Jesse Pollak is an 18-year-old freshman at Pomona College, who is dedicated to protecting the environment and who believes that youth can lead the way.During his years of high school in Washington, DC, Jesse worked with the DC Mayor and City Council to help raise awareness about green jobs. As part of this mission, Jesse sought a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Everything grant, and though he fell one place short (placing 11th out of 10 winners), he gained valuable experience on using social media to inspire and motivate youth.Building on this experience, in the past half year, Jesse co-founded a new organization, the National Youth Policy Center, which hopes to strengthen the voices of America's youth in national policy discussions. The organization's main project - YOUth Decide - aims to directly connect youth and their policy ideas to our nation's governmental leaders, and is launching in the spring of 2012.
Graduating from the Wellness and Massage Training Institute in 1999, Rebecca began her massage therapy career. She has continued her education with courses in Cranialsacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, Four Hand Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy, Psychophysical Re-education, Structural Therapy, Ayurvedic and Thai Massage. Furthering her interest in the Holistic health field, Rebecca completed the Foundations in Herbalism and Asian Bodywork program at the Chicago College of Healing Arts. She has been a massage therapy instructor at Olympia College and Cortiva Institute. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), American Herbalist Guild (AHG), and THAI Healing Alliance (THAI). In 2011 she collaborated with other Herbalists to begin a Great Lakes American Herbalist Guild Chapter. For the last year she has run The Chicago College of Healing Arts. She is Founder/Owner of Harmony Wellness Group and has a private practice offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone and Thai Massage.
Alex Poltorak joined Education Pioneers in Chicago in summer 2010 after completing the MBA program at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Alex spent the summer working at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the Office of Teaching and Learning. Alex's projects included designing a database to store implementation data for the Response to Intervention (RtI) initiative. He coordinated with other departments to ensure that this stopgap measure would fit into longer-term technologies like CPS University for professional development and Sharepoint for interaction logging in the future. Before graduate school, Alex worked at LSI Corporation, a leading semi-conductor engineering firm, as a customer engineer managing intellectual property between globally dispersed internal and customer teams to enable cutting-edge semiconductor designs. During his undergraduate studies in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Alex interned with Micron Technologies as a product engineer to validate and characterize new Flash memory products. Alex has also worked in a family IT consulting firm and as a tennis instructor in roles that were face-to-face with customers, children, parents and all sorts of stakeholders on a daily basis.
Alex is currently on the Steering Committee for the Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Illinois Stewardship Alliance. He is also the founder of Urban Canopy.
Scott Pomeroy is the environmental programs manager for the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, managing the Greening Downtown DC Initiative a comprehensive districtwide approach where the Downtown BID focuses on greening new and existing buildings, educating tenants on green best practices, improving public spaces, and enhancing transportation options for the areas bounded by the White House on the west, to the Union Station to the east and from Massachusetts Avenue to the north and Constitution Avenue on the South. He is also the board chair of Keep Washington DC Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Prior to working at the Downtown BID, he headed up the revitalization efforts in the 14th ; U Street area as the executive director of the 14th ; U Main Street Initiative , where he spearheaded the creation of the Green Team safety and maintenance program that, since 2004, has provided firststep jobs for over 120 individuals, primarily exoffenders. Scott also currently serves on the boards of the Mid City Business Association, U Street Neighborhood Association, and Reaching Out to Others Together (ROOT).
LANART is a small, family-owned and operated company. In 1979, Angelo Ponce started LANART by creating an alpaca teddy bear for his daughter. His artistic background and Latin ethnicity were critical to founding the company. His daughter, Ursula Ponce, has been around the company most of her life, but did not formally join LANART until 2005 after completing her graduate studies. Her contribution in launching the company to its current level has been focused on building strong ties with the artists, developing a variety of fair trade practices, and overseeing certification processes. LANART innovates and creates a huge variety of quality alpaca products with Fair Trade and environmental care as core values.
Guiding many of the Denver Zoos ecofriendly initiatives, Pond is a landscape architect who serves as the vice president for planning and capital projects for the Denver Zoo.
Diane Ponder will incorporate an eco-friendly art discussion about sustainability and the importance of one's creativity. Diane showed at the Lincoln Park Art Fair and at the Chicago Cultural center in the Mark di Suervo sculpture, “The Peace Tower”. Diane’s work has also been featured in the Oak Park Wednesday Journal and the Chicago Tribune. Diane owned the Living Room Gallery, a multidisciplinary art space, was featured in a PBS documentary of an art series benefiting Sarah’s
Poon is the CEO and founder of a G.A.P Adventures, a small group adventure travel company that has won numerous awards for their sustainable travel philosophy for the past 17 years, including Ethics in Tourism, Conde Nast's Green List and Millennium Ethics In Action Award.
G.A.P. Adventures offers 1000 trips to 100 countries. Poon will discuss how he became an eco pioneer of low impact tourism, which includes travelling in small groups, taking local transportation and staying at locally owned accommodations. G.A.P. Adventures participates in a carbon offset program and has a charitable foundation Planeterra, which gives back to the international communities visited.
Scott Porter is a Managing Director and Founder of Global Carbon Group. Global Carbon is focused on marketbased conservation with an emphasis on forestry and land use projects in tropical and subtropical regions. Prior to Global Carbon, Mr. Porter was a Managing Director at Terra Global Capital LLC., a leading US based developer of environmental projects for forestry and land use; his responsibilities included deal structuring and execution of carbon transactions both domestically and internationally. Prior to Terra Global Capital, Mr. Porter consulted to Pacific Gas and Electric on emerging renewable technologies and carbon markets. He was directly responsible for PG;E's effort to commercialize biogas facilities throughout the State of California. Mr. Porter has negotiated and contracted for a number of different types of carbon projects including: forestry, methane capture and destruction, and renewable energy.
Mr. Porter was a derivative product specialist at several financial institutions including First Interstate Bank, Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette, Bank of America, and Imperial Bank. He earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Wisconsin
Mitchell Posada was most recently VP of Interactive at Café Media LLC (a Lifestyle Magazine targeting bi-cultural Latinos) where he was responsible for developing digital products, acquiring users, generating traffic, developing strategy and tactics for all social media platforms, and developing and evaluating digital revenue opportunities including mobile and SMS. Prior to Café Media Mitch ran his own management and marketing consulting company helping companies target the US Hispanic Market. Mitch is currently advising a mobile commerce for airports start-up and leading several efforts to optimize mobile, web, and social media at the Chicago Fire Soccer Club (MLS). Mitchell earned his MBA from the
Bart Potenza, founder, now in his 31st year in the health food industry, continues to excite his loyal following with his innovative ideas and concepts in the organic vegan movement. Bart, along with his partner Joy Pierson, has created three successful vegetarian dining establishments (and soon a fourth.) Candle Cafe was the first restaurant to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association and both restaurants are at the forefront of campaigns to green the restaurant industry. The most recent is Candle 79, one of the first upscale organic vegan restaurants in the country. At the vanguard of health food marketing and vegetarianism, Bart is a proud member of Green America, Social Venture Network, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, The Presidents Club at F.A.R.M., P.E.T.A. and Farm Sanctuary. Additionally, Bart is a published author, both in his contribution to the Candle Cafe Cookbook and in a compilation of his daily aphorisms Look Two Ways on a One Way Street which was published by Lantern Books in 2008. Bart was also named one of VegNews Magazine’s Vegan Men We Love.
The success of Candle Cafe and Candle 79 proves Bart's original assertion that eating super healthy vegetarian food is a choice that impacts not only individual health but also the health of the planet. Bart’s "daily bread" is his quest to make our world better for all humanity. He continues to be inspired by the growth and significance of the green movement.
photo credit: Kate Mathis
Kevin is the Project Director for Oasis USA and is involved in the local and global fight against Human Trafficking. He is a pastor at large with Christian Growth International and with his family has been ministering to the global urban poor for the last 20+ years.
His family has lived in India and helped develop an AIDs care community, specifically for women and children from the slums and red light areas of Mumbai. In the UK he was the founding director of The Mustard Tree Foundation, an organization helping churches, government bodies, NGO’s and others resource the integrated needs of the urban poor. Whilst previously to moving to Los Angeles County he was assisting International Family Missions as they focussed on the city of Ciudad Juarez and was part of a new church community in Colorado. Currently he and his family are living in Pasadena, CA.
Poulson is an organization development consultant, specializing in collaboration for sustainability. Poulson cofounded Sustainable Cascadia, a bioregional initiative to achieve sustainability in one generation, and has her own consulting practice, RealTrust Consulting (www.realtrust.us). Poulson is currently on staff with the US EPA, Northwest Region as their Sr. Organization Effectiveness Consultant.
An’drea “Angie” Powell is Co-chair of Chicago Fair Trade and has traveled nationally and internationally as an ambassador for Fair Trade. She also works with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and is the executive administrator for a south side community development corporation in which she works with many faith-based communities and political and culturally diverse groups.
POWER’s work is guided by our theory of social change which sees that those people who are most affected by the problems of society - low-income and working class people, people of color, women, queer and transgender people - must lead a movement of millions to eradicate those problems. By building power from the bottom up with a commitment to solidarity, POWER is able to ensure that public policy and public institutions serve the interests of everyone. Our work resolves around three core components: *Base-Building: The Women Workers’ Project, The Bayview Organizing Project, Youth in Powerp; *Movement Building; and *Leadership Development.
POWER is a membership organization made up of low-income African American and Latino workers and tenants in San Francisco. Through community and electoral organizing, leadership development and movement building, POWER brings a human face to important policy debates, transforms individual lives and brings about broad-based policy change at the city, state and national levels.
Jacqueline Powers is a residential remodeling general contractor, interior designer and author of a workbook for homeowners titled Transitioning to Green. First published in Sept. of 2009, it has been revised in Jan. of 2011. Jacqueline is a member of the Cascadia Chapter of the US Green Building Council and the NW EcoBuilding Guild, whose memberships instigated her desire to find green and sustainable materials for her remodeling projects.Her own experience of having lived in over 20 homes, as well as time spent in the flooring materials, cabinetry and interior design fields have provided her with a broad perspective on how we live in our homes and care for them. Today, spreading the word about using better materials for the residents’ health and the health of the planet is her main interest. She has added Sustainability Consultancy for residential and commercial to her business specialties.
Renée Powers is founder of True Green Pro Building Consultants and Monarch Tiny Dwellings, green building and tiny home consulting through the lens of regenerative design. She began educating clients about the benefits of building green in 2004. In 2010 she added permaculture principles to her work in green building. She received her permaculture training with Regenerative Design Institute and is presently involved in creating a permaculture and tiny dwelling demonstration garden on land in West Marin County. Renée received Sierra Deep Ecology Institute’s “Green Builder of the Year Award” for 2008. Renée’s years of experience in construction management combined with her extensive training in advanced and sustainable construction methods and her passion for permaculture and regenerative design, give her a very practical understanding of all facets of the built environment and the challenges and opportunities of building green and living simply. Renée is passionate about sharing her experience of building as seen through the lens of permaculture.
Jessica Premsangha Prakasha is a certified yoga instructor, modern dancer, certified massage therapist, somatic educator, birth doula and mama. She has been practicing meditation and Hatha yoga since childhood and began teaching yoga classes in 1999. Jessica received her formal yoga teacher training from Greenpath Yoga in S.F., and studied with David Life, John Berlinsky, Lea Watkins and Peggy Orr. Jessica lived and studied at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Jessica graduated from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and completed the Certified Massage Therapist as Somatic Educator training at Moving on Center in Oakland, the Whole Birth Yoga Teacher training with Robin Sale, and Prenatal massage training with Alive and Well. She received birth doula training from Nicki Tilner. Jessica's passion for working with pregnant women has grown since she started teaching prenatal yoga classes in 2007, and was greatly fueled by her own experience with pregnancy and the home birth of her son, Jai, in 2009.
Emmanuel Pratt earned his BArch from Cornell University, his MSAUD (Masters in Science of Architecture and Urban Design) from Columbia University, and is presently a doctoral candidate in the PhD program of Urban Planning also from Columbia University. While most of his early work was anchored in the field of architecture, Emmanuel work has since explored the role of art and interactive media as a key component of urban design, urban farming, and sustainability. Emmanuel spent several years working closely and traveling around the country with McArthur Genius Award winner Will Allen of Growing Power and is the co-founder and Executive Director for the Sweet Water Foundation. He is also the Director of Aquaponics for Chicago State University and teaches courses within the college of Arts and Sciences. Most recently, he has been featured as a guest speaker for the NSF ‘Challenges in Vertical Farming Workshop’ and received a 2013 Green Award from Chicago Magazine. Emmanuel's professional and academic work with the MacArthur/Mozilla Foundation supported AQUAPONS badge-based learning and The MYCELIA PROJECT concentrates on new paradigms for education and 21st century city planning through transformative processes of community development across the intersections of food security and sustainable design innovation.
Toni Preckwinkle has been a community leader for over two decades. For 10 years she served as a high school history teacher and is currently Alderman of the 4th Ward. Toni is married and the mother of two children. Now in her fourth term as 4th Ward Alderman, she is striving to develop her ward. Her accomplishments include ensuring the redevelopment of neighborhoods, especially the creation of mixed income and affordable housing. She has secured funding for 4th ward public schools and new commercial centers.
Alderman Preckwinkle was a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to institute a more racially equitable map of Chicagos ward boundaries. She cosponsored the Affordable Housing ordinances (1993 and 1999) that resulted in city spending on low and moderate income housing. She also cosponsored the Living Wage ordinances that passed in 1998 and 2002. Alderman Preckwinkle sponsored an ordinance that limits the establishment of payday loan stores (2000) and joined her colleagues in a lawsuit to replace punch card ballots with stateoftheart technology. In 2004, she sponsored the Affordable Housing SetAside ordinance which is still in committee and cosponsored the antismoking ordinance.
Committed to her community, Toni Preckwinkle has worked to improve the quality of life of 4th Ward residents. She has been a leader of numerous community organizations. Toni served as President of the Disabled Adult Residential Enterprises (DARE) in 1985 and 1986. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. She has been involved in many other organizations including the Harvard School Board, the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Health Center, the Coalition for Athletic Facilities for Kenwood Academy, the Friends of Murray School Lot, and the Nichols Park Advisory Council. She also served as Political Action Director of the Near South Chapter of the Independent Voter of Illinois (IVIIPO). Professionally, she has been the Executive Director of the Chicago Jobs Council, a Coordinator for Economic Development for the City of Chicago, a development officer for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and Ancona School, and a high school teacher.
Toni Preckwinkle has a history of commitment to independent reform politics. She was the recipient of the 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999 IVIIPO Best Alderman Award and the 1997 Leon Despres Award.
Toni Preckwinkle holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Chicago.
Jessica Prentice is both a professional chef and a passionate home cook. In her cooking, Jessica brings together creativity and imagination with a deep respect for traditional cuisine and time-honored culinary practices. Through her work, she seeks to provide a model for how communities can feed themselves in a way that is both satisfying and health supportive on all levels: delicious, environmentally responsible and grounded in the wise nourishing traditions of our forebears. In her workshops, she seeks to both inspire people to cook, and help them develop the practical skills to feel successful in the kitchen. Jessica coined the term "locavore" and helps sponsor an annual Eat Local Challenge (www.locavores.com). She is one of the founding worker-owners of Three Stone Hearth, a community supported kitchen in West Berkeley (www.threestonehearth.com) and speaks nationally on building sustainable food systems.
Lisa Preschel is Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's school garden program director. She has a biology/Spanish degree, and is a volunteer Master Gardener. Before coming to work in Sonoma County in 2006, she lived off the grid for ten years on her 40acre homestead in Northern California. Lisa worked for the UC Cooperative Extension in Trinity County, and directed a pilot USDA food security project that created two community gardens and a rural food assessment. She represents the interests of school gardens on the Sonoma County Food System Alliance, California School Garden Network, and the School Garden Network of Sonoma County.Lisa Preschel is Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's school garden program director. She has a biology/Spanish degree, and is a volunteer Master Gardener. Before coming to work in Sonoma County in 2006, she lived off the grid for ten years on her 40acre homestead in Northern California. Lisa worked for the UC Cooperative Extension in Trinity County, and directed a pilot USDA food security project that created two community gardens and a rural food assessment. She represents the interests of school gardens on the Sonoma County Food System Alliance, California School Garden Network, and the School Garden Network of Sonoma County.
dead prez, comprised of members stic man and M1, have been the leading voice in progressive hip hop for over a decade. Their music has long been a platform to discuss issues such as police brutality, racism and poverty. Collectively, the duo has released 2 albums, 3 mix tapes and 2 solos albums making them accomplished international musicians. Their ideals and activism are not limited only to their lyrics, the group is highly active in communities throughout the world. It is this longtime community activism that brought about the lecture series Red Black and Going Green The Environmental Movement Remixed. dead prez offers a hood centered perspective on the sustainability movement as a matter of political education, economic development, holistic health and wellness, environmental justice, community mobilization and self empowerment. This is a not to be missed discussion that will enlighten and inform.
As Executive Producer and head of Free Range's video and entertainment department, Erica oversees the creative and strategic development of all of the company's video campaigns. With a Master's in Consciousness Studies, she brings a deep study of sustainability and systems thinking to her work, with a concentration on the importance of storytelling and mythology as tools for cultural transformation. She believes that film is one of the most effective ways to inspire people to action. Her years of experience in liveaction and animation production (commercials, television and features), combined with her love of the creative process, allows her to work on meta level messaging with a grounding in what it takes bring a piece of media to its highestimpact manifestation. Erica is the producer of Free Range's awardwinning The Story of Stuff and other hits such as 350.org, The Good Life, and the Alliance for Climate Education's national high school assembly program. When she is not making Free Range films, you can find her outdoors and enjoying being an amateur beekeeper completely awed by the wisdom and elegance of nature's creations.
Bernadine (Bernie) Prince is cofounder and codirector of FRESHFARM Markets which operates 11 produceronly farmers markets in the midAtlantic region in 2010. For the past six years, Bernie has also worked in Australia and New Zealand, where she helped set the standards for those countries' farmers markets. She holds an honorary position on the board of Farmers' Markets New Zealand, Inc. Prince is vice president of the national board of directors of the Farmers Market Coalition in the United States.
Bernadine (Bernie) Prince is Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of FRESHFARM Markets, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. which operates 11 producer-only farmers markets in the mid-Atlantic region. She started FRESHFARM Markets’ SNAP/Matching Dollars program in 2009 and FoodPrints—a school program with an edible garden, Food Lab and curriculum for first, third and fourth graders at Watkins Elementary School in DC’s Ward 6. Since 2004, Prince has worked directly with farmers markets in Australia and New Zealand, where she helped set the standards for those countries’ farmers markets. She holds an honorary position on the board of Farmers’ Markets New Zealand, Inc. She is also President of the national Farmers Market Coalition in the USA.
Rachel Pringle is Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's urban school garden liaison, supporting San Francisco schools. She also works for the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, a support network for SFUSD schools. Rachel worked for four years as a garden/outdoor classroom instructor at Alice Fong Yu School in San Francisco. She grew up on a small farm in Maine and worked as an environmental education instructor for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy before teaching in gardens. Rachel received her master's in conservation biology in 2001 at the University of Pennsylvania.
Susan Proffitt (Mrs. Josh Wattles) is the founder and creative force of Nichols Canyon Co-op. She designed the Co-op's structure to create an alternative economy for sustainable living. Susan creates the original recipes for Co-op products, including jams, jellies, preserves, pickles, cordials, dried herbs and candies. Members of the Co-op contribute their own produce or other supplies, get together to preserve it, then share the products among members. The Co-op maintains a seed library, and Susan conducts tutorials so that the members can teach their friends how to preserve their produce, and even start their own Co-ops.
By continuously re-using the Co-op jars, diverting garden produce from green cans and using the whole fruit / vegetable / herb, the Co-op is a Zero-Waste Environmentally-Friendly organization that also promotes community self-sufficiency. The Co-op keeps traditional preserving methods alive and relevant to contemporary palates and dietary preferences, using up to 70% less sugar than commercial preserves by using natural pectin found in the whole fruit.
With a wide-ranging and diverse background in subjects from Mycology to Corporate Planning, Susan brings a polymathic approach to social community design as well as culinary arts. She grew up in San Francisco and attended UC Berkeley and CSU San Francisco. She lives in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles with her husband and children.
Susan Prolman is Executive Director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a member of the DC Bar. She has advocated on Capitol Hill for a more sustainable approach to agriculture for a decade.
Pryne is an Episcopal priest who cofounded Earth Ministry in Seattle.
Psaki is cofounder and the creative director of The DC Project, where she uses the new media tactics learned at the Obama for America campaign in offline and online communities.
Khepra Ptah is the install team coordinator for project SWITCH with Stacey Noland, and continues his work as a project coordinator for Got Green? with Michael Woo, working on behalf of people of color to introduce environmental ideas and explain what green jobs are. Khepra spent last summer with seven young adults traveling and providing handson green job experience, teaching weatherization, windows, doors, light replacement, and how to cut down on bills.
Traditional recipes are used only as a guideline for the innovative chef of No Worries. Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao, a 15 year culinary extraordinaire of Filipino vegan cuisine, took his mother’s original cooking methods and has taken it a step further. Instead of using meat in a predominantly meat-based food culture, he uses an array of substitutes, ranging from soy protein to wheat gluten to tofu to seitan. Jay-Ar Isagani loves to balance his dishes with colorful, fresh vegetables which bring life to the plate. He has been a pioneer in Filipino vegan cuisine and continues to innovate many traditional appetizers, desserts and entrees into vegan cuisine with origins from the Philippines.
Out of Oakland, Ca, No Worries started off as a 1998 Oakland High School business proposal. After being awarded with a small grant to fund the basics and a solid foundation to the newly found cooking technique, NW made its way from the smallest to the biggest events and received support from its community. From meetings and conferences, to parties and weddings, to partnerships with local schools and Health Centers including SF General Hospital and the American Cancer Society. NW is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment by fully supporting the vegan diet by lessening the use of our natural resources to raise animals. NW intends to provide healthy and delicious vegetarian food for the people to enjoy while giving light to a more conscientious eating habit. Check out the innovation of NW with Chef Jay-ar Isagani Pugao supported by Jay Jasper Pugao and the infamous Filipino Vegan Cuisine.
Tania evolved from at "risk youth" to community activist and organizer. She works with Urban Tilth, a Richmond non-profit manifesting a more sustainable, healthy and just food system. Also Tania works with Youth Movement Records and RYSE Center, as a Media and Arts assistant program coordinator. In April 2010, she participated with nearly 30 activists and organizers representing various grassroots, base-building organizations, in a two-week Liberation Permaculture Design Course, hosted by Movement Generation at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. At the largest youth led Eco-Music Festival in the Nation, she was awarded the Youth Champion Award for her environmental activism. Conscious Youth Media Crew nominated her to premier on the "Toxic Triangle" documentary. The City of Richmond presented her with the Martin Luther King Richmond Community Leadership and Service Award. Tania is in college pursuing her B.A in Environmental Studies and Media.