Linda is the founder of Emerald Blue, an eco-consulting and sustainable strategies practice serving businesses, residents and communities. She has been workingwith energy for over five years and on sustainability issues since 2009. Emerald Blue also provides Green Irene products and services, has a Green Business Bureau Certification and is a Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

Herbackground is in planning, strategy, product and program marketing, and project management of technologies and professional services in business to business and consumer markets. Linda enjoys working with innovation that provides efficiencies and social benefit. Linda has an MBA from Chicago Booth.


Kuros Zahedi is an artist and a teacher. He is originally from Iran and has lived and traveled extensively in Europe. His chief inspirations are his spirituality, the natural world and a vision of hope for civilization on earth. His work explores consciousness, the human being and its ultimate inseparability with nature.

Kuros has worked with nonprofits, educational institutions and governmental organizations to successfully complete community based art projects which tap into peoples souls in order to stir significant and relevant questions about the future of humanity. He believes that art can play a powerful role in the renewal of human civilization.

His most recent collaboration, Finding Away, transforms one year of trash and recycling collected by Ari Derfel into a single work of art. This work was unveiled in Seattle, WA in September 2009 and will be featured on the main stage at the San Francisco Green Festival in November.

Kuros has worked with groups such as the City of Seattle, the Green Festival, Bumbershoot, 4Culture, Sound Transit, Bellingham Parks and Recreation, and many public and private schools. His transformative work has been featured in numerous print publications and on network television. Kuros lives in Bellingham, WA.

Zak ZaidmanZak is cofounder of Kopali Organics and Conscious Goods Alliance, an ecoshowroom vegetable oilpowered bus tour and marketing campaign for conscious brands, as well as a cofounder of Kopali Communities, developing ultra ecological model farms and communities in Costa Rica.

Zak Lee

Zak Lee is a founding member of the University of Washington Student Food Cooperative (UWSFC), a student-powered organization devoted to bringing sustainable and local food options to the UW community. The UWSFC is currently working on opening a cafe on campus in early fall that will offer affordable and nutritious meals and beverages. Zak, while involved with many aspects of the co-op, is using his background in computer science to build tools that enable effective internal organization and external communication.


Yochi Zakai joined Coop America as the Corporate Responsibility Programs Coordinator in July 2007. Prior to that, he was a program assistant for the Sierra Student Coalition and as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan founded Brewing Hope, a line of fair trade coffee marketed to cafes in Ann Arbor.

Zakiya Harris

Zakiya Harris is a California native, who has been working as a Change Strategist for over 12 years. She is co-founder Grind for the Green, an organization committed to moving young people of color from the margins to the epicenter of the environmental movement and has served as the Regional Director of the San Francisco Green Festival. In 2011 she was named “One to Watch” by and includes in her accomplishments the Future Leaders Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights as well as Fellowships from Green For All and the Bold Food Fellowship from the US Department of State. She is an accomplished dancer, vocalist, actor and member Ase Dance Theater Collective, and is currently releasing her first solo music project The Shapeshifter while serving on the founding team of Hub Oakland (opening Summer 2013). Her highest honor in life is being a mother to her 6-year old daughter.


Gil Zamfirescu played a leading role in founding FertilGas, a 2008 initiative dedicated to disseminating sustainable energy technology and education to rural communities in Honduras. Prior to that, in 2007, he was a lecturer at two universities in China, where he taught principles of business organization to university students at Zhejiang University and Tianjin University of Technology. Gil holds an S.B. degree in economics from MIT. Together with his brother J.D., he helps run and organize Workshop Weekend, an Bay Area event devoted to hands-on learning. The brothers detail their adventures building new things at


J.D. Zamfirescu co-founded Appjet, the creators of EtherPad, a web-based text editor for real-time collaboration. AppJet was acquired by Google in 2009. He also sits on the board of Learning Unlimited, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Splash educational program to universities across the United States. J.D. holds S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science from MIT. Together with his brother Gil, he helps run and organize Workshop Weekend, an Bay Area event devoted to hands-on learning. The brothers detail their adventures building new things at" target="_blank">


Miguel Zamora is senior manager of the Coffee Product Supply and LAC Stakeholder Relations for Transfair USA. TransFair USA, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, is one of twenty members of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), and the only thirdparty certifier of fair trade products in the United States. They audit transactions between U.S. companies offering Fair Trade Certified


Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She has been described as having a techie’s brain and an organizer’s heart and is a consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown. She is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University. Zandt specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more. She has spoken at a number of conferences, including Netroots Nation, SXSW Interactive, Personal Democracy Forum, the National Conference on Media Reform, Facing Race, Web 2.0 Expo, Bioneers, America’s Future Now (formerly “Take Back America,”) and Women Action & The Media. She provides beginner and advanced workshops both online and in person.


Antes dequePatriciaZárate, el Chef deHomegirlCafé, se convirtió en unchef,se encontró luchando por la justiciadentro de las comunidadesmarginadasde Los Ángeles.Patitrabajo en colaboracióncon los jesuitas,proporcionandoel acceso de miembrosde la comunidada los recursos básicos,y la preparación decomidas caserasde rutinapara la comunidadlocal dela Misión Dolores.Al ser testiga delpoder dela comunióncreado en una mesa de comedor,Paticomenzó a pensar enformas en las quepodía ofrecersu pasión por lacomida enun nivel más profundodeservicio a la comunidad.HomegirlCafecomenzó en 2004,con una cocinadel tamaño deun sello postal.Hoy en día,30 mujeres jóvenesestán enentrenamiento para aprenderlos diversos aspectos dela industria de alimentosde la cafetería.CaféHomegirles parte deHomeboy Industries,el mayorgrupode la intervencióndepandillerosy el programa dere-entrada de los pandilleros a la sociedad de los Estados Unidos.


Over the past 16 years, Robert Zardeneta has dedicated himself professionally to serving low income, underserved youths and their families throughout Los Angeles and its surrounding neighborhoods. Currently, Robert serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity, Social Justice, and Action (LA CAUSA) Inc. Under his leadership, LA CAUSA has embarked on an extensive Green the East Side campaign, created a Green College and Career Center which works with the University of California Los Angeles' Center for Community College Partnerships to develop mentorship programs to support youth throughout their transfer experience, and more than doubled the organization’s capacity to service youth. LA CAUSA’s YouthBuild program is one of the premier YouthBuild programs in the country, recognized by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and the Obama Administration for its commitment to youth leadership development and service, and has achieved a 100% youth placement rate in post secondary education twice out of the over the past 4 years. Robert recently was recognized as by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute as a 2010 Latino Innovator in the Green Economy. Robert was born and raised in East Los Angeles and graduated from Garfield High School. He attended the prestigious Berkelee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills


Katrina is a change agent known for coordinating and greening events around the U.S.,such as Burning Man where she was the volunteer coordinator and spark for much of their efforts. Katrinaholds a Masters in Organization Development and 15 years of experience with events andnetworking in the environmental field. Katrina worked as the Regional Director for Green Festivals in San Francisco and is skilled in facilitation and training in various capacities, from business infrastructure development to sustainability implementation. Katrina also leads seminars for sustainability integration for all types of organizations, works with a high level of enthusiasm and loves to find creative solutions to challenges.


Who knew that Jane Zawadowski's activist career would start with trash in high school and continue with trash in her 30s? She founded her high school's recycling program, manually filling her family's International Harvester Scout with paper, and dumping it in the Pueblo, Colorado downtown recycling facility. As a mother, years later, she concerns herself with proper disposal of poop and pee in Chicagoland's municipal waste systems. Ms. Zawadowski's formal career has spanned the fields of community organizing, criminal justice, and fair trade advocacy. While a resident of the Chicago Austin neighborhood, she helped revive the 3M multiblock block club. She currently serves on the board of Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park, working to bring a fair trade storefront to the Oak Park area. She is a mother of two boys, ages 2 and 4, and expecting her and her husband's third child in July 2007.


Tomoi Zeimer is a Japanese mother, artist, filmmaker and anti-nuclear activist. She lives in Harlem, NY with her baby daughter (born just outside of Fukushima) and husband.


Joe Zekas is the founder of YoChicago, a real estate reporting site and platform, as well as a former real estate developer and attorney.


Meryl Zendarski is an attorney who has experience working on conflict resolution, constitutional reform, and development in Liberia, Burma, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Niger. Most recently, Meryl earned Masters of Arts in International Affairs from American University, School of International Service, where she specialized in international politics. For the past two years she has worked as a Consultant focusing on resource sovereignty in the Congo, and she is currently Chairman of the Board for the Maroantsetra Area Development Association (Madagascar) and a board member of Our Humanity in the Balance. She has also worked for social, political, and economic justice and empowerment for underserved communities in Madagascar, Washington, D.C., Haiti, and Appalachia. Meryl earned a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.


Jeff Zimmerman has practiced environmental law for 38 years, first with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Land & Natural Resources Division, later with major companies, and currently in private practice (since 1990). Representing clients in renewable fuels, environmental land use regulation, contaminated site remediation and water law, he currently represents conservancy organizations in the ongoing debate over the environmental risks related to unconventional natural gas development.


Bill Zimmerman is one of the nation's most experienced political consultants. As co-founder of the leading consulting firm Zimmerman & Markman, whose work for ballot initiatives and for organizations such as the ACLU, NRDC, and has won multiple awards for his political advertising such as the CLIO and the Pollie award. Bill continues to advocate for social justice through his blog at the Huffington Post, and through his practice.

Bill holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, and briefly taught there and at Brooklyn College. As an activist in the 60s early 70’s he helped lead the Indochina Peace Campaign and Medical Aid for Indochina. In 1973, he organized the airlift of food that broke the FBI siege at Wounded Knee, which was occupied by the American Indian Movement. He recently authored Troublemaker: A Memoir From the Front Lines of the Sixties which chronicles those events.


Ryan Zinn is the Fair World Project Campaign Director. Ryan has worked in the food justice movement since 1996 at home and abroad. His work has taken him throughout Latin American while working for the Center for International Law, Friends of the Earth-Paraguay, Global Exchange and the Organic Consumers Association.


Nancy Zook has worked as CCA's art instructor for the past five years. She became the Sustainability Coordinator in the fall of 2012 and now manages the school's urban agriculture program in addition to teaching sculpture, working with Sweetwater Foundation intern, Jason Axt, and supervising school recycling and composting efforts.


Mike Zuckerman is a Culture Hacker and co-founder of [ freespace ], a temporary community, cultural and arts center in San Francisco that has garnered tremendous national and international attention for its contributions to improving civic life. Mike continues to push the boundaries of shared economy models and their impact on innovative ecosystems, sustainable development efforts, and grass-roots community activism. Mike’s past projects include acting as a key team member for Yerdle, helping launch the first sustainable nightclub in America, and working in Uganda and Haiti, leveraging sports and the arts to build community capacity.


Amber Zuckswert is an online and live international pilates and yoga instructor, plant based nutrition lifestyle coach/educator, professional dancer, and raw vegan superfoodie. She runs the largest and most active organic health and rawfood meet up community in her home base of San Francisco, CA. Her website features over 500+ self written articles, how to videos, online store and virtual coaching services. She loves nothing more then transforming people's lives through conscious fitness, eating and lifestyle. Check out all of her virtual programs, and upcoming workshops/all inclusive retreats at


For years, Gary Zukav has conveyed the most complex insights in language all can understand. Over and over, he challenges us to see the depth of our potential in the world and act on that awareness. He is the author of four consecutive New York Times Bestsellers.

In 1979, The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, plumbed the depths of quantum physics and relativity, winning The American Book Award for Science. In 1989, The Seat of the Soul led the way to seeing the alignment of the personality and the soul as the fulfillment of life and captured the imagination of millions, becoming the #1 New York Times bestseller thirtyone times and remaining on the New York Times bestseller list almost three years. Soul Stories (2000), as well as The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness (2002) and The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice (2003), both coauthored with Linda Francis, also became New York Times bestsellers.

His gentle presence, humor, and wisdom have endeared Gary Zukav to millions of viewers through his many appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Six million copies of his books are in print and translations have been published in twentyfour languages. Gary Zukav grew up in the Midwest, graduated from Harvard, and became a Special Forces (Green Beret) officer with Vietnam service before writing his first book.