Bobby Gadda is a bicycle activist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He co-founded and is board president of CicLAvia, L.A.’s premiere car-free happening that started in Bogotá, Colombia, over 30 years ago. Bobby works at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) as program coordinator and volunteers at the Bicycle Kitchen community bike project. He is passionate about car-free living and believes that bicycles are a very practical and fun way to get around! Bobby lives in the Los Angeles Eco-Village intentional community and tends to his bees on the roof.
Gaddies is a respected community peace activist who founded Operation SaveaLife/The Peacemakers of San Francisco's Visitacion Valley, meeting every Friday on one of the most dangerous corners in the Southeast sector. The group believes in meeting people where they are, by any means necessary. They meet their communities with culture drums, singing, and spiritual or spoken word, while providing referral services, and grief and spiritual counseling. During their consistent presence between November 2003 and December 2006, the community felt safer and more and more neighbors showed up at the Friday night gatherings and monthly BBQs. Crime decreased 40% each year during this time.
Gaddies was awarded the 2004 Unsung Hero Award from the San Francisco Public Library for her activism and advocacy work in the community and in Sudan. Gaddies says that living in Southern Sudan for a month was a reality check spiritually and culturally. She felt her eyes truly open for the first time.
As a filmmaker, producer, songwriter, and a composer of movies and music, Gaddies is a renaissance woman who believes that the stories of Black folks should be filmed, directed, and produced by those in and beyond the struggle. She began her journey through the eye of a lens nine years ago and hasn't stopped. A survivor of domestic violence, she also became an advocate for peace and a health educator and conductor in prevention and intervention with regard to AfricanAmerican health disparities, violence as a health issue, and HIV/AIDS.
Gaddies is the producer of Conscious Eyes, a weekly TV show on Channel 29, as well as the host and DJ of ReggaeSoul Revolution, a weekly radio show on KPOO 89.5 FM. Her consistent visibility as a television producer and radio personality has been and continues to be a powerful tool for getting information into the community neighborhoods where it is so urgently needed.
Through his role as Director of Community Development, Aaron is responsible for recruiting businesses and organizations to be part of the Green Exchange community. Aaron creates and produces community events hosted at Green Exchange, and develops partner sponsorship opportunities which leverage the Green Exchange's highly visible location and engaged consumer base.
Aileen Gagney with the American Lung Association of the Northwest , has both a Masters Degree in Architecture and in Fine Arts, is Green AdvantageCertified and a Healthy Home Specialist. She is a former designer/general contractor and presently operates her own consulting business in Seattle. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington, at North Seattle Community College, a guest lecturer at both South Seattle Community College and at the National Sustainable Building Advisor Program.
Aileen is the Director of the Master Home Environmentalist© (MHE©) program, a program that assists families in improving indoor air quality in the home Since the programs inception in 1992, the MHE program has helped to make over 1500 homes, families and especially children, healthier. Aileen is the only MHE© Master Trainer and has successfully trained over 22 ALA affiliates, county health departments and other organizations in the MHE program. She is a Master Trainer in the Open Airways for Schools Program, a Certified Cultural Competency Trainer and a Certified Tools for Schools Trainer.
Aileen has presented the Master Home Environmentalist© Program at the Indoor Environmental Health and Technologies Conference in New Orleans, at the National Conference on Asthma in Washington, DC, at The Joint Conference on Health in Yakima, WA., at the Northwest Household Hazardous Waste Conference in Troutdale, OR., at the Washington State Environmental Health Association in Bellingham and most recently at HUDs Healthy Home Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a coauthor of Monitoring and Reducing Exposure of Infants to Pollutants presented at the ISEA National Conference in October 2004. Aileen is also responsible for codeveloping the Master Builders of King Countys Healthy Home Training for Building Professionals and the author of the Healthy Home Handbook.
Gaither is an environmental engineer with the Pollution Prevention Resource Center, a nonprofit working to reduce environmental impacts from industry and government.Gaither also volunteers with CoolMom's West Seattle chapter and a few other environment and service organizations.Gaither workson projects to reduce toxics, wastes, and energy and water use. In the toxics arena, Gaither conducts toxics footprints for industrial and residential settings, researches alternatives to the use of hazardous materials or products, and develops outreach regarding toxics reduction. Gaither is currently working toward certification in greenhouse gas accounting through the GHG Management Institute.Gaither also works fervently to implement recycling and composting programs where needed, including a successful recycling and composting program at her children's elementary school. Gaither holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Science.Gaither lives with her husband and children in West Seattle, WA.
Lara Galinsky is an author, speaker, expert on working on purpose, and senior Vice President of Echoing Green, a groundbreaking nonprofit organization with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.
She speaks and leads workshops at colleges, universities, corporations and nonprofits around the world. Two themes run through Lara’s career: helping individuals identify their unique role within the ecosystem of social change; and recognizing and championing promising social innovators working to solve the mostly deeply entrenched social, political and environmental problems of our time.
Lara began her career at Do Something, where she was a National Program Director. There, she worked with 20,000 educators and 4 million young people to organize service learning and community service projects. Lara also created Do Something’s BRICK Award (now called the Do Something Award) to celebrate and financially support the most outstanding young leaders in America generating community change with demonstrated impact.
After five years at Do Something, Lara moved to Echoing Green, the organization she now helps lead and for which she runs the day-to-day operations. Echoing Green is best known for its flagship Fellowship program, which has awarded over 500 emerging social entrepreneurs in over 40 countries with more than $30 million in seed funding over the last twenty-five years.
Most recently, Lara launched Echoing Green’s newest program, Work on Purpose, which inspires and equips the Millennial generation to build lives and careers that are both right for them and good for the world. She is the co-author of two books that have become cornerstones of the program: Work on Purpose (2011) and Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact (2007).
Lara sits on the advisory boards of the Lewis Institute at Babson College and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University. She received her Masters in Communications with honors from Columbia University and her Bachelors from Wesleyan University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Leadership Development Program at Columbia University, the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown, and was selected for CORO Leadership New York.
Mari Gallagher is President of Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Groupand the National Center for Public Research, both headquartered in Chicago. Mari authored "Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago," a breakthrough study that popularized the term “Food Desert” nationally in 2006 and encouraged Congressman Bobby Rush to enter “Food Desert” language into the Farm Bill (the report was updated with 2008, 2010, and 2011). Mari was the first to develop a block-by-block metric for “Food Deserts” and “Food Balance” linked with health measures and has since done similar work in Detroit, rural Michigan, Louisville, Harlem, Richmond, Savannah, Ohio, Washington DC, and many other locations. Mari is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. Mari’s work has been featured in many venues including CNN and recently a TED talk.
Gallegos works as a Naturalist for Seattle Parks during the day, but afterhours you can find her advocating for healthy communities with the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice Board. Currently working on Safe ports and healthy food access for citizens; CCEJ works to empower communities by providing training and support for grassroots efforts.
Christina Gallegos works as a Naturalist for Seattle Parks during the day, but after hours you can find her advocating for healthy communities with the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice Board. Currently working on Safe ports and healthy food access for citizens, CCEJ works to empower communities by providing training and support for grassroots efforts.
Amy Galper is the Founder of the award winning yoga-inspired organic mind-body-beauty brand, Buddha Nose. Buddha Nose products are currently sold in dozens of yoga and pilates studios world-wide and are well recognized for their unique aromatic blends and effective healing properties. Amy is also the founder of The Yoga Beauty Bar, an interactive pop-up shop that celebrates, educates and advocates for conscious beauty. She has consulted for The Yoga Journal, writing a few newsletter columns about Conscious Beauty and Wellness, and collaborates with several like-minded brands to create private labeled products. Amy is certified in Aromatic Plant Medicine and Shiatsu and maintains a private practice in New York City, where she also teaches workshops about Essential Oils and Home-Made Beauty. When she is not cooking up body care products in her kitchen in the Lower East Side, she is in upstate NY with her husband working on their off-the-grid cabin.
Carmen Gamper is founder of New Learning Culture Consulting and author of The Sacred Child Companion. She is an international advocate for innovative childcentered education and has developed simple guidelines to support parents and teachers in bringing more joy to learning. Carmen is part of a new European wave of enhanced Montessori teachers who also include elements from Waldorf, ReggioEmilia and the new sciences of epigenetics and neurocardiology. She cocreated two K8 private schools in Europe based on selfdirected learning within healthy boundaries. She offers monthly workshops in the San Francisco Bay area, and travels extensively with her work.
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has performed what he hopes was good, interesting, sincere music at many of the East Bay's venues for traditional music - the new Freight & Salvage, Hillside Club, Jazzschool, Julia Morgan Theater, Subterranean Arthouse, Ashkenaz, and UC Berkeley's Hertz Hall. Across the bay in SF, his appearances include at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, the ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, and at the SFJazz SummerFest, among others. His group "New Directions in Indian Classical Music" was commissioned in 2009 by the San Francisco Foundation, and he was one of the first artists-in-residence at the Red Poppy Art House. Gautam has guest taught Carnatic music for the Music of India courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, and has led workshops on singing and the aesthetics of Indian classical music at the SF Conservatory of Music, the Asian Art Museum (SF), and at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He is the founder and director of the Sangati Center, which has hosted more than 300 public chamber concerts of Indian classical music in the past six years.
Rob heads Pollinator Media Group, a full service production and consulting firm that he started in 2005. He was Executive Producer of the award -winning documentary “Trudell" which was featured in over 40 festivals in 2005 (including Sundance, Tribeca, Seattle and SilverDocs) and had a 60-city theatrical run in 2006. He also created and curated 'The Artfully Green Film Series'; two days of film programming for the award winning Earth Day Dallas in 2011 & 2012 which was attended by nearly 60,000 people, making it the second largest Earth Day Event in the Country 2 years in a row.
Ganger began his career in the event-marketing world, producing unique mega-events made for television, generally with a philanthropic purpose. He founded Mesh Inc. in 1995, producing the Bryant Gumbel/Walt Disney World Celebrity Golf Tournament (ESPN-TV), which net over $7 million for the United Negro College Fund over a six-year period. Mesh also produced the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Celebrity Golf Tournament in Los Angeles celebrating the 50th Year Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.
Pollinator Media has also worked within the fashion world creating EcoNouveau, a successful eco-fashion event that ran two years as part of LA Fashion Week held at Vibiana and LA M.O.C.A. He has worked on fundraisers for Stop Cancer, The Autism Coalition and National Urban League.
Rob has also served as a Contributing Editor for ORIGIN Magazine, an art and conscious lifestyle print publication.
Rob splits his time between Los Angeles and Dallas, TX.
Seven years ago Bob Garbowicz had 12 basil plants in his garden. He reaped a bountiful harvest that year and thanked God for the blessing. In the same breath he asked God what was he to do with all this basil. God told him to put it in olive oil and make pesto. He said, "I can do that!" For a year he tried different oils, cheeses, nuts, etc., until he achieved the original recipe with pine nuts. He went to bed that night and told his wife Cindy he was finished! She was happy he was done. He woke up the next morning and told Cindy he wasn't done. This product is not for everyone! There are people who cannot eat nuts, cheese, or tomatoes. He then had three more variations of the original recipe. Today Presto Pesto has eight different recipes with a ninth in the works.
With her partner, Garcia opened Chix, a green eatery using only allnatural and organic ingredients, composting 98% of their waste and supporting 100% wind energy.
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Gina Garcia works as the Residential Greening Program Director for Sustainable Works,a non-profit environmental education organization and a project of Community Partners. The mission of Sustainable Works is to foster a culture of sustainability in cities, colleges and businesses and accomplish this by providing hands-on, interactive and educational experiences, serving as a liaison between governments, institutions, businesses and individuals and fostering community development.Gina took over the position of Student Program Coordinator in the summer of 2009 and elevated the program to a record number of participants in her short tenure. In August 2010, Gina took the position of Residential Program Coordinator, which allows her to continue working in her Santa Monica community to bring issues of sustainability to the forefront. Gina received a BA in Theater from Montclair State College and a certification in Horticulture from UCLA.
Cristina Garcia is one of Southeast Los Angeles County’s biggest advocates for working families. In promoting ethical conduct in local and state government, she firmly believes that doing the right thing is worth the effort and that hard work pays off. Christina has also been a proponent for quality public education. As a professor, she is known as a tough, innovative and motivating educator. She has taught statistics at the University of Southern California (USC), Mathematics at Los Angeles City Community College, and has taught middle school and high school students through the Jaime Escalante Program at East Los Angeles Community College and Huntington Park High School.
Emmanuel Garcia is a Chicago journalist, activist and community organizer.
Ana leads Zero Waste implementation programs -- as well as communications, training & outreach -- in her role as a founding member-volunteer of the Beye Elementary Green Team. Ana has a vested interest in sustainable schools as well as green communities, and is a lead organizer of the annual One Earth Film Festival. She is digital marketing professional by trade. Ana and her husband Jim (and their 3 young children) recently underwent a green remodel of their 100-year-old Oak Park IL home, in which they installed a geothermal and a greywater system.
Garden for the Environment (GFE) maintains a nationally acclaimed one-acreurbandemonstration garden and offers environmental education programs about organic gardening,urbancompost systems and sustainable food systems. Since its founding in 1990, the garden has operated as a demonstration site for small-scaleurbanecological food production, organic gardening and low water-use landscaping.
Garden For the Environment’s teachers are local, Bay- Area experts offering their knowledge and experience to San Francisco residents on almost every Saturday of the year. Our workshops and classes are held in our demonstration garden and cover the wide spectrum ofurbanorganic gardening focusing on hands-on education.
Robert Gardner is both the "Local Beet" editor and publisher, and isone of the founding members of LTHForum.com. He loves to eat. He’s discovered that the way to eating bliss is by eating local. Beyond pleasing the palate, Gardner and his family have discovered many other benefits from eating local. About five years ago, he and his family entered a quest to eat (nearly) all of their food from the Upper Midwest, a food zone
Kathryn Gardow, owner of Gardow Consulting is a civil engineer and land use planner with over 30 years of experience advocating for a balanced approach to the competing uses between the natural, agricultural and developed worlds. Kathryn worked as a King County consultant during planning & development of Snoqualmie Ridge & Redmond Ridge communities and most recently worked at PCC Farmland Trust saving local organic farmland.
An entrepreneur and educator, K. WYKING GARRETT is the director of The UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, a community based, multi-faceted youth-centric cultural facility in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District focused on replacing negative culture with positive culture. The facility includes the audio recording and video production studios, library & reading room, fitness studio and Organic P.E.A.C.E. Garden. He is also founder and principal of Remix Marketing & Communications, LLC, a communications firm specializing in the areas of youth and cultural program development, urban marketing and event planning.
Mr. Garrity is an accomplished commercial composter who has worked on projects ranging from small backyard set-ups to large industrial operations.
Alicia Garza is the Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), a multiracial and intergenerational organization fighting poverty at the root in San Francisco and beyond. Alicia was a Lead Organizer and the Co-Director at POWER prior to being named Executive Director in 2012. She helped to launch POWER’s Bayview Hunters Point Organizing Project, an organizing initiative aimed at building a strong core of resistance in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point community to challenge gentrification and displacement. Alicia has organized in working class communities of color in the Bay Area for nearly ten years. In 2008, Alicia was named a Local Hero by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for her work fighting gentrification and environmental racism in one of San Francisco’s largest remaining Black communities. Alicia is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and has a dual degree in Sociology and Anthropology, and is pursuing a master’s degree at San Francisco State University in the Ethnic Studies Department. She sits on the Board of Directors for the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) in Oakland, California, and is an Advisory Board member for Asian Youth Promoting Leadership and Advocacy (AYPAL) in Oakland, California. She is also a contributing writer for WarTimes magazine.
Bernadette Morales Gaskin is Green America's senior database developer.
Russ Gaskin is Chief Business Officer of Green America, the nation's leading nonprofit voice on green business, green living and socially responsible investing. He is the former director of the Green Business Network, the world's oldest and largest network of green businesses and has worked with small businesses in accessing green markets for nearly twenty years.
Russ has served as a director and advisor for numerous beneficial ventures including eBay's WorldofGood.com, Good Housekeeping's Green Seal of Approval, and the STAR Community Index, a new sustainability standard for cities and towns. For five years, he managed the Social Investment Forum, a national trade association representing the socially responsible investing industry.
Russ also teaches social entrepreneurship, change interventions, and social innovation on the faculty of the master's in sustainable business and communities at Goddard College, the Kogod School of Business at American University, and the master's in organization development program at AU/NTL.
Gato is a free-form percussionist and hand drummer specializing in 'Spot-light' & 'accompaniment' with DJ/Electronic artists since December of 1996. He (Gato) has been adding an exciting marriage of Afro-cuban; Afro-brazilian; Jazz & Afro-funk beats and patterns, that creates a unique flavor of sounds and rhythms to help accent the essential timing and overall essence of House; Breakbeat; funk; and rare grooves. His many years with professional lighting and sound for stage and studio has given him a special approach to each and every performance.
Sarah came to Homegirl wanting to transform her life. She started in the kitchen and currently plays a leadership role in our urban farms. She is integral to planting and harvesting farm fresh produce for our daily operations. She is also applying her aesthetic abilities to the blooming floral arrangement business.
CatherineGeanuracos leverages technology and media to create global movements that respond to the most urgent social and environmental issues of our time. Her firm,New Economy Campaigns, provides digital strategy consulting for social value projects.New Economy is currently developing a climate-related youth engagement strategy for the Energy Foundation She developed the Power Rangers emPOWER children’s health and fitness program, and is currently building an arts engagement program for Paul Frank for Saban Brands. Catherine oversaw multiple components of Live Earth during three years as its General Manager, including program development, sustainability, interactive strategy, public relations, sponsorship management, and nonprofit and promotional partnerships.From 2004-2006, Catherine consulted forMoveOn.org Political Action, helping to shape innovative programs that used technology to fundamentally expanded opportunities for political engagement.She co-created YrMomma4Obama, was the founding CTO ofMomsRising.org and is a member of the advisory boards for Zimride/Carpool on Facebook, Social Media Week, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and CicLAvia.She serves asTechnologyandNewMediaAdvisor to Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti.Catherine developed leadership in social advocacy while completing her B.A. at Columbia College in New York City and her Master’s Degree in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.She lives in Los Angeles.
Dana Geffner has been working in the Fair Trade craft movement for over 10 years. She began as founder of Pachamama, A World of Artisans, an organization that educated consumers about the importance of Fair Trade and brought fairly traded handicrafts to the marketplace in the US. In 2008, Dana started Global Exchange's Wholesale Division working directly with over 30 producer groups located in 10 different countries helping to develop their crafts. Most recently she co-founded and is the Executive Director of the Fair World Project, an Organic Consumers Association project started in order to promote Fair Trade, insist on integrity in Fair Trade and cultivate a holistic approach to global economics. One of her missions is to support 100% dedicated Fair Trade brands in a movement that is growing and gaining corporate attention quickly. She started her Fair Trade career after traveling extensively through Central America and after working on community deve lopment projects in Nicaragua and Guatemala. She has held a nominated position on the Fair Trade Federation Board as well as the FTF Screening Committee. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Fundacion Tradiciones Mayas, a Guatemala foundation that provides social service and scholarships through the production of Fair Trade crafts.
CL Geiger is the founder and owner of a corporation named Your Residential Resource. It is the parent company to a national real estate company named Green Realty Parnters, a green construction and handyman business named Northshore Construction, a green building supply company named Green Builder Supply, and an ecofriendly home product store named Healthy Green and Smart. She is on the advisory board with the Infant Welfare Society, Habitat for Humanity, Evanston 4th of July Association, John G. Shedd Aquarium, and the Chicago Green Festival
Her background in business and passion for the environment led her to be the new MidWest director of the National Green Business Association.
CL lives in Wilmette with her husband and 4 children (ages 9,6,4 and 1). They are in the process of converting their new home into a Healthy Green Home.
Dan Geiger is the Executive Director of U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter, the largest USGBC Chapter in the
Jonathan L. Gelbard, Ph.D. is a rare combination of conservation scientist, sustainability expert and communication specialist. He is a top notch researcher, writer, speaker and educator who excels at serving as a bridge, applying the science underlying sustainability to develop cuttingedge business and conservation solutions. Dr. Gelbard teaches courses in the ecology and communication of sustainable business at UC Berkeley Extension, including a course exploring the real story behind green purchasing, starting January 18th at the Downtown Extension Center in San Francisco. His consulting firm, Conservation Value, Inc. has been serving business, landowner, agency, NGO and academic clients for more than fifteen years.
Smith is vice president at Woodstock Institute. He has testified before Congress and the Federal Reserve Board on predatory lending issues and community reinvestment policy.
Planktos CEO and chief scientist Russ George is a sailor, filmmaker and handson ecologist, who has organized and managed large environmental restoration projects for the Canadian and British Columbian governments. Russ has also manned the helm of the Rainbow Warrior on an early US voyage from Canada. His first ocean research trial for Planktos was conducted off the stern of the Ragland , Neil Young's 1913 Baltic schooner, and was covered by the British journal Nature and the BBC. In recent months he has given invited briefings on Ecorestoration, Climate Change and Plankton Power to the Vatican, the World Bank, Britain's Chief Scientist Sir David King, various EU governments and agencies, the international Electric Utilities Environmental Conference, and the US Naval Research Laboratory.
LinetteGeorgeis an Organizational Expert specializing in Workplace Productivity. She founded Get Organized byGeorge, Inc., in 2003 to help busy professionals get more done, in less time, with less stress.Linette’s ultimate goal is to help clients live and work better with less, and go green. Through individual consultations, and group trainings, she encourages clients to evaluate their counterproductive habits and suggests adopting more focused, efficient behaviors instead. Her background in psychology, education, and corporate training givesLinettea unique perspective on organizational behavior. She is skilled at recognizing the underlying causes of disorganization, and teaches clients how to make simple, yet profound, changes that allow them to become more focused, organized, and productive.Linette’s a Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified GO System Trainer, member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), Chair of the NAPO-Chicago Green Team, Member of Green America's Green Business Network™, and SCARCE Board Member.
Pagan George is on the Steering Committee of the South L.A. Food Co-Op. The South L.A. Food Co-Op is in the early stage of forming into a viable cooperatively organized business. The South L.A. Food Co-Op has numerous goals, including creating a source for natural, organic, non-GMO food in South Los Angeles. It also aims to become a retail food market that provides South Los Angeles and neighboring communities access to fresh, economical, organic and gourmet foods. The Co-Op also wants to empower the community through shared ownership, improved health, education and social engagement. And, it intends to practice, sustainability, Fair Trade, fair labor, and support of local agriculture.
Pagan is a therapeutic yoga teacher in the Iyengar tradition, a Qi gung teacher, life coach, and energetic healer. As a vegetarian for more 30 years, vegan for most of that time, and in the last ten years eating primarily raw foods, access to high quality organic food is essential to him. Pagan grew up in the Bronx, NY and Sunnyside Queens and lived the first half of his life in the Big City. He is currently exploring the trend of sustainable gardening and Permaculture, and learning how to grow food and nurture the soil.
After months of driving back and forth from their Arlington Park home to purchase natural food, Pagan and his fiancé Bahni sparked the idea to start a food co-op to feed, educate, heal and empower the South L.A. community.
Austin Texas based Artist, George Sabra, is an internationally recognized sculptor who has worked exclusively with reclaimed and discarded materials for twenty seven years. He strives to make peace with the environment through action and his works of art. He creates public sculptures that inspires the audience and invites them to consider the environmental issues.
Great things get better with time, an old saying Brennan Gerald learned at Maret High School in Washington DC. As a DC native, it was only right that he turned to his home town once he'd earned his collegiate bachelors degree in brand development/strategic marketing from The University of Delaware. Inspired to improve his health and overall energy, Brennan became vegetarian in 2008, soon followed by a transition to a completely plant based raw foods diet. His interest in healthy eating helped foster a new passion for making food that imparts wellness upon those who partake. As part of his goal to combat the staggering childhood obesity rate in DC, he founded Dffrnt Wrld Deli, a menu development, catering, and wellness coaching service that shows restaurants how to "green" up their menu with healthier plant based cuisine. His dream is to have more restaurants in DC offer vegan raw food options, this way people have healthy food options on a much larger consumable scale.
Adam Gerard is a sophomore at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. He became involved with the world’s first youth-led environmental nonprofit, Tree Musketeers, at the age of 10, andbecame its President at the age of 13. Adam also served as his school district’s representative on the City of Manhattan Beach’s inaugural Environmental Task Force, and was a panelist for the 2009 Los Angeles Environmental Youth Conference.He has interned for Congresswoman Jane Harman, State Senator Ted Lieu and Assembly member Betsy Butler, and happily lives the life of an avid environmentalist!
Graciela has been the Lead Organizer at SCOPE (Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) since 2007. SCOPE is an economic justice membership organization based in South Los Angeles founded in response to the civil unrest in 1992. Graciela coordinates a team of organizers, leads grassroots membership development and political education and helps develop and implement campaign strategies and alliance work. SCOPE combines community organizing with electoral power building strategies, grassroots leadership development, community grounded research and strategic alliances to address long term poverty and disenfranchisement of black and brown families in LA. In 2006, SCOPE convened the LA Apollo Alliance, a local coalition of over 25 community, labor and environmental groups working to revive the local economy and win policies to help build a new green economy for all Angelenos- one that creates a path out of poverty for inner city residents.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY Pacifica Radio. Tiokasin has been described as a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator. One reviewer called him a cultural resonator in the key of life.
Politics for the Lakota is spiritual and is not separate from the rest of life. Indigenous peoples are after an inclusive politics, an inclusive world. Tiokasin has had a long history in Indigenous rights activism and advocacy. He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. He has supported or participated in many of the major occupations including Wounded Knee, South Dakota, Lyle Point, Washington, Western Shoshone, Nevada, and Big Mountain, Arizona. Ever since his UN work, he has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (North America) and overseas about the importance of living with each other and with the earth.
He is a survivor of the Reign of Terror from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to kill the Indian and save the man.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is also a master musician and one of the great exponents of the ancient red cedar Lakota flute, and plays traditional and contemporary music, using both Indigenous and European instruments. He has been a major figure in preserving and reviving the cedar wood flute tradition and has combined spoken word and music in performances since childhood. Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the United Nations as well as at numerous universities and concert venues.
Scott Giacoppo joined the Washington Humane Society in November 2007 as Chief Programs Officer. In 2010 he was also named Vice President of External Affairs, making him responsible for the organization’s marketing and communications efforts. In his role Scott oversees the field officers for the District’s Animal Care & Control Department as well as the Humane Law Enforcement Officers who investigate animal cruelty. Scott also supervises the WHS Humane Education Department in addition to the organization’s advocacy and wildlife programs. Prior to coming to WHS he served as a special state police officer investigating animal cruelty, as well as Director of Public Relations and Deputy Director of Advocacy for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Boston. Scott is the proud human companion of two dogs and four wonderful cats.
In 1978, Lois Gibbs founded the Love Canal Homeowners’ Association, and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) in 1981. After discovering that her home and those of her neighbors sat beside 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals, she organized her neighbors to pressure the government to relocate over 800 families from the Love Canal toxic site. Since then, her vision has guided CHEJ’s efforts to provide critical organizing and technical assistance to other communities engaged in their own environmental struggles. Lois sits on numerous Boards and Advisory Committees. She is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate from SUNY at Cortland, New York, the 1990 Goldman Environmental Prize, the 1998 Heinz Award, and the 1999 John Gardner Leadership Award from Independent Sector. Lois has been recognized extensively for her critical role in the grassroots environmental health movement. 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.
Gilberto Gil carries out a fundamental role in the constant modernization process of Brazilian popular music. Partaking of this scene for 46 years, he has developed one of the most relevant and renown careers as a singer, composer and guitarplayer in this field. Gil has had his albums released abroad since 1978, the year of his successful performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, recorded live. Every year he tours Europe, North America, Latin America, and Japan with his contagious pop music spoken in Brazilian Portuguese, an international language and music with a strong rhythmic appeal and melodic richness, as mixed as its people.
Rhythms from the northeast of Brazil like the baiao, apart from samba and bossanova were fundamental in his formation. Using them as a starting point, Gil forged his own music to which he incorporated rock, reggae, funk and rhythms from Bahia such as afox
Ximena Gil grew up in the neighborhood that surrounds Debs Park. She started volunteering at the Audubon Center at Debs Park in 2006 and was hired as a summer intern after graduating from high school. Currently, Ximena works part-time at the Center, while attending college. Ximena plays a vital role facilitating educational programs while supporting our youth programming. Ximena is leading the Arroyo Green Team program that focuses getting local youth involved in conservation action projects in Debs Park. Ximena’s work is rooted in getting children from urban communities connected with the local natural world.
Nathan is responsible for all programmatic support in B Lab’s three core areas of activities: 1) certifying B Corporations using the B Impact Rating System, 2) advancing B Lab’s public policy work on Benefit Corporation Legislation, and 3) assisting in the development and implementation of the Global Impact Investing Ratings System (GIIRS). Nathan earned his BA in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University and MS in Nonprofit Management from Milano the New School of Management and Urban Policy. Throughout his tenure at Milano, Nathan held internships with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, the Institute of International Education, and a field placement in the Balkans with the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Prior to graduate school, he served in Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer. B Lab is a nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Executive director of Missoulabased Womens Voices for the Earth, Gilels spent years working to protect water quality and wilderness in the west from mining pollution.
Evan Gillespie is the Organizing Representative in Los Angeles for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. In that capacity, Evan coordinates a large grassroots campaign across the city to move the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power beyond coal by 2020. In the last ten years, the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign has successfully defeated proposals for 153 new coal-fired power plants around country while helping facilitate the transition of over 30,000 MW of existing coal-fired power to cleaner alternatives. Evan graduated from Bates College and has an M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard College.
Steve has been a paraprofessional in the classroom for five years. Steve does it all from assisting students with their involvement in classroom activities to personal care. Inspired by this experience, he is presently in a Special Education Masters program at St. Xavier University. He will be an excellent Special Education teacher.
Gills has pioneered the idea of Green Recovery, a concept that combines stewardship and restoration of blighted urban areas with an engaged dialogic process designed to restore the integrity of souls wounded by the crush of modern urban reality. His work incorporates the principles of sustainability, ecological design, environmental awareness and the greening of the inner spirit as critical aspects of the recovery and healing process.
For the past ten years, Gills, a certified anger management facilitator and a certified addiction specialist, has worked with people victimized by efforts at survival in our modern urban environment, including people who are homeless and those suffering from drug addiction and incarceration. He also serves as a surrogate male role model and mentor to young men growing up in these challenging urban environments.
During the same period, with a certificate in permaculture, he lived in an intentional urban environmental communitythe Los Angeles EcoVillage.
An active member of the antiwar and Black Student movements of the 1960s, Dedan, at the time, thought of himself as a revolutionary. He now likes to refer to himself as a soulutionary, which he defines as one who explores new paths by using the wisdom of the soul, guided by compassion and mercy instead of confrontation and dogma.
Dedan is a writer and poet and associate producer of Watts Up! a documentary film (in progress) about a young mans transformative journey.
He has traveled extensively and has participated in international conferences on conflict resolution, peace and global healing in Russia and Bali. He recently returned from a twomonth trip to West Africa, spending time in Ghana and Senegal as part of an ongoing exploration into the intergenerational impact of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade.
Dr. Gilman is a former astrophysicist; founder of Context Institute and its internationally acclaimed journal, In Context, A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture; 30year sustainability writer, futurist and activist; advisor to the American Institute of Architects; cofounder of the Global Ecovillage Network; Mayor Pro Tem in Langley, WA; and Board Member for the Association of Washington Cities.
Glaberson is the Executive Director of CoolMom. She transitioned from volunteer coordinator of the CoolMom's West Seattle community group to Executive Director of CoolMom in March 2009. Glaberson has worked over 10 years in the nonprofit sector. Glaberson's passion for the environment has been part of her life since childhood
Urban Air creator and LA-based sculptor Stephen Glassman first caught international attention in the early 1990's when he began creating freeform, large-scale bamboo installations in urban sites devastated by the Rodney King Riots, Malibu Fires and Northridge Quake. These works became local symbols of resiliency as well as a springboard for the permanent, monumental-scale public works he creates today – art for art’s sake in a social context. Stephen’s work has been published worldwide, and been awarded with an NEA / White House Millennium Fellowship, a Chrysler Design Award nomination, the London Int’l Creativity Award, and more.
Peter Glatzer is an independent film producer with six ﬁlms to his credit, including the Sundance hit THE GRAVE and the Tim Roth/Renee Zellweger thriller DECEIVER. He’s made films and created television shows for HBO, Miramax, Fox, MGM and Discovery. As an independent producer he is hands-on, guiding his projects from early development through marketing and sales.
Prior to producing, he was the executive director of The Hamptons Film Festival and the creator of the IFP Gotham Awards.
In 2009 he created and produced the TV show ALTER ECO with Adrian Grenier for Discovery’s Planet Green. Together with Grenier, Glatzer founded the digital media platform SHFT.COM, with a mission to nudge sustainable ideas and designs into pop culture through design, film, art and food. SHFT looks at environmentalism through a different lens, and strives to find creative, inspiring, market-driven solutions to climate change. The brand has attracted a dedicated audience, an arsenal of original and aggregated content, and a growing list of corporate partnerships including: the Ford Motor Company, AOL/Huffington Post, Virgin America, Stonyfield Farm, and Estée Lauder. Its board members include: Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Bill Ford. In its second year, SHFT won two Webby Awards for best website in its category, and a plethora of positive press.
Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC (www.livinghomes.net), a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating. Twelve LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum, making LivingHomes one of the most experienced builders of Platinum-level homes. Glenn is currently serving as a Judge for the US Energy Department's 2013 Solar Decathlon competition,www.solardecathlon.gov. Glenn was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year by Clean Tech Week; Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year by LA City Council/Faith2Green; and Greatest Person of the Day by Huffington Post.
Pamela Morejón de Glesne is the Online Managing Director at Voto Latino - a non-partisan civic engagement organization that is focused on bringing new voices into the political process. Pamela has 12 years of experience developing online and integrated marketing campaigns. While at Voto Latino, Pamela has led the development of innovative engagement strategies connecting on and offline communications. Much of her current focus is on developing technology for social media and mobile platform to target young Latinos. Prior to working at Voto Latino, Pamela was the Creative Director at Sí TV, where she led and co-created the award winning ‘Crash the Parties’ campaign — a user generated contest for young Latino journalists to report from the 2008 DNC and RNC. Pamela also created the award-winning site Tolerance.org for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Glidden is a founder of Sustainable Bellevue and a member of its coordinating committee.
Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. His film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to the cult classic Saw to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. He has also had success in the television arena, with a recurring role on the hit NBC drama series ER during the 2005 season and with a role on the popular ABC drama Brothers and Sisters.
Most recently, Glover completed filming the role of The President for the upcoming Sony Pictures action thriller 2012. He also recently completed work on Neil LaBute's dark comedy Death at a Funeral for Screen Gems, Honeydripper for director John Sayles, Be Kind, Rewind, costarring with Jack Black and Dear Alice. Glover appeared in the criticallyacclaimed feature Dreamgirls for director Bill Condon, costarring Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Beyonce. The Paramount Pictures film, based on the Tony Awardwinning musical, was released in 2006 and received two Academy Awards and additional honors. Also for Paramount he appeared in Shooter for director Antoine Fuqua, starring opposite Mark Wahlberg. A native of San Francisco, California, Glover earned a degree in Economics from San Francisco State University and also trained at the Black Actors' Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater. He started his acting career on the stage, appearing in numerous plays, including Athol Fugard's The Island and Sizwe Banzi is Dead. However, it was Glover's Broadway debut in Fugard's Master Harold...and the Boys that first brought the actor national recognition. It was after seeing his performance in Master Harold...and the Boys that film director Robert Benton cast Glover in his first leading role in 1984's Oscar
Scott Glumm isSocial Services/MDS Coordinator forMatherLifeways; a workshop facilitator/creator for CAPA, the Chicagoland Activity Professionals Association; and has a BA from Loyola University.
Chicago Author and Writer Alexandra Gnoske has always had a passion for wildlife and nature. With degrees in Wildlife Biology and Environmental Law she brings conservation into everything she does. Currently she is inspiring kids to be environmental responsible in a fun and engaging way with her program 'How to Be a Superhero for Planet Earth!'
Combining vibrant images, linguistic brilliance, hiphop rhythms, and unflappable honesty, the work of Rha Goddess artist/social activist is legendary. Her work has been internationally featured in several compilations, anthologies, forums and festivals. Rhas debut project, Soulah Vibe, received rave industry reviews from Ms. Magazine, The Source, XXL, Interview, among many others..Time Magazine called it ..one of the years coolest records.
As Founder and CEO of Divine Dime Entertainment, Ltd., she was one of the first women in Hip Hop to create, independently market and commercially distribute her own music world wide. In May 2000, Essence Magazine recognized Rha as one of 30 Women to Watch in the new millennium. In 2002, BAMs prestigious Next Wave festivals NextNext series, chose her as one of six artists deemed to be influential in the next decade.
Her activist work includes Cofounding the Sista II Sista Freedom School for Young Women of Color, and being the former International Spokeswoman for the Universal Zulu Nation. Rha has also been an encore featured keynote in the Women ; Power Summit at Omega Institute along with Iyanla Vanzant, Eve Ensler, Anita Hill, and Eileen Fisher, Jane Fonda, Alice Walker, and Marion Woodman. Rhas current projects include being the Founder and Project Director of The Next Wave of Women ; Power/We Got Issues! and working on a modern trilogy entitled, Meditations With The Goddess. LOW Part I of the Meditations Trilogy premiered at the 2006 Humana Festival for New American Plays.
Rhett Godfrey's classes integrate cooking, music, fantasy adventure, and Central Park to bring complex sciences and naturalist skills to life. He has been teaching at Wingspan for over two years. Rhett is studied in a diversity of natural and physical sciences and is presently the Manager of Sustainability at the organic apparel company, Loomstate LLC
Catherine Godschalk is a Capitalization Associate and Emerging Markets Loan Officer for the SelfHelp Ventures Fund. In these two roles, Catherine works on both sides of SelfHelps New Markets Tax Credit program with investors to secure both debt and equity investments for the program and with the Commercial Lending team to lend SelfHelps NMTC capital to eligible borrowers.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Columbia University and a Masters of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two young children.
Frank Golbeck is an entrepreneur who spreads the magic of quality mead throughout SoCal. Frank was educated at UC Berkeley, where he brewed his first batch of mead for his friends in his housing co-op (Davis House!). After graduating, he drove ships for the US Navy. He finished his time with the Navy to make his home region more joyful and abundant, so he started Golden Coast Mead in 2010 with two close friends. Since then he's been keeping bees, crafting mead and sharing the Mirth! He leads the San Diego County Slow Money SoCal team and has an awesome wife and a laughing daughter. He hopes you find what you're passionate about, share it with the world and celebrate the beauty of it all with a glass of what he likes to call liquid sunshine, or Golden Coast Mead. Woo hoo! To life!
Lane Gold is a Los Angeles-based vegan chef who believes the food you eat can and should be healthy, sustainable and delicious. As a personal chef and catering business owner, she has served conscientious meals all over Southern California to a widely varied clientele from inner-city children to rock stars. Her specialty is homestyle vegan food from creamy mac and "cheese" to spicy pad Thai wraps, with an emphasis on seasonal and local foods. Lane is the author of Vegan Junk Food 225 Sinful Snacks That Are Good For The Soul No Meat, No Dairy, Lots Of Love.
Marian Goldberg maintains a private teaching practice in the Washington area. Marian began studying the Alexander Technique in 1978. She has been teaching the Technique since 1983 and is certified by both the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), UK, and the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Marian has also been certified as a Feldenkrais® Practitioner and has trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
KC Golden oversees the Policy Leadership Program for Climate Solutions. From 1999 to 2002, KC was a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives. In that capacity he helped to engineer Seattle City Light's commitment to become the nation's first climate neutral electric power utility and the City's commitment to exceed the goals of the Kyoto protocol. KC was formerly Assistant Director of Washington's Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, where he directed the Energy Division and the state's energy policy office. From 1989 to 1995, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.
Matt Golden is the cofounder and president of Recurve, formerly Sustainable Spaces, which provides a single fullservice resource and a brand homeowners can trust to help them improve the comfort, health, and efficiency of their home. Since its inception, Recurve has gone on to receive venture capital in order to develop a software suite which enables contractors to more easily conduct audits and complete onsite calculations. Matt was previously president of Efficiency First, a national organization representing America's home performance workforce that is dedicated to retrofitting America's homes, building the industry infrastructure to create jobs, and reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and dependence on foreign oil. He currently resides on the following boards: Department of Energy (DOE) Home Performance Council, Building Performance Institute (BPI), California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA), Build It Green, and Fine Home Building Magazine Green Building Advisory Board. Matt earned his B.A. from Georgetown University in foreign relations.Matt Golden is the cofounder and president of Recurve, formerly Sustainable Spaces, which provides a single fullservice resource and a brand homeowners can trust to help them improve the comfort, health, and efficiency of their home. Since its inception, Recurve has gone on to receive venture capital in order to develop a software suite which enables contractors to more easily conduct audits and complete onsite calculations. Matt was previously president of Efficiency First, a national organization representing America's home performance workforce that is dedicated to retrofitting America's homes, building the industry infrastructure to create jobs, and reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and dependence on foreign oil. He currently resides on the following boards: Department of Energy (DOE) Home Performance Council, Building Performance Institute (BPI), California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA), Build It Green, and Fine Home Building Magazine Green Building Advisory Board. Matt earned his B.A. from Georgetown University in foreign relations.
Kazuko Golden, business development account manager of retail, wine, spirits and flowers at Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA), will present information about the efforts Fair Trade USA has made to certify wine as one of its newest certified categories. Golden has been the wine and spirits accounts manager since the inception of Fair Trade wine in 2008. In the past year, in addition to managing wine, she launched Fair Trade alcoholic spirits (Vodka and liqueurs) as an additional Fair Trade Certified category. Prior to working at Fair Trade USA, Golden worked at REI as the Berkeley store Visual Merchandiser, in Japan as an assistant English teacher and at the President Jimmy Carter Center on the Atlanta Project.
Zelig is a founding co-director of Wilderness Torah, which awakens and celebrates the earth-based traditions of Judaism. A Maggid (itinerant Jewish teacher), wilderness guide, youth mentor, and environmental attorney, Zelig brings 15 years of visionary leadership to the Jewish environmental movement. To help reweave the fabric of multi-generational community and reconnect Judaism to its indigenous roots, Zelig develops and guides Wilderness Torah’s land-based pilgrimage festivals, nature-based rites of passage, and nature-based Jewish spirituality. Zelig derives much inspiration from his years as a Colorado Outward Bound instructor, an Alaskan back country park ranger and a life-long explorer of wild places. Until recently, he worked as an environmental attorney for the Center for Food Safety to protect our food and farms. Zelig holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law, a B.S. in ecology from the University of Washington, and was ordained as a Maggid by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, the father of the Jewish renewal movement.
Jay’s journey into storytelling began on the road from Kathmandu to Cusco, where he found a passion for sharing stories, person to person, with those he met along the way.
Jay’s travels took him to San Francisco in 1995, where he dove into digital storytelling, helping found Learn2.com, which Yahoo called ‘The Most Useful Site on the Web.’ In the years to come, Jay would create animated stories for clients such as Levi Strauss, Participant Media and NRDC, including some of the first major label music videos and viral videos driving action around social issues.
Then one morning, as Jay rushed out the door on a deadline, his three-year old son stopped him. “Daddy,” he said, “Do you love what you do?” Right then, frozen in the moment, Jay realized he had in fact left behind what he truly loved: sharing stories, person to person, with those he met along the way. And so Jay co-founded Wakingstar, whose mission is to craft stories that shape the world.
EnergySavvy CEO, Aaron Goldfeder, is responsible for the overall strategy and growth of EnergySavvy. Aaron serves on the BPI HPXML technical working group and the Efficiency First technology committee. As an author and speaker, Aaron is increasingly recognized as a leader in delivering energy efficiency. He is a former Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft, where he was a key leader on Internet Explorer, Windows XP, Local Search and a Microsoft Internal Cloud Services Platform. Aaron holds six patents, loves to snowboard and to eat Asian food. Aaron earned a MS and BS in mathematics from the University of Washington and Florida, respectively.
Currently Earthjustices vice president of litigation, Goldman has led its Pacific Northwest office as managing attorney in efforts to protect the spectacular Pacific Northwest environment.
Jeff Goldman, Executive Director, joined FTRN in January 2009. He has fortunately received directions, cultural insights, and genuine kindness from countless locals while working & backpacking in 54 countries across six continents. Just prior to joining FTRN, he served as Executive Director of Mango Tree, a socially responsible business designing & producing low-literacy communication materials in Uganda. He was first introduced to Fair Trade while working as a Membership & Development Coordinator at Co-op America (now Green America). He has led service learning & personal growth trips for groups of secondary school students to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cuba, Thailand, Australia, and Hawaii. He taught English in China, environmental science in Bolivia, and social studies at two Washington, DC high schools. For five years he led experiential education programs for students at Close Up in Washington, DC, by guiding week-long government & politics education tours. He earned an M.S. in Energy and Environmental Policy from MIT, and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He loves health food, digital photography, playing tennis & adventuring in nature.
Seth Goldman is President and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the company he co-founded in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management, which was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company in March 2011. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. Over the past fifteen years the company has thrived as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets. Mission in a Bottle, the Story of Honest Tea, written by Seth and Barry, will be published by Crown Business Books in September, 2013.
Billy Linstead Goldsmith, National Coordinator, came to Fair Trade Towns USA from a seven year career in the grassroots environmental movement. As a Staff & Outreach Director with Clean Water Action, he recruited, trained and developed hundreds of grassroots organizers and facilitated campaigns on national, statewide, and local campaigns. He has mobilized fence-line communities, organized public hearings and other local actions to hold polluters accountable. Upon traveling with his wife, Rachel to Venezuela in 2006, Billy was inspired to focus his career on international justice and has embraced the opportunity to participate in the Fair Trade movement.
An eco-entrepreneur for the last 24 years, way before it was ever cool, Jeff is an Honours Graduate of the Ivey School of Business.
He is the Co-Founder and President of Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. , which is active in the research, development and sales of recycling agricultural wheat straw fibres into tree-free chlorine-free sulfur-free paper (www.stepforwardpaper.com).
Jeff has had, and continues to have, many lives.
He’s created things. He was the founder of Winnipeg’s Blue Box curbside recycling program, 20 years ago, as well as Pulse Furniture, a custom furniture manufacturer that creates sweat shop free furniture in Canada, for clients all over North America. (www.pulsestyle.com)
He’s philanthropic. Jeff is the Founder and Volunteer President of Green Kids Inc., an environmental education touring theatre charity for Children which has inspired over 1 million students in 1,000 + schools since 1991. (www.greenkids.com).
He’s been an event organizer. Over the years Earthday, Donald Trump, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. David Suzuki have been featured.
He’s won awards: The Federal Business Development Bank’s Entrepreneur of the Year, The Sustainable Development Award of Excellence, Western Living’s Westexpressed and the Silver Lining Award.
He practices what he preaches (although he would never preach, really). He has infectious, boundless energy derived from his low impact lifestyle, large world view, active days and dietary choices.
Jeff is the creator & face of The Cool Vegetarian which can be found atwww.thecoolvegetarian.com
Rosa González is a lifelong educator, a visual and performing artist, as well as the Director of Education and Outreach at Green For All. She teaches yoga and meditation through through the Art of Living foundation and is dedicated to cultivating personal and collective liberation in all she does.
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Nayelli Gonzalez is a senior strategist at Saatchi & Saatchi S, a global sustainability consulting and communications firm that promotes sustainability through purpose-driven strategy, engagement, and communications programs. Using a combination of smart strategy and creative storytelling, Nayelli has worked with Fortune 100 companies to propel innovation, create organizational change, inspire and engage employees, and enhance customer loyalty.
When Nayelli is not making sustainability irresistible within the business world, she writes for a variety of blogs, including the Saatchi S blog and Triple Pundit. Nayelli is also the author of the Saatchi & Saatchi S White Paper, "The Myth of the Sleeping Giant: Latinos and Sustainability in the U.S." The paper provides a primer on how to understand Latino consumers and connect with them through corporate sustainability initiatives to drive business value.
Nayelli holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management, as well as an MA in Education from Stanford University, and a BA in History and BS in Journalism from Boston University.
Amy Goodman is an awardwinning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host of Democracy Now! airing on more than 1,000 public television/radio stations worldwide. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize for developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media. The Independent of London named Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! an inspiration. Pulsemedia.org placed Goodman at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures.
Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. She coauthored the bestsellers, Standing Up to the Madness and The Exception to the Rulers, with her brother, journalist David Goodman.
Nichole directs policy for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado; policies which promote the triple bottom line and advance sustainability. Her background includes extensive public policy work for statebased and national grassroots organizations; including coordinating a statewide campaign to facilitate voter education and increase public participation in the political process regarding land use and development in Colorado. Her career also includes several business development and marketing positions in the finance industry where she gained valuable experience in the business sector. Nichole devotes much of her free time to volunteering for organizations which share her passion for preserving the economic, social and environmental prosperity of Colorado. At the University of Colorado Boulder, she earned her BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on decision making, planning and public policy.
A lover of science, nature, and public health - That is how anyone can describe Cecelia. After earning a Masters of Public Health degree, she worked in social services for nearly a decade but was so unhappy until she stumbled upon a love of organic chemistry: soap making and eventually lotion. After several years, her company Just Peachy Organic Health Maintenance & Gifts, LLC can be found in nine (and counting) retail outlets and is thriving. The philosophy of Just Peachy Organics is to "Live Free, Fresh, and Organic." What she wants most is for people to live in harmony with the environment and only put on your skin what is edible for your mouth.
Alejandra Gordoa, como parte de Sage Wellness, siempre ha liderado proyectos sociales, educativos y culturales para el Mercado Hispano, incluyendo “Todo es Mejor en Familia”, “Bichos y Plantas” e “Imaginantes”. Antes de ser parte de Sage Wellness, trabajó para el conglomerado en medios más prestigiados en México y América Latina, Televisa. Ganadora de premios de publicidad y medios incluyendo Copa Televisa, Caracol de Plata y participante de TEDxDF. Alejandra está apasionada por la educación y por cómo ayudar a otros a mejorar sus vidas y asiste al Institute for Integrative Nutrition para convertirse en AADP Health Counselor Certificada.
Alejandra nació en México, pero actualmente reside en Los Ángeles, California.
Sage Wellness es laúnicaempresa establecida en Los Ángeles que trabajapor el bienestar delos empleados, concentrada en cultivar unambiente de trabajo más saludable. Independiemente del tamaño, estructura o tipo deindustria, cada compañíaprospera cuando sus empleados se sienten más saludables.
Clay Gordon (clay [at] claygordon.com) is an internationally recognized independent authority on chocolate.A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD, BFA, Photo), Clay is a serial entrepreneur, veteran of more than a half–dozen high–tech startups, and a small business owner for more than a dozen years.
Since 2001, Clay has combined his passion for chocolate, his understanding of digital technologies, his experience with cacao and chocolate from the farm to consumers’ mouths, and his abilities as a writer and storyteller to educate people around the world about cacao, chocolate, and pairing. He has produced and delivered hundreds of chocolate tasting and “sophisticated pairings” (which can include chocolate, wine, spirits, craft beers, cheeses, charcuterie, and more) since 2001 for private clients (including the New York chapter ofLes Dames d’Escoffier hosted at Harriet Lembeck’s school of wine), at major international chocolate conferences, and also as an adjunct faculty member in NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where he hosted a popular series of wine and chocolate pairing classes in conjunction with the James Beard Society in 2008/09.
Clay is also active as a consultant working with chocolate makers and confectioners in the areas of product development, marketing and market positioning, equipment and ingredient sourcing, facilities design, distribution, and related business challenges.
Clay Gordon is the author of Discover Chocolate (Gotham Books, 2007), is the creator and moderator ofTheChocolateLife.com, an on-line community for chocophiles and aspiring chocophiles, and is the driving force behindTheChocolateChronicles.com, a new motivational/inspirational site/newsletter that chronicles the efforts of people all over the world who make a difference - with and through chocolate.
Joshua Gorman is a writer, organizer, facilitator, and the Coordinator of Generation Waking Up, a campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just sustainable world. He studied 'Global Youth & Social Change' at George Mason University, sits on the board of TakingItGlobal-US, and supports youth-led projects around the world. He is passionate about education, youth development, contemporary rites of passage, story, culture, music, and the power of collaborating across generations. He currently lives in Oakland, California where he is working on a book about how the Millennial Generation is remaking our world in the 21st century.
Richie Gosha' is the CEO of BLANK TEA Organic & Sustainable Tea Infused Beverage Co. Richie is a visionary, an entrepreneur of food and beverage businesses, an artist, photographer and web designer. He is based in Oakland, CA.
Govero lost her mom when she was seven and never knew her dad. At once this little girl turned adult and was in charge of the little family nucleus of her little brother and blind grandmother. She had to drop out of school and beg for work, getting a bowl of peanuts a day.
At the age of 12, she learned how to farm mushrooms on leaves, cut grass, water hyacinth, pulp and dead tree branches, converting biomass into food. Govero appeared to have golden fingers and had the chance assist her adoptive mom in the tissue culture lab learning how to propagate mushrooms.
Equipped with field experience and the science, Govero simplified mushroom farming for villagers, in general, and girls at risk in particular. She is spearheading the program Orphan Teaches Orphans, providing food security through the Pulp to Protein Initiative of the ZERI Foundation.
Julia Govis has nearly 30 years of experience in the agricultural arena. She has owned and operated two small farms in Illinois and has worked on other farm operations, in both livestock and food production. In 2007, she managed and certified an organic farm in Three Oaks, MI and has created and maintained urban growing plots in the City of Chicago. Having authored the book, Who's Poisoning Our Children?, Govis has become very wellacquainted with the government entities involved in the farming industry. As a mother of four and former Montessori teacher, she understands the importance of providing children with healthy, fresh food and thus, she is a leader of the Illinois Farms to School Task Force. Govis is licensed to inspect organic farms and organic livestock operations. Govis coordinates the integration of organic and environmental record keeping and is currently evaluating the application of organic standards in the urban environment.
John de Graaf has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for over 25 years as an independent producer of television documentaries with a special focus on the environment. More than 15 of his programs have been broadcast in Prime Time nationally on PBS. He is also the recipient of more than 100 regional, national and international awards for filmmaking. He produced the following popular PBS specials: "What's the Economy For, Anyway?" that challenged the ways we measure economic successl; "Running Out of Time," an examination of over-work and time pressure in America; and "Affluenza," a humorous critique of American consumerism. He directed and wrote "Buyer Be Fair: The Promise of Product Certification." John was the first recipient of the de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, now presented annually in his name at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California, and is a co-founder of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival.
Dr. Grady is a boardcertified Urologist who received his undergraduate medical training from the University of Michigan. He completed a Urology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, a research fellowship in the section of cellmediated immunology at the National Institutes of Health, and a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Washington where he is now an Associate Professor in Urology. Dr. Grady heads the clinical research program and is fellowship program director at Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Grady is a board member of National Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Washington PSR, and cochair of the Environment and Human Health subcommittee of WPSR. Dr. Grady has talked about the issue of environmental xenobiotics to both lay and professional audiences locally and nationally.
Laura R. Graham is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa. Her current research focuses on politics of indigenous representation to broad publics and focuses on indigenous peoples of lowland South America, specifically Xavante of central Brazil and Wayuu of Venezuela and Colombia. She is interested in notions of cultural consciousness, cultural and intellectual property, and representations of indigeneity in politics and advocacy, indigenous media and human rights. Her work promotes engaged ethnography and participant advocacy.
Melissa Graham, a former attorney, is the founding Executive Director of Purple Asparagus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to educating families about all things associated with good eating, eating that's good for the body and the planet. Though its Delicious Nutritious Adventures program, Purple Asparagus has taught thousands of parents and children about healthful, sustainable eating in schools, community centers, and farmers' markets throughout Chicago and the suburbs.
Melissa speaks and writes regularly on child nutrition and sustainability both in the Chicago community and online, blogging atLittle Locavores, as The Sustainable Cook on The Local Beet, and as a regular contributor to Kiwi Magazine’s KiwiLog and Williams-Sonoma’s Blender blog. In recognition of her contributions to the Chicago community, the Chicago Tribune awarded her a 2011 Good Eating Award, an honor previously bestowed to Rick Bayless, Alinea chef Grant Achatz, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Melissa resides in Chicago with her husband, Mike, and 8-year old son, Thor, in a rowhouse built in 1896.
Thor Graham (also known as the Little Spear) is a food-loving 2nd grader, who likes to frequent Chicago's farmers' markets and order blood sausage at respected Chicago restaurants. Thor loves geography, math, and sports, and can often be seen wearing English and Spanish League soccer jerseys. He also enjoys playing his electric bass, studying maps on the computer and playing with his dog, Beckham.
David Graham-Caso works as a Deputy Press Secretary for the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the country. In this role, David manages the strategic communications and media relations for the Sierra Club's wildly successful Beyond Coal campaign in the Western United States, as well as the Sierra Club’s messaging and communications work regarding clean energy development across the country. Though most of his time is spent working on coal and clean energy-related issues, David also works on a variety of other Sierra Club efforts. He was dispatched to the Gulf Coast shortly after the BP Disaster began in 2010 to manage the Sierra Club's on-the-ground media relations efforts surrounding the response to the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history; and he managed and coordinated statewide communications for the Sierra Club's nationally-recognized "No on Proposition 23" effort during the fall 2010 election cycle.
In addition to his work with the Sierra Club, David serves as the President of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats, a Director on the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters Board, a Partner for the Truman National Security Project and a member of the New Leaders Council’s Los Angeles Advisory Board.
As a founding member and volunteer on Beye Elementary's Green team, Bethany Graham-Colber provides both leadership for Beye's Green Ambassador program, and co-leadership for projects involving vermicomposting, green education and Zero Waste grant implementation. By profession, Graham-Colber is a learning disabilities specialist (Northwestern Univ, MA in Learning Disabilities) and has a private practice in
Oscar Grande is a Community Organizer with People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER), a community-based membership organization working with Latino immigrant families in the Mission and Excelsior Districts of San Francisco. For more than a decade, he has organized local residents to resist a legacy of environmental racism, unhealthy urban development and failed trickle-down economic schemes. His leadership skills and political vision have helped lead bottom-up strategies that have resulted in equitable distribution of public investments, strong social policies and the increase of grassroots political power for working people in San Francisco. Oscar Grande is the son of blue-collar, Salvadoran immigrants who settled in San Francisco in the late sixties in search of economic opportunities. Born and raised in the multi-ethnic immigrant neighborhoods of the Excelsior and Mission Districts, Oscar and his wife Cynthia are raising their four kids in the community where they live, work and play.