Our organization started with three people and an idea. We are nowsupported by our three main local governments and work to bringsustainability issues to the forefront of our communities. We focus oncollaborating and creating real solutions. One of our challenges is ourremoteness. Another is our diversity from highend ski resort on oneend of the county to rural agricultural and mining based communities onthe other. Our efforts to build resilient communities throughcollaboration could be a good model for other communities and citizensgroups. Our story would be appropriate for any general audience. Building on our succss, we also helped start and oversee a youth group at our local high school the Y.E.S. Club.


Abba Yahudah, a local bay area artist, native to Jamaica, is known forhis socially conscious lyrics and unique way of expressing symbolismthrough colors. Dubbed a wordsmith by many, he is one of the mostpassionate and articulate speakers on any topic, especially his art.


Hideyo Yamada is originally from Tokyo Japan and is a trained sushi chef. After working at various restaurants in Japan and New York, she became interested in combining the healthy elements of vegan, gluten-free, and modern Japanese cooking. After moving to United States, she attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City where she studied holistic approach to nutrition and received her Holistic Health counselor accreditation from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. From 2011 to 2012, she attended the Natural Gourmet Institute 619 hour chef training program in New York City, where she studied healthy nutrition from around the world. The Natural Gourmet Institute is Accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Education and Training). While attending the Natural Gourmet Institute, she was working as a private chef and teaching classes focusing on fusing ingredients of different cuisines to create foods that restore human health.

Yearwood Jr.


A pacemaker within the green movement, Rev Yearwood has successfully bridged the gap between communities of color and environmental justice for more than three years. Shortly after founding the Hip Hop Caucus, Yearwood became National Director of the award winning Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign where he spearheaded a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Katrina survivors.

Later, on August 4, 2009, Yearwood led the Hip Hop Caucus to create theGreen the Block campaign in partnership with Green for All. In result, the Hip Hop Caucus is the first organization to launch a national grassroots campaign from the White House.

In 2010 Yearwood was named one of the 100 most powerful African Americans by Ebony Magazine, and one of the 10 Game Changers in the Green movement by the Huffington Post.

The Hip Hop Caucus is fighting poverty and pollution at the same time with theOne Planet. One Voice. campaign. Money matters when it comes to environmental justice.One Planet. Once Voice. addresses the disproportionate affects of pollution on impoverished communities. Yearwood’s unique influence promoted Discovery Communications to produce a full-length documentary covering his life and leadership.

With a diverse set of celebrity allies, Yearwood raises awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns. Yearwood’s innovative stance has garnered the Hip Hop Caucus support from several environmental leaders including EarthJustice, National Wildlife Federation, and the Alliance for Climate Protection.

Find more about Yearwood’s work and opinion onCNN, Huffington Post, BET, XXL magazine, Newsweek, The Nation, MTV, AllHipHop.com, Al Jazeera, BBC, C-Span, MSNBC,Washington Post, The New York Times andVIBE magazine.

THE HIP HOP CAUCUS: Dubbed as the civil-rights organization of the 21st century, the Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit, that aims to promote political activism for young Americans using hip-hop music and culture. The group's programs are intended to promote social and political equality in the areas of economics, education, health care, housing, social justice and the environment. The group is a member of the Black Leadership Forum and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.


Maame has five years of experience in philanthropy, women’s rights, social justice, gender and development, having worked with the Global Fund for Women, UNICEF-Ghana and San Francisco based NGO World Savvy. In 2009, Maame was one of 20 women selected by the Global Women’s Leadership Network to participate in the Women Leaders for the World Program. She is part of several networks, including: the African Feminist Forum, African Studies Association and the International Human Rights Funders Group. Maame was born and raised in Ghana. She earned her MA in International Policy Studies with an emphasis on international norms, human rights, justice and gender and development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a BA in French and Spanish from Luther College. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Ghanaian languages (Twi, Fante and Ga), and has studied and taught in France and Guatemala.


Yin is theAsia Business Development Manager at Silver Spring Networks, where she is instrumental in bringing the firm's cutting-edge Smart Grid communication solutions to new markets. She isa Beijing-born, Germany-raised and US-educated Canadian citizen, who previously worked as a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group's Berlin and Beijing offices.Yin holds an MBA, as well as dual-bachelors in Finance and International/German Studies from The Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania, all of which she completed in five years.


Justin Yoffe, is Co-Founder of nonprofit program Arts:Earth Partnership, which is recognized as the "Official Green Certification for Cultural Facilities in Southern California.” Arts:Earth Partnership signed a ground-breaking contract with the City of Los Angeles to assess and certify all city owned cultural facilities for environmental sustainability and works closely with the City of Santa Monica to green the practices and operations of their cultural institutions, both public and private. Arts:Earth Partnership is a voluntary coalition of theaters, museums, art galleries and cultural facilities committed to the creation of a world-wide sustainable ecosystem and to the advocacy of the arts sector as an integral engine for positive societal change.Justin is also a produced Playwright, Director, Artistic Director, Emmy Award-Winning Producer and screenwriter. He is the Board President of the Electric Lodge, Southern California's first 100% renewable energy powered theater, and Founder of his own 501c3 Theater Company called Venice Theatre Works.

Yoga to the People


Yoga to the People is a unique donation-based yoga studio with the goal of recapturing what we consider to be the essence of yoga… simply put, yoga made available to everyone. In a time where yoga as a business is getting a lot of attention, the fact that it is being priced out of many people’s reach is in direct conflict with what we consider to be the spirit of yoga itself.

We’ve heard from people all over the country that they simply can’t afford to do yoga on a regular basis. We want to make it possible for everyone to do yoga regardless of economic limitations.

The beauty of this yoga is that it is challenging enough for all, yet not too extreme and therefore accessible to everyone.

Yoga: Poetry in Motion

The Green Festival has over 10,000 participants a year journeying to their prospective locations to find a healthier way of living. Bringing sustainability into their lives on every level. After speaking to several local yogis and yoginis about the idea of yoga and fashion. We discovered that while there is a definite sense of style within this community. They strongly desire their connection to Yoga as a union with self and the divine to be in the forefront. Seeing clothing as merely an extension of this expression. Its from this desire that we bring you Yoga: Poetry in Motion.

This 15 minute presentation takes a journey through the artistic and natural aspects of yoga. Local yoga teachers of all ages nationalities and sizes will model eco friendly fashion while preforming acro yoga, sun salutations, and sacred dance set to a mix of yogic songs and poetry written and performed by yoga teachers.



Joe Yonan is the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post and the author of the upcoming “Eat Your Vegetables: Fresh Recipes for the Single Cook”(Ten Speed Press, August 6, 2013). In 2011, he wrote “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One,” which Serious Eats called “a truly thoughtful, useful, and incredibly delicious book.”

Joe was a food writer and Travel section editor at The Boston Globe before moving to Washington in 2006 to edit the Post’s Food section, for which he also writes the Weeknight Vegetarian column and occasional feature stories. His work from the Globe and Post has appeared in three editions of the “Best Food Writing” anthology.

Joe spent 2012 in North Berwick, Maine, on leave from the Post to learn about growing and homesteading from his sister and brother-in-law and to work on “Eat Your Vegetables.”



Blyss Young is a single mother of three who created The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center in 2007 when she courageously decided to leave an abusive relationship and drastically change her life. With no outside investments, Blyss and her partner started on a mission to manifest the only center of its kind in the entire country, whose mission is to “Transform the way birth is managed and perceived in this country”. The Sanctuary now employs over 30 people and is anticipated to gross over 1.5 million this year and open two new centers early next year. At the heart of everything Blyss does is a commitment to inspire others to courageously follow their dreams. Blyss has 15+ years of experience in public speaking, communication and leadership training. She is currently launching a new company, Birthing Blyss, and is in the process of publishing her first series of books.

Youth Speaks Green Team


Since 1996, Youth Speaks has made it their mission to shift the perception of youth by combating illiteracy, alienation and silence and by creating a global movement of young people brave enough to take their voices to the stage. As the leading nonprofit presenter of spoken word in the country, Youth Speaks offers youth the opportunity to speak their truths each year at Brave New Voices, Youth Speaks' international teen poetry slam competition. There, hundreds of young people gather to share with one another their personal stories of triumph, sadness, joy, pain, and also their distinct and individual visions of the future.

In 2006, Youth Speaks invited these participants to speak specifically to the issue of environmentalism. Ever since, droves of youth have been rising to the occasion, jumping at the opportunity to join the growing conversation on global warming, sustainability and ecoresponsibility. Brave New Voices Speak Green was born. James Kass, Founder and Executive Director of Youth Speaks, said it best when he quipped, often times, at huge conferences, all these adults are talking about what the future wants and needs, but the future is never in the room. Young people are never in the conversation. Since it's inception, Brave New Voices Speak Green has grown enormously. In 2006 there were 15 applicants; in 2008, that number exploded into over 100, and the potential is incalculable.



Jason Yun, “Jay”, is the Community Manager at Zimride, a revolutionary ridesharing service in sunny but cold San Francisco. A veteran of community, Jay started in the health sciences to become a published diabetes and cancer researcher at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. After transitioning away from the medical world, Jay has refocused his passion for working with people by joining Zimride to help grow and foster their community. In addition to Zimride, he is also involved with Lyft, Zimride’s newest on-demand ridesharing service in San Francisco. Jay has a history in social justice and has worked with the National Conference For Community & Justice in addition to being heavily involved in the minority leadership representation at Whittier College. When not disrupting transportation, Jay and his partner love to do all things geeky. Most importantly, he’s always down to give people fist-bumps (the universal Lyft greeting).



As CEO, Chris is responsible for leading the company and overseeing all aspects of its business development initiatives designed to achieve long term growth. Chris has been a featured speaker at the Clinton School of Public Service, TEDx Asheville, and at numerous colleges and universities. In 2011, Mr. Yura was invited to the White House three times to participate in forums regarding Young Entrepreneurs and American Job Growth.

Chris attended the University of Notre Dame where he was a four-year letterman and stand-out fullback for the Fighting Irish football team, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Computer Applications. After college, Chris was scouted to be a fashion model and was signed with Ford Models in New York City. During his five year career as a fashion model, Chris was concerned with the exportation of labor and usage of conventional materials in the apparel industry. To provide a better solution in clothing while addressing social, economic, and environmental issues, Chris developed a strategic plan to use innovations in recycled textile technology with local manufacturing to launch SustainU Clothing in June 2009.