Mayor McLaughlin’s focus on environmental justice has led the city to move forward as a leader in the sector. She has supported community gardens, bike paths, trail construction, and park renovations. Through her efforts, Richmond is leading the Bay Area for solar installed per capita in 2010. Richmond has been awarded for its model green job training program that has graduated hundreds of residents who are now working in the green economy. Mayor McLaughlin joined other mayors and leaders in a partnership for an East Bay Green Corridor. Gayle has advocated fair taxation from corporations, including calling on Chevron to pay all its taxes. She is working to make sure Chevron is held accountable for its polluting fire on Aug 6, 2012. She works side by side a community that has suffered decades of injustices, and is helping showcase how an urban community is transforming itself in the 21st Century.
Stuart McLean is a Northern Virginia Top Bar Hive beekeeper, teacher and mentor with extensive experience in Top Bar Hive design and building, as well as experiments with heritage skills such as skep building. Stuart can share insights on DIY TBH projects and pitfalls, as well as the history of Top Bar Hive beekeeping.
Kelle Lynch McMahon is the Founder and CEO of The Green Science Academy, is a small local woman owned business, that focuses on green jobs and technology development. TGSA creates and delivers educational programs for small business seeking green certification and education for staff. LEED, BPI and HERS I and II programs that lead to certification and continuing education for engineers in green clean technology sectors. She also has prepared education plans and developed curriculum for non-profit workforce development programs. Kelle has shared her expertise in engineering and architecture to move forward the sustainable initiatives that will support long term growth for the health and well being of urban communities nationwide. She brings expertise in development of high level skills for technical and computer based jobs for women in non-traditional fields. She holds degrees in architecture and civil engineering from UC Berkeley.
Cooking since a young age, Doug fell in love with the kitchen instantaneously. At the age of 21 he found himself over weight and unhappy.
After watching videos of animals in slaughter houses, and, learning about the benefits of a plant based diet, he decided to make a change. Over the course of 2 years, he lost nearly 100 pounds and, in doing so, would change his career forever.
Doug's first book Eat Raw, Eat Well was published in March 2012 and, was awarded a Gourmand Award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the world for 2012 and, was recently awarded Favourite Cookbook of the year for The Toronto Veg Awards.
Doug's second book Raw, Quick & Delicious was published in Fall of 2013 and is a collection of 175 Recipes that are 5 ingredients or less and ready to the table in 15 minutes or less.
Alexandra McPherson is Managing Director of Clean Production Action, an environmental nonprofit committed to designing and delivering solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferred products. She has written numerous publications and developed initiatives that demonstrate the viability of new solutions such as green chemistry in the electronics sector.
A vegan trailblazer, public health nutrition expert, author, and speaker, Tracye McQuirter, M.P.H., is passionate about inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives. For the past 25 years, she has been writing, speaking, and teaching about the food, culture, and politics of healthy living. Her best-selling book is titled By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat.
Annie McShiras is Development Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition, an organization that works to build and unify the college and university-based responsible investment movement--challenging universities to invest their money in more socially and environmentally just ways.
Annie has been active in movements for corporate accountability and economic justice for the past five years. In 2007, her vision of the world shifted when she learned of the realities of modern day slavery while working with Bolivian immigrants at a community-based organization in Argentina. Since then, Annie has worked in organizations on issues ranging from sustainable agriculture to homelessness prevention. Her passion lies in the creation and development of alternative economic models to mainstream capitalism.
She is on the editorial team of a collective publication on economic alternatives, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) and is a member of the SolidarityNYC collective, an organization committed to building a solidarity & cooperative economy in New York City.
Tom Mears is CEO of The Holland, Inc., a company whose goals include conducting food and business operations in a loving, sustainable manner.
Meas is a senior at Evergreen High School. Meas has attended three semesters with Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Semester (WELS) where he enjoyed teaching at Camp Waskowitz. The camp allows sixth graders a week in the outdoors instead of being in the city. They learn animal adaptation, why we recycle, not to waste water, not to litter, and other environmental lessons. At the Environmental Science Center in Normandy Park, Meas taught students from K12 about salmon life cycles and anatomy. While at Youth Media Institute, Meas worked on a public service announcement about green living focusing on a town with environmentally friendly houses.
Trained as a street medic in 2003, Scott Mechanic has been organizing and providing care at social and environmental justice actions ever since. A Chicago native, he is currently active withChicago Action Medical. Scott was a founding member of the Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans.
The recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the President's Volunteer Service Award, his work creatively leverages web technologies for collaborative and transformational giving, lending him insight into service, leadership, organizational design, and spirituality. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, Dalai Lama Foundation, and Airline Ambassadors.
In January 2005, Nipun and Guri, his wife of six months, dropped everything to embark on an openended, unscripted walking pilgrimage in India to use our hands to do random acts of kindness, use our heads to profile inspiring people, and use our hearts to cultivate truth. Living on dollar a day, eating wherever food is offered, sleeping wherever a flat surface is found, the couple walked 1000 kilometers before ending up at a monastery where they meditated for three months. Today, both Nipun and Guri live in Berkeley, do small acts of service with great love, and run CharityFocus.
Nipun's mission statement in life reads: Bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart.
Marygael Meister is a backyard bee keeper. She founded Denverbee, which is dedicate to urban beekeepers and those interested in bees.
Mario is a human rights attorney based in Quito, Ecuador.
Melodeego is Music from the Movement, Powered by the People!
It started five years ago when a friend asked them to perform at a rally for social justice and the environment. They had always cared about these issues, but had never put them together with music. Once they got on stage and saw how passionate everyone was, they connected with the crowd in a very real and powerful way, and their music came alive with an incredibly new energy and meaning.
As the climate justice movement grew, Melodeego started picking up momentum. They began performing all shows with a bike-powered sound system, participating in major events like the “Do the Math” Tour with Bill McKibben, and writing the music for actions like the Funeral For Our Future, The March On Brayton Point, and the Energy Exodus. This movement inspires their music every day, and gives them the courage to fight for our future!
On February 15, 2011, President Barack Obama presented Sylvia Mendez with the Medal of Freedom. "She has made it her mission to spread her message of tolerance and opportunity to children of all backgrounds and all walks of life,” Obama said. Sylvia retired from
Mendler is a Design Principal and Senior Vice President for HOK in San Francisco, with over 20 years experience leading the programming and design of diverse building types. A nationally recognized, award winning sustainable design leader, she has contributed to numerous high profile showcase projects.
Mendler is coauthor of the HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, published by John Wiley ; Sons, and speaks often at conferences and industry events. She serves on the board of directors of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
Experience the variety and power of the rhythms from Brazil. Participants of all ages and levels of ability will be introduced to several traditional Brazilian grooves and songs of Brazil with easy lyrics in Portuguese. Use the recycled percussion instruments provided or bring your own instrument and learn to fit to the Brazilian beat
Ms. Mendoza is an experienced entrepreneur and small business consultant who excels at explaining the rewards, challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs. In her role with Women’s Initiative, she conducts outreach through the agency’s many partners and leads "My Business Action Plan" classes where students learn of Women’s Initiative services and conduct a self evaluation of their readiness to become an entrepreneur. Using her experience and Women’s Initiative’s patented tools, Marianela reviews each applicant to the 3 month training program, thus increasing each student’s likelihood of future success.
Brian Menifee is a junior mechanical engineering major that attends Howard University from the beautiful city of Houston, Texas. Brian is focusing on applying his major into a field called appropriate technology, which is defined as designing or engineering technology that takes into account environmental, ethical, cultural, social, political, and economical aspects of the community. Brian hopes that he will be able to empower communities within so that they will have the tools and resources necessary to achieve instead of relying on outside forces.
On the top floor of an office block in the centre of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia you might find Tadesse Meskela. As the General Manager of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Tadesse spends most of his time flying around the world meeting coffee buyers who will pay his farmers a better price than that set by the international commodities exchange. Tadesse's responsibility cannot be under estimated. He represents 101 Cooperatives and the livelihoods of over 74,000 coffee farmers, which including their families is over half a million people. His relentless determination and drive to help them comes from his upbringing.
He grew up in the countryside outside Addis Ababa in a poor family where for many years they could not afford to buy him a pair of shoes nor give him a packed lunch for school. Every day for several years, Tadesse walked bare feet for two hours to school and two hours home again.
Determined to find a way out of poverty, Tadesse worked hard at school until he won a place at university. By the early 1990s he was working as a senior expert in the state Agricultural Bureau and after a twomonth cooperative training placement in Japan, Tadesse was inspired to develop a cooperative union system as a way for farmers to retain the huge sums of money being paid out for the services of middlemen and exporters. In 1999, the Oromia Coffee Farmers' Cooperative Union was established and since then, the Union has facilitated the building of four new schools, seventeen additional classrooms, four health centres, two clean water supply stations, and $2 million have been returned back to the farmers in the form of dividends.
It was inspiring to spend over two and half years filming Tadesse in Ethiopia, London and the US. His story is the story of an attempt to make globalisation work for the producers behind some of the world's most valuable products. He has found a way around the structures that block farmers being paid a fair price. However, as he says himself in the film, this is not just an issue that affects coffee but all the products coming from the poorest countries in the South.
Terese Messman, founder and owner of Microfibers Unlimited for 14 years, is committed to offering products that are genuinely kind to Earth’s environment as well as taking a stand for sweatshop-free production, rare in the textile industry. MU’s products are guaranteed to be produced sweatshop free - harming no man, woman or child during production. Her company offers premium quality, hospital-grade microfiber products from Sweden and Asia, and uses components that are made in the U.S.A. whenever possible. MU has helped thousands of cleaning professionals, businesses and homeowners to reduce or eliminate chemical use in their homes, offices and institutions while reducing their carbon footprint by cleaning without consumable solutions. She continually researches green cleaning trends nationwide.
Terese has a lifelong commitment to helping the environment – she was a founding member of a recycling club in high school started on the first Earth Day in the 70’s, and has volunteered for Citizens for Conservation in Barrington, Illinois as well as teaching nature study in schools and summer camps in the Midwest. She has a restored wetland prairie landscape in her backyard which borders a forest preserve lake in the Chicago area. She is also a co-founder of Character Counts in the Barrington Area and gives seminars on anti-bullying programs to park districts, camps and youth groups. Her company website is www.MicrofibersUnlimited.com
Metro is the Founder & CEO of UsedCardboardBoxes.com (UCB), a national reuse company tackling the gratuitous $50 billion cardboard industry, where most boxes are used once, then recycled or thrown away. A prolific eco-entrepreneur, Metro balances the need for financial returns with his passion for environmental and social responsibility. In 2002, Metro launched a retail model to serve the LA area. This first attempt was under-capitalized and riddled with logistical challenges, forcing him to cease operations in 2005 and absorb over $300,000 of personal debt. Within just one year, Metro was able to raise venture capital, rewrite the plan and launch a scalable, tech-centric model, known today as UCB. Beginning with Los Angeles, Metro expanded UCB across the US and now services some of the largest companies in the nation. Metro holds an MBA from the University of Arizona and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland.
Metro is an eco-entrepreneur with a “if at first you don’t succeed” attitude and a track record to prove it! In 2002, he started a chain of eco-friendly retail stores to buy and sell USED moving boxes. His attempt was under-capitalized and riddled with logistic flaws. After years without an income, Metro ceased all operations, leaving himself with more than $300,000 in personal debt. But, Metro tirelessly pursued his dream. In 2006, he revised the plan and re-launched a scalable, tech-centric model to buy and sell millions of used boxes. This time, it grew to a national logistics firm helping some of the largest US companies achieve zero waste, and Entrepreneur Magazine writing an article entitled: “From Business Failure to Multimillion-Dollar Green Niche.” Metro graduated Cum Laude from University of Maryland and earned an MBA from the University of Arizona, before his career as a supply chain consultant turn eco-entrepreneur.
Pernilla Alex von Mettenheim is an entrepreneur, with a background as reporter in Sweden and USA. Arriving to Sweden as a 29 years old she brought a natural sense of sustainable business development. Currently the owner of Mrs. Lavender LLC and Vice President of Sage Master Build LLC. Mrs Lavender LLC is a residential and commercial cleaning company that is green, sustainable, pays living wages and teaches ergonomically correct practices.
Ms Alex von Mettenheim has been a leader in green, holistic and sustainable practices. Her company is a long term member of Green America, USGBC and BBB of Greater Washington Area. Her passion is in helping facilitate change and development in people and organizations. She has developed marketing strategies, materials, web sites and other business development. Another passion is public speaking and leading workshops in green and sustainable business practices. To mention a few recent engagements, she was the opening speaker for the Green Living EXPO, April 2010 for Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, for the last four years held workshops, been a panelist and spoke publicly at the Green Festival in Washington DC and at Arlington Economic Development for Sustainable business.
Ms Alex von Mettenheim served SACC -USA as a senior advisor for Clean Technology 2009-2010 and worked as Director for Marketing and PR for Neo Niche Strategies. She was also teaching for four years at the Swedish School. She has also been involved in non profit personal development & mentoring for 23 years.
Stephanie A. Meyer is a commercial lender at City First Bank of DC. As the District of Columbias only community development bank, City First focuses on lending to small businesses, nonprofits (including social service organizations, churches and charter schools) and developers of affordable housing in the District and immediately surrounding areas.
Nancy J. Meyer is a visionary leader in the ongoing development and expansion of one of Maryland’s most prominent green business. She is a seasoned social justice organizer, scholar and environmentalist. With almost thirty years of experience, she demonstrates how to take good ideas and translate them into action. Nancy is an independent scholar whose work focuses on participatory action, political analysis and the dynamics of social change.
She has held management positions in local organizations: D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Whitman Walker Clinic; Calvary Women’s Shelter; ECO Recycling Center at University of Maryland and has been a non-profit consultant. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland; Studio Arts and Individual Studies and extensive graduate work in American Studies and Education with a focus on social justice.
Steve, “Sproutman,” is the author of several books on health, diet, and nutrition including Sprouts the Miracle Food, Sproutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook, and Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine. Steve is one of the world's leading proponents of sprouting, juicing, fasting, wheatgrass, indoor gardening, raw foods, and pure water. You can visit him at www.Sproutman.com
David Meyers is a writer, activist, organic farmer, and small-scale coffee roaster who decided years ago to put some of his skills and abilities to work to improve conditions in low-income communities locally and beyond. As one of the founders of the Chicago Coffee Confederation, which has collaborated with the Latino Union in making Cafe Chicago a truly viable alternative economic engine, David is proud and honored to work alongside the immigrant day laborers, Latino Union staff, and co-Coffee Confederators to bring the Cafe Chicago project and business to life.
Wondwossen Mezlekia has a background in Agricultural Economics and experiences as a researcher and Marketing Head for Ethiopia's largest producer and exporter of fruits and vegetables. He is currently an active board member for Fair Trade Puget Sound (FTPS) and volunteers for many other initiatives aimed against poverty. Through the well read blog, Coffee Politics (www.poorfarmer.blogspot.com), he intends to highlight the disparity that exists between coffee farmers' struggle for handtomouth living standards and multinationals' huge profits, thereby creating awareness of the injustices that exist in the global coffee trade. He works and resides in Seattle, Washington.
Having worked with environmental nonprofits, Michaels works at Ecoprint to help organizations green their print communications and more effectively engage stakeholders.
Michelle King is co-owner of Mata Traders and has been Business Director there since 2007. She's visited co-operatives in India and Nepal on numerous occasions and enjoys the opportunity to work so closely with the ladies who make Mata products. During an interview Michelle and Jonit did during their last visit, one woman told them that before she joined the co-op, she never rode buses - she couldn't read the bus numbers. Now, after literacy training at the cooperative, she travels around the city by bus without problem - which perfectly illustrates the importance of cooperative structures. Michelle lives with her husband in Chicago, IL.
Joe and Linda Michon hail from Boston where Joe practiced ophthalmology while teaching at the medical school and where Linda directed a program at Centro Presente for refugees fleeing the violent conflicts in Central America. In 1989 they left Boston and embarked on a 20 year journey of full time medical mission work that took them to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and Bolivia. The people they met and the injustice they witnessed set them up to become passionate about Fair Traded when they first learned of the movement in 2003. They have facilitated countless Fair Trade dialogues with students, faith communities, civic groups and businesses and have initiated Fair Trade programs in diverse communities. They have been residents of Claremont, California since 2010. There they gathered a team of citizens and organizations to create a groundswell of support for Fair Trade. Claremont attained Fair Trade Town status in the spring of 2012.
Katherine Michonski joined the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) as Program Manager in September 2010, and isin charge of daily operations, membership, and development. Prior tojoining BC3, Katherine worked on international climate and energy policy as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she supported the director of the program on energy security and climate change. She also provides outreach and development support for EarthSpark International, a nonprofit organization that works toalleviate energy poverty in Haiti. Katherine was previously a program assistant for the national and outreach team at the Council on Foreign Relations and has consulted for a private equity firm engaged in alternative energy investments in emerging markets.
Migden represents the 3rd District in the California State Senate, which comprises parts of San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties. One of her many accomplishments: a bill requiring cosmetics companies to disclose cancercausing agents in their products to the state.
Mike Tinskey leads the company’s sustainability activities for electric vehicles and infrastructure. His focus is to develop and implement new business models, products, and partnerships to ensure success for Ford plug-in hybrids and full battery electric vehicles globally. Prior to this role, Mike led the Product Planning and Program Management activities globally for hybrid electric vehicles and was responsible for developing and implementing Ford's electric vehicle strategy that was announced in January 2009.
Mr. Tinskey has held a variety of leadership positions during his career with Ford, which began in 1991. This includes director roles in Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Business Development, and Advanced Product Engineering. A common thread among these positions is that he was charged with identifying and implementing game-changing technologies and new business models – and developing strategies and partnerships to implement them flawlessly.
Mike holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and earned an MBA in Finance from University of Michigan. He holds three global patents in fuel systems.
Mikkelsen, the CEO and cofounder of CarbonContest.com, combines a deep knowledge of energy technology and conservation with a passion for the development of profitable green businesses. As an energy consultant he delivers outstanding efficiency results and savings to his clients through his audits and recommendations. The company's website is an interactive platform that demonstrates their motto of Green is Gold. The proprietary software lets the user easily and meaningfully interact with a sophisticated energy model, which helps them find where they can save money by protecting the planet. The business reflects his passion for helping others connect how they use energy, the cost of that energy and the environment. Mikkelsen also currently serves as the technical advisor to a renewable energy startup in New Delhi, India.
Mikkelsen holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington. Mikkelsen is conversant in Spanish and Mandarin and is learning Hindi. Mikkelsen lives in Seattle where he is a member of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. As part of his love for Nature, he spends as much of his free time sailing, rock climbing and camping in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Prior to joining the Department of Environment, Milberg worked with Booz and Company (Katzenbach Partners) in their Chicago Office. While at Booz, Milberg led multiple client engagements across a broad spectrum of industries including work with a Public/Private steering committee focused on developing a holistic energy efficiency retrofit strategy. Milberg has also worked for IBM, focusing in part on identifying and developing a preliminary strategy for how the company could enter and participate in the green economy.
As First Deputy Commissioner, Milberg is responsible for the daytoday operations of the department. Milberg is also charged with leading groups and subcommittees comprised of stakeholders from other City agencies and outside organization to develop strategies and implement programs to positively impact Chicago and the region's environment.
Milberg also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for EPIC Academy, a contract school in South Chicago.
Milberg holds a bachelors degree (cum laude) from Claremont McKenna College in Economics and Psychology. Milberg received his Masters in Business Administration with concentrations in Strategy and Finance from the Yale School of Management.
Ron Miller, Ph.D., has been researching and supporting the educational alternatives movement for nearly thirty years, and is one of the leading theorists in the emerging field of holistic education. Originally trained as a Montessori teacher, he explored the cultural history of education for his graduate work in American studies at Boston University. He has written or edited nine books (most recently The SelfOrganizing Revolution), founded two journals, and is currently editor of Education Revolution magazine. Dr. Miller has taught at Goddard, Champlain, and St. Michael's colleges in Vermont and spoken at conferences and independent schools around the U.S. and in Canada, England, Turkey, and Mexico. He established the Bellwether School near Burlington, Vermont, and has advised numerous teachers, homeschoolers, parents, activists, and graduate students over the years. He offers an online course, History and Theory of Educational Alternatives, through the Alternative Education Resource Organization. Many of his writings are online at www.pathsoflearning.net.
A lifelong volunteer activist, Dana Miller has devoted her time to cocreating Transition Denver and a positive vision for the future after hearing Michael Brownlee speak about the Transition Movement and how it relates to climate change, peak oil, and economic instability in the summer of 2008. She found a lovely group of fellow Transitioners and together they have been busy raising awareness and educating the community about the issues facing the world in these challenging times, and how we can empower ourselves to take action at the grassroots level. Transition Denver is inspiring and supporting local initiatives in Denver's neighborhoods, collaborating with likeminded organizations, and is instrumental in creating Denver's Grow Local Campaign for 2009.
Lynn Anne Miller, is CEO of 4GreenPs, an award-winning strategic marketing firm whose mission is to bring green to the mainstream. Miller received an MBA from Georgetown University, an MA (Maitrise) in Political Science from the University of Paris I at the Sorbonne, and a BA from Lehigh University. She also attended the University of Bonn, Germany. She serves on the Boards of Companies for Causes and the Independent PR Alliance, a section of the Public Relations Society of America. She is also the founder of the Green Moms Carnival, aka @GreenMoms. Connect with Lynn on Twitter @OrganicMania.
DJ Spooky, or Paul D. Miller, is a composer, multimedia artist and writer. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum and Raygun amongst other publications. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture (2000); the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His work New York Is Now has been exhibited in the Africa Pavilion of the 52 Venice Biennial 2007, and the Miami/Art Basel fair of 2007. Miller's first collection of essays, entitled Rhythm Science came out on MIT Press 2004, followed by Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media, published in 2008.
Miller's deep interest in reggae and dub has resulted in a series of compilations, remixes and collections of material from the vaults of the legendary Jamaican label, Trojan Records. Other releases include Optometry (2002), a jazz project featuring some of the best players in the downtown NYC jazz scene, and Dubtometry (2003) featuring Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Mad Professor. Miller's latest collaborative release, Drums of Death, features Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Chuck D of Public Enemy among others. He also produced material on Yoko Ono's most recent album Yes, I'm a Witch. Miller's large scale, multimedia performance pieces include Rebirth of a Nation (now on DVD), and Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica.
The national press has called Barbara the Erin Brockovich of north Idaho because of her work to fight for a cleanup of the Silver Valley Superfund Site in Idaho. Barbara, a life-long Silver Valley resident, is the primary organizer for a small nonprofit group, the Silver Valley Community Resource Center. A century of mining and sheltering has left a pollution legacy bigger than the size of Rhode Island in the Silver Valley. Levels of lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium are above health standards and are found in soils around homes and even in homes. Barbara has been jailed, received death threats, had people sneak into her yard and destroy property. All because she wants the EPA to do the job it's been mandated to do. Currently, Barbara is conducting a grassroots movement to shut down a 20 acre toxic waste site at the Old Mission near Cataldo Idaho, a national historic landmark, native American sacred grounds that sits amidst a vast wetland home to numerous w ildfowl and animals including moose. The movement is the first time in a century that hundreds of individuals in the Silver Valley have been able to speak out regarding the rights and quality of life that many people in the United States take for granted!
Ernest Miller is a chef at The Farmers Kitchen in Hollywood and Founder of Los Angeles’ Master Food Preserver Program. Miller has years of experience with home food preservation including canning, fermenting pickling, curing, smoking, dehydrating and brewing. The Farmer's Kitchen is a project of Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles, the nonprofit that manages eight farmers markets in the Los Angeles area, and includes L.A.'s largest market, the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market.
Natalie Miller's teaching blends creative, fluid sequencing with precise alignment instruction, and her ability to weave attention to the breath throughout practice instills a profound experience of body's inherent wisdom. With humor and eloquence, Natalie's classes inspire her students to bring the power of their yoga into the way they roll in the world - to love who they are and be in awe of who they're becoming. Her own practice is grounded in the extraordinary everyday of mothering three young and powerful girls, living in vibrant Takoma Park, and co-directing Willow Street Yoga with her lovely husband, Joe.
A successful model and filmmaker, Falkland Islands native Kia Miller has traveled all over the world experiencing many different cultures and ways of life. Yoga was her way to stay centered and nourished through this time. The creator of Radiant Body Yoga, she is certified in the Ashtanga/Vinyasa Flow tradition, as well as Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
A devoted Yogini and teacher who imparts her wonderful passion for life and well-being in her teaching, Kia's style pulls from multiple yogic disciplines, intuitive and steeped in the traditional aspects of yoga. Her classes focus on breath, alignment and the interconnection between mind, body and spirit, allowing students to work at their own pace in a safe and transformational environment. Kia views the science and spirituality of Yoga as a path to explore our inner selves and elevate our consciousness, while creating a counter-balance to the stresses of modern life.
Colin is committed to working in harmony with our selves, all beings and the Earth. He believes that the fight for climate justice is a fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice, and that social inequality is the root cause of the climate crisis.
Colin works with Bay Localize and the Local Clean Energy Alliance. He is coordinating the fourth annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference. He has worked with the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Urban Habitat, and The Greenlining Institute. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Urban Studies, and a concentration in “Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty and the Environment.”
Colin is also a musician, capoeirista, and educator. He returned this year from studying Solidarity Economics in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Colin is the co-founder of InSolidarity, a two-way international social justice-focused youth exchange program between Brazil, Haiti, and the U.S.
Millet is the visionary Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Gross National Happiness World Project, and is devoted to bringing to the West a deeper focus on happiness as envisioned by Bhutan's 4th King in his concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), in which happiness is the measure of social, personal, and environmental wellbeing and progress rather than gross national product. Millet has assembled a masterful team of thinkers, events planners, social media producers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers and artists to develop an innovative international program designed to reveal and create experiences of happiness worldwide. Millet is also working with local members of the GNH community in Seattle, meeting recently with the Seattle City Council to discuss the possibility of the city formally adopting GNH, and was a planner and keynote speaker, along with Richard Conlin (Seattle City Council President), in the recent GNH forum, Seattle, Sunny Side Up.
Millet's commitment to a deep personal and social happiness builds upon 25 years of leadership in technology, the arts and social services. Having begun as an artist, Millet's work has since included producing web content, providing hospice care, performing standup comedy, managing remote international software teams, shooting landscapes and food as a professional photographer. A dual Australian/US citizen, Millet's broad experience of the world and her love of life and sense of humor are inseparable from her passion for happiness for all living beings, and her own dedication to the discipline of happiness has resulted in her personal promise to live one storyworthy experience every day for a year, and is the basis for her blog A Story a Day.
Rebecca Mink, a native of southern California, has devoted her entire life to the mission of preserving the planet and the humane treatment of animals. Rebecca was torn between the high-end fashion she loved, and the animals and planet she adored. Noticing the lack of luxurious vegan shoes in the marketplace, she made it her mission to create the choice. Rebecca conceived the ultimate alternative and Mink was born!
Mink is a vegan shoe line that sidesteps leather for eco-friendly, animal-free materials. It has rapidly outpaced all its competitors in the arena of "green" footwear. In 2000, with sketches in hand Rebecca traveled to Italy in search of the perfect artisan who could bring her designs to life. After being shown the door by sixteen factories all refusing to even consider manufacturing such an unprecedented product, she met Marco Gambassi, whose family has been crafting shoes for generations. The creative challenge intrigued him, and working under Rebecca's strict specifications he was able to produce the shoe line she always knew she was meant to create.
Rachel Minnery, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Homes. Rachel Minnery is an architect, LEED accredited professional and community activist with Environmental Works, a non-profit community design center. With over twelve years of experience, her passion is creating, enhancing and sustaining vibrant communities for all. Rachel has designed and managed housing, education and healthcare projects in the public and private sectors. Rachel supports communities in crisis providing disaster response and recovery services while preparing other architects to do the same. As chair of the American Institute of Architect’s Disaster Assistance Advisory Group and cofounder of Architects Without Borders Seattle, she advocates for and organizes architects to contribute volunteer design services to communities in great need. In 2006, AIA Seattle honored her with the Community Service Award. Rachel is the recipient of the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award from Ball State University and College of Architecture’s Award of Outstanding Achievement.
Since joining the RTA in 2009, Minor has managed many of the Regional Transportation Authority's environmental initiatives, including the development of the Regional Green Transit Plan and the establishment of the RTA Green Team. Minor also works on other regional initiatives including highspeed rail, the CREATE program and goroo.com, the RTA's new multimodal trip planning system. Minor is also currently President of Transport Chicago, the Chicago region's premier oneday transportation research conference, and has served on the Board of the Lakeview Citizen's Council.
In 2003, Minor started his career in public transportation in the Rail Development Department at the Central Ohio Transit Authority. Following two years at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Mark was hired in 2006 by Metra and held the position of Senior Transportation Planner. Minor holds a Bachelor's of Science from The Ohio State University and a Master's of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ross Mirkarimi was elected San Francisco District 5 Supervisor in 2004, and re-elected in 2008. In 2009, he was appointed by the State Senate to the California Coastal Commission, one of the most powerful land-use bodies in the United States. He has authored more than 80 ordinances that have had both citywide and national impact.
His legislation accomplishments include several first-in-the-Nation laws including:
- a ban on plastic bags in chain grocery stores and drug stores, which sparked similar legislation around the world;
- a commuter benefits law, requiring private-sector businesses to allow employees to pay for public transit expenses with pre-tax dollars;
- climate change mandatory protocols for both public and private sectors;
- public health, land-use and public safety regulations of medicinal cannibis dispensaries.
Community organizing and activism have always been a significant part of Ross's life. He was a co-founder of the California Green Party.
Jones is responsible for clean water and drinking water issues that come before Congress and the Executive Branch.
Anuradha Mittal, founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues, and was named as the Most Valuable Thinker in 2008 by the Nation magazine.
Anuradha Mittal, founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. Recipient of several awards, Anuradha Mittal was named as the Most Valuable Thinker in 2008 by the Nation magazine. More recently, the Institute under Anuradha's leadership unveiled land investment deals in Africa which revealed a disturbing pattern of a lack of transparency, fairness, and accountability. The dynamic relationship between research, advocacy, and international media coverage has resulted in an amazing string of successes and organizing in the U.S. and abroad. See www.oaklandinstitute.org.
Mittal has authored and edited numerous books and reports including (Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab; The Great Land Grab: Rush for World's Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor; Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution; 2008 Food Price Crisis: Rethinking Food Security Policies; Going Gray in the Golden State: The Reality of Poverty Among Seniors in Oakland, California; and Turning the Tide: Challenging the Right on Campus; among others. Her articles and opinion pieces have been published in widely circulated newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bangkok Post, Houston Chronicle, and the Nation. Anuradha has addressed the Congress, the United Nations, given several hundred keynote addresses including invitational events from governments and universities, and has been interviewed on CNN, BBC World, CBC, ABC, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Voice of America.
Anuradha is on the board and advisory committees of several non profit organizations including the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), International Forum on Globalization, and is a member of the independent board of Ben & Jerry's which focuses on providing leadership for Ben & Jerry's social mission and brand integrity.
Julian Mocine-McQueen is an Oakland native and a graduate of San Francisco State University whose world was politicized through his work with The League of Young Voters. Julian’s passion for saving our people and our planet finds a vehicle in his work as Green For All’s Field Organizer. Julian works with people around the country who are putting government investment dollars to work on a local level to build the green economy and he trains local leaders to build the green economy from the ground up. By helping other access the tools they need to communicate and engage disadvantaged communities in support of green jobs and climate protection strategies, Julian works to link local partners, celebrate best practices, and leverage the success stories for large-scale change. Julian has been featured in The Nation, Wiretap magazine and The San Francisco Xpress, and has been recognized by the California Labor Archives for excellence in writing.
Minister Christopher Muhammad is the representative of Minister Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam in San Francisco, Ca. Originally from Los Angeles,Ca, Minister Muhammad joined the Nation of Islam in the early 1980s. In February of 1990, he was assigned the position of Minister of Mosque#26, San Francisco, where he has been working now for nearly 20 years.
Rooted in classical yoga, Moksha Yoga Center provides an interdisciplinary approach that includes physical postures, meditation, breath-work and more. Moksha offers classes, teacher training and master workshops at its three studios.
Evelina Molina, Co-Founder of North Bay Institute of Green Technology and Director of the Eco-Workforce, has over a decade of experience as a leader, visionary and community organizer specializing in innovative workforce advocacy and program development for migrant economic/climate refugee communities. She is the 2009 recipient of the "Trailblazer Award" from the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, and is the a 2007 Fellow of that institute. She is a 2002 recipient of the prestigious San Francisco Foundations' Koshland Civic Unity Award which recognizes "Bay Area grassroots risk-takers - those social innovators of bold spirit who accept the most stubborn neighborhood problems as a personal challenge and who work collaboratively to overcome them." Evelina serves on the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights, and sits on the board of directors for the North Bay Institute of Green Technology, the Santa Rosa Community Media Center and the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County.
Kirsten Moller transitioned out of her role as Executive Director of Global Exchange on Oct 1, 2011 and is now enthusiastically embracing her new job as the Director of Organizing. In this new role she works with campaigners to engage members across the country. She is most inspired by the direct actions of ordinary folks who come to believe, to know, that they can make a difference when they connect directly with their neighbors in their own communities and around the world. She believes whole-heartedly that we all can resist injustice, envision alternatives and take action together.
Nyisha Moncrease is the Program Director of the African People’s Education & Defense Fund (APEDF) Oakland chapter. Nyisha Moncrease is the outreach coordinator for Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, an economic development project of APEDF in Oakland. More importantly, she is Director of the Marcus Garvey Upliftment Project (MGUP). MGUP is a free arts and education center in East Oakland, CA with the mission to provide “a safe environment for tomorrow’s leaders by teaching skills needed for African community self-determination.” The children of MGUP Summer Project nicknamed Nyisha “Crazy.” If they were to expound on that, they would say “crazy” as in a whirlwind of positive energy, an unrelenting fighter for African people, a joy to work with and a visionary who uplifts and inspires those around her, a goal-oriented visionary, a powerful African woman.
Pam Montanaro is the Coordinator of Eco-Cuba Exchange, a project of Global Exchange that promotes environmental interchange between US and Cuban professionals, practitioners and activists. During the 1990’s Pam was the coordinator of the national Freedom to Travel Campaign, a grassroots effort to end all Cuban travel restrictions imposed on US citizens. Pam’s background includes a Masters in Educational Psychology. She also raised six children on a farm in western Maine, where she was a co-founder and co-coordinator of the economic and environmental justice organization, Maine Clergy and Laity Concerned.
The Green Team was just recently started at Montbello High School by very enthusiastic students and their sponsor, Ms. Amber Smith. The purpose of the Green Team is to create energy efficiency at both Montbello High School and in the Montbello community at large. As apart of this mission, the students along with the assistance of Goodwill Industries of Denver, Inc. and their Denver Metro WIRED grant, have decided to retrofit the home of a family in need in the Montbello Community. They will also be joined by the Green Team at Denver East High School on this project.
Joy Moore is an educator and activist who's been working in Berkeley public schools for over 20 years promoting good food, health and nutrition, with a focus on underserved and at risk kids. She's also a subject in the Edible City film.
Moore is an executive producer and codirector of The People Speak. His filmography includes the highly successful series of American Pie films, Reindeer Games, Joyride and the Academy Awardwinning Good Will Hunting. He was cocreator of HBO's Project Greenlight. In addition, Moore executive produced the awardwinning documentary Pop and Me. Moore has just directed his first feature film, Kill Theory and is currently producing Matt Damon's new film, The Adjustment Bureau. Moore received a BA in American History from Harvard University.
Kirsten Moore is President and CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, a national nonprofit advocacy organization that seeks to improve the political and commercial climate in the U.S. so more and better contraceptive and reproductive health products are available to women. In recent years, the Project has played a principal role in defining the advocacy agenda for expanding awareness of and access to EC in the U.S., including chairing a coalition of more than seventy organizations in support of the application to make Plan B emergency contraception available over-the-counter. Under Kirsten’s leadership, RHTP was a cofounder with the Union of Concerned Scientists of the Integrity of Science Working Group which crafted a highly successful earned media strategy that helped to make abuses of science in policymaking circles a favorite topic of editorial boards and cartoons. More recently, RHTP has begun a multi-faceted research project looking at the question of whether technologies which humanize the fetus change the way people think about abortion.
Prior to joining RHTP full time, Kirsten was a Program Manager at BASS and HOWES, a public affairs consulting firm, where she helped numerous reproductive health and rights organizations develop and implement advocacy initiatives designed to strengthen women’s reproductive autonomy. Previously, Kirsten managed the Population Council’s Gender, Family and Development Program. She received her Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University in 1998.
Kilian has been involved with the 'Not For Sale' Campaign since its inception. In 2008, he worked with the children of Generacion in Lima, Peru, teaching important business skills and supporting a micro-enterprise for 'Not for Sale'. Since 2009, Kilian has been the lead voice and vision of Free2Work. Prior to his focus on supply chain issues, Kilian oversaw and directed the content for the Global Forum on Human Trafficking and coordinated the organization's advocacy efforts. In 2010, Kilian presented to over 50 groups on the complexity of the global supply chain and consumer connections to slavery. Kilian also develops curriculum and teaches the supply chain track of the Not For Sale Academy.
Mor, IALD, LEED AP, IESNA is a leading architectural and theatrical lighting designer with over ten years of experience. Mor's work ranges from business interiors, hotels, restaurants, and outdoor events to educational institutions, museums, condominiums and private residences. Key design credits include The Fairfield Hotel
Morales works as a food systems consultant offering her strategic thinking and resourcefulness to organizations that focus on community food planning. She loves to roll up her sleeves and research issues around local food economies and equitable food access.
Morales' past clients include United Way of King County, the Community Food Security Coalition, and WSU King County Extension. She is a member of the Acting Food Policy of SeattleKing County and is currently serving as its interim coordinator. Prior to moving to Seattle, Tammy served as a legislative director to a member of the Texas House and as a budget and policy analyst for the City of New York. She holds a Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas. http://king.wsu.edu/foodandfarms/foodpolicycouncil.htm
Award-winning actor Esai Morales continues to lend his outstanding talents to television, theater and film. Since his feature film debut in Bad Boys in 1983, Morales is consistently recognized for giving performances that strongly resonate in the hearts and minds of audiences.
A self-described "actorvist," Morales is involved in charities and non-profit organizations like the National Hispanic Foundation For the Arts, which he co-founded with actors Jimmy Smits and Sonia Braga, that works to advance the presence and quality of Latinos in media, telecommunications and entertainment. He is also a founding board member of the Earth Communications Office (E.C.O.), and of the Screen Actors Guild.
Esai long list of credits includes some of the following -
For 3 seasons, Morales played Lieutenant Tony Rodriguez in the Emmy award winning series NYPD Blue. He also starred in Showtime's Resurrection Blvd., PBS' drama series American Family, FOX's Vanished and USA's Burn Notice. In 2002, Morales was awarded the "Best Actor in a Television Series" at the prestigious Alma Awards and was honored with Entertainer of the Year at the 17 Annual Imagen Awards for his work on NYPD Blue. He also received an Imagen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work in American Family. Esai appeared on Syfy's hit series Caprica as series regular ‘Joseph Adama.’ In 2011, Morales was cast as the lead of NBC’s 17th Precinct.
Morales starred in , American Fusion, followed by James Cotton film, La Linea, opposite Ray Liotta. Kill Kill Faster Faster, Fast Food Nation and The Virgin Of Juarez and La Bamba, which remains the most commercially successful Latino-themed motion picture to date.
Esai’s most recent film credit is the lead in the Gun Hill Road, whichpremiered at Sundance Film Festival. City, named recipient of the 2009 Princess Grace Foundation Award, the 2009 Spike Lee Fellowship and has been recognized by the Urban Arts Initiative in New York City and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.
Bernadette Morales Gaskin is a Senior Information Systems Analyst at Green America. Her family went solar in 2010 with a 7.14 kW system and she likes helping people learn more about solar. Other things they do at home to be green are planting lots of fruit trees, composting, recycling, biking, installed two rain barrels and a rain garden. Bernadette is also active in her children’s school as a parent volunteer, school advisory board member and green team member.
Jennifer Moran is a Social Entrepreneur, Artist, World Traveler, and Founder of GREENOLA. Founded in 2009, GREENOLA is wholesaler and retailer of women's Sustainable, Fair Trade, clothing and accessories that are designed by Moran and produced ethically in Bolivia. Her GREENOLA line is currently in stores nationwide, was featured in Crain's Chicago Business Review, as a case study at Gary Hirshberg's Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute, and voted a finalist for Best Green Boutique in Chicago in Mindful Metropolis Customer Choice 2010. After attending The Ohio State University for two years as a student athlete, Moran took some time off to manage a Starbucks, and travel the world; Moran finished her college career with the support of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University. Moran also owns the Socially Responsible Business Outfitter, Solidarity Clothing and sits on the Board of the local non-profit, Solidarity Bridge, providing medical supplies, clini cs, and education to doctors in Bolivia.
Victoria Moran is the author of eleven groundbreaking books addressing sustainability, spirituality, and health. These include the best-selling Creating a Charmed Life (in 30 languages); the essential vegan weight loss guide, The Love-Powered Diet; and her latest: Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully & Live Compassionately in the Real World, which VegNews magazine calls “The Vegan Bible.” A professional speaker (clients include Toyota Women's Conferences, Speaking of Women's Health, and Hallmark Cards), Victoria has appeared on Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, Fox Strategy Room, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She is certified holistic health counselor (CHHC, AADP) in private practice and is directs Main Street Vegan Academy, training Vegan Lifestyle Coaches. She hosts the weekly “Main Street Vegan” radio show on www.Unity.FM. Victoria lives with her husband, William, and rescue-dog, Forbes, in a LEED-certified green condominium in New York City.
Patty Moreno was featured on the cover of the September/ October issue of the Green American, started GardenGirlTV.com years ago and now hosts Growing a Greener World on PBS.Patty Moreno was featured on the cover of the September/ October issue of the Green American, started GardenGirlTV.com years ago and now hosts Growing a Greener World on PBS.
Executive Chef Alex Moreno began his career in Los Angeles at some of the best restaurants in the city. Learning from such L.A. institutions as Melisse, Jiraffe, Spago and Bastide, he then took to the road as chef for the band Van Halen. After a year of touring with the legendary rock band, lead vocalist Sammy Hagar recruited Alex to be part of the culinary team opening up San Francisco-based Tres Agaves. Alex received accolades as a great cook in one of the best modern Mexican restaurants in the city, building a reputation for authentic food, which held to the traditions of the Jalisco region of Mexico. Returning home to Los Angeles, he now takes the helm as Border Grill Santa Monica Executive Chef in collaboration with Co-Chef/Owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.
Dr. L. Samsarah Morgan, DD. is an Interfaith Minister and Counselor, Apprentice Midwife, Family Life Coach, Doula and and Hypnotherapist. She is a birth and postpartum caregiver and childbirth and parenting educator. As the mother of 5 grown sons and the grandmother of two, she has first hand experience of the joys and challenges of parenting! She is the director of Nia Canter as well as Birth Professionals of the Bay Area and her private practice has offered counseling and healing sessions a well as workshops, seminars and retreats for individuals, couples, and families since 1991. Dr. Morgan offers classes at Sacred Birth Place in Oakland, CA.
Margaret is the Founder and CEO of ECO City Farms. A seasoned social justice organizer, educator and environmentalist, Margaret Morgan Hubbard has a fertile mind practiced in translating ideas into action. Morgan-Hubbard is committed to mentoring young people in creating meaningful and purposeful lives, and to finishing the equity work her generation began, but lost track of. She is particularly interested in providing venues and opportunities for diverse groups of people to collaborate together toward a better, more peaceful and just world that respects Mother Nature.
A law professor and social entrepreneur, Morin is owner of Hoopla EcoBoutique, a triplebottom line business in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Morning Star Foundation is committed to creating public awareness for the protection and preservation of all Indigenous Nations on Mother Earth. Our primary purpose is to protect and support “Traditional” Elders, Sacred Sites, Sacred Burial Grounds, and Sacred Ceremony.
We acknowledge and respect all Indigenous Nation’s spiritual and cultural teachings and lifestyles.
Morris has spent a quarter century helping communities realize their visions of social justice and sustainability. She has served on the City of Berkeley Planning Commission and cochairs the West Berkeley Neighborhood Development Corporation. Currently, Morris is a Cohousing Coach with Planning for Sustainable Communities and Research Director for the Cohousing Association of the United States, while concurrently designing a sustainable MBA program for New College of California.
Jo’Nique is a senior at Community Services West Career Academy and will graduate in August. Jo’Nique plans to continue her education in the culinary arts at Washburne Culinary Institute at Kennedy King College.
Scott Morrissey is the Deputy Director of Greenprint Denver, Mayor John Hickenlooper's comprehensive environmental sustainability initiative. In this role, he oversees a variety of programs, including Denvers Solar America Cities grant award from the U.S. Department of Energy.
He has worked on governmental environmental policy throughout his career, including solid waste with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, water and wastewater infrastructure with the Appalachian Regional Commission, and 8hour ozone rules with the federal EPA. Prior to joining the Mayors Office, he was a Financial Management Analyst in Denvers Budget Office.
Scott attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a BA and MPA with concentrations in Environmental Management.
Sian Morson is the founder and CEO of Kollective Mobile, a mobile development agency based in Oakland, CA. Kollective Mobile helps agencies and start-ups design and grow their mobile business, by providing strategy, consulting and building by great apps. Sian brings 15+ years of experience in digital development and leadership to the mobile marketplace. She has a passion for creative information design, a strong technical background and experience working with agencies such as Tribal DDB, Draft/FCB, and McCann Erickson. Sian is deeply involved in helping local businesses and community groups participate in the digital economy via various community organizations. She has also contributed articles to Politic365, Afro-Punk, Black Enterprise, and Women 2.0
Morton has lived with salmon farms, studied them, met their owners and done the science. Morton is a biologist, living in a remote archipelago on the west coast of Canada. Over the past 20 years, Morton has gone from welcoming the people in the salmon industry, to studying and publishing on the negative impacts salmon farming, to court actions and now a 500 km walk to inspire people insist on wild salmon. Simon Fraser University is awarding Morton an honorary doctorate of science in June 2010.
Born and raised in Chicago, Ambassador Braun's interest in agricultural practices began as a child while spending summers on her greatgrandmother's pecan farm in Alabama. There she learned what she would later recognize as Biodynamic
Mosness is a passionate wild salmon advocate following nearly three decades as a commercial fisherwoman/captain on the Copper River and Bristol Bay, Alaska. Mosness created the Go Wild Campaign to educate consumers, chefs, media and policy makers about healthenhancing, sustainable fisheries and impacts on coastal communities, ecologies and wild fish from marine feedlots (currently, H. R. 4363, introduced into Congress, would allow open cage fish farms as close as three miles to our coastline). Mosness coproduced the first annual Bluefestival in October, 2009 in Seattle, bringing diverse interests together to focus on 70% of our planet that is aquatic, lifesustaining and increasingly at risk. Mosness has spoken about the value of wild fisheries and policies that would allow open pit mining, offshore oil drilling and ocean aquaculture to audiences at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, UN Forum for Food Sovereignty in Rome, Slow Food/Slow Fish in Genoa and San Francisco, many conferences, schools and universities. As president of the Women's Maritime Association, Anne worked to get a safety law through Congress. Mosness received a Food and Society Policy Fellowship and has worked with US and international scientists and organizations on campaigns about finfish/shellfish farming globally and in our own waters.
Monica Brown Moss is a Vegan Chef, Cancer Survivor, and Food Justice Advocate for Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. A certified Health Minister, the foundation of her approach to food and wellness is Biblically based on Genesis 1:29. Monica teaches healthy eating and living classes, works to eradicate food deserts on the Southside of Chicago, teaches sustainable living skills to girls and women in the community and recently established a weekly Zumba class at her church.
Monica is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and received a master of education from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. She is married to Otis Moss, III and is the mother of Elijah and Makayla. Monica is committed to Green Social Justice; transformative healing through nutrition, enjoying healthy and delicious, living foods, building healthy families and communities and living an empowered and grateful lifestyle.
Pooja Mottl is a Green Chef, Culinary Instructor, and Healthy Living Coach. She is a graduate of the Chef's Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts (NGI), accredited by ACCET. Pooja specializes in making greener, healthier food delicious and simple to cook. Her creations, training, and food philosophy are based on the use of sustainable, organic, and unrefined ingredients to boost flavor and wholesomeness. She is the founder ofwww.PoojasWay.com, a frequent contributor to AOL Huffington Post Media Group, and before her career in green living, worked as a financial and economic analyst both on Wall Street and for the United States Government. Pooja has been featured on Good Morning America, Martha Stewart Radio, WGN-TIV, and various other media properties. She is a co-author of the report "Not So Sweet: Missing Mercury and High Fructose Corn Syrup," published by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, January 2009. Her complete biography can be found atwww.poojasway.com/about.
The members of Mountain Standard Time hale fromdifferent parts of the country, yet their musical paths crossed inNederlanda small Colorado mountain town steeped in bluegrass music.Whether you chalk it up to fate or coincidence, fans are thankful forthe sound that these six friends and musicians have created. MSTfollows in the footsteps of other legendary Nederland, CO bands such asYonder Mountain and Leftover Salmon with their ability to make all whohear them want to stomp their feet and dance.
MSTs catalog of originals contains a great variety of styles andinfluences while showcasing a unique sound originating from a varietyof musical backgrounds filtered through traditional bluegrassinstrumentation. Original melodies, songs rich in lyrics and vocalharmonies and a driving back beat keep imprinting MST's brand ofmountaingrass on the minds of their enthusiastic audiences. Over thepast year they have stormed on to the Colorado Front Range music sceneand left audiences clamoring for more. MST is gearing up to spreadtheir unique sound to across the country with their 2009 tour andfestival schedule.
Mouyabed works for the Hotel Monaco, a unique Kimpton hotel. He is the regional ecochampion, responsible for all ecocompliance in Chicago and the mountain states.
Nabil brings over 12 years of experience to the hotel industry, including a Masters degree from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration one of the top hotel management schools in the world. Nabils career began with Pizza Hut Canada, Inc., where he was transferred to Poland, overseeing the busiest Pizza Hut in Warsaw. His Cornell degree landed him a job with Wyndham where he worked his way up to managing a 219room historic hotel with $10 million in annual revenue and 18,000 square feet of meeting space. This experience prepared Nabil for his work at Hotel Monaco and the unique Kimpton business. He has been with Kimpton for five years and amongst many responsibilities is the Regional Eco Champion responsible for all eco compliance in Chicago and the Mountain States. Fluent in German and French, Nabil is prepared to make any guest feel at home at his hotel.
Mary Moy is a journalist who has worked as a writer, editor, project manager and marketing coordinator. Her personal interests include volunteering, learning to play piano as an adult, reading, crafts, travel, wellness and cats. Mary presently works with Mather LifeWays on special projects on aging well. Her belief is that any individual, at any age, can lead the way to help others. Volunteering has made her more grateful for personal blessings, and she takes joy in giving back to the community. Mary's maxim: By giving of yourself, you’re likely to reap more rewards than you ever expected.
Mozer is the director of the International Bicycle Fund, a consultant in bicycle transportation engineering and safety, and economic development, and an educator on Africa. Mozer has been active in bicycle transport planning and comprehensive planning programs since the late 1960's. By training Mozer is an economist and has lived and worked in Africa. Mozer first went to Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1975. During the next two years he taught math and science, and traveled on foot hundreds of miles visiting isolated village schools directing an education extension program. After completing a Master's Degree in Applied Economics with a specialty in international economics and area focus on Africa, Mozer returned to Africa on contract with the United States' Department of State. During this time he set up Liberia's largest and most successful credit union, administered a grant program for village development and analyzed economic conditions. In North America Mozer has worked on projects in the United States and Canada for a variety of state, provincial and local agencies. Mozer has appeared on National Public Radio, the Voice of America and the Voice of Kenya discussing Africa.
The Muckleshoot Canoe Family Program promotes and preserves the traditional practices and customs of the Coast Salish Canoe culture and encourages Muckleshoot Tribal members to participate in these cultural events. This program provides the opportunities for them to travel in the ways of our ancestors in the traditional waterways and methods used by them. The Annual Canoe Journey is a healing journey which immerses the participants in a culturally disciplined physical and spiritual journey.
Jameelah Muhammad is the Community Program Coordinator for the Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College, where she has designed a mentorship program for local area high school students and advanced access to Energy Efficiency, Solar and other green collar training for community members. She majored in Biology and Environmental Health with a specialization in Resource Management at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and is now working on her Masters (M.A.) in Labor Relations at the City University of New York in partnership with Cornell University Institute of Labor Relations. Formerly an Organizer at New York Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda, she worked to identify green collar job creation potential within Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC. She is also a certified ROOTS of Success Environmental Literacy Instructor. Her work is a reflection of her diverse experiences related to racial, religious, and gender discrimination, being exposed to different socioeconomic environments, and overcoming personal adversity in order to achieve a deep appreciation for life and sense of immense responsibility to humanity and mother nature. In April 2010, Jameelah joined over 30,000 people in Cochabamba, Bolivia for the People's World Conference on Climate Change. She is committed to empowering people in her community and helping people see the interconnectedness of the environment, economy, and social justice.
Qae-Dah Muhammad is a Chicago Conservation Corps Leader/Speaker (C3). She is a visionary fascinated with the stewardship of sustainable practices.
Sister Zakiyyah S. Muhammad has always had a love for quilting, and grew up in a house where quilting was done on a regular basis. Quilting is a traditional craft she thinks all people, men and women, should learn: it is economical as well as creative, and can turn into a beautiful work of art passed down from one generation to another with pride.
Sheelah Muhammad has provided strategic services to the philanthropic, Fortune 500, government and not-for-profit communities in domestic and international markets. She is co-founder of Food Desert Action and co-creator of the Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market. Her organization uses innovative community-based solutions to increase access to fresh, healthy food options in low-income, historically excluded and underserved communities. As a community development practitioner, a naprapath and the daughter of a grocer, Sheelah is ardent about positively shifting the health trajectory of children and families in low-resource communities. Prior to launching Fresh Moves she was program officer at Oprah’s Angel Network and The Oprah Winfrey Foundation. Sheelah currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the Office of Minority Health’s Action Learning Collaborative. She is a member of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Cook County Place Matters team, board treasurer of Healthy Schools Campaign, and a guest lecturer at Northwestern University School of Education & Social Policy.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Irma is one of Josemaria and Josefina Muñoz’s seven daughters. She was brought up in a home with strong family values, an unwavering commitment to education and a deep respect for their Mexican heritage and cultural traditions.
Irma founded Mujeres de la Tierra, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that works with families to better their lives by enhancing their neighborhoods and strengthening community life. Mujeres de la Tierra has worked on the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, the development of Mariposa Gibson Park in El Monte, CA, and the degradation of community health due to oil wells in Baldwin Hills.
Irma worked at San Diego State University’s Housing Office, TreePeople, Centre City Development Corporation and was a Presidential Appointee with the Clinton Administration. She graduated from UC San Diego and earned a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
This Chicago native finds houses that are scheduled to be demolished, and before the bulldozers arrive, she auctions off the reusable elements, roombyroom, doorknobbydoorknob. With a public hungry for affordable building materials, Jodi was one of the first in the country to recognize this opportunity to reuse, and recycle. Jodi holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, which may explain why she can communicate with surly contractors, hardened builders and novice renovators. Her company, Murco Recycling Enterprises Inc. holds over 60 auctions a year. Her industry awards include The 1996 Outstanding Recycler from Illinois Recycling Association and the 1999 Governors Pollution Prevention Award.
Catherine Murphy is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker who has written about and directed films about two of Cuba’s most seminal campaigns: the Literacy Campaign of the 1960s and the conversion to organic agriculture in the 1990s. Catherine received her Masters degree at the University of Havana, writing a thesis that was later published, entitled: “Cultivating Havana: Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Years of Crisis.” This thesis became the subject of her first film in 1993, "The Greening of Cuba." Cartherine is a consultant at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First). She has lived and worked in Cuba and Venezuela since 1992, and is currently touring the U.S. with her new film, "Maestra," that explains the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961 focusing on personal stories of Cuban women literacy workers who traveled across the island to teach, and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.