Shelly Backlar joined Friends of the Los Angeles River as the Executive Director in 2003. A life-long bird lover, her recent career highlight was canoeing a natural section of the Los Angeles River on the historic “Paddle the LA River” pilot boating program. In August, Shelly was one of four sister-river delegates from Los Angeles who traveled to Munich, Germany to celebrate a decade-long effort to “renaturalize” the Isar River. As a member of the Los Angeles River Plastics Industry Task Force, she collaborated with executives and city staff to ensure that plastic bags and fast-food waste are kept out of the River. Shelly was an Advisory Committee member for the City’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan and has served on several other River-related committees. Shelly speaks frequently at conferences, with the media and with watershed stakeholders about FoLAR’s vision and the issues affecting the future of the Los Angeles River. She especially enjoys interacting with young people during River field trips and classroom presentations
Alexis Baden-Mayer, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer and activist, has been working as the Political Director of the Organic Consumers Association since 2005. Alexis is the co-editor, along with Director Ronnie Cummins, of the group’s weekly e-newsletter, Organic Bytes, which reaches nearly 300,000 subscribers. She organizes many of OCA’s grassroots campaigns, including Millions Against Monsanto (to get unsafe, untested, unlabeled genetically engineered foods out of grocery stores), Coming Clean (to remove false “organic” claims from cosmetics), Safeguard Organic Standards (to keep USDA organic standards high), USDA Watch (to close the revolving door between federal regulatory agencies and the biotech lobby), and Organic Transitions (to shift from climate-destabilizing industrial food production to carbon-sequestering sustainable agriculture). Before joining OCA, Alexis was the Government Relations Director for Vote Hemp, the National Field Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, and a lobbyist for a coalition to restore federal loan access to students with drug convictions.
Resources for conserving and reusing food storage bags
Bag-E-Wash is an innovative dishwasher accessory that allows consumers to safely and effectively wash and dry their zipper-style food storage bags in the dishwasher. One box of 30(gallon)size bags washed with Bag-E-Wash and reused 50 times each keeps 1,500 bags out of the landfills and saves $150. So don't throw, reuse them! We also carry bag dryers, BYO reusable produce bags, Bio Fresh bags and reusable grocery totes. Get a grip on your bags!
Join the eco- conscious consumers and businesses who embrace our natural fiber jute/ burlap bags as their preferred choice of everyday reusable bags. Our jute bags are strong and long lasting, tree free and will break down faster and cleaner than plastic. Stylish and good for the earth.
Reusable fabric gift and wine bags
Reusable fabric gift and wine bags
Long time friends since they were together at boarding school in India, Gayatri and Rati knew that they would one day merge their creative interests in fashion and design to create their own label. Their complementary styles, interests and expertise have allowed them the freedom to bring the vibrancy and exclusive hand-craftmanship of India to the western shores.
They design and work with high-end artisans to put together a collection a few times each year.
The co-founders travel to India and immerse themselves in the chaos, and the vivid abundance of exquisite craftsmanship of artisans, two aspects that exist side by side and are so typical of India. It is in India that the designs come to life.
For Rati and Gayatri it was never a question of "IF" they would follow their passion but "WHEN" and the "WHEN" is definitely now.
Yatra is proud to support and work with a diverse group of women and men artisans in India who in turn support their extended families and local communities.
BGI's pioneering MBA and Certificate programs prepare diverse leaders to build enterprises that are economically successful, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. Our innovative curriculum preserves the rigor of a traditional MBA program, while infusing sustainability, environmental and social responsibility throughout every course.
Dean Baker cofounded the Center for Economic and Policy Research in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare and European labor markets. He is the author of several books, including False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy; Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy; The United States Since 1980; Social Security: The Phony Crisis (with Mark Weisbrot); and The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer. His blog, Beat the Press, provides commentary on economic reporting. He received his bachelor of arts from Swarthmore College and his doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan.
Joe Baker joined Care2.com as Director of Nonprofit Campaigns in August 2006. He now manages Care2's campaigning and also oversees Care2's Cause Channels. Previously, Joe was the Executive Director of NTEN. Joe worked for Amnesty International for many years, as Director of Internet Communications, Grassroots Advocacy Director and Deputy Director, Western Region. In addition to his extensive nonprofit management experience, Joe spent seven years managing telecommunications and wireless systems research and has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Economics Systems Science from UCLA. Joe serves on the board of Death Penalty Focus, on the advisory board of GiveForward.org, and volunteers for the Sierra Club and Amnesty International.
Handcrafted, fairly traded goods, many recycled. Member of Fair Trade Federation and a Bay Area Green Business. Stores in Sonoma and St. Helena.
Janani Balasubramanian is a rising senior and master's student in Engineering and Feminist Studies at Stanford University. She works for the Stanford Dining Sustainable Foods Program, as the Chair of Food for the student government, and as a regional organizer for Real Food Challenge-- a national network of youth activists advocating the purchase of fair food at university campuses.
Bali Malas offers malas and spiritual jewelry made of the sacred rudraksah (rude-rock-sha) beads from Bali. Mythology named these transformative beads the 'eyes of Shiva'. Having been used since 1000 BC, rudrakshas may be the earliest known form of prayer beads. Rudrakshas are a seed formed in nature found inside the fruit of the rudraksha tree. When worn against the skin, and especially over the heart they open it and offer it protection. Many experience an uplifted mood a calming of the mind and a cooling affect to the body with the wearing of these beads. These unique pieces are lovingly hand made in Bali by native women. Bali Malas is honored to support Bumi Sehat a birthing center for women, children and families in Bali with our profits.It is our intent to restore vibrancy, compassion and healing to our planet with the wearing of rudraksha beads. Wear peace.