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A California not-for-profit organization whose mission is to encourage a healthier, more sustainable quality of life through education and the development of community farmers market; supporting local farming and local businesses. L.A. City Farm has develop popular events such as the SouthBay Pavilion Farmers Market in the City of Carson, to the Yamashiro Farmers Market in the Hollywood Hills. Their most recent farmers market, in partnership with the Autry Museum located in beautiful Griffith Park, utilizes one of L.A.'s most picturesque green spaces for families to enjoy
Go Metro” It’s easy! With over 200 Metro Bus lines and six Metro Rail lines, Metro can take you just about anywhere in LA County. Let us show you how to plan your trip, visit www.metro.net and check out our Metro trip planner. For more information about discounts when you “Go Metro” please visit http://www.metro.net/service/discounts/
Free breastfeeding information and support
Free breastfeeding information and support! We offer monthly meetings, phone help, home visits, educational opportunties and more. Seattle Helpline: (206) 522-1336. USA Helpline: 1-877-LA-LECHE Washington webpage: http://www.lllusa.org/WAInternational webpage: www.llli.org
The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 1.9 million and 2.9 million on Sunday, more than 17 million unique latimes.com visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.4 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 129 years
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming (2005, South End Press)
Last Standing Woman (fiction) (Raincoast Book Dist. Ltd., 2000)
All Our Relations (non-fiction) (South End Press, 2008)
In the Sugarbush (children's non-fiction) (Rigby, 1999)
The Winona LaDuke Reader (Theytus Books, 2002)
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.
Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of Last Standing Woman (fiction), All Our Relations (non-fiction), In the Sugarbush (children's non-fiction), and The Winona LaDuke Reader. Her most recent book is Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (South End Press). An enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Anishinaabe, LaDuke lives with her family on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.
She is also the Founding Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation based non-profit devoted to restoring the land-base and culture of the White Earth Anishinaabeg. She helped found Honor the Earth in 1993 and has served in a leadership position since the organization’s inception.
Certified organic hemp deodorants and baby care
Certified organic hemp deodorants and baby care. Our products are free of parabens and PG, and made without artificial fragrances or preservatives. Lafe's...organic personal care for sustainable living.
Lagos is a member of the Divine Chocolate U.S. team, leading sales and educational outreach in the midwest and eastern territories. Since the company's American launch in 2007, Lagos has worked to share Divine's remarkable story of farmer empowerment and Fair Trade with people across the country. Prior to joining Divine, Lagos was lead researcher at Coop America's Responsible Shopper Program.
After receiving a B.A. in Sociology from
While growing the business, Lake has been an active leader in the growing residential cleaning industry, as well as an active member in the sustainable community in
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and extended family, including her four brothers and their families and friends. She also enjoys dancing, entertaining and practicing yoga.
Sustinable and conservation focused new lake community
Lake Olive is new lake community designed for conservation and sustainable living. The lake community is just 2 hours from Chicago's loop in Chatsworth, Illinois. Alternative and renewal energy will power the community using technologies such as lake-based geothermal.The community is designed for fishing, boating, nature hikes and biking.
Seattles Premiere Posture Specialists
Chiropractic care and Massage therapy. Healing without the use of drugs or surgery. Dr. Vevoda and Dr. Steffen provide full chiropractic services and postural correction at a convenient South Lake Union location near downtown Seattle. Supported by a professional staff that includes Massage Therapy and Physical Rehab personnel, Lake Union Wellness is more that just a chiropractic clinic, it's a full body wellness oasis in Seattle!
Lakeman is cofounder of The City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon, working to build strong, localized community networks that are economically stable and ecologically sustainable.
Organic Fruit Juice, Independently Owned Family Juice Company
Phaedra EllisLamkins is the Chief Executive Officer of Green For All. Since taking leadership in March 2009, Phaedra has led the organization to a stirring string of victories. Chief among these was assembling a civil rights coalition that successfully lobbied for two significant improvements to the House version of the American Clean Energy and Security Act: securing funding for job training, and guaranteeing broad access to clean energy jobs. These are the Act's only provisions creating opportunity for lowincome people and people of color.
Under Phaedra's leadership, Green For All has also won major legislative victories in Washington State and New Mexico. With Green For All's help, both are pioneering statelevel green jobs and energyefficiency programs. Washington's, in particular offers other states a model for not only creating clean energy jobs, but also responsibly investing federal Recovery Act dollars for longterm environmental and economic health.
Prior to joining Green For All, Phaedra was head of the South Bay AFLCIO Labor Council and Working Partnerships USA. While there, she earned her reputation as one of the nation's most inspirational and creative problem solvers for working families. She also earned a wealth of experience that will help her lead Green For All to new heights:
- The Green Gardener's Guide: Simple, Significant Actions to Protect & Preserve Our Planet
- Over the Fence with Joe Gardener
Author of The Green Gardeners Guide, Lampl is the founder of The Joe Gardener Company and host of Fresh from the Garden (DIY Network) and GardenSMART (PBS).
Care and craftsmanship throughout all our Alpaca products
LANART is committed to providing you with the finest quality Alpaca Products. Our vision is to show people the beautiful luxury and diverse offerings of Alpaca fiber on contemporary distinctive styles.LANART offers a wide variety of distinctive Alpaca products that include: women's, men's and children's apparel, accessories, collectible plush animals, and home décor. LANART is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina about 15 minutes outside of Charlotte. These products are Hand Crafted by specially trained artisans working in LANART's Peruvian operations located in Lima, Arequipa, and Puno.
Lancaster is author of Rainwater Harvesting for Dry Lands, and is anexpert on water harvesting as a means of increasing water resources.
Creating value to traditional products in Pennsylvania
Producer of Hempzel Pretzels & Mustard, Natalie's Choice Omega Foods - featuring Vegan & traditional hemp seed Baklava, Granola Hemp & Berry Bar, 100% Nut-Less Hemp Seed Spread & Jams. Wholesale direct to stores on the East Coast.
Eric Landen is a global green business leader who is continually advancing the frontier where environmental and economic interests merge. Early in his career, he explored the potential of business being a driving force for positive environmental change, co-founding the USA’s first organic cotton and hemp clothing company. He is currently the CEO of Landen Consulting, founded in 1996, which provides guidance to business and government leaders on the next generation of sustainability strategies. Also a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee and chair of the project’s Economics Subcommittee, developing guidelines to help our nation’s farmers achieve environmental and social sustainability in an economically viable manner. He is a member of numerous ecology and conservation-focused organizations, and is a special contributor to publications such as the Water Wide Web. A frequent speaker at sustainability events, Landen demonstrates the evolving interconnections between Earth’s ecosystems and business performance and strategy.
Landeros is vice president of EcoDeposits and Cash Management at ShoreBank Pacific, a sustainable community development bank based in Ilwaco, WA. Serving in many different roles since the banks inception in 1997, Landeros is considered one of the leaders and innovators in bringing sustainable banking products and services to the Northwest. With roots in fishing and farming on the Long Beach Peninsula, she is a true advocate for the banks mission of strengthening sustainable communities.
Raising Awareness. Building Wells. Saving Lives.
Landmines Blow!® is a grass roots non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the global landmine crisis and building wells that provide clean safe water to mine affected communities.
Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community development to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to increase market access and organize a strategic model for community action through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.
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Oxygenated, Purified, pH & Mineral Balanced, Microclustered, Structurally Restored Drinking Water. Created to Support Life & Health on a cellular level in the Body & in the World. Aids in immediate oxygen absorption, cell hydration, & detoxification. Booth #1416 - Visit Us!
A highplains girl hailing from southwest Kansas, Mickki has spent more than 15 years working and volunteering for social change and community improvement.
In 2004 she helped form a Web development company focused on open participation and a consulting firm building new systems for shaping and managing the flows of information, resources and participation.
Recognizing the need to reclaim our power to create community wealth, Mickki cofounded the Mile High Business Alliance in 2007. Currently serving as Executive Director, Mickki combines her passion for social and environmental sustainability with her experience as a small business owner and entrepreneur. Her work with the business alliance focuses on organizing local business owners in working together to build a more locally focused and stable economy that doesnt sacrifice people and the planet for the sake of profit.
Dune, along with a band of dedicated social change artists, has worked tirelessly and successfully since the Exxon Valdez oil spill to create several socialprofits to take on the powers that be that continue to threaten his beloved homeland and wild Copper River salmon.
Dune has realized he now has to use his entrepreneurial skills to help form several key, forprofit, Alaskabased companies to enter the Green Race economy, so he and key visionary partners are building a wild seafood BCorp company with a mission focused on changing the seafood industry to a sustainable business force that will help him preserve his ancestral wild salmon way of life.
Vanessa Lanza is the Director of Partnerships at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), managing partnerships with community-based organizations, agencies and individuals working to coordinate and improve outreach, public awareness, and human trafficking identification efforts. Vanessa also manages the organization’s international partnerships with NGO’s in Mexico, aiming to build the capacity of local non profits and service providers through training and technical assistance, as well as building and strengthening coalitions. Vanessa also coordinates the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus, a leadership-development program for survivors of human trafficking, providing survivors with advocacy and media training and support with the goal of helping them to become effective change agents in the anti-trafficking movement. In February 2011, Vanessa worked with the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus to launch a National Survivor Network bringing together survivors across the country to advocate for a stronger survivor voice and mutual support. Prior to joining CAST, Vanessa worked with Oxfam America and the World Health Organization Office at the United Nations.
Nancy LaPlaca, J.D., is an Energy Consultant with Bardwell Consulting Ltd. Her accomplishments include working with groups around the country to halt the first wave of socalled clean coal plants, including one in Colorado. As a public interest intervener at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, she is working to include currently uncounted costs such as health effects from burning coal, mercury contamination, air and water pollution, global warming, water use and future constrained water supplies, environmental justice, and toxic natural gas drilling chemicals in groundwater.
Nancys witnesses include expert testimony from natural gas experts, price forecasting, econometric modeling, fossil fuel depletion and parties directly affected by drilling and power plant pollution.
She provided energy consulting, speech writing, OpEd writing and debate preparation for two winning Arizona Corporation Commissioners. She speaks frequently on electricity, coal, carbon sequestration, and other energy issues.
Nancy is working on a proposal to require utilities to provide easytounderstand utility bills that include fuel mix, emissions information. She and her husband, Dr. Andy Bardwell, are committed to promoting the public interest in energy issues.
LaPointe is currently in his thirteenth year of work at the John G. Shedd Aquarium and is presently the Director of Environmental Quality. LaPointe began working as a chemist at the Aquarium in the spring of 1997, learning the life support systems and working with the laboratory instrumentation. LaPointe now manages the environmental quality laboratory, monitoring animal habitats and recommending adjustments to life support operations.
Before starting his career with Shedd Aquarium, LaPointe was employed at the Hammond Indiana Sanitary District in a water analysis instrumentation position for three years. LaPointe studied chemistry and zoology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, receiving a B.S. in 1993. In addition, LaPointe received an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2004.
LaPointe has conducted various water quality seminars and trainings for zoological organizations and has taught various courses in water chemistry, including a twosemester course titled Water Works. LaPointe teaches a 5Day Seminar on aquarium environmental quality annually at the Shedd Aquarium.
As part of Shedd Aquarium's conservation efforts, LaPointe will begin field work this year in Guyana, researching the water systems and rich fauna and flora in one of the last untouched aquatic ecosystems in the world.
Tom LaPorte is Assistant Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Water Management. He is responsible not only for media relations, but also for community outreach on matters pertaining to conservation, environmentalism, and community building.
His approaches have included teaching recycling through a Recycled Art Program at Senn High School. Neighborhood block clubs provided the raw material and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce voted to formally support the project. Alderman Mary Ann Smith (48th) lent active support.
The Earth Night Concerts in Edgewater (and as last years Green Fest closing ceremony) brought professional musicians together with the Chicago Burning Man community to combine classical music, remixing, projections and fire performance.
Tom has worked for the City of Chicago for six and one half years, prior to which he spent 25 years in local radio news (WIND, WMAQ and WBBM).
Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury, 2010)
Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher, 2003)
Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher, 2006)
Anna Lappé is a widely respected author and educator, renowned for her work as a sustainable food advocate. The co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to nine others, Anna’s work has been widely translated internationally and featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets. Named one of Time’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund and has for more than a decade been a key force in the growing international movement for sustainability and justice in the food chain. Her latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury), was named by Booklist and Kirkus as one of the best environmental book’s of the year. Anna is also the co-author of Hope’s Edge (Tarcher/Penguin 2002), which chronicles social movements fighting hunger around the world, and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006), which showcases the ecological and social benefits of sustainable food and includes seasonal menus from chef Bryant Terry. In addition, Anna has contributed to eight other books, including State of the World 2011, Food Inc., WorldChanging, and Feeding the Future.
Anna can be seen as the co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast and as a featured expert on PBS’s Need to Know, the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet and the PBS documentary, Nourish. Anna is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and has been on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show and Leonard Lopate Show. Anna’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O: The Oprah Magazine, Domino, Food & Wine, Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Vibe, among many other publications.
With her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna co-founded the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. The Lappés are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised more than $785,000 for democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002.
Anna’s writing and advocacy have earned her numerous accolades. In 2009, The New York Times magazine featured Anna among a handful of “food fighters.” In 2007, she was chosen by the Missing Peace Project for the Compassion in Action Award and in 2006 Anna was selected for Contribute magazine’s “21 Under 40 Making a Difference.”
A frequent public speaker, in the past decade Anna has participated in more than 350 events, from community food festivals to university lectures to emceeing a food-focused fundraiser at Sotheby’s. She has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at dozens of colleges and universities, including Boston College, Brown University, Dominican University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan, and Yale University.
Anna holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated with honors from Brown University. From 2004 to 2006, she was a Food and Society Fellow, a national program of the WK Kellogg Foundation. She is currently an Innovator with the Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their daughters.
- EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, To Create the World We Want (Nation Books, 2011)
- Getting a Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want (Small Planet Media, 2010)
- Diet for a Small Planet (Ballantine Books, 1991)
- Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher, 2003)
- You Have the Power: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Fear (Tarcher, 2005)
- Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life (Jossey-Bass, 2005)
Frances Moore Lappé is the author of the recently released EcoMind and seventeen other books, including the bestselling Diet for a Small Planet. The recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the James Beard Foundation’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award, she is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Bento-ware, stainless bottles, and recipe books
Waste-free meal kits for school, work, and travel! Learn more about our new line of stainless steel products: water bottles, travel flasks, and lunch jars. Sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter to receive inspirational recipes, lunchmaking tips, and information on earth-friendly resources.
Concepcion Lara is an acknowledged expert in the Latino market: she pioneered the multi-channel industry’s foray in the US Latino Market as well the expansion of key digital venues and satellite TV channels into Latin America. She is well versed in multi-platform distribution including television, internet, mobile phone and other digital distribution vehicles. Lara is currently active with CitizenGlobal, the first social creation media platform to promulgate the hottest new trend in social media which allows consumers to jointly create exciting and fresh content with top talent and brands.
While at HBO, Lara proposed and was instrumental in the launch of HBO Ole, one of the first pan-continental, satellite-delivered services in the world—and HBO’s most successful international venture to date. She was also a key force behind the creation of HBO Latino, The Fox Latin American Channel and Fox Kids Latino.
Additionally, Lara has played a key role in the development of the Latin DVD business: As Sr. VP of Ventura Distribution’ Studio Latino, she established the company as the leader in the space by helping key brands such as Univision and Sesame Street launch their Latino home entertainment divisions.
Lara has also consulted at a high level for companies such as Universal Music; InfoSpace; Japan’s PerfecTV!; Discovery en Español; The Family Channel in Latin America and the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation.
A graduate of Stanford University, and a native of Mexico, she has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Seoul, Korea and Stuttgart, Germany.
Andrea Lara grew up in the foothills of Northern California, the daughter of a plumber. After studying Neuroscience at Pitzer College, and teaching after-school science programs, she entered the plumbing trade. Witnessing the wanton waste of high end plumbing Andrea decided to put her plumbing skills to better use, and joined the Greywater Guerrillas. She's led workshops and constructed greywater systems in the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
LRABAR is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spice...
LÄRABAR is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices - energy in its purest form. Made from 100% whole food, each flavor contains no more than six ingredients. Pure and simple, just as nature intended.
Chuck Lare, an electrical engineer, is President of Lare ; Associates LLC (www.lareassoc.com). Chuck Lare for over thirty years has been developing technologies and organizing within communities for economic justice. Chuck is currently one of several moving forces behind the local nonprofit organization Wallingford Solar Initiative (WSI, www.wallingfordsolarinitiative.org). Chuck has for over 40 years been developing technologies in both the public and private sectors. Space Shuttle avionics, telecommunications and medical development for local companies and Port Security, fiber optics infrastructure and wireless applications in the public sector. The last ten years, Chuck has been consulting to drive down organizations costs in telecommunications. With the recent legislation and dire need for putting neighbors back to work, Chuck has been facilitating the WSI work Business/Market enabling through use of solar power.
Todd Larsen is the Corporate Responsibility Director for Green America. Green America’s corporate responsibility programs educate consumers and investors about the environmental and social records of major companies and encourage them to take action to promote greater responsibility. In addition, Green America provides tools and resources to companies to help consumers, businesses and investors improve their impacts on people and the planet.
Todd also heads up Green America’s Climate Solutions Program which works to end polluting energy sources, map the future for clean energy, and engage Americans as investors in a clean energy future.
Todd has 15 years of experience in public education and corporate campaign work and has a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Dr. Sarah Larsen is a Medical Intuitive, Nutritional Counselor, 3rd Generation Palm Reader and a Life Coach. She received a degree as Medical Doctor from Medical University of the Americas. Her approach to wellness, counseling and hand analysis has been described as merging ancient wisdom and modern medicine for optimal health. Dr. Larsen’s personal mission is to bring Eastern and Western medical traditions together for the best possible you. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
organic and fair-trade sensual loungewear / beaded jewelry
sustainable, organic sensual loungewear and Goddess clothing and fair-trade fine beaded jewelry
Lauer is cofounder and program director for The DC Project, working with the public and private sectors to coordinate a citywide collaboration focused on employment in the green economy for atrisk adults.
Laughing Lotus Yoga Center is devoted to sharing the yogic gifts of a healthy body, joyful spirit and quiet mind with everyone. The center’s trademark "Lotus Flow" classes bridge yoga’s timeless philosophy with the art of creative vinyasa sequencing, incorporating conscious alignment, breath awareness, and inspiring music into each class. Committed to celebrating community and fostering spiritual life, the center offers something for everyone: benefit-donation classes, Yoga with life music, Kirtan, Yin, meditation, and a renowned teacher-training program.
Dropps - eco-friendly laundry detergent in convenient pacs
Dropps - the eco-friendly super-concentrated, liquid laundry detergent that comes in convenient toss-and-go dissolving pacs is the only liquid detergent that conserves water, plastic and energy. And, its High efficiency (HE) machine compatible and cold water friendly. Visit www.dropps.com to learn more.
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Laura takes the what-to-do for your health and translates it into how-to-do it in the kitchen. As a certified dietitian/nutritionist, Laura creates holistic health roadmaps. You develop a partnership and travel together on your journey toward optimal health and wellness. Become a player in your health, rather than a spectator!
Laura M is an Artist, certified in crystal radiance healing, a designer of distinctive gemstone jewelry and adornments, all with the intention to radiate beauty through-out. Most who wear her designs are constantly complimented and uplifted because of the positive intentions magnified while creating with Mother Earths healing and loving gifts.
Bianca I. Laureano is a first generation Puerto Rican who was born and raised in the Washington, DC metro area. The oldest daughter of an artist and educator, Bianca was raised in an activist environment that valued art in all its various and dynamic forms. At the beginning of high school Bianca's parents encouraged her to become active in a youth led program called Raising Hispanic Academic Achievement, Inc. (RHAA), where she tutored and mentored Latino youth in the Washington, DC metro area. Bianca has been mentoring a young woman, Candy, for 13 years. Through RHAA Bianca developed critical skills and training as positive youth development was central to the program. Beginning as a tutor with RHAA, Bianca quickly became a part of the youth leadership and began assisting with program planning. She not only tutored and mentored on Saturday mornings, she arranged guest speakers, field trips and eventually co-led the all-female Saturday School in Silver Spring, MD, where the focus was on providing Latinas a space of their own to excel and find affirmation.
Bianca attended the University of Maryland, College Park (UM) and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Individual Studies: Women's Health and Latino Communities. While at UM Bianca was active in peer education and mentoring programs through the University Health Center and became the Assistant Coordinator for Sexual Health Programs. The summer of 2000 she spent in Xhualtez, Espita in the Yucatan working with one of the first government funded health centers that provides western trained physicians and indigenous Mayan healers as a part of holistic health care. Upon her return she attended New York University and received her Master of Arts degree in Human Sexuality Education in 2002.
After spending one year with the Child Welfare League of America as the Program Manager of Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting, Bianca began working on her second Master of Arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Women's Studies. Bianca's research areas include Latina feminisms, Puerto Rican studies, sexuality, youth and media culture. Her training in feminist theory and intersectionality were developed at the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity where she was a CrISP Fellow. In 2006 Bianca received her second Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies where her focus included race and racialization, bodies, gender and sexualities.
While at the UM, Bianca continued to be involved in direct action and activism with a grassroots not-for-profit organization called Visions in Feminism (ViF). ViF is a collective of activists who work to create a low-cost, accessible national conference devoted to creating a space to discuss complex topics facing modern feminism.
During her last year in the Washington, DC metro area, Bianca became involved with a group of young professional women who were all devoted to eliminating cervical cancer through HPV education. Bianca became the Director of Sexual Health for Tamika and Friends, Inc., (T&F) in 2005 and worked to create peer education handbooks and training's for people interested in having HPV (House Parties of fiVe) parties. T&F is one of the first organizations to focus on educating men and youth regarding HPV and cervical cancer and that provides technical assistance and survivor support.
Currently residing in New York City, Bianca lives in the Bronx and provides consultation, capacity building and training, and facilitation to organizations dedicated to helping youth reach their full potential. She enjoys live music and concerts, the independent movie scene, museums, a good flea market, traveling, reading, dancing to dope beats, the beach, and is a fierce karaoke performer.
Bianca has published one book and several articles. She has presented both locally and internationally on various topics concerning activism, Latino sexual health, feminisms, youth and hip-hop culture, Latinos and race, curriculum development, and teaching. Bianca is an instructor at a private college and a freelance writer.
Neighborhood bookstore in Oakland since 2001.
Your neighborhood book store in Oakland. We have a little bit of everything and the ability to get the rest. Serving readers since 2001.
As the executive director of the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles, Molly Lavik is responsible for securing financial support for the SBC’s educational programs and running the day-to-day operations of the organization under the leadership of the SBC board of directors. Molly’s mantra: “empowering entrepreneur’s access to success” began over a decade ago with the formation of her own company, Mentor InSight. As CEO of this corporation, Molly has assisted hundreds of socially-responsible entrepreneurs find their true potential and authentic purpose by transforming their new venture visions into reality. Molly’s previous credits also include providing marketing and strategic development services for Microsoft, DreamWorks SKG, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Westin Hotels & Resorts and serving as executive director for the Los Angeles New Media Roundtable. Additionally, Molly possesses an academic teaching background and she is a professor at the Vatel International Business School, Los Angeles and an adjunct professor for Alliant International University’s Marshall Goldsmith School of Management. Molly previously was a practitioner faculty of Marketing at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. She has a MS in Technology Management from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, and a BA degree in Mass Communications from Purdue University.
Legal services for nonprofits, cooperatives, small businesses
Legal services and mediation for a sustainable and equitable world. The Law Office of Janelle Orsi provides services for:Nonprofits Cooperatives Small Businesses Cohousing Co-ownership Community Gardens Land Trusts Ecovillages Janelle is author of "The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community," (Nolo 2009), a practical and legal guide to sharing resources of all kinds (carsharing, cohousing, tool lending libraries, yard sharing for food cultivation, and more)! The book will be on sale at the booth.
For the past 19 years, Denver Urban Gardens ; Denver Recycles have partnered to offer the Denver Master Composter Training ; Outreach program to Denver residents. This train the trainer program educates residents about easy ways to reduce the use of water, reuse and recycle home organics and gain the healthiest growing environment for plants and people.
Steve Lawrnece is a Master Composter and a volunteer with Denver Urban Gardens public education program. He has been a backyard composter and organic gardener for over 20 years.
You may know her from her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in the ground breaking NYPD Blue or as a stay-at-home prostitute in DESPRATE HOUSEWIVES, a murderous realtor on MONK or a sociopathic serial killer on LAW AND ORDER:SVU. Speaking out for protection of endangered polar bears for the World Wildlife Fund or beating Larry David up on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.
She has headlined her own comedy series FIRED UP produced by Kelsey Grammar for NBC and starred with class acts Alfred Molina, Betty White and Dixie Carter in CBS’s sit com LADIES MAN.
An accomplished stage actress, Sharon created the role of Maureen in the premier of Theresa Rebeck’s POOR BEHAVIOR at the Mark Taper Forum. Last year she in NY in the hit Love, Loss And What I Wore and was recently nominated for an Ovation Award and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for her acclaimed performance as Vivian Leigh in Pasadena Playhouse’s Off Broadway hit Orson’s Shadow. Her latest Broadway appearance was as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Film work includes LIES AND ALIBIES with Rebecca Romjin, LITTLE BLACK BOOK with Holly Hunter and GOSSIP with Kate Hudson.
She has starred in many films for television and produced for NBC, FIVE DESPERATE HOURS co-starring Giancarlo Esposito. Currently in development on buzz, a multi-platform series about college journalists, this takes
She has been honored with UNC-CH’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the Prism, Method Fest, and Drama Logue Awards
Sharon recently chaired the Women In Film Foundation and also supports Global Green and the Alzheimer’s Association and Events of the Heart for Women’s Heart Health. She lives in
As founding director of Reclaim the Media, Lawson has helped play a catalytic role in the growth of a national movement focused on media justice and democratizing media policy. He spent six years developing online communications and strategic campaigns for labor unions including CWA, AFSCME and SEIU.
Lawson sits on the advisory board for the Consumers Union's Hear Us Now project, and is a board member of the Washington News Council. He is a fouryear veteran of the Independent Media Center movement, and has worked in community radio since 1986.
Currently Lawson cohosts the weekly creative music program Flotation Device on KBCS in Seattle. His articles on media issues have appeared in numerous publications. In 2007 he and Reclaim the Media were recognized by the Seattle Times among the Best of Puget Sound. Jonathan holds a master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University.
Beautiful jewelry made from recycled bottles.
Le Dessein's mission is to provide the opportunity of an education to young girls from underprivileged communities by featuring their art onto our fashion. It is done by collecting a range of their artwork (portraits, drawings, etc...) which we elegantly embroider onto our fashion, then guarantee 15% of our proceeds to fund those same young girls' $250 yearly school tuition. : Help us Fashion an Opportunity!
Le Dessein, 'luh deh - saN', French meaning the Endeavor or the Project, was founded on the principles of partnering with and empowering young girls in struggling and underprivileged communities around the world by contributing to their education through art. Our mission is to collect a range of artwork (photos, drawings, etc...) created by young girls from trusted charities, which we then feature onto our fashion. We guarantee 15% of our proceeds back to that same charity to help fund those young girls' $250 yearly school tuition. This is our commitment.
Le Dessein is proud to support the 'More Than Me,' Foundation located in West Point, a slum in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa). ‘More Than Me’s mission is to provide school tuition to the more than hundred girls they work with, along with the cooperation of local community leaders – www.morethanme.org
All natural skin care products
Le Sanctuaire is honored to deliver lhuile de grace the oil of grace to you from San Francisco. Lhuile de grace is a therapeutic skin care serum exquisitely formulated with ingredients such as Bio-Lumiere and Sangre de Drago (one of our most powerful antioxidants from the Amazon) along with seven essential oils and five exquisite carrier oils. This amazing blend provides you with a daily moisturizer that hydrates deep into your skins many layers. All ingredients in lhuile de grace are extracted from fresh herbs and flowers and delicately processed to preserve their natural energies. Because of its deep-soul connecting properties, you will reflect in balance and compassion on your own life while knowing you are nourishing your face with the ultimate skin care experience. We are in gratitude to share our creation with you.
Le Vin Estate Winery & CCOF Organic Vineyards
Le Vin Winery & Vineyards was established in 1983 by Bernard and Eric Le Vin. In 1993 Holly and Eric Le Vin purchased 164 acres, with Ranch House and Barn and put in 15 acres of organic mountain vineyards in the Yorkville Highlands appellation of Mendocino County. They have been farming organically since 1993 both in their vineyards, as well as their 250 Olive Trees, and other fruit bearing trees. Now the winemaking practices are also transitioning into Organic Winemaking. The Estate Winery makes its' wine right on the premisses, every aspect of the growing of the grapes and producing of the wine is completed on this beautiful ranch with far reaching views overlooking the Alexander Valley and the Anderson Valley. People come from all over the world to visit and experience this most unique and incredible benchland where Rhone variatals are grown and produce award winning wines. Wine Tasting is by appointment only.
Neambe LeadonVita is an award winning community activist, educator, organic gardener and mother of two, integrating her many talents in service to community. Her work as Eco-Cultivator for organizations like Blue and Yellow Logic, The GrowHaus, Sisters of Color United for Education, PeaceJam and Youthbiz is enhanced by her passion to educate youth with the tools to live a healthy, self-sustaining future. As Eco-Cultivator, Neambe has co-designed and implemented a curriculum entitled “Going Green, Living Bling: Redefining the Image of Wealth,” which includes an introduction to sustainability, organic vegetable gardening, food justice, health, environmental awareness and Hip Hop. She is also a member of the Five Points Garden Collaborative installing urban gardens in Northeast Denver. She has training in Eco-Auditing, Aqua-Ponics and holds a B.A. in Interior Design from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She begins Permaculture training October 2012.
Leafware Disposable Dinnerware Made From Fallen Palm Leavess
Leafware is a renewable ideas company. Leafware provides a true alernative to disposable dinnerware. Our dinnerware is made from fallen palm leaves & water. No chemicals/toxics. One hundress percent natural and versatile dinnerware.
Hip. Sultry. Eco. Original. These elements describe the spirit of Leafy.
Leafy is designed for the woman in search of her natural beauty, understated sexiness abd classic sophistication. It proves how a sustainable eco-friendly approach to fashion doesn't need to sacrifice style.
Leafy's new collection features handmade crochet pieces crafted from luxury hand spun threads of silk yarn. They are dyed with organic pigments such as mate herb, organic eucapyptus, coffee and urucum to name just a few. These rustic and shopisticated pieces are produced y a community of single mothers in the small town of Garopaba, Brazil.
Welcome to your essence - Own your nature
Through "the sensual movement" (her business and passion), Tanya Leake has dedicated herself to reaffirming a woman’s sensuality as a way to experience life with all of one’s senses. From her group dance and fitness classes to her nutritional training to her customer-acclaimed playshopsTM, she works women one-on-one and in small groups to develop personalized strategies for sensuality, balance and overall well being. After 18 years in corporate America recognizing each woman’s challenge in creating feminine balance, she developed a passion for supporting women in realizing their “sensual potential.”Tanya has studied various styles of dance since the age of 6 and believes music, dance and body movement are key components for sensuality, balance and overall well being. A performer with the SF-based Brazilian group Fogo Na Ropa, she holds a number of certifications including Zumba, Zumbatomic, natural health and female sexuality.
Linda Leaks is the Codirector of Empower DC and a long time advocate for affordable and humane housing in the district. Empower DCs mission is to enhance and improve the selfadvocacy of low income and working people in the District of Columbia in order to bring about sustained self improvement in their quality of life. Leaks will spotlight the role of public land in public housing and the imperative for public land to be used exclusively for public good.
an agri-culinary touring company
A culinary farm tour company which focuses on educating consumers about where our food comes from and how it is grown. Tour destinations include organic beef and dairy farms, fruit/ vegetable farms, wineries, creameries and local coffee roasters.
ESLI is an enthusiastic collaboration between the Department of Children Youth and their Families (DCYF), San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and lead community based organizations Community Education Services (CES) and Global Exchange (GX)to bring critical environmental education through youth empoweredservice learning into high school classrooms throughout the city of SanFrancisco.
Leavitt has celebrated over 30 years of experience in the solar industry. The city's oldest and foremost companies specializing in solar hot water systems are Solar Service, Inc., (formerly Solar Energy Products, Inc.) and Solar Thermal Consultants. Both companies were founded and are headed by Leavitt. In 1977, Leavitt received the first solar contractor's license issued by Cook County and he designed and installed the Chicago area's first solar hot water system, which is still delivering hot water daily.
Since then, Leavitt's fullservice solar thermal consulting, design, and installation companies have had hundreds of satisfied Chicagoland customers, over 1,000 installations nationwide, and many international installations.
Their clients include numerous large commercial installations, such as the Chicago Fire Department, the Park District of Schiller Park, Frain Industries, and many residential and multifamily buildings. In 2006, Solar Service installed a solar thermal system for Governor State University, which produces 4500 gallons of hot water daily.
Leavitt has dedicated much of his life to the education and promotion of clean, renewable energy. He was a founder of the Illinois Solar Energy Industries Association and the Illinois Solar Contractors Association. He is a member of the Midwest Global Warming Leadership Council.
On April 22, 1970, Leavitt participated in the first Earth Day event in Chicago and in 1978 he organized Solar Day events. A renowned advocate for solar energy, Leavitt has spoken at numerous schools and community groups. LEavitt studied with Buckminster Fuller in 1975 and 1976, and with Dr. Erich Farber, the University of Florida solar pioneer.
Throughout the 1980's, Brandon produced hundreds of educational solar seminars for the public and trades. He was interviewed on National Public Radio in April 2004. Solar Service has cosponsored the very successful National Tour of Solar Homes throughout Evanston and other North Shore communities for several years.
In January, 2002, Solar Service Inc. moved into a new, larger facility in Niles to better serve the greater Chicago area's growing solar marketplace.
“Brandon Leavitt is the ‘North Star’ of the solar energy field,” stated Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at a 2009 renewable energy event. Leavitt has guided his company, Solar Service Inc. of
Leavitt participated in the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. Studying with renowned architect and visionary Buckminster Fuller, he was inspired to form Solar Service in 1977. That same year he received the first solar contractor’s license granted by
Today, as Leavitt shares his vision, purpose and motivation with others, Solar Service Inc. continues to grow in size and stature in the business, civic and educational communities. The cliché ‘the sky’s the limit’ in no way applies to Brandon, who endeavors all to ‘Harvest the Sun.’™
Widely referred to as The Skin Clarifying Queen by Essence Magazine, JoElle is a popular lecturer and national educator in the skin care industry and is the Personal Esthetician to First Lady, Michelle Obama. She is is a Celebrity Esthetician & SkinCare Expert who has achieved status for her unique approach to common skin issues and conditions.
JoElle has developed her own skincare products and specific techniques for treating skin inside/out by combining her natural integrative approach with the science behind skincare. By improving the physical and emotional well being of the skin, she is able to achieve rapid optimal results.
As a highly regarded expert in the field, JoElle has been featured in beauty & fashion magazines and has been a featured guest on radio shows.
She has dedicated a lifetime to balanced natural beauty and combined her methods and expertise into a skincare regimen of premium products and services,
Jeanette Lehn grew up in Hayward, California. When she was younger, she enjoyed writing, was editorinchief of her high school yearbook, and created chapbooks to share with friends. She went to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and graduated with a BA in English in 2004. Her senior thesis was on the poetry of George Oppen. While in Portland, she interned at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and the Willamette Week Newspaper. The autumn after graduation, she moved to San Francisco to intern at Zoetrope Magazine. She spent a year as an administrative assistant at Law Finance Group prior to contributing to the SustainLane.com team.
Hillary Lehr is Global Exchange’s Elect Democracy Campaign Director. Hillary has over a decade of experience in organizing, facilitation, nonviolent direct action theory and training, and a strong commitment to Indigenous solidarity and justice. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies. Her articles and activism have been featured by Yes! Magazine, Alternet, Care2, SFGate, East Bay Express, the Star-Tribune, Democracy Now!, KPFA, and others.
Michael Leifer is a serial entrepreneur and social media expert. He helps to design and execute integrative communication and engagement strategies to build and grow markets for brands, governmental agencies and causes. Michael CoFounded and Merged guerilla PR (www.guerillapr.com) into influenceXchange earlier this year, which he ran for 9 years and which won the 2008 AdTech Best Social Media Marketing Campaign Award for their work with Wacom Bamboo which acquired 100 million impressions, 20,000 unique drawings and 2 million unique votes within 6 weeks. Some of guerilla's clients included: JohnsonDiversey, ShoreBank, Dwell Magazine, Bioneers, CocaCola, Sony, Nestle, General Mills, Red Bull, Warner Bros, Viacom, Atari, and others. Before guerilla PR, Michael CoFounded and was the Principle of C3live, a Webcasting and Syndication Company that partnered with Yahoo! and Microsoft to produce Alist celebritylaiden exclusive events and syndicated via Viacom companies such as MTV.
Michael is also the Executive Director Emeritus of Erin Brockovitch's Cancer411.org (www.cancer411.org) which had the number 1 3 top search results on Yahoo! for cancer in 1999. Mr. Leifer was also a Founding Member of the UCLA, World Arts and Cultures Major and is the President Emeritus of the Honor's College (www.ucla.edu). Michael has been a 5 year Member of the Advisory Board for Curriculum Design at Ex'pression College (www.expression.edu) and previously taught computer education and digital media at both National Computer Academy (http://www.ncsacademy.com/) and at Williams College via Putney (www.goputney.com).
Michael is also the CoFounder of Eco Dads (www.ecodads.org), which will be launching in March of 2010, and for which the National Council of Science and the Environment is the Fiscal Sponsor (www.ncseonline.org). His book Social Currency will be finished in 2010 and will be available for preorder in April.
Ecodads is a network of dads who serve as positive role models for our children. We build community programs that support sustainable economic, social and environmental development. Ecodads members are motivated catalysts for change.
How to Participate:Become a Member, invest consciously, put your money in the right local bank, build a community garden, green your child's school and youth sport teams, retrofit your neighborhood with solar, share your children's stories, suggest a new project, anchor a local chapter, start a EcoDad's clubhouse, join us on Facebook, followus on Twitter, dialinto our teleconferences, participate in an online rally and attend our webinar practical sustainability series.
Detroit, seen as ground zero for the current economic crisis, will host the Second U.S. Social Forum. As many as 20,000 people are expected to participate from June 2226, 2010. The Forum will provide a space to build relationships, learn from each other and share analysis of the problems we face. Local organizers from LELO and CAGJ help you learn how you can be a part of it.
Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus is the ViceChair of and cofounder of the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC). She is the first woman to hold the position of Executive Director at the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). She was formerly Director of Policy and Legislation at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Prior to her work at LULAC, Dr. Lemus was an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego. While at LULAC, Dr. Lemus founded the LULAC Democracy Initiative Voter Project, a national Hispanic civic participation campaign focused on voter education, registration and getoutthevote.
Currently, in her work at LCLAA, Dr. Lemus advocates for Latino workers and families, with a specific focus on issues related to globalization, trade, and immigration; U.S.Latin American relations, and ending border militarization and vigilantism among others. She is the founder of Latinos for a Secure Retirement a campaign to fight the privatization of Social Security and has begun groundbreaking work on universal health care reform; climate change and job growth.
Elected to the Senate in 2008, Senator Mark Leno represents the 3rd District, which includes Marin, portions of San Francisco and Sonoma Counties. He is the first openly gay man elected to the State Senate, and one of the first two openly gay men ever elected to the Assembly. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served six years in the State Assembly and four and a half years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. While in the Assembly, Leno fought for better schools and access to higher education, a cleaner and sustainable environment, single-payer universal affordable and quality health care, improved transportation, renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians. His AB 849 in 2005 and AB 43 in 2007 were the first two marriage equality bills passed by both houses of any state legislature in the United States allowing LGBT couples to marry. A native of Wisconsin, Leno attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, then went on to become valedictorian of his graduating class at the American College of Jerusalem, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree. Leno also spent two years in Rabbinical Studies at The Hebrew Union College in New York. He is the owner of Budget Signs, Inc., a small business he founded in 1978 and operated with his life partner, Douglas Jackson. Together, the two entrepreneurs steadily grew their sign business until Jackson passed away from complications relating to HIV/AIDS in 1990. This deep loss would not deter Leno. Instead, he redoubled his efforts in community service.
Camille Leon is the Founder and Executive Director of The Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC), an emerging national organization developed to bring the holistic business community together and to pool resources from holistic professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs and business owners. She has been featured in various media outlets, including the Holistic Success Show and the Santa Monica Observer. As a holistic entrepreneur herself, Camille believes in health and happiness for our planet and the people living here. She continues to learn and experiment with new business tools and techniques in order to save HCC members time and money, while helping them to focus their energy where it will be most effective. Pulling together twenty years of Public Relations and Promotions experience, her commitment and expertise will build the HCC and the holistic business community into a growing movement offering solutions to those who need them on an individual, local and national level.
Aya de Leon is the Director of June Jordan's Poetry for the People program, teaching poetry and spoken word at UC Berkeley. Her work has received acclaim in the Village Voice, Washington Post, American Theatre Magazine, and has been featured on Def Poetry, and in Essence Magazine. She was named best discovery in theater by the SF Chronicle for "Thieves in the Temple : The Reclaiming of Hip Hop," a solo show about fighting sexism and commercialism in hip hop. In 2004, she received a Goldie award from the SF Bay Guardian in spoken word for “Thieves…” and her subsequent show “Aya de Leon is Running for President.” She has also been voted "Slamminest Poet" in the East Bay Express. She is currently working on two novels: a New York feminist heist caper, and a spy novel where the FBI infiltrates an eco-racial justice organization in the Bay Area.
Annie has dedicated nearly two decades to investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. Prior to creating and releasing The Story of Stuff in December 2007, she worked with the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International. She currently serves on the boards of GAIA and Public Citizen, and has previously served on the boards of the Public Citizen, Grassroots Recycling Network, Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India and Greenpeace India. Annie’s first book—The Story of Stuff—was published by Free Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) in March 2010.
Leonard E. Robinson hosts a weekly talk radio show called “Going Green With EnviroBro” that broadcast on Sacramento radio station KDEE 97.5FM and streams world-wide on the internet at www.kdeefm.org. Mr. Robinson is the proud father of three children and a grandfather. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer combining environmental passion; business acumen and a sense of humor. He recently joined Strategic Counsel where he heads up the sustainability practice for the firm.
He previously was Acting Director for the Cal/EPA–Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) under the Governors Brown and Schwarzenegger administrations.
Prior to his state service, Mr. Robinson was the Environmental/Safety Manager at TAMCO Steel, California’s only steel mill. There he created a program that recycled used oil filters into steel reinforcing bar (rebar). He also started “Project Isaiah,” in which confiscated firearms delivered by southern California law enforcement agencies were also recycled into rebar.
Lerch is one of the founding partners of Caf
Peace Bees started as a 4-H project that grew into honey bee advocacy. Alex is a five-time 4-H County Grand Champion beekeeper. In 2007, she began visiting elementary classrooms teaching about honey bees, which led to her winning the 2007 Indiana Beekeepers Association Young Beekeeper of the Year. In 2009, the demand for Alex’s appearances grew far beyond her availability, so she put her curriculum materials on a website where teachers and beekeepers could access them. Alex’s efforts led to her receiving Indiana Lt. Governor’s 2010 Hoosier Rising Star Award and the 2010 Indiana AXA Equitable Achievement Scholarship; she reigned as the 2011 Indiana Honey Princess and finalist for the Gloria Barron prize for Young Heroes. Peace Bees has formed a partnership with The Unity Gardens of St. Joseph County (Indiana) to bring bees to urban gardens and provide classes. Alex is a sophomore Pre-Veterinary student at Purdue University.
Leson was born in Cologne Germany and came to California in 86 to get a doctorate in environmental science and Engineering from UCLA. He has more than 20 years of project experience in the fields of environmental technology and management, the sustainable use of renewable resources, such as industrial hemp, and in recent years in international development projects.
As Dr. Bronners Director of Special Operations, Leson coordinates the conversion of Dr. Bronners raw materials for soaps and cosmetics to sources that are certified as organic and fair trade. Initial projects include a coconut oil mill in Sri Lanka that purchases from familyowned estates, a smallholder project for palm oil in Ghana and close cooperation with Canaan Fair Trade, a company in the West Bank that purchases olive oil from more than 1500 smallholders organized in the Palestine Fair Trade Association. Project activities are diverse. They involve grower recruitment and certification, the selection of technology, construction, management of production teams and suppliers, development of organic fertilizer supplies and trying to find out whats fair? and what to do about it?