Christopher O'Brien joined American University in 2009 as the first director of sustainability. Previously, he directed the Responsible Purchasing Network at the Center for a New American Dream, and earlier served as managing director of Green America's Green Business Network and the Fair Trade Federation. He is treasurer of the Fair Trade Resource Network, and coowns the Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply Cooperative. He serves on the ASTM Sustainability Executive Committee, the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Advisory Board, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS Steering Committee.In 2006, Chris authored the awardwinning book Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society Publishers, 2006). He blogs about his passion for all things related to sustainability and beer at www.BeerActivist.com, and tweets about greening the American dream at twitter.com/GreenAUChristopher O'Brien joined American University in 2009 as the first director of sustainability. Previously, he directed the Responsible Purchasing Network at the Center for a New American Dream, and earlier served as managing director of Green America's Green Business Network and the Fair Trade Federation. He is treasurer of the Fair Trade Resource Network, and coowns the Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply Cooperative. He serves on the ASTM Sustainability Executive Committee, the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Advisory Board, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS Steering Committee.In 2006, Chris authored the awardwinning book Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society Publishers, 2006). He blogs about his passion for all things related to sustainability and beer at www.BeerActivist.com, and tweets about greening the American dream at twitter.com/GreenAU
Born and raised in the Seattle area, Mike has a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Puget Sound region and a deep respect for the progressive values and spirit of independence of the people who live in Seattle and make it such a great city. After earning an economics degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Washington, Mike has spent most of his professional career working in financial management. He served for 10 years as the chief financial officer at the local law firm of Stokes Lawrence, where he oversaw budgeting, financial reporting and forecasting. Mike originally got involved in local politics through the Sierra Club where he has been a volunteer for nine years, serving most recently as chair of the Washington State chapter. Mike lives with his wife, two sons and chickens in Fremont. Mike’s current committee assignments are Chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhood Committee which oversees water, drainage, wastewater and solid waste services provided by Seattle Public Utilities, including: SPU environmental services and utility rates, regional water resources and endangered species recovery plans. The SPUN committee also oversees neighborhoods, including neighborhood plan updates and implementation. Mike serves as the vice-chair of the Regional & Sustainable Development Committee; a member of the Finance & Budget Committee; and alternate for the Energy and Technology, and Civil Rights Committee.
Sarah O’Brien of the Green Electronics Council supports use of EPEAT -- the pre-eminent system for evaluating ‘green’ electronics. Previously, at H2E, O’Brien assisted health care organizations to improve environmental performance through purchasing. Earlier, at INFORM, Ms O’Brien assisted governments and businesses to eliminate purchase of products containing toxic chemicals, and as environmental health advocate for the National Wildlife Federation and Vermont PIRG, was involved in legislative advocacy and public education throughout the Northeast.
Elizabeth O’Connell coordinates Green America's Fair Trade Program, which aims to educate American consumers and businesses about the social and environmental impacts of many of the products we consume, and more ethical alternatives. She heads up consumer action campaigns in support of Fair Trade including the Fair Trade Your Supermarket Campaign and the “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” Campaign, which is pushing Hershey to remove child labor from its cocoa supply chain by shifting to Fair Trade certification. Elizabeth provides regular input on developing Fair Trade programs to ensure the highest standards of Fair Trade are maintained. She also runs the Fair Trade Pavilions at the Green Festivals which take place in 6 cities each year. Elizabeth became involved with the Fair Trade movement in college and was a founding member of The Little Café, a Fair Trade, student-run café at New York University's Stern School of Business.
Katie O’Connor is the Manager of the Chicago Regional Peace Corps Office and served as an Environment Education Volunteer in Nicaragua from 1999 through 2001, helping teachers integrate environmental education into their curriculum. Katie leads the Peace Corps’ largest recruitment territory which covers 11 states.
O'dahl specializes in green building education and outreach.Serving as promoter, organizer, and educator, since 1990, O'dahl is an earlyadopter of Green Building in Washington State. Working with private enterprise, nonprofits, and governments, she designs, supports, and promotes Green Building initiatives and project promotions throughout the Northwest, primarily in the Seattle metropolitan area. Notable projects include the Green Pages for the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild since 2002, the Built Green
Byron is a Junior at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Science (CHSAS). Byron is their gentle giant, who always greets people and has the best manners.
Laura O'Donohue is a recent graduate of UCSD where she majored in the anthropology of food and medicine. She founded a Slow Food on Campus chapter at UCSD, and was a core member of the Sustainable Food Project, which succeeded in putting an urban farm on campus. Laura is currently on the board of Slow Food San Francisco, and organizing a conference to raise awareness and find solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic.Laura O'Donohue is a recent graduate of UCSD where she majored in the anthropology of food and medicine. She founded a Slow Food on Campus chapter at UCSD, and was a core member of the Sustainable Food Project, which succeeded in putting an urban farm on campus. Laura is currently on the board of Slow Food San Francisco, and organizing a conference to raise awareness and find solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic.
Sean O'Leary is tea buyer, art director and photojournalist for Rishi Tea. He began his career in photojournalism at the Stevens Point Journal in Wisconsin and continued his path in the visual arts, receiving his BFA in Communication Design from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). During his time at MIAD he began working with Rishi Tea as an intern photojournalist. He traveled to many teaproducing origins with Rishi founder, Joshua Kaiser, to document organic and Fair Trade tea projects. For the past five years, Sean has been deeply immersed in tea trade and tea culture through his many trips to Southeast Asia.
O'Reilley helped found OUT for Sustainability over tennis matches with Gerod and continues to attempt to return the many balls he lobs her way as its Board President. O'Reilley holds an MBA in Sustainability focused on Agriculture and Food Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI). O'Reilley runs a social justicefocused internship program, and consults on projects related to providing healthy food for all. O'Reilley is passionate about anything DIY, riding bikes (including motorcycles), farmers markets, and dinner parties. As a relative newcomer to Seattle, O'Reilley likes it when the mountains come out for a visit, and hopes to go see them more often.
While studying environmental sciences at UC Berkeley, Christina Oatfield held leadership positions in the Sustainability Team, the Berkeley Student Cooperative, The Green Initiative Fund and the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). She also co-founded the Berkeley Student Food Collective, a nonprofit, democratically-run sustainable, healthy and ethical foods grocery and educational center. She wrote her thesis on student-run food co-ops and later went on to adapt it into a training manual for the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive. The Directive has begun training students at other universities in how to start food cooperatives based on her manual. Christina currently continues to advise the Berkeley Student Food Collective and, occasionally, other start-up student co-ops. She now works as the Food Policy Research Associate at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where she is researching legal issues pertaining to sustainable and small-scale food production. She also serves on the Berkeley Food Policy Council.
Farah Obaidullah holds a M.S. in Environmental Diagnosis and a B.S. in Biology both from Imperial College, London. Farah has over twelve years professional experience in the field of environmental consulting and campaigning. For the past eight years she has been an Oceans Campaigner with Greenpeace working on different campaigns around the world and developing a Greenpeace presence in West Africa. The newly opened office in Senegal is primarily concerned with fisheries issues across the region, exposing in particular the impacts of overfishing on coastal communities. Amongst her achievements in Africa, Farah has successfully lead a campaign to prevent the introduction of hydraulic dredging by a Dutch company to Mauritania. Additionally she is implementing a global campaign highlighting the prominent role of large-scale destructive fishing fleets in the depletion of the world's marine resources and the consequences this has for the very people that depend on healthy oceans the most.
Speech was born Todd Thomas in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The youngest of parents Robert ; Patricia Thomas. He grew up on two sides of life: the ghetto of Milwaukee (one of the nations roughest cities for African Americans) and (Wauwatosa) Milwaukee's suburbia. Speech learned how to draw from the pains and beauty of both. He would absorb the plights of his people and yet the retreat of middle class blacks to primarily white neighborhoods. Speech experienced hardcore racism as a young boy. He also lost his grandmother to a heart attack and his older brother, Terrence Thomas to an Asthma attack all within the same week. Through Gods help, he ultimately learned how to recalibrate his inner anger to constructive and dynamic music. To celebrate the lives of those he lost. Speech wrote Tennessee as a dedication to his family. He and his mother started the Terrence Thomas Scholarship dedicated to his brother, that even today is helping many young black students further their educations.With this background, Speech started the music group, Arrested Development. The group is based in Georgia, from humble and rural beginnings; they became a pioneering force in the music world. Arrested Development won two Grammy Awards (Best new artists ; Best rap single 1993) with songs that Speech wrote and produced from the album, 3 years, 5 months and 2 days in the life of... They released a second, Zingalamaduni which was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for another Grammy award. After some internal strife, the group went on hiatus in 1995.Immediately after that, Speech shed the group atmosphere ; buried himself in experimental sounds. His first single Like Marvin Gaye Said was #1 on the Japanese Tokio 100 charts for 7 weeks straight! That was the true beginning of Speech as a solo artist.Speech toured with Vice President Al Gore and Hillary Clinton during the Clinton reelection campaign, plus tours with Hootie ; the Blowfish, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Youssou N'dour, James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic, Jason Mraz, and The Roots.The musical side of Speech kept him producing and writing songs for progressive groups like Zap Mama, (Spike Lee's) Malcolm X soundtrack, Paramount pictures Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy, other movies like Bebe's Kids, Warriors of Virtue, Whipped and Michael Jordan's to the Max (An IMAX production).Speech has released 5 solo albums since 1996 all of which have spawned Top 10 hit singles. His album Spiritual People released in 2000 was certified Gold 3 months of its release. It was also awarded the Best black music album of the year 2000 by ADLIB magazine. Speech supported each album with sold out tours and intense promotional schedules.In 2006 Speech toured the U.S. with Tre' Hardson (Pharcyde), and released The Vagabond (Bluhammock records). That album won Best Hip Hop album of 2006. Speech says, I dont really yearn for fame, as much as for artistic integrity. I want someone to relate to me and me to them. I want my music to bring me intimate moments with those that can relate to where Im at in life.His present home is in Fayetteville, Georgia where Speech owns Vagabond Records ; Tapes which released Since The Last Time (Arrested Development's first U.S. album in 12 years) andThe Grown Folks Table the newest Speech solo album. Speechs says, Grown Folks Table is a radical stylistic departure from my past albums. It shows more a street side and its as honest and clever as anything Ive ever done to date. Its hip hop, that has elements of what Jesus, the streets, and what my own experiences have taught me.Speech continues to do side projects like 3 FOOT ICON (with Kyle Hollingsworth from String Cheese Incident, Chief Xcel of Blackalicious. On occasion Speech has even been the DJ for legendary bass player, Victor Wooten.Look for new collaborations of Speech cowriting with (UK Hip Hop legend) Ty, (UK world music masters) 1 Giant Leap, (Portland hip hop maestro) Braille, (Japan success) Steph Pockets, (Japanese MCs) WISE ; Jamil, (World music) Ulali from India, (European legend) Nenah Cherry, (Japanese) Cradle Orchrestra and many others.Speech became an ordained minister with the Churches of Christ in 2005. He temporarily stepped down in 2009 to work on his personal life. Speech says, My most proud achievement is my marriage to Yolanda, (we've been together over 17 years), our two children Jahi, Zoe Thomas and my faith in Jesus, which is my biggest strength ; guidance.
Twenty years of experience as a resource, consulting with businesses regarding energy efficient applications in lighting remodels and upgrades. Meeting /exceeding design specifications for utility incentives and tax credits in commercial and industrial facilities.
- Formed partnerships with over 50 contractors, businesses and building owners for energy efficient lighting upgrades amounting to over 3.5 million kWh hours saved.
- Performed lighting energy assessments and identified opportunities for improved energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings.
- Proven resource to sales professionals and branch managers for utility energy conservation efficiency programs, incentives and state tax credits.
- Successfully led southern and central Oregon in energy efficient lighting sales, remodels and retrofits.
- Recognized by the Energy Trust of Oregon as a Trade Ally that assisted commercial and industrial businesses to over one million kWh in energy savings in facility and site lighting.
- Project management for lighting projects, both new construction and remodel/upgrades.
Sarah Looney Oldmixon is the Program Director for Workforce Initiatives at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, where she manages the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative.
Reverend Dr. Elouise D. Oliver is the senior minister of the East Bay Church of Religious Science in Oakland, California. Under the leadership of Rev. E the Church has grown from 37 members to 1200 members since 1991. As a spiritual leader, the essence of her ministry is unconditional Love. She teaches that love and forgiveness is the answer to all human discord. Rev E has received numerous awards, honors and recognition and continues to have a tremendous impact on peoples lives around the globe, showing others how to create positive life changes and opportunities to experience greater love and joy.
Actor, producer, director and community activist Edward James Olmos was born and raised in East Los Angeles. A veteran of the theater, he earned a Tony nomination for his mesmerizing performance in the 1978 drama/musical Zoot Suit. He reprised the role for a feature film in 1981, and went on that year to star in Wolfen. He followed these performances with pivotal roles in Ridley Scott’s landmark Blade Runner and Robert M. Young’s acclaimed The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. Olmos’ feature film credits also include Selena, Mi Familia/My Family and American Me, which he also directed. His extensive television work includes HBO’s The Burning Season, Showtime’s In the Time of Butterflies, the ABC miniseries Dead Man’s Walk and the documentary The Unfinished Journey, directed by Steven Spielberg. Most recently, Olmos starred for two seasons in the acclaimed PBS series American Family Throughout his extensive career, Olmos has received numerous accolades, including an LA Drama Circle Award, an Emmy (in addition to three nominations) and two Golden Globe Awards. In 1988, he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante, the dedicated, real-life math teacher in Stand and Deliver, which he also produced. Most recently, he was awarded the PASS award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for producing the domestic-violence documentary It Ain’t Love. Olmos is currently a United States Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He is also a national spokesperson for the following organizations: Southwest Voter Registration Project, where he helps the Latino Community in its pursuit of citizenship and voter registration; the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation; and the AIDS Awareness Foundation. He also serves on the boards of Recruiting New Teachers, the Twentieth Century Fund, UCLA School of Film and Theater, UCLA Mentoring Program, Miami Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, National Council on Adoption, Children’s Action Network, Hollywood Supports and OneNetNow.com. Prior to the start of filming season two of Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos received a 2004 Latin Business Spirit Award, a 2004 Image Award, a 2004 Hugo Award for Best Actor on Battlestar Galactica, a 2004 Family Television Award and was nominated for a SYFY Genre Award for Best Actor on Battlestar Galactica. He then went on to direct the HBO Film, “Walkout” in 2005, which earned him an Alma Award for Best Director. He was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award in Education and Latino Literary at the Inaugural of the National Council of Space Directors, where it was also announced that the council had formed the Edward James Olmos Latino Literacy Scholarship Fund. In addition, he presented the 2nd annual Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention.
Erik Olsen is Green Projects Administrator for the City of Chicagos Department of Construction and Permits. Current projects include management of the green permit program, development of a green building code, and piloting an electronic plan review process. Erik has also worked as a consulting mechanical engineer on a wide variety of building types. He serves on the U.S. Green Building Councils Greening the Codes Committee and has previously served as cochair of the state and local government committee for the U.S. Green Building Council Chicago Chapter. Erik is a graduate of both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University and a licensed professional engineer in Illinois.
Man One is a leading urban muralist/artist enhancing the definition of art today. Involved with the Graffiti Art movement since 1987, his artwork has been showcased in over 40 group exhibitions, eight one-person shows, and displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Getty, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana and Parco Museum in Tokyo. Man One's commissioned work includes murals, designs and concepts for MTV, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Sony, Ubisoft, Symantec and many others. His artwork has appeared in print publications including The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Warp Magazine (Japan), Rime Magazine (USA), La Dolce Vita (Italy), Aelle (Italy), Backspin (Germany), “Graffiti World” (by Nicholas Ganz), “Painting the Towns: California Murals” (by Jim Prigoff and Robin Dunitz) and “Graffiti L.A. (by Steve Grody). He also owns and runs Crewest, the only L.A. based gallery dedicated to the upliftment of Graffiti Art.
As president and general manager of Planet Green, ONeill is charged with developing content strategy for Planet Green, a global, crossplatform initiative including the firstever, 24hour television network dedicated solely to green lifestyle programming.
At age five, Maria Onesta Moran drove her first electric car—a PowerWheels. Raised in an environmentally aware family, Maria graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Sociology. Her green building experience took root in a marketing and fundraising job for Lakefront Supportive Housing, now known as Mercy Housing Lakefront. Maria was part of the campaigns to build two LEED-certified apartment buildings in Chicago that provide permanent housing and supportive services for people who were formerly homeless. These buildings have received international acclaim for providing innovative and sustainable housing. Today, Moran still drives an electric car, but this time it’s a Prius! Moran has received Green Tech U certifications from the City of Chicago’s Center for Green Technology. She has worked as a CEU presenter on Green Historic Preservation, and was a speaker at the 2008 Women's Business DevelopmentCenter Annual Conference. Moran worked with the International Home and Housewares Show as a speaker in 2009 and product judge in 2010. Locally, Moran proudly represents the Southtown Business District for the Village of Oak Park, and is a member of Power of 10 Green Home Experts is one of the only companies of its kind in Illinois, and Moran takes great pride in assisting homeowners and builders with creating dwellings that are better for the earth and its inhabitants. Her favorite saying is, "Every day is Earth Day."
Joleen Ong is the Communications Manager at Social Accountability International (SAI), where she is responsible for all internal and external communications activities working with global representatives to increase the visibility and promote SAI’s mission of ‘human rights at work.’ Joleen helped to develop the SA8000® guidance document for auditors that focused on freedom of association and collective bargaining in Costa Rican banana plantations. Prior to SAI, Joleen was a student activist leading a campaign to increase Fair Trade campus purchasing practices and contributed to two award-winning short documentaries, on Fair Trade and military recruitment. Based in New York, she is an MS candidate for Nonprofit Management at the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
THE BEGINNINGIt was Pangea founder and CEO Joshua Onyskos personal devotion and commitment to inspiring social sustainability that sparked the inception of Pangea Organics eight years ago. He devised the selling of the highest quality organic, personal care products as a means to an even greater end. After seven years of traveling to the likes of India, Nepal, and Tibet, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Thailand, Onysko had an epiphany: He realized that corporations were inheriting the earth and that by leading by example there was potential to influence others to reconsider their ways. He shared with his friend Tom that he dreamed of starting an Institute to aid existing corporations in learning to become more socially responsible and environmentally sound and also to act as an incubator for startups. Tom looked at him and uttered those lifealtering words: You should start a soap company to fund the project and you should call it Pangea. (If you remember, Pangea refers to the super continent, before Plate Tectonics divided the landmass into the seven continents of the world that exist today.) Two days later Onysko took these words to heart, literally. He up and moved to Boulder, Colorado, landed a job as a baker at Whole Foods, and made soap in his garage at night. WHY SOAP? Onysko, who grew up in rural Rhode Island and dropped out of school at age nine to pursue an acting career, has always followed his heart and his passions. When he realized that he wanted to move to India he stopped at home to visit his parents first. There, he noticed a coffee table book of his mothersMaking Hand Made Soap. As a bonding project, Onysko made soap with his mother. They distributed a few samples to friends and family and saved a few bars for Onysko and his travels. In Goa, Onysko realized he really liked the soap. He also started getting emails from people he had given the soap to, saying how much they liked it too, how it was clearing up their eczema, and doing great things for their complexions. THE RESULTPangea Organics is currently the largest coldprocessed organic soap manufacturer in the US. In addition to bar soaps, the line also includes shower gels, liquid hand soaps, hand and body lotions, facial cleanser, facial toners, facial creams, facial mask, facial scrub and lip balms. Throughout Pangea's growth, from its inception in 2000, Onysko, 32, has retained private ownership of his company, never straying from its vision: Ecocentric bodycare; always beneficial, never artificial. Onysko remains committed to creating products that are always organic, nurturing, handcrafted, fairtrade (whenever possible) and crueltyfree. To that end, Pangea Organics products are never made using petrochemicals, parabens, GMOs or other synthetic or harmful ingredients. Not only do Pangeas ingredients begin to break down within 48 hours of use, but a generous portion of Pangeas profits are helping to build the Pangea Institute, an emerging nonprofit organization dedicated to researching and teaching all aspects of sustainable living and business practices. Pangeas efforts have been recognized with 40 awards since 2006. Pangea's products are crafted with deep knowledge, craftsmanship, and compassion and, as a result, are standouts in the natural products industry, providing excellence in content and quality at an affordable price point. Pangeas number one goal is to create a new understanding of health and beauty. With this, Pangea hopes to reinvent the way we, as a society, nurture our bodies and raise the bar for other companies. What we consume today, directly impacts how we and future generations will live tomorrow.
Opal Plant is a lecturer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Democracy Schools.
Opperman is the cofounder of awardwinning nonprofits Sustainable Ballard and SCALLOPS. Though trained as an architect, she spends most of her time as a community organizer and believes neighbors are a powerful force in modeling sustainable practices, community selfreliance and environmental stewardship. Sustainable Ballard and SCALLOPS were created to give people tools and resources for making these urgent and important positive contributions.
Adam Ortiz is the mayor of Edmonston, a small working class town in Prince George's County, MD. Under his administration, crime has been cut in half, years of flooding have ended due to the construction of a sophisticated flood control system, and the east coast's Greenest Street is being built, an awardwinning project that will reduce storm water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.Adam has been Edmonston's mayor since 2005. He also serves as deputy chief of staff for Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, overseeing communications and policy. He is the past president of the Maryland Mayor's Association, president of the Port Towns Community Development Corporation, and is a board member of the Anacostia Watershed Society. He was born and raised in New York and has a B.A. with honors from Goucher College in Towson, MD.
Orr leads the Expanded Food ; Nutrition Education Program and theFamily Nutrition Program at University of Illinois Extension, providinginteractive nutrition education to more than one million each year.
David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College and Executive Director of the Oberlin Project. He is the recipient of seven Honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy,” and the Santa Monica Library “Pioneer Award for contributions to sustainability literature.” He has been a scholar in residence at Ball State University, the University of Washington, James Madison University, and other universities. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has served as a Trustee for many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org), the Aldo Leopold Foundation (www.aldoleopold.org), and the Bioneers (www.bioneers.org). He has been a Trustee and/or advisor to ten foundations. His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others. His first book, Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992), was described as a “true classic” by Garrett Hardin. A second book, Earth in Mind (1994/2004) is praised by people as diverse as biologist E. O. Wilson and writer, poet, and farmer, Wendell Berry. Both are widely read and used in hundreds of colleges and universities. Hope is an Imperative: The Essential David Orr (Island Press, 2010) is a collection of his writings from 1985 to 2010. In 1987 he organized studies of energy, water, and materials use on several college campuses that helped to launch the green campus movement. In 1989 Orr organized the first ever conference on the effects of impending climate change on the banking industry. Co-sponsored by then Governor Bill Clinton, the conference featured prominent bankers throughout the mid-South and leading climate scientists including Stephen Schneider and George Woodwell. In 1996 he organized the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus. The Adam Joseph Lewis Center was later named by the U.S. Department of Energy as “One of Thirty Milestone Buildings in the 20th Century,” and by The New York Times as the most interesting of a new generation of college and university buildings. The Lewis Center purifies all of its wastewater and is the first college building in the U.S. powered entirely by sunlight. But most important it became a laboratory in sustainability that is training some of the nation’s brightest and most dedicated students for careers in solving environmental problems. The story of that building is told in two books, The Nature of Design (Oxford, 2002) that Fritjof Capra called “brilliant,” and a second, Design on the Edge (MIT, 2006), that architect Sim van der Ryn describes as “powerful and inspiring.” Orr’s recent political writings appear in, The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror (Island Press, 2004), and articles such as “The Imminent Demise of the Republican Party” (www.commondreams.org) written in January of 2005. In an influential article in the Chronicle of Higher Education 2000 Orr proposed the goal of carbon neutrality for colleges and universities and subsequently organized and funded an effort to define a carbon neutral plan for his own campus at Oberlin. Seven years later hundreds of colleges and universities, including Oberlin, have made that pledge. Recent projects include a two year $1.2 million collaborative project to define a 100 days climate action plan for the Obama administration (www.climateactionproject.com ), and a project with prominent legal scholars across the U.S. to define the legal rights of posterity in cases where the actions of the present generation might deprive posterity of “life, liberty, and property.” He is also active in efforts to stop mountaintop removal in Appalachia and develop a new economy based on ecological restoration and wind energy. He is the author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is presently the Executive Director of the Oberlin Project which is focused on making the City of Oberlin a model of full-spectrum sustainability and replicating that effort through a National Sustainable Communities Coalition.
Adan has more than 25 years of public affairs and water expertise. He has unique understanding and experience of water through leadership roles in Southern California, California, and U.S. urban, agricultural and environmental organizations. Adan is well known for utilizing entrepreneurial, innovative and organizational approaches in consulting practice, business ventures and volunteer activities. Adan co-founded Water Conservation Partners, Inc., which is introducing private funding and investment toward water conservation projects and strategies. They are making water available for new development, offsetting lost access to contaminated local supplies, and helping inventors of new conservation devices in their introduction to the California marketplace.
Described as “soulful, genuine and edgy” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and an “indie folk powerhouse” by Bend’s Source Weekly, Valerie Orth is a fearless and genre-bending songwriter. Her distinctive hybrid of rock, groove, soul and folk reaches out and grabs your attention; her live performances captivate and charm at once. Valerie understands song as revolution, whether personal or political, and as evolution, creating change within herself and the possibility for it within her listeners. Her calls to action, for compassion or to a distant lover in a faraway city are all voiced with equal clarity and conviction.Fueled by ambitions and beliefs from years of social and economic justice work, she has merely shifted mediums as an activist, now using song to unite, inspire and give voice to those often unheard. "Know who observes what you don’t see, who tells the long-forgotten story, who makes you feel, who makes you dance, who else feeds your movement. CD - Faraway City available on CD Baby -http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/valerieorth *Photo Credit - Don Orth
Adam Ortiz is the mayor of Edmonston, a small working class town in Prince George's County, MD. Under his administration, crime has been cut in half, years of flooding have ended due to the construction of a sophisticated flood control system, and the east coast's Greenest Street is being built, an awardwinning project that will reduce storm water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.Adam has been Edmonston's mayor since 2005. He also serves as deputy chief of staff for Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, overseeing communications and policy. He is the past president of the Maryland Mayor's Association, president of the Port Towns Community Development Corporation, and is a board member of the Anacostia Watershed Society. He was born and raised in New York and has a B.A. with honors from Goucher College in Towson, MD.Adam Ortiz is the mayor of Edmonston, a small working class town in Prince George's County, MD. Under his administration, crime has been cut in half, years of flooding have ended due to the construction of a sophisticated flood control system, and the east coast's Greenest Street is being built, an awardwinning project that will reduce storm water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.Adam has been Edmonston's mayor since 2005. He also serves as deputy chief of staff for Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, overseeing communications and policy. He is the past president of the Maryland Mayor's Association, president of the Port Towns Community Development Corporation, and is a board member of the Anacostia Watershed Society. He was born and raised in New York and has a B.A. with honors from Goucher College in Towson, MD.
Polly Osborne’s architectural career began in 1977 when she went to work for the Architectural firm of Ray Rector and Associates in Napa Valley. While working for Rector, she gained knowledge of adobe, earth-sheltered and rammed earth as well as conventional design and construction methods.Soon after, she earned her Master of Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture, and started Osborne and Associates. Polly won the 2007 Green Building Citation from The AIA Monterey Bay Chapter for Taiji House and the top award for Green Building from Sustainable San Mateo County. She has been published in several books and magazines such as Sunset Magazine, House & Home, Designing with Spirituality, and the LA Times Magazine. Polly is a very active member of the AIA Committee on the Environment, and also a member of Build It Green, USGBC and the Society for Architectural Historians.
Cris Oseguera has been working with individuals and families in Santa Rosa for about 30 years. His love of assisting others began at about age six with basic Spanish to English and English to Spanish translations. Despite the many challenges he and his family endured as immigrants, he was able to complete High School, transfer to Santa Rosa Junior College and then to Cal State Chico, where he obtained his BA in Psychology. The many job positions he has held with various non-profits include: Youth Liaison, Family and Youth Advocate, Case Manager and Transitioning Age Youth Advocate respectively. He is the founder of "Xinachtli," a proven-successful young man's cultural and identity gang prevention program. He is also the co-founder of North Bay Institute of Green Technology (NBIGT), a non-profit with the mission to provide training, job placement and retention of low-income, unemployed or under-employed persons for green collar careers.
Oshman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization formed in 1990 to shift the restaurant industry toward ecological sustainability. A true expert in the Green Restaurant
Ostrom is the Co-Executive Director of NBIS, the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability. Founded over eight years ago, NBIS provides programs and networking opportunities that link professionals and businesses with the tools, coaching and resources they need to advance sustainability and profitability in their companies and organizations. NBIS’ Grassroots Leadership program, GreenBag Lunches and monthly Eco-Hours provide opportunities to meet like-minded individuals across industries and to gain inspiration and tools for advancing sustainability. NBIS’ Accelerating Sustainability services include coaching in all aspects of sustainability implementation across operations, metrics, CSR reporting and team development. Visit www.nbis.org.
Riki Ott, PhD is a marine toxicologist and commercial fisherma'm who was one of the first people on the scene during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, when millions of gallons of crude oil were discharged in the single most devastating environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. For 20 years, she has been the voice and face of efforts for justice.Ott is also the central character of the awardwinning film BLACK WAVE: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez. The lawsuit tells the tale of the battle between commercial fisherpersons against the largest corporation in the world (ExxonMobil). The struggle is ongoing, and Ott continues to be a key player in that story.Based on her experiences Ott founded Ultimate Civics (www.ultimatecivics.org) and is touring the country calling for an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to strip corporations of the ability to claim to be persons under the law.
Jacquie Ottman is an internationally recognized expert on green marketing and eco- innovation. She is the founder and principal of the NYC-based J. Ottman Consulting, Inc., Clients include Fortune 500 companies, including 3M, Nike, and Johnson and Johnson. Her firm has also advised several U.S. government ecolabeling programs, including the U.S. EPA's Energy Star, SmartWay, and the new USDA Certified BioBased label. A sought-after speaker who has been quoted in Forbes, Fortune, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Ottman is the author of four books on green marketing, including the highly acclaimed, The New Rules of Green Marketing (Berrett- Koehler, 2011) (http://www.greenmarketing.com/our-book), which was named a Top 40 Sustainability Book by Cambridge University. She blogs at http://www.greenmarketing.com/blog, and http://www.wehatetowaste.com a new blog and website she founded to spur a new consumer movement. She regularly contributes to the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands Weekly and other online and off- line publications. A native New Yorker, she was educated at Smith College.
Otto is a cofounder at Infiniti Real Estate ; Development and provides real estate services and consulting both domestically and internationally. Otto is a LEED Accredited Professional and an Ecobroker specializing in the green housing market in Seattle. Prior to her work in green building and development, Otto gained over fifteen years of experience working on sustainability issues worldwide. In 2001 Otto worked for the WA State Office of Trade and Economic Development in Energy Policy. In 2002 Otto spent six months working with the United Nations preparing a policy agenda for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. During her undergraduate and graduate education Otto spent seven years studying and working internationally on community and economic development in almost a dozen countries, including Costa Rica, Japan, India and Brazil. Incorporating language skill and cultural understanding Eva has carried out multiple projects in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and restorative development. Currently, Otto is on the board of directors for the Seattle Institute for Oriental Medicine and the Clean Energy Committee for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
Cheryl the Pig Lady is a farmer in Tacoma Washington, where she grows Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner! She raises cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and ducks in a free range, all natural, integrated management system. She direct markets her product to a 100 family CSA, Farmer's Market, and local restaurants.
Noted by Black Enterprise as one of the “Top 20 National Bloggers of 2012”, Yoli Ouiya earned her online media moniker, “Queen of Green”. Yoli is a holistic health advocate, sustainability consultant and well-regarded green chef. As Founder of the boutique eco-lifestyle outfit, Yoli’s Green Living Group, Yoli promotes health and environmental education, and guides conscious consumer habits. Her online portal, YolisGreenLiving.com, was awarded “Best in Green Living” by AllParenting.com. With a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, Yoli is a passionate lecturer and open forum facilitator. She also produces eco-themed events throughout New York City. Yoli sits on the Board of Directors for The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food. Yoli’s ongoing work with children and nutritional education will extend in 2014, with the launch of her own non-profit, KidCrops, an initiative that supports urban children and families gain more access to healthy food through hands-on experience.
Scott Overpeck is a creative leader with a heart for contextualizing movements of justice, advocacy and compassion to his surroundings. He is the founder of Intersection Creative Strategies, a consultancy advising social enterprises and nonprofits on communications as it relates to marketing, fund raising and commerce. Additionally he sits on the board of Renewing Hearts; helped found Laundry Love Santa Ana; and leads 511, a small creative community in Santa Ana. Scott lives in Orange County, California with his wife and two sons. He enjoys tacos, unicorns and American Idol.
Kathy Ozer has worked on farm, rural, and fair trade policy for over 20 years at the National Family Farm Coalition. In the mid-1980's she worked for the United States Student Association (USSA) on education access issues. She is on the board of the Citizens Trade Campaign and Jobs with Justice and has worked closely on policy issues with the Community Food Security Coalition. Since 1999, Kathy has been part of the farmer delegations at the WTO in Seattle and Cancun and at the United Nations. Her current work addresses the credit and global food crisis; holding onto farmer wins to restore fairness and competition in farm and food policy and efforts to address the ongoing dairy farmer crisis. Kathy received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and lives in Washington, D.C.