Green Festival Speakers
April Economides is the principal of Green Octopus Consulting, a sustainability firm that works at the intersection of local economic development and urban planning. April created and manages the City of Long Beach’s Bike Friendly Business District program and Bike Saturdays program in partnership with four business districts. She educates business leaders on the economic case for bicycling and advises them on placemaking projects, such as parklets. She organized the bike components for Long Beach’s 2011 PARK(ing) Day. An M.B.A. in Sustainable Management, she is a member of the Long Beach Chamber’s Green Business Council, helped write the City of Claremont’s Sustainable City Plan, and wrote climate action metrics for the City of Berkeley. She authored From Open Spaces to Vital Places, a paper about successful park management, and two traveling green museum exhibits, CSI: Crime Scene Insects and Glow: Living Lights. She and her daughter live without a car, commuting everywhere on their “bike limo,” or tag-along.