Lisa Cahill is Director of Sustainable Solutions at. TreePeople. Lisa began her environmental work in Los Angeles as a TreePeople volunteer Citizen Forester. In 1998, wanting a tree-lined street, she planted nearly 40 trees with her neighbors. In 2004, ensuring that her baby daughter would have a green campus, she planted over 70 more trees at their middle school. Lisa currently serves on the board of directors for reDiscover, continues to volunteer as a Citizen Forester and has been on the Mar Vista Green Garden Tour. She enjoys gardening with her husband and watching her children grow. TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. Their mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world.
Josiah Cain is an innovative landscape architect, designer and integrated systems pioneer who has provided ecologicallydriven consultation, master planning and design for clients in the hospitality, campus, civic, and residential sectors for the past 18 years. He has been a featured speaker at major conferences and universities in addition to teaching courses at UC Davis, Sonoma State University, and Esalen Institute. Professionally he has lead project teams for civic clients including the New York Dept. of Environmental Protection(DEP), University of California, and the California Academy of Sciences. He is currently a Partner at Design Ecology, a multidisciplinary design firm specializing in green roofs, living walls, and integrated water management solutions. Raised on a remote homestead in Northern California, Josiah currently holds a BSLA from University of California at Davis and a Master of Design Technology ; Environment from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Karyn Calabrese is a successful entrepreneur and popular holistic health expert based in Chicago. At 64 years old she looks nearly a generation younger and enjoys boundless energy and great health. She started on her journey of health after suffering from a host of allergies and ailments as a child. In her 20’s, she turned to natural solutions to improve her health, gradually transitioning from vegetarian to vegan to a complete raw vegan diet. For the past 30 years, Karyn has been committed to taking care of her body and helping others to do the same. In addition to a raw diet, she believes in regular detoxification and has developed a program that she teaches to hundreds of people a year in Chicago and is now available in her debut book, ‘Soak Your Nuts: Cleansing with Karyn.’ Karyn’s business also includes 3 vegan restaurants, a holistic wellness center, and a line of all natural supplements, skin care and makeup.
Karyn has enjoyed huge success as a health expert in the local and national media including two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show that featured age-defying women. Karyn was awarded the First Annual Raw and Living Foods Golden Branch Award in 2002 for introducing the idea of raw and living foods to the greatest number of people in the mainstream public.
JLove Calderón is an author, activist, producer and social entrepreneur who uses the creation of conscious media to address issues of social justice, race and gender. She has authored four award- winning books, including her life story That White Girl, which has been optioned for film. She currently has seven TV and Film projects in development, and just released her fifth book, entitled Occupying Privilege; Conversations on Love and Struggle. JLove is committed to truth, love, and freedom, and spends her time raising her family and working with courageous people on bold projects that inspire dialogue and action toward peace and liberation for all people and the planet. JLove graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Africana Studies and received her M.A. in Education from Long Island University.
The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr. Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Dr Caldicott received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1961. She founded the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children's Hospital in 1975 and subsequently was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and on the staff of the Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, Mass., until 1980 when she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war.
In 1971, Dr Caldicott played a major role in Australia's opposition to French atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific; in 1975 she worked with the Australian trade unions to educate their members about the medical dangers of the nuclear fuel cycle, with particular reference to uranium mining.
While living in the United States from 1977 to 1986, she cofounded the Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war. On trips abroad she helped start similar medical organizations in many other countries. The international umbrella group (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. She also founded the Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) in the US in 1980.
Returning to Australia in 1987, Dr Caldicott ran for Federal Parliament as an independent. Defeating Charles Blunt, leader of the National Party, through preferential voting she ultimately lost the election by 600 votes out of 70,000 cast.
She moved back to the United States in 1995, lecturing at the New School for Social Research on the Media, Global Politics and the Environment, hosting a weekly radio talk show on WBAI (Pacifica), and becoming the Founding President of the STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation.
Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work, most recently the Lannan Foundation's 2003 Prize for Cultural Freedom, 19 honorary doctoral degrees, and was personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling himself a Nobel Laureate. The Smithsonian Institute has named Dr Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. She has written for numerous publications and has authored five books, Nuclear Madness (1979, revised edition by W.W. Norton in 1994), Missile Envy (1984, Bantam), If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth (1992, W.W. Norton) and A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography (1996, W.W. Norton; published as A Passionate Life in Australia by Random House), and The New Nuclear Danger: George Bushs Military Industrial Complex (2001, The New Press in the US, UK and UK; Scribe Publishing in Australia and New Zealand; Lemniscaat Publishers in The Netherlands; and Hugendubel Verlag in Germany). Dr. Caldicotts most recent book is Nuclear Power is Not the Answer forthcoming in September 2006.
She also has been the subject of several films, including Eight Minutes to Midnight, nominated for an Academy Award in 1981, If You Love This Planet, which won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1982, and Helens War: portrait of a dissident, recipient of the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Direction (Documentary) 2004, and the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Award for Best Documentary in 2004.
Dr Caldicott currently divides her time between Australia and the US where she lectures widely. She is also the Founder and President of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI),headquartered in Washington DC. NPRIs mission is to facilitate a farreaching, effective, ongoing public education campaign in the mainstream media about the oftenunderestimated dangers of nuclear weapons and power programs and policies.
Caldwell is the campaign director for 1Sky, a national campaign to build a diverse nationwide movement and convince our federal government to tackle the climate crisis and initiate a renewable energy economy by 2010.
Ben Caldwell is a Los Angeles-based arts educator and independent filmmaker. A native of New Mexico, Caldwell studied filmmaking at UCLA, at the same time as Charles Burnett, Julie Dash and Billy Woodberry, as part of a group of young artists who were to change African American independent filmmaking — a cultural phenomenon sometimes called "The L.A. Rebellion." Caldwell taught several years at CalArts and became a major force in CAP (Community Arts Partnership).
In 1984, he founded KAOS Network, a community arts center dedicated to providing training on digital arts, media arts and multi-media, at the heart of Leimert Park, historic center of the Los Angeles jazz culture, now hosting a diverse multi-ethnic multimedia arts center. KAOS Network was designed to empower the youth of the community and is the only organization of its kind in South Central Los Angeles where inner-city youths can participate in hands-on courses in video production, animation, web-site development, video teleconferencing, CD ROM production, and use of the Internet. KAOS is also home to WORDshop, a weekly workshop for hip-hop artists, dancers, singers and visual artists. Each week over 150 youths participate in workshops and programs at the center. In addition to these workshops, KAOS Network has videotaped community events and produced documentaries for the state of California. KAOS Network is committed to creating a community of young people who are dedicated to learning new technologies, acquiring employable skills and participating in digital arts and new media training.
Awardwinning television producer Jen Caltrider brings journalisticinstinct and knowhow to ProgressNow.org. A network producer for CNN,specializing in technology journalism, Ms. Caltrider traveled theUnited States to cover the latest in hightech happenings. Withaccurate investigative research and diligence, Ms. Caltrider enteredthe hidden world of computer hackers and provided viewers rare glimpsesof these secretive people and their incredible skills.
Her television background and work on a Master's Degree inArtificial Intelligence give her insight and understanding into a widevariety of technology trends and issues. Ms. Caltrider created andproduced a twotime nationally awardwinning magazine program aboutDenver titled @ altitude. Media and tech savvy, Ms. Caltrider has alsoproduced interactive DVDs for international businesses.
Helen Cameron is co-owner of Uncommon Ground in Wrigleyville and Uncommon Ground on Devon in Edgewater, the “Greenest Restaurants in America” as certified by the Green Restaurant Association. Uncommon Ground has been operating for 20 years as a community-based restaurant committed to supporting local farmers and purchasing as locally and sustainably as possible, giving guests a high quality dining experience at a relatively affordable price, and educating guests on the importance of a thriving, healthy local food system. Both restaurants have achieved 4-star certification with the Green Restaurant Association and provide examples of successfully integrating sustainability with the bottom line. Cameron's commitment to Urban Agriculture is manifest in the newer location on Devon, which supports the Country’s first certified Organic Roof Top Farm. The 20 year old Clark location is home to a newly built micro-farm of 40 earthboxes bordering the outdoor café. For more information, visit www.uncommonground.com
Paul Camner has spent 20 years in the Barter and Private Currency Industry. His experience ranges from fortune 500 trades to building local community currency’s. He has joined forces with Gets Trading, Tradesource Barter Company and Green America’s Green Business Network to provide, build and manage a powerful trading system for the green business community.
According to Camner, “Retail Trade Exchanges are built to create economic solutions and improve the quality of life for small business owners and their employees in a responsible scalable way. The Green America Green Business Network does exactly the same thing for business owners, their employees, their customers and the planet. Combining these two organizational benefits is an explosive combination that will make a difference in the world where we all work.”
Born and raised in the East, Campbell combined environmental practices with education while raising her children on a seven acre woodlot that bordered a nature preserve and was surrounded by other farms on and unpaved road. When Campbell moved to Seattle, she reconnected with her urban roots and works toward creating a robust ecosystem that is balance of natural and human made infrastructure.
Anneke Campbell has worked as a midwife, practical nurse, prenatal yoga teacher and college teacher of creative writing and English literature. She is a founding member of Transition Los Angeles and an active participant in Transition Mar Vista Venice. Transition Los Angeles (TLA) is a group of local grassroots residents who are preparing their communities for a positive outcome through the sweeping changes coming with global warming, peak oil and economic contraction. Anneka has scripted and produced a number of documentaries, including the television series The Freedom Files, based on ACLU cases, as well as an Emmy Award-winning drama, A Day with the Concord Writers. She co-wrote with Thomas Linzey a manual for activists called Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community, and she edited an anthology with Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons on women’s leadership, called Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart.
In November 2008, David Campos was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to represent San Francisco's District 9. David Campos is a native of Puerto Barrios (Izabal), Guatemala, who came to the U.S. (with his parents and two sisters) when he was 14. Although he did not speak the language, David excelled in school, graduating at the top of his class from Jefferson High School in South Central Los Angeles. David earned scholarships to Stanford University and Harvard Law School, from which he graduated, respectively, in 1993 and 1996. After a few years of private practice in some of the most prestigious law firms in the country, David became a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. As a Deputy City Attorney, David handled a variety of important legal matters and cases, including: serving as the lead counsel in the San Francisco Unified School District’s school desegregation Consent Decree; serving on the legal team that sued the Gun Industry; and representing the City against PG&E and other energy generators. Prior to his election as Supervisor, David served as General Counsel to the San Francisco Unified School District, and as a member of the San Francisco Police Commission. Since 2004, David has been an elected member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee.
Traditional Ohlone Dancer & Singer, Cultural Presenter, Political Activist. Outreach and Media Rep. for SSP&RIT (Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes) of Vallejo, Ca. Black Berets por la Justicia of San Jose, Ca, & AIM West (American Indian Movement) of San Francisco. He works with Idle No More, and has been singing and dancing his entire life. "It has been a blessing to share about my culture and learn about other cultures around the world."
Frances Canonizado joined the Alliance for the Great Lakes in 2007. As OutreachManager her responsibilities include building constituent engagement throughelectronic communications and social media; she is part of the Alliance'soutreach/communications/marketing team and works closely with the Alliance’sAdopt-a-Beach™ program. Frances has a master's degree in environmental sciencefrom the University of the Philippines, with a focus on stakeholder involvement inenvironmental policymaking. She has worked in both academia and theenvironmental non-profit sector in Chicago. Frances and her husband, Dennis, havelived in Chicago's Logan Square Neighborhood since 2004. Enjoying the beauty ofLake Michigan has always been part of their lives -- now more than ever since thebirth of their daughter, Alyssa, who loves to play along the shore.
Ambessa Cantave is a ten-year veteran of the Bay Area's art, non-profit and environmental justice community. He has extensive experience in youth leadership and workforce development, supporting students with creative solutions to approaching their individual lives or social iniquities. As Co-Founder and Co-Director of Grind for the Green, Cantave used hip-hop as a medium to talk about climate change. Now an Educator with ACE, Cantave has reached nearly 50,000 students in the Bay Area.
Jeanine M. Canty is a core faculty member at Naropa University teaching in Environmental Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS), an MA in Cultural Ecopsychology from Prescott College, and BA in International Relations from Colgate University. Her work addresses the ecological crisis through critical thinking, unraveling of worldviews, connecting with all of life, and changing our practices to be aligned with ecologically healthy modes of being. Her areas of passion include ecopsychology, consciousness, transformative learning, environmental and social justice and cultural studies. She is very interested in the process individuals go through to reach heightened awareness of environmental and social justice.
"Healthy food can and should taste good. This ethos is the seed of Capital Kombucha (Andreas Schneider, John Lee, Daniel Lieberman ), DC's first Kombucha brewery, which is pushing back against the culture of artificial beverages one drink at a time.Capital Kombucha's focus is pairing the best nature has to offer -- local fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers -- into organic kombucha tea. Our end product is a low sugar, antioxidant, and probiotic filled drink that aids digestion and can be enjoyed throughout the day.
In an age when processed foods and drinks do more harm than good, Capital Kombucha offers a simple pledge -- drink better, live wiser.""Healthy food can and should taste good. This ethos is the seed of Capital Kombucha, DC's first Kombucha brewery, which is pushing back against the culture of artificial beverages one drink at a time.Capital Kombucha's focus is pairing the best nature has to offer -- local fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers -- into organic kombucha tea. Our end product is a low sugar, antioxidant, and probiotic filled drink that aids digestion and can be enjoyed throughout the day.
In an age when processed foods and drinks do more harm than good, Capital Kombucha offers a simple pledge -- drink better, live wiser."
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Nikki Caporale is passionate about local foods, working as Market Manager and SNAP Coordinator at FRESHFARM Markets since 2012. She was recently selected as one of three Femivores at the Eat Local First week for her presentation about FRESHFARM Markets' Matching Dollars program.
Dr. Capra is the author of four international bestsellers, The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), Uncommon Wisdom (1988), and The Web of Life (1996). He coauthored Green Politics (1984), Belonging to the Universe (1991), and EcoManagement (1993), and coedited Steering Business Toward Sustainability (1995). His most recent book, The Hidden Connections, was published in 2002.
Capra also cowrote the screenplay for Mindwalk (1990), a film based onhis books that starred Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, and John Heard, andwas created and directed by his brother, Bernt Capra.
After receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University ofVienna in 1966, Capra did research in particle physics at theUniversity of Paris (196668), the University of California at SantaCruz (196870), the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (1970), ImperialCollege, University of London (197174), and the Lawrence BerkeleyLaboratory at the University of California (197588). He also taught atU.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.
In addition to his research in physics and systems theory, Capra hasbeen engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical andsocial implications of contemporary science for the past 30 years. Hisbooks on this subject have been acclaimed internationally, and he haslectured widely to lay and professional audiences in Europe, Asia, andNorth and South America.
Capra has been the focus of over 50 television interviews,documentaries, and talk shows in Europe, the United States, Brazil,Argentina, and Japan, and has been featured in major newspapers andmagazines internationally. He was the first subject of the BBC's newdocumentary series Beautiful Minds (2002).
Kelly Cardamone is responsible for communitea relations at Honest Tea where she is involved in projects related to marketing programs, employee relations, and sustainability initiatives. Given her role, it's fitting that her favorite varietea is Community Green.
Supervisor Efren Carrillo is currently serving as Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Sonoma’s Fifth District is geographically large and economically diverse. Active in water and climate protection issues, Efren has lobbied for Sonoma County in Washington and worked locally on the Water Advisory Committee encouraging conservation policy. He serves on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) as Chair of the Housing, Land Use and Transportation Committee, and is appointed to the Department of Fish and Game’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Peer Review Committee. Efren serves on the AdHoc committee currently evaluating Sonoma County’s potential for a Community Choice Aggregation project. Raised in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County’s first Habitat for Humanity home, Efren has dedicated his professional life to public service. Following graduation from UC Berkeley (BS in Environmental Economics and Policy) Efren held key positions with the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Sonoma County Business Environmental Alliance, Office of Assemblyman Joe Nation and Redwood Credit Union.
Joe Caristo is Greening Engineer for the Green Festivals nationwide, a position he has held for five years.
Brian Carlin is driven performer with a passion for helping students and communities realize their efficiency goals. After spending the past five years in Boston working towards his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, he moved to the Denver area to pursue a career in the green industry. During college he participated in volunteer efforts for the Fenway Green Team and environmental cleanups around Bostons city parks which led him to a number of renewable internships. His first paid position was at Arup Consulting Engineers, where the incredible enthusiasm and energy in his coworkers fueled his passion for work on LEED certified projects such as the University of Vermont Commons and the Virginia Art Building.
Brian is currently working on national expansion of iCASTs energy efficiency auditing program. He is responsible for high quality audits and management of energy efficiency installations through use of skilled local college students. He has managed the implementation of efficiency measures on over twenty nonprofit facilities in the Denver area over the past year. Efficiency work consumes the majority of his time since it is the most cost effective way to offset energy use for utility payers.
As a member of the Order of the Engineer, Brian prides himself on upholding the dignity of his profession and being ever conscious that his skills carry the, obligation to serve humanity by making the best of Earth's precious wealth.
Kelly D. Carlisle is the Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project. A veteran of the United States Navy, Ms. Carlisle spent a portion of her youth in East Oakland, and is committed to creating positive change in her childhood neighborhood. Ms. Carlisle has been an avid gardener since 2007 and is an active member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. She became an Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee, and has built, maintained and advised gardens at sites in Oakland and Berkeley, and is involved in influencing urban agriculture policy on a city, county and state level. She has spoken across the country, internationally and in the media about her work using urban farming to empower teenage low-income youth of color. Previously, Ms. Carlisle ran a successful catering business that focused on local and sustainable produce. She is a mother, activist, and concerned citizen.
Eric is a founder, with his wife Lesley, and president of Carbonfund.org. Eric has more than fifteen years experience promoting costeffective solutions to climate change, with an extensive background in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to Carbonfund.org, Eric managed voluntary partnerships at the US EPA's Energy Star Homes and Buildings programs. There he advised companies such as Gillette, IBM and Johnson ; Johnson. Eric also spent six years managing programs for the Alliance to Save Energy in Central and Eastern Europe. He advised ministers of energy and environment on energy policy and climate change, testified before parliaments, advised the World Bank and IFC on major energy efficiency investments, and trained municipal leaders.
Eric and Lesley founded Carbonfund.org to make it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their climate impact while hastening our transition to a lowcarbon future. The organization has grown to become the leading nonprofit climate solutions organization with over 500,000 individual supporters and 1,700 business partners, and reducing over 5 billion pounds of carbon emissions globally. Carbonfund.org also offers the first and leading carbon neutral product certification program and label in the US, CarbonFree
Suzanne Carlson is Director of Environmental Affairs at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). She launched and implements CPS’ Environmental Action Plan for its 650 schools. Ms. Carlson has worked on transportation, climate change, energy policy and youth engagement in Seattle and Chicago and has a Masters in Public Administration. She is on the Board of Directors of West Town Bikes; Mayor’s Nature and Wildlife Commission; Mayor’s Parks and Open Space Commission; and US Green Building Council LEED for Existing Buildings – Schools Working Group.
Maurice Carney is a cofounder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He is an independent entrepreneur and human rights activist who has fought with Congolese for fifteen years in their struggle for human dignity and control of their country.
He has worked as a research analyst at the nation's leading Black think tank the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. While at the Joint Center, Mr. Carney worked with civic associations in West Africa providing training on research methodology and survey. He served as the interim Africa working group coordinator for Reverend Jesse Jackson while he was Special Envoy to Africa. Mr. Carney also worked as a research consultant to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation addressing issues such as the sociopolitcal condition of African American communities.
Harris has owned Casteel Coffee since 1993, providing unique, artisan style, small batch roasting which includes an extensive selection of varietals available to both retail and wholesale customers. Casteel Coffee is proud to serve customers in two locations, the original Evanston location and a brand new kiosk in the award winning Aqua building in downtown Chicago.
Harris has a lifelong interest in community as well as a consummate understanding of the coffee industry. Casteel has long supported both the Fair Trade and Direct Trade movements with their coffees and products they offer. With a recent visit to a cooperative coffee farming community in beautiful North Sao Paulo State, Harris brought the crafts, coffee and inspiring story of the local farmers back to the United States.
Harris and her dedicated staff are committed to customer service and educating the community. All of this has created Casteel's success as Chicago land's dedicated, artisan coffee roaster for over 17 years.
Novella Carpenter is an urban farmer and journalist based in Oakland, California. She is also a truck driver, a biodiesel station owner, and a biologist by training. Her work has appeared on Salon.com, Mother Jones, Food and Wine, and elsewhere. She is the author of the acclaimed books Farm City and The Essential Urban Farmer.
DeShon is a senior at Community Christian Alternative Academy and will graduate in June. DeShon plans to continue his education in the culinary arts and Business Administration at Washburne Culinary Institute at Kennedy King College.
Brenda is a Fashion Design student at Long Beach City College. She spent a month during the summer in 2011 working with women at Fair Trade Zone/Nueva Vida Women's Sewing Cooperative in Ciudad Sandino, Managua, Nicaragua.
Rev. Dr. Ambrose F. Carroll is one of the nations premiere Practical Theologians. A 1987 graduate of Oakland High School, Ambrose now holds a Doctor of Divinity degree and a Masters of Business Administration. In 2009 Ambrose founded the Renewal Worship Center Christian Church of Denver, CO. as one of the first foundationally Environmentally Friendly (Green) Church’s in the Country. Ambrose combines Theology with Ecology and challenges the church universal to embrace its mantle of creation care. Renewal was listed in the May addition of Fast Company Magazine and on CNN as one of the most innovative Business Ideas of 2011. At present Dr. Ambrose and his family are expanding their work to the Bay Area and creating a National Campaign to “Green the Church”. Ambrose is now the Senior Pastor of the Church by The Side of The Road in Berkeley.
Michelle "Green Queen" Carroll is the Director of Sales for The Ultimate Green Store. Your one-stop green shopping destination for home, office and everyone in the family.
She has combined my many years of bartending experience & passion of all things eco & founded GQ Eco Bartending Services a private party & event mobile bartending service for the LA area.
James M. Carter is a resident of the Shaw neighborhood in Ward 2 of DC active in building community wherever he can contribute. He has volunteered with Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC (ONE DC formerly Manna CDC) since 2002 advocating for increased affordable housing, and in general, organizing to increase community awareness amidst the rapid revitalization and development in the neighborhood. Housing Panel
As the district has gentrified, some streets have gotten safer and some neighborhoods have received services like grocery stores. But housing prices and rental rates have also gone up, displacing people who have their roots in the community. Join this panel where well hear from three advocates for affordable housing who have visions of a Washington DC with a place for all, and the plans to make it happen.
Vanessa Carter has dedicated the last decade to public education in the Bay Area and throughout Latin America. She recently cofounded San Francisco Unified School District's first Green Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School through the support of ESLI, the Environmental Service Learning Initiative (a project of Global Exchange). Dedicated to reconnecting urban youth with nature, she designs and provides rigorous, hands-on, interdisciplinary education that empowers youth to be agents of change and prepares them to enter higher education and the green economy. Inspired by her permaculture mentors, she's passing on the solutionoriented lens to the next generation through locally based projects that reconnect youth with our collective ancestral earth knowledge. She hopes to expand this eco-literacy programming in the future to an intergenerational, land-based education and innovation center.
Akeele Carter is the Program Manager of the Brighter Futures Program and a graduate of Solar Richmond's Installation Training Program. Founded in 2006, Solar Richmond serves the community through green-collar job training and placement in solar photovoltaic technology and solar thermal. Carter grew up in a family contracting business learning the administrative operations since the tender age of twelve. Carter lives in Richmond and is the proud mother of two teenage daughters. She is committed to bringing the many benefits of the green economy to her community.
In 2000, The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for her box office record-breaking film, What Women Want (Paramount) starring Mel Gibson, and Where the Heart Is (20th Century Fox) starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd and Sally Field. She has recently produced the upcoming Beastly for CBS Films, starring Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alex Pettyfer for CBS (feature) Films and Aquamarine for 20th Century Fox. She Exec Produced No Reservations, starring Abigail Breslin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, and Mistress of Spices, starring the “Indian Julia Roberts” Aishwarya Rai. Susan has been appointed to the Independent Producer's Committee at the Producer's Guild of America, and was recently elected Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees of Women in Film, whose purpose is to empower, promote and mentor women in the entertainment and media industries.
Rebecca Casciano is a Makeup Artist, Green Beauty Expert and Holistic Wellness Coach, whose mission is to enhance the natural beauty of her clients, from the inside out. As a makeup artist, Rebecca is dedicated to using products that are safe, sustainable and effective. As a Green Beauty + Wellness Coach, she is passionate about educating women on the benefits of a nourishing, plant-based lifestyle and beauty routine. She wholeheartedly believes that we don't have to compromise glamour, luxury or style to live in a more natural and organic way.
Director of Impacts Analysis for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, Cascio was featured in National Geographics Six Degrees documentary on the effects of global warming.
Caroline W. Casey is a Visionary Activist Astrologer, devoted to the principle that Imagination lays the tracks for the Reality Train to follow. Based in Washington DC, Caroline broadcasts, for over ten years, her live weekly radio show, The Visionary Activist Show, of which she is the hostcreatorweaverofcontext, wedding spiritual magic to ingenious social action to Pacifica station KPFA (94.1) in Northern California , replayed on L.A.s KPFK.
Her audio book,Visionary Activist Astrology is published by Sounds True. She is the author of Making the Gods Work For You the astrological language of the psyche (Harmony Books/Random House or Random Harmony) The audio version, a theatrical presentation of the material in the book, is also titled Making the Gods Work for You, in which she also collaborated with JaquiMacMillan and Amikaeyla Gaston.
She is also the creator of The Compassionate Trickster Experimental Juju Mystery School, on line.
Jim Cassio is a career information and workforce development consultant who has been commissioned to conduct hundreds of labor market studies and has published numerous occupational resource books.
Michael Castleman, M.A., is a health journalist who specializes in alternative therapies, particularly herbal medicine. His book, The New Healing Herbs, recently released in an updated, expanded third edition, has sold more than 1 million copies, making it one of the bestselling herb guides of all time. The book explores the folkloric medical uses of 130 herbs, and then examines the scientific research on their effects. Guess what: In most cases, the research shows that these plants do what our ancestors thought they did, in a few cases, less, and in some cases, more. The book also emphasizes safety. Following the directions in The New Healing Herbs, you can use natures medicines confidently, effectively, and above all, safely. Michael Castleman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan. He earned a Masters in journalism from UC Berkeley. He has been the herbal medicine columnist for Herb Quarterly magazine for 22 years. He has written about herbal medicine for many magazines and Web sites, among them: Reader's Digest, AARP magazine, Family Circle, Psychology Today, Men's Fitness, and WebMD. Castleman is also a mystery novelist, with three books set in San Francisco. His most recent deals with real estate development in the Mission District, A Killing in Real Estate.
President of Seattle Chefs Collaborative, Chef Caswell understands the importance of the farmerchef connection at Emmer, his new restaurant slated to open in spring of 2009 in the South Lake Union neighborhood. As executive chef of Stumbling Goat Bistro for the past three years, Chef Caswell was able to introduce Seattle diners to local, delicious, seasonal cooking. As president of Seattle Chefs Collaborative, he strives to educate diners, chefs and coproducers about issues of sustainability. For Chef Caswell, supporting local farms means altering menus to accommodate what is seasonal and locally available.
Ronault LS Catalani (Polo) is an activist attorney in West Coast and Midwest immigrant and ethnic minority communities, and a spokesman for Green World, a project of the nonprofit, Focus the Nation.
When the bad moon rises and the killer storms come, its the global poor who suffer most. Hear how in the wake of global warmings impact (think floods, hurricanes, mudslides, tsunamis) millions of dollars flowed straight to the people most hurt through immigrants helping their home communities. Immigrants are already doing the work, as well as riding bikes and using energy saving appliances; now were organizing them to elect politicians who will make policy to stop global warming.
A member of the National Organic Standards Board at USDA, Caughlan established PCC Cooks, the largest natural and organic foods cooking school in the Northwest.
DJ Cavem of Moetavation crew, yes the spelling is different but the meaning behind it is still the same. This artist, activating from the Five Points in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado, has an eclectic, hard hitting, world sound. Producing and writing his own beats and lyrics, he spits on real topics affecting all of us real people. From politricks to global warming, this man is in tune, telling it like it is while giving the listener an unforgettable production. He'd like to say he's just a hiphop head from the hood, but at 23, his musical prowess and social awareness is uncanny. His albums mix the sounds of hiphop, reggae, dancehall, jazz, world flavor, hot punchlines and occasionally a dose of patoi, and the list goes on. He represents so much more than just rap and hiphop, he represents life. His music would be my life soundtrack if I had one; no limits, timeless.
Bess is the PTO Chair of Wellness and leads Zero Waste efforts at Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School where they have a school garden, zero-waste lunchroom and commercial composter. She has been involved in promoting healthy, “green” school environments for the past 10 years in her capacity as a Board Chair of the Healthy Schools Campaign, and current Board Chair of Climate Cycle. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, Candelario, and 3 daughters, Emma (11), Claudia (10) and Gabriela (7).
Joy Cernac is Outreach Coordinator for Energy Upgrade California and Manager of Los Angeles County’s Exposition Park Environmental Service Center in 2nd District Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas’ office. Joy promotes Energy Upgrade California rebates to homeowners around Los Angeles County, which are allocated to homeowners achieving 10-40% greater energy efficiency in their homes. At the Exposition Park Environmental Service Center, Joy and her staff promote and provide information on Energy Upgrade California, the County’s Green Building Program, public transit, drought-tolerant landscaping, low-impact development, and all other regional environmental and sustainability programs associated with Green LA County. Joy can be contacted directly at 213-394-9569 or at email@example.com. The Exposition Park Environmental Service Center, located at 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037, and open from 1PM-5PM, Monday-Friday, can also be visited or contacted at (213) 741-9166 with any of your County environmental and sustainability-related questions.
Irv Cernauskas founded Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks in 2006 with his wife, Shelly Herman, to provide new market opportunities for farmers, and to help stimulate the re-growth of
Lisa Chacón is a trans-disciplinary innovator with a background in innovation, technology R&D, sustainability and transformational change. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley, and a masters in sustainability from Sweden’s Blekinge Technical Institute. In 2010, she co-founded Innovive Group, a consulting firm specializing in innovation for sustainability. In 2012 she co-founded Impact Hub Oakland, where she is currently the Co-Director and COO. Her passion lies in developing and testing change models, and designing and facilitating processes for extreme ideation, innovation and collaboration. She has lived and worked in Sweden and South Africa, and is deeply inspired by Integral Theory and non-dual and evolutionary spirituality.
Penelope Jagessar Chaffer is the Director/Producer/Writer and Editor of the upcoming feature documentary film Toxic Baby. She is a multi award winning filmmaker and the first black, female director to be nominated for a British Academy Award.
Penelope gave a TED talk at the prestigious TEDWoman conference, alongside luminaries such as Hilary Clinton, Naomi Klein and Madeline Albright, with renowned environmental biologist Tyrone Hayes.
She has been honored by the children's environmental health non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World (named as one of Mrs. Michelle Obama's two causes.) HCHW counts Meryl Streep and Erin Brockovitch as supporters and advisory board members.
Penelope lives in
Alli Chagi-Starr is the Founder/Director of ArtiVISTA Consulting, where she works with national and community leaders to amplify the impact of campaigns and events for social transformation. Her passion is bringing powerful, visionary people together to uplift each other, create equity in our communities and leverage projects that defend and honor life. She is currently serving as the Regional Director of the San Francisco Green Festival.
Alli was a leader in the green jobs movement at Green For All and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where she produced the Social Equity Track at the United Nations World Enviroment Day in San Francisco, initiated the Solutions Salon series and chaired the historic Dream Reborn Conference. She served as the Grassroots Publicity Manager for Van's Jones bestselling books, The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream.
Alli served as the Artist Liaison for Prison Radio, and was a Co-founder of Art and Revolution, Another World is Possible Road Shows, the Radical Performance Fest, Dancers Without Borders, Art in Action Youth Leadership Program and United Roots, Oakland's Green Youth Arts and Media Center. Her essays about creative activism have appeared in several publications. Alli facilitates workshops and offers presentations on the power cultural organizing, ensemble-building, eco-justice and movement building.
Alli is a proud new mother to a magical little boy, Akai.
Andrew Chahrour received his BA in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. He is on the Planting Justice Board of Directors, built the Planting Justice website and is a Permaculture Design Team Leader for the "Transform Your Yard" landscaping program.
Alice brings a strong set of business skills, as a graduate of Columbia University in Mathematics and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, as well as twenty years in private industry and in consulting. She also brings her passion for the transformation of agriculture and the Chesapeake Food Shed, having worked in 2005 to create North County Preservation, Inc. (NCP), a local education and research group dedicated to rural land use issues, and on the profitability and sustainability of agriculture as NCP Vice-President and Board member of the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council.
Michelle Chan directs Friends of the Earth’s Economic Policy Programs, which seeks to reform international trade, federal tax and spending policies to promote more environmentally and socially just economies. The program also holds banks and international financial institutions accountable for the environmental and social impacts of their financing activities. She has over 15 years of experience in environmental finance and has led Friends of the Earth’s Green Investments project, which engages in shareholder activism, promotes corporate environmental disclosure, provides outreach to financial analysts, and works with major financial institutions to develop environmental management systems.
Chandra is president of Herndonbased Green Brilliance, a global solar energy firm.
Chang (moderator) is an environmental designer, life counselor and founder of EcolocityDC, which seeks to address environmental, economic and social sustainability issues. He has been introducing the Transition model to the Washington region and is particularly focused on urban sustainability through farming and intentional community development.
Rana started House Kombucha in 2009 as an on-the-ground, community-based startup. Kombucha brewing is an ancient Asian tradition of fermenting tea into a living, probiotic beverage. Rana learned to make kombucha as a child by watching her mother grow the weird "mushroom tea" in her kitchen cupboard and drink it for its medicinal properties. She started House Kombucha in her South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood by renting a small kitchen space in the basement of an old kebab restaurant and selling it at a farmer’s market in the Metreon. Now, based in Oakland, House Kombucha is blessed to be employing a full brew team to bring delicious, raw kombucha tea to the greater Bay Area. Rana lives in Oakland, is a member of the Baha'i Faith, serves on the board of the San Francisco Henry George School, and enjoys local theater, dim sum and cats.
Ellen Sebastian Chang is currently the General Manager of FuseBOX, a newly opened Korean American Restaurant in West Oakland as well as the Creative Director for “The World As It Could Be” an ongoing project with the REX Foundation using the arts to teach the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in high schools. Ms. Sebastian Chang began her career as a lighting designer and technician. In 1982 her directorial and writing debut called “Your Place Is No Longer With Us” was created in a Victorian mansion and told the story of the coming of age of a ten year old biracial girl; a meal of black-eyed peas, mustard greens and corn bread cooked throughout the performance was served to the audience at the end of the play. “Your Place Is No Longer With Us” is published in West Coast Plays and won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for New Directions in Theater. This work was the beginning of Ms. Sebastian Chang’s ongoing interest in children; exploring dialogues in regard to race in particular mix race issues and strong female identified images.
Susie Chang is the Greater Los Angeles Regional Director for GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization that installs solar electric systems for low-income homeowners in partnership with volunteers and job trainees. GRID Alternatives is the statewide Program Manager for the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program on behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission. SASH is one of the California Solar Initiative’s two low-income programs and offers incentives on solar systems to qualifying low-income homeowners in the PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E service territories.
At GRID Alternatives, Susie manages programs, oversees operations, and expands partnerships out of the Greater Los Angeles office, which serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties. Prior to GRID Alternatives, Susie was an educator and Project Manager in Los Angeles and a Program Officer and Country Director in Afghanistan and Tajikistan with international non-profit organizations. Susie graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in International Development Studies.
House Kombucha started in 2009 as an on the ground, community based start-up dedicated to bringing kombucha , which is an ancient tradition of fermenting tea into a living, probiotic beverage, to the people. Founder and operator, Rana Chang, began the business in her neighborhood downtown San Francisco by renting kitchen space in the basement of an old kebab restaurant and selling it at a farmer’s market stand in the Metreon. Within a year, Chang renovated a blighted warehouse across from her home on 6th St. into what is now House Kombucha’s own brew house. Now, House Kombucha is bottling and distributing its 100% all natural kombucha all over the Bay Area!
Chang Schulman is a Hip Hop artist, educator, freelance journalist and community organizer from Seattle, WA. She serves as assistant chapterhead of 206 Zulu, codirector of Reclaim the Media, and Northwest regional coordinator for Hip Hop Congress. Her newest musical endeavor from B Girl Media The Knox Family E.P is scheduled to debut this spring.
Chao has been the Director of the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods since 2007. The Department's motto, Connecting people, communities, and government speaks to the values that Chao holds about Partnership as a tool for sustainability. Chao brings a varied experience to the Seattle City Government and Department of Neighborhoods; ten years as Executive Director for the nonprofit International District Housing Alliance, and previous work ranging from medical research, to international community development in Kenya. Chao studied Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York Stony Brook, but received her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington, and was a Community Development Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Community Fellows Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Charles Lee is the founder and President of Farmworks Los Angeles, a non-profit organization offering vocational training and workplace skills acquisition to at-risk youth through small-scale farming. Farmworks operates several production sites in Los Angeles and is supported in part by produce sales to a small network of supporting restaurants. He is also a practicing architect and a former Peace Corps Volunteer.
A leading advocate for justice issues and spiritual renewal in the church, Rev. Charleston is President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Charlie Fernandez is employed by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, and is also a certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) and Spanish Instructor. He has enjoyed riding bicycles for most of his life, and has now turned his love into a passion. His motto is: "Bikes are changing the world one pedal stroke at a time, lets keep it rollin!!"
As an educator, community activist and arts advocate, Charyn Harris has created opportunities that have made a positive impact for hundreds and youth and their families. Serving as Conductor of Music Programs for the dynamic youth center, A Place Called Home (APCH), Charyn is responsible for facilitating an important partnership with the Berklee College of Music's Berklee City Music Network. The venture has yielded scholarships for two dozen youth to receive summer scholarships and five full college scholarships.
Charyn's efforts have resulted in over a half million dollars in funding for education, arts, scholarships and culture to specifically benefit the South L.A. community which she serves.
In 2004, Charyn founded Project MuszEd (PM), a non-profit organization which provides music education resources, programming and instruments to underserved youth, those with special needs and youth living with chronic illnesses. Serving over 700 youth since its inception, PM has created programs and activities providing safe havens for youth to perform and learn. PM has positively touched the lives of many youth and families in crisis in the South L.A. community.
Charyn holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Having been recognized for her contributions to local communities by the City of Los Angeles, Charyn was selected by Councilwoman Jan Perry to receive the Pioneer Women Award in honor of Women’s History Month (2010). Charyn is a featured speaker of Berklee College of Music’s PULSE Training Institute (PTI), serves as an advisor for the Berklee City Music Network is a stakeholder of YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), a member of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, and is a voting member of The Recording Academy. She is active in California Women Who Lead and sits on the Executive Committee of The San Fernando Valley Chapter of Jack & Jill of America. Charyn is a single mother and resides in Los Angeles with her young daughter.
Carlos Chavez is the Founder, CEO of Green Dot Environmental an energy and environmental consulting services company which believes that every space whether it be open, residential, or commercial consist of elements that require an environmental improvement.
Benjamin Chavisis anAfrican Americancivil rightsleader. Dr. Chavis was bornBenjamin Franklin Chavis, Jr.on January 22, 1948 inOxford, North Carolina. In his youth, Dr. Chavis was an assistant toDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.who inspired him to work in thecivil rights movement. Dr. Chavis rose to international prominence as the leader of the Wilmington Ten. A former Vice President of theNational Council of Churches, Dr. Chavis became the Executive Director of theNAACP, and he served as the National Director of theMillion Man Marchas well as the Founder and CEO of theNational African American Leadership Summit(NAALS). Since 2001 he has beenCEOand Co-Chairmanof theHip-Hop Summit Action Network in New York City which he cofounded with hip-hop mogulRussell Simmons.
Chef E has been cooking for 28+ years and is passionate about local, sustainable produce and proteins. He caters for the entertainment industry and has cooked for the television shows Parenthood, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Ally McBeal and the films Cat in the Hat, Kill Bill, Angels and Demons, 42, and more. Chef E has also been a private chef for Charlize Theron, Marylin Mason, Dean Devlin, and others, and he cooked for Johnny Depp’s Viper Room.
Chef E works with several farms including McGrath Farms, Tutti-Frutti Farm, Wiser Farm, and Burkhart Organics. He also consults with Linder Grassfed Bison and Solidad Goat Farm. He has six kids ad a passionate about making meals at the L.A. Unified School District healthy.
Charles Chen of is the 24 year old founder of RawYouth.org, a thriving community that focuses on healthy living, empowerment and inspiration. At such a young age, Charles has already built an extensive resume by appearing on Hulu, Yahoo!, Natural News TV, Amazon.com & More! As a trained Organic Healthy Chef, Charles is currently on a US Tour teaching health/nutrition classes at Universities, Festivals & Conferences sponsored by Whole Foods Market.
It was just awhile ago when Charles was pre-diabetic, weighed 250+ pounds eating McDonald's every single day. Charles was unmotivated, hit rock bottom and was miserable. One day, he found a informercial talking about mono meals, eating meals of just raw fruits and vegetables. Fast forward a couple years he is now 80 pounds lighter, thriving in optimal health, driven by passion to share the knowledge of health & holistic healing.
Bomani Musik started in 2005 as the musical brainfetus of band leader Atiim Chenzira. Bomani Musik plays Hopadelic Funk and Soul, a fusion of original hip hop, funk, and soul. Bomani Musik reinterprets tracks Atiim has previously recorded and takes them to another level of organic sonic life. Their music could be described as Earth Wind and Fire meeting PFunk, and the convergence of Ludacris, Whodini and E40. With its high energy of funkiness coated with a serious edge, the band creates an environment that enraptures an audience, while propelling them to dance. You can hear more music at http://www.ReverbNation.com/AtiimChenzira, and purchase music at http://www.R3NP.BandCamp.com.
Lynne Cherry has been invited lecturer to dozens of conferences and schools internationally, speaking about integrating environmental childrens books into school curricula, how teachers and students can make a difference in their communities and in the world.
Cheryl Muñoz is the Co-Founder and Programming Director for The Sugar Beet Co-op. Inspired by her neighbors, family and her local farmers' market, she is turning the conventional grocery store on it's head. With her neighbors, Cheryl is building a member-owned food co-op and community center that will serve to connect people with their farmers and the land and empower them to make choices that support our local food system. From leading workshops on cooking, gardening and preserving to planning community events and farm tours, she loves sharing and celebrating good food.
Rich Chien is a Senior Environmental Specialist and leads the Private Sector Green Building Program at San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. In this role, Mr. Chien works closely with government agencies, industry professionals and nonprofits to design and implement policies that improve the performance of the built environment. He is currently serving as Program Manager for San Francisco’s PACE program “GreenFinanceSF,” and is managing several federal grants to bring innovative financing for green retrofits of residential, commercial and nonprofit buildings. Previously, Mr. Chien led an industry stakeholder process to develop and help implement the city’s groundbreaking green building code for new construction, and recently completed a similar process for accelerating energy efficiency activities in commercial buildings. In his prior role with the city’s municipal green building program, Mr. Chien helped to implement its LEED® Silver ordinance for public buildings.
Chin is the K12 education program supervisor for environmental learning centers of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Chin is a member of theCity of Seattle'sRace ; Social Justice Core committee, and is keenly interested in multicultural education and environmental justice issues.During her career at Parks, Chin has provided environmental education and conservation programs to hundreds of schoolstudents,underserved, immigrant and refugee children and adults. Prior to her Parks experience Chin was a Seattle Public School science teacher, an environmental education consultant and served as a National Park Service ranger.
In November 2008, David Chiu was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to represent San Francisco's District 3. In January 2009, he was elected President of the Board of Supervisors. Before joining the Board, David was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Grassroots Enterprise, an online communications technology company. Prior to Grassroots, he worked as a criminal prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and as a civil rights attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. In the mid-1990s, David served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee and as Senator Paul Simon's aide to the Senate Budget Committee. The eldest child of immigrant parents, David grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate degree, law degree and master's degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Steven Chiv is a Zero Waste specialist with the San Francisco Department of Environment. He is involved with implementing the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance in the residential and multifamily sector. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Steven was introduced to the concept of waste reduction and the three Rs (Reduce, ReUse, and Recycle) as a barefooted tot in Santa Cruz.
Maria Choca Urban is Program Director, Transportation and Community Development, Center for Neighborhood Technology. Maria joined CNT in 2008 to lead CNT's initiatives in land use, transportation, housing and economic development.
Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Through his creation of The Chopra Center for Well Being in California in 1996, Chopra established a formal vehicle for the expansion of his healing approach using the integration of the best of western medicine with natural healing traditions, in both conventional and complementary healing arts.
Chopra's work is changing the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness.
Chopra is known as the prolific author of over 50 books, more than 100 audio, video and CDROM titles which have been translated into 35 languages with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. His book, Peace Is the Way (Harmony Books) won the Quill Awards and The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of your Life was awarded the Nautilus Award. Some of his bestsellers include Life After Death: The Burden of Proof; Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment; The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence; How to Know God: The Souls Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries; Perfect Health; Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Grow Younger, Live Longer: 10 Steps to Reverse Aging and The Path to Love. Chopra has published numerous books focusing on health issues that include Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth; The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook: Forty Natural Prescriptions for Perfect Health; Perfect Weight: The Complete Mind / Body Program For Achieving and Maintaining Your Ideal Weight; Restful Sleep: The Complete Mind / Body Program For Overcoming Insomnia; Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind / Body Medicine and Creating Health. Popular audio books and CDROMS include Magical Mind, Magical Body; The Higher Self; Journey to the Boundless; and The Wisdom Within.
Many know him from his regular work with PBS, which includes The Soul of Healing: Body, Mind, and Soul, Body, Mind and Soul: The Mystery and The Magic, one of the most highly viewed and successful fundraisers in the history of the network; and The Way of the Wizard, Alchemy and The Crystal Cave.
Chopras Wellness Radio airs weekly on Sirius Stars, Channel 102 which focuses on the areas of success, love, sexuality, relationships, well being, and spirituality. His hope is to reach a critical mass of people with a message of self development and personal and social transformation.
Chopra's popularity as an international presenter and keynote speaker is exemplified in an impressive list of honorariums. As the keynote speaker, he appeared at the inauguration of the State of the World Forum, hosted by Mikhail Gorbachev and the Peace and Human Progress Foundation, founded by the former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace prizewinner Oscar Arias. Esquire Magazine designated him as one of the top ten motivational speakers in the country; and in 1995, he joined the distinguished company of President Nelson Mandela, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Tom Peters and Garrison Keillor as a recipient of the Toastmasters International Top Five Outstanding Speakers award. He participates annually as a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine event sponsored by Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Chopra has been a keynote speaker at several academic institutions including Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Business School, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management.
He is the recipient of the Einstein Award through Albert Einstein College of Medicine in collaboration with the American Journal of Psychotherapy as well was awarded the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Along with Nobel Peace Laureates Oscar Arias, Betty Williams and others, Deepak Chopra is a founding director and the President of the Alliance for a New Humanity. The Alliance for a New Humanity is committed to creating a critical mass of consciousness in the world for social justice, economical freedom, ecological balance and conflict resolution. Chopra joined The Gallup Organization as a Senior Scientist in 2005. He regularly mentors corporate and political leaders through his Soul of Leadership workshops.
Through The Chopra Center, Dr. Chopra is revolutionizing common wisdom about the crucial connection between body, mind, spirit, and healing. His mission of bridging the technological miracles of the west with the wisdom of the east remains his thrust as he and his colleagues conduct public seminars and workshops and provide training for health care professionals around the world. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Mallika Chopra is the founder of Intent.com, a website focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet. Mallika is the mother of Tara and Leela Mandal – she has written two books inspired by them: 100 Promises to My Baby and 100 Questions from My Child. She helped launch the Heal The World Foundation with Michael Jackson, was part of the original team to re-launch MTV India, has produced two movies, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and How to Know God, based on books written by her father, author Deepak Chopra. Mallika is a graduate of Brown University and has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Ellen Choy is an organizer with the Mobilization for Climate Justice West, a grassroots coalition of Bay Area groups fighting for climate justice locally through direct action and movement building. Ellen has worked with youth in the Bay Area through leadership development programs, including the Environmental Service Learning Initiative. She's also helping to convene a young environmental justice leaders coalition called Youth 4 Climate Justice, and is cofounder of ChecktheWeather.net, a blog dedicated to young people of color redefining green. As a funk/soul/hip hop DJ, Ellen integrates music and art into all of her work, and uses music as a medium to communicate to young people.
Christensen has worked as the Environmental Outreach Coordinator for the Citizens Utility Board since January of last year. She educates consumers about energy savings and advocates for energy efficiency and renewable energy issues. She previously worked for the Environmental Law ; Policy Center as a Community Organizer for their Clean Cars campaign.
Christensen grew up on a farm in Iowa and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa. During college, Christensen interned at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. She attended law school at Northern Illinois University.
Cristi Christensen is the Director of Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, where she is a passionate yoga teacher. A former elite-level gymnast and platform diver, she earned her degree in Kinesiology while training with the Olympic diving team. After an injury cut her Olympic dreams short, Cristi shifted her focus to helping others improve their level of fitness through personal training, Pilates, core fusion, and yoga. In 2004 she joined exhale, and has since studied extensively with world-renowned teachers, including Saul David Raye, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito. Cristi has combined her teachings, practice, and bright energy into a dynamic and unique classroom style that translates into an infectious energy that her students can’t help but feel during each class. Cristi has brought this energy across the globe, leading workshops, retreats, and bringing positivity with her to every corner of the earth.
Leafe Christian is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities (New Society Publishers, 2003), and the new Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community (New Society Publishers, 2007). She was editor of Communities magazine for 14 years and now edits Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities, an online newsletter. She lives in an offgrid home site at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.
Christian is the CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments, where she heads the investment management team and cofounded Portfolio 21 global equity mutual fund. Christian is also Board chair of Upstream 21, a privately held regional holding company for small local businesses.
Janine Christiano is the founder of the Arroyo Time Bank based in the neighborhoods of Pasadena, Altadena, Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Northeast Los Angeles. Through the Arroyo Time Bank, she helped launch the Altadena Urban Farmer’s Market to promotea local and sustainable food economy. She is also developing the California Federation of Time Banks, a regional information hub and network for Time Banks in California. Time Banking involves an exchange of services without using the cash economy. For every hour spent doing something for someone else, you earn a Time Dollar that can be used for having someone do something for you. Janine is also Program Coordinator at the Armory Center for the Arts and a proud resident of Pasadena.
Christopher Smith is the program lead for Greener Denver, a comprehensive economic development strategy that achieves climate goals through economic action. Christopher has over twenty years of experience in urban design, architecture and planning. He joined the Denver Office of Economic Development in 2003. Christopher holds Master of Architecture and Master of Arts in Urban Planning degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a licensed architect registered in Colorado and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Hailing from New York City, Circa ’95 is an independent Hip-Hop music and media group comprised of Patty Dukes and Reph. Puerto Rican & Dominican by way of The Bronx and Washington Heights, they rhyme seamlessly through English and Spanish. They recently released their first album "FREE LUNCH" which is available through their website www.circa95.com. Last year they completed a 5 month artistic residency with The Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab curating The Circa '95 Pop-Up Shop, a lifestyle store encouraging music, art, culture and wellness throughout the community. During the residency they held the first ever Uptown Wellness Series in the South Bronx, which featured free yoga classes, vegan cooking demos and D.I.Y organic beauty products. They are also co-founders of The Ladies Love Project & Rhyme Factory. Circa ’95 is next up and poised to make their mark on the world with that classic New York sound.
Ray Cirino fulfills his dream of making the world ecologically sustainable while enjoying each moment doing so. On April 24, 2009 he was honored in LA Weekly Magazine as “the innovative Mad Scientist.” In 2012 he was awarded with the City of Los Angeles Certificate of Commendation for his creative contributions and community organizations. His insatiable appetite to build things has prompted him to develop multiple skills. Especially interested in the patterns of nature and architecture, His unquenchable passion to create was too much to overcome.
A prime mover and shaker in a world that has become less sustainable, he promotes the abundances nature offers. Ray Cirino celebrates and teaches the opportunities that give birth to Ecological, Psychological, and Spiritual Sustainability at a time when we face great challenges as a species.
Brian Cisneros is the founder of the Northwest Chocolate Festival and the Northwest Coffee Festival in Seattle, WA. These Northwest events raise awareness about trade issues in global products and provide opportunities to taste, learn and celebrate chocolate and coffee from craft and specialty producers. Brian holds a graduate degree in leading organization change and has worked with organizations to develop work systems and long range planning strategy. Currently, Brian focuses on how to create tasty experiences for people that educate as well as celebrate.
Bobby Clark serves as Deputy Director of ProgressNow Colorado Education. Bobby was one of the earliest staff members on Howard Dean's presidential campaign, helping pioneer their novel use of the Internet to raise awareness for a littleknown candidate and bring in more than $25 Million online in 14 months. Prior to Dean for America, Bobby served as Deputy Director of a statewide initiative in Colorado.
Clark served on the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County appointed Energy Resource Scarcity/Peak Oil Task Force (ERSPO), and while involved with the ERSPO Task Force, she and several other community members formed the Transition Whatcom Initiating Group.
Mimi Clark has been a pioneer in plant-based cooking having taught vegan cooking classes in VA, MD, and DC for the past 22 years. Mimi’s daughter, a graduate student at the University of Mary Washington, has been vegan since birth.
Mimi has been a chef for Eden Foods at the Fancy Food shows in DC, and at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore. She has formulated vegan recipes for many manufacturers including Earth Balance, Made Just Right, Sweet & Sara Marshmallows, WholeSoy Yogurt, Galaxy Foods, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Wholesome Sweeteners, Yummy Plants, and Edward & Sons, to name a few.
Mimi’s Meatless Holidays class was featured on Wendy Reiger’s Going Green series on NBC4. She was a featured speaker at the DC VegFest, and at the News4 Health & Fitness Expo in Washington, D.C. Mimi is currently a consultant for the Loving Hut vegan restaurant in Falls Church, VA where she creates their ice cream, Key Lime pies, and holiday menus. On most weekends, she can be found at area natural food stores sampling the latest vegan products in an effort to raise awareness about plant-based foods.
Adam Clark, Certified Bicycle Technician rode his way into business when he founded Pedal to the People, the mobile bicycle repair service in 2009. Dedicated to making bicycle riding easily accessible by doing the tune-up at your doorstep. He utilizes mobility to its best advantage so that you can too! He also works to instill confidence in others by demonstrating simple techniques with an adjustable wrench and allen keys. Pedal to the People services bikes on-site from 63rd St. to Rogers Park and east of Pulaski. Ride Safely!!
Trisha Clauson is the executive director of Think Local First DC, and has previously worked in community based economic development at the Latino Economic Development Corporation in Washington D.C., and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala.
Mimi Clayton, CMT, ATC, has a B.A. in Sports Medicine, has been a bodywork professional for 19 years and is the owner of a 12-year-old clinical and holistic massage therapy practice. Mimi is an educator, healer and a Reiki Master. She has taught and clinically supervised student teaching at the Soma Institute. Mimi has worked in various settings including hospital, physical therapy center, high school, fitness club, corporate chair massage, spa, music, art and outdoor events. She was chosen to work with the Elite Runners at the Chicago Marathon. Mimi is a certified Athletic Trainer. Her clients range from elite athletes, business owners, performance artists, and spiritual healers to rehabilitation. Mimi incorporates neuromuscular, deep tissue, sports, Thai yoga, reflexology, lifestyle and energy work in her treatments to customize each client’s session. She transforms lives. Mimi is the Co-Founder and Director of Mimi’s Organic Exchange (MOE). Mimi is Co-Founder and Board Member of The Convergence Project, Inc.
Cleary is chief operating officer of Clif Bar ; Co, the leading maker of allnatural and organic energy and nutrition foods and drinks.As COO, he is responsible for sales, supply chain operations, brand development and the companys sustainability programs.
Guided by five bottom lines Sustaining our Business, Sustaining our Brands, Sustaining our People, Sustaining our Community and Sustaining the Planet Kevin has directed Clif Bar ; Co.s increasing use of organic ingredients, the rapid expansion of its product portfolio and international distribution as well as groundbreaking initiatives in the area of environmental sustainability.
Kevin joined Clif Bar in 2005 as executive vice president of sales. Prior to joining the company, he was senior vice president of R.R. Donnelley where he oversaw the companys sales, marketing, business development and operations.
Kevin holds a bachelors degree in social science from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his masters degree in business administration from Northwesterns Kellogg School of Business.
Kevin resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Jennifer.