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EcoTuesday was born in San Francisco. The event currently brings together approximately 100 people each month, from a diverse array of sustainable industries. In addition to the regular EcoTuesday events, we host panel discussions about twice a year. Panel discussions provide the opportunity for three thought-leaders dicuss their perspectives on important issues and trends focused on a specific topic.

Dr. Nammy Patel's Whole Almond Infusion Butter

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Dr. Nammy Patel is an accomplished green certified dentist in California. In fact, her practice (Green Dentistry) is the only green dentist in San Francisco. Her dental practice is flourishing with the attention to detail she gives, but her dedication to health and well-being became a huge priority in her life when she became unwell. An eating regime from her dietician included almonds - lots of almonds - and she had to incorporate them into her diet at every available opportunity. This lead her to the kitchen, where she created her whole almond infusion butter. It was an instant hit with friends and staff at the practice, so she decided to make it available for a wider audience. 

 

We have been very excited that Dr. Patel and Green Dentistry has sponsored EcoTuesday for the past few months. Her passion for caring for the environment, for people’s health and for eating well has been an inspiration. We recently sat down with her for a valuable ‘Question and Answer’ session. She had many insights to share which we have summed up for you.

 

Out of all of the great food products that are beneficial to a person's health, why did you choose almond butter? What was your inspiration?

 

Apart from being delicious, almonds represent one of the richest natural protein sources of any nut.  An ounce of almonds have an equivalent amount of protein to a large egg. They have no cholesterol, and little to no sodium.  The nuts don’t only stave off hunger but are also are a good source of fiber and contain other key nutrients, including calcium, riboflavin, niacin and the antioxidant alpha-tocopheral vitamin E. The flavor of almonds blends well with other spices, and I found that not only did they promote health, they mixed well with spices that were good for you, too. My inspiration of spices mirror the not for profit organization I have set up in India promoting green dentistry. It’s been a great mix of my two strongest passions. 

 

Can you share some of the benefits your customers have received since by eating Almond Fusion?

Almond infusion butter is a super food in a jar! The first thing they notice is how good it tastes, then when they know how good it is for them they feel justified in enjoying it. It’s a complete menu of nutrients which helps to help manage weight and food cravings, offers a source of protein without the added bad cholesterol, and helps reduce heart disease. It also assists in balancing your body’s PH in addition to the added benefit that it helps decrease cavities. For instance, garlic, one of the ingredients, is known for its healthy heart and antibacterial properties due to its levels of selenium - an antioxidant that protects against various forms of cancer. Another ingredient, capsicum, is a natural anti-inflammatory. All the ingredients promote health in some way.  

 

How does this venture tie into green dentistry? 

Going green isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for our patients. I believe there are many ways to use the natural resources we have to improve what we do. San Francisco Green Dentistry is a LEED Certified Green practice dedicated to keeping clients healthy through environmentally sustainable practices.  In big and small ways, we’ve invested in the technology to make a trip to the dentist good for you and the planet. I have a deep commitment to doing what is best for our bodies, and my almond fusion butter is a way to enjoy a natural super food that is kind to your teeth and can prevent tooth cavities, as well improve your whole health. Prevention is always better than cure, and it’s the most delicious form of prevention I know!

 

Can you share a favorite recipe?

This is a wonderfully easy, but utterly delicious, way to introduce Almond fusion butter into your diet, and it’s a pleaser for all palettes.

 

Carrots Royale, with Almond Butter 

Created by: Almond Board of California

Servings 4

Ingredients 

2 cups thinly sliced carrots

2 Tbs. butter

1/4 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1 Tbs. orange-flavored liqueur

1/3 cup almond fusion (Mild or hot to personal preference) 

 

Preparation: Sauté carrots in butter until tender-crisp, stirring constantly.   Stir in remaining ingredients, tossing to coat evenly. Serve.

 

Did you have aspirations to get into the gourmet food market?

If you asked me two years ago what I’d be doing with my life, I would have told you I would just be working with my patients and loving life. But life has a way of shaking you up a little. I was unwell, and thankfully my nutritionist suggested almonds, and it all flowed from there. I didn’t know how good they were until I had to use them for my own health, and now I want to share it, it’s as simple as that. But it is a great feeling to create something with a gourmet flavor with every bite and it’s also healthy for you! Both are delicious, the Mild Almond Fusion and Heated Almond Fusion are great for health while also impressing even your snobbiest gourmet foodie inclinations. I promise!

 

Our time with Dr. Nammy Patel was informative and the results were very tasty! Anyone who’s philosophy is to make a trip to the dentist as relaxing as going to a spa gets a huge green thumbs up from us, but her creative problem solving the natural way was inspiring. The benefits of increasing whole foods in everyone’s diets is apparent, but it was Nammy’s devotion to bringing whole foods to a larger audience that made it such a great time.  We are grateful to her for sponsoring EcoTuesday, and wish her well in all her green endeavors.

Greenwashing Gets Sophisticated

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This month at San Francisco EcoTuesday we are very excited to have Linda Brown, Co-founder and Executive Vice President of SCS Global Services, speak. SCS Global Services has been working since the 80’s to promote sustainability by providing third party certification services in environmental performance and social responsibility, auditing, testing and standards development.  SCS was launched long before sustainability became fashionable, much less a top priority, for companies.

 

Greenwashing Gets Sophisticated” is the title of her presentation this month.  Throughout the evening, she will point out that environmental and sustainable claims are not always what they are cracked up to be, and discuss the importance of educating ourselves about this issue to appropriately weed out the hype. 


She’s in a good position to know.  SCS launched its third party certification programs in response to greenwashing and has remained a staunch defender of legitimate green claims ever since.

 

What is a “third-party” certifier? Third-party certifiers are neutral organizations that verify claims on behalf of manufacturers, retailers, public agencies, NGOs and other entities.  By contrast, “first parties” are the companies themselves, while “second parties” are other interested parties, such as industry trade associations.  A legitimate third-party certifier provides scientific, non-biased assessment, with an emphasis on transparency in order to build awareness and support informed product comparisons. 


SCS currently conducts certifications under 16 internationally recognized accreditations including green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retailing and more. These certifications range in complexity from specific claims such as recycled content to complex sustainability and life cycle assessment based claims.  Here is a quick primer on the types of claims that fall under this certification umbrella:

 

Single attribute environmental claims are simple, straightforward claims about one attribute of a product. For example, SCS’s Indoor Air Quality certifications look at the emissions of products like furniture, flooring, or carpet and verify that the emission factors pass the indoor air quality requirements of California Section 01350.  Multi-attribute claims are claims about a broad set of attributes, for instance, a group of environmental, health and social measures. The “level” certification program, developed by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) for furniture, is an example.  The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for responsibly managed wood is another.

 

Life-cycle assessments approach the issue of environmental performance differently. They look at and measure the entire scope of impacts associated with a product, process or service. Ideally, these results can be compared among product options to facilitate educated decisions.

 

SCS’s environmental and social mission is reflected in the company itself.  For instance, in January of this year, SCS was one of the first corporations in California to become a California Benefit Corporation under the recently enacted AB 361 legislation, along with Patagonia and 10 other California companies.  SCS is additionally a Certified B Corporation. B Corporations conduct business for the benefit of the people and the environment. They engage stakeholders to ensure corporate accountability and transparency by meeting higher legal accountability standards. They also meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards.

 

To learn more about the environmental claims and greewashing, the challenges of third-party certification, and the importance of transparency, join us at EEFG at 6:30pm on Tuesday July 24th. Register here!

Please note, I am an employee of SCS Global Services but have made this article as objective as possible.

Healthy Teeth Equals Healthy Living

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We're happy to showcase Green Dentistry during the June and July EcoTuesday events in San Francisco. 

 

Green Dentistry is a truly revolutionary dental practice. Its founder, Dr. Nammy Patel, is the first dentist to make a serious commitment to green, sustainable business practices in the City. She and her staff take a unique approach to combine dentistry and conserve the environment, using non-toxicproducts, reducing waste and being minimally invasive. The team strives to save all types of energy in its daily practice and reduce the office's carbon footprint. Green Dentistry is the first LEED certified dental office in San Francisco and is located in Union Square.

 

As a dental client, the experience of visiting Green Dentistry is unlike any other dental experience around. The office is warm and inviting, the technology state-of-the-art, and the "perks," such as the heated lavender neck pillow make going to this dentist truly enjoyable.

 

In addition to her dental practice, Dr. Patel serves on the Board of the Green Chamber of Commerce and is an Enviro-mentor for the San Francisco Environment Agency, which helps small businesses become green. She is also the creator and founder of Whole Fusion, an almond butter spread that's healthy and delicious. Next month we'll share more about this aspect of her business - stay tuned!

 

Dr. Patel and her staff will be at this week's EcoTuesday at Yoshi's and you can meet her in person to ask questions. We look forward to seeing you there - please register beforehand so we know you're coming!

Metrics: Unlock the Possibilities for a Sustainable Business

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In March 2011, San Francisco EcoTuesday was hosted at the Adobe office South of Market. Meera Ramanathan, Global Sustainability Manager with Cushman and Wakefield, which is Adobe’s facilities management firm, gave a short introduction of the wonderful sustainability initiatives Adobe has accomplished over the years. In the few minutes she spoke (prior to the speaker) were not enough to dive deeply into all of the initiatives that have been happening at Adobe.


San Francisco EcoTuesday is very excited to have Meera as the speaker this month. This time she will not only discuss Corporate Carbon Accounting and Adobe’s environmental goals, but also share about the numerous environmental initiative awards that Adobe and Cushman & Wakefield's have won recently.


Adobe has been at the forefront of the green building movement. Ten of Adobe’s building are LEED-Platinum certified and 5 from outside of the United States are pursuing LEED equivalent certification. Adobe’s newest goal is to achieve NetZero energy consumption by 2015 for their San Francisco, San Jose and Boston offices that account for 30% of Adobe’s total square footage. Measuring energy usage is the first step to accomplish this goal. Adobe monitors and collects energy usage information from 30,000 data points. Given this data, they look into ways to reduce the Energy Demand. They also produce renewable energy onsite. Last but not least, Adobe buys carbon credits to offset 100% of Scope 1 and 2 emissions.


The GHG Protocol categorizes emissions into three broad scopes:

Scope 1: All direct GHG emissions.

Scope 2: Indirect GHG emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam.

Scope 3: Other indirect emissions, such as the extraction and production of purchased materials and fuels, transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the reporting entity (employee business travel), electricity-related activities (e.g. T&D losses) not covered in Scope 2, outsourced activities, waste disposal, etc.

We look forward to hearing Meera speak next Tuesday, June 26th at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. Register today- there’s only one week left!

Algae - A Smart Replacement for Petroleum

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For the past few years I have been extremely interested in algae as an alternative to petroleum. I was a student at the Green MBA and my interest was first peaked by my then classmate and now CEO of Skip to Renew, Stig Westling. Stig’s company develops and produces sustainable, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective industrial lubricants and greases.

 

This got me thinking - what other companies are out there and who is leading the pack in the biofuel market? My research led me to Riggs Eckelberry, the CEO and President of OriginOil. “OriginOil is proving its next-generation technology to greatly enhance algae biomass harvesting and oil extraction. This allows scalable industrialization to make algae a high-yield, cost-competitive replacement for petroleum.”

 

What is admirable about algae is that unlike many other biofuel alternatives is that it does not require farmland or fresh water therefore “fundamentally changing the world’s source of oil without disrupting the environment or food supplies”.

 

To say I am very excited about Riggs Eckelberry speaking at this month’s EcoTuesday on May 22nd would be a great understatement. I feel that the knowledge and expertise he can provide our members is invaluable. Not only has Riggs proved himself in the competitive tech market he has now undertaken this challenge in the world of alternative energy and proven to be successful.

 

Riggs Eckelberry has helped OriginOil become a publicly-traded technology firm that helps algae growers extract oil from Algae for use as a feedstock for the commercial production of transportation fuels, chemicals and foods. In January of 2011, Riggs Eckelberry was named to the Advisory Board of the National Algae Association. He speaks regularly on algae industry trends and writes the Algae Business column for Algae Industry Magazine.

 

I hope that as you read this you are as excited as I am and will attend what will surely be an amazing discussion about Algae as viable replacement for petroleum. Register today - there's only one week left!

Celebrating Earth :: Next Event - April 24th

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One of my favorite days of the year is quickly approaching - Earth Day. This unofficial "holiday" is now celebrated in over 140 countries across the planet. It's a perfect day for everyone to demonstrate their support for climate change legislation, food security, energy supplies, clean water, and other sustainability solutions. 


Celebrate Earth Day all month by participating in the Earth Day Network's "One Million Acts of Green." You can plant a garden in your yard, participate in a community activity, or pledge to use canvas bags while shopping. 


Please join me for a fantastic event called The Green Business Entrepreneurs Success Summit. This week-long online event is geared toward aspiring social entrepreneurs or professionals who already have a sustainable business that they'd like to take to the next level. Everyone will get valuable information just by attending the series. I'll be interviewed tomorrow at noon (Wednesday, April 18th).


Come and celebrate Earth Day with us on Tuesday, April 24th. EcoTuesday is a great place to meet other professionals and introduce you and your project to new friends. I look forward to seeing you on April 24th (register soon)!

The Future of the Fishing Industry with Casson Trenor of Greenpeace USA

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Many of us enjoy eating fish and going out for sushi.  Whether it's a rock'n'roll, spicy tuna or shrimp tempura roll, we all have a favorite but do you ever wonder how it is caught or if it is sustainable?  With over three quarters of our planet covered by the oceans, it seems impossible for the life in our oceans to be endangered, but sadly it's true.  According to overfishing.org, "80% of the world's fisheries are fully-to-over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse.  We are losing species as well as entire ecosystems and are at risk of losing a valuable food source many depend upon for social, economical or dietary reasons."  These disturbing stats highlight the exploitation of our biggest natural resource on earth and is exactly why Casson Trenor, a world-wide ocean conservationist, has devoted his life to paving a way for change.  Hear more from this global ocean steward at this month’s EcoTuesday event on April 24th. 

 


Casson will reel you in with his perspective on how overfishing has impacted the industry and what all of us can do to help preserve and support environmentally responsible fishing.
 He has worked tirelessly to support our marine resources in all five oceans and countless seas, from saving the whales of the Antarctic to studying the salmon of Alaska.  Casson is a co-founder of North America’s first fully sustainable sushi restaurantsTataki Sushi and author of Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time. He also played a main character in “Sushi: the Global Catch,” a documentary that played at the San Francisco Green Film Festival in March 2012.  

 

Casson currently holds the position of Senior Markets Campaigner with Greenpeace USA, where he spearheads the organization’s efforts to hold restaurants and supermarkets accountable for their seafood sustainability practices and to help educate the public about the global fisheries crisis.  Named by Time magazine 2009 as "Hero of the Environment" and the "Ocean Protection Hero" award by environmental organization, Save Our Shores, Trenor has extensive expertise as an ocean champion.  Learn more about his ocean stewardship and his quest for change on Tuesday, 4/24.  This is an event not to be missed!

 

Register now: EcoTuesday Meetup/ 

$10 with online RSVP, $15 at the door.

Learn the ABC's of Effective Green Marketing at Our Next SF EcoTuesday Event

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Are you an entrepreneur looking to make an impact? Do you have a product or service that will revolutionize the green market? Learn how to market to your key demographic by attending our upcoming EcoTuesday event on March 27th.

 

This month we are very excited to have Carolyn Parrs join us this month. Carolyn is co-founder of Mind Over Markets, a dedicated green marketing communications company who works one-on-one with entrepreneurs and executives internationally to succeed in the growing green market. Carolyn is a featured author on Green Marketing in the Thomson Reuters book series for C-level executives called Inside the Minds: Greening your Business.

 

Although every month EcoTuesday attendees learn something new from our speakers, this month is unique because attendees will have an opportunity to bounce ideas off a certified Marketing and Business Coach without the high price tag.

 

This will be a wonderful opportunity to network with other sustainability leaders in a beautiful intimate setting. Whether you come to EcoTuesday to market your business or yourself, this is one event not to be missed.

 

A sustainable showroom, wonderful drinks from our sponsors, and amazing opportunity to learn how to launch your business to the next level. What more could you ask for?

Register now: http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-EcoTuesday/events/55265692/

 

$10 with online RSVP, $15 at the door.

An Easy Way to Support Rio+20

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Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for our Anniversary event last month in San Francisco. It turned out to be a fantastic night where old and new colleagues met, and of course, everyone shared about themselves during the Introduction Circle. I realized how powerful it is to hear 165 people voice their sustainability-related passions all in one room. We're creating shifts in business just by sharing these thoughts with other professionals! If you weren't able to join us for the festivities, please check out the photos. Our events take place on Tuesday, March 27th this month. Please register in advance so we can look forward to seeing you!

 

Recently I saw a film called The Island President, which was the premier of the San Francisco Green Film Festival. It is an incredible story of Mohamed Nashid's first year of presidency of the island country of Maldives. The film begins at his official appointment and ends at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. During this timeframe, he identified the country's most significant problems to rising sea levels due to climate change. There are other island countries in the same position: the tiny nation of Kiribati is considering buying land in Fiji to ensure that its population has a place to live in the future.

 

My hope is that the gathering at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this summer will result in a document that increases a commitment to sustainable development and bring greater quality to corporate sustainability practices. These island nations are depending on progress at this conference. Get involved and show your support for these countries (and all types of sustainable development)! 

 

One last thing - I'm on a panel at the upcoming New Living Expo on Friday, April 29th called The Rise of Women in Sustainability. Mark your calendars - we have a great group of women on this panel.

Top 10 Women of Sustainability - Nikki Pava Listed

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(This article was featured in Renewable Energy News and Cleantechies.)

 

In this second installment in our series on leading women in cleantech and sustainability sectors, we offer up our top picks for the sustainability sector. Quite often this category is dominated by women working in Corporate Social Responsibility, as it’s a sector where women have made great strides to gain leadership roles in the last few decades. However, for our series, we are saving those women of CSR for a later post. This let’s us focus more on those women doing unique sustainability work that might otherwise not be noticed. Stay tuned for our Women of CSR post, it’s not far behind!


1. Nikki Pava – Co-founder, EcoTuesday & Founder of Alegria Partners

Nikki Pava is both the co-founder and president of EcoTuesday and part of the organization’s Ambassador team in San Francisco. EcoTuesday is a renowned networking event for sustainable business professionals that takes place every fourth Tuesday of the month in cities across the US. The organization’s 5-year anniversary celebration takes place on February 21st with special guest speaker Brian Black, president of the Sustainable Industries Magazine.


Most recently, Nikki launched Alegria Partners, an integrated marketing and sustainability consulting firm that helps to manage and grow businesses. Clients include Technology Forecasters, Blue Coat Systems, Maestro Conference and Greenopolis. As an independent consultant, Nikki has also worked in a strategic capacity with Williams-Sonoma on a project to decrease waste in their stores and played a key role in implementing Burning Man LLC’s five-year sustainability plan. She also helped Morrison & Forester (one of the country’s largest law firms) establish its Cleantech Practice Group. Nikki has an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Presidio School of Management and has worked in a strategic capacity with Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized businesses, and non-profits to develop strategic plans and coordinate teams to reach specific and measurable goals.

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2. Elizabeth Sturcken - Director of Corporate Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund

Elizabeth Sturcken is the Managing Director of the Corporate Partnerships program at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). There she develops and implements joint projects with leading companies in order to create environmental change. Elizabeth currently works with Wal-Mart to create a broad environmental change in crucial areas of its business, including climate change, China, seafood, and packaging. Additionally, she has worked with FedEx to develop environmentally advanced heavy-duty delivery vehicles. With UPS she helped implement innovative changes in their express delivery packaging.

 

3. Karen Flanders – Senior North American Representative at Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme

Karen Flanders is a Senior North American Representative at Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme where she contributes to the organization’s mission to draw on world-leading research and networks of Cambridge University to help business leaders address the critical global challenges they face today. Karen is also a Senior Associate (Fellow) with the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). In her 20 years of experience working on the sustainability field, both domestically and internationally, Karen has become an important member of several major corporations, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations.


Prior to joining CPSL and working with PWBSP, Karen served for eight years as the director of sustainability for the Coca Cola Company. Prior to that, she lead the European and global advocacy campaigns for WWF for 12 years. She is also part of the board of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future.

 

4. Bonnie Nixon – Executive Director, Sustainability Consortium

Formerly an executive with Hewlett Packard, Bonnie Nixon is known for her ability to inspire and serve as a catalyst for transformation in the field of sustainability and social and environmental responsibility. As Executive Director for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Bonnie is responsible for providing strategic direction and executing on the TSC’s bold vision for independent global product standards. TSC works to help set the standards and develop transparent methodologies, tools and strategies that will drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social and economic imperatives. Some of the Board of Directors representatives are companies and organizations of the caliber of Arizona State University, the University of Arkansas, The Walt Disney Company, Wal-Mart, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, Dell and more.


With her more than 25 years of experience in social and environmental responsibility for large corporations, Bonnie serves on many multi-industry consortiums, including global retailers, footwear and apparel, toy, pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive, consumer goods and mining. She is also the Board Chair for Sustainable Silicon Valley and Board Member of Blue Planet Network.

 

5. Marianna Grossman – Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley

Marianna Grossman leads Sustainable Silicon Valley, who’s mission is to create a more sustainable future within the Valley by collaborating with local government agencies, businesses, and community organizations to identify and address the most pressing environmental issues of the area. Marianna’s goal is to catalyze innovation and action to produce economic value, while at the same protecting the environment. She brings more than 25 years of business and leadership experience with knowledge of climate change, sustainable technologies, Total Quality Systems and transformation management. All of this aims to create value for clients across the different sectors of the industry, including the entrepreneurship, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, automotive, educational and civic organizations. Marianna has also both developed and led training courses from executive to individual contributors on four continents. She is an expert in increasing revenues while at the same time taking advantage of both new market opportunities and improved use of energy.

 

6. Diane MacEachern – Author, Big Green Purse

Diane MacEachern is the founder & CEO of Big Green Purse, the award-winning environment-focused website. She is also the author of the best-selling book Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World as well as Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Clean Up The Earth. She’s also a a regular commentator on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living radio program.


In addition to writing, Diane is a founding member of Green Moms Carnival, one of the most reputed green lifestyle blogging networks on the web. During her career, her main focus has been to empower consumers – especially women – to use their marketplace clout to protect the environment. Due to her passion in these endeavors, Diane has garnered a series of awards and recognitions, including the Best Green Website of the year 2007, being the finalist in the Books for a Better Life award 2008, being featured in the Top 100 Environmentalist Blogs from Design Sprout and much more.

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7. Nina Simons – Founder, Bioneers

Nina Simons is a social entrepreneur, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Bioneers, a national nonprofit that helps highlight, gather and disseminate breakthrough solutions to the most pressing environmental and social challenges. Nina’s life and work have been shaped by her passion for the natural world, women’s leadership, systems thinking, and the arts’ capacity to shape culture and consciousness.


Throughout her career, Nina has served as president of Seeds of Change and as director of strategic marketing for Odwalla, being instrumental to the success of each of these companies nationwide. Since beginning Bioneers in 1990, she and her partner and husband Kenny Ausubel have collaborated to grow the organization and its influence. Bioneers now reaches many millions through its annual conferences, satellite conference partners, award-winning radio series, broadcast and print media, interactive website and book series.

Nina Simons has also been vital in restoring the “feminine” to a balanced place in our culture. In 2006, she began offering Cultivating Women’s Leadership, a five-day intensive for diverse women with the passion and capacity to effect change in their communities. This intensive training emphasizes skillful collaboration across differences, and the creation of relationships and networks to cultivate leadership, build alliances and encourage mutual support.

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8. Pamela Gordon – Author, Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment

Pamela J. Gordon is the President and Founder of Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI), as well as being the Lead Consultant for TFI Supply Chain and TFI Environment. TFI is an organization that helps technology companies create more efficient supply chains while at the same time reducing their environmental impact. She specializes in sustainability and is a popular keynote speaker, having presented at high-tech conferences in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Before founding TFI, Ms. Gordon was a senior analyst at McGraw Hill’s electronics industry market-research firm Gnostic Concepts Inc. She is also the author of the influential 2001 book, Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment. It features 17 electronics companies from around the world and has been required reading at the University of California Haas School of Business.


On top of all of these achievements, Ms. Gordon has received the 2011 Sustainability Summit Community Award which was given in recognition of “the person who has most generously dedicated time and effort to support the development of a legacy of environmental stewardship in the [electronics] industry.”

 

9. Astrid Lindo – Co-founder, The Living Seed Company

A native of Colombia and raised in Miami Beach, Astrid Lindo always lived close to the earth. This led her early on to understand modern human’s disconnection with the natural world and contributed to her desire to found The Living Seed Company and inspire people to live more harmonious lives with their environments. The organization specializes in providing people with the best possible choices for food diversity.


With her formal training as an interior designer from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she has also built a career as an ecological interior designer. Astrid holds a Certificate in Green Building and Permaculture, as well as an LEED accreditation. Her firm Astrid Design Studio supports more sustainable practices in the design field.

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10. Stacie Shepp – 2011 Executive Director, San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce

In 2011, Stacie Shepp was the fearless leader the San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce. The organization empowers businesses to achieve economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Members benefit from increased visibility, educational tools to improve operational performance, and extensive networking opportunities.


Stacie is also co-founder of Earthsite, a Digital Consultancy for Sustainable Brands that specializes in building web strategies, design and social media marketing campaigns that are sustainable and optimal. Stacie is a graduate of the Green MBA program at Dominican University of CA.

 

About the author:

Lisa Ann Pinkerton is founder of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, a San Francisco Bay Area group dedicated to the advancement of women in various environmental and technology sectors. She is also Founder and President of Technica Communications, where she handles marketing and public relations strategies for cleantech and biotech companies. Lisa Ann is a former award-winning broadcast journalist who reported for National Public Radio, PBS Television, WPXI-NBC, American Public Media, and Free Speech TV.

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