Army Infantry Officer with over 21 years experience leading soldiers in challenging situations around the globe. During his career, John served tours in South Korea and Egypt, and was deployed to combat in Iraq. His assignments included the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions as well as the Pentagon. He is a graduate of the rigorous U.S. Army Ranger School and is a Master Parachutist and Pathfinder. He recently completed his final assignment as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was responsible for training future officers for the Army. Passionate about Veteran issues, he sits on the board of directors for the Denver Centennial Chapter of the Association of the United States Army as well as the Admiral Arleigh Burke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America in Boulder, CO. He holds a Masters degree from the prestigious School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Additionally, he is on the board of advisors for impossible2Possible – a youth development organization. A devoted husband and proud father of two boys, he resides in Boulder, Colorado with his family where they share his passion for cycling, the outdoors, and traveling the world. View Guest page

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Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull, author of The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution, draws on years of experience as an organic gardener and cook, sustainability coach and Zen Buddhist monk who provides hundreds of simple but life-changing ways for urbanites to adopt a mindful and sustainable relationship with food. Her quietly revolutionary guidebook brings us into the kitchen where the daily choices we make involving food have a profound impact on our lives and the world at large. From shopping, cooking growing and storing food, to maintaining the kitchen and eating out and tips for parents, Deborah Eden Tull’s book is filled with step by step instructions. Tull is a sustainability coach and meditation teacher whose teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness with a commitment to personal transformation that reflects 18 years as an earth steward and Zen Buddhist. She is currently based on the West Coast but travels frequently to offer lectures and workshops all over the country. For more, go to www.deborahedentull.com View Guest page

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Michael Usey

Michael Usey leads PlastiPure with more than 20 years of experience in driving and successfully growing technology companies, specializing in the commercialization of breakthrough technologies. His work at PlastiPure has resulted in key industry and retail partnerships licensing PlastiPure’s EA-Free patents for use in a variety of infant feeding, food packaging, beverage, and personal care products. Multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation have allowed for additional growth of the company’s capabilities. Before joining PlastiPure, Usey was president and CEO of Delta Add-Power Systems, where he turned a once unprofitable business into the software leader for multi-location optical retailers. Previously, Usey served as a senior manager and technical consultant for several companies, including Marchon Eyewear, Accenture (consulting, technology and outsourcing), Entergy, and SAIC (scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services and solutions), and worked as an engineer for Siemens AG and Baylor College of Medicine. Usey earned his B.S. in bioengineering and his M.S. in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. View Guest page

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Michael Vincent

Mike is a strategic business leader with over two decades of food packaging, product development, quality assurance, strategic sourcing, and sustainable business practices experience. He is an innovator who holds six U.S. patents for packaging and processing of food. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s school of packaging and is a Certified Packaging Professional, lifetime status, by the Institute of Packaging Professionals. In his current role he directs and develops the supply chain sustainability team. His team defines sustainability initiatives and implements programs to successfully achieve results. They benchmark and evaluate supplier performance. They collaborate on internal and external sustainability initiatives providing continuous improvement across Safeway and supplier networks. He develops corporate-wide supply chain sustainability K.P.I.’s, metrics and reporting standards that are used to measure impacts of initiatives. He has been published in food and packaging journals and authored a chapter on centralized packaging of retail ready fresh meat, included in the book Modified Atmosphere Food Packaging. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, UC Davis, Oregon State University and at the 2010 pira sustainability conference. View Guest page

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John G. Waffenschmidt

John G. Waffenschmidt is Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs for Covanta Energy Corporation. He leads the company’s national outreach strategy as it relates to communities, regulators, academics, and non-governmental organizations as well as the development of programs to remove mercury from the waste-stream and from facility emissions. He has more than 20 years of experience in solid waste management and the Energy-from-Waste (EfW) industry. Mr. Waffenschmidt is also responsible for science-based approaches to understanding the EfW industry and the environmental effects of operations. In addition, he provides business development coordination/assistance and guidance on public policy initiatives related to solid waste management, energy and greenhouse gases. Notably, he has worked to develop Covanta’s Environmental Justice Policy, launch a Free Pharmaceutical Disposal program to eliminate surface water contamination by pharmaceuticals and curb abuse, and establish an Emissions Task Force focused on improving overall emissions. View Guest page

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Terry Walters

Terry Walters is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement. She is the author of two highly acclaimed cookbooks – the bestselling CLEAN FOOD, and CLEAN START, a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus God Book Award. Terry is dedicated to making sustainable good health easy and delicious. Without preaching or judgment, she shares her passion and shows us how simple it is to get on the path to eating clean and enjoying good health, for yourself, for your family and for the environment. Terry Walters is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who empowers individuals to make positive physiological changes through one-on-one health and nutrition counseling, whole food cooking instruction, workshops, public speaking engagements, and programs designed to support and facilitate change to a healthier life. Terry draws from extensive educational and life experiences including training from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, The Natural Gourmet Cookery School, The Kushi Institute, and the Chopra Center. View Guest page

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Senator John Warner

Before joining the Senate in 1978, Senator Warner served as Under Secretary of the Navy (1969-1972), and as the 61st Secretary of the Navy (1972 - 1974).  He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee for 30 years, and was privileged to be elected by the members as Chairman or Ranking Member during 15 of those years. Senator Warner was involved in all aspects of the United States' military relationships with its key allies. He took the closest interest in military operations in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  He served in the Senate until January 3, 2009, completing a full five terms. On December 12, 2008, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence awarded Warner the first ever National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal. On January 8, 2009, the Secretary of the Navy announced it would name the next Virginia-class submarine after John Warner. USS John Warner (SSN-785) will be the twelfth Virginia-class submarine. On February 19, 2009 the British Embassy in Washington announced that Queen Elizabeth II will name John Warner an honorary Knight Commander for his work strengthening the American-British military alliance. As a non-British citizen, the title of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire allows Warner to put the Post-nominal letters KBE after his name. View Guest page

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Byron Washom

Byron Washom is UC San Diego’s new Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives and is responsible for energy management policy to achieve the campus' goals for quantum improvements in energy management and Greenhouse Gas reductions. Prior to UCSD, Mr. Washom was the CEO for twenty years of a due diligence firm that specialized in CleanTech, and he served as Sr. International Advisor to the World Bank and DOE. He is a four time Rockefeller Foundation Grantee and a former Heinz Endowment Grantee for early commercialization of CleanTech into developing countries. Mr. Washom was also Founder and President of Advanco Corp which in 1984 set the long-standing world records for solar electric conversion efficiency at 29.4% and subsequently achieved an IR100 Award. He was the 2008 Recipient of UCSD’s Citizen of the Year Award for Sustainability, and he was a Visiting Faculty Member at the Rady School of Management while teaching the graduate level course, The Business of Renewable Energy. Fast Company magazine named him to their June cover story, “100 Most Creative Persons in Business, 2010.” View Guest page

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Robert Weisenmiller

California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011 and appointed Chair in February. He fills the Engineer/Scientist position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years energy experience to the Commission including expertise in electricity and gas markets and California regulatory policies. Chair Weisenmiller has served as an expert witness in more than 100 state and federal regulatory commission proceedings and has authored numerous publications on electricity and natural gas markets. Before his appointment, Chair Weisenmiller, a co-founder of MRW & Associates, used his expertise to assist businesses, financial institution, regulatory commissions, and public agencies in strategic planning, policy development, analyzing energy markets and regulations, power pricing for qualifying facility projects, marginal cost analysis, rate design and implications of utility mergers. Commissioner Weisenmiller was also the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Independent Power Corporation. Commissioner Weisenmiller focuses on issues including the Energy Commission's budget and management; legislative and intergovernmental matters; research, development and demonstration. Chair Weisenmiller's career also included previous period of public service with the Energy Commission as Advisor to Commissioner, Manager of the Special Projects Office, and Director of the Office of Policy and Program Evaluation in the period between 1977 and 1982. Commissioner Weisenmiller holds a Doctorate in Chemistry and a Masters in Energy and Resources from University of California Berkeley and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Providence College View Guest page

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Alan Weisman

Alan Weisman is the author of several books, including The World Without Us, an international bestseller translated into thirty-four languages, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Wenjin Book Prize of the National Library of China. His work has been selected for many anthologies, including The Best American Science Writing. An award-winning journalist, his reports have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Discover, Vanity Fair, Wilson Quarterly, Mother Jones, and Orion, and on NPR. A former contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior producer for Homelands Productions. He lives in western Massachusetts. For more information, please visit http://www.countdownbyalanweisman.com View Guest page

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Keith Weitz

Keith Weitz is manager of the Sustainability and Environmental Assessment program at RTI International. He specializes in solid waste management, energy technology assessment, global climate change research, and life cycle assessment. Mr. Weitz has been working with the U.S. EPA and others to analyze the cost and environmental aspects of solid waste management systems since the early 1990’s. Mr. Weitz holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University (1992) and a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Augustana College (1990). View Guest page

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Bryan Welch

As a boy herding goats in rural New Mexico, Welch formed an intuition for the intricate and interdependent relationships among plants, animals and people. He's developed that intuition into the very model of a productive, balanced and sustainable life. Before starting Ogden Publications (publishers of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Natural Home & Garden, Utne Reader and other media brands) in 1996, Welch worked at newspapers in several states. He graduated from the University of Denver and holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied media policy and management at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School. Welch serves on the board of directors of the MPA (Association of Magazine Media), the Social Venture Network and the Down Home Ranch Foundation. He and his wife, Carolyn, raise grass-fed cattle, sheep, goats and free-range chickens at the farm they call Rancho Cappuccino, which they also share with donkeys, dogs and the rogue mule, Zero. Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/shopping/detail.aspx?itemnumber=4802#ixzz1pCJyAfYc View Guest page

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Dane Wigington

Dane Wigington is a former employee of Bechtel Power Corp. With a background in solar energy. He has been engaged in constant climate/geoengineering research for over a decade. His personal residence was feature in a cover article on the world’s largest renewable energy magazine, Home Power. He owns a 1,600-acre “wildlife preserve” next to Lake Shasta in northern California. Dane is the lead researcher for www.geoengineeringwatch.org and has investigated all levels of geo engineering from stratospheric aerosol geoengineering (SAG) to HAARP. View Guest page

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R. Paul Williamson

R. Paul Williamson is a passionate advocate for alternative energy. He is the real deal. His broad-reaching insights come through on every page of his book. Williamson has taken commonsense energy principles and has made them accessible, practical, and if implemented, they embrace the strong probability of leading a nation to a sustainable future. His experience, advice, and sustainable energy plan is straightforward. His plain-talk approach is inviting to the reader while presenting material that is solid and implementable for today and the future generations of our nation. Williamson earned his bachelors and masters’ degrees from the University of South Dakota and his doctorate degree from West Virginia University in Technology Education. He brings to his work a broad diversity and a lifetime of educational services. After growing up in rural America working in his entrepreneurial father’s business, Williamson joined the US Army. After his honorable discharge, he pursued and achieved his educational goals. His career in higher education enabled him to experience, develop, and pursue a wide spectrum of institution-building programs while keeping abreast of game-changing technologies. Williamson has worked, studied, and accumulated experiences in the following areas: education, scientific research, business, financial planning, corporate planning, wilderness recovery, fundraising, lobbying, music, agriculture, transportation, architecture, recycling organizing, food service, net-zero planning, military, government contracting, environmentalism, principle investigator management (DOD, DOE, NREL, DOT, USDA), communications, alternative energy, residential constructions, and social programming. His most recent work has focused on alternative energy with an emphasis in hydrogen development and deployment. Recent research projects include wind and solar development, hydrogen refueling infrastructure, planning design for a hydrogen futures park, electric and hydrogen vehicles creations, development of a hydrogen-powered, magnetic levitation monorail private rapid transit system, and the design of a sustainable smart home and permaculture residence. Dr. Williamson makes his home in Colorado near his son’s and daughter’s families. In his spare time, he enjoys running Colorado’s many trails and other outdoor activities so abundant there. He is a woodworker, gardener, and enjoys attending his grandchildren’s events. He is involved in a number of energy related projects within the state as well as nationally. View Guest page

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Jason Wolf

Jason Wolf is responsible for business development in North America for Better Place. In this role, he strives to form strategic partnerships with energy companies, automobile manufacturers, investors, governments and other key parties in an effort to create infrastructure for the mass adoption of electric vehicles. Wolf brings more than 11 years of management experience in the IT industry, having held various positions in strategic planning, product rollouts, sales and professional services. In his last role, Wolf served as president of Sterna Technologies USA, the pioneer of Business Positioning Systems software. Prior to joining Sterna, he held a number of positions during a 10-year career at SAP AG, including senior vice president of Strategic Initiatives and senior vice president of New Product Introductions. Wolf holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Tel-Aviv, and an MBA from San Jose State University. From 1986 to 1993, he served as an officer in the Israeli military. View Guest page

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Marisa Miller Wolfson

As a full-time food activist, Marisa has organized roughly 70 grassroots workshops and screenings of award-winning documentaries about healthy, humane, eco-friendly eating all across North America. She decided to tell a story that hadn’t been told on film before and completed Vegucated with the help of colleagues at the FilmShop and the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. She borrowed heavily from her experience as a sketch comedian who has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Caroline’s on Broadway, and the March for Women’s Lives, where she shared a stage with Gloria Steinem. She has starred in award-winning short films and edited the documentary short I [broken heart] NYC, which screened at the Bushwick Film Festival and the Last Supper Film Festival. Her letters and articles have been published in USA Today Magazine, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, and her PSAs on environmental and animal protection issues have been viewed by thousands. She has enjoyed vegucating the 1,600+ members of her free online coaching program Vegan at Heart, which was featured on Oprah.com. She’s a founding member of the Sustainable Leadership Council of NYC and the NYC Foodprint Alliance and is the honored recipient of Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Friend Award. View Guest page

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Brian Wynne

Brian Wynne is President of the Electric Drive Transportation, a community of companies at the focal point of new transportation solutions utilizing electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure. Mr. Wynne’s network includes traditional and emerging automobile OEMs, battery, motor and power electronics manufacturers as well as utility, EVSE and smart grid companies. These companies are leveraging a rapid convergence of technologies in the areas of energy storage, electronics and power trains to reduce the risks associated with oil dependence. From this leadership vantage point, Mr. Wynne has an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of how companies are collaborating and partnering with one another to capture growing commercial opportunities in both the consumer and commercial fleet arenas. Mr. Wynne works with federal, regional and state agencies to accelerate the adoption of electric drive technology as a solution to the challenges of pollution, climate change and energy security. He also serves as Vice President of the World Electric Vehicle Association, which sponsors global information sharing via the WEVA Journal and hosts the Electric Vehicle Symposium. Mr. Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained in leadership roles in both industry organizations and public-private partnerships. Mr. Wynne previously served as Senior Vice President for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Prior to that role, he led a global technology association as CEO of AIM International, Inc. Mr. Wynne started his career as a legislative assistant to US Senator Charles Percy and has served on several not-for-profit Boards. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a Masters degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Wynne was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany. Specialties: In-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained in leadership roles in both industry organizations and public-private partnerships. View Guest page

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Stuart Yaniger

Stuart Yaniger is an inventor and technologist with more than 25 years of experience in polymer science and high-volume product development. He was the founder and chief technical officer of Neocork Technologies, which invented, licensed, marketed, and manufactured the synthetic wine cork. Before his ventures in the beverage packaging business, Yaniger was one of the founders, vice president of research and development, and chief scientist of Interlink Electronics, where he invented, patented, and commercialized their core technologies in polymer-based force and position sensing. Yaniger’s experience includes stints at Lockheed Advanced Aeronautics, where he patented and licensed some of the first commercially viable electrically conducting plastics, and Nicolet Instrument Corporation (now part of Thermo-Fisher), where he developed advanced methods of probing molecular interactions at electrode surfaces in batteries and electroplating processes. Yaniger received his academic training in chemistry and physics at the University of Utah and University of Maryland Baltimore County, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Alan MacDiarmid (Nobel Laureate, 2000) at the University of Pennsylvania. View Guest page

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Rodney Yee

Rodney Yee, based in New York City, is one of the most sought-after yoga instructors in the world. Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners ranks among the top ten best-selling fitness DVDs. For over 15 years, he has taught advanced yoga training courses across the country. Yee is a former gymnast and ballet dancer with the Oakland Ballet Company and the Matsuyama Ballet Company and studied philosophy and physical therapy at the University of California Davis and Berkeley. Yee has appeared on Oprah, the PBS special “The Practical Power of Yoga,” and contributes to a variety of yoga and healthy lifestyle publications including Yoga Journal, Self, Shape, and Fitness. View Guest page

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Peter Yost

Peter Yost is the Director of Residential Services for BuildingGreen, LLC in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than 20 years. His expertise stretches from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability. Peter has made significant contributions to the work of many leading homebuilding organizations and initiatives — NAHB Researcher Center, Building Science Corporation, 3-D Building Solutions, EEBA, Masco's Environments for Living® program, USGBC's LEEDfor Homes and REGREEN programs, and the US Department of Energy's Building America program. Peter is currently Technical Director for GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program, and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Materials and Wood Technology program in Amherst. Want to learn more about Peter Yost? Read Peter's green story. View Guest page

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Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation

March 1, 2013
Hosted by Jill Buck

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Some of the leading voices in the American environmental movement restate the case that population growth is a major force behind many of our most serious ecological problems, including climate change, habitat loss, air and water pollution, and food and water scarcity. The new book, Life on the Brink, is a compellation of essays contributed by leaders in a range of disciplines, offering varied perspectives on hard issues regarding contraception, abortion, immigration, and limits to growth. Today we’ll be joined by one of the book’s contributors, Philip Cafaro, professor of philosophy at Colorado State University.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world population is expanding at a mind-boggling rate. The world reached 1 billion people in 1800; 2 billion by 1922; and over 6 billion by 2000. It is estimated that the population will swell to over 9 billion by 2050. That means that if the world’s natural resources were evenly distributed, people in 2050 will only have 25% of the resources per capita that people in 1950 had. If we intend to leave our children and grandchildren with the same standard of living we have enjoyed, we must preserve the foundation of that standard of living. Go Green Radio is the beginning of an important new shift in the way we treat our world. This grassroots program promotes the very best character traits in children and adults: caring for yourself and caring for others. Through simple, responsible behavior shifts, together we can protect human health through environmental stewardship. Go Green Radio airs live every Friday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica.

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Upon graduation from the University of Illinois in 1991, Jill Buck was commissioned a Naval Officer. While stationed at the Fleet Training Center, San Diego, she served as the Legal, Physical Security, Administration, and Command Inspection Officer, as well as a Damage Control Instructor. She is an honor graduate of the Military Justice School, and a graduate of the Navy’s small arms weapons course, taught by former Navy Seals. In 2002, Jill wrote the Go Green Initiative, which is now the largest and fastest growing comprehensive environmental education program in the world, operating in 49 U.S. states, Indonesia, Europe, Mexico, and Africa. The program has been endorsed by the National School Boards Association (NSBA), National Recycling Coalition, 8 State PTA’s, California Integrated Waste Management Board, California Resource Recovery Association, and many more. Jill is a featured speaker at public policy, political, environmental, and PTA conventions across the country, and has been featured in such publications as U.S. Mayor, NSBA newsletter, Working Mother Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Diablo Magazine’s “Women to Watch”. Jill owns her own business, Buck Consulting (www.jillbuckconsulting.com), which helps businesses “go green”, and is one of the nation’s leading advocates of free market solutions for environmental protection issues. Jill lives in Pleasanton, California with her husband and three children.

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