Dr. Eluemuno Blyden is a visionary scientist and entrepreneur who received his PhD in plant biotechnology from Cambridge University, UK, and has worked internationally in industry, academia and government. His passion is development and how new technologies can be applied in innovative ways informed by local culture and know-how. He was a winner of the 2007 Sustaining Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development ( SEED) Initiative Award for an integrated tourism/traditional medicine/forest conservation project in W. Africa. He is the founder and manager of Vertical Home Gardens LLC, a company that manufactures the Phytopod(tm) line of vertical gardening products. He has three children.


Abby Bobe' is a dual MBA and Computer Science candidate at Mills College. Abby is passionate about technology, everything marketing and economic development. She recently traveled to South India to implement a computer technology program for a small rural village, serves as Marketing Manager at BlackGirlsCODE and is a Hispanics In Philanthropy Fellow focusing on education and technology issues affecting low-income Latino and Black communities. Follow her journey on Twitter at @AbbyBobe.


Bocanegra is labor educator for the Unions and Immigrant Workers at the Labor Education and Research Center at Evergeen State College.

Bocanegra has been employed most recently as an organizer with Washington State Jobs with Justice, and during his 35 years in the Northwest has also been involved in numerous social justice efforts and community service activities. Bocanegra wasa founder of El Centro de la Raza in Seattle, worked with the American Friends Service Committee in 1986 to help organize the first Immigrant Rights Defense Committees in Washington State, and recently provided support to the Hotel Workers Rising organizing efforts of UNITE HERE Local 8. Bocanegra is also a past (200708) member of the King County Charter Review Commission, as the state secretary of the Partido de la Revoluci


I am a self trained chef and the owner of momme meals - an organic food company providing meals nutritional balanced for pregnant and nursing moms. With a strong connection to sustainable agriculture (buy local/eat seasonal) and a love of nutritionally dense and incredibly flavorful seasonal ingredients I began sharing healthy, fresh and delicious recipes on the" target="_blank">momme meals blog.

If there is one thing I have learned working side-by side with a nutritionist for the past three years and talking to moms across the country is that eating healthy, sustainable and delicious foods is possible no matter your income level when the right information is shared.

I have appeared on!/on-air/as-seen-on/Baby-Week--Eating-Right/151749235" target="_blank">News 4 DC live offering nutritional tips and running a quick food demo with Barbara Harrison. I have also provided brief training seminars to DC area moms on cooking for themselves and their families.


Colin Bogart is the Programs and Campaigns Manager at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coaltion. Founded in 1998, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County, and is the only nonprofit, membership-based organization working exclusively for the millions of bicyclists in L.A. Before working for LACBC, Colin Bogart was a volunteer for from 2000 to 2008. In his volunteer days, he recruited other volunteers, helped organize rides and served on the Board of Directors from 2003-2007. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Loyola Marymount University and is a certified League Cycling Instructor (#2240). As the PLACE Grant Coordinator, Colin worked closely with a team of Glendale City Staff members to create the Glendale Safe & Healthy Streets Plan, making Glendale a better place to walk or ride a bike.


The purchasing manager for Performance Coatings, Kristin is a 25yearold native of Sonoma County. Her family has long been involved in viticulture and the wine industry, which led her to a major in Agriculture Business at Chico State. After a short stint with a Sonoma County winery, she came to Performance Coatings as purchasing manager. Since joining the company, she has worked with vendors and suppliers to come up with raw materials that are both economical and ecological. She has prioritized revising the way that PCI manages its waste, including filtering off spec product so that it can be reintroduced into production.


Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a trained and published neuroanatomist. Her specialty was in the postmortem investigation of the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and the severe mental illnesses. Because she has a brother who has been diagnosed with the brain disorder schizophrenia, Dr. Taylor served for three years on the Board of Directors of the National NAMI organization (National Alliance on Mental Illness) between 19941997. Currently she serves as President of the Greater Bloomington Affiliate of NAMI in Bloomington, Indiana.

Because there is a long term shortage of brain tissue donated for postmortem research by individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, Dr. Taylor travels as the National Spokesperson for the Mentally Ill for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Harvard Brain Bank) located at McLean Hospital. As the Singin' Scientist, Dr. Taylor delivers this very popular keynote address titled How To Get Your Brain To Do What You Want It To Do.

But as irony would have it, on December 10, 1996, Dr. Taylor woke up to discover that she was experiencing a rare form of stroke, an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Two and a half weeks later, on December 27, 1996, she underwent major brain surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to remove a golf ball size blood clot that was placing pressure on the language centers in the left hemisphere of her brain.

It took eight years for Dr. Taylor to successfully rebuild her brain from the inside out. In response to the swelling and trauma of the stroke, which placed pressure on her dominant left hemisphere, the functions of her right hemisphere blossomed. Among other things, she now creates and sells unique stained glass brains when commissioned to do so. In addition, she published a book about her recovery from stroke and the insights she gained into the workings of her brain. The book is titled My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey and has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for over nine weeks.

In May of 2008, TIME Magazine chose Dr. Taylor as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and she was the premiere guest on Oprah's Soul Series webcast.


Hal Bolton, AIA, founded Terraplane Studios to provide sustainable design services for small to mediumsized residential and commercial projects with a commitment to energy efficiency and green building. A registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, Hal brings fifteen years of professional experience to each project. In addition to consulting on LEED certified projects, Hal's projects incorporate renewable materials, recycled products and efficient systems into all phases of the design process. Recent projects have integrated renewable energy systems including photovoltaics, geothermal heating, and passive solar design.

A regular speaker in the D.C. area, Hal has presented at the Solar Decathlon, the National Zoo, and for a number of professional organizations. A local sustainability advocate, Hal testified in front of the D.C. City Council for the Green Building Act. Hal has been actively involved in the D.C. Chapter of the Committee on the Environment (COTE), a focus group of the American Institute of Architects. He is a former chair and is currently serving as the MidAtlantic Regional Team Leader for COTE. In addition, he will begin teaching a course in sustainable design in 2011.

After graduating from the University of Virginia and Georgia Tech with degrees in architecture, Hal started his professional experience in Atlanta. After a brief time in Mauritania, West Africa with the Peace Corps, he moved to Washington, D.C. and currently lives in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. To provide sustainable transportation, he is rebuilding a 1976 International Scout to run on biodiesel and used vegetable oil.


Annie is the editor and producer of Care2's Healthy Living channels and Health and Wellness Series newsletters. Bond teamed up with Maid Brigade to promote awareness of true green cleaning and what consumers should look for when selecting authentically green products and services, like Maid Brigades Green Clean Certified system. She brings over 20 years of experience as a leading authority, writer and editor about the connections between the environment, personal health and wellbeing. Annie has authored four books, including her most recent work, Home Enlightenment: Practical, EarthFriendly Advice for Creating a Nurturing, Healthy, and ToxinFree Home and Lifestyle (Rodale, 2005). She has also written Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), The Green Kitchen Handbook (with Mothers ; Others, forward by Meryl Streep, HarperCollins, 1997), Clean ; Green (Ceres Press, 1990), and wrote the chapter on cleaning in The Healthy School Handbook (NEA Professional Library, 1995). She was founder and editorinchief of Green Alternatives for Health and the Environment, the national consumer magazine designed to provide a community to the emerging environmental health field, and the founding editor of The Green Guide (a publication of Mothers ; Others), an Utne Reader Alternative Press award recipient for general excellence in newsletters.


Brekke has worked as an educator for nearly 10 years with a background in environmental education. Lately, her focus has been on educating people about sustainable food systems, specifically for urban areas. She lives and works in the Logan Square community where she enjoys reading, gardening, and playing outside.


Lori is the author of Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to MakingEcoSmart Choices a Part of Your Life, Bongiorno has writtenextensively about pressing environmental issues.


Virginia Bonofiglio began her career in the fragrance industry over 30 years ago, at Givaudan, where she trained in perfumery. Subsequently she held positions at Monsanto Flavor/ Essense, BBA, Florasynth, and Felton Worldwide where she developed and evaluated fragrances for a wide variety of products from personal care, to household, to fine fragrances. Her expertise extended beyond perfumery into fragrance evaluation, marketing support for sales and fragrance development, and management of the fragrance division of a flavor and fragrance company

For over 15 years Virginia has been an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she managed the on-campus Fragrance Studio and developed specialized curriculum for the CFM department. Today she is the Chairperson of the Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing Department, the only B.S. degree program in the in this field in the U.S.

Brian Bonz is a musician, composer and educator from Brooklyn. Brian works with grades Pre-K to 6th grade teaching music classes like Songwriting & Guitar, Percussion, and Rock Band.


“Bringing It Home” is the second feature documentary produced and directed by Linda Booker, owner of By the Brook Production based in North Carolina. Linda completed the Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2005. “Bringing It Home” won the Jury Award at this year’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival and Best Environmental Film at Sedona International Film Festival. “Bringing It Home” has been part of a national outreach campaign to help educate consumers and lawmakers about hemp’s uses for healthy, sustainable products for nutrition, construction materials, bio-composites, textiles, body care and more and why policy change is needed to bring this beneficial crop back to all of America’s farmers for a greener future. By the Brook has produced videos for the City of Durham and Clean Jordan Lake on water protection issues in addition to work for numerous NC non-profits.


Rose Boomsma, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, was an intern with DC's Department of Public Works this summer. This internship provided students with knowledge and experience about recycling and sustainability. This fall, along with being a Howard University student, Rose will be starting a recycling program at a public charter school and promoting the academic and environmental benefits of sustainability education in DC. Rose sees sustainability education as a community building opportunity and as a music student, she sees sustainability as something that is relevant to people from all walks of life.


Alison Booth has been with Equal Exchange since 2001. She currently lives in Seattle and manages the Equal Exchange Espresso Bar at Ballard Market. At EE she has also served in various staff and elected positions, including: Interfaith Program Manager, Worker-Owner Coordinator and co-chair of the Board of Directors. She has traveled with Equal Exchange customers and staff to visit coffee producers in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Prior to working at EE, Alison worked as a Youth Organizer with American Friends Service Committee-New Hampshire and the Amnesty International USA Program to Abolish the Death Penalty. Alison has given dozens of workshops and trainings on topics ranging from worker-ownership to Fair Trade, faith-based organizing to espresso. Green is her favorite color.


Kwan Booth is an award winning writer and media strategist working at the intersection of communications, community, art and technology. He is the co-founder of and House of Local Media and a member of the Black Futurist arts collective. Kwan has written for organizations including,, 10 Best and Not For Tourists Guides and is a recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award from The Society of Professional Journalists. He has consulted for journalism organizations, corporate and grassroots clients including Public Radio International, Paypal, Black Coalition on AIDS, the Knight Digital Media Center, the Online News Association, the The National Conference on Media Reform and the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. He is also the creator of “Sit Next to a Black Person Month” and has poetry published in “Beyond the Frontier: African American Poets for the 21st Century,” the Journal for Pan African Studies, and CHORUS, the upcoming anthology edited by Saul Williams.


Jocelyn has committed herself to arts, activism and economic justice through her undergraduate studies in Cultural Anthropology and long time work with the Global Exchange Fair Trade Program. She began her time with Global Exchange in 2003 as an intern with the Economic Justice Campaign working with Leila Salazar to target large scale producer Levi Strauss in the settlement of the Saipan Lawsuit. She continued her work in 2005 at the San Francisco Global Exchange Fair Trade store where she continues to work today as Buyer and Manager. Jocelyn takes action through her work in a variety of ways; she works to support Fair Trade producer groups around the world by investing her time in grassroots craft projects and economically just production, and by opposing a system of corporate exploitation and greed.


Roman is familiar with observing his audience and providing audio journeys for all occasions and moods. He has Dj’ed large scale events, intimate gatherings, and guided dance journeys. At Green Fest Chicago he will weave a myriad of genres, incorporating house, funk, world music, and down tempo into his mix. Come ready to have fun and be taken on a unique ride of sound, mood, and movement." target="_blank">" target="_blank">" target="_blank">


Sherry Boschert is a medical news reporter and electric vehicle driver. She cofounded and is president of the San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association (, and she serves on the executive committee of Plug In America ( A journalist for nearly three decades, she has written for many mainstream publications including The New York Times and currently is on the staff of International Medical News Group. Adding solar panels to her home in 1998 led Sherry to explore electric vehicles. Her results of her research can be found in her entertaining new book, Plugin Hybrids: The Cars that Will Recharge America, with extra detailsl posted on her website,


Zorana Bosnic, RIBA, LEED, AP is a vice president and the sustainable design director with HOK in San Francisco. Educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, she started her carrier in Europe, joined HOK in Hong Kong and then moved to San Francisco office in 1999. As a senior project designer she worked on numerous projects in Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and West Coast USA.Zorana has a keen interest in sustainable design innovations and ways of integrating biomimicry and nature's principles into the built environment. Building on HOK's close alliance with biomimicry, she works to expand the awareness and application of biomimicry within the built environment, advancing HOK's longstanding commitment to sustainable design. To ensure the practice maintains its expertise, Zorana combines her project design work at HOK with research and active participation in international sustainable organizations, as well as promotion of sustainable practices throughout the community. Zorana is one of the leaders of the HOK Sustainable Leaders global alliance and is frequently asked to speak on unique opportunities for innovation in the built environment by professional organizations throughout the Bay Area.
Zorana Bosnic, RIBA, LEED, AP is a vice president and the sustainable design director with HOK in San Francisco. Educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, she started her carrier in Europe, joined HOK in Hong Kong and then moved to San Francisco office in 1999. As a senior project designer she worked on numerous projects in Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and West Coast USA.Zorana has a keen interest in sustainable design innovations and ways of integrating biomimicry and nature's principles into the built environment. Building on HOK's close alliance with biomimicry, she works to expand the awareness and application of biomimicry within the built environment, advancing HOK's longstanding commitment to sustainable design. To ensure the practice maintains its expertise, Zorana combines her project design work at HOK with research and active participation in international sustainable organizations, as well as promotion of sustainable practices throughout the community. Zorana is one of the leaders of the HOK Sustainable Leaders global alliance and is frequently asked to speak on unique opportunities for innovation in the built environment by professional organizations throughout the Bay Area.

Brekke has worked as an educator for nearly 10 years with a background in environmental education. Lately, her focus has been on educating people about sustainable food systems, specifically for urban areas. She lives and works in the Logan Square community where she enjoys reading, gardening, and playing outside.


Brekke has worked as an educator for nearly 10 years with a background in environmental education. Lately, her focus has been on educating people about sustainable food systems, specifically for urban areas. She lives and works in the Logan Square community where she enjoys reading, gardening, and playing outside.


Kyla Bourne, from Vancouver, BC, first got into activism during the anti-Olympic campaign in 2010, and G8/G20 in Toronto. She is getting her master's at the University of Chicago, and her academic interests revolve around radical democracy and urban social movements. Bourne presented a paper on direct action at the 2010 North American Anarchist Studies Network conference. She is writing her thesis on how autonomous sites of power and the Occupy movement can challenge neoliberalism, and she is active with Occupy at present.


Lucy Boutte, a native of Mexico, has lived in California all her life. Currently working for National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM), bringing awareness, education, formation, advocacy and a call to action on behalf of farm workers to the faith community. For the over thirty years her journey has led her through ministry in many areas in her church. Lucy was appointed by her Bishop 6 years ago to coordinate the Spanish speaking Charismatic Renewal in the San Gabriel Pastoral Region. In this capacity she has developed a team to provide faith formation and leadership training for those who minister in the parishes. Working in both these capacities has provided opportunities to share her passion for social justice and weave those principles in her ministry in the church and her work with NFWM.


Esther Bowen received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago in 2008; she wrote her B.A. thesis on the energy and emissions impact of local versus organic food production. In addition to her academic work in this area, she has acquired field experience in sustainable agriculture and food production through her work at three sustainable farming systems, including work at rural and urban farms. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. In addition to her other research activities, Bowen coordinates the farm interns for the Feeding the City project.


Bower is Cofounder and Executive Director of, an online museum of environmental art, launched in 2001. He has a background as an artist, curator, designer and organizer in the arts, cultural exchange and environmental nonprofit sectors in the United States and in Ecuador.


Boyd directs Angelic Organics Learning Center's Urban Initiative in Chicago, helping people in Chicago neighborhoods plan and install food production sites, and learn skills for growing good food in the city. She moderates the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Google group, and serves on steering committees of the Advocates of Urban Agriculture (AUA) and Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council (CFPAC).

Boyd has worked in farming and organic and urban gardening since 1989 including at the Community Farm of Ann Arbor, the Soo Line Community Garden in Minneapolis, UCSanta Cruz's Farm ; Garden and The Food Project in Boston, before joining the Learning Center in 2005. Boyd's graduate studies at UWMadison combined public health, land resources management, and community development. Boyd is certified in Zen shiatsu and lives on Chicago's southside.


Kirk Boyd is the executive director for the 2048 Project. He has his B.S. in political science from U.C. Santa Barbara, (1981), followed by his J.D. (1985), LL.M (1996) and J.S.D. (2000) from U.C. Berkeley Law School. He has been a litigator with Morrison ; Forester and a partner in the firm Boyd, Huffman, Williams and Urla, litigating primarily civil rights and environmental law cases in courts of all levels, including the United States Supreme Court. Kirk has taught at U.C. Santa Barbara and U. C. Berkeley, including courses on international human rights, international law, Constitutional law, civil rights and First Amendment.


From Greenpeace volunteer in 1978, to her current position as Managing Director of Green Guru Network and Sustainability Coordinator for the County of Westchester, Lea has been an avid proponent of sustainable issues for over 25 years. She pioneered green local social media, developed municipal climate action plans,spearheaded large scale municipal biofuel andenvironmentally preferred procurement programs, consults for large scale recycling and waste reduction projects,energy efficiency policy and local agriculture systems for governments, non-profits and private entities


WICKHAM BOYLE has helped bring best business practices to non-profit organizations such as The Hartford Foundation, LaMama Theater, Breast Cancer Warriors, The City of New York, The New York State Counsel on the Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the City of Los Angeles, among others. As a journalist she has written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, MS and many others. Her work focuses on cultural exchange, and financial feasibility. She has an MBA from Yale and a BA in anthropology, African Studies from NYU.

Currently she is using all her talents and education as the VP of a hybrid organization called JUST SHEA (LLC) and One Village Planet (501C3) our tag line is Saving Your Skin and Women’s Lives as we created a line of creams where the profits return to help the women shea harvesters in Ghana to have a safely harvested crop.


Awardwinning photographer Braasch covers environmental issues for National Geographic, Time and the BBC.


Melissa L. Bradley is founder and managing director of New Capitalist


Christopher first felt the passion for social change as a third-grader when a teacher-issued ban on tag sparked him to organize with classmates to sign petitions, stage a sit-in on the sandbox and boycott recess for their right to play! He honed his organizing and entrepreneurial skills at Howard University studying political science and business while developing a human rights centered worldview as an avid member of Amnesty International.He now applies that same innate passion and acquired skills as a social entrepreneur at Dreaming Out Loud – the organization he founded and serves as Executive Director. Since founding the organization he continues to advance as a leader and social entrepreneur through experiences such as the StartingBloc Fellowship (NY’11) and the everyday journey of changemaker.


E. Emmet Brady is the creator and host of the Insect News Network. He presented Honeybees and Humans, at the Green Fest in 2008 with the Pollen Nation. Emmet is a member of the Biomimicry Guild Speakers Bureau and a leading expert in the emerging field of cultural entomology, which explores the parallels and connections between insects and humans in art/mythology, economics, sexuality, sociology and metaphysics/spirituality. A 5year lecturer, dancer, and DJ in the Bay Area, Emmet operates People Magnet Events and Edutainment (, and helped coproduce the Bay Area Green Tours, which won the award, Best Green Business 2010, from the East Bay Express.


Strategist and lobbyist for the Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act,Braun is coordinator for the Illinois Local and Organic Food and FarmTask Force.


As Grist.orgs community coordinator, Braun works to engage online readers with environmental news through social networks and multimedia.


Best known as Founding Director of Green Map System, Wendy E. Brawer is an eco-designer and social innovator focused on sustainable community development through local leadership. From her original 1992 New York Green Map, the movement has spread to 60 countries, supported and linked by the participatory tools, icons, multimedia and events Wendy has co-created and shared at Her local New York Green Maps highlight her areas of expertise, including energy & climate, composting & local food, cycling & shared mobility.

Green Map’s honors include the Papanek Social Design Award, the US National Sustainability Award, Living Labs Global and Treehugger Best of Green.

As a consultant and accelerator active for 20 years, Wendy has been appointed Designer in Residence at Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, an Utne Visionary, Honorary Citizen of Nagakute Japan (host city of EXPO 2005) and Woman of Earth/Terre de Femme, as seen at" target="_blank">


A professional Ironman triathlete and author of The Thrive Diet,Brazier is the creator of an awardwinning line of whole foodnutritional products called Vega.


The creative force of gina Breedlove is as dangerous and delightful as this earth we share. folkSoul is the signature sound of this vocalist and songwriter, who defies and redefines genre. Rooted in spirit, with the powerful intention of a sound healer, gina's voice is soul revelry. A Coalescence of Rhythm and Blues, with Cadences of Folk, classic orchestration and irresistible grooves, it is the medicine so many of us crave.

In Goddess culture gina Breedlove is a vocal priestess, leaving her audience the privileged recipients of her pure spirit, and deep vocal well.


Cathy Breitenbach is the Director of Lakefront Operations in the Chicago Park District Office of Green Initiatives. Her work includes management of the beach monitoring and notification programs for all of the public beaches in Chicago. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in environmental science and anthropology from Northwestern University. Prior to her work at the Chicago Park District, she was an assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, where she worked on waterfront development and water policy for the City of Chicago. She has also done consulting work on green infrastructure planning, and spent several years working for Friends of the Chicago River, a local environmental advocacy group.


Brenda Horton is the president of Hware, LLC, an online business training and software company. Hware (HumanityWare) specializes in helping green businesses, nonpro?ts, and ecoconscious entrepreneurs increase their triple bottom line with the following planning services:Business PlansStrategic PlansMarketing PlansFinancial PlansOperational PlansAction PlansEvent PlansBrenda Horton has over 16,500 followers on Twitter. She teaches people all over the world via webinars, blogging, and live trainings on how to harness the power of social media to increase sales and revenue.In 2002 Brenda Horton built a straw bale, (energyefficient) solar powered home in theSierra Nevada foothills of California. She currently resides with her business partner and husband, Chuck Horton. Together, they offer over 40 years of combined business experience and expertise.Brenda Horton is the president of Hware, LLC, an online business training and software company. Hware (HumanityWare) specializes in helping green businesses, nonpro?ts, and ecoconscious entrepreneurs increase their triple bottom line with the following planning services:
Business PlansStrategic PlansMarketing PlansFinancial PlansOperational PlansAction PlansEvent Plans
Brenda Horton has over 16,500 followers on Twitter. She teaches people all over the world via webinars, blogging, and live trainings on how to harness the power of social media to increase sales and revenue.
In 2002 Brenda Horton built a straw bale, (energyefficient) solar powered home in theSierra Nevada foothills of California. She currently resides with her business partner and husband, Chuck Horton. Together, they offer over 40 years of combined business experience and expertise.


Patti Bressman, Director of Program and Operations for the non-for-profit Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF), is an advocate for sustainability education in K-12 schools across the country. Through CELF programming educators and studentslearn howsocial justice, andenvironmental andeconomichealth can be addressed in any subject area and across every grade level. Patti joined the founding CELF Board of Directorsin 2003 after almost 20 years experience in financial and organization management. Her passion for connecting students to the evolving need for sustainable thinking in government, business, and industry led to her creation ofCELF student programs which have reached over 10,000 students, including the Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO, Learning with Leaders Series, and Student Ambassador Program.

Junius "House" Brickhouse is the founder and executive director of Urban Artistry.

Bringing it Home

Here in the U.S.A, industrial hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t we grow it here? BRINGING IT HOME is a documentary that explores hemp's past, present and future with animation, archival footage and interviews with business owners using it for construction, textiles, nutrition, soaps and bio-plastics the U.S.A and abroad.


Caitlin Bristol is the Creative Director of the leading authority on stylish, sustainable living. A writer, designer, and sustainability strategist, Caitlin manages content and leads creative for Since Caitlin joined ecofabulous, the site has been named a top online resource for living and shopping green by Martha Stewart's Body+Soul magazine and was listed #15 on Women's Health magazine's List of The 100 Most Useful Sites on The Web.

While developing an editorial program with a fresh, witty voice that holds steadfast to a stringent eco criteria, Caitlin also works on media campaigns, strategic programs and interactive events with companies such as eBay, O Organics, Sprint, Dwell, Yahoo, Levi's, and Electrolux. Bristol received her BA in English and Political Science from Santa Clara University and is currently completing a graduate program in Sustainable Design at UC Berkeley's extension campus in San Francisco. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, she traveled to over twenty countries, including India, Australia, and South Africa where she gained a deep appreciation of nature's efficient, wastefree, regenerative cycles. When she's not working towards the seamless integration of sustainability and high design, she can be found exploring the Bay Area on two wheels.


Jim Bristow is President of Bristow Enterprises, a consulting, education, services and products company that addresses sustainability integration. Jim focuses heavily on education and facilitation of conservation measures and sustainable technologies for individuals, businesses and communities, ultimately saving, resources, money and reducing carbon emissions. This includes strong involvement in civic projects such as parks, preserving community gathering centers and neighborhood watch programs. His mission and vision is to be an active player in the global transformation from limited carbon based energy resources to unlimited sustainable sources, as well as the conservation and responsible use of all other resources, especially water. He envisions a strong economy based on these sustainable technologies and practices rather than our current unsustainable consumption based economy. Jim Bristow has been involved in the building industry for 33 years, a business owner since 1982 and is currently a licensed, bonded and insured general contractor in Seattle Washington.


Leo Brodie serves on the Steering Committee of Sustainable NE Seattle, an officially recognized Transition Initiative, and also is a co-founder of Transition Seattle. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, and trained with two of the founders of the Transition movement. He is a co-owner of a corporate leadership training company, a web developer and an author.


David Brodwin is a consultant on strategy and messaging for mission driven businesses and advocacy organizations. He co-founded American Sustainable Business Council, and he leads its media, communications, and technology initiatives. He is a co-founder and executive committee member of New Economy Network, and heads its framing and messaging working group. Previously he was executive director at George Lakoff’s Rockridge Institute, a think tank on progressive politics and political communications.

David writes a weekly column on economics for U.S. News and World Report online, and he lectures on social change at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Before moving into policy and advocacy work, David was a partner at Accenture and held other executive roles in management consulting in high tech and media. David earned his MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA at Harvard.


Senior Scholar/Rabbi Emeritus of North Shore Congregation Israel, where he served as Senior Rabbi for 25 years, combining his vocation with community service, scholarship, publishing in popular and scholarly journals, teaching in synagogues and universities, now teaches History of Religion at Lake Forest College. Honored as the editor of a modern classic of Jewish liturgy, thePassover Haggadah of Reform Judaism, and Distinguished Alumnus award inthe year 2000, from the University of Cincinnati.

He teaches a course in Religious and Ethical Perspectives on theEnvironment at Lake Forest College and has served on the SteeringCommittee of the Sierra Club Clean Air Project, as well as chairing theEnvironmental Initiatives Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis.

Rachel Kay Brookmire is the founder and director of Sahara Dance. She specializes in modern Egyptian raqs sharqi for stage. Rachel has performed extensively at theaters, embassies, weddings, and with live bands as a headliner in Arabic nightclubs. Her playful performance style is shimmy-rich and lyrical.


Brooks is a grassroots organizer and San Francisco Community Choice advocate. He began with Ralph Nader's Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) in the mid 1980's and is now coordinator of the San Francisco based environmental, consumer protection, and social justice organization, Our City:


Jeremy Brosowsky is an entrepreneur and the founder of Agricity, a Washington D.C.based company committed to building healthier, more sustainable cities. Its first project is Compost Cab, a service that makes it easy to compost in the city. Compost Cab offers a clean, convenient, and costeffective pickup service for organic materials, delivering them to a nearby notforprofit urban farm, where they're transformed into the fertile soil needed to grow good, nutritious food for the local community. Brosowsky studied composting with Will Allen, and graduated from his Growing Power Commercial Urban Agriculture Program. Jeremy's previous ventures include Washington Business Forward, an awardwinning local business magazine, and Brijit, an online aggregator of longform content. He earned degrees in history at the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.


As president of CDMs Public Services Group, Mr. Brown is responsible for the delivery of consulting, engineering, construction, and operations services to the firms municipal, regional, and state government clients. He has nearly 30 years experience in project development, project finance, and the planning and management of public utilities and environmental facilities.
With improving largescale infrastructure and increasing public health, safety, and environmental regulation, engineers often create urban infrastructure that goes largely unnoticed by the public. Yet we are quickly learning that citizen activists and community interest groups are necessary and valuable partners in integrating system goals. Paul will discuss the innovative efforts of individuals who have been improving quality of life, promoting urban sustainability, and creating cities of the future. This will include sharing stories from the PBS series, Edens Lost ; Found, and citing successful examples of sustainable design in urban areas across the country.


An entrepreneur at heart and an advocate of following ones true passion, Warren Brown opened CakeLove in March of 2002 after leaving a successful career as a federal attorney litigating health care fraud for the Department of Health and Human Services. After the birth of CakeLove on 1506 U St., NW, Washington, D.C., Love Cafe was opened directly across the street and just recently, another CakeLove on 935 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD joined the CakeLove family.

Recognized as an outstanding business leader and a dynamic manager by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the recipient of the 2006 Small Business Person of the Year Award in Washington, D.C., Mr. Brown remains focused not only on providing the most delicious tasting cakes and pastries but also diligently participates in charitable work on both the local and national levels.

Mr. Brown received his Bachelors of Art in History from Brown University in 1993 and went on to receive his Juris Doctor and a Masters in Public Health at the George Washington University in 1998. He currently hosts Sugar Rush, a 30minute program airing on the Food Network in more than 87 million homes across the country, while attending to the bakery and experimenting with new products.

Mr. Brown has been recognized and featured in a number of media outlets including:
The Oprah Winfrey Show; The Today Show; NBC Dateline; Fox News Sunday; Food Networks Tylers Ultimate; The Best Of; Al Roker on The Road; Sweet Dreams, Best Of The Best, by Marc Silverstein; Fine Living Networks Radical Sabbaticals; People Magazine; Inc.; Readers Digest; Southern Living; Black Enterprise; The American Lawyer; Kiplingers Personal Finance; The Washington Post; The Washington Times; Washingtonian Magazine; The Plain Dealer; Brown Alumni Monthly; The George Washington University alumni magazine; What Should I Do With My Life?, by Po Bronson; and Baking From The Heart, published by Share Our Strength.


Born Howard Brown in 1967 in Montana; son of Bob and Florence (owners of a hardware store and a clothing store) Brown; married Karen Stewart; children: Hazel. Born Karen Stewart, c. 1969; married Howard Brown; children: Hazel. Education : Brown: Studied economics at the University of Montana after 1985; studied art in Italy; graduated with a degree in design from the University of Arizona, c. 1990.

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MacArthur Fellow and the recipient of many awards, Brown is founder and president of Earth Policy Institute, founder of the Worldwatch Institute and author or coauthor of 50 books.


Mike Brown is a founder and Chief Operating Officer of BrightHome Energy Solutions; a Building Performance Institute Accredited Home Performance Contractor with offices in New York and New Jersey. BrightHome started in Westchester County in 2009 under Mike’s leadership. Mr. Brown brings more than 25 years of retail management experience and a strong belief in customer service. BrightHome is committed to energy efficient homes so homeowners can save money, be more comfortable and use less energy. Mike is a Building Performance Institute Certified Building Analyst and Building Analyst.


LevoiBrown is a senior vice president at Urban Partnership Bank andis anexperiencedreal estate financial services professional with extensive experience in loan originations, development, financial modeling and capital markets. Hejoinedthe bankfromGeneral Electric Real Estatewhere hespent nearly 10 years enhancing strategic performance issues and customer relationships in the company’s Affordable Housing Group and Capital Markets Services.Throughout his career, Levoi has made significant contributions to an organization’s success by working closely with clients and colleagues to develop a strong team and provide exceptional customer service.Levoiembarked uponfinancial services career as a financial planner for Prudential before joining Heller Financial, which soon thereafter was acquired by GE, as an analyst.He is a graduate ofthe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his MBA at the University of Chicago. Levoiresides in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.


Sass Brown is Acting Assistant Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection selling in the UK and across Canada. As a researcher, writer, blogger and educator, her area of expertise is eco fashion, in all of its various expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. She has published papers, spoken, taught and advised women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, governmental agencies, NGO’s, SME’s and the creative industries in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Sri Lanka, Korea, China, Italy, France, US, Canada and the UK, on the topic of sustainable design. Brown communicates and promotes the best in eco fashion design, through a multitude of media, most notably her books; Eco Fashion and ReFashioned, her website and her journalism.


MICHAEL BROWNLEE is cofounder of Transition Boulder County (, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to catalyze, inspire, encourage, network, support and train communities as they consider, adopt, adapt and implement Transition Initiatives. Transition Boulder County recently became the first Transition Initiative in North America (see A catalyst for relocalizationdeveloping community resilience and selfreliance in food, energy, and economyMichael spearheads the organizations campaign to rebuild community and strengthen local economies.

A frequent speaker on sustainability issues, he is a founding member of the Boulder County Food and Agricultural Policy Council, a graduate of the Authentic Leadership Program at Naropa Universitys Marpa Center for Business and Economics, former board chairman of the Boulder Independent Business Alliance, and a certified trainer for the Transition Network U.S.


Brudno is trained as an Architect and is a certified interior designer who holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Brudno has 25 years of experience running a handson residential design/build company with a focus on green design, and over 6 years of university teaching experience in environmental design for design and construction programs.


Rachel Bruhnke is a political organizer and environmental educator. She served 3 years as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps, and has lived and studied throughout Latin America. She holds an MS in Environmental Resource Engineering and a BA in Political Science. Ms. Bruhnke's thesis looks at Cuba's society-focused efforts to create a sustainable energy path. She has lectured on US-Cuba environmental relations since 1999, and is featured in the film, "The Power of Community: How Cuba survived Peak Oil." Ms. Bruhnke is founder of Harbor Farms, a cooperative urban farm in the port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Ca. She also teaches Spanish, farming and resource conservation to American teenagers.


As the MOMS Project Director with The Center for Environmental Health (CEH), Mary Brune is responsible for engaging parents in CEH campaigns, and conducting outreach to parents about environmental health issues that impact their families. As co-founder of Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS) in 2005, Mary has been an outspoken advocate for environmental health. She has written about toxic chemicals for The Huffington Post and Mothering magazine and has been featured in Not Just A Pretty Face, by Stacy Malkan, and The Virtuous Consumer, by Leslie Garrett. In 2009, Mary received the Suzy Cain Leadership award from The Breast Cancer Fund for her work to ban toxic chemicals that contribute to breast cancer. She lives in Alameda, CA with her husband and two children.


Dr. Brunt graduated from Kansas State University with the intent of pursuing an "All Creatures Great and Small" career. Over the years her interests transitioned from farm to feline, and she started the first feline-exclusive veterinary practice in Maryland, Cat Hospital At Towson ("CHAT" is French for cat). She has served in leadership roles of many local, state and national organizations, and since 2008 she has been serving as Executive Director to CATalyst Council, a coalition of veterinary organizations, shelter professionals, commercial groups, members of the media and other stakeholders. The CATalyst mission is "to ensure that all cats are valued and cared for as pets," and the Council has developed many user-friendly resources for cat-friendliness.

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When Laura was in college, a friend gave her a copy of Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe and she has been on that path ever since. With a degree in Marketing and 15 years of awardwinning experience establishing and managing the HR function for a variety of wellknown Chicago companies behind her, Laura switched gears to focus on spreading the message that good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are the cornerstones of a good life and paramount to disease prevention and management. Laura is the editor of Healthy Dining Chicago, an organicfriendly, allvolunteerproduced community newsletter launched in 2003 to get the message out about the benefits of conscious eating and living. Each issue is chockfull of bitesize, easytodigest articles, shopping tips, product reviews, healthy dining suggestions, quick recipes, local resources and more. She is also the author of Eat Well for Less a collection of 50 simple tips and fast recipes to save time and cut your natural food bill in half.

For ten years, Laura has been an adult education instructor at the Latin School. She received a grant for developing and delivering a series of community wellness workshops, has taught healthy cooking classes at Whole Foods Market, Gildas Club of Chicago and the Discovery Center, presented a motivational lecture series on wellness and personal effectiveness for Chicago Public Library patrons and has spoken to audiences at the Chicago Women in Publishing Conference, Chicago Green Drinks, and EXPO.

Laura is passionate about inspiring Chicagoans to embrace healthy living and helping local organizations plan and promote healthsupportive lifestyle events. She is also a newsletter aficionado. Prior to publishing Healthy Dining Chicago, she was the editor of Living Well from 1998 to 2002.


Leah Bry is founder and cocoordinator of GreenLeaf, an organization committed to making social change through urban agriculture and sustainable infrastructure. GreenLeaf hires young people to become farmers, growing vegetables on land in the city and bringing sustainable skills back to their communities. Leah also works as lead organizer at Colorado Progressive Action (CPA), coordinating coalition and direct action work on the Health Care for America Now! campaign. Prior to joining CPA she worked as an organizer with SEIU Local 105, working with janitors in the Denver metro area. Leah is a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Anthropology and Art. She is currently working toward a master's degree in Socially Responsible Business and Sustainable Communities at Goddard College.


Sandra de Castro Buffington, named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in America by Poder Magazine, is director of Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center that leverages the power of the entertainment industry to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities worldwide.

Sandra provides resources to leading scriptwriters and producers with the goal of improving the accuracy of health-related storylines on top television programs and films, resulting in more than 380 aired storylines over the span of two years. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The California Endowment, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Skoll Foundation, among others, the program recognizes the profound impact that entertainment media have on individual knowledge and behavior.

To inspire global health storylines in television and film, Sandra pioneered a program of outreach for Hollywood’s creative community in the form of research trips to South Africa and India, panel discussions at the Writers Guild of America, West, and expert briefings for writers of top dramas. The result was a seven-fold increase in global health TV storylines across 15 shows and nine networks from 2007–2012.

She recently launched the HH&S Global Climate Change Initiative to increase the accuracy of climate related storylines in television, film and new media. She is offering writers and producers Storybus Tours to learn about climate change from local experts and community members on the ground, and an exciting program of exchange between scientists and the creative community.

Sandra has received numerous honors and awards, including the USAID Maximizing Access and Quality Outstanding Achievement Award for her global health and social change programs, and Brazil’s Award for Leadership in developing the Bahia State Reproductive Health program. She is a former associate faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a past board member of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation. She currently serves on the boards of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and Primary Purpose Productions. Sandra is Brazilian- American, and fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, and proficient in French.


Buivid is a passionate environmentalist and marketer with over 12 years in the event and experiential industry. With his wealth of knowledge and affinity for the environment, he recently founded both Zero Events, an agency that develops and retrofits all types of events with sustainable practices as well as ReKlaim, an apparel brand that produces fashionable, 100% ecofriendly garments.


Vicangelo Bulluck is the Executive Director of the Hollywood Bureau of the NAACP. Since 2002, Vic has expertly supervised the production of the NAACP Image Awards ceremony. In addition to its role in the Image Awards, the Hollywood Bureau serves as the association's headquarters for addressing issues of minority representation in creative and technical positions in entertainment and lobbying and negotiating with industry officials to expand opportunities for people of color.

Having been an independent producer for nearly twenty years as well as the president of his own company, Vicangelo Films, Vic uses his expertise of the television industry to navigate the NAACP Hollywood Bureau. He has worked on a wide variety of television and film projects, from the courtroom reality series The Judge Greg Mathis Show to the documentary Alex Haley: An American Griot to awards shows for Essence magazine and the Apollo theater's It's Showtime. Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director of the Hollywood Bureau, he served as producer of the Image Awards since its first national broadcast in 1986.

Vic started his career as an Interdisciplinary Major in English, Theater, Philosophy, and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Vic knew early on that he wanted to make a living at being creative. He dedicated himself to making that dream a reality.


Gemma Bulos is a multi award-winning social entrepreneur and musician. Currently she is the Director of the Global Women's Water Initiative, a program of Women's Earth Alliance in partnership with Crabgrass. GWWI is building a cadre of women trainers in East Africa versed in a holistic set of water, sanitation, and hygiene strategies. To date, Gemma's work has provided over 200,000 people with clean water in Asia and Africa.

For her body of work, she has received national and international awards from Echoing Green, Ernst Young, Schwab Foundation and the Stanford Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. Her water programs have also won the Tech Equality Award and Warriors of the UN Millennium Goals. She was recently recognized as one of the Most Influential Thought Leaders and Innovative Filipinas in both the US and the World as well as one of the Top 10 Water Solutions Trailblazers in the world by Reuters Alertnet.


Bunch (moderator) is the owner and founder of The EverGreen Home. She also manages the companys organic food line which consists of organic shade grown coffees from Indonesia, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia, and shade grown organic Japanese Green Tea.


Elly incorporates a holistic and technical approach to building science, conservation programs and sustainable development advocacy. As a Project Associate at O’Brien & Company, she provides technical assistance, performance testing and project management on numerous Northwest Energy Star and LEED for Homes residential projects. Elly contributes LEED project assistance and charrette facilitation for commercial projects, and frequently assists with curriculum development related to green building, trades training and green jobs. Elly also currently serves on the Regional Board of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. in 2007. Since then Undriving has licensed over 5,000 Undrivers of all ages, and is replicating its successful program that changes the way people think about getting around.


rowing and gaining corporate attention quickly. She started her fair trade career after traveling extensively through Central America and after working on community deve lopment projects in Nicaragua and Guatemala. She has held a nominated position on the Fair Trade Federation Board as well as the FTF Screening Committee. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Fundacion Tradiciones Mayas, a Guatemala foundation that provides social service and scholarships through the production of Fair Trade crafts.


Gina Ridgway Bundy is a product of environmental education. She has bachelors in Biology, Masters in Marine Policy, Doctorate (abd) in Environmental Biology/Public Policy. She turned to teaching after working many years as an environmental policy analyst in DC and raising her children. As a teacher, she quickly saw how worms touched the hearts of many and she knew how important to amaze children with nature and science. She loves sharing her knowledge of worms, the soil food web and green living trends that she as she travels in the sustainable living circles. Her innovation developed with her husband and worm farmer is bringing joy to many teachers and students coast to coast. She doesn't mind being called the Worm Lady, but she realizes it might be more accurate to be called a worm bin coach.


Burdette recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a JD and an MA in Political Economy and Public Policy. Burdette's graduate school studies focused on human rights, international law, and economic development. While in school, Burdette interned at the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana, and at Global Exchange with the Fair Trade Campaign. She spoke at the Chicago Green Fest on behalf of Global Exchange's Fair Trade Cocoa Campaign in 2008.


A poet and a member of the Asian Pacific American Womens Leadership Institute, Burgess, a Waianae native and activist, is also a community building facilitator, trainer and consultant.


Karl Burkart Directs Digital Media for TckTckTck, a global alliance of 280 NGO’s working on climate and energy reform. Karl’s company, K2B Digital, advises businesses and nonprofits on social media and web strategy with a specific focus on environmental causes that leverage the full-spectrum of social channels - blog, video, tweet, & mobile (google “environmentalism 2.0” and check out his lecture). Karl is a well-known blogger on Green & Social Tech and is the creator and producer of the Planet 100, the Discovery Network’s first daily online show. Karl has a popular blog on the Mother Nature Network, where he discusses the latest in environmental media and technology. He contributes to several other websites including Forbes, CNN, TrendHunter, Alternet and the Huffington Post, and he recently started a column about art and the environment on Among other projects, Karl created a new environmental rewards program called WorldShares for


Dr. Kenda Burke is the go-to healer for pregnant women, new mothers and babies in the Bay Area. Utilizing a style of chiropractic called Biogeometric Integration (BGI), Kenda uses a combination of soft tissue and breath work alongside gentle structural (or bony) adjustments, while focusing on the inner release of past tension and trauma. She attends births if needed for the families in her practice, giving them chiropractic support throughout labor and birth, and then adjusting the baby once it emerges if need be. Kenda provides comprehensive specialty care for women in any stage of pregnancy. From week 1 to 42, women find that getting adjusted can not only relieve many of the aches and pains involved in pregnancy, but also create shorter and easier labors and births, as well as a more comfortable post partum experience. Kenda helps mothers tap into these complex layers to release tension so that they may live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.


Toni Burnham became an urban beekeeper on April 9, 2005, when two packages containing 10,000 bees each were placed in her hands, and then on the roof of her townhouse. Since then, her apiary has expanded to 7 hives of her own in three locations around the city, as well as public beehives within 6 cityrun parks and community gardens. Toni helped White House carpenter Charlie Brandts make his proposal for a beehive in the vegetable garden there, and has been honored to lend a hand on the South Lawn a couple of times. She is also vice president of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association, and mentor to about a dozen beekeepers in and around the city.


Toni Burnham is in her 8th season as a downtown DC beekeeper, and teaches beekeeping in Langstroth hives. She has been VP of the MD State Beekeepers since 2010, and supports the beekeeping programs at DC Parks & Rec, the DC Urban Forestry Administration, and the Washington Youth Garden. She also works occasionally with the USDA Bee Lab, George Washington University, and the Bee Informed Network at the University of Maryland.


Burns, owner of Envision Homes since 2000, has been a sustainable builder for 20 years. As the father of two children, Burns is passionate about protecting and respecting the environment and the well being of future generations by teaching and practicing sensible and sustainable living and building. As a longtime supporter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Burns communicates sustainable building in terms of personal and environmental impact as well as its financial benefits. As guest lecturer for the North Seattle Community College, Burns helps emerging Real Estate Professionals understand sustainable building sciences and it's benefits. Burns personal residence is a model of resource and energy efficiency, featuring extensive use of salvaged and recycled content materials, rainwater harvesting system, green roofs, low toxic finishes and smart heating and ventilation. This West Seattle home has been the location of several sustainability educational tours for the North Seattle Community College, the Seattle Art Institute and for Green Home Tours and was featured in the 2009 Northwest EcoBuilding Guilds' 10x10x10 showcase of sustainable buildings.


Pamela Burton has worked in the world of nonprofits for 30 years. For the past four years she served as President of Solar Washington, the American Solar Energy Society's Washington State Chapter. Her efforts resulted in the birth of three regional chapters, the coordination of an annual Statewide Solar Tour for the past 8 years and passage of the state solar production incentive. She works with her husband Jeremy Smithson at a for profit endeavor, Puget Sound Solar, which is celebrating it's ninth year.


Jenna Burton is the founder of Red, Bike and Green, an organization that seeks to strengthen cycling culture among African Americans as a way to address health and economic issues within the Black community. Jenna is from the East Coast, and attended Howard University where she studied Anthropology. While living in Washington, DC, she worked with NARAL and Women for Women International. After completing her degree she did an internship in Guatemala doing reproductive and environmental health education. Jenna then relocated to the Bay Area, where she continued to work in community health as well as social justice organizing. She discovered cycling culture and it quickly became a lifestyle for her. Her passion for cycling and healthy living within Black communities led to the creation of Red, Bike and Green. Jenna lives in Oakland where she is currently working in public health research. She commutes to work on her bike.


As president and founder of 8 Factors, Michael C. Bush has more than 30 years of management experience and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs improve their businesses. A prolific entrepreneur, turnaround consultant, and educator, Michael’s paradigm-shifting approach to business, distills the best content from business books, MBA theory, and personal insight into a powerfully simple and practical method: The 8 Factors.

A charismatic speaker, he draws on lessons from his childhood, to offer personal accounts that are revealing, humorous, and insightful. Through his entertaining, honest, and inspiring style, Michael forges immediate and lasting connections with audiences.

Michael received his M.S. in Management from The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In addition to his management consulting work, he sits on the board of Inner City Advisors and teaches entrepreneurship courses at a number of institutions including: Stanford University, Mills College, Holy Names University, and St. John’s University. He is a member of President Obama's White House Business Council, a group that meets at the White House to help shape policy on issues that impact small businesses and promote economic prosperity and job creation in urban areas.


Kate Butchart, Business Development Manager for SustainLane, is passionate about using the power of business to create a more sustainable global society. Her international experiences have carried her to the Ethics Institute of South Africa, located in Pretoria, where she developed a Code of Ethics for whistleblowing hotline service providers, and to Madrid, Spain, where she studied economics at La Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

From 2005 2006, Kate was the leader of the Monterey Institute of International Studies chapter of Net Impact, an organization of 10,000 MBAs and professionals who are dedicated to using business skills to create a positive economic, social, and environmental impact. Her work has been published in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Journal. Kate holds a BA in International Affairs from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC, as well as an MBA with a specialization in corporate social responsibility from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.


Shahid Buttar is a Muslim-American constitutional lawyer with expertise in the separation of powers and civil rights. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, he litigated impact cases advancing campaign finance reform and marriage equality for same-sex couples in Washington DC, starting in 2004. Buttar later joined the American Constitution Society as Associate Director, and then practiced at Muslim Advocates in San Francisco for two years before returning to DC to lead the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. His presentations in 2011 included the U.S. House of Representatives in January; Stanford, Santa Clara, and UCLA law schools in February; the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School in March; and the University of Chicago, Depaul, Chicago-Kent, and John Marshall law schools in April.

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Rev. Clare Butterfield is the Director of Faith in Place, an interfaith environmental ministry in Chicago that gives religious people tools to become better stewards of Creation. Faith in Place congregations work together to support renewable energy, conserve energy, build markets for local sustainable agriculture and fair trade products, and train the next generation of stewards of the earth through urban agriculture with youth. Rev. Butterfield is an ordained Unitarian Universalist community minister. She has an M.Div. from Meadville Lombard Theological School (2000), a J.D. (University of Illinois College of Law, 1983) and a B.A. in History (University of Illinois, 1980), and is currently enrolled in the D.Min program at Chicago Theological Seminary in with a focus on faith and the environment.

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Rickie Byars Beckwith, Music and Arts Director for Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, California, composes and performs moving, melodic music to inspire deep feeling in the heart and to bring joy to the earth. She has produced six CDs that are favorites to thousands. Her most recent project, Supreme Inspiration, was produced by her daughter, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and led to her first music video, AlleAlleluia.

Rickie's extensive body of work inspires spiritual communities around the world. Spirit encourages me to be a voice of inspiration and to bring 'water to a dry land,' she said. Described as an intuitive channel of healing music, Rickie has performed at five sessions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama twice in India and three times in Italy. In addition, she has facilitated women's retreats for more than 11 years with Mary Manin, founder of LifeSoulutions.

As Director of the Agape International Choir for almost two decades, Rickie has composed, arranged and directed music for a group that began as 30 voices and has grown to more than 200. The Agape Choir brings joy to my music and to my life, she said. The choir has performed at New York City's Lincoln Center, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood Hills, the United Nations and other distinguished venues.

Very much in demand, Agape Choir delivered an incredible performance in 2007 to more than 20,000 people attending a Twilight Dance Series concert at Santa Monica Pier, sharing the evening with famed hiphop legends Arrested Development. The choir performs this May in concert with Fabien Maman and other artists at the Global Sounds Conference in Marina Del Rey. The choir also is preparing for its next great Love Train adventure a tour that will take them to Georgia, Florida and Cuba in February 2009. With Rickie as conductor, rest assured that everyone who gets on board will be lifted.

A headline solo performer in concerts across America, Rickie is planning an upcoming concert tour to celebrate all the beautiful songs that inspire those who love my music. A recent composition aired to 15.9 million viewers on the debut of Oprah Winfrey's new TV show, The Big Give. Her songs also have been featured on The West Wing, Strong Medicine, and, most recently, TV One's Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors.

Rickie loves to collaborate with her husband, friend, and Agape founder Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith. Together, this powerful partnering developed a workshop combining transformational content with Rickie's healing music, recently presented at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado to unanimous acclaim. They also are among an eminent faculty presenting at the Omega Institute's Being Fearless conference scheduled for April 1113 in New York City. Rickie looks forward to future creative endeavors with her husband and other likeminded seekers.

Whether composing music, directing the Agape Choir, performing solo in concert, facilitating retreats, or bringing prayerful vibrations of sound to an Agape service or her immediate family, Rickie is comfortable with her calling and generously shares her recipe for success: The ingredients for a great and meaningful life must include joy, gratitude and service to humanity. It is no wonder that so many who know and love the music that comes through Rickie Byars Beckwith affectionately call her the Angel of Joy.

Rickie was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and spent formative years in Atlanta, Georgia as well. She is the sixth of 10 children. I love my family and the beautiful foundation for growth they provided, she said. I love God, I love serving the world, I love making new friends, and I love to eat good vegetarian food.

A natural and selftaught musician, Rickie started singing at age 3 in Miss Anita Stroud's Tots Choir in Charlotte and has been singing ever since. Early influences include Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, the music of Motown, Liverpool and Stax Records, and the early gospel music of the Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke.

Before her introduction to Agape, Rickie was lead singer with the New York Jazz Quartet, Pharoah Sanders Ensemble, Ronald Muldrow Ensemble and many other bands. Since Agape, her path has been one of spiritual inspiration: I have found my niche and my divine vocation.


As managing Director of Skidmore Owens and Merrill Architects, Carrie Byles is focused on the design of high performance buildings and communities that advance social, economic and environmental issues. She is overseeing highly sustainable community designs for Treasure Island and Parkmerced in San Francisco and cutting edge multidisciplinary, sustainable research facilities including the new Neurosciences Building at UCSF. Carrie has more than 23 years of diverse international experience in design, technology, and management with special emphasis on projects with complex programmatic and technological requirements. She is passionate about multidisciplinary, researchbased design and the promotion of early broadbased collaboration to spawn new ideas and create a strong foundation for success. Carrie was selected as a 2009 Design Futures Council Senior Follow in recognition of her significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge leading to innovative design models that improve the built environment and the human condition. The Fellowship is granted to individuals who have provided noteworthy leadership to the advancement of design, design solutions, or the design professions.


Byrne is cofounder and executive director of The DC Project, focused on the povertyreducing potential of the clean energy economy.