Our TeamExecutive Officers
John Ullman President
Chung Kim Vice President
Rebekah Heckmann Treasurer
Board of Directors
John Ullman Chair
Jed Fahey, Sc.D. Johns Hopkins University
Russell Hayden Harvard University
Paul Reillo, Ph.D. Rare Species Conservatory Foundation
Lisa Bardwell, Ph.D. Earth Force
Judy Braus National Audubon Society
Garett Brennan Focus the Nation
Stuart Buckner, Ph.D. US Composting Council
Anja Caldwell eco ipso
William Chameides, Ph.D. Duke University
Andrew Coburn Western Carolina University
Jonathan Estes Facilities Solutions Group, LLC
Carol Goodstein Rainforest Alliance
Merrilee Harrigan Alliance to Save Energy
Elenor Hodges Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment
Tracey Holloway, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin--Madison
Sharon Krag, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Michael Mann, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Sean Miller Earth Day Network
Julie Newman, Ph.D. Yale University
Rob Perks Natural Resources Defense Council
Charles Redman, Ph.D. Arizona State University
Capt Philip Renaud, USN(ret) Living Oceans Foundation
Celeste Royer California Regional Environmental Education Community
Tracy Saville Flatmancrooked Publishing
Capt Charles Saylan Ocean Conservation Society
Matt Sayre The University of Vermont
Cynthia Thomashow Center for Environmental Education
Jennifer Thorne Amann American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Marcel Van Ooyen Council on the Environment of New York City
Darryn Waugh, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Michele Weingarden Greenprint Denver
David Zimet Hesstech, LLC
* Directors and advisors serve as individuals, organizations are listed for identification purposes only.
John Ullman is the founder and president of OurEarth.org. John began his career as a biologist, receiving a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, and then working at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in a research laboratory that develops cancer vaccines. Having always had an interest in biology, as well as education, public health, and the natural environment, John sought a path that would allow him to combine his many passions. After having the idea to create a novel environmental website, he garnered support from former classmates and current faculty from Johns Hopkins University, and OurEarth.org was founded in 2006.
While still leading the organization, John pursued professional and educational experiences that would aid him in the development of OurEarth.org. Most recently, John earned a Master of Environmental Management and Master of Business Administration dual degree from Duke University.
Chung Kim is the vice president of OurEarth.org. Chung graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2005 and she is currently pursuing education in alternative medicines.
serves as the secretary for OurEarth.org. Rebekah
completed undergraduate work in public health and
Latin-American studies at Johns Hopkins University and
received her MPH from Columbia University's Mailman
School of Public Health. Currently enrolled as a
first-year student at the University of Minnesota
Medical School, Rebekah also works as a grant program
associate for the At-Risk Populations Project at the
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
After completing her medical education, Rebekah plans to
become a physician who practices public health and
contributes to the future of health policy as a means of
providing comprehensive patient care.
This summer, Rebekah is thrilled to be working with Fundación Cimas del Ecuador (CIMAS), a not-for-profit organization that is committed to the study of Ecuador's environment, health, and development. While in Ecuador, Rebekah will engage in community-based participatory research activities, collaborating with the residents of Pedro Moncayo County to identify the health need priorities of that community. Ideally, the outcome of her research will aid CIMAS and other local organizations as they seek to achieve sustainable community-based health promotion activities. Upon her return to Minnesota, Rebekah plans to collaborate with Dr. Suárez-Torres (CIMAS) and various professors at the University of Minnesota to publish the information that she collects with the hope that it will provide the data needed to address health disparities in Ecuador. Additionally, her project will contribute to the development of a joint educational initiative supported by the University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health that is designed to train physicians and health care professionals who are competent to address international health disparities.
Board of Directors
Dr. Jed W. Fahey M.S., Sc.D. is a Faculty Research Associate in the Department of Pharmacology, Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he runs the Johns Hopkins University's Brassica Chemoprotection Laboratory. He has a joint appointment at the Center for Human Nutrition in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he received his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry. Dr. Fahey teaches classes in food technology (School of Public Health) and cancer protection (School of Medicine). He has been an invited speaker at classes, conferences, and symposia around the world, including the University of Maryland, Texas A&M University, Purdue University, Louisiana State University, Cornell University, Penn State University and Salisbury State University, and in France, Germany, Japan, Korea, China, Portugal, the Virgin Islands, Mexico, and New Zealand.
Dr. Fahey spent the early part of his career as a plant physiologist. He held senior scientific posts at agricultural biotechnology companies before coming to Johns Hopkins University in 1993. His work at Johns Hopkins led to the discovery that broccoli sprouts are an exceptionally rich source of enzyme inducers, which help to detoxify carcinogens. The research findings were published in the 1997 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. He has spent the last 15 years investigating the health-promoting “phytochemical” attributes of plants such as broccoli and broccoli sprouts in American diets, as well as plants indigenous to developing countries. The overarching goal of this research has been to develop dietary strategies for prevention of cancer and other chronic degenerative conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, stomach ulcers and macular degeneration. His more recent work includes the discovery of the dramatic effects of a class of compounds from broccoli sprouts and from the tropical “drumstick tree” (Moringa oleifera), in combating the causative agent of most stomach cancer, a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori.
Russell Hayden is a student at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Paul Reillo is
founding director of the Rare Species Conservatory
Foundation, a publicly supported 501(c)(3) wildlife
conservation organization based in Loxahatchee, Florida.
With a background in environmental engineering (B.A.,
Johns Hopkins) and ecological genetics (Ph.D.,
University of Maryland), Reillo has spent many years as
a field-oriented research zoologist. Early in his career
he traveled the world studying the genetics of
terrestrial invertebrates and the role of natural
selection in the evolution of color patterns and mating
systems. Today he focuses on the demography and genetics
of small populations of endangered wildlife, and
develops restoration strategies for flagship species.
When asked why he abandoned academic research to pursue
a career in wildlife conservation, he replied, “I simply
couldn’t continue esoteric, academic research on
individual species, while all around me the forests and
ecosystems they depended upon were vanishing.”
Over the past 17 years, Reillo and colleagues at the Rare Species Conservation have taken a practical, hands-on approach to biodiversity conservation, concentrating on endangered species that effectively leverage preservation of biodiversity-rich, tropical ecosystems. A dedicated and tireless conservation advocate, Reillo leads an atypical organization. Known for being “lean and mean”, Reillo’s team manages to accomplish what many larger conservation organizations cannot—real-time conservation solutions for habitats and species in peril.
Rocky Anderson served as the mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah from 2000-2008.
Dr. Lisa Bardwell was the executive director and one of the founders of FrontRange Earth Force, Lisa is now President/CEO of Earth Force. Lisa has a PhD from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Prior to joining Earth Force to help found the Denver office, Lisa taught at the University of Michigan, and in Utah and Colorado. She has always been committed to finding ways to better engage students in learning and their communities. Her expertise in environmental education, community development, service-learning, environmental problem-solving, and how our environment influences people’s well-being and ability to function made Earth Force a natural fit. She became a Board member of Earth Force in 2005, and CEO in 2007.
Judy Braus has been
actively involved in national and international
environmental education efforts for more than
twenty-five years. As the Vice President of Education
and Centers for the National Audubon Center, she
oversees the educational activities of a diverse and
active network, working with more than 50 education
centers, 480 Audubon Chapters, 24 state programs, and
BirdLife International, with more than 10 million
supporters internationally. Before coming to Audubon,
she was Director of Education for World Wildlife Fund-US
(WWF), where she managed a variety education
initiatives, including Windows on the Wild—a
biodiversity education program; the Russell Train
Education for Nature Program—an international
scholarship, fellowship, and capacity-building program;
a national Biodiversity Traveling Exhibition Program
supported by the National Science Foundation; and WWF’s
Community Outreach Program. Ms. Braus also provided
technical assistance to WWF’s regional programs
throughout the world.
Prior to WWF, Ms. Braus coordinated Peace Corps' environmental education activities and conducted workshops, assessments, evaluations, and programming activities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the South Pacific, and Eastern Europe. Ms. Braus was also the Director of School Programs at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the editor of NatureScope—an award-winning, environmental education activity series for educators. She was also a senior editor on Ranger Rick—NWF's children's magazine, and the director of Wildlife Week—a national environmental education program reaching more than 500,000 educators annually.
Ms. Braus served on the Board of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the largest professional organization for Environmental Educators, for more than 10 years and was president in 1999 and conference chair in 1995. She also serves on the national education steering committee of Project Learning Tree, the Board of Trustees for the American Forest Foundation, the Board for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders, and a variety of other advisory groups. Ms. Braus has edited many educational publications, written several children's books, co-authored an environmental science textbook, and co-authored a book for educators titled: Environmental Education in the Schools: Creating a Program That Works! She has also been a keynote speaker and presenter at a variety of state, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Stuart Buckner serves as the Executive Director of the U.S. Composting Council, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and expansion of the composting industry through research and education. Dr. Buckner has also served as President of the US Composting Council, as an advisor to the Japan Organics Recycling Association and the Environmentally Biodegradable Polymer Association (EBPA) of Taiwan, as a consultant for the US Grains Council, California Integrated Waste Management Board, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, as well as many private clients.
Dr. Buckner is also the president of Buckner Environmental Associates, a consulting firm which provides environmental consulting services specializing in composting and natural resources management. Work has been done in all areas of compost program development and implementation including planning, permitting, facility and systems design, procurement, operations management and product marketing. Research efforts have focused on process management, odor control, and composting system design and development.
Dr. William Chameides is the dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Before joining the Duke faculty in 2007, Chameides was Chief Scientist at Environmental Defense and before that Regents Professor and Smithgall Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Macelwane Award, and, “in recognition of extraordinary service,” was named a National Associate of the National Academies.
Chameides’ research focuses on the atmospheric sciences; elucidating the causes of and remedies for global, regional, and urban environmental change and identifying pathways towards a more sustainable future. His work helped lay the groundwork for our understanding of the photochemistry of the lower atmosphere, elucidated the importance of nitrogen oxides emission controls in the mitigation of urban and regional photochemical smog, and the impact of regional air pollution on global food production. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 scientific publications, and 6 books, and blogs at TheGreenGrok (www.TheGreenGrok.com/ ) and the Huffington Post ( www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-chameides/ ).
Chameides’ past professional activities include serving as: Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research; Chief Scientist for the Southern Oxidants Study, a research program focused on understanding the causes and remedies for air pollution in the Southern United States; U.S.A. Study Director of CHINA-MAP, an international research program studying the effects of environmental change on agriculture in China; Chair of the National Research Council’s Committee of Air Quality Management in the United States, commissioned by the United States’ Congress to evaluate the effectiveness of the Clean Air Act; and Technical Advisor for the Ad Council’s Fight Global Warming campaign involving the production of television and radio public service announcements on the need for personal actions to help avert the dangerous consequences of climate change.
Andrew Coburn is a member of
the Research and Graduate faculty at Western Carolina University
where he serves as Associate Director of the Program for the Study
of Developed Shorelines. Mr. Coburn holds an M.E.M degree from
Duke University, a B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University,
has 20 years interdisciplinary environmental management experience and is
nationally recognized as an expert in coastal and environmental management
and policy, coastal land use planning, coastal storm impacts, coastal
hazards and hazard mitigation.
Mr. Coburn has served as a member of the NC Hazard Mitigation Planning Initiative, NC Barrier Island Planning Steering Committee, NC Coastal Stakeholders Committee, NC State Emergency Response Team and NOAA Beach Nourishment Steering Team. He has provided expert testimony to the US House Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans; briefed US House staff on the status of coastal engineering; served as a coastal management guide/expert for National Geographic, NBC Nightly News, CNN and the New York Times; has completed over twenty aerial and on-the-ground post storm coastal impact assessments and was among the first researchers to evaluate and document the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike along the Mississippi, Alabama and Texas Gulf Coast.
Jonathan Estes has worked with leaders in both the public and private sectors on how to develop a business case and implement the triple bottom-line outcomes of sustainability individually and within their organizations. After receiving his B.A. in International Development from UMass, Jonathan has worked over twenty years as an educator, business owner, analyst, and sustainability expert. He is currently Manager of Sustainability and Energy Solutions at FSG, LLC based in Reston, VA. Jonathan brings together the importance of effective training for behavior change, entrepreneurial experience and innovation, and developing an actionable business case for sustainability. A compelling and insightful writer and popular keynote speaker, he has presented the concepts and trends of measuring and communicating business value in a variety of conferences and publications. In his latest book, Smart Green: How to Implement Sustainable Business Practices in Any Industry and Make Money was published by Wiley & Sons in March 2009, Jonathan outlines the key sustainability issues and processes leaders in all sectors need to be aware of to be both sustainable and successful. In all the settings in the US and Internationally he has worked as an expert in sustainability, clients are excited about realizing their worth and discovering new ways to demonstrate their value to stakeholders, particularly sustainability initiatives to achieve positive outcomes for the environment, social equity, and profits.
is the Senior Manager of Publications & Marketing for the Rainforest Alliance,
an international conservation organization based in New
York. For most of the past ten years, Goodstein has
served as in-house editor and advisor to the
organization’s global offices and programs and been
responsible for overseeing all publications including
brochures, fact sheets, profiles, annual report,
speeches, videos and other communication tools. She has
conceptualized and executed the development of
innovative marketing tools including www.rainforest-alliance.org/branding, a Web site section
designed to help partner companies promote themselves in
concert with the Rainforest Alliance, and the Virtual
House, an online showcase of environmentally and
socially responsible products with a virtual tree house
featuring games designed by PBS.
Goodstein has written for organizations including the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the World Wildlife Fund, the Council on Economic Priorities and the National Park Service. Her articles on the environment have appeared in publications including Natural History, Nature Conservancy, E and Elle.
Merrilee Harrigan, Vice President for Education, Alliance to Save Energy, has directed the Alliances’ educational programs for 19 years. Her accomplishments include developing the Alliance’s successful Green Schools and Green Campus Programs and directing their implementation in seven states and India, Ghana and Serbia. She has designed and conducted research on innovative approaches to consumer energy education and designed field tests and pilot projects that have established the effectiveness of consumer energy education in reducing energy consumption, both in the short and long term. Ms Harrigan has been trained in Community Based Social Marketing and has used its principles in program design over the past 15 years. Prior to her tenure at the Alliance, Ms. Harrigan educated consumers and students through the Tennessee Valley Authority, Edison Electric Institute, and the University of Massachusetts Energy Office.
Elenor Hodges has served as the Executive Director of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment since 2000. Ms. Hodges has been working in the environmental field for over 18 years and has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Education from George Mason University. She has extensive experience managing environmental education and community programs. Past work experience includes overseeing a national classroom education program at the National Wildlife Federation, environmental consulting for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and coordinating an international youth training program.
Prof. Tracey Holloway is the Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), a cross-disciplinary research center based in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. Holloway's research examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, including links between air quality and climate, energy, land use, health, and public policy. She is an Associate Professor in the Nelson Institute, with affiliate appointments in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS), Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and the La Follette School of Public Policy. Holloway earned her Ph.D. in AOS from Princeton University in 2001, and completed a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her undergraduate degree (Sc.B.) is from Brown University in Applied Mathematics, and her post-doctoral work was done at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
In addition to her work at SAGE, Holloway serves on editorial board of the Environmental Research Letters, and is a founding board member of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN), an international organization supporting the professional development of women in the geosciences. Through her work with ESWN, Holloway helps manage the Earth Science Jobs Network, a co-ed listserve for job announcements in the environmental sciences, maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Since 2008, Holloway has directed the UW-Madison Climate Leadership Challenge, a student innovation competition awarding over $50K, geared toward promoting realistic, innovative solutions to reduce climate change and associated risks to human and natural systems.
Dr. Sharon Krag received a B.S. in chemistry and biology from Texas Lutheran College, received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University, and completed postdoctoral work at the Center for Cancer Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1976. She served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research at the Bloomberg School for fifteen years. She is currently a professor emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on glycobiology; in particular, her lab studied lipid intermediates (dolichol) in N-linked glycosylation, an important process in cell-surface interactions. Her current work involves strategies to increase glycan occupancy in glycoprotein therapeutics. She teaches a required course in responsible conduct of research and taught courses in Molecular Biology of Disease and Public Health Biology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an Executive Editor of BBA-General Subjects.
Dr. Michael E. Mann
is a member of the Penn State University faculty,
holding joint positions in the Departments of
Meteorology and Geosciences, and the Earth and
Environmental Systems Institute (ESSI). He is also
director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).
Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research focuses on the application of statistical techniques to understanding climate variability and climate change from both empirical and climate model-based perspectives. Current areas of research include paleoclimate data synthesis and statistical climate reconstruction using climate "proxy" data networks, and model/data comparisons aimed at understanding the long-term behavior of the climate system and its relationship with possible external (including anthropogenic) "forcings" of climate. Other areas of active research include development of statistical methods for climate signal detection, and investigations of the response of geophysical and ecological systems to climate variability and climate change scenarios.
Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the "Observed Climate Variability and Change" chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report. He has been organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences 'Frontiers of Science' and has served as a committee member or advisor for other National Academy of Sciences panels. He served as editor for the 'Journal of Climate' and has been a member of numerous international and U.S. scientific advisory panels and steering groups. Dr. Mann has been the recipient of several fellowships and prizes, including selection as one of the 50 leading visionaries in Science and Technology by Scientific American, the outstanding scientific publication award of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and recognition by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) for notable citation of his refereed scientific research. He is author of more than 100 peer-reviewed and edited publications..
Dr. Julie Newman
is the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Yale
University. Before becoming Yale’s first sustainability
director, Julie assisted with the development of the
Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) at the
University of New Hampshire. Prior to her work with the
OSP she worked for University Leaders for a Sustainable
Future (ULSF) while a graduate student at Tufts
University. Julie’s fifteen years of experience in the
field of sustainable development from community based
experience overseas to university campuses has enabled
her to build bridges with students, staff, faculty and
administrators to facilitate the vision of a sustainable
campus for Yale. Julie also holds a lecturer appointment
with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental
In 2004 Julie co-founded the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. Julie also co-coordinates a sustainability working group of the International Alliance of Research Universities. In addition, Julie is a co-editor of the new Sustainability: Journal of Record. Her research has focused on the role of decision-making processes and organizational behavior in institutionalizing sustainability into higher education.
Julie’s introduction to sustainable development was as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan while working on water quality issues in inner-city Detroit and later in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Israel and Australia. She pursued her interest in this field by working as an environmental management volunteer with the Peace Corps in Guatemala. Since her return from Guatemala she has had the opportunity to work with colleagues around the world on issues of sustainability and institutional change.
Julie holds a BS in Natural Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan; an MS in Environmental Policy and Biology from Tufts University; and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of New Hampshire.
Rob Perks is Deputy Director of Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in Washington, DC. Prior to that Rob served as Director of NRDC's Center for Advocacy Campaigns, leading a team of campaign managers who guide our policy experts in shaping and executing strategic campaigns on the institution's strategic priorities. Rob is a committed generalist when it comes to environmental issues but is considered a national expert on mountaintop removal coal mining and created NRDC’s successful initiative to organize musical artists for the cause: www.MusicSavesMountains.org. For two decades Rob has led campaigns for nonprofit advocacy organizations including: U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), and American Rivers. He was the youngest ever executive director of the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation (PTRF) in North Carolina. He also served on the staff of U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). Rob is a native of Virginia who graduated cum laude from The College of William & Mary and earned a master's degree in environmental policy at The University of Montana. He currently resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife Karen, son Brooks and basset hound Beatrice.
Dr. Charles Redman has been committed to interdisciplinary research since as an archaeology graduate student he worked closely in the field with botanists, zoologists, geologists, art historians, and ethnographers. Redman received his BA from Harvard University, and his MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He taught at New York University and at SUNY-Binghamton before coming to Arizona State University in 1983. Since then, he served nine years as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, seven years as Director of the Center for Environmental Studies and, in 2004, was chosen to be the Julie Ann Wrigley Director of the newly formed Global Institute of Sustainability. In July 2007, Redman became the inaugural director of ASU’s School of Sustainability. Redman's interests include human impacts on the environment, sustainable landscapes, rapidly urbanizing regions, urban ecology, environmental education, and public outreach. He is the author or co-author of 14 books including Explanation in Archaeology, The Rise of Civilization, People of the Tonto Rim, Human Impact on Ancient Environments and, most recently, co-edited three books: The Archaeology of Global Change, Applied Remote Sensing for Urban Planning, Governance and Sustainability, and Agrarian Landscapes in Transition. Redman is currently working on building upon the extensive research portfolio of the Global Institute of Sustainability to develop the new School of Sustainability which is educating a new generation of leaders through collaborative learning, transdisciplinary approaches, and problem-oriented training to address the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st Century.
Capt Philip Renaud, USN(ret) has served as the Living Oceans Foundation Executive Director since 2004. Prior to joining the Living Oceans Foundation, he served 25 years in the U.S. Navy as an Oceanographic Officer. Captain Renaud’s final assignment in the Navy was Commander, Naval Oceanographic Office, responsible for operations of the Navy’s seven deep ocean survey vessels. Phil Renaud has earned master’s degrees in Oceanography, Meteorology, Business Administration, and Strategic Studies. The focus of Living Oceans Foundation is to conduct scientific analysis of coral ecosystems, create high resolution baseline habitat maps, and design networks of Marine Protected Areas. At the helm of the Living Oceans Foundation, Phil Renaud is establishing cutting-edge programs of remote sensing and SCUBA surveys of global coral reef ecosystems with the primary objective of advancing coral reef conservation initiatives.
Celeste Royer is the Director of the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network. The CREEC Network’s mission is to develop a communication network which provides educators with access to high quality environmental education resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California students. Celeste collaborated with many environmental educators to create and launch the CREEC Network in 1997 with the support of the CA Department of Education. She served as a Regional Manager for several years and then became the Statewide Director in 2005. Celeste provides direct support to all 20 CREEC Coordinators in the project and works closely with the local educational agencies that house the CREEC Network in 11 different regions. She has formed many partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies and businesses to support the work of the CREEC Network to provide educators with the access they need to high quality EE resources. Celeste was the Coordinator of the Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School in San Luis Obispo County for 12 years prior to assuming her statewide leadership role in environmental education.
Tracy Saville is a writer, a strategic planning consultant, and media marketing entrepreneur with over twenty-five years of experience in the non-profit, government, small business, and corporate sectors. Ampong other statewide public policy initiatives, she served under S. David Freeman at the California Power Authority during the California energy crisis and was a state director for California’s Flex Your Power Energy Conservation Campaign. She also recently assisted a Los Angeles-based nonprofit working to end oil dependence and clean up our emission-polluted sea ports with their strategic planning and currently resides in Northern California. Tracy has served on the numerous boards of charitable and community-based organizations, such as Girls, Inc., the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Task Force, the Northern California Reinvestment Consortium, and Communities In Schools. She is currently a board director of Capitol City Young Writers and Flatmancrooked Publishing and serves as an advisor to the International Academy of Design & Technology. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College with a BA in Business Management and a Certificate in Negotiations from Harvard/MIT/Tufts, and is presently completing an MFA.
Over the span of her career, public policy and social justice issues have been central to her work. Energy policy/markets/infrastructure/generation & conservation, sustainability, climate change, and green and renewable technologies are cornerstone areas of her expertise, as well as: personal career and creative development, affordable housing, public finance, state and local government, residential and commercial construction, education, at-risk children and youth, U.S. foreign policy, religious studies, the U.S. transportation infrastructure, web 2.0 social networks, digital media communications, the music industry, personal health and fitness, and urban/underground forms of new media.
Capt Charles Saylan successfully created, developed and managed diverse businesses in the service, manufacturing and entertainment sectors. Throughout his professional career, he has always maintained a strong relationship with nature as climber, mountaineer, sailor and commercial captain. Charlie worked as a freelance photo journalist and writer, publishing articles in major European magazines on business & marketing, sailing, travel & nature, and wrote two books for Italian editors.
Frustrated by the accelerating disappearance and degradation of the wild places he cares about, in 1998, he co-founded Ocean Conservation Society to help protect ocean ecosystems through scientific research, education and public outreach. As Executive Director of Ocean Conservation Society, he works toward raising public awareness of environmental issues and stimulating action through the creation and implementation of participatory environmental education programs. His award winning programs emphasize measurable impact and community involvement.
Charlie is also involved in studying the ecology of marine mammals in California with a strong conservation bias. He is co-author of several peer-reviewed scientific papers on cetacean ecology and conservation, and is active in ongoing field marine mammal research focusing on the effects of pollutants on cetaceans. Charles currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he has just finished the book (with Daniel T. Blumstein) "The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix it)" available from The University of California Press, May 2011). He is currently working on a new book with this wife, Maddalena Bearzi on biomimicry.
Matt Sayre is the founding Director of the University of Vermont’s Institute for Global Sustainability, Matt has developed many educational programs focused on sustainable business, healthcare management, educational leadership, food systems, and community design. Before becoming Director of UVM’s Institute for Global Sustainability Matt started, operated, and sold Healthy Habitat, a Burlington, Vermont based environmentally-friendly cleaning service, started and served as the founding President and C.E.O. of Earth, Inc., a Vermont non-profit corporation working to strengthen Human, Social, Natural, & Built Capital, served as the Project Coordinator of the University of Vermont Leading by Design for a Sustainable and Desirable Future Project, served as Senior Manager for Marketing and Sales to help restart Bolton Valley Resort after two bankruptcies, and worked to re-engineer business processes at the University of Vermont as part of UVM’s Project CATalyst Finance Team. In addition to working at UVM, Matt has incorporated a new business, the Community Energy Exchange which serves as a resource to facilitate the development of community financed renewable energy systems.
Matt also led effective community relations and fundraising initiatives as the Director of Medical Alumni Relations for the UVM College of Medicine and while working in Student Affairs at UVM and Northern Arizona University he planned and implemented experiential programming to strengthen the university’s human and social capital. Matt has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Le Moyne College, a M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University, and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Ecological Economics from the University of Vermont. He is currently working to complete a Ph.D. in Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.
Inspired by the innovative Vermont farmers who are pioneering new, sustainable approaches to farming and growing a vibrant agricultural economy in Vermont and beyond, Matt and his family are now in the process of starting a small farm themselves - the "greenest" business of all.
Betsy Taylor is a co-founder and Board President of 1Sky. She is also a philanthropic consultant, public speaker and author on climate and sustainability issues. She founded and served as president of the Center for a New American Dream, a national organization that helps Americans live and consume wisely for a better world. During her tenure, the Center was featured in the media over 1,000 times, built an action network of over 100,000 citizens, launched the Responsible Purchasing Network, an association of socially and environmentally responsible purchasers representing over $50 billion in buying power, and earned numerous awards including winner of the Washingtonian Magazine’s top fifty places to work in the D.C. metropolitan area. Betsy has appeared frequently on national television and radio and is the author of three books including co-author of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century. She previously served as Executive Director of the Merck Family Fund, Stern Fund, and Ottinger Foundation and has consulted with numerous foundations & donors including the Energy Foundation, Quixote Foundation, and Better Tomorrow Fund. She serves on several non-profit and foundation boards. Ms. Taylor’s philanthropic consulting & organizational leadership focus on innovative strategies for addressing climate change and creating a rapid pivot toward a sustainable and more equitable society. She has an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A.from Duke University.
Cynthia Thomashow is the president of the Center for Environmental Education at Unity College in Maine.
Jennifer Thorne Amann is a Senior Associate in ACEEE’s Buildings and Equipment Program. Since joining ACEEE in 1997, she has authored dozens of publications and articles on residential appliances, commercial lighting, equipment installation practices, emerging residential and commercial building technologies, and the progress of market transformation initiatives, among others. In addition, she is lead author of ACEEE’s popular Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, now in its ninth edition. Her current work includes promoting improved commercial building performance, exploring behavioral approaches to improving energy efficiency, valuing the energy and non-energy benefits of whole house retrofits, analyzing the impacts of stronger appliance efficiency standards, and exploring new targets for market transformation efforts. She also leads program development for the annual National Symposium on Market Transformation. She brings to ACEEE several years experience in the environmental technology field including evaluation of state, federal and private energy and environmental technology deployment programs, research on options for international cooperation on environmental technology issues, and analysis of the impacts of regulatory policy on technology development. She also has experience in community organizing and education on a variety of environmental and consumer issues. Jennifer earned a Master of Environmental Studies degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Trinity University.
Marcel Van Ooyen earned degrees in Social Ecology from the University of California Irvine and from the Seattle University School of Law specializing in Environmental Law. After graduating form law school, Mr. Van Ooyen worked for the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in Washington State, where he conducted the environmental review of proposed power plants. Upon moving to New York City, Mr. Van Ooyen worked for the New York City Council as the Chief of Staff to City Council Member Gifford Miller and then as Legislative Director for the City Council. As Legislative Director, Mr. Van Ooyen, ensured the passage of over 30 environmental Local Laws, including the city’s landmark green buildings legislation, lead bill, clean air codes, environmental purchasing laws, and many more. Mr. Van Ooyen now serves as the Executive Director of the Council on the Environment, and environmental non-profit in the Mayor’s Office, which promotes community gardens, environmental education, recycling and waste reduction and operates the Greenmarket/farmers’ markets.
Dr. Darryn Waugh
is the Morton K. Blaustein Professor and Chair of the
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Johns
Hopkins University. His research interests include
understanding the fluid motions and composition of
Earth's atmosphere and oceans. This research is focused
on understanding global environmental issues, including
stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change.
He has participated in several NASA-lead international aircraft campaigns examining stratospheric ozone depletion and has participated in international assessments, including being lead author of a chapter in the most recent WMO/UNEP ``Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion''. Waugh graduated from the University of Waikato, NZ in 1985. He earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge University in 1991.
Michele Weingarden is the Director of Greenprint Denver, an office of Denver Mayor, Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal's. Weingarden brings a wealth of experience to the position, having most recently served in U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's San Francisco office as her advisor on environmental issues statewide and as her liaison to local governments, businesses and the public in nine Northern California counties.
Prior to working as advisor to Senator Boxer, Weingarden served as a coalition builder and community organizer for political campaigns and environmental nonprofit organizations. As Senior Account Executive for Stearns Consulting and Campaign Manager for Save the Bay, Weingarden developed and implemented strategic plans and led campaigns to advance environmental policies in the City and County of San Francisco. Earlier, she served as Coalition Organizer for the Sierra Club’s California field office and Illinois chapter. She also served on the board of the San Francisco League of Conservation Voters.
Weingarden has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin.
David Zimet is a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University, with a BS in Environmental Science, David began his professional career with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), in the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste. In that capacity he acquired extensive knowledge of state and federal regulatory issues surrounding solid waste, recycling, and hazardous waste management. In 1996, David moved on from the NJDEP for an opportunity to manage the first ongoing state funded municipal electronics recycling program in the United States, known as the Union County Demanufacturing Project.
To fill a void in the commercial sector, David founded Hesstech in December of 1997, pioneering accountable and transparent electronics recycling solutions. Over 10 years, Hesstech evolved as a grass roots organization reaching more than 45 employees and operating a 65,000 s.f. facility in Edison NJ. The lack of industry infrastructure led David to engineer the STAR System℠ (Secure Tracking and Reporting System℠), where he received a Patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2008. Leveraging Hesstech’s technical resources, David developed remarketing and recycling processes often adopted by other recyclers who wish to demonstrate all materials are reused and recycled in and environmentally sound manner. In January of 2006, David was invited by the USEPA to participate in the development of national electronic asset disposition and disposal guidelines. In October 2008, a first draft of the guidelines were completed and named the R2 Best Management Practices. In an effort to address several significant loopholes in the R2 guidelines, in 2009, David committed the resources of Hesstech and became a founding member Basel Action Network’s (BAN) e-Stewards program. In 2010 the program evolved into a formal accredited ISO 14001/e-Stewards Standard, and is the only certification program for electronics recyclers recognized and supported by the international community.