Michael began his career as a stockbroker. After five years of managingportfolios, he decided to pursue his interest in environmentalprotection and study Environmental Planning.
Upon receiving a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Michaelheld several positions within local and regional governmentalorganizations in Iowa in solid waste management planning and education.Michael recently moved to Chicago where he initially worked for theChicago Park District as a Project Manager in Capital Construction.During his tenure at the Park District, he managed several largescalecapital improvement projects, including the reconstruction of SouthLake Shore Drive, which runs through historically significant Burnhamand Jackson Parks, and the restoration of the Palm House at theGarfield Park Conservatory.
He is now with the Department of Planning and Development developingand implementing public policy and incentives that encourage the use ofgreen roofs and sustainable urban and building design in the privatesector. Michael led an interdepartmental team that developed theBuilding Green/Green Roof Policy that requires private developers toinclude sustainable strategies in projects that are receiving financialor zoning assistance from the City. As of January 2007, this policy hasrequired the design of over 300 green roofs, totaling nearly 3 millionsquare feet of vegetative cover. Michael has also been involved withthe development of several innovative green roof incentive programs andis coordinating the creation of the Citys Green Urban Design FrameworkPlan.
Dr. Alyssa Berlin is a clinical psychologist, certified Gottman educator and highly sought after practitioner, author and speaker in the field of perinatal psychology. Dr. Berlin and her prenatal chiropractor husband, Dr. Elliot Berlin, founded the Berlin Wellness Group to promote naturally comfortable and healthy pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum experiences. In addition to working with anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy, Dr. Berlin offers the internationally acclaimed "Bringing Baby Home" workshop once a month, which utilizes a series of exercises and discussions aimed at helping new parents avoid the typical pitfalls and relationship discord that can often accompany the birth of a new baby. Dr. Berlin has been a contributor to the Huffington Post and the PBS project ‘This Emotional Life’. She and her husband are the proud parents of four amazing children and live in Los Angeles.
Amy's Kitchen is a family business with every member of the family taking part. The company was started in 1987, when Amy was born. Her mom and dad, Rachel and Andy Berliner, carefully nurtured the company as well as the child, paying constant attention to every aspect of its day to day activities and providing the vision that has made Amy's so successful.
Andy, who was born in Chicago and attended Purdue University, was formerly a large shareholder and President of Magic Mountain Herb Tea company, the first herbal tea widely distributed in supermarkets. Rachel was raised in a family who were eating and growing organic food in the 50's, long before doing so was popular. Besides a life long orientation towards natural foods, Rachel also has an arts background, and serves as the company's art director, overseeing all packaging design. Andy provides overall leadership and helps formulate marketing and sales strategy.
Amy herself, now a Junior at Stanford University, is also very much a part of the business and is often present at decisionmaking discussions. During the summer she likes to go to the plant and work on the burrito and packaging lines.
Amy's favorite foods as a toddler were the Vegetable Pot Pie and Macaroni ; Cheese. Her favorite now is, of course, Amy's Pizza, which she serves to her friends at pool parties and sleepovers. Her dog, Stormy, is an important part of Amy's life, and like the rest of the family, Stormy eats only vegetarian food, with pizza being her favorite too.
Debra serves as the Climate Action Coordinator for the Ecology Center in Berkeley, CA a nonprofit dedicated to providing the public with reliable information, tools, handson training, referrals, strategies, infrastructure, and models for sustainable living. In this capacity, Debra facilitates free climate action workshops serving residents and community groups throughout the Bay Area. Debra received a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley in 2003 and has been working in the environmental arena for much of her career.
Berman is a health integrationist and independent scholar who has been working with people on their individual health issues for the past twenty years. She is creator, cohost and coproducer of the Your Own Health And Fitness radio show featured on KPFA 94.1 FM and carried on 25 stations in the Pacifica Network. As one of the first to introduce the concept of health integration, for 13 years Berman has provided her listeners and clients with a critical, independent voice on the politics and practice of health. The body of her work along with other resources is available at http://www.yourownhealthandfitness.org.
Justine Bernard received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons specializing in Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation in 2003. She worked in acute rehabilitation, inpatient acute care, and outpatient rotations in both St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, NY. After moving back to Washington DC, she began her own orthopedic and neurologic private practice out of a GYROTONIC® Studio in NW D.C. She incorporates her experiences as a professional dancer and GYROTONIC® Master Trainer into her treatments. In combining the GYROTONIC® system with her knowledge of physical therapy, people are able to transform their bodies from moving with restriction and unease to moving with freedom and joy. Justine teaches a course on GYROTONIC® Applications for Osteoporosis at Elements.
Having only been officially in business for a year Bernee Lee’s product design has received a number of recognitions within this short time. All the products are made in Oakland with chlorine-free recycled paper and printed with soy based inks. The paper is made in a Michigan paper mill, which is a 100% green hydroelectric powered facility. To minimize waste, her company uses trimmings from the manufacturing process to create additional products such as gift tags and memo pads. Products are available in over thirty stores including Seattle Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Stanford Arts Museum in Palo Alto.
- Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?
- All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy
Author of Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?, Bernstein is senior economist and director of the Living Standards Program at The Economic Policy Institute.
Christina Bertea served a 4 year apprenticeship in Local 159, Plumbers and Steamfitters and was the first woman admitted in the program. She designed and built a passive solar urban infill rammed earth cottage with radiant heat, taught plumbing at AND's construction education center in West Oakland, which had classes work on Habitat for Humanity houses in East Oakland. She became a contractor in 1996 and has plumbed quite a few "alternative" houses, including straw bale and rammed earth. She is also interested in the spiritual aspects of water, and creates fountains and water features.
Solio is a Universal Hybrid Charger for all Hand Held Electronics...
Better Energy Systems was founded in 2001 in London (UK) with the vision to commercialize renewable energy technologies. Specifically, the company would focus on innovative products with good design and backed by effective marketing. The goal is to close the gap between renewable technologies and consumer acceptance. Consumers should not have to compromise on style, design and functionality to take advantage of renewable energy.The companys first product, Solio, was launched in 2004. Solio is a hybrid (solar and electricity) universal charger for mobile devices. Solio has won several awards including Best of Show at MacWorld Expo, San francisco 2005, the BIOS Magazine Technical Innovation Award. Today millions of people are using Solio including the US Red Cross and all the members of the Clinton Global Iniciative.Better Energy is now expanding its scope of action to remote villages in Africa providing Solar Power for light equipment and communications.