2008 EcoHour Speakers [ARCHIVE]

January 2008; Leslie Carothers

President; Environmental Law Institute

Leslie Carothers is President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), an independent, non- partisan education and policy research center focused on advancing environmental protection by improving law, policy and management. ELI publishes the Environmental Law Reporter; the Environmental Forum, a policy journal; and the National Wetlands Newsletter.

Before her election as ELI president in June, 2003, she served for 11 years as Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) a multi-national aerospace and building systems company. She also served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection from 1987-1991 and Senior Environmental Counsel for PPG Industries from 1982-1987. She began her environmental career with the federal Environmental Protection Agency in the air pollution program in Washington in 1971 and later served as Enforcement Director, Deputy Regional Administrator, and Acting Regional Administrator of EPA’s New England Region in Boston. She is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Law School and also holds a Masters Degree in environmental law from George Washington University. In 1991, she was an adjunct lecturer on environmental regulation at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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February 2008; Brennan VanDyke

Senior Advisor to the CEO; Global Environmental Facility

Brennan Van Dyke is the Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Global Environment Facility. Her work focuses on providing policy guidance to the CEO, strengthening relations with donor governments, and developing multifocal, multistakeholder initiatives.

Brennan is being seconded to the GEF for two years by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Previously, she served as Director of the Regional Office for North America of the United Nations Environment Programme since 2000, where she successfully encouraged US government and civil society engagement with UNEP.

Ms. Van Dyke came to UNEP from the office of United States Senator Carl Levin, where she served as Legislative Assistant. Prior to that, Ms. Van Dyke was Director of the Trade and Investment Program of Center for International Environmental Law and worked for the New York law firm, Hughes Hubbard and Reed and as Issues Director of a gubernatorial campaign.

Ms. Van Dyke has taught as an adjunct professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law and has published numerous articles, primarily addressing the environmental impacts of international trade and investment rules.

She has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.


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March 2008; Bernadine Prince

Co-Director and Treasurer/Secretary; FRESHFARM Markets

Bernadine (Bernie) Prince is a Founder, Co-Director and Treasurer/Secretary of the FRESHFARM Markets, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to educating the public about food and farming issues, providing vital economic opportunities for farmers, and celebrating the Chesapeake Bay watershed region’s agricultural heritage and bounty. For 2007, FRESHFARM Markets operated six producer-only farmers’ markets in the District of Columbia (Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, H St, NE and Penn Quarter) and Maryland (St. Michaels and Silver Spring) and directed a local foods and gardening program (FoodPrints) at Rudolph Elementary School (Ward 4) in Washington, D.C.

FRESHFARM Markets was originally sponsored by American Farmland Trust, a conservation organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Bernadine Prince was the Trust’s first director of public education, where she created compelling educational materials like the “Apple as Planet Earth” video and “Farming on the Edge” Map Talk that are used nationally to inform general audiences about the need to stop the loss of over one million acres of farmland annually in the USA.

Bernadine Prince has been a development and fundraising professional helping to raise over $300 million for Penn State University’s first comprehensive campaign, $60 million for Colorado School of Mines first capital campaign and over $38 million for American Farmland Trust’s first major fundraising campaign. She also served as a fundraising consultant to the New American Schools Development Corporation.

Bernadine Prince has written articles for Farmland Magazine and the Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Digest. She has been a guest speaker at direct marketing conferences throughout the USA. In November 2002, she was the keynote speaker at the inaugural conference for farmers’ markets in Australia, where she helped to set that country’s standards for producer-only farmers’ markets. In July 2006, she was the guest of New Zealand’s Farmers’ Marketing Association where she was the keynote speaker at the first farmers’ market conference in New Zealand. Conference organizers said she “inspired farmers’ markets throughout the north and south islands.” She serves on the Board of Directors of the H Street Community Market. She is a member of Slow Food, Capitol Hill Merchants and Professionals, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Bernadine Prince lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where for eight years she and her husband Ray operated a bed and breakfast (Doolittle Guest House) where fresh foods and flowers grown by local farmers were always featured. The guest house was featured in the Michelin Green Guide and the Lonely Planet Guide to Washington, DC.

Bernadine Prince is a graduate of Ohio University where in the 1970’s she organized a food cooperative that purchased directly from local farmers, a bakery and dairy. She spent two years doing graduate work in anthropology at Penn State University, spent a summer doing field work at Monticello near Charlottesville, VA and directed field archaeology projects in Virginia.

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April 2008; Kim Haddow

National Communications Director; Sierra Club

As the Sierra Club’s National Communications Director, Kim Haddow oversees the Club’s branding efforts, strategic communications planning, message development, and earned and paid media. Her duties include coordination and management of the Media Team, Sierra Magazine, the Web and Publishing Services Teams and Sierra Club Productions.

Haddow joined the Sierra Club after working nine years as its media consultant and advertising agency. Other Haddow Communications, Inc., clients included the Apollo Project – a joint environmental/union initiative, Ocean Champions, Public Campaign, the National PTA, the U.S. State Department, the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, and The Trust for America’s Health.

Before starting her own business, Haddow worked for eight years at Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Burns, a consulting firm where she worked on 22 statewide candidate and initiative campaigns. At Greer, Haddow won a number of awards for her work – including a National Silver Anvil for Johnson and Johnson’s National SAFEKIDS public relations campaign.

Before working at Greer, Haddow worked for seven years as an editor, reporter and ultimately news director for WWL-AM, a 24-hour all news station in New Orleans. While there, Haddow received more than 30 local, state and regional awards for her writing and reporting. Haddow is a graduate of Washington College in Maryland and Loyola University of the South’s Institute of Politics. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her husband and two sons, Douglas and Owen.

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May 2008; Crystal Mario

Founder; Rivanna Natural Designs

Crystal Mario is the founder of Rivanna Natural Designs. The company was started in 2001 with a simple objective: to provide safe, meaningful, and rewarding employment for recently-arrived refugees and others in our community who need a second start or an opportunity to learn new skills. Rivanna Natural Designs manufactures FSC-certified wood products, including plaques, awards, and gifts.

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June 2008; Susan Harris

Founder; DC Urban Gardens

Susan Harris began a second career teaching sustainable gardening as president and newsletter editor of the Takoma Horticulture Club for many years, but with the launch of her first gardening blog in 2005, her audience suddenly became worldwide. That blog lead to a monthly columm in the Takoma and Silver Spring Voice newspapers and the invitation to co-create with writers in New York and California the award-winning team blog GardenRant.com. Its success has helped to promote her new website Sustainable-Gardening.com and the monthly Sustainable Gardening News.

On the local front, she became a DC Master Gardener and then, learning out that upon graduation there was no Master Gardener organization in DC to educate the public about environmentally responsible gardening or to support community and school gardens, she started the DC Urban Gardeners. It’s now going strong and she continues to write its website, co-write its news blog, and do public speaking about gardening sustainably.

At an even more local level, she’s in her fifth year of teaching gardening one-on-one in people’s gardens, a service she calls coaching. She’s also mentoring new garden coaches across the country and promoting them through her worldwide directory and TheGardeningCoachBlog.com .

On the home front, she recently removed all the lawn on her property and is now “trialing” an assortment of groundcovers for their drought-tolerance and ability to take a little traffic, and will be reporting the results widely. For people who need or desire a lawn, she encourages them to practice organic lawn care.

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July 2008; Diane MacEachern

Author; Big Green Purse

Diane MacEachern, the author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, is passionate about empowering women to use their marketplace clout to protect the environment.

A best-selling author, successful entrepreneur, sought-after public speaker, and long-time conservationist, Diane encourages women to green the marketplace by choosing products whose use or manufacture offer the greatest environmental benefit. Through her new book, as well as her articles and speeches, she hopes to motivate women to take actions that will make a difference. She helps environmental organizations engage more women as members, activists, and donors. She also encourages companies to green their products to appeal to more women consumers.

The BigGreenPurse.com website was named “2007 Best Green Website” by FutureNow. The site offers eco-lifestyle tips and shopping suggestions, as well as opportunities to join One in a Million, a campaign to encourage one million women to shift $1,000 of their household budgets to eco-friendly products and services.

Diane’s previous books have reached hundreds of thousands of people with their “you can change the world” messages. The best-selling Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean Up the Earth has been featured on national television programs ranging from CNN Headline News to Live with Regis and Kathie Lee to The ABC Network Television Earth Day Special and reprinted in Italy and Japan. Beat High Gas Prices Now! The Fastest, Easiest Ways to Save $20-$50 Every Month on Gaoline received widespread media coverage as well.

As the co-founder and president of an award-winning communications company based in Washington, D.C., Diane’s clients included the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, World Wildlife Fund, Earth Day, the National Wildlife Federation, Earth Share, the League of Women Voters, and the Women’s Environment Development Organization.

Diane played an integral role in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s campaign to educate the public about global warming. She also worked with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance to establish the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument during the Clinton Administration.

As a nationally syndicated Washington Post Writer’s Group newspaper columnist, Diane wrote weekly “Tips for Planet Earth,” answering readers’ questions on a wide variety of environmental topics. She has produced numerous award-winning publications for members of Congress, the media and the public at large. Her writings have been featured in MoveOn’s best-selling 50 Ways to Love Your Country and The Cousteau Almanac on the Environment, as well as Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Self, Christian Science Monitor, Ladies Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, First for Women, Baltimore Sun, Country Living and many more.

A frequent speaker on women and the environment, Diane serves as the vice-chair of the board of directors for the Alaska Wilderness League. She has been called a ‘trendsetter’ by Sierra Club and has been cited for her Distinguished Service as a board member of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Diane lives with her husband and their two children in the energy-efficient home they helped build more than 20 years ago. She received her Master of Science Degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

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September 2008; Harriet Tregoning

Director, Office of Planning; Washington, DC

Harriet Tregoning was confirmed as director of the Office of Planning in February of 2007. Prior to this she was the director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design and co-founder, with former Maryland Governor Glendening, and executive director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. The Governors’ Institute on Community Design is a national, nonpartisan effort created specifically to assist governors and their top staff as they guide growth and development in their states. By harnessing the expertise of leading practitioners and academicians in key fields including land use policy, design, transportation, energy, development, and regional economics, the Governors’ Institute helps inform each state’s executive team as it makes choices that shape the future of communities throughout their state. A sister program of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, the Governors’ Institute is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tregoning developed her expertise in state level action in the State of Maryland where she served Governor Glendening as both secretary of planning and then as the nation’s first state- level cabinet secretary for Smart Growth. In that role, she chaired a 15-member Smart Growth Subcabinet and coordinated key Smart Growth initiatives such as revitalizing neighborhoods, historic preservation, increasing transit and transit-oriented development, promoting walkable communities, and preserving open space.

Prior to her tenure in Maryland state government, Tregoning was the director of Development, Community and Environment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. At EPA, Tregoning helped to found and coordinate the National Smart Growth Network, a national partnership program designed to inform and accelerate innovative smart growth policies and practices. The Smart Growth Network has more than 1500 individual and organizational members and partner organizations including the Sustainable Communities Network, the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, the National Association of Counties, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Associations, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Trust for Public Land, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and many others.

Tregoning’s academic training is in engineering and public policy. She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for 2003-2004.

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October 2008; Kathleen Hogan

Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kathleen Hogan is the Director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency. There she manages many of the Agency’s industry partnership programs designed to remove market barriers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving businesses and consumers money.

These programs include the EPA’s flagship voluntary program, ENERGY STAR, which offers energy efficiency solutions across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors: partnership programs to promote renewable energy and combined heat and power; Climate Leaders, a corporate leadership program for addressing climate change; and a State partnership designed to promote clean energy policies with state decision-makers.

Hogan has been with the EPA for 15 years. Prior to EPA, she worked in consulting and for a water resources planning commission for the Potomac River. She received her doctorate in systems analysis and environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bucknell University.

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November 2008; Francesca Grifo

Senior Scientist and Director, Science Integrity Program; Union of Concerned Scientists

As the Senior Scientist and Director of the Scientific Integrity Program at UCS, Francesca Grifo acts to mobilize scientists and citizens to defend the integrity of government science from political interference.

Dr. Grifo came to UCS in 2005 from Columbia University where she directed the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation graduate policy workshop and ran the Science Teachers Environmental Education Program. Prior to that, she was director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and a curator of the Hall of Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Dr. Grifo edited and contributed to the books Biodiversity and Human Health and The Living Planet in Crisis: Biodiversity Science and Policy. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Grifo was the manager of the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups Program at the National Institutes of Health. She was also a senior program officer for Central and Eastern Europe for the Biodiversity Support Program, a consortium of the World Resources Institute, the Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund. She also served as an AAAS Fellow in the Office of Research at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Dr. Grifo earned a doctorate in botany from Cornell and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Smith College.

Dr. Grifo has tesified before Congress on the subject of scientific integrity in federal policy making and is widely quoted on the topic in media outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio’s Science Friday.

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