Although originally from Brooklyn, New York Lanese Martin now calls Oakland home. Highly committed to building community, strengthening the green economy and breaking barriers for people of color, Lanese has committed her professional career to working in and around non-profit civic engagement and human rights work. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California.
As a former foster youth in New York State, Lanese knows that not everyone is born into life with the same advantages. However, even more importantly she has realized that it is the work we do as a community that can really shape who one becomes. "I feel blessed that I had a community that pushed me to greatness. I broke all statistics, Im not supposed to be receiving a MBA". The only reason I am is the community that invested in me and that is why I am committed to re-investing back into my community.
Barbara Marx Hubbard has been a leading voice for innovative change in the world for the past 40 years. As a visionary, author, speaker, social architect and cofounder/president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, she believes that humanity now, as never before, is on the threshold of a quantum leap. She has been instrumental in the founding of many futureoriented organizations including the World Future Society, New Dimensions Radio, Global Family, The Foundation for the Future, and the Association for Global New Thought. In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket.
Mary Lee is Deputy Director of Policy Link, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. Mary is a member of the PolicyLink health team, providing research, technical assistance and training to public and private agencies collaborating to build healthy communities. Lee is a practicing attorney with more than 25 years of experience working on civil rights, land use and economic development strategies to revitalize neighborhoods and enhance public participation in the policy arena. A former L.A. Transportation Commissioner, Ms. Lee has long worked for the legal and civil rights of the low-income people of her city. Her expertise includes affordable housing, job creation and redevelopment law. She has been an adjunct professor of law and teaches public policy and civil rights courses at the college level. Lee is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, U. C. Berkeley.
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Maryland Public Television is turning 40, and to celebrate, we're raffling off a brand-new, fully equipped 2010 Honda Insight LX. Get your raffle tickets now before the 1,200 tickets are sold out. Drawing is to be held at MPT's 40th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 10; you need not be present to win.We envision a region of dynamic communities where peopleinformed, inspired and moved by insights gained through use of MPT's public media servicesengage in respectful dialog, develop common aspirations and together create a healthier and more vibrant society.Learning advances our society: children succeed, adults are renewed, communities benefit. Through exposition, exploration and discovery, possibilities emerge, people connect and we are transformed. At MPT, we broaden horizons, lift spirits and engage our communities. We help build better lives and a better world.
Maryland University of Integrative Health is the leading academic institution for integrative health in the nation. For nearly 40 years, MUIH has educated practitioners in health and wellness through transformative and relationship-centered programs that draw from traditional wisdom and contemporary science.
MUIH offers graduate degrees and certificates in a wide range of wellness fields, including nutrition, herbal medicine, health promotion, health and wellness coaching, yoga therapy, and acupuncture and oriental medicine. We also offer programs for professional and personal development.
In our on-campus Natural Care Center and community outreach settings, we provide compassionate and affordable health care from student interns and professional practitioners.
Prianjali Mascarenhas manages the Community Investing Program at Coop America and the Social Investment Forum. Her background in Urban Planning and Economic Development, and passion for development issues has propelled her to work on access to credit and capital issues for lowincome communities in the US and abroad.
She will be moderating the panel The New Wave of Community Investing exploring both a bigpicture look at global and national impacts of community investing with two experts from the field, along with an indepth account oh how community investing has transformed the lives of local Chicago's residents, with a first hand account from a local borrower.
A serial eclectic and citizen of the world, Konda Mason’s career path has been anything but a straight path. She has honed her business leadership skills as a Grammy winning artist manager in London, an Academy Award nominated film producer in Hollywood, and an Off Broadway hit theater producer in New York…just to name a few.
Turning her attention to sustainable personal and global living solutions, Konda is a facilitator trainer for The Pachamama Alliance, a certified yoga instructor, a partner in Earthseed Consulting, LLC, and most recently the Founder and CEO of Hub Oakland LLC.
She was a co-host for the Shift Network’s 2012 Season of Sustainability. Konda’s leadership style leverages her innate wisdom with tools of permaculture, yoga, storytelling, Buddhist theory, and Integral Theory. A human equity advocate, self-proclaimed tree hugger, and social entrepreneur, Konda’s work is driven by the vision of realizing in her lifetime a genuinely just and sustainable world.
Serving as a director of Build It Green, and its predecessor nonprofit Green Resource Center since 2003, Bruce helped shepherd the organization through a period of exponential growth. In June of 2006, he transitioned from the board to a staff role as development director.Since 2002, Bruce has managed a CPUCfunded education and outreach initiative to help local governments and building professionals promote construction and remodeling practices that maximize energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation, and overall sustainability. In that capacity, he helped found the Green Affordable Housing Coalition, made up of local governments and affordable housing developers seeking to incorporate green building practices into affordable housing projects.Prior to entering the green building arena, Bruce consulted for 10 years to electric and gas utilities, providing market research, competitive assessment, marketing/business plan development, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation services. He also served four years on the city council in Albany, California, including one year as mayor.Serving as a director of Build It Green, and its predecessor nonprofit Green Resource Center since 2003, Bruce helped shepherd the organization through a period of exponential growth. In June of 2006, he transitioned from the board to a staff role as development director.
Since 2002, Bruce has managed a CPUCfunded education and outreach initiative to help local governments and building professionals promote construction and remodeling practices that maximize energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation, and overall sustainability. In that capacity, he helped found the Green Affordable Housing Coalition, made up of local governments and affordable housing developers seeking to incorporate green building practices into affordable housing projects.
Prior to entering the green building arena, Bruce consulted for 10 years to electric and gas utilities, providing market research, competitive assessment, marketing/business plan development, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation services. He also served four years on the city council in Albany, California, including one year as mayor.
Refugio Mata is the Deputy Press Secretary for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign Southwest region. He has extensive background in both online and offline community organizing tactics and in Integrated Communications Management. In the past he's worked with labor groups as a Communications Coordinator for Good Jobs L.A. and a grassroots campaign based in South L.A. In addition, for nearly five years, he served as Project Organizer for Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit organization that focuses on revitalizing the Santa Monica Bay. He co-founded Heal the Bay’s “Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Environment Initiative” as part of a communications strategy to organize around environmental justice issues in inner-city Los Angeles. Refugio is also a blogger at www.economicrefugee.net.
Our fair trade women's clothing and accessories are designed in Chicago and handmade in India and Nepal by cooperatives and artisan groups utilizing traditional skills to create Mata's unique style. Livable wages, good working conditions, no factory production, fashion forward appeal -- that's what you're getting when you shop Mata Traders.
Founding director of Pomegranate Center, which enables people to come together to improve communities, Matanovic has been a visual and performing artist for 35 years. Community Creativity Work of Pomegranate Center.
A great place results from the convergence of art, public participation, and community betterment. Placemaking design ideas and communitybuilding processes help transform communities, neighborhoods, and developments into more humane, sustainable, and interesting places. Matanovic will illustrate placemaking concepts using Pomegranate Centers past and current projects, which involve diverse groups of people in creating gathering places, communitybased plans for town squares, trails and parks, and artmaking.
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Salvador Mateo is a permaculture landscaper and co-founder of EAT GRUB (Enhancing Access to Gardens and Revolutionizing Urban Backyards).
As Seniors at Mandela High School in Oakland, Salvador helped build a raised annual vegetable garden and planted 10 fruit trees to provide healthy, organic produce to the community. Through a 10 week training program with Ashoka's Youth Ventures, Salvador developed a business plan under the mentorship of Planting Justice co-founders. The vision of EAT GRUB is to eliminate community food deserts in Oakland. Our mission is to establish a greener community and provide connections to the Earth and our ancestors by enhancing the accessibility of healthy foods through building raised garden beds for low-income families in Oakland.
Salvador Mateo recently graduated from Mandela High School Law and Public Service Academy in Oakland, and his senior project focused on food deserts in Oakland.
Matthew Harris is a workshop coordinator and instructor for Solar Energy Internationals (SEI) Sustainable Building Program. In this role he serves as the handson projects manager ; coinstructor for all of SEI's Natural Building workshops, and teaches in the Building for the Future online course.
Educated in Architectural Design at Arizona State University with a focus on sustainable natural building, Matthew shares a vision of a built environment that focuses on regenerative and restorative design strategies. His career in building has traversed the globe consulting and constructing structures of straw bale, cob, adobe, and earthen plasters. As an alumni of Solar Energy Internationals Renewable Energy Education Program, Matthew has spent the past decade working on projects involving solar thermal, solar electric, wind power, and microhydro installations.
Matthew loves to play in the mud and is highly allergic to straw but nevertheless continues to share his passion for natural building and an ecologically sensible built environment.
Chelsea is the Forest Program Assistant at RAN, where she supports both the Rainforest Agribusiness and Rainforest-Free Paper Campaigns. Chelsea first got involved with environmental non-profit work while interning at Accion Ecologica in Ecuador. Originally from Colorado, Chelsea moved to San Francisco to earn her degree in International Studies with an emphasis on environment and development at the University of San Francisco.
Once Shanelle realized her communication skills could be a tool for social change, she committed her career to social justice media that addresses the needs of marginalized communities. Prior to joining Forward Together, Shanelle worked for Law Students for Reproductive Justice, serving as their first Development and Administrative Associate; it was during that time that her interest in reproductive justice was cultivated into an irrevocable passion. Previous to that she worked as a freelance journalist contributing to media chiefly in the nonprofit sector, including Women's eNews and the Women's Media Center. After witnessing the birth of her first nephew, Gavin, Shanelle was inspired to research black women’s maternal health and cofounded a birthing justice collective in Oakland. She is passionate about healthy debate, protests with a cause, and cheese. She holds a BA in Journalism from the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University and is currently working toward a MS in Urban Studies with an emphasis in Race, Ethnicity, and American Urban Culture.
Dietrich & Andrea Mattson-McGaffey are co-founders and co-ordinators of Edible Alchemy. EA is Chicago's local-source, sustainable & organic foods co-op, catering, and workshop center based at their community center & rooftop garden in Pilsen. They are passionate about teaching the value of human connections to food, about self-sustainability, local foods, and the transformative power of communities gathering to share stories and a meal.
Fairly traded, high quality handicrafts from Indonesia
Fairly traded, high quality handcrafted items from Indonesia, including beaded baskets, palm leaf baskets, vine baskets, cowhide lamps, coconut trunk wood bowls, animal teapots, yoga and Buddha carvings, carved cow bone pendants, and more.
Eric Maundu was raised on a traditional farm in Kenya where he learned the balance of traditional practices and modern technologies. Experience in these farming methods led him to study engineering. He spent 10 years designing different projects using local materials before moving to the Bay Area for further education.
An engineer by profession, he has been working on alternative farming projects in Kenya where traditional practices are integrated with modern technologies using local materials. Aquaponics has been his hobby for the last 8 years, and he has successfully applied aquaponics and other alternative farming methods to projects in Kenya.
With a strong background in electronics, robotics and programming, he has a passion in showing the youth that computers can be used for more than browsing the Internet and playing games.
Maya weavings created in the highlands of Guatemala by a family o...
We are a family of Maya weavers from San Juan Sacatepequez, in the highlands of Guatemala. We use centuries old techniques using backstrap looms to create huipiles, cortes, and fajas (blouses, skirts, and belts) and sell them at fair trade events like the Green Festival
Beautiful, hand-made womens apparel from Guatemala!
The Mayan Connection was born out of the desire to help indigenous people preserve their traditional cultures and textiles, and the belief that fair trade benefits both producers and consumers. We work directly with the artisans and producers of our goods. In Guatemala, clothing is significant - By wearing Mayan Connection bags and skirts, you are supporting indigenous weavers and helping to preserve their traditional art form.
Eco-friendly jewelry in 100% recycled sterling
Kentucky artists, Josie Lamb Williams and Mark Williams have always been driven to build a stronger connection between the natural and human world, and their organic, intricate jewelry is a manifestation of this desire. All of the shapes in the jewelry are based on ancient symbols, and shapes found in nature. Josie carefully designs and creates each piece from 100% USA refined recycled sterling silver, accented byFair Trade recycled glass. Mark finishes the necklaces with Sweatshop-free Czech glass, and custom designed recycled paper tags. Every silver shape and finding is crafted with traditional hand tools, eliminating the need for toxic soldering and finishing chemicals. We love creating beautiful, affordable, works of wearable art that will last a lifetime from eco-friendly, sustainable materials.
Handmade Guatemalan bags, travel items, baby accessories
MayaWorks is a non-profit, fair trade organization committed to economic justice for indigenous Guatemalan artisans for over 13 years. With over 100 products ranging from recycled luggage tags, baby bibs and booties, handwoven bags,beaded jewelry, and recycled cornhusk ornaments,we have a unique, ethnic gift for anyone!
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Mazuela is originally from Chile and has been living in the US for the past 27 years. A musician and cofounder of the Group Sin Fronteras (featuring Latin American Traditional and Nueva Cancion Musicand cofounder of the Group Pasajeros (an all spanish playback theatre group). Mazuela's passion for the Nueva Cancion movement keeps her busy organizing artistic events that promote social justice and awareness through all aspects of the arts: Theatre, Visual Arts, Dance, Music and Spoken word.
A founding member of the Climate Solutions team, Mazza has written extensively to improve public understanding of climate change science and accelerate clean energy development.
Jeffrey holds a BA in Economics and MBA in Global Business . His background encompasses 25 years of banking with specialization in lending, particularly to small businesses.
Kathryn McCamant and her husband Charles Durrett co-authored Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves and founded both McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company. They coined the term "cohousing," for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Kathryn founded Cohousing Partners in 2006 with developer Jim Leach.Together they have designed and developed over 50 cohousing communities.
Tricia McCauley is an herbalist and health coach specializing in digestive issues, food sensitivities, and stress management. She works with individual clients at Healing Arts of Capitol Hill, teaches workshops around the DC area, makes lotions and lip balms, and is the resident herbalist at Common Good City Farm. Her article “Managing Stress with Herbal Support” was published in Green American Magazine this winter. Sign up for her newsletter, read her blog, and find out more at www.nutriciaconsulting.com or www.leafyhead.com.
- Your Dream Career For Dummies
Carol McClelland, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of Green Career Central, began working with people craving a career change in 1991. Since then she has supported individuals, groups, and students in discovering the career that best suits them personally and professionally. She's written several career related books and programs including, Your Dream Career For Dummies. In late 2007 she launched her latest venture, GreenCareerCentral.com, a subscriptionbased virtual career center for motivated professionals who want to find a green career that fully expresses their passions, skills, values, and eduction. Combining her knowledge of the career change process with her passion for the environment, Carol and her team are building a comprehensive set of resources, a stepbystep job search program, and a community to support those who are interested in plugging their passion into the green economy.
Author of three books including The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, McLennan is CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council, a leading sustainable development organization in the Pacific Northwest.
- Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service--A Year Spent Riding across America Publisher: Chelsea Green (2009)
James McCommons has been a journalist for 25 years, publishing hundreds of magazine articles, many of them focused on ecology, the environment and economics. In 2008, he rode 26,000 miles on intercity Amtrak trains to experience the current passenger rail system and interview decision makers around the country. The result was the book Waiting on a Train, published in 2009 by Chelsea Green and named by “The Library Journal” as one of its best picks of 2009.
After nearly a decade as a Christian Coalition activist and Republican nominee for the U.S. Congress in one of the most conservative districts in America, McCormick learned firsthand the most destructive force in our country today is Americans taking sides against other Americans. The turning point in his life came in 2001 when his political career, marriage, business and reputation collapsed, his relationships having been eroded by mistrust and hatred of his enemies. The pain of this personal loss was transformative and he began slowly rebuilding his life on more solid ground, searching for a healthier way to engage in politics. Since 2004 McCormick has organized a series of ground breaking private retreats that brought over 145 national leaders representing over 70 million Americans into dialogue in search of opportunities to collaborate. McCormick's passion now is to apply the tools developed in these gatherings to facilitating cooperation between grassroots groups from all sides. In time, this informal citizen leader's network will serve as a resource for local, state and national decision makers searching for innovative, bottomup, winwin solutions in this time of crisis. He is a former officer in the U.S. Army Rangers and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Yale University.
Tiffany founded Streamline, a consulting practice for entities
developing ecoassets. Formerly at Point Carbon she launched a
trading analytics tool for carbon markets. Tiffany holds a Master's
from Yale University.
Bridget Bamber McCracken is an arts administrator and actor. Bridget is Trash MashUps managing director. She graduated with a Master's in Public Administration at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Art Administration and Nonprofit Management and currently is the Director of Academic Services for the department.
Bridget was the production manager with The DellArte Company from 1996 to 2001 and in 1998 also became the Companys Booking Manager. She has performed in and stage managed 22 original productions with DellArte; touring to Colombia, Venezuela, Holland, Denmark and Sweden.She graduated from the DellArte International School of Physical Theatre in 1997.Bridget received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a Major in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Dance from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio in 1996.
Executive Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, McDonough has been organizing labor for over thirty years. The UFCW is an active player against the expansion of WalMarts into communities due to their poor labor standards for both workers here and abroad through their Wakeup WalMart campaign. The Walmarting of America
How does WalMart affect our communities? From product sourcing and labor policies to environmental issues and health care, panelists will address the issues many communities face when weighing the benefits and liabilities of a WalMart in their neighborhood. These astute individuals will examine the company from several perspectives and explain how communities are responding. They will also look at WalMarts new jobs and innercity initiatives.
- Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
- Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design
- The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovation and Governance in the 21st Century
William McDonough is an internationally renowned designer and one of the primary proponents and shapers of what he and his partners call 'The Next Industrial Revolution.' Time magazine recognized him in 1999 as a 'Hero for the Planet', stating that his utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy thatin demonstrable and practical waysis changing the design of the world. Time Magazine again recognized Mr. McDonough and Michael Braungart as Heroes of the Environment in October 2007. In 1996, Mr. McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation's highest environmental honor; and in 2003 earned the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. In 2004 he received the National Design Award for exemplary achievement in the field of environmental design. In October 2007, Mr. McDonough was elected an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Mr. McDonough is the founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, an internationally recognized design firm practicing ecologically, socially, and economically intelligent architecture and planning in the U.S. and abroad. He is also principal of MBDC, a product and systems development firm assisting prominent client companies in designing profitable and environmentally intelligent solutions. Mr. McDonough is a Venture Partner at VantagePoint Venture Partners in San Bruno, California. Mr. McDonough is an Alumni Research Professor at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and Consulting Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He also serves as U.S. Chairman and member of the Board of Councilors of the ChinaU.S. Center for Sustainable Development. He is part of the Management Committee of HRH The Prince of Wales's Business ; The Environment Programme at Cambridge University. From 19941999, Mr. McDonough was the Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.
Mr. McDonough's leadership in sustainable development is recognized widely, both in the U.S. and internationally, and he has written and lectured extensively on his design philosophy and practice. He was commissioned in 1991 to write The HannovePrinciples: Design for Sustainability as guidelines for the City of Hannover's EXPO 2000, and in 1993 to give the Centennial Sermon at the Cathedral of StJohn the Divine in New York City. More recently, Mr. McDonough and Michael Braungart coauthored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, published in 2002 by North Point Press.
Chelsea and Rob McFarland created HoneyLove.org in an effort to save the honeybee and legalize urban beekeeping. HoneyLove.org is a non profit organization created for the conservation of honeybees and the promotion of urban beekeeping. Leveraging their backgrounds in filmmaking, digital activism and conservation, Chelsea and Rob wish to create a community model that can be shared globally though social media.
Dietrich & Andrea Mattson-McGaffey are co-founders and co-ordinators of Edible Alchemy. EA is Chicago's local-source, sustainable & organic foods co-op, catering, and workshop center based at their community center & rooftop garden in Pilsen (ecorooftop.org). They are passionate about teaching the value of human connections to food, about self-sustainability, local foods, and the transformative power of communities gathering to share stories and a meal.
McGann is the farm coordinator for the Lettuce Link Giving Garden at Marra Farm. A food gardener, creative community activist, permaculturist and educator, she is active in the Urban Farmers and the Awareness guilds of Sustainable NE, working to build resilience within her community. McGann loves to grow food, prepare and enjoy it with friends.
Elspeth McGarvey is a student at the University of Chicago majoring in Political Science. Last summer she participated in Pamela Martin's research class and interned at Windy City Harvest. For the Summer Links Program as a Community Outreach Intern, she worked at the 61st St. Farmers Market and developed a community outreach plan. Elspeth was also a farm hand at The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, IL where she helped to grow over 400 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds.
At the University Community Service Center, she has worked as the Volunteer Referral student staff where she has worked to connect interested students with good volunteer opportunities. She now works at Growing Home's Wood St. Farm as an Urban Farm Assistant.
Michele McGeoy is the founder and executive director of the non-profit Solar Richmond (SR). Founded in 2006 to serve the community through green-collar job training and placement, Michele has lead SR in working closely with diverse partners across city government, non-profit, and local businesses sectors, to foster a green economy in Richmond and bring good, green jobs to its residents. Additionally, Michele has created a model that accomplishes this while addressing the concerns of violence reduction, youth and infrastructure investment. Since its inception Solar Richmond has created over 200 part-time positions, as well as facilitated over 50 full time job placements. Solar Richmond’s newest project is the launching of a worker owned energy efficiency cooperative called Pamoja Energy Solutions.
Michael McGinn was elected the 52nd mayor of Seattle in November of 2009 after a distinguished career in politics, law, environmental, and community advocacy.
He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Williams College and a juris doctor from the Gates School of Law at the University of Washington, after which he joined the Seattle law firm Stokes Lawrence and rose to become a partner.
His civic work has included chairing the local chapter of the Sierra Club and serving on its national political committee, founding a nonprofit called Great City which focused on transportation and sustainability issues, and serving as the president of the Greenwood Neighborhood Council.
Mayor McGinn lives in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood with his wife and three children. The mayor enjoys riding his bike to work and helping coach his children's basketball team.
Richard lives by four basic principles: Nothing is impossible; abnormal is the new normal; do your best every waking moment; inspire and support others. He combines these principles with three simple career concepts: If it is rewarding, keep doing it; if it is not rewarding, stop doing it; if it is not rewarding and you have to keep doing it, make it rewarding.
A born entrepreneur and Business Management graduate from LSU, former vegan restaurant owner, international sales manager for commercial & retail print media, and four miserable years in corporate healthcare marketing. Finally, in 2002 he landed his dream job at Conscious Choice. Which was great, until the corporate giant who eventually owned it fired everyone and closed it down. Not one to be easily dissuaded, he has happily settled in with his Chicago community and "family" to carry the Conscious Choice torch and facilitate publication of Mindful Metropolis. The new medium focuses on creating conversations in Chicago’s conscious community through a monthly print magazine, via community events, and in digital/online media. Mission: Bringing divergent cultures and communities together through sustainability initiatives using multi-platform, integrated media as influencing forces.
When not working within the various realms of print media in his role as CEO & Publisher, he is busy playing with his dogs, tending his bees and digging in the dirt on his rural farmstead in northwestern Illinois.
With this year marking a decade of experience in the Speciality Coffee industry, Harold resides as the Head Barista and Coffee Program Manager at Coffee Bar here in his hometown, San Francisco. His love for coffee has sent him all over the country and world. You can find him behind the bar training staff, pulling shots of espresso at break neck speeds, throwing down in national latte art competitions, fixing high tech espresso machines, and around town sipping all the delicious brews that make SF one of the best cities for Speciality Coffee in the world.
"There are three major reasons why I'm attracted to this industry and they're all rooted in it's progressive nature. First for myself and my personal knowledge base and skills, then also for all of those that I am lucky enough to teach and watch grow, and lastly for the industry itself and the leaps and bounds it's taken since it's inception. Historically coffee has been very damaging in economic and ecologic ways, and it's inspiring to see so much push toward sustainability and better buying practices."
Maureen McGowan is the Director of HandCrafting Justice Inc., a project of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. HCJ supports and assists women in the developing world in their efforts to create employment. A Sister of the Good Shepherd since 1965, she helped to found HandCrafting Justice in 1997, and has been serving as Director since 2004. Sister Maureen established the Good Shepherd Volunteer Program in 1993 and served as director until 2004. Prior to these ventures, she worked at Good Shepherd Services, supporting youth and families and as a director of training and formation for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.
Maureen McGowan holds a M.S.W. from the Wurtzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University.
Sarah McGowan is the Development Director for the Echo Park Time Bank and the California Federation of Time Banks. TimeBanking involves an exchange of services without using the cash economy. For every hour spent doing something for someone else, you earn a TimeDollar that can be used for having someone do something for you. Sarah is President of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce and helped create a national best-practices Youth Court in San Diego. She is a board member for Law Project LA and is the founding Features & Photo editor for The Women's International Perspective. Sara owns MAC+COB Business Therapy, a boutique creative services company specializing in branding and transformational business development. An avid traveler, photographer and writer, Sarah’s work reveals a desire to recognize the complexities of the human spirit, develop and empower community assets and her dreams for a healthier planet.
Chris is the Founder and Editor of Thrifty & Green. He brings extensive experience in publishing and the Internet and holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Washington State where he studied Green Architecture, Sustainability, Technology and Journalism.
Chris is interested in creating a community and magazine focused on media and tools that educate the general public about Sustainability, and saving money while helping the earth through simple living. The idea behind T&G is that by living more simply, one lives more sustainably, and, by nature, save money and help the earth in the process.
McHale is part of North Community Bank, a locally owned bank whoseprinciples include responsibility to the community and decisions madelocally in the bank.
- Food Not Bombs How to feed the hungry and build community
- Cooking for Peace -Cultivating Community, Reaping Revolution-Transforming the World with Food Not Bombs
Keith McHenry helped start Food Not Bombs in Massachusetts in 1980, and a second chapter in California in 1988. He has recovered, cooked and shared food with the hungry as a part of Food Not Bombs for over 30 years. He was arrested "for making a political statement" in San Francisco, spent over 500 nights in jail and faced 25 years to life in prison. He co-wrote Food Not Bombs How to feed the hungry and build community, as well as wrote and illustrated Cooking for Peace -Cultivating Community, Reaping Revolution-Transforming the World with Food Not Bombs. He continues to volunteer with Food Not Bombs which shares free vegan meals in over 1,000 cities around the world.
Joseph McIntyre is president of Ag Innovations Network, a United States based nongovernmental organization, focused on the sustainability of the food system. Ag Innovations Network convenes and facilitates multistakeholder efforts to improve the performance of the food system for producers, consumers, and participants in local, regional, and global food supply chains. These efforts focus both on policy changes and on direct improvements on farms, processing sites, and food outlets. Joseph is a trusted intermediary between diverse interests in agriculture and has consulted/facilitated processes with large global entities such as Sodexo, cuttingedge companies such as Clif Bar, environmental organizations including National Resources Defense Council and Community Alliance with Family Farmers, prominent NGOs including Roots of Change and Sustainable Food Lab, government entities including California Department of Pesticide Regulation, trade associations such as California Association of County Agricultural Commissioners, and community groups such as Poder Popular. He is the leader of the Food System Alliance project, a Californiabased effort to create countylevel associations of producers and community members to preserve the longterm viability of the food system in the State and the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment, the state's most prominent effort to align the interests and needs of agricultural producers and environmental organizations around a common policy platform. Joseph holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in psychology/organization development from Sonoma State University. Ag Innovations Network is based in Sebastopol, CA.Joseph McIntyre is president of Ag Innovations Network, a United States based nongovernmental organization, focused on the sustainability of the food system. Ag Innovations Network convenes and facilitates multistakeholder efforts to improve the performance of the food system for producers, consumers, and participants in local, regional, and global food supply chains. These efforts focus both on policy changes and on direct improvements on farms, processing sites, and food outlets. Joseph is a trusted intermediary between diverse interests in agriculture and has consulted/facilitated processes with large global entities such as Sodexo, cuttingedge companies such as Clif Bar, environmental organizations including National Resources Defense Council and Community Alliance with Family Farmers, prominent NGOs including Roots of Change and Sustainable Food Lab, government entities including California Department of Pesticide Regulation, trade associations such as California Association of County Agricultural Commissioners, and community groups such as Poder Popular. He is the leader of the Food System Alliance project, a Californiabased effort to create countylevel associations of producers and community members to p
Tom McKeag teaches bioinspired design at the California College of the Arts and University of California, Berkeley, is the founder and president of BioDreamMachine. Tom also helped establish the nation's first public elementary school course in biomimicry, and works as a licensed landscape architect and community planner.Tom McKeag teaches bioinspired design at the California College of the Arts and University of California, Berkeley, is the founder and president of BioDreamMachine. Tom also helped establish the nation's first public elementary school course in biomimicry, and works as a licensed landscape architect and community planner.
Branice McKenzie's career includes everything from jazz to theater to prolific songwriting. Some of her credits include critically acclaimed performances at the Newport Jazz Festival and The Umbria Jazz Festival. She is also a recipient of the Meet The Composer grant from New York State. Her incredible voice and magnificent song stylings have been hailed throughout the world. She has toured with Harry Belafonte,
Gregory Hines, Roberta Flack, Hugh Masekela, Carly Simon, BeBe Winans and Miriam Makeba to name a few and performing all over the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Ms. McKenzie was invited to Russia to perform at Moscow's premier jazz club, Le Club and with Jazz Symphonic Strings at the historic Tchaikovsky Hall. A Royal Command performance in Morocco colors her performance palette as well as completing a successful run as an original cast member of the critically acclaimed I Can't Stop Loving You the Music of Ray Charles in Lyons, France. She also was the conductor of the Youth Chorale for the West Coast premier of INDABA written by and performed with Sweet Honey In The Rock. Her Youth Choir garnered stellar praise from all fronts for their performance at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA.
Most recently Branice was invited to cohost the premier event of the season, Oprah Celebrates Susan Taylor
Sean Mckenzie is a Ward 5 beekeeper and queen rearer who is developing lines of queens that are specially adapted to the DC area. He is also an expert at swarm capture and rescue, and removal of endangered honeybee colonies from falling trees and human structures. Free bees!
- Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (St. Martin's Griffin, 2011)
- Fight Global Warming Now (Holt Paperbacks, 2007)
- Deep Economy (St. Martin's Griffin, 2008)
- The Bill McKibben Reader (Henry Holt & Co., 2008)
- American Earth (Library of America, 2008)
- The End of Nature (Random House, 2006)
- Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age
- Wandering Home (Crown, 2005)
- Long Distance: Testing the Limits of Body and Spirit in a Year of Living Strenuously (Rodale, 2010)
- Maybe One: The Case for Smaller Families (Plume, 1999)
- The Hundred Dollar Christmas: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
- Hope, Human and Wild (Milkweed Edition, 2007)
- The Age of Missing Information (Random House, 2006)
Bill McKibben, a well known environmental author and activist, is the founder of 350.org, an international climate change campaign. 350.org is named for the safe level of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million. This October 24, Billand 350.org are coordinating an International Day of Climate Action to call for a strong climate treaty that meets the 350 target.
When he's not busy organizing, Bill is an active writer on the climate crisis and other environmental issues. His 1989 book The End of Nature was the first book to warn the general public about the threat of global warming. Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He is currently a Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College and lives in Ripton, Vermont with his wife, author Sue Halpern, and daughter Sophie.
Joe McKinnon is the National Tea Trainer and Foodservice Marketing Coordinator at Numi Organic Tea, the largest organic, fair trade, premium tea company in North America. He finds a warm kettle and good conversation to be one of the greatest joys in life and brings passion and enthusiasm to the world of tea education and the fine leaves of Numi. Blending science with legend, cultural tradition with helpful brewing tips – Joe shares the story of tea one cup at a time.
Joe has been pouring tea with Numi for more than two years and holds a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Miami University.
Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson are coauthors of The Practical Visionary: A New World Guide to Spiritual Growth and Social Change, Spiritual Politics, and Builders of the Dawn. They are cofounders of The Center for Visionary Leadership in California and Sirius Community, a spiritual/ecological community in Massachusetts. Corinne coordinated a national task force for President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development. Gordon was formerly the Executive Director of the Social Investment Forum and Ceres. They are both Fellows of The World Business Academy and The Findhorn Foundation.
Stuart McLean is a Northern Virginia Top Bar Hive beekeeper, teacher and mentor with extensive experience in Top Bar Hive design and building, as well as experiments with heritage skills such as skep building. Stuart can share insights on DIY TBH projects and pitfalls, as well as the history of Top Bar Hive beekeeping.
Kelle Lynch McMahon is the Founder and CEO of The Green Science Academy, is a small local woman owned business, that focuses on green jobs and technology development. TGSA creates and delivers educational programs for small business seeking green certification and education for staff. LEED, BPI and HERS I and II programs that lead to certification and continuing education for engineers in green clean technology sectors. She also has prepared education plans and developed curriculum for non-profit workforce development programs. Kelle has shared her expertise in engineering and architecture to move forward the sustainable initiatives that will support long term growth for the health and well being of urban communities nationwide. She brings expertise in development of high level skills for technical and computer based jobs for women in non-traditional fields. She holds degrees in architecture and civil engineering from UC Berkeley.
Cooking since a young age, Doug fell in love with the kitchen instantaneously. At the age of 21 he found himself over weight and unhappy.
After watching videos of animals in slaughter houses, and, learning about the benefits of a plant based diet, he decided to make a change. Over the course of 2 years, he lost nearly 100 pounds and, in doing so, would change his career forever.
Doug's first book Eat Raw, Eat Well was published in March 2012 and, was awarded a Gourmand Award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the world for 2012 and, was recently awarded Favourite Cookbook of the year for The Toronto Veg Awards.
Doug's second book Raw, Quick & Delicious was published in Fall of 2013 and is a collection of 175 Recipes that are 5 ingredients or less and ready to the table in 15 minutes or less.
Alexandra McPherson is Managing Director of Clean Production Action, an environmental nonprofit committed to designing and delivering solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferred products. She has written numerous publications and developed initiatives that demonstrate the viability of new solutions such as green chemistry in the electronics sector.
- By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat (Lawrence Hill Books, 2010)
A vegan trailblazer, public health nutrition expert, author, and speaker, Tracye McQuirter, M.P.H., is passionate about inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives. For the past 25 years, she has been writing, speaking, and teaching about the food, culture, and politics of healthy living. Her best-selling book is titled By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat.
Annie McShiras is Development Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition, an organization that works to build and unify the college and university-based responsible investment movement--challenging universities to invest their money in more socially and environmentally just ways.
Annie has been active in movements for corporate accountability and economic justice for the past five years. In 2007, her vision of the world shifted when she learned of the realities of modern day slavery while working with Bolivian immigrants at a community-based organization in Argentina. Since then, Annie has worked in organizations on issues ranging from sustainable agriculture to homelessness prevention. Her passion lies in the creation and development of alternative economic models to mainstream capitalism.
She is on the editorial team of a collective publication on economic alternatives, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) and is a member of the SolidarityNYC collective, an organization committed to building a solidarity & cooperative economy in New York City.
Tom Mears is CEO of The Holland, Inc., a company whose goals include conducting food and business operations in a loving, sustainable manner.
Meas is a senior at Evergreen High School. Meas has attended three semesters with Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Semester (WELS) where he enjoyed teaching at Camp Waskowitz. The camp allows sixth graders a week in the outdoors instead of being in the city. They learn animal adaptation, why we recycle, not to waste water, not to litter, and other environmental lessons. At the Environmental Science Center in Normandy Park, Meas taught students from K12 about salmon life cycles and anatomy. While at Youth Media Institute, Meas worked on a public service announcement about green living focusing on a town with environmentally friendly houses.
Trained as a street medic in 2003, Scott Mechanic has been organizing and providing care at social and environmental justice actions ever since. A Chicago native, he is currently active with Chicago Action Medical. Scott was a founding member of the Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans.
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"Our work has been featured in SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE, Best of the Bay Area (2006) and on KRON Channel 4 (2008). AREAS WE ADDRESS INCLUDE: * PAIN * SPORTS INJURIES * BACK ISSUES * PREVENTATIVE AGING*STRESS AND FATIGUE * DIGESTIVE & TUMMY ISSUES* WEIGHT MANAGEMENT * IMMUNE SYSTEM STRENGTHENINGMost illness and disease can be reversed, managed, or prevented combining the wisdom of ancient and modern interventions and lifestyle changes. Thank you for considering us as allies/assistants with one of your most precious resources: your health and well-being -- mind, body, spirit. Thank you for stopping by our Green Festival booth (#467) or making an appointment to have fine Chinese Tea and/or a wellness consultation at our permanent San Francisco location."
The Medis 24/7 Fuel Cell Power for Handhelds
Medis introduces the World's First Fuel Cell for Portable Devices- the Medis 24/7 Power Pack. The Medis 24/7 provides green energy when and where you need it. No outlet required. Just Squeeze it! Plug it! Power it! Anytime. Anywhere.
Conscientious Retreat Center in Heart of Maine
In mid-coast Maine, Medomaks Retreat Center is a welcoming place for small and mid-size groups. The facility, nestled in a cool pine forest, is open in June, July and August.This simple yet refined retreat center has meeting spaces that reflect our core values; conscious living, a sense of community and a healthy respect for the environment. Medomak Retreat Center can sleep up to groups of approximately 70 guests. Cabins are appointed with comfortable beds, writing area with desk and reading light, and outside each cabin, Adirondack chairs for relaxation. We offer two types of rustic cabins: dorm style and private.Located at a separate site on our campus is our family camp. Our summer camp for the entire family offers a multitude of activities for the young and the young at heart. Our staff is trained and certified to make your camp week fun as well as educational. Activities are carefully planned throughout the week and led by our staff. In the morning structured activities provide campers (pre-school through adult) the opportunity to interact with others their own age. After lunch families spend time together lakeside, or further explore their interests in archery, photography, and arts and crafts. A naturalist is on staff to oversee hikes and lead activities in the field and in our nature center.At the Retreat Center as well as Family Camp chef prepared meals are served family style, prepared fresh with vegetables and herbs from our organic gardens. Vegetarian options are always available as an alternative to our regular meals. Ask about our lobster dinners complete with corn on the cob, coleslaw, and our own signature recipe for mussels. Coffee, tea and fresh fruit is always available in both dining halls.
MeGoGreen - Guide, Provide, Inspire.
By working together with local green businesses, MeGoGreen enables consumers to easily and accurately locate green products and services from the comfort of their own home, and take advantage of significant savings in the process. Businesses will reach consumers throughout Chicago without great expense and gain exposure to a diverse group of consumers, retailers, schools, agencies, and organizations. Schools and non-profit organizations can use a risk-free fundraising solution to raise money by selling a resource filled with healthy products and services while inspiring America's future to sustain life.
The recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the President's Volunteer Service Award, his work creatively leverages web technologies for collaborative and transformational giving, lending him insight into service, leadership, organizational design, and spirituality. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, Dalai Lama Foundation, and Airline Ambassadors.
In January 2005, Nipun and Guri, his wife of six months, dropped everything to embark on an openended, unscripted walking pilgrimage in India to use our hands to do random acts of kindness, use our heads to profile inspiring people, and use our hearts to cultivate truth. Living on dollar a day, eating wherever food is offered, sleeping wherever a flat surface is found, the couple walked 1000 kilometers before ending up at a monastery where they meditated for three months. Today, both Nipun and Guri live in Berkeley, do small acts of service with great love, and run CharityFocus.
Nipun's mission statement in life reads: Bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart.
Marygael Meister is a backyard bee keeper. She founded Denverbee, which is dedicate to urban beekeepers and those interested in bees.
Melania FLO Fairtrade and Organic Chilean wines
The first wines in the USA from a FLO Faitrade producer. From the first Organic Certified vineyard in Chile, Vina Lomas de Cauquenes
Mario is a human rights attorney based in Quito, Ecuador.
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!