Green Festival Speakers

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is an environmental and renewable energy activist with 30 years' experience in grassroots campaigns and political organizing. A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he has tackled zoning, energy, environmental, and development cases, advised political candidates, not-for-profit groups, and local governments, and won a landmark case for Lake Michigan's public trust doctrine. Past president of a large community organization and a veteran board member of many others, he is intimate with political obstacles to progress. Jeff and allies successfully advocated for Evanston's adoption of a green building ordinance and aggregate purchase of 100% green electricity. Jeff served on the Evanston Mayor's Wind Farm Committee, as regional environmental representative on Illinois's Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Energy Advisory Council, is a director of Citizens' Greener Evanston, has lobbied in both Washington and Springfield for green causes, and chairs Illinois Sierra Club's Wind Committee.