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K.J. McCorry is the CEO of eco-officiency, a company which offers sustainability consulting services to small and medium businesses. She specializes in sustainability planning, assessments and employee training. She is a contributing author to Simple Path to Sustainability; Green Business Strategies for Small and Medium Sized Businesses released in 2011. K.J. also serves on the University of Colorado Denver Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council as well as Leeds School of Business Sustainability Council. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. Based in Boulder, CO she has been an avid environmentalist for over 25 years cultivating sustainability within her personal and professional life.
Paul W. Lander, PhD, ASLA, LEED A.P. has worked in the fields of water, energy, and land conservation for over 30 years, including 16 years directing the City of Boulder’s Water Conservation Office. His teaching includes courses in Western U.S. Water, World Water, and Landscape Sustainability at the University of Colorado Boulder and through professional webinars. He is active professionally, having recently Chaired committees of the Am. Society of Landscape Architects, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and the Am. Water Works Assoc. He serves on the advisory boards of water conservation programs at Lane Community College, OR, and the University of Florida.
Dave Newport is a veteran environmental and sustainability professional with over 35 years experience in this arena. He is currently the Director of the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Environmental Center operates the nation’s oldest and largest sustainability operations program that partners with campus stakeholders in recycling, zero-waste, alternative transportation, energy outreach and climate action, and a myriad of other sustainability initiatives. Mr. Newport also chairs the campus carbon neutrality working group that is researching and designing pathways for the campus to achieve carbon neutrality as it has pledged under the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
Monica Emerich, PhD, is the author of The Gospel of Sustainability: Media, Market and LOHAS (University of Illinois Press, 2011), an analysis of the discourses about sustainability that are generated within the media and the marketplace. She’s the co-editor of Media, Spiritualities and Social Change (Continuum Publishing, 2010) and has been actively involved in sustainability communications since 1991 through her roles as a trade and consumer journalist, a communications consultant, director of research for two publishing firms, and a scholar. She holds a doctorate in Communication from the University of Colorado.
Seana Lowe Steffen, Ph.D is the founder and executive director of the Restorative Leadership Institute that serves purpose-driven organizations and planet-minded leaders by building capacity and invigorating potential. She formerly served on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder as the founding director of INVST Community Studies where she delivered award winning educational programs. Seana brings over 20 years of experience in leadership education and coaching, strategic consulting, and organizational development. Seana’s clients range from grassroots to start-ups to Fortune 100 companies from all three sectors, including Hewlett Packard, Engineers without Borders, and The Sustainability Consortium. Her training and consulting work has spanned the globe and her awards include ETown National Public Radio’s “E-chievement Award” for making a lasting difference, and Mortar Board’s Outstanding Professor award. She is a participatory action researcher and published scholar in the fields of education, leadership, sustainability, community development and social change.
The first in the medical industry, Kai has been Boulder Community Hospital’s sustainability Coordinator since 1999. Kai is responsible for leading BCH’s commitment toward minimizing their environmental impact through sustainable practices. The foundation of their success has been driven by their belief that the health of the environment supports the health of our communities. Due to Kai’s leadership, BCH built the first LEED certified medical facility, first to integrate solar energy, working toward zero waste, and donates medical equipment and supplies to Project C.U.R.E. Kai has been a member of the Colorado Pollution Advisory Committee, the City of Boulder’s Climate Advisory Board, Novation’s Environmental Advisory Board, and is a board member of Boulder Transportation Connection. Read about Kai in The Denver Post: “Boulder hospital reduces waste, also saves money.” Kai is currently heading up Community Source Funding, a startup nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for folks doing good work.
Will Toor, Ph.D is currently the Transportation Policy Director for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, and a member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission. He served for fifteen years in a variety of political roles, including County Commissioner, City Councilor and Mayor of Boulder where he has played a leadership role in advancing sustainability initiatives at both the local and statewide level. Mr. Toor served as the Director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center for over twelve years. Toor holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Chicago, and has served in leadership roles on a wide variety of boards and commissions including the Colorado Governor’s Climate Action Panel, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Xcel Energy SmartGrid Advisory Committee and the Boulder County Consortium of Cities Energy Strategy Taskforce.
Eric Lombardi is the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, Inc. (www.ecocycle.org), and has had a long career in resource conservation, social enterprise development and non-profit (NGO) organizational management since 1980. Eco-Cycle, founded in 1976, is considered a nationwide pioneer in the recycling industry and has grown under Eric’s tenure (since 1989) to become the largest community-based recycling organization in the U.S. with a staff of 66 and processing of over 50,000 tons of diverse recycled materials per year. Eric is recognized as an authority on developing comprehensive community-based resource recovery programs and is often a keynote speaker and consultant on the social and technical aspects of creating a “Zero Waste – Or Darn Near” society. Eric has experience both nationally and internationally as a project consultant, keynote speaker and workshop leader for government and private sector clients across the U.S., and in New Zealand, England, France, Italy, Scotland, Romania, American Samoa, Wales and Saipan. Lombardi was invited to the Clinton White House in 1998 as one of the Top 100 USA Recyclers, and he co-founded the U.S. GrassRoots Recycling Network (www.GRRN.org), and the Zero Waste International Alliance, based in Wales (www.ZWIA.org)
Thomas Ochtera, MA, LEED-AP, CEM has a background in small business, construction management, energy management, and international sustainable development. He holds a Masters degree from Prescott College in Sustainable Development, and has served on the board of the USGBC in North Carolina chairing the State Advocacy and Green Schools Committees. In addition, he has lived and worked as a sustainability consultant in Guayaquil, Ecuador for INTERVIDA, an international NGO based in Spain. Thomas has extensive knowledge of the design/construction process, LEED standards, and educational outreach and cultural change within large organizations. He has authored the book Sustitution: A Sustainable Strategy for Higher Education, and is a 2011 graduate from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Executives program. Currently, Thomas is the Energy and Capital Projects Coordinator for the City of Westminster, CO, a suburb of Denver, with a population of 110,000.
Christopher Juniperis an economist/consultant whose skills include management of economic development, small business and non-profit organizations; and leading-edge sustainability performance consulting, training/education and tool development. As a sustainability consultant since 1997, he has helped US and international communities, governments and businesses on behalf of numerous organizations including Rocky Mountain Institute, Natural Capitalism Solutions and currently Shadowcliff Associates (www.shadowcliff.org). His clients have included international development organizations, the US Federal government, city/regional/state governments, and small and large businesses. He has developed tools for organizational sustainability management, lifecycle management, and community/regional sustainable development. He was Co-founding Director of the Sustainability Leadership Institute, and has served in leadership positions at several sustainability-related NGOs. He has ~10 academic years of experience teaching college-level economics and sustainable development sources at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has given dozens of sustainability presentations at domestic and international conferences/classes.
Ghita Levenstein Carroll
Ghita Levenstein Carroll, Ph.D. and LEED Green Associate, is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), located in Colorado. In this role, Dr. Carroll is directing and coordinating existing efforts around sustainability, and garnering support and partnerships for further integrating sustainability into district operations and curriculum. She has led the district toward defining, meeting and exceeding sustainability goals in the areas of buildings, education, transportation and materials, and BVSD received the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Award for this work. Previously, Dr. Carroll managed the energy program for CU-Boulder’s Environmental Center. She has presented her work at many regional, national and local forums, including the National Green Schools Conference and GreenBuild. Dr. Carroll received the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment 2014 Government Award from the U.S. Department of Energy and MIT Energy Initiative. She lives in Boulder with her husband and two children.
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