After a childhood in Harlem, Bevan moved to the Bay Area at age 16. He graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and attended UC Berkeley. He worked first in Washington D.C., first for Representative Shirley Chisolm, and then Representative Julian Dixon. Bevan later moved to San Francisco and became a Legislative Aid to Susan Leal. He then ran the Office of Neighborhood Services under Mayor Willie Brown. Bevan quickly realized that addressing small problems is what makes a big difference in people's lives. Bevan believes that government, on the local level, has the power to change lives in a tangible way--by honoring the public trust; by being timely, responsive and respectful; and by taking it day-by-day, one problem at a time. In 2002 Bevan won the seat of District 8 Supervisor and in 2006, won re-election with 69% of the vote. Now, after 18 years of City service, Bevan is running for Mayor of San Francisco. Bevan wants to create a more dynamic, responsive and effective city government for all San Franciscans.
Katherine's upbringing on a small Wisconsin farm led to an appreciation for fresh, delicious products. Her first venture started at the age of 10, when she would use cream from her family's Jersey cows to create soft, old-fashioned caramels. "Katherine's Karamels" were sold at Dad's office for 25 cents each, and quickly became a local favorite. Soon, her caramels and truffles were highly anticipated gifts every Christmas. In the fall of 2006, Katherine Anne Confections was launched in Chicago to rave reviews. Today, you can find Katherine in her Logan Square kitchen, stirring caramel and rolling truffles just like she did at age 10, just with a lot more chocolate.
Matt Dundas has worked on environmental campaigns since 1996. He is currently leading Oceana's field campaign to stop offshore drilling and promote clean energy alternatives. He leads a team of eight to ten field organizers working full time to build opposition to offshore drilling. Matt started his career with the State Public Interest Research Groups, working on campaigns in ten states and the District of Columbia over seven years. He then worked as an independent campaign consultant, helping to run campaigns around the country for various local and national nonprofits and initiatives before joining Oceana as a campaign manager in 2010.
Maureen Dunn is co-owner of Mata Traders, a fair trade clothing and accessories company based right here in Chicago, IL. Started in 2006, Mata is sold in over 200 shops across the nation, as well as at a bevy of local music fests and street fairs around Chicago during the summertime. Maureen and co-owner Michelle King are passionate about making hip and affordable styles that compete with mainstream brands. They spend 6-8 weeks a year in India and Nepal working closely with their producer groups, who provide sustainable income to women at poverty level. As part of the design process, Maureen uses traditional artisan skills like hand block printing and embroidery to create two dynamic collections a year. Maureen enjoys working to expand the Mata brand in a city like Chicago, which is so supportive of the fair trade movement!
Dunn, founder and president of the Resource Center, has more than forty years of experience finding productive uses for discarded materials. The Resource Center has pioneered programs for urban agriculture, recycling, reuse, and repurposing. Resource Center's City Farm program provides a model for urban agriculture in Chicago's CabriniGreen neighborhood.In 2010 Dunn received the 5th annual Elizabeth I. Benson Award for his lifetime of work in sustainability. Dunn was a recipient of then Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn's 2006 Environmental Heroes Award for his work in urban composting and agriculture. Dunn's breadth and depth of knowledge has been captured in numerous print articles. He is often tapped for his firsthand knowledge and innovative ideas for managing the waste stream through composting and recycling. He is featured in the following books: Fields of Plenty: A Farmer's Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It; Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community In a Global Age; and Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago.The Resource Center, the south sidebased nonprofit he founded in 1974, now has 38 employees running recycling, composting, bike rebuilding, job training and community gardening programs. Their City Farm is an organic garden cultivated on a vacant lot in the middle of the CabriniGreen public housing development, employing several neighborhood residents and selling vegetables to local restaurants and walkin customers. Like all of the center's projects, Dunn says, the farm is meant to demonstrate that it's viable and preferable to live in close proximity to nature: We need to create an alternative on a scale that can't be dismissed and that showcases the pleasure and beauty of life values
Common Good was born from the idea that we were using too much plastic. Cleaning products, in particular, were responsible for the large bags of recycling which left our house each week. It was time to rethink how we consume our products. When a bottle will last thousands of years in landfill and recycling still consumes lots of energy, why wouldn’t we try to use it as long as possible? Sacha and her husband Edmund launched Common Good in November 2010 with a line of products in simple packaging that is nice enough to keep. We have designed an easy to use refill station and encourage customers to refill their bottles. All of products are formulated to be safe, green and hardworking. By creating a way for people to use less packaging, they hope to help create a safer, cleaner world. By creating a package that is clean and simple, they hope to make a daily chore, a little nicer.
Rachel Durchslag has been working in the social justice community since 2000. After receiving her BS from Skidmore College in 2000 with a double major in women’s studies and social work, Rachel moved to Chicago where she worked for Personal Political Action Committee, the Day Care Action Council of Illinois, and the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women. In 2005, Rachel earned her master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. In June of 2006, Rachel founded the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, an organization that works to eliminate sexual exploitation through litigation and advocacy, organizing and policy reform, and prevention and resource development. Besides serving as the Executive Director of CAASE, Rachel is a Trustee on the Board of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and a board member of the Dreamcatcher Foundation. In her spare time Rachel is a fitness instructor with the Lakeview YMCA.
Brian Durkee has spent the majority of his career in the natural/specialty food industry. For more than 15 years, he has directed the management of purchasing, quality control, production, distribution and supply chain operations in multiple rapidly growing, entrepreneurial environments. Brian serves as the V.P of Operations for Numi Organic Tea, and has been with the company since the fall of 2003. His responsibilities have included strategic planning, R&D and development within the supply chain. While managing Numi’s world-wide supply chain and distribution logistics, Brian has also focused his efforts on developing the organization’s sustainable and socially responsible initiatives, including advancements in sustainable packaging, Fair Trade practices and creating direct relationships that foster improved standards of living in the developing nations where tea is produced. Brian Durkee graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in Systems Management and is currently an MBA candidate at Saint Mary’s College.
Denise is a communications manager for the US Environmental Protection Agencys ENERGY STAR Program. Since 1997, she has coordinated and managed several outreach initiatives to raise awareness and understanding of the ENERGY STAR label. In addition, she strives to educate consumers about the link between energy use and its impact on the environment and how they can help fight global warming by making energy conscious decisions in their daily lives.
Actress, Vegan Chef and Eco Lifestylist Leslie Durso shares her passion for vegan living daily on lesliedurso.com, on TV and throughout the web. Recently featured on Food Network, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, and Mother Nature Network, Leslie fuses her sunshiny meat-free message with nutritional wellness to evangelize the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle to mainstream omnivores. Maxim Magazine wrote: "We want to hire Leslie as our own personal chef! We'll even eat vegetables for her." When she’s not firing up audiences online and on TV with veggie love, she appears at Food & Wine Festivals around the country. A devoted animal lover and mom to rescue-pup Pepé, Leslie gives her time and enthusiasm to a number of animal welfare organizations including The Humane Society, Best Friends, SquirrelWood Horse Rescue and Farm Sanctuary through promotional support and appearances.
Projjal K. Dutta, is New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Director, Sustainability Initiatives. He is the first incumbent of this position. Mr. Dutta works toward two broad goals:1) To reduce the environmental footprint of the MTA and 2) to verifiably measure the carbon benefits that accrue to the region, due to the MTA’s operations. The latter, in a carbon constrained future, could bring additional resources to the MTA and others like it. He was instrumental in the MTA’s carbon footprint being measured, verified and registered with the Climate Registry, the first transit agency of its size to do so. He has also played a leadership role in the transit industry’s effort to quantify its carbon benefits through his work on the Climate Change Working Group of the American Public TransportationAssociation. He has lectured and written extensively on the subject of ‘carbon avoidance,’ which results from communities having good transit and sustainable densities. He has served and continues to serve on various state-level and industry-wide groups on the subject. Mr. Dutta has more than eighteen years of experience in projects ranging in scale from urban to residential, with a particular emphasis on sustainable design. Before joining the MTA, Mr. Dutta worked as a sustainable architecture consultant for a large range of projects and clients, including New York City Department of Design & Construction (DDC), various MTA agencies, Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), and New Jersey Transit (NJT) in the public sector; as well as for several private and institutional entities. He served as the Sustainable Strategies Manager for STV, an AE firm based in New York between 2005 and 2007. Before STV, he worked Fox & Fowle Architects (2000-2005) and for Cesar Pelli & Associates in New Haven (1997-2000). In both these firms, Dutta worked on large-scale, international, commercial and infrastructure projects. Prior to coming to the United States, he worked for Stein Doshi Bhalla (1991-1993), one of India’s premier architectural practices and ran his own office in New Delhi (1993-1995). Mr. Dutta has combined the practice of architecture and urban design with cutting-edge sustainable design strategies that result in energy, material, and other resource conservation. He believes that sustainability is imperative for all development and should be an essential part of the tool-kit of any designer of thebuilt environment. Excited by intellectual interaction and the value of new ideas, Mr. Dutta has been a member of the visiting faculty at Columbia University and has also lectured at New York University and Yale. His graduate thesis at MIT, which explored the construction of low-cost housing from waste packaging, was adjudged the “Best Thesis”. He pursued his studies at MIT with a scholarship from the INLAKS Foundation, India’s most prestigious grant.
Jared Duval is the author of the forthcoming book, Keeping Our Promise and has written about the global generation as a Senior Fellow with ecoAmerica, an environmental marketing and advocacy group. From 2005 to 2007, Jared was the National Director of the Sierra Student Coalition, the largest student environmental organization in the United States.
Rev. Dawn Duval is Project Manager for the Colorado Council of Churches and a facilitator for Let Us Rise.
Duval Osiris James is a social entrepreneur committed to bridging the gap between green service providers and the urban market. With the 2008 Harlem launch of the UrbanGoGreen Expo and Greening the Culture Campaign, now in it’s fifth year, he created the first green economy community engagement and marketing platform for urban consumers. With his next venture, Green Tech Upgrade, Osiris applies his fifteen years of sales, marketing and coaching experience to help green companies reach more residential and business customers while creating local jobs and independent business ownership opportunities.
Dwaine Lee directs Special Projects in Green Workforce development for the Horticultural Society of New York. Formerly the Field Director of Sustainable South Bronx’s Bronx Environmental Stewards Training, Dwaine holds certifications in Rain Garden Installation and Permaculture Design from Rutgers University. He is a certified NYC citizen tree pruner and a Certified Master Composter through the DSNY compost project. Dwaine has consulted on, designed, and managed green infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) projects of varying scopes, from building raised beds for urban farms to installing rain gardens, greenroofs, wildlife habitat corridors and the ecological restoration of urban forests. Additionally, Dwaine has extensive experience in urban gardening, agriculture, bee-keeping and landscaping. Dwaine designed a curriculum to transfer these employable skills that promote local and global sustainability.
Tex Dworkin is Director of Social Media for Global Exchange, an international human rights organization and Founder of DoGoodBiz.com, an online destination for fans of socially responsible business. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Thought and Political Economy from UMass in Amherst, and over 15 years of buying, marketing and business development experience. Tex has traveled to many parts of the world on direct-buying trips, delegations and educational speaking tours, meeting with artisans, students, vendors and producers. Tex is passionate about helping and encouraging those involved in socially responsible business to achieve success. Her work in Fair Trade, e-commerce, and cause-based marketing continues to inspire her to work on expanding the socially responsible business movement.
Souley Vegan is owned by Tamearra Dyson a vegan and bay area native who's grandfather (Jimmy Williams) of whom she is influenced, was from Louisiana. She take pride in serving food that is not only delicious, healthy and hearty, but real food that you can consume on a daily basis with out developing poor health. When Tamearra started Souley vegan In 2006, she honestly had no idea of the impact it would have on the community. She was just doing what she had been doing since she gave birth to her son, Aquil, in 1994 - "home cooken." She loves to cook just like her mom, Dawn Williams cooked for the entire family, her brothers, sisters and also her Grandpa Jimmy. Holidays would always be at their humble home, and though they did not have a lot of money, cooking was something that brought the family together, and she can proudly say her mom did that. Some customers come to eat at Souley Vegan for lunch and dinner 3-4 times a week, so Tamearra feels partially responsible for their health. She takes what she does seriously and cares about the people consuming her food. She am a vegan woman and a single mom who is genuinely trying to make a deference in the way we eat which is directly connected to the way we think.
Environmental artist Torkwase Dyson received her MFA from Yale University in painting in 2003. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Corcoran College of Art, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Awards include Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Spelman College Art Colony Fellowship, National Women’s Studies Association Travel Grant, Yale University Barry Cohen Scholarship and the Yale University Paul Harper Residency at Vermont Studio Center Prize. Her series of mobile solar powered sculptures, Studio South Zero have been supported and exhibited by the City of Minneapolis, Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, and Dorchester Projects, in Chicago Il. As a PADI certified diver Dyson’s ongoing project Black Light uses light as architecture to create installations in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mid-Atlantic ridge. The minimal images address the history of oceanic climate conditions during the Middle Passage. Torkwase is based in Brooklyn, NY.