S.O.S. Juice is a solar powered juice and smoothie bar that will serve organic, locally-grown,seasonal juice and smoothies to uplift the health of our communities.In January 2012, SOS Juice began a monthly live juice, urban art, and health education forum atUnited Roots, Oakland. S.O.S (System out of Our System) Juice is Earth Amplified’s monthly community event that educates participants on the benefits of juicing and healthy lifestyles. It provides pathways for its attendees to create healthy lifestyles via the direct consumption of live juice from fresh fruits and vegetables, conscious urban culture, and the awareness of themselves as beings connected to the Earth.
Emma Saal's positive energy encourages her students to cultivate a practice that is personal and nourishing while exploring their edge, and her laid-back vibe allows one listen to their inner-teacher learning to accept from a place of gratitude. She believes the body has profound inner intelligence that we access during yoga practice to bring us self-awareness and comprehension that ultimately reveals our true core…pure love.
John Sacelli is the author of The AngeLynx Oracle and Angelish Dictionary, the founder of CHI KA GO, and a long-time alternative practitioner in
AlisonSaffoldis the Director of Communications for the Chicago Climate Action Plan, the City of Chicago's blueprint for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.
Carl Safina is a prominent ecologist and marine conservationist and president ofBlue Ocean Institute, an environmental organization based in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. He has also been a recreational fisherman since childhood. “I love the hunt and know the thrill of the kill,” Safina told William J. Broad for theNew York Times(September 22, 1998). “But I’m not sure we should be doing it. They [the fish] need a break.” After reaching the conclusion that, if overfishing were to continue at the current rate, entire populations of fish might cease to exist, Safina became an advocate for the very creatures he grew up hunting.
A winner of the prestigious Pew Fellowship, MacArthur Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship, Safina has written five books—Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas;Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival;Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur;Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue;The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, and due out in April of 2011,A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. Safina’s new TV series, Saving the Ocean, premiered on PBS in April 2011.Check local listings.
Carl Safina was born on May 23, 1955 into a middle-class Italian American family in the Ridgewood section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. His father, a schoolteacher, raised canaries, and in second grade, Safina began breeding pigeons in the family’s backyard. When he was 10 the Safinas moved to Syosset, New York, a short distance from Long Island Sound, off the north shore of the island, where Carl and his father often went fishing for bass. As a teenager Safina played the drums in various jazz and rock bands. (He worked his way through college by entertaining at private parties and weddings in the New York metropolitan area.) When a classmate from Syosset High School recruited him to help with a bird-banding survey on Fire Island, off the south shore of Long Island, Safina’s love for wild birds, or “living jewels,” as he has called them, was ignited. He attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, where he earned a B.A. degree in environmental science in 1977. He then trained hawks and worked briefly with falcons for the Peregrine Fund, a nonprofit organization. He also investigated suspected illegal toxic dumping sites for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He next entered a graduate program in ecology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey; he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ecology in 1981 and 1987, respectively.
Beginning in 1979 Safina had also worked for the National Audubon Society, primarily studying hawks and seabirds. While observing foraging terns in the waters around Long Island for his doctoral degree, he noticed declines in creatures that shared the terns’ realm–striped bass, tuna, marlin, sharks, and other fish, as well as sea turtles. Safina began to think that fish needed just as much protection as the birds he had been studying. “People never thought of fish as wildlife,” he told Joe Haberstroh forNewsday (June 19, 2002). “They just thought fish was something that wound up in the fish store, or on a plate in a restaurant.” One day in 1989, while he was fishing in the Atlantic Ocean about 50 miles off the coast of Fire Island, he noticed some fishermen catching “ridiculous amounts” of bluefin tuna, as he recalled to William J. Broad. “Somebody got on the radio and said, ‘Guys, maybe we should leave some for tomorrow,’” he told Broad. “Another guy came on and said, ‘Hey, they didn’t leave any buffalo for me.’” That offhand comment affected Safina profoundly: he realized that, through overfishing, entire species of fish could literally vanish. He began referring to global overfishing as “the last buffalo hunt.”
In 1990 Safina founded the Living Oceans Program at the National Audubon Society, where he served for a decade as vice president for ocean conservation. Concurrently, from 1991 to 1994, he served on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to which he was appointed by the secretary of commerce. In 2003 he co-founded and became president ofBlue Ocean Institute, an organization dedicated to inspiring among humans a closer relationship with the sea and helping more people realize its power and beauty. The Institute is designed to inspire, rather than demand, conservation by using science, art and literature to build a “sea ethic” and a greater appreciation for the oceans and their inhabitants.
Safina’s first book,Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas, was published in 1998 to rave reviews. In it Safina described his travels with high-seas fish and fishermen; in the salmon rivers, forests, and coasts of North America’s Northwest; and among the coral reefs of the tropical Western Pacific Ocean. He also recounted his experiences with individuals whose work might destroy or preserve those locales. The book was praised for its readability, poetic descriptions of the sea, and heartfelt pleas for conservation. It was named aNew York Times Notable Book of the Year and aLibrary Journal Best Science Book, and won aLos Angeles Times award for nonfiction and theLannan Literary Award for nonfiction. According to Contemporary Authors (1999), Richard Ellis characterized Safina for theLos Angeles Times Book Review as “an ecologist with the soul of a poet” and Song for the Blue Ocean “a frightening, important book.”
Despite the attention he devoted to fish in his previous book, Safina did not forget his first love, birds. In an article forTime Magazine’s Earth Day edition (April/May 2000), he considered the plight of the albatross, writing, “Like the albatross, we need the seas more than the seas need us. Will we understand this well enough to reap all the riches a little restraint, cooperation, and compassion will bring?” His next book,Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival (2002), followed a Laysan albatross, which he named Amelia, throughout one breeding season, detailing both the dangers Amelia and her kin faced and the remarkable feats they accomplished, such as living for up to 60 years and flying, as individuals, millions of miles in total. In a review forAmerican Scientist (July 1, 2002), David Blockstein called the book “an honest first-person account of field biology in action.” “Thought-provoking, witty and beautifully written,” Blockstein wrote, “the book recounts dramatic adventures (both human and avian), philosophically explores life and death, and chronicles the relationship between humans and nature.” In 2003Eye of the Albatrosswon theJohn Burroughs Medal, which has been awarded annually since 1926 to works that combine scientific accuracy, descriptions of fieldwork, and creative natural-history writing.Eye of the Albatross also garnered the inauguralNational Academies Communication Award for explaining a scientific topic to the general public better than any other book published that year.
Safina has engaged in many successful conservation efforts. He has helped ban high-seas driftnets and overhaul federal fisheries laws in the U.S., and has persuaded fishermen to call for and abide by international agreements to restore depleted populations of tuna, sharks, and other fish, as well as creatures that constitute bycatch or bykill (marine life unintentionally captured by fishermen), such as dolphins and sea turtles. In 1995 he was a force behind the passage of a new fisheries treaty through the United Nations, and in 1996 the U.S. Congress incorporated some of his ideas in theSustainable Fisheries Act, which required rebuilding of marine-life populations depleted by fishing. In the late 1990s Safina also raised awareness of declining shark populations, and by 1998, in the absence of an official recovery plan, he and other activists had succeeded in persuading several prominent restaurateurs in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C., to remove swordfish from their menus. “Everyone has to be part of the solution. There’s little use in commercial and recreational fishers pointing fingers at each other,” Safina said in an article forAScribe Newswire (August 26, 2004). “Commercial fishing is not all bad and recreational fishing is not all good. A fish doesn’t care if you are a commercial or a recreational fisherman. It only cares if it surrounded by water—or on ice.”
In 2000 Safina won aJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly known as the “genius” grant. He used the prize money, which was distributed over the course of five years, to fund his research and the travel it entailed. His other honors include theInternational Game Fish Association Conservation Award, thePew Charitable Trust’s Scholar’s Award in Conservation and the Environment, theAmerican Fisheries Society’s Carl R. Sullivan Conservation Award, and recognition from Rutgers University as the most distinguished alumnus to graduate from the ecology and evolution program. He has received honorary doctorates from Long Island University and SUNY.Audubon Magazine named him one of the top 100 conservationists of the 20th century, and theWorld Wildlife Fund named him a senior fellow in its Marine Conservation Program. Safina is a visiting fellow at Yale University, an adjunct professor atSUNY–Stony Brook, and an elected member ofThe Explorers Club. In addition to his books, Safina has written upwards of 100 articles for scientific and popular journals. Seizing every opportunity to enlighten the public about the continuing dangers to marine wildlife, he also lectures. He appeared on theBill Moyers PBS special Earth on the Edge (2002). “I predict that over the next few years,” he wrote inScience and Technology (Summer 2003), “consumer education will become the largest area of growth and change in the toolbox of ocean conservation strategy.”
Safina is greatly concerned, as he toldCurrent Biography, with the “embattlement of reason and science.” He believes “that information must be conveyed in the context of values, and that we must reinvigorate veneration of reason and fuse it with a renewed quest toward truly traditional values of peace, compassion, generosity of spirit, and love.” Although he is not religious in the conventional sense, he finds spirituality in nature and the creatures he studies.
Safina lives in Amagansett, on Long Island, with Patricia Paladines and her daughter Alexandra. They have several pets, including a rescue dog, a king snake, a rose-haired tarantula, a rabbit, and a goldfish. Like his work, Safina’s leisure activities take him outdoors; besides fishing, he enjoys snorkeling, scuba diving, clamming, kayaking, and bird watching.
Upon leaving her village in the Andes at age 17 in search of a better life, Evangelina Pizarro found a job in a jewelry factory in Lima and worked nearly 80 hours a week (earning only $115 a month). She was raising two children alone and was locked in the factory each day until the managers decided it was okay for the workers to go home. Evangelina had no choice when she could leave to care for her children or when she would get paid which was often not for 6 months at a time.
After seven monotonous years in the factory, Evangelina decided that she deserved better. She convinced several other workers to break off and form their own business. Their first attempt failed and most of them ended up back in factory jobs. But shortly thereafter, Evangelina heard about a Fair Trade project in Peru and went to see if she could be involved. Evangelina and her colleagues formed Munay Rumi and after a year spent working on design and improving the samples theyd originally showed, they produced their first jewelry items for export.
Sala has been a prosecutor and public speaker for more 15 years. She is currently the Community Court prosecutor for the Seattle City Attorneys Office, a problemsolving court designed to reduce recidivism by connecting nonviolent offenders with various social service agencies to address homelessness, poverty and isolation. This is a pilot program wherein Salas role is to screen individuals for eligibility, ensure offenders are held accountable for their criminal behavior and engage in program planning and development.
Sala previously worked as community prosecutor assisting community members in their efforts to address chronic public safety concerns within their neighborhood. In this capacity, she developed creative problemsolving solutions and partnered with various businesses, government agencies and law enforcement to implement action plans. She also created and conducted public training workshops that empowered residents to become more involved with their community.
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence, Sala has undertaken a lifetime commitment towards the support and empowerment of victims of criminal behavior. She is a charismatic individual who has spent 20 years working with various therapeutic modalities in order to better articulate the complications of victimization and trauma to the larger community. Sala has an extensive history working with and speaking on behalf of victims through her work as a prosecutor and volunteer with various restorative justice organizations. She is a dynamic speaker and can effectively communicate the subtle nuances surrounding the short and longterm effects of sexual abuse, violence and childhood emotional trauma.
Sala has a BA in humanities from LeMoyneOwen College, a historically black college in Memphis, TN.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: JOEL F. SALATIN
Joel Salatin, 51, is a fulltime farmer in Virginias Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm fulltime in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents ideas.
The farm services more than 2,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 30 restaurants through onfarm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, foragebased rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing.
He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as STOCKMAN GRASS FARMER, ACRES USA, and AMERICAN AGRICULTURALIST.
The familys farm, Polyface Inc. (The Farm of Many Faces) has been featured in SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, GOURMET and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his afterbroadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller OMNIVORES DILEMMA by food writer guru Michael Pollan.
A soughtafter conference speaker, he addresses a wide range of issues, from creating the farm your children will want to making a white collar salary from a pleasant life in the country. A wordsmith, he describes his occupation as mobstocking hervbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization. His humorous and convictionbased speeches are akin to theatrical performances, often receiving standing ovations.
He has authored six books, four of them howto types: PASTURED POULTRY PROFITS: Net $25,000 in 6 months on 20 Acres, SALAD BAR BEEF, YOU CAN FARM: The Entrepreneurs Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise, and FAMILY FRIENDLY FARMING: A MultiGenerational HomeBased Business Testament, and HOLY COWS AND HOG HEAVEN: The Food Buyers Guide to Farm Friendly Food. His most recent release, EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO IS ILLEGAL: War Stories from the Local Food Front, explains the hurdles and opportunities facing local food systems.
His speaking and writing reflect dirtunderthefingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.
His mother Lucille, wife Teresa, daughter Rachel, son Daniel, daughterinlaw Sheri, grandsons Travis and Andrew, and granddaughter Lauryn, work fulltime together on the family farm.
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Promoting food production that is environmentally, emotionally and economically enhancing for both producer and consumer, Joel Salatin is a third generation clean food farmer. His presentations about the familys 550acre Virginia farm often receive standing ovations.
Author of five books, magazine columnist, and wordsmith, Salatin describes his diverse farm enterprises with earcatching phrases: salad bar beef, pastured poultry, pigaerator pork, foragebased rabbits, and feathernet eggs. What he calls relationship marketing to 500 families and 30 restaurant cheerleader patrons gives his farm, Polyface Inc., retail dollars for everything produced.
Although his message is a decidedly positive one, it draws clear distinctions between food produced in inhumane, factory farms and food produced in pasturebased, animalfriendly farms.
His presentations carry several themes: let animals do the work, value adding through marketing, diversity and multipleuse, reverencing the pigness of a pig, and animals eating their salad bar. Woven throughout his talk is a strong consumer thrust for responsible food buying: one bite at a time, each of us creates the landscapes our grandchildren will inherit.
A truly innovative farmer, he has received numerous conservation awards. Featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, and Gourmet, the farm attracts visitors from around the world to view its animalfriendly, pasturebased, environmentallysound, nutrientdense, entrepreneurial production and marketing models. His mother, Lucille, wife Teresa, daughter Rachel, son Daniel, daughterinlaw Sheri, and grandson Travis, work fulltime together on the family farm.
Dennis is president and co-founder with his wife and partner Lenora of Salazar Packaging, Inc. where they provide custom eco friendly packaging solutions. They also offer stock green packaging products through www.GlobeGuardProducts.com which was the first internet store featuring all eco-friendly packaging supplies. Most recently they launched www.ReusablePackagingOptions.com which features innovative products such as their Globe Guard® Reusable Box and Globe Guard® Reusable Box Sealer™.
Dennis is also the founding member of Green Packaging Group which features products and advice from six different leading sustainable packaging companies. In addition, Dennis is a prolific writer and his work has appeared in several packaging, numerous green blogs including his own blog, Inside Sustainable Packaging, which is highly regarded by the green community as well as the packaging industry
In October of 2010 Salazar Packaging was named the preferred packaging supplier to Green America’s Green Business Network in 2011 their Globe Guard product line was qualified by Delta-Institute for points used in LEED certification.
Leila is the Program Director at Amazon Watch overseeing its programs and campaigns to defend the Amazon and advance indigenous rights. She has over 15 years of experience working on international campaigns to defend the world's rainforests, in particular in the Amazon and Indonesia. Previously she was the Director of Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign and the coordinator of Amazon Watch's Clean Up Ecuador Campaign. She has also worked as an organizer at Global Exchange, an international human rights organization, and is a graduate of Green Corps, the training school for environmental leaders. She is a native Spanish speaker and a proud mother of two.
Claudia Salerno Caldera is the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Before her appointment to this post by President Hugo Chavez earlier this year, she led the International Cooperation Office at the Ministry of People's Power for the Environment. As Venezuela's chief climate negotiator, she is most wellknown for her intervention in the Copenhagen climate summit (COP 16) where she protested the imposition of the Copenhagen Accord by a small group of developed countries, after it became clear that they would only have a few minutes to vote on the accord that had been decided upon behind closed doors in the middle of the night without input from the majority of countries, or inclusion of the previous work done by the climate working groups at the UN. She also serves as the director of International Institutions at the Multilateral and Integration Affairs Office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela. She is a long time environmentalist and holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law.
Dirk Sampselle is Founder of B Revolution Consulting, a benefit corporation consulting firm which structures, funds, and markets B Corporations. Dirk is an expert in the benefit corporation legal entity and strategy for mission-driven enterprises. He is a former member of the B Lab public policy team, and is one of the three principal authors of the Benefit Corporation White Paper, the legislative memorandum that is used to educate legislators on the benefit corporation legal form and facilitate legislative adoption by the States. Presently, he is co-authoring two law review articles, each of which focus on legal strategy for social enterprises.
He is a Dean’s Scholar Juris Doctorate and MBA Candidate at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, where he will also receive a Certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible Business. Prior to attending graduate school, Dirk founded Citizens for Social Justice, a 501(c)3 which provides transitional housing and educational rehabilitation services to the homeless population of Gainesville, FL.
Julie Sanches, a volunteer for Hostelling International, gives presentations and workshops to the DC community on World Travel and how to be a respectful traveler. Having been to over 50 countries, Julie is keen to open the minds and hearts of Americans to venture out, explore and embrace other cultures all while reducing their individual footprint.
With a deep knowledge in sales, advertising and marketing and having the experience of knowing how to take a business from concept to market David joined with Charles Feit to help successfully launch OnForce Solar.
Headquartered in Bronx, NY., OnForce Solar started out with 2 employees installing solar pool systems and today employs over 20 people designing, financing and building large commercial solar projects in the tri-state area.
Prior to joining OnForce Solar, David was V.P of Sales for The Media Power Group introducing new carrier-agnostic mobile application to advertisers. In 2005 David was head of sales and marketing for a new herb-infused vodka opening a new category in the spirit industry.
David started his career working in the advertising industry Directing TV commercials with advertising agencies for national brands such as McDonald’s, Wells Fargo and AT&T.
David graduated from Adelphi University with a business degree.
Richard has been in the specialty coffee industry for the past 7 years and currently helps develop transparent supply chains between coffee companies and coffee farmers and farm workers at Fair Trade USA. In that time, he has been fortunate to explore the world of specialty coffee in both coffee growing and consuming countries. He has had the pleasure of working with coffee farmers in Rwanda and Nicaragua and has served you coffee throughout the Bay Area.
Over the past few years, he has become an active member in the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Barista Guild of America. He has lived in both Japan and Russia, where he studied both languages and their respective coffee cultures. When not working in coffee, you can find him riding his beloved Single Speed, studying Japanese and Spanish and trying to master his girlfriend’s Organic Miso Soup recipe.
Santistevan is from Taos, New Mexico and is currently engaged in a Ph.D. program in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico. Most recently, he worked as Project Director for the New Mexico Acequia Association. Acequias are communally managed irrigation ditches that have served as local democracies for several centuries in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. With the NMAA, Miguel coordinated the Sembrando Semillas, a youth project created to inspire and facilitate the coming of the next generation of irrigators and local agricultural activists. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UNM and a Master of Science in Agriculture Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Miguel is a certified science teacher for grades 712 and has taught Permaculture Design with the Traditional Native American Farmers Association. He maintains a seed saving and experimental farm operation in Taos, continues as a mentor with Sembrando Semillas, and produces a monthly radio show about acequia culture called Que Vivan las Acequias! For more information about these projects or to download the radio show, visit www.lasacequias.org.
Vanessa Santos is a Project Designer and a recent graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with her Master in Landscape Architecture. She worked in garden design and maintenance with Campion Walker Garden Design in Venice, CA before joining the residential team at Mia Lehrer + Associates. Her passion in gardening is focused on habitat creation, sustainable climate-adapted planting and quiet beauty.
Mia Lehrer + Associates is internationally recognized for its progressive landscape design and development of a wide spectrum of ambitious public and private projects that include urban revitalization developments, large urban parks, and complex commercial projects. Founder Mia Lehrer’s advocacy for urban ecology and people-friendly public space is a driving force behind all the firm’s projects, along with a great appreciation for community input. The highly experienced, engaged and creative team prides itself on reaching out to stakeholders for their thoughts and ideas about projects that affect their neighborhoods and their lives. Lehrer believes that great landscape design coupled with sustainability has the power to enhance the livability and quality of life in our cities, and in doing so, improve by great measure the quality of our environment.
A McGill University alumni from Montreal, Canada, Sunny is now a graduate student in the Department of Engineering and Computing Sciences at the New York Institute of Technology. Her work includes being the energy analyst and data manager for the Long Island Carbon Footprint Project.Sunny’s field of study includes environmental engineering, renewable energy, energy policy, carbon accounting, and, of course, sustainability.
In January of 2013, when Sara Moulton kicks off her third season as host of public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” it will be the latest milestone in a storied career that stretches back more than 30 years. As a protégée of Julia Child, founder of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, executive chef of Gourmetmagazine, Food Editor of ABC-TV’s ”Good Morning America,” and the host of several popular shows on the Food Network during that channel’s first decade, the diminutive chef has made her mark over and over again. A teacher at heart, Sara’s mission has remained the same for decades: to help the home cook get dinner on the table.
Sara Harris is host and senior producer of Hear in the City: radio realities from the urban landscape (broadcast on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles). An audio artist and radio journalist with 15 years experience in Los Angeles and Mexico, Sara brings a strong commitment to issues of urban environment, education, public wellness, and social equality to the forefront of the media conversation. Sara’s radio stories have been featured on Marketplace, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Studio 360, The Next Big Thing, Living on Earth, BBC’s The World, and Mexico’s IMER national network.
Sara is co-founder of the urban sound-mapping project: RadioSonideros. Sara launched the Los Angeles Bureau of Youth Radio in 2003 and founded the AudioPostales cross-border youth radio project. She holds an M.A. in Specialized Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and continues teach radio and multimedia journalism to teens with award-winning, nonprofit The HeArt Project.
Stacie-Saraswati Dooreck is a Certified Gentle Integral Yoga Instructor, Certified Sivananda Hatha Yoga Instructor Since 1995, and a Certified Kundalini teacher, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her classes. Stacie used chair yoga while healing from an illness and continues to share with others the benefits of chair yoga. In 2011 she was featured on CBS Ch. 4 News Healthwatch teaching "Yoga for Seniors". In addition, Stacie is a Certified Fall Prevention Trainer for seniors and trained as an Enhanced Fitness Instructor (evidence based chair exercises and fitness for seniors including cardio, strength training and stretching). She created and leads SunLight Chair Yoga Teacher Trainings in the US and Bahamas ashrams and yoga studios, which includes a 100+ pg teaching manual.
Sass Brown is the Assistant Dean of the School of Art and Design for the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the former Resident Director of their study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection. As a researcher, writer, journalist and blogger, her area of expertise is eco fashion, in all of its different expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. Her first book, Eco Fashion, showcases some of the best expressions of eco fashion around the world. Her website and blog features eco fashion designer overviews, resources and an eco fashion calendar. www.ecofashiontalk.com
Six years ago, Saulter exchanged her car keys for a bus pass. Though she originally gave up driving out of concern about the detrimental effects of car culture on the environment (global warming, pollution and deforestation, to name a few), the decision has profoundly and positively changed her life. Now married with a young daughter, she is more committed than ever to her choice. Saulter and her family love getting around by busnot just because of their concern for the planet or the physical and financial benefits of riding transit, but also because it's fun. Saulter writes the blog Bus Chick, Transit Authority for The Seattle PostIntelligencer, in which she chronicles her experiences as a person who visits gas stations only for restroom emergencies. Her work includes practical advice about how to get around the city without a car and observations about buses and the people who ride them. She's currently working on book, entitled Rules of the Ride: A Transit Rider's Bible, a howto/whyto handbook about transit culture and carfree living.
A fulltime mom, an environmentalist, and a former National Park Service ranger, Savedge is author of The Green Parent: A KidFriendly Guide to EarthFriendly Living.
Levana Saxon is an organizer and educator with Practicing Freedom, using participatory action research, popular education, theater and creative action to generate collaborative community-led change with schools and non-profits including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Movement Strategy Center. She also organizes, writes and choreographs flash mobs with the What Rhymes With Capitalism? Flash Mob Collective, best known for their "I Will Survive Capitalism." As a teenager she built giant puppets and performed with Art and Revolution and facilitated Theater of the Oppressed public interactive performances. Later she taught Ecopedagogy, an arts-based form of popular education for ecological justice at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. As Education Coordinator with Rainforest Action Network, she trained for arts based actions with communities across the country, and developed curriculum about climate change. She has a Masters in Education in Participatory Theater from S.F. State University.
Raphael Sbarge is an actor, writer, teacher and producer but most importantly a father to two small children, who inspired him to do something, however small, to make a difference to the world they will inherit.
As an actor he began at the age of four on Sesame Street, but grew up back stage in costume shops or in rehersal rooms with parents also in the business. He has extensive Broadway, off Broadway and region theater credits, but is known for work in films like Risky Business, My Science Projet, Independence Day, Pearl Harbor, over 30 in all. On television he has appeared on many, many shows including 3 seasons of The Guaridan, TV movies such as Billionaire Boys Club, Introducing Dorthy Dandridge, A Street Car Named Desire, among others.
Raphael is extremely gratified to be introducing the Green Wish™ program along with so many other extraordinary people.
Ashley Schaeffer is the Rainforest Agribusiness Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network. Born and raised in Mendocino County, Ashley Schaeffer comes from a family of solar energy pioneers. A lifelong vegetarian and passionate animal rights activist, she is fiercely committed to halting industrial expansion of oil palm plantations to ensure that orangutans don't become extinct. Before joining RAN in 2009, Ashley worked on social and environmental justice campaigns across the country with Amazon Watch, Green Corps, and finally Greenpeace for several years. Prior to her organizing career she worked for the World Learning Institute in Ecuador.
Ethan Schaffer is the co-founder of GrowFood.org , an international nonprofit dedicated to training a new generation of organic farmers. The organization has grown into a network of over 2,100 farms in 57 countries where people can work and learn. In 2009, Grow Food launched Viva Farms, a 33 acre farm incubator located one hour north of Seattle in the Skagit Valley. Ethan was a recipient of the Brower Youth Award, a top national honor for young environmental leaders. He survived lymphoma cancer when he was 15 years old.
Mark Schapiro is editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. He has written extensively on foreign affairs and his work has appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and other publications, and he has reported stories for Frontline, NOW with Bill Moyers, and American Publice Media's Marketplace.
Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, the founding chair of the Presencing Institute, and a founding member of the MIT Green Hub. Scharmer has consulted with global companies, international institutions, and governments in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has codesigned and delivered awardwinning business leadership programs for client firms including Daimler, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fujitsu, and Google. He also facilitates crosssector programs for leaders in business, government, and civil society that focus on building peoples collective capacity to achieve profound innovation and change.
Scharmer holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from WittenHerdecke University in Germany. He introduced the theoretical framework and practice called presencing in his book Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges (2007), and in Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society (2005), coauthored with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers. With his colleagues, Scharmer has used presencing to facilitate profound innovation and change processes both within companies and across societal systems. More information about Scharmer and his work can be found at: www.presencing.com
Scheer is foremost a connector. With broad experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, he loves to think strategically about how to create the spaces where communities grow and thrive. Scheer excels at building, extending and utilizing networks by utilizing social marketing, creating buzz and working to identify and build upon areas of shared interest across diverse groups of people.
Scheer is founder and managing director of ReVision Labs, a Seattlebased consultancy working to harness the power of business to build a vibrant and sustainable world. He is also founder and executive director of Seattle Greendrinks, a nonprofit working to connect people around environmental issues.
Previously Scheer worked in operations at Zipcar (formerly Flexcar), where he was particularly proud of his successful work serving lowincome populations, and his accomplishments as general manager for Zipcar in the Southern California market. In his college studies, he maintained a consistent bridge focus with music and political science, environmental studies and public policy. He has worked, traveled and studied in New Zealand, Japan, England and Brazil.
Schendler is executive director of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. Previously a research associate in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute, Auden has been a trailer insulator, burger flipper, ambulance medic, Outward Bound instructor, high school math and English teacher, freelance writer and Forest Service goose nest island builder.
An avid outdoorsman, Schendler has climbed Denali, North America's highest peak, and kayaked the Grand Canyon in winter. His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, The Los Angeles Times, Rock and Ice and Salon.com, among others.
A LEEDaccredited professional, Schendler was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine in 2006, and in 2007 he testified to Congress on the impact of climate change on public lands.
He lives in Basalt, CO with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias.
Karen Schiff is cofounder of Ecobunga!, an online directory listing hundreds of green giveaways and deals with over 10,000 ecoconscious shoppers on their newsletter, Facebook, RSS, and Twitter feeds. Ecobunga! launched in 2008 and is a Green America approved business.Schiff is responsible for content and marketing and has reviewed thousands of green promotions, screening each to ensure that the listing is truly a green, genuine deal. She and her business partner launched Ecobunga! In response to research which showed cost as the top impediment to people buying green
Author, chef, food product creator and former restauranteur, Miyoko Schinner has created and promoted healthful, vegetarian/vegan cuisine for 30 years. She is the author of three vegan cookbooks and has written for numerous publications. Her products and unique approach to vegan cuisine have been featured in numerous publications, television and radio shows, including the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Newsweek, New York Post, ABC World News Tonight, NPR’s Marketplace and California Report. She teaches cooking in the McDougall Program and has created a whimsical WebTV show called Miyoko's Kitchen. She is currently writing a vegan cheese book, slated for publication in March 2012. Miyoko's Cooking Show www.miyokoskitchen.com Miyoko's blog http://veganmanifesto.com/
Mark Schlosberg is the national organizing director, and is responsible for developing strategies for Food ; Water Watch's national campaigns and managing the organizing department. For over fifteen years, Mark has developed and carried out organizing and advocacy campaigns on a wide range of environmental, racial justice, and civil liberties issues. At Food ; Water Watch since 2008, Mark was previously western regional director and is based in San Francisco. Before joining Food ; Water Watch, Mark worked as a policy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California where he authored numerous reports and lead campaigns on issues ranging from civilian oversight of the police to government surveillance and privacy. Mark has a J.D. from New York University and a B.A. in economics from University of California at Berkeley.
Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Feminist.com, a leading women’s website and nonprofit organization. For over fifteen years, Feminist.com has been fostering awareness, education, and activism for people all across the world. Marianne is also the cofounder of EcoMall.com, one of the oldest environmental websites promoting earth-friendly living.
Marianne has worked for many media outlets and publications. Her interviews with well-known individuals appear at Feminist.com as well as in publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, In Style, The Huffington Post, the Women's Media Center, and many others. Marianne does a monthly radio commentary for WAMC's nationally syndicated show "51% The Women’s Perspective," which is carried nationally on NPR, ABC and Armed Forces Radio stations. Marianne graduated from Cornell University in 1989 with a BA in English and is also a graduate of the Women's Media Center's 2011 Progressive Women's Voices media and leadership training. She also consults regularly with non-profits and activists on optimizing their online presence.
Marianne was a contributor to Robin Morgan’s anthology Sisterhood is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for a New Millennium, co-writing (with Amy Richards) the chapter titled "Cyberfeminism: Networking on the Net." Her new book, based on her interviews with a variety of well-known women, is titled "Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice". Through her writings, interviews and websites, Marianne strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes.
Scholz is vice president for Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, a Portlandbased conservation organization committed to strengthening communities and the environment from Alaska to California.
Rachel is an artist, activist and educator currently working with the NYC campaign for domestic worker's rights, Occupy Wall Street, and 350.org- the global grassroots climate change resistance network! She teaches "eco-art" and textile classes with Wingspan Arts.
A staff scientist for Washington Toxics Coalition, Schreder leads her organizations work on agriculture and provides scientific support for all of their campaigns.
Don Schrider is a poultry aficionado, authoring many articles on breeding and raising chickens that have appeared in such publications as Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, Chickens, Countryside and Small Stock Journal, and Poultry Press, as well as authoring the Chicken Assessment for Improving Production materials of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC). Don is a master breeder of Brown Leghorn and Buckeye chickens. He designed and implemented the ALBC's Buckeye Chicken Recovery Project, which has resulted in the significant rise of Buckeyes that meet the APA Standard of Perfection for phenotype and production attributes.
Steve Schueth (pronounced “sheeth”) is President of First Affirmative Financial Network, an independent Colorado-based registered investment advisor that offers portfolio management services for socially conscious individuals and mission-driven institutional investors. He leads the team that produces the premier annual sustainable, responsible, impact investing conference, SRI in the Rockies. Having been focused on financial services in one form or another for over 30 years, Mr. Schueth has been a nationally recognized authority, consultant, and resource to the SRI industry since 1989. His background includes twelve years with First Affirmative, eight years in senior management with Calvert Investments, eleven years as a director of the Social Investment Forum, and three years as Director of Development at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Schueth serves as a director of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation.
Brent Schulkin is the founder of the Carrotmob movement. In a Carrotmob campaign, businesses compete to determine how socially responsible they can be, and a network of consumers spends money to support the winner. It’s essentially the opposite of a boycott. Since orchestrating the first ever Carrotmob campaign in 2008, he has built a non-profit organization to support Carrotmob organizers around the world. Thus far, over 120 campaigns have been organized. Carrotmob is currently working on expanding their network to include some of the largest companies in the world.
Bryony Schwan is the executive director and cofounder of The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the new science of biomimicry. Bryony is also an affiliate faculty member at the University of Montana where she teaches in the environmental studies program.Prior to that Bryony worked for 11 years as the executive director and then as the national campaigns director for Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) a nonprofit environmental justice organization that she founded in 1995. WVE works on the links between toxic pollution and women's and children's health. From 2001 to 2004, Bryony cofounded and coordinated Coming Clean, a national alliance of health and environmental groups. She was also a cofounder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.Bryony has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Natal in South Africa and an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Montana. Bryony's work has taken her around the world from speaking on chemical policy in Europe to lobbying at the United Nations Treaty Negotiations on Eliminating Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in South Africa. She has received several awards for her work including an AWR Conservation Award, the Len and Sandy Sargent Award for Environmental Activism and Montana's Jeannette Rankin Peacemaker of the Year Award (2002).Bryony is also the founder of the Women's Institute for Leadership Development in Women (WILD Women) and the Young Women's Outdoor Leadership Project (now called GUTS! Girls Using Their Strengths). Bryony coproduces In Other Words, a weekly feminist radio show on Montana Public Radio and in 2008 was executive producer of Ask the Planet, a multiaward winning children's biomimicry music album.Bryony Schwan is the executive director and cofounder of The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the new science of biomimicry. Bryony is also an affiliate faculty member at the University of Montana where she teaches in the environmental studies program.
Prior to that Bryony worked for 11 years as the executive director and then as the national campaigns director for Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) a nonprofit environmental justice organization that she founded in 1995. WVE works on the links between toxic pollution and women's and children's health. From 2001 to 2004, Bryony cofounded and coordinated Coming Clean, a national alliance of health and environmental groups. She was also a cofounder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Bryony has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Natal in South Africa and an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Montana. Bryony's work has taken her around the world from speaking on chemical policy in Europe to lobbying at the United Nations Treaty N
Kirsten Schwindis co-founder and Program Director of Bay Localize, where she specializes in equitable climate adaptation. She authored The Community Resilience Toolkit, an adaptation planning curriculum now used in 46 states and 30 countries. She co-authored Tapping the Potential of Urban Rooftops, which won an award from the American Planning Association's California Chapter. She holds a BA in Economics and a MS in Natural Resources. She formerly served as the Chair of the City of Berkeley's Energy Commission. She has also worked extensively in food systems and international trade policy at other nonprofit groups, including as Program Director at Food First, and once served as shop steward for her union. Kirsten worked for several years in Latin America as a steward for human rights and the environment, and is fluent in Spanish.
Tammy Schwolsky is the CEO of Residential Energy Assessment Services (REAS), Inc. and co-founder of JTRL’s Train To Sustain BPI Energy Auditor Training Program. Tammy specializes in green building and building science based single and multi-family energy audits and retrofits. Her background as a LEED® Accredited Professional; GreenPoint Rater, HERS Rater; Home Performance with Energy Star Contractor and a BPI trainer motivated her to launch the ZENERGY House project. This high performance green home is the first comprehensive remodel in Los Angeles that combines Home Performance with environmentally responsible design and construction to create a near-zero energy, healthy and whole house designer showcase. With the support of 72 corporate sponsors, this living lab is a prototype for "greening" existing homes. Tammy has been interviewed by the LA Times, ABC News, Daily News, Angelino magazine and has been featured on Discover Channel’s Planet Green show “Living with Ed”, “Renovation Nation” and The Fine Living Channel’s “Real Estate Confidential”.
D'Artagnan is a UCLA graduate with a B.A. in the Study of Religion and also has a B.S. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in business Management from National University. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Education at UCLA, he established the Black Male Youth Academy (BMYA) at Morningside High School, a literacy development program that helps youth use research to create change in their communities.
D'Artagnan is an US Navy Iraq War Veteran and served a two-year term as a member of the Board of Regents, University of California. He participated in the governance of the University and was an outspoken advocate for equity and inclusion, affordability and access, clean energy and environmental sustainability. He is also a strong supporter of academic preparation programs for grade levels P-16 and believes they help create a level playing field. D'Artagnan was a 2010 Education Pioneer Fellow and worked at the California Community Foundation (CCF) supporting their scholarships program area. In 2009, he founded the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) and currently serves as the Executive Director, advancing food justice initiatives in underserved communities.
The Social Justice Learning Institute At the Social Justice Learning Institute, is dedicated to improving the education, health, and well being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization. They envision communities where individuals use their agency to improve each other’s lives.
Juma Ventures is an innovative and award-winning youth development program that combines employment in social enterprises, college preparation, and financial asset building to create a safe, supportive community where under-resourced youth can achieve their dreams of a college education. Saleeha's project, All Hands 4 Shoes is a youth initative started by Juma Ventures high school students located in Oakland, CA. We thought of how we could positively impact the everyday lives of youth in our community. We plan to donate shoes to children and youth in need. So far, our goal is to earn enough money to present 105 kids with a new pair of shoes.
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SCRAP is a creative reuse center, store and workshop space founded in 1976 in San Francisco, California. Donations of high quality, low cost, reusable materials such as textiles, paper, jewelry findings, wood, buttons and plastics are collected from businesses, institutions and individuals then sorted, displayed and distributed by SCRAP for artists, educational and community groups. Free materials and art activities are provided through our community outreach service.
By breathing new life into old objects, SCRAP reduces the amount of waste going to crowded landfills. By offering low cost art and reuse workshops and providing schools and organizations with badly needed art supplies, SCRAP stimulates creativity and environmental awareness. Nourished by so many wonderful SCRAP treasures, Children and adults learn how to REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE.
Manufacturers save money on their disposal costs and receive tax benefits. Artists, museums, senior groups, summer camps, children's centers and theater groups transform SCRAP materials into sculptures, paintings, and other masterpieces. Anyone can contribute by purchasing or donating high quality, clean, reusable materials that might otherwise be thrown away.
Lauren Segal-Avenna is the Co-Founder and Director of NextAid, a Los Angeles-based organization supporting sustainable development projects that serve vulnerable youth and women in Africa.Once inspired by LiveAid (the first global concert for Africa), Lauren later found an ideal niche’ for NextAid by harnessing the power of electronic music and tapping the next generation of potential change-makers. During NextAid’s seven years, Lauren coordinated over 100 events, several benefit CD projects and dozens of fundraising campaigns, earning NextAid the role of the leading activist organization in the dance music industry. Lauren also oversees NextAid’s current international development projects that target unemployment in urban Nairobi, Kenya and maternal health in rural Sierra Leone. In addition to managing all sides of NextAid, Lauren is on the advisory board of the Foundation of Sustainability and Innovation and the Coalition for a Sustainable Africa. In 2009, she was honored by the African Goodwill Awards.
When not creating herb gardens out of toasters at Three Bees Nursery, Elan is a dedicated activist working to reshape traditional agriculture and the current food system into a sustainable form that is beneficial to both the environment and people. In San Francisco this translates to volunteering at incredible organizations such as Garden for the Environment and the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance. Most recently, Elan helped the SFUAA organize a successful mayoral candidate forum aimed at encouraging the next mayor to support the burgeoning urban agriculture community, continue the proliferation of educational green spaces in schools, and reexamine our water usage to promote efficiency and conservation. He is also a tireless supporter of DIY crafts and has a personal mission to encourage people to rethink trash by removing objects from the waste stream and repurposing them in creative and novel ways.
Growing up, MK had interesting choices on her dinner plate every night – Venison, Smelt, Head Cheese, Ring Baloney… maybe a little rabbit or pheasant if she was lucky. MK’s parents grew up on farms in Michigan and her dad was an exceptional sportsman, who influenced every meal in her younger years. MK learned the importance of sustainable living and developed a unique palate for living off the land and lake.
Throughout the years the importance of food became ever more personal. MK produced television and media around the globe and with her high metabolism, she was constantly hungry. She learned to stuff drawers, pockets and briefcases with “snacks” to keep her energy up. As a busy mom she was always careful to feed her family fresh foods and became “queen of the casserole.” MK’s food story became a bit more interesting in February of 2011, as she joined 378 Harpo staffers on The Oprah Winfrey Show to take the “One-week Vegan Challenge.” The challenge changed her life! Leaning into veganism, MK has never felt better physically and mentally - knowing that this small change positively effects the environment.
MK is currently the VP of Sponsorship & Integration at Harpo Studios in Chicago, Illinois.
Neil Seldman is co founder and president of the Institute for Local SelfReliance in Washington, DC. Before cofounding ILSR in l974 Seldman was a manufacturer and university lecturer in political science and the history of ideas. Seldman specializes in starting and expanding recycling enterprises. Most recently he has focused on deconstruction of buildings and resale of used building materials. Seldman coordinates a network of technical assistance in this field throughout the US. He is also an advisor to communities seeking alternatives to incineration of garbage; emphasizing the economic dangers of incineration and the economic promise of a diversified recycling and composting systems involving small businesses, haulers and local government agencies.
Seliga's coursework in the Community and Environmental Planning Program at the University of Washington on integrated urban planning and sustainable food systems because food affects everyone, every day, and impacts the economy, public health, social justice, and environmental sustainability
Katie Selma is taking the “think globally, eat locally” concept and changing her community. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, a bustling region a few minutes south of Washington, DC, at a young age Katie and her younger sister had been introduced to a diverse array of international cuisine from the Mediterranean, Sweden, Latin America and, of course, West Indian dishes passed down from her Jamaican great-grandparents. With her natural born appetite for exploration and adventure, in 2008, Katie set her sights on to journey off from the East and head to San Francisco to complete her degree in Marketing. While her alma mater of San Francisco State University taught her the ins and outs of statistics, accounting and international relations, it was not until her Senior internship at Fair Trade USA, did she get a genuine education on the harsh realities of exploitive globalization and a new outlook on economics. With the unique opportunity to assist the Public Relations Department in promoting campaigns that would impact not only consumers, but also the producing farmers of crops and products all over the world. As her semester at Fair Trade USA came to an end, something sparked her interest in bringing Fair Trade and food justice awareness to her new home in Oakland. The Fair Trade Towns campaigns had presented itself as a fun way to involve herself in the community and share what she had learned at Fair Trade others in her community. Today Katie leads the campaign of Fair Trade Oakland with a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs, college students and volunteers that want to make their town the next Fair Trade Town! Embarking on a new endeavor to join the local food movement, Selma is teaming with farmers, bakers and local fashion designers to create an innovative business in Downtown Oakland. Due to open in February 2012 Amorpour the Lovebar, her cafe-boutique will specialize in local and Fair Trade Certified food products and sustainable apparel boutique.
Lauren Selman is a leader in green production and entertainment. She is the Founder of Reel Green Media, LLC, an environmental consulting company dedicated to environmental responsibility in the entertainment industry. She has worked with the major motion picture studios, independent features, commercials and hit shows like "It's Always Sunny Philadelphia." Her work on Benjamin and Peter Bratt's "La Mission," earned an Environmental Media Award in 2009. Selman has been a speaker for the United Nations, the National Alliance of Hazardous Waste Managers, The Association of Film Commissioners International, UCLA and other esteemed institutions. Her work has been recognized by The BBC, Business Week, IATSE Bulletin, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters and other publications. She is also an actress and producer in Los Angeles. Lauren holds a simultaneous honors degree from the University of California Berkeley in Conservation Resource Management and in Theater Performance Studies. Lauren draws on her entertainment experience and environmental knowledge to frame decisive sustainability initiatives and goals for her clients.
Mathieu Senard is co-founder of Alter Eco – a leading fair trade brand that sources a variety of food products (chocolate, rice, quinoa, sugar, olive oil) from cooperatives of small-scale farmers around the world. Mathieu’s career began at age 18 when, as a volunteer in Cambodia, he ran the Northern orphanage of Krousar Thmey in Siem Reap, a first exposure to the problematic of global poverty that naturally led him to fair trade. Having received an MBA from IEA-Paris and an MA in communication from Cal State, Long Beach helped him create a triple bottom-line business whose mission is to help small-scale farmers bootstrap themselves out of poverty.
Environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo describes his way of living as the crossroads where style meets sustainability. Through his best-selling books, television programs, products, magazine and syndicated newspaper columns and his how-to lifestyle lectures, Danny Seo continues to share the creative ideas that have made him America's leading lifestyle authority on modern, eco-friendly living.
Born on Earth Day in 1977, Danny has championed the natural biodiversity of our planet from a very young age. On his 12th birthday, he founded the organization Earth 2000 with just a few friends and $23. By his 18th birthday, he had transformed the grassroots organization into the country's largest teenage activist charity, spearheading worldwide campaigns on behalf of the environment.
Danny encourages America to live a greener lifestyle with great style. His first of nine lifestyle books Conscious Style Home (St. Martin's Press; 2001) chronicled his renovation of his parents' home in Green Hills, Pennsylvania, using easy-to-find, eco-friendly materials. The beautifully photographed book received rave reviews in The New York Times, Elle, Food & Wine, Elle Decor, and USA Today, who raved "Say 'environment' to Danny Seo, and it's as if you've punched the word into the search engine Google: Out roars an avalanche of ideas and references that threatens to scramble your brain." Conscious Style Home helped Danny soon become America's favorite environmental lifestyle authority.
Danny’s environmental activism and teachings earned him honors from the Albert Schweitzer Institute and, in an honor of a much lighter note, was named one of People’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.” Danny has also given keynote addresses around the world, including the State of the World Forums, The College of William & Mary and the commencement address to the graduating class of UC Berkley.
Danny’s creative how-to approach towards green living is the blueprint for Danny Seo Media Ventures, which includes a multi-platform portfolio of products, corporate partners, and media properties all designed to help people do just one thing to help the world around us. The publishing segment includes more than 9 books with over 1 million copies in print including the bestselling "Upcycling" series of craft books and a nationally syndicated column called "Do Just One Thing" distributed by Universal Syndicate. The television segment includes regular appearances on NBC's The Today Show as a lifestyle contributor and previous TV shows including HGTV's "Red Hot & Green" and "Simply Green with Danny Seo." Danny Seo Media Ventures also has an extensive line of home, beauty and food products sold in over 4,000 stores in the United States, Canada and Europe that range from bedding and bath, mattresses, furniture, organic gourmet food, cookware and bakeware, decorative accessories, gardening equipment, stationary, fragrances, lighting and more sold at stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, HomeSense, and Winners. More information can be found at dannyseo.com.
Jonel Seon, MBA in Sustainable Enterprise, serves the team as the Student Services Manager at the Laney College Green Jobs Team, and is responsible for recruitment, enrollment and registration, as well as light case management and developing organizational partnerships. Over the past five years, Jonel has worked with organizations like The Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship and the Alameda Unified School District, integrating project initiatives that have led to improved organizational productivity, strengthened stakeholder relationships, and a stronger commitment to triple-bottom-line practices. Seeing a connection between education and sustainable urban development, Jonel completed a strategic business plan for a non-profit initiative dedicated to promoting youth development in Oakland by providing high school dropouts, between the age of 16 and 21 years of age, with access to employment, academic support, and business education.
An investigative reporter and producer, Shannon has done work for PBS, NPR, the BBC and The Utne Reader. She has reported from Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Croatia on everything from the ravages of war to the intimacies of heartbreak. Last spring, she co-produced a series for Morning Edition about slavery on Thai fishing boats and is now working on a documentary film on the same subject. She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito with her pet seagull, Fluffy.
Ingrid Severson is a Bay Area native and co-founder of Bay Localize where she served for three years as a Project Organizer and Steering Committee Member. Ingrid initiated the Rooftop Resources Project, a Bay Localize program that researches and advocates for the advancement of rainwater catchment, solar power, living roofs and edible roof gardens. She has led multiple design and installation workshops in the Bay Area region and is a certified Permaculture Designer, and an ARCSA Accredited Professional. She has also held a professional therapeutic massage practice for ten years. She currently works with DIG Cooperative as an Owner and blue-builder.
As a co-founder of LEAP (Land Empowerment Animals People), Angela Sevin has worked and volunteered in many capacities for a wide spectrum of social profit organizations as an organizer, outdoor educator, group leader, peer counselor and mentor. Angela encourages people from all walks of life to come together and share their hopes and desires as well as sorrow and despair about the condition of life here on our planet home. She has worked toward creating educational environments inclusive of social change ideals and activist principles balanced with collective wisdom and individual empowerment and as founder and co-director of The Green Life peer education class at San Quentin she manages a collaboration of solutionaries from inside and the outside. Angela’s commitment is to support communities that inspire and awaken our connection to the earth and each other by contributing to individual, community and global transformation.
Executive Director of Plug in America, a coalition advocating the use of plugin vehicles, Sexton worked on General Motors EV1 program until its 2001 demise.
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Estrella believes that working for Corporate Organizations should not stop us from empowering our communities, and we should use all tools available to educate and help them. “We can make a profit and at the same time help our community.”
As an Account Executive in Hoy, Estrella uses her expertise in Hispanic Market to plan advertising for clients and last quarter met 150% of her Sales goal, while at the same time, has brought new ideas to the organization to get more involved with our community, participating in Adopt a Beach project with Alliance for the Great Lakes, Organizational Challenge with Chicago Climate Action and Earth Day with Friends of the Parks.
Estrella is a NRDC member, CARE and PETA Supporter and has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from
Tim Sexton is the founder of The Sexton Company, which since 2003 has worked closely with the Philadelphia Eagles to create and implement one of the most comprehensive sustainability programs in the U.S. This program has become the gold standard of sustainability for sports and entertainment. Tim was Executive Producer of Live 8 - the largest music event in history, resulting in the G8 nations changing their policies on debt relief and HIV/AIDS treatment for all affected children in the world’s poorest countries. Tim was also a Producer of American Idol Gives Back, which raised $80Mn in a single night and received a special Emmy Governor’s Award. Tom is Co-Founder of E2 (Southern California) - the business voice of the Natural Resources Defense Council and is a board member of the Environmental Media Association. Tim was the creator of MTV’s Feel the Power and a director of Rock the Vote.
Dahlia Shaaban is a wellness consultant and the founder of BellySatva Holistic Health, a practice that integrates holistic health coaching, Thai yoga therapy, and yoga instruction to create sustainable paths to healing and wellness.
Shaberman is a wellestablished essayist and commentator with articles in a number of prominent publications including The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, The Baltimore Sun, The Des Moines Register, VegNews, Vegetarian Times and Clean Sheets Erotica Magazine. His book of collected essays, The Vegan Monologues, was released in April 2009 by Apprentice House (Loyola University in Baltimore).
Kate Shackford is Executive Vice President overseeing business services for the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), economic consultants to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Until recently, Ms. Shackford was Director for Energy and the Environment at BOEDC. The Borough President has established the Bronx Initiative for Energy and the Environment, which Kate also manages.
The Initiative has three grants programs and a no interest Environmental Revolving Loan Fund. Kate assists local businesses in becoming more environmentally friendly and energy efficient in making recommendations for improved technologies such as Photovoltaic Panel and Green Roof installation projects, and in applying to grant and loan programs currently offered through the BOEDC. Kate also manages the Green Jobs/Green New York Bronx Outreach Project, through which homeowners, small businesses and nonprofits receive free energy assessments and can obtain low interest financing for retrofits to lower their energy costs.
Prior to her tenure at BOEDC, Kate worked with Operation Crossroads Africa, recruiting young people for rural development projects in Africa and
Shaffer is the newly appointed president and CEO of RSF Social Finance (www.rsfsocialfinance.org). Prior to joining RSF, he served as executive director of the Business Alliance for Local, Living Economies (BALLE). He has over twelve years experience building social mission companies including Comet Skateboards, a designer and manufacturer of premium skateboarding products.
Shah is the local policy director for Green Jobs for All, a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
Shakhour is the director of Goodwill of Greater Washington.
Kemba Shakur, fondly referred to as the ""Tree Lady"", is the Founder and Director of Urban Releaf, an urban forestry nonprofit responsible for the planting and caring of an estimated 15,000 trees in low-income East Bay communities. During the 1990’s Kemba moved to West Oakland and was struck by the lack of greenery. She founded Urban Releaf 14 years ago, guiding it to success by abiding by two key principles - creating a more beautiful community where residents take pride in where they live and offering opportunities for at-risk youth and unemployed adults to gain marketable skills. Currently, Kemba is engaged in the 31st Green Street Research and Demonstration Project, an integration of tree planting, community outreach and the scientific benefits of trees as they relate to air, water, and energy. In addition, she is working on her autobiography as well as a children's book titled, "A Tree Grows in Oakland."
Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He was born in Iraq and moved to Washington DC with his family in 1966.He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted. A space where art, culture and politics intentionally collide. A place to feed your body, mind and soul. Busboys and Poets is named after the great poet Langston Hughes, who was known as the busboy-poet. Since its inception Busboys and Poets has been a magnate for book talks, community gatherings, panel discussion and networking. Currently there are 4 Busboys and Poets in DC, MD and VA.In the summer of 2009, Shallal opened Eatonville Restaurant, a southern themed restaurant with artwork, murals and food that pays homage to Zora Neale Hurston. Shallal’s businesses are B Corporations that adhere to sustainable business practices. He has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, the Mayor’s Environmental Award.Shallal has founded or co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others. He is the treasurer for the Institute for Policy Studies and a founding member of Think Local First DC, a local business association that promotes local entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices. He also sits on the board of several arts and peace organizations and continues to make his hometown of Washington DC a more livable community.
Sarah Shanley Hope is a leader in the movement for thriving, sustainable, and sovereign communities. As the Executive Director of Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), Shanley Hope leads a growing, national organization that works with high school students to understand, take action on and become leaders in local and community solutions to climate change. ACE has reached over 1.3 million students in mostly public schools across 23 US states since 2009. She also sits on the board of People’s Grocery, an organization reinventing the future of West Oakland through a combined program of urban agriculture, nutrition and enterprise development. She pulls from her diverse career experience – including driving growth at Green For All as Chief Development Officer, managing corporate brands and working for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She grew up in Buffalo, New York and now lives with her husband Rob, three-year-old daughter Althea in Oakland, California.
Mark Schapiro is the editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. He has written extensively on foreign affairs and his work has appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and other publications, and he has reported stories for Frontline, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio's Marketplace. He is the author of Exposed: the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and Whats At Stake for American Power.
Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, LDN, is a Registered Dietitian (RD), as well as a culinary expert, who is dedicated to promoting and embracing the health benefits of a plant based diet for disease prevention, treatment, and optimal health. His passion for food and health began at the age of 13, while working in a restaurant/resort. He combined his passion for cooking and nutrition by earning an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition, both from Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, Rhode Island. He then earned a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in community nutrition, and completed The Dietetic Internship Program, both at Benedictine University, in Lisle, IL. Eric has extensive culinary arts training working in a wide variety of arenas. These include food production for specific diseases and all stages of the life cycle, working at resorts, fine catering, and even overseas in Ireland as a pastry chef. Eric Currently works full time as a clinical nutrition specialist at Block Medical Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment. In addition to working at The Block Center, Eric further promotes the benefits of a plant based diet by being a Nutrition Advisor for The Vegetarian Resource Group, owns his own private practice called Sharing Nutrition, and also conducts cooking classes and nutrition education as a Food for Life Instructor for The Cancer Project.
In 2002 Laura left a career as a research scientist to devote herself full time to training dogs. She owns and operates WOOFS! Dog Training Center - Arlington VA. WOOFS, offer more than 20 classes per week from Puppy Kindergarten to Agility, and Rally Obedience. Laura is obsessed with facilitating communication between owners and dogs and is always striving to find innovative ways to bridge the gap.
In her spare time she competes in agility with her border collies Pagan and Caleb, and spends time training her cockatoo Darwin.
Sharon Lee is the Executive Director of the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), a non-profit organization based in Seattle. She oversees a staff of 120 engaged in low-income housing development, management, advocacy and supportive services. LIHI staff has developed over 3,800 units of rental and homeownership housing in Washington State. LIHI owns 1,800 units serving individuals, families, seniors, homeless people and those with special needs. LIHI is a leader in developing green affordable housing. Lee is Executive Editor of the statewide Housing Washington newsletter and is an advocate on issues of housing justice, housing preservation and ending homelessness. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from M.I.T. and a B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania. LIHI’s housing has won numerous national and local awards for design excellence and environmental sustainability.
Sharon Smith is an organizer and trainer, active in social change movements for global justice, human rights and environmental sustainability. She has worked with student networks to achieve landmark environmental victories in the logging and finance sectors, and has trained thousands of youth in advocacy for social change. As Program Advisor for the Brower Youth Awards at Earth Island Institute, Sharon supported hundreds of emerging environmental activists annually and co-produced Emmy award-winning films shown on The Sundance Channel and PBS. A California native, she currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut.
Charles Shaw's work has appeared in Alternet, Alternative Press Review, Conscious Choice, Common Ground,Grist,Guerrilla News Network, Huffington Post, In These Times, Newtopia, The New York Times, openDemocracy, Planetizen, Punk Planet, Reality Sandwich, San Diego Uptown News, Scoop, Shift, Truthout, The Witness,YES!, and Znet. Shaw is the author of Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics ; Spirituality and was a Contributing Author to the2008 Shift Report from theInstitute for Noetic Sciences, and inPlanetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning (2007, Island Press). In 2009 he was recognized by the San Diego Press Club for excellence in journalism.
Charles is the Director of the Exile Nation Unheard Voices Story Project (coming Spring 2010), and Editor of the Dictionary of Ethical Politics, a collaborative project of Resurgence, openDemocracy, and the Tedworth Trust. He is the former Editorial Director of Conscious Enlightenment Publishing (Conscious Choice, Common Ground, Whole Life Times, and Seattle's Conscious Choice), the founder and publisher of Newtopia, former head writer for the nationally syndicated radio show Reality Checks, former Senior Staff Writer for The Next American City, and a Contributing Editor for Worldchanging.
A longtime activist and former official for the Green Party of the US, he is a native of Chicago who lives on the West Coast...for now.
Irv Sheffey is the Associate Field Organizer (DC) for Sierra Club’s Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Program. He works with community based organizations in Washington, DC addressing environmental problems and providing technical and logistical support as needed Sheffey has served as a member of the DC Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council; the Outreach and Education Sub-Committee of the Mayor’s Green Collar Jobs Council and actively promotes building a sustainable, green economy through grassroots efforts. He is a board member of Groundwork Anacostia and a co-founder of GreenTHINK, a network/discussion group, promoting green visioning, dialogue and collaboration in the Washington metropolitan area.
Dr. Valerie Shelton is a green entrepreneur, green building consultant, energy auditor, and trainer. Her background is in scientific research, and she applies this knowledge to inform clients of energy efficient and ecofriendly solutions for their homes, buildings, and businesses. She is an independently authorized agent of Green Irene, a national network of ecoconsultants helping businesses adopt sustainable practices and earn the Green Business Bureau Certification.
By serving as an outsourced Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Shelton helps businesses develop their sustainability strategy; identify opportunities and implement solutions for energy ; water efficiency, waste reduction ; recycling, green purchasing, and GHG emissions reduction; and finally, communicate their sustainable message.
Valerie is the founder and managing member of Green Power Living LLC, where she provided ENERGY STAR certification and consulting for the first LEEDcertified home in Prince George's County, MD. Founded in 2007, the company has provided services for local governments, Habitat for Humanity affiliates, neighborhood associations, and private clients in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia.
Valerie is a RESNETcertified HERS Rater ; Green Rater, a BPIcertified Building Analyst ; Envelope Professional, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Prince George's Community College (Construction and Energy Institute) and Baltimore City Community College. She received a B.A. in chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1988 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2001.
Raised on a sheep farm in Vermont, Meredith is an entomologist-turned back to her farmer roots. Since arriving to DC in 2006, she has never stopped finding was to finesse the country life into urban living. She lived in DC while managing Chailey Farm in Purcellville, VA for several years, which sold produce exclusively to high-end DC Restaurants. Meredith extended her seasons by working on educational farms in Central America. It was there that she developed a passion for permaculture and urban agriculture. Back in DC, her own search for personal garden space left her envious of every sunny front yard she biked past, and amazed by DCs food production potential! It was in those bike rides that the idea of Love & Carrots was born. Meredith put out a flyer, and has been trying to keep up with the demand ever since.
Joey Shepp is an Internet entrepreneur, professional speaker and sustainability consultant. He is the Green MBA Director at Dominican University of California and Principal Consultant at Earthsite, a digital media agency for sustainable brands. Mr. Shepp is also the founder of GreenMaven.com, the world’s largest Green Search Engine. Joey holds a degree in Ecological Design from UC Santa Cruz, an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of CA and is a black belt in Aikido. He lives and works in the North Bay Area, California.
Steve Sherman is a founder and the Chief Operating Officer of GreenChoice Bank, the first holistically sustainability-oriented community bank in the Midwest. Sherman is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) who, prior to founding GreenChoice Bank, was at LaSalle Bank, where he served as a strategic advisor to the President of the bank. When LaSalle was acquired by Bank of America in 2007, he saw the need for a different kind of bank that was conscious of the needs of its customers, its communities, and the environment. Sherman also began his career in commercial banking at LaSalle, as a loan officer and relationship manager for middle-market commercial customers. Before returning to his career roots, he left LaSalle for a short time to work as a consultant at The Cambridge Group, a consumer brand strategy consultancy, and as a strategy and business development executive with Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
Involved in a number of community organizations, Sherman has served in key leadership positions with the boards at the Emergency Fund, a Chicago-area non-profit dedicated to homelessness prevention, as well as The Latin School of Chicago and Roadworks Productions. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and music from Stanford University.
Aqeela Sherrills has traveled the world brokering peace, but he is best known for creating the 1992 peace agreement between longtime Los Angeles gang rivals, the Bloods and the Crips. Sherrills’s inspiration came from the loss of 13 friends to gang violence. This encouraged him to lay the groundwork for peace in his neighborhood in Los Angeles. Within 10 years he had worked on the Amer-I-Can Project with former football legend Jim Brown, and established the former Community Self Determination Institute (CSDI), an agency dedicated to the transformation of his community. Between 1999 and 2006, CSDI managed over $3 million in contracts with the city and county of Los Angeles and the state of California. Sherrills’s current focus is on what he terms the ‘Reverence Movement,’ a peace process that allows people to see sacredness in one another. His work has been featured in articles appearing in Utne, LA Weekly, Los Angeles City Beat, The Urbanite, The Source and Mother Jones. In 2004, he was awarded the Activist Award of Achievement by the Gleitsman Foundation and the Norman Felton & Denise Aubuchon Humanitarian Award by Death Penalty Focus.
Adarsha Shivakumar is Head of ACE’s Youth Board and a Senior at
Shore is a Commissioner on the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Elected to a sixyear term in 2006, Shore was the first openlygay nonjudicial candidate elected countywide in Cook County. Shore chairs committees on Stormwater Management and State Legislation and Rules and has been working to green the agency. Shore is currently Chairman of the Board of the Great Lakes Protection Fund and serves on the board of the Gay ; Lesbian Leadership Institute. Shore was the founding editor of Chicago Wilderness Magazine, is an active volunteer restoring prairies and oak woods in the forest preserves and was a founding board member of Friends of the Forest Preserves. Shore graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College with a degree in Philosophy ; Visual Arts. She earned Master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia College (Chicago). In 2008, Shore earned a certificate in Executive Education from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Shore speaks and writes extensively about Great Lakes water issues, including essays on Huffington Post Chicago. Shore has climbed 42 of the 54 mountains in Colorado more than 14,000' high.
In the past few years, there have been few producers that have come out from behind the mixing counsel to achieve success by singing and writing pop songs. Shorter, he is a true creative and writes songs about life, love, and choices. He composes his music with patience, possibilities and the option of "what if." When you listen to his music you will enjoy the tones of today and textures of the past.
Michael Shuman is vice president for Enterprise Development for the Training and Development Corporation (TDC) of Bucksport, Maine and cofounder and active participant in the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and a founder of Bay Friendly Chicken, a communityowned company located in Salisbury, Maryland.
As a visionary of the socially responsible business movement, Joe Sibilia is founder and CEO of Meadowbrook Lane Capital (MBLC) (www.meadowbrooklane.com), described by the Wall Street Journal as a socially responsible investment bank, specializing in turning values into valuation.
He is also the CEO of CSRwire.com, (www.csrwire.com), the social responsibility newswire service that distributes and archives corporate social responsibility/ sustainability news to journalists, analysts, investors, activists, academics, public relations and investor relations professionals worldwide.
Joe also founded the Gasoline Alley Foundation (www.gasolinealleyfoundation.org), a 501(c) 3 corporation that has incubated fortythree small businesses since 1985 and teaches inner city and/or underprivileged persons to be successful entrepreneurs using socially responsible/sustainable business practices while revitalizing inner city neighborhoods.
Through MLBC, Joe has worked with a number of Socially Responsible Companies and has been widely recognized for his work in attempting to take Ben ; Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream private, while creating a private stock exchange for CSR companies. MBLC successfully preserved many of the founders' social initiatives, and advancing the connection between good corporate citizenship and increased share value.
His long range plans for the CSR wire is to establish a platform for innovative revenue sharing applications advancing the
Michelangelo Signorile hosts a daily talk show on SiriusXM Progress from 3-6 p.m ET.
Signorile served as editor-at-large and columnist at The Advocate, and was a columnist for OUT magazine. He's authored several books and written for many publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, The New York Observer, Gay.com, New York Magazine and The Village Voice. His third book, Life Outside, was a 1998 finalist for the New York Public Library's Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Signorile has reported from the floor of the Republican National Convention (four times!) and from the roof of the Vatican. He has hitched a ride with gay truckers barreling down the Wyoming highway, explored Italy's closeted gay underground and visited with New Zealand's first transgender member of Parliament. He has appeared on "Larry King Live," "Good Morning America," "Today," "Paula Zahn Now," "The O'Reilly Factor," "60 Minutes," among others.
Sarah Sikich is the Director of Coastal Resources at Heal the Bay and is responsible for their research, advocacy and legislative efforts related to coastal habitats and marine life. Sarah has a bachelors degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire and a masters degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Before joining Heal the Bay, Sarah worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Natural Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Catalina Island Marine Institute. When she’s not fighting for the ocean, Sarah can be found hanging out at the beach, running or surfing along the Malibu coast.
Martin (Marty) Silber is a CPA, and MBA, and has served as an advisor and participated on the management team of multiple leading developers of Renewable Energy projects providing expertise on evaluating market opportunities, financial modeling, business plans, renewable energy legislation, project finance, raising capital, strategic development and implementation. Marty currently works as a CFO for an Energy Efficiency firm, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University teaching Clean Tech/Renewable Energy to graduate students.
Silha is a freelance writer, communications consultant, facilitator and futurist. A cofacilitator of the Journalism That Matters collaborative, he was a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor and The Minneapolis Star before becoming communications director for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Silha coconvened the first symposium on The Media and Philanthropy at the Chicago Tribune, and worked on the research project on community communications called Good News/Good Deeds: Citizen Effectiveness in the Age of Electronic Democracy. He is past president of the Washington News Council.
Silha has also worked with youth to get their voices in the media and to facilitate youthadult dialogues on Vashon Island, near Seattle, where he lives.
Marvin Silver serves as Senior Campaign Manager with USAction and USAction Education Fund, a national grassroots advocacy organization with partners and affiliates in 25 states. USAction builds power by uniting people locally and nationally, ontheground and online, to win a more just and progressive America. They create the nation's leading progressive coalitions, making democracy work by organizing issue and election campaigns to improve people's lives.
Steve Silver is the President and CEO of FutureMark Paper Company. Steve has more than two decades' experience in the printing and paper industries and has a successful track record of leadinggreen business transformations that result indramatically improved sales and profits. Most recently, Steve was President of Teknion, a major manufacturer of highend office furniture. Steve led Teknion's transition toward environmentally sustainable office furniture, culminating in a business strategy that nearly doubled the company's revenues in less than four years.
Prior to Teknion, Steve was President and CEO of Azon Corp., a manufacturer of coated paper and film, and president of the North American operations of the Ilford Photo division of International Paper.
Josh Silver, CEO of United Republic,is a veteran election and media reform executive. He was the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections (public funding) ballot initiative campaign, and is the cofounder and former CEO of Free Press, the nation’s leading media and technology reform advocacy organization. He was the director of development for the cultural arm of the Smithsonian Institution.
Wendy Silvers, ALSP, C.Ht, is the creator of Visionary Mamas, and founder of the Million Mamas Movement, a movement dedicated to creating a culture of greater peace on the planet for our children, led by the mamas. She merges Universal principles with her gifts as a clairvoyant and hypnotherapist in the Stay a Sane Mama in a Seemingly Insane World program and teaches Blissful Parenting - parenting from a whole soul perspective. She considers her roles as mother to tweenager, Joie-May, and wife to John great portals of transformation.(Photo courtesy of Claire Pearce Photography).
Simani, a 16yearold junior at Lakeside School in Seattle, is a spoken word artist and writer. She has been attending Power of Hope summer camps and Hip Hop Hope camps for three years. She often participates in local community service events and is going to Senegal in July to do service work through the Global Service Learning Program at Lakeside School.
In 2007, Simani was part of the Youth Speaks Seattle SLAM poetry team. In 2003, she won an international poetry contest called River of Words through which she had two of her poems published. Simani is passionate about social justice work and is particularly interested in promoting educational equality and intercultural awareness. Some of her goals include building connections and understanding between communities by facilitating intergenerational and intercultural dialogue. After high school, she hopes to study visual arts, creative writing and architecture in college, and plans to travel in order to learn more about the international community.