Marla Rose is a journalist and freelance writer based in Oak Park, IL. She co-founded the Chicago Vegan Family Network, EarthSave Chicago, and the annual popular cultural festival, Chicago VeganMania. She was recently published in the essay collection This I Believe: On Motherhood and has also recently published her first novel, The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero. With a background in humane education, she believes that cultivating our natural compassion is the most powerful thing we can do to ensure the survival of the planet and thrive as individuals.


David Rose is Founder and CEO of the Unified Field Corporation (UFC), creator of an innovative bank operating Model, and a System for applying for and implementing a cooperative network of Sustainable Community Partnership Banks™ throughout the country. The Unified Field Bank™ is the name of this model and will be the trade name for banks, as they are approved and formed, that will operate within the UFC System over time.

David is not a banker. He is a leader in developing sustainable economic systems and helping people access their own inspired leadership. Prior to starting UFC, David gained useful experience through serial careers in construction, real estate, wellness products and as a teacher and consultant in cooperative business in areas that included strategic and capital planning, team building and innovative local sustainable economic systems.


Tommy Rosen is a certified Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a leading authority on addiction and recovery, with 20 years experience helping others to overcome addictions of every kind. He is one of the pioneers in the relatively new field of Yoga and Recovery, which utilizes yoga and meditation to help people to move beyond addiction and build fulfilling lives. Tommy teaches yoga at Naam Yoga LA and Bhakti Yoga Shala and runs workshops and retreats internationally. He also teaches and speaks regularly at yoga conferences and festivals, including the Wanderlust Festivals, Hanuman Festival and Bhaktifest. His writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Daily Love and Yoga Mint. He has published articles in LA Yoga, Yogi Times and the Aquarian Times. Tommy lives with his wife, yoga instructor Kia Miller, in Venice, CA.


Rachel Rosenberg is Executive Director of Safer Pest Control Project, a non profit in Chicago dedicated to reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides and promoting safer alternatives in Illinois. Rachel Rosenberg has over 20 years of nonprofit management. She graduated with a masters degree in nonprofit management from New York University and has a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan. A former owner of an organic lawn care company, Rosenberg enjoys teaching people how to take care of their lawns without the use of pesticides.


As a community organizer, volunteer and educator, Jay Rosenberg has been involved with sustainable agriculture projects in rural and urban settings since the early 2000s. In that time, Jay has traveled the world collaborating on farms and food gardens, including: City Farm in Chicago; a 14-acre farm and tropical food forest in Maui; and edible gardens in Miami, London, Sydney and locations throughout California.

Jay is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for the San Francisco Permaculture Guild and is actively building education and research programs focused on gardens, food and community throughout the city. Working with the amazing team at Hayes Valley Farm, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development and all of the members of the community is his dream come true.


Shawn Rosenmoss is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the City's Department of the Environment, where she oversees Grants, Fundraising, and Community Partnerships. In addition to helping to grant $1M annually to Zero Waste and Environmental Justice projects, she coordinates securing funds for many SF Environment projects and programs. She is responsible for developing environmental partnerships with myriad nonenvironmentally focussed entities such as the Greenstacks partnership with SF Public Library, a collaboration that weaves sustainability through programming, collections, branch renovations, and daily operations and maintenance, and has the potential to reach as many as 50% of the City's residents through the 28 SFPL branches. Rosenmoss also manages programming and exhibits for SF Environment's newly renovated EcoCenter at 11 Grove. A native of South Louisiana, Rosenmoss was in New Orleans a few weeks after Katrina to help open a school for some of those first American Global Warming refugees and is driven by the need for accelerated mobilization. She feels fortunate that her job with SF Environment allows her to focus so much of her work on getting a bigger boat. (Jaws) As a renter in the City, she fully understands and has been able to circumvent some the limitations to greening associated with not being the owner of her living space.


David, a third- generation Angelino, began construction of the EVO Farm prototype just days before his first child was born as an act of optimism. Prior to launching into urban farming, David produced a number of socially conscious documentary films mostly for PBS. After years of research and travel he began to understand the critical nature of rethinking what we eat, how we produce it and how we access that food. The pursuit of the urban farming life is a natural progression for him- from producing ‘food for thought’ to producing thoughtful food. David is Chair of the Aquaponics Association- Western Region.


Willow Rosenthal is the founder of City Slicker Farms in Oakland, California. Since 2001, City Slicker Farms has been partnering with the West Oakland community to grow and distribute thousands of pounds of its own fresh produce. Willow teaches adults and children about urban gardening and consults with various groups to implement urban farming strategies.


Lisa Joy Rosing is the loving vegan mother of three terrific and growing boys. She not only cloth diapers, but teaches cloth diapering in Chicago and has helped 100s of parents learn how and why to cloth diaper their child. Lisa has a background in the arts as well as social work and has cofounded the Chicago Vegan Family Network. She and her huband are members of the Chicago Communitarian Coop. She is currently transitioning her family to all cloth products from the bathroom to the kitchen and beyond. She lives with her family in Evanston, Illinois.


Featured on the Today Show, CNN, FOX, NBC, and other major multi-media outlets, Ruby Roth is an author, artist, and former teacher, whose children’s books have received international attention for their sensitive yet frank advocacy of a vegan diet and lifestyle. With degrees in both art and American Studies, Roth has researched and spoken publicly on animal agriculture, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle for nearly a decade. Her books are the first of their kind in children's literature and have been praised by parents, leading activists, and celebrities, including Alicia Silverstone, Jane Goodall, and Ed Begley. With her special brand of gentle candor, Roth's message transcends food philosophy to encompass the personal agency of people—big and small—in creating a more sustainable planet. For more info, visit​​" target="_blank">


Elyssa Rothe has been representing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA’s) energy efficiency incentive programs for 5 years. She is the Westchester/Bronx Coordinator for the Energy $mart Communities Program through Courtney Strong Inc., as well as the Westchester/Putnam Outreach Coordinator for the Green Jobs- Green NY program through Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.


Rotondi is a Green Entrepreneur and author of Raw Food for Real People. Changing the world one bite at a time has become Rotondi's approach to social activism and environmental entrepreneurism. Everyone has control over what they put in their mouth and these choices make a huge difference for our shared environment our biosphere, as well as our individual environments our bodies! Choosing organic, vegan raw foods is not only supporting our individual bodies with optimally nutritious foods, but supporting the growth of the whole organic and vegan industry basically, our health and the health of our planet.

Rotondi's book, Raw Food for Real People with forward by Michael Beckwith, is published by New World Library that also publishes Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and Joseph Campbell. His 3 DVD set, Raw Food for Real People is the first comprehensive and high production value raw food instructional DVD.

After years of working in the Third World as a Development Economist, Rotondi returned to the US to meld his business acumen, culinary gifts and his passion for optimally healthy foods. His dream was to create an inclusive eatery, one so affordable and delicious that people would eat there daily and make a positive change to their lives. Thus was born Leaf Organics, an organic, vegan and raw foods restaurant. He also packaged his foods and distributed them all over California. His food received rave reviews and a steady stream of celebrities including Andre 3000, Woody Harrelson, Ali Larter, Alicia Silverstone and Phil Jackson.

Rod is currently working on a new book and a TV show for kids.


Rotondi is owner of Leaf Organics, an organic, vegan and raw food restaurant. His food receives rave reviews from celebrities including Woody Harrelson, Andre 3000, Ali Larter, Alicia Silverstone and Phil Jackson. Changing the world one bite at a time has become Rotondi's approach to social activism and environmental entrepreneurism. Choosing organic, vegan and raw foods is not only supporting our individual bodies with optimally nutritious foods, but supporting the growth of the whole organic and vegan industry, which is supporting our individual health and the health of our planet. After years of working in the Third World as a Development Economist, Rotondi returned to the US to meld his business acumen, culinary gifts and his passion for optimally healthy foods. His dream was to create an inclusive eatery, one so affordable and delicious that people would eat there daily and make a positive change to their lives.


John W. Roulac is the Founder and CEO of Nutiva®, the world’s leading brand of organic hemp foods and coconut oil. Nutiva® was awarded one of Inc 500/5000’s fastest-growing companies in America in 2009 and 2010. A longtime advocate for holistic living, he is the author of four books on hemp and composting (with a million+ copies sold). He helped jump-start the modern home-composting movement in the early 1990s, successfully sued the U.S. DEA to keep hemp foods legal in 2001, and has founded three nonprofit ecological groups.


The “Original Reusable Bag Company,™” ECOBAGS® is recognized as a category leader, since 1989.The company is known for their commitment to outstanding quality, social responsible production and innovation; “cleaning up the planet one bag at a time.™”

Sharon has been featured as an environmental pioneer in TIME Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and in the award winning documentary, BagIt. She has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Nylon Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Conscious Choice Magazine, and heard on National Public Radio and Air America. ECOBAGS® products were featured on Oprah’s first dedicated Earth Day show in 2007. She has won numerous awards, including the national 2012 Enterprising Woman Award, issued by Enterprising Women Magazine.

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RoweFinkbeiner is author of The Motherhood Manifesto and The FWord: Feminism in Jeopardy.


Rowland is the executive director of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerces Urban Enterprise Center.


Brian Rowland Co-Founded A Safe Haven L.L.C. in 1995 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rowland is an alumnus of Loyola University of Chicago in 1985 and DePaul University in 1990 and the John Marshall School of Law 2007.


Steve Rudicel is owner of the urban micro-dairy Mariposa Creamery and is also an LA County Master Food Preserver, goat herder, cheese maker and owner of The Press Restaurant in Claremont. Steve also hosts the Altadena Urban Farmers Market, and is an Instructor for the Institute of Domestic Technology and Lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona.

Steve Rudicel and his partner Gloria Putnam have been raising goats and making cheese in Altadena since 2009. They are both graduates of the Artisan Cheesemaking course at the Dairy Products Technology Center, California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. Their mold-ripened goat cheese “Mariposa Bijou” won a Gold Medal at in the International Dairy Competition at the Los Angeles County Fair in 2010.

The Mariposa Creamery is a micro-dairy at the historic Zane Grey Estate in the suburban neighborhood of Altadena, in the foothills north east of Los Angeles. They keep approximately 10 Nubian goats, milk them by hand, and make a variety of cultured milk products including cheeses.


Susan Rudnicki is the Education Team Leader for Backwards Beekeepers. Backwards Beekeepers is a collective of small-scale, organic, treatment-free beekeepers who save wild bees in the Los Angeles area and make new beekeepers through education and helpful guidance. They are "backwards" because they rely on observation and natural practices to keep their bees thriving rather than pesticides, chemicals, or treatments of any kind.

The Backwards Beekeepers BEE RESCUE HOTLINE connects L.A. residents with volunteers who will remove feral bees in carports, trees, roof eaves, fuse boxes, etc.

Susan Rudnicki is a member of the Southern California horticultural institute and considers herself an urban homesteader. She has chickens and bees, and even removed her backyard swimming pool and replaced it with an organic vegetable garden.


Sean Rudolph, Campaigns Director, is responsible for ILRF’s public and corporate advocacy campaigns. Sean joined the ILRF in December 2011. He has over ten years of experience coordinating corporate campaigns and advocacy initiatives. Prior to ILRF, Sean worked in the Strategic Campaigns Department at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Sean holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts.


Rusby has been involved with sustainability activism for over eight years in both his work and community. Rusby was one of the Founders of Sustainable Green Lake and currently works as the Sustainability Coordinator at North Seattle Community College.


Ruskey guided EEAW's leading initiative E3 Washington, a living plan, action tools and growing network to create a system of education for sustainable communities. Ruskey cofounded and served as the CoDirector of the National EE Advancement Project (NEEAP)from 19912004. NEEAP mission was to focus research and customdesigned programs for the development of environmentally literacy. Ruskeyserved as the K12 Coordinator for Earth Day 1990 where she coordinated K12 events across the U.S.and a set of curricula that were distributed to every school and district in the U.S. and 120 countries worldwide. Ruskey's research in the early 1990's resulted in the book Promoting EE: A Guide to Strengthening EE in Your State and Community (1994). This publication launched NEEAP and its capacity building programs, models and publications serving state and local EE leaders including the award winning Leadership Clinic Manual. Ruskey served on the board and as president of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and currently sits on the National Steering Committee of the Society for Organizational Learning's Schools and Communities that Learn for a Sustainable Future initiative.


The Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities was established in 1967to protect and preserve, for historic, educational, recreational, and agricultural purposes pure breddomestic poultry including chickens, waterfowl, turkeys, and guinea fowl in the public interest. Craig Russell, the foremost living authority on poultry in North America, has been the president since 1996.

Mr. Russell has a BA in biology and history from Lycoming College. He spent 12 years as a lecturer and zoo worker at Clyde Peeling's Reptileland. He has been a line construction worker, a truck farmer, and spent 1971 to 1973 in the US Army Military Police Corps. He has done field research on cottontail rabbits and timber rattlesnakes. He has written and lectured on poultry history and livestock conservation as well as foraging, wild and domestic plants, medicinal herbs, and wilderness survival. Hobbies include bird and other wildlife watching, and caving and rock climbing.

He was employed by Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection for over 29 years, working with the safe drinking water act.

He has traveled in Europe and Asia where he studied local poultry populations and met with poultry conservationists and livestock farmers.


Ron Russell is co-owner/chef of the famous raw restaurant SunCafe Organic in Studio City/Hollywood and vegan restaurant Plum Cafe & Bakery in Sacramento. Ron teaches a weekly raw food cooking class featuring his own unique world fusion cuisine which has been featured on ABC News and the New York Times.

His SunCafe has won many culinary awards, including:

  • Top 10 restaurant for Lunch in Los Angeles -

  • Best Raw Restaurant Los Angeles & #3 Raw Restaurant in the World - 2010

  • Foursquare - #1 Rated Restaurant (on any kind) in Studio City - SunCafe Organic - March 2013

  • Best Smoothie L.A. - SunCafe Kale Shake -

The restaurant has been featured on news programs, magazines, and Young Hollywood. Clientele include Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, Olivia Wilde, Collin Farrell.


Rutan initiated the Washington Green Schools project in 2005 and is the Steering Team lead. She has worked in local government for almost 19 years and currently is the Community Recycling program manager for the City of Seattle.

Rutan's passions include her family and friends, music and the written word. She and her husband live in Seattle where they especially delight in their summer PPatch, parenting two young adults and traveling together (most recently to South Africa). I am committed to encouraging young people to effectively realize their capacity to create a world and future that is healthy, hopeful and dynamically alive for themselves and others.


Ryan is a cofounder and adviser to The DC Project and focuses on sharing and implementing best practices around coordinating projects that are creating green pathways out of poverty.

Ryzy is the Director of National Sales and NTR at WCPT AM/FM, Chicago's Progressive Talk Radio and the Executive Secretary of Local First Chicago. Ryzy has been in Media management and sales for over 20 years and has been a Marketing Consultant to local businesses for over 10 years. Ryzy conducts workshops on Branding and Marketing and speaks frequently at community and Chamber events. Ryzy is passionate about supporting a local, living economy and promotes not only shopping locally, but