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.
Murphy was a chemistry professor at DePaul University where he discovered that DDT and PCBs, and many other toxins in the Great Lakes were coming primarily from the atmosphere. Murphy also founded and directed the Environmental Science Program, now housed in an LEED Gold building.
For the past two years Murphy has been a principal in the development of an environmental sustainability program for the Edgewater community on the north side of Chicago. This program has several goals: to encourage the residents to shop locally; to reduce, reuse and recycle; to increase green space in the community; to make the schools greener in their operations and curriculum; to make the neighborhood more attractive and to support the Chicago Climate Action Plan by making our buildings more energy efficient.
Murray is the proprietor of Logan Square Kitchen, a private event venue and a commercial kitchen available on an hourly basis to food entrepreneurs. Murray sustainably renovated a vacant foreclosure at 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Murray oversaw all aspects of design, construction and finance. As of March 2009, the project is in its final stages of LEED Gold certification.
Murray's business allows a sustainable event venue to support development of culinary talent. Known as a contract kitchen, LSK gives budding food entrepreneurs a licensed commercial kitchen long before they could afford it. It serves as an economic engine for our community, giving culinary talent a place to develop.
LSK also presents events that celebrate the local food community, such as pastry markets and sustainable suppers. We hope our space demonstrates that you can save the planet and have a stunning celebration at the same time. Every private event client is supporting a sustainable business dedicated to healing the environment, economy and our food system.
Murray is a jackofalltrades entrepreneur, building projects from the ground up. Throughout her working life, she has focused on creative problemsolving. Logan Square Kitchen is a business aimed at demonstrating that business can solve social problems
Shireen Musa is a full time tenured faculty member in the International Trade and Marketing Department of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She teaches International Corporate Responsibility, Global Sourcing and Import/Export Regulations. Shireen received her Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in International Trade, from FIT, M.B.A in International Business from Saint Peter’s College and her Customhouse Broker’s License from the U.S. Government. She has multi-industrial corporate experience functioning as an International Trade Manager.
Shireen enjoys educating and mentoring students. She serves on FIT’s Sustainability Council and is active in planning FIT’s annual Sustainability Conference. Shireen is also active in developing new courses for FIT and presents at domestic and international conferences.
Have you ever asked yourself why was music created? Further if radio stations, nightclubs and even turntables could emit the most mathematically precise sound, one that hits your hips and joints perfectly, what would that sound be? I present you Towntroniks, one of Oakland Californias most eclectic array of dynamic urban music.
Comprised of heavy electric slaps by some of the bays most formidable artist, Towntroniks is a life preserver for an otherwise sinking industry. Spearheaded by master producers BigTunes and Key Hudson, Towntronik includes submissions and features by leading Bay Area artists Cava, FIYAWATA, Viveca Hawkins, Rico Pabon, Jallah, Jahi and Kirby Dominate to name a few. This collage of crunk club bangers stands to push musical borders right off the earths surface.
Towntroniks blends the genres of Electro, Soul House, HipHop and Pop into a blender to produce a rush that puts LSD way out of business. Playful but mature, frenzied but seductive, this compilation speedy RPM Songs cannot be compared or measured by any other compilation ever produced for it rips a wide hole into to space time continuum to expose a future centuries away. A celebration of musics next stage, I give you, Towntroniks.
Bomani Musik started in 2005 as the musical brainfetus of band leader Atiim Chenzira. Bomani Musik plays Hopadelic Funk and Soul, a fusion of original hip hop, funk, and soul. Bomani Musik reinterprets tracks Atiim has previously recorded and takes them to another level of organic sonic life. Their music could be described as Earth Wind and Fire meeting PFunk, and the convergence of Ludacris, Whodini and E40. With its high energy of funkiness coated with a serious edge, the band creates an environment that enraptures an audience, while propelling them to dance. You can hear more music at http://www.ReverbNation.com/AtiimChenzira, and purchase music at http://www.R3NP.BandCamp.com.
Laura Musikanski is the Executive Director of Sustainable Seattle. She ran a cottage industry for over 15 years while homeschooling her daughter before she went back to school. She has since earned an education in law, an MBA and certificates in Environmental Management and Environmental Law and Regulations from the University of Washington.
Jo Rasp, AaGee, EDL, and J Rock have come together to create and establish themselves as The Musonics. This multitalented group has artistically produced music that is influenced by the genres of R;B, Rock, Soul, and Reggae; generating a unique sound called DigiPopa hybrid form of soul and alternative rock with prominent electronic tones.
They have been performing all over the Bay Area and have had a great response from their peers, promoters, and fans. Their debut album To the Moon and Beyond will be released worldwide early 2010. The Musonics are at the forefront of popular music and have a sound the everyone universally will enjoy.
Mutabaruka (formerly Allan Hope) was born in Rae Town, Kingston on 26th December, 1952. After primary education he attended Kingston Technical High School, where he was a student for four years. Trained in Electronics, he left his first job after about six months and took employment at the Jamaica Telephone Company Limited. During his time at the Telephone Company he began to examine Rastafarianism and to find it more meaningful than either the Roman Catholicism of his upbringing or the political radicalism into which he had drifted.
In the late 1960's and early 1970's there was an upsurge of Black Awareness in Jamaica, in the wake of a similar phenomenon in the United States. Muta, then in his late teens, was drawn into that movement. Illicitly, in school he read many progressive books including Eldrige Cleaver's Soul on Ice and some that were then illegal in Jamaica, such as The Autobiography of Malcom X. Muta saw himself as a young revolutionary. But when he deepened his investigation of Rastafarianism, which he had once regarded as essentially passive, he came to find its thinking more radical than that of the nonRastafarian group with which he had associated. While still employed at the Telephone Company, he stopped combing his hair, started growing locks, altered his diet, and declared himself Rastafarian. A number of his friends thought he was going mad.
After leaving the Telephone Company, Muta found life in Kingston increasingly unsatisfactory. He and his friend Yvonne left Kingston in 1971 in search of a more congenial environment. They have settled in Potosi District, in St. James. They have two children and the house that Muta built. Muta has had periods of close contact with the Negril Beach Village, where he has explained to guests certain aspects of Jamaican culture. He has talked at great length with many foreigners, and has found the experience broadening. To Muta now, Rastafarianism is part of a universal quest which may also be pursued by other routes, such as Hinduism or Buddhism or Christianity. He disapproves, however, of institutionalized religion: the priest has used your mind/to make love/with the/dead.
Muta was the first wellpublicized voice in the new wave of poets growing since the early 1970's. They have developed a living relationship between a poet and a fairly wide audience such as, in Jamaica, only Louise Bennett has achieved before them. Early work by Muta regularly appeared in Swing, a monthly that gave fullest coverage to the pop music scene. Introducing Outcry (March, 1973) John A. L. Golding Jr. wrote: In July 1971, Swing Magazine published for the first time a poem by Allan Mutabaruka...Our readers were ecstatic. Since then, and almost in consecutive issues, we have derived much pleasure in further publication of this b
A single mom with less than $6 in her wallet and desperate for money to pay for her son’s life saving kidney operation, Zhena Muzyka put her degree in aromatherapy, a deep love for tea, her Gypsy grandmother’s teachings and a small collection of money from friends and family to work. Embracing her lore rich Ukrainian Gypsy ancestry, she began offering her custom teas from a cart on California street corners, believing that selling her tins of tea could alter fate. It turns out she was right.
Ten years later, Zhena’s son Sage is a healthy 10 year old boy and Zhena's Gypsy Tea is a thriving, minority woman-owned, purpose driven brand, whose goal it is to make a difference in people's lives by offering premium teas that benefit health, protect the environment and support humanitarian efforts. As one of the early pioneers of the organic and Fair Trade movement and the founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, Zhena’s company doesn't just market products, it markets meaning, with a commitment to social responsibility, sustainability and the well-being of others. Zhena’s Gypsy Tea is a community minded, pro-active company and works directly with small growers and out of the way tea gardens and affects change by providing these workers with healthcare, guaranteed maternity leave, childcare, literacy, better working conditions, and autonomy. With the goal of alleviating poverty in developing nations through fair trade Zhena’s Gypsy Tea has become a purveyor of hope in the guise of a successful, triple bottom line business.
With over 10 years of internet marketing experience growing and managing online businesses, Jonah Mytro is CEO/founder Q4 Marketing and is co-founder of GreenDeals.org (the Green America daily deal site) an online marketplace and deal site exclusive to Green America’s Green Business Members. The newest Green America product is the Green Marketplace, an online shopping site that aggregates green products into one central location (similar to Amazon.com but for only green products).