Green Festival Speakers
Washington DC 2013
Speakers at Green Festival® are articulate, powerful advocates for a just and sustainable world. From authors and filmmakers to politicians, musicians and scientists, these renowned individuals inspire packed audiences with their expertise—one of the most compelling draws to Green Festival® since 2002. Our tremendous speaker line-up exemplifies why Green Festival®, a project of Green America and Global Exchange is the largest, most-respected event of its kind.
Amy Austin, is the Publisher of Washington City Paper, an influential and award-winning alternative news media company in Washington DC. Amy was named publisher in 2001. She is passionate about City Paper's reputation as one of the finest journalistic outlets for alternative media in the country and it's extraordinary ability to serve local advertisers as their marketing solution. Prior to her role as publisher Amy served as General Manager for Washington City Paper for 10 years and oversaw sales and operations. She is Chairman Emeritus for The Theatre Lab, helping to build it into the largest school in Washington DC for the training and teaching of Theatrical Arts to professionals, students, and under-served communities. She also serves on the development committee for the Capitol City Public Charter School which President Obama called "an example of how all our schools should be.” She is married to Deirdre Joy, a scientist for NIH. They live in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in DC with their three young children.
Hillary Banachowski is a passionate Earth steward, urban homesteader and plant whisperer who practices organic gardening, permaculture, and herbalism as a way of life. Through her work as a Gardening Coach, facilitator, teacher, healer and community organizer , she is committed to reconnecting people, land, plants and community through the creation of organic, sustainable food/plant ecosystems that nourish and support life.
I am a self trained chef and the owner of momme meals - an organic food company providing meals nutritional balanced for pregnant and nursing moms. With a strong connection to sustainable agriculture (buy local/eat seasonal) and a love of nutritionally dense and incredibly flavorful seasonal ingredients I began sharing healthy, fresh and delicious recipes on the momme meals blog. If there is one thing I have learned working side-by side with a nutritionist for the past three years and talking to moms across the country is that eating healthy, sustainable and delicious foods is possible no matter your income level when the right information is shared. I have appeared on News 4 DC live offering nutritional tips and running a quick food demo with Barbara Harrison. I have also provided brief training seminars to DC area moms on cooking for themselves and their families.
Here in the U.S.A, industrial hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t we grow it here? BRINGING IT HOME is a documentary that explores hemp's past, present and future with animation, archival footage and interviews with business owners using it for construction, textiles, nutrition, soaps and bio-plastics the U.S.A and abroad.
Nikki Caporale is passionate about local foods, working as Market Manager and SNAP Coordinator at FRESHFARM Markets since 2012. She was recently selected as one of three Femivores at the Eat Local First week for her presentation about FRESHFARM Markets' Matching Dollars program.
Alice brings a strong set of business skills, as a graduate of Columbia University in Mathematics and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, as well as twenty years in private industry and in consulting. She also brings her passion for the transformation of agriculture and the Chesapeake Food Shed, having worked in 2005 to create North County Preservation, Inc. (NCP), a local education and research group dedicated to rural land use issues, and on the profitability and sustainability of agriculture as NCP Vice-President and Board member of the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council.
Misha D. Clive is the Green Business Network Online Membership Coordinator. Before joining Green America in 2009, Misha was an entrepreneur in the international music industry. She combines her years of experience in organizing for social and environmental causes with her small business background to serve the green business community through Green America's Green Business Network. Learn more at www.GreenBusinessNetwork.org. Misha is proud to be the 50th Founding Member of Hub DC, a center-in-progress for social innovation in the WDC metro area that will serve as an incubator for social enterprise.
Emily Conrad is Clean Currents’ Community Outreach Coordinator. Through this position she educates communities about renewable energy, manages grassroots programs and strategic partnerships, and runs day-to-day sales and marketing of Clean Currents’ residential products. Previously, Emily worked with the American Wind Energy Association and the Austin Climate Protection Program. Emily has a BA in Environmental Studies and Film from Connecticut College.
Karen Davis, PhD is President of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that addresses the treatment of domestic fowl in food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship situations. She is the author of several books including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry and More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality. Award-winningly profiled in The Washington Post for her outstanding work for the birds, Karen maintains a sanctuary for chickens at UPC's headquarters on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Beth started The Regal Fig to pursue her passion for food, a healthy lifestyle and sustainable living. As a nutrition and wellness coach and personal chef, Beth works with individuals and families interested in pursuing better health and a more fulfilling life through food and proactive lifestyle changes; she collaborates with local businesses, not for profits and government agencies to create meaningful wellness programs which educate and empower individuals to make sustainable improvements in their health and wellbeing. Beth lives in Alexandria, Virginia and actively volunteers advocating for the health and safety of children as well as teaching cooking and nutrition. Beth is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association.
Actress, Vegan Chef and Eco Lifestylist Leslie Durso shares her passion for vegan living daily on lesliedurso.com, on TV and throughout the web. Recently featured on Food Network, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, and Mother Nature Network, Leslie fuses her sunshiny meat-free message with nutritional wellness to evangelize the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle to mainstream omnivores. Maxim Magazine wrote: "We want to hire Leslie as our own personal chef! We'll even eat vegetables for her." When she’s not firing up audiences online and on TV with veggie love, she appears at Food & Wine Festivals around the country. A devoted animal lover and mom to rescue-pup Pepé, Leslie gives her time and enthusiasm to a number of animal welfare organizations including The Humane Society, Best Friends, SquirrelWood Horse Rescue and Farm Sanctuary through promotional support and appearances.
Adam Eidinger founded the Mintwood Media Collective in April of 2000. Having spent over 15 years working in the public relations field, he draws on a wealth of experience in media strategy and outreach, campaign development, training staff and media spokespeople, video production, event planning, advertising, and much more. Adam has generated press coverage for a range of issues and organizations across the spectrum of mainstream and independent media. He has appeared on national television and radio programs, and has been quoted extensively in national print and online media. Recently, Adam developed and organized the 300+ mile Right2Know march from New York City to D.C. to promote the labeling of GMO foods. He continues to publicize efforts in support of GMO labeling through a variety of initiatives. A long-time drug-policy activist and proponent of efforts to bring back hemp farming in the United States, Adam is also the co-owner of Capitol Hemp Clothing and Accessories in Washington, D.C. He is on the board of the Fair Trade Resource Network. You can find him on twitter at @aeidinger.
Fashion Fights Poverty is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that raises awareness for initiatives that encourage and support creative, effective, and sustainable means of challenging poverty. FFP believes that the industries of fashion, textiles, and design offer unique and effective opportunities for designers, artisans, and consumers alike to contribute to the alleviation of poverty through trade, skill building, community empowerment and consumer awareness.
Dave Feldman is executive director of Bethesda Green, a dynamic community initiative that is home to the first green business incubator and education center in the region. He is CEO of Livability Project a consulting and education firm that helps community leaders build livable, sustainable communities. Previously, Feldman was Consul, Trade & Investment at the British Embassy, leading a team that helped US companies establish operations in the UK and UK companies export to the US. In 2009, Dave was named one of “The 25 CEOs You Need to Know” by The Gazette of Politics and Business and “Innovator of the Year” by The Daily Record. In 2010, the Montgomery County Council named him one of the ’40 Environmentalists in 40 Years.’
Ian Fisk has led the William James Foundation since 2005. He has also served as the CEO of ITF Consulting, Inc. and Director of Projects for Wall Street Without Walls. Ian helped launch the AmeriCorps*VISTA Entrepreneur Corps and design the federal database of AmeriCorps members. Ian has helped to found more than a dozen ventures. He worked with Public Allies, City Year, ServeNet , KaBOOM!, CitySoft and many other social enterprises, and was the internet coordinator for the Paul Tsongas Presidential Campaign in 1991. An active champion of Net Impact, he has been recognized as a success story and a distinguished member. His community service work includes serving on several boards, founding The Community Tool Chest, Washington DC’s largest tool loaning library and being a charter organizer of Hands On DC, an annual volunteer work-a-thon for the D.C. public schools. Ian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Phil Fox leads our culinary team in coaxing out the most flavor with our nutritionally relevant ingredients. With a background in developing products for Fortune 500 companies, Phil brings extensive background in product development, menu creation, and R&D. After receiving a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu, Phil finished a bachelor's degree at Dominican University in Food and Nutrition. Since then he was worked in restaurants, research kitchens, and the hallways of some of the most respected food brands. Constantly curious about healthy eating, maximum flavor, and introducing new ingredients to a wider audience, Phil is the perfect for PROTEIN BAR as we bring exciting new developments in healthy eating to the masses.
Mr. Garrity is an accomplished commercial composter who has worked on projects ranging from small backyard set-ups to large industrial operations.
Seth Goldman is President and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the company he co-founded in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management, which was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company in March 2011. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. Over the past fifteen years the company has thrived as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets. Mission in a Bottle, the Story of Honest Tea, written by Seth and Barry, will be published by Crown Business Books in September, 2013.
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Amy Goodman is an awardwinning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host of Democracy Now! airing on more than 1,000 public television/radio stations worldwide. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize for developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media. The Independent of London named Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! an inspiration. Pulsemedia.org placed Goodman at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures. Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. She coauthored the bestsellers, Standing Up to the Madness and The Exception to the Rulers, with her brother, journalist David Goodman.
A lover of science, nature, and public health - That is how anyone can describe Cecelia. After earning a Masters of Public Health degree, she worked in social services for nearly a decade but was so unhappy until she stumbled upon a love of organic chemistry: soap making and eventually lotion. After several years, her company Just Peachy Organic Health Maintenance & Gifts, LLC can be found in nine (and counting) retail outlets and is thriving. The philosophy of Just Peachy Organics is to "Live Free, Fresh, and Organic." What she wants most is for people to live in harmony with the environment and only put on your skin what is edible for your mouth.
Gravitz has helped lead the national agenda to create a socially and environmentally responsible economy for more than 25 years. As the Executive Director of Green America (formerly Co-op America), Gravitz has pioneered effective techniques for addressing issues of sustainable consumption and production with American consumers and businesses. She has taught family and business solutions for a more just and sustainable future, and now understands at an even deeper personal level, how important these solutions are. She is the recipient of the 2006 Sustainability Award exemplifying economic and ecological responsibility, and was named one of the six most important people changing the way companies think about the environment by the Green Business Letter. Gravitz is the coauthor of the Green Festival Reader.
Wenonah Hauter is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Her book Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers.
Pamela comes to Arcadia from Flavor and Foodshed, magazines that focused on increasing the demand for, and the availability of, local, sustainable food in the Capital Foodshed. She cut her teeth in Washington as a career national security journalist -- with side trips to Afghanistan and Iraq -- and a brief foray into politics on Capitol Hill. She brings to Arcadia a deep commitment to its mission, a large and expanding network of farmers and food advocates, and a great reputation within the sustainable food community.
Stephanie Janczak is the Manager of Global EVSE Technology and Deployment for Ford Motor Company's Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters. In her current role, Stephanie is responsible for developing and implementing processes for the installation of Charging Stations in customer's homes and encouraging the development of public EV infrastructure to support the use of Electric Vehicles in the United States, Canada and Europe. Prior to her appointment to Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, Stephanie was involved with vehicle safety matters as a Manager in the Automotive Safety Office with a particular focus on Driver Distraction. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stephanie is in her 25th year with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.
Pennye Jones-Napier is a Co-Founder of The Big Bad Woof holistic, eco-friendly pet supply stores started in 2005. She frequently writes and speaks on nutrition, raw feeding and well-care issues for companion animals. She is a volunteer with Red Rover for equine and companion animal sheltering / rescue work, and her company was honored as a Humane Business Hero by the Washington Humane Society in 2011. She and her partner started the 1st Benefit Corporation in 2010 (Maryland & the US) and the 1st certified B Corporation as a franchise entity in 2011. Prior to owning The Big Bad Woof, Ms. Jones-Napier ran a cutting edge web development company for 11 years and was a jewelry historian and personal property appraiser in the Dc Metro area and an Adjunct Faculty Member with New York University.
Ever since she can remember, Jodi has been building things out of found objects. Creating pieces out of stuff other people call junk. Jodi grew up on a small farm in North Dakota, and always had access to wood, metal, and found objects. She loves building things out of bits and pieces others have thrown or given away. Jodi lived in Minneapolis for over a decade and never ran out of sources of inspiration for great projects. She moved to Gaithersburg, MD in December 2012 and began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland ReStore. It didn’t take long for Jodi to join the staff and use her talents to help a greater cause. Jodi also loves to cook. There is a good chance if she is not working on a DIY project she is in the kitchen cooking, roasting coffee, or making Greek yogurt.
Todd Larsen is the Corporate Responsibility Director for Green America. Green America’s corporate responsibility programs educate consumers and investors about the environmental and social records of major companies and encourage them to take action to promote greater responsibility. In addition, Green America provides tools and resources to companies to help consumers, businesses and investors improve their impacts on people and the planet. Todd also heads up Green America’s Climate Solutions Program which works to end polluting energy sources, map the future for clean energy, and engage Americans as investors in a clean energy future. Todd has 15 years of experience in public education and corporate campaign work and has a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Widely referred to as The Skin Clarifying Queen by Essence Magazine, JoElle is a popular lecturer and national educator in the skin care industry and is the Personal Esthetician to First Lady, Michelle Obama. She is is a Celebrity Esthetician & SkinCare Expert who has achieved status for her unique approach to common skin issues and conditions. JoElle has developed her own skincare products and specific techniques for treating skin inside/out by combining her natural integrative approach with the science behind skincare. By improving the physical and emotional well being of the skin, she is able to achieve rapid optimal results. As a highly regarded expert in the field, JoElle has been featured in beauty & fashion magazines and has been a featured guest on radio shows. She has dedicated a lifetime to balanced natural beauty and combined her methods and expertise into a skincare regimen of premium products and services,
Katie Lupo rode her way to D.C. after a cross-country bike trip in 2010 where she founded Gearin’ Up Bicycles, a community used bicycle program serving at-risk youth. She is an avid cyclist and bike commuter with a passion for helping others find ways to use a bicycle as a transportation alternative. She works to educate people on how to ensure they have the knowledge, tools, and equipment to ride through the streets safely without leaving a carbon footprint.
Jennifer Mampara has directed the FoodPrints program at Watkins Elementary School since 2009. In 2013, she expanded the program to Peabody and SWS Schools. With a master's degree in nutrition, she has created a healthy foods' curriculum for FoodPrints that is standards-based, open source, kitchen- and garden-based public school lessons for first through fifth grades. She also created a "Story of Food" curriculum for pre-K and K students at Peabody School. In 2013, she taught a series of after-school Parents Nutrition Education Workshops at the Watkins Food Lab where parents and children learned to make healthy meals and snacks based on local, seasonal foods.
Chef McCloud has worked in several of the finest restaurants, hotels, and catering venues along the east coast and his home town of Michigan. His career began as Saucier at the world renowned, AAA-Five Diamond Award winning, Victoria & Albert's. He later relocated to the DC area to open the critically acclaimed Aster as Chef de Cuisine. Aster earned top marks during Aaron's tenure and was regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the DC area. Next, McCloud began building the multi-concept, Vintage Restaurant Group which enjoyed great success during his years. After a season as Exec. Chef at The Inn at Perry Cabin, Chef McCloud returned to DC to lead the kitchen at Cedar. After many years of experience dedicated to the most sustainable and seasonal cuisine, he was a perfect fit for Cedar. His style is very seasonally focused with a bit whimsical, stylish and greatly American.
Melodeego is Music from the Movement, Powered by the People! It started five years ago when a friend asked them to perform at a rally for social justice and the environment. They had always cared about these issues, but had never put them together with music. Once they got on stage and saw how passionate everyone was, they connected with the crowd in a very real and powerful way, and their music came alive with an incredibly new energy and meaning. As the climate justice movement grew, Melodeego started picking up momentum. They began performing all shows with a bike-powered sound system, participating in major events like the “Do the Math” Tour with Bill McKibben, and writing the music for actions like the Funeral For Our Future, The March On Brayton Point, and the Energy Exodus. This movement inspires their music every day, and gives them the courage to fight for our future!
Nancy J. Meyer is a visionary leader in the ongoing development and expansion of one of Maryland’s most prominent green business. She is a seasoned social justice organizer, scholar and environmentalist. With almost thirty years of experience, she demonstrates how to take good ideas and translate them into action. Nancy is an independent scholar whose work focuses on participatory action, political analysis and the dynamics of social change. She has held management positions in local organizations: D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Whitman Walker Clinic; Calvary Women’s Shelter; ECO Recycling Center at University of Maryland and has been a non-profit consultant. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland; Studio Arts and Individual Studies and extensive graduate work in American Studies and Education with a focus on social justice.
Consumer advocate, author and lawyer, Nader is a selfdescribed public citizen with more than 40 years at the forefront of progressive movements. Ralph Nader has been cited by The Atlantic as one of the one hundred most inﬂuential ﬁgures in American history. He has launched three major presidential campaigns, founded more than one hundred civic organizations, and written bestsellers including The Seventeen Traditions, The Good Fight, and the landmark Unsafe at Any Speed.
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.
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Perkins, a former economic hit man, is a founder and board member of Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to creating stable, sustainable and peaceful worlds. He has lectured and taught at universities on four continents including Harvard, Wharton and Princeton, and is a champion of environmental and social causes. Perkins's Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller lists and has been published in more than 30 languages, details the clandestine operations that created the world's first truly global empire. His book The Secret History of the American Empire provides a compassionate plan for crafting a world that future generations will be proud to inherit. His other books include Shapeshifting and The World Is As You Dream It.
Owner and founder of DC's first all vegan bakery and cafe. The shop gained national notoriety after becoming two-time winner of The Food Network's Cupcake Wars. With a focus on fun, nutrition, and technique, Doron will demonstrate how to make one of their famous recipes also available in their baking book, Sticky Fingers Sweets; 100 Super Secret Vegan Recipes.
Whitney Pipkin covers the intersection of food, farms and the environment in the DMV region as a freelance journalist. She also is a part-time staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal. She can't quite remember which topic came first — food or environment — only that she ended up talking about both every time she interviewed a farmer or oysterman. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Flavor and Foodshed magazines, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, ElevationDC, NPR's Kitchen Window and Grist.org. She blogs at thinkabouteat.com and is a fellow of the Institute for Journalists of Natural Resources.
Bernadine (Bernie) Prince is Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of FRESHFARM Markets, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. which operates 11 producer-only farmers markets in the mid-Atlantic region. She started FRESHFARM Markets’ SNAP/Matching Dollars program in 2009 and FoodPrints—a school program with an edible garden, Food Lab and curriculum for first, third and fourth graders at Watkins Elementary School in DC’s Ward 6. Since 2004, Prince has worked directly with farmers markets in Australia and New Zealand, where she helped set the standards for those countries’ farmers markets. She holds an honorary position on the board of Farmers’ Markets New Zealand, Inc. She is also President of the national Farmers Market Coalition in the USA.
Raised on a sheep farm in Vermont, Meredith is an entomologist-turned back to her farmer roots. Since arriving to DC in 2006, she has never stopped finding was to finesse the country life into urban living. She lived in DC while managing Chailey Farm in Purcellville, VA for several years, which sold produce exclusively to high-end DC Restaurants. Meredith extended her seasons by working on educational farms in Central America. It was there that she developed a passion for permaculture and urban agriculture. Back in DC, her own search for personal garden space left her envious of every sunny front yard she biked past, and amazed by DCs food production potential! It was in those bike rides that the idea of Love & Carrots was born. Meredith put out a flyer, and has been trying to keep up with the demand ever since.
Michelangelo Signorile hosts a daily talk show on SiriusXM Progress from 3-6 p.m ET. Signorile served as editor-at-large and columnist at The Advocate, and was a columnist for OUT magazine. He's authored several books and written for many publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, The New York Observer, Gay.com, New York Magazine and The Village Voice. His third book, Life Outside, was a 1998 finalist for the New York Public Library's Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Signorile has reported from the floor of the Republican National Convention (four times!) and from the roof of the Vatican. He has hitched a ride with gay truckers barreling down the Wyoming highway, explored Italy's closeted gay underground and visited with New Zealand's first transgender member of Parliament. He has appeared on "Larry King Live," "Good Morning America," "Today," "Paula Zahn Now," "The O'Reilly Factor," "60 Minutes," among others.
Elizabeth St John designs couture bridal and evening wear collections that are not only exquisitely tailored, but are also environmentally friendly. A native of Washington DC, her collections are regularly featured in Martha Stewart, Vogue, Brides Magazines and many other national and international publications. Her new collection of exquisite lingerie, as well as her current atelier collections are available by special order from select boutiques around the country, as well as via her website, www.ElizabethStJohn.com, and locally from her DC based Studio.
Wendy Stuart crafts and implements fresh, economically-viable, long-term solutions that connect the dots across the foodscape. She co-founded the Wide Net Project, a non-profit that addresses seemingly unrelated issues — increasing healthy food access and safeguarding the environment. Her consulting practice, Food Works Group, is involved in a variety of projects, including commercial kitchens, rooftop gardens, farm-to-table sourcing, food recovery, product development, and healthy solutions for hunger relief. Previously, she managed the inaugural Food Day campaign for Washington, D.C. Before entering the food world, Wendy consulted on renewable energy projects. She also worked as a university instructor, as a chef at Primo Restaurant under Melissa Kelly, and on farms around the globe. She holds a master’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in sustainable food systems from the Universita di Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America.
Fran Teplitz serves as the Director of Social Investing & Policy at Green America. Her work focuses on socially responsible investing, including community investing and banking as well as shareholder action.She also manages Green America’s role in coalitions related to sustainable business and economics, climate change, and other policy issues. Fran worked with Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund before joining Green America. Prior to Peace Action, she worked on U.S. policy toward Central America. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in Political Science.
A food educator and passionate locavore, Itbi has taught in FRESHFARM Markets' FoodPrints program at Watkins Elementary School since 2010 and helped develop a series of standards-aligned, open source, kitchen- and garden-based public school lessons for 1st and 3rd graders. She has been a guest cooking instructor at the Lederer Youth Garden and led bilingual lessons on canning for the Padres Latinos/Linkages to Learning program. She does seasonal cooking demos at 14th & U, Bloomingdale and Columbia Heights farmers markets. She was Mobile Market Manager for the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture in 2011. She writes for various publications including Acres USA. She serves on the board of Slow Food DC.
Todd Wiss loves the idea of a melting pot – that America is a place where a wealth of culinary traditions can be blended while reimagining classics with healthy, seasonal ingredients. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he brings over 10 years of experience to Firefly, where he served as Chef de Cuisine before assuming the Executive Chef role in July 2013. A native of Washington DC, Wiss knew he belonged in the restaurant industry after spending summers at his grandparents’ landmark restaurant, the Green Leafe Café in Williamsburg, VA. He has worked in some of the most esteemed kitchens in the DC area, including Poste Moderne Brasserie, Ten Penh, Sulgrave Club and Black’s Bar and Kitchen. He also ran the popular Radius Pizza in DC’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood for several years. In his spare time, Wiss enjoys gardening and spending time with his wife and two dogs.
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.
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.”