Ecocity Practitioners

Our International Ecocity Conference Series brings together many of the best and brightest in the ecocity, town and village movement. We consider these people, many who have presented at past Ecocity Conferences, to be some of the world’s leading “ecocity practitioners”. Here they are, from A-Z.

Lois Arkin, Los Angeles Ecovillage
Lois Arkin is the volunteer executive director of the Cooperative Resources & Services Project (CRSP), a nonprofit organization that she founded in 1980. The CRSP is a resource center for small ecological cooperative communities. Lois is the founding energy and vision holder for the main project of CRSP since 1993, the Los Angeles Eco-Village. The two-block L.A. Eco-Village neighborhood is a demonstration of the diverse processes of moving toward a sustainable community in an older built-out central city area.
Los Angeles Ecovillage: www.laecovillage.org

Sahar Attia, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Dr. Sahar Attia is Professor of Planning & Urban Design at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt. With a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Urban Institute of Paris, France. She is Technical Coordinator and Urban Planning Consultant for improving the informal settlements in Eygpt. Her work is centered around cultural and natural heritage conservation in Mediterranean cities. Dr. Attia currently serves as Secretary of the committee of “Urban Planning and New Communities” – The Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, The Ministry of Scientific Research, Egypt. She is also a member of the Research Institute for Development.
Cairo University: www.cu.edu.eg

Gabby Barrett, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Nevada
Gabby Barrett is Director of Long Range Planning and the Transfer of Development Rights Program for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe, Nevada. Barrett helped develop a program for removing buildings and transferring development from shoreline areas to urban centers in the region. The Tahoe Basin is one of the uniquely beautiful natural settings in the U.S. with mountains overlooking and encircling Lake Tahoe. With its 72 miles of shoreline and 1,645 feet at its greatest depth, Lake Tahoe is the 3rd deepest and probably the clearest of the larger lakes in North America.
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: www.trpa.org

David Beach, EcoCity Cleveland, Ohio
David Beach is the founder and executive director of EcoCity Cleveland, a nonprofit environmental planning organization that promotes the design of cities in balance with nature in Northeast Ohio. EcoCity’s projects, publications and Web site have won national acclaim. In 1998, EcoCity worked with researchers at the American Planning Association to produce the Ohio Smart Growth Agenda, which has been influential in shaping land use policy in Ohio. David has been a member of many local and regional environmental organizations and planning projects, and he speaks frequently on regionalism, sustainability, smart growth and transportation planning.
Ecocity Cleveland: www.ecocitycleveland.org

Dan Beard, Green the Capitol Initiative, Washington DC

Dan Beard is Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the House of Representatives. His three decades of experience in policy affairs and management issues include positions with the Senate, White House, Interior Department, the Library of Congress and the House Appropriations and Natural Resources Committee. When Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation in the Interior Department, Beard promoted water conservation among agricultural and urban water users. He also served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the National Audubon Society. He is currently leading House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol” initiative.
Green the Capitol: www.caohouse.gov/green-capitol.html

Tim Beatley, Professor, University of Virginia
Timothy Beatley has been teaching at the University of Virginia School of Architecture for 19 years and has written many books and papers on urban sustainability and livability. The Ecology of Place, which Beatley wrote with Kristy Manning, is a planning guide for environment, economy and community that has been used in college classrooms across the nation since 1977. His Green Urbanism and Native to Nowhere have found acclaim among professional planners, teachers and citizens alike. Beatley was awarded a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Timothy Beatley, University of Virginia: www.arch.virginia.edu

Peter Berg, Planet Drum Foundation, San Francisco and Ecuador
Founder and Director of Planet Drum Foundation, Peter Berg is the noted ecologist and author acknowledged as originator of the terms bioregion and reinhabitation to describe land areas in terms of their interdependent plant, animal and human life. Relationships between humans and the rest of nature, he believes, identify cultural diversity as a component of biodiversity. His books include Dispatches From Ecuador and Discovering Your Life-Place: A First Bioregional Workbook. On the invitation of civic and grassroots leaders of Caraquez, Ecuador he has been living in and helping with that city’s ecocity development off and on for more than ten years.
Planet Drum Foundation: www.planetdrum.org

Lalit Bhati, Auroville, India
Lalit Bhati is an architect, urban planner, and resident of Auroville, a universal city in the making in South India. He is a frequent representative of Auroville at events around the world. Auroville aims at becoming a model of the ‘city of the future’ or ‘the city the earth needs.’ It wants to show the world that future realizations in all fields of work will allow us to build beautiful cities where people sincerely looking towards a more harmonious future will want to live.
Auroville: www.auroville.org

Rajiv Bhatia, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Rajiv Bhatia, Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH is the Director of Occupational and Environmental Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco. Under Dr. Bhatia’s leadership, the City has broadened the scope of environmental health practice to focus on greening industry, improving employment conditions, designing healthy housing and neighborhoods, and ensuring urban food security. These efforts involve research and policy development and most importantly cooperation and collaboration with those outside the public health sector, including public agencies, universities, businesses, and community organizations.
San Francisco Department of Health: www.dph.sf.ca.us

Reverend Sally Bingham, Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power and Light, San Francisco
Sally Bingham is director of The Regeneration Project, a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of California and environmental minister at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The mission of the Regeneration Project is to deepen the connection between ecology and faith. The Interfaith Power and Light campaign is mobilizing a religious response to global warming in congregations through the promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation. The Interfaith Power and Light effort began in 1998 as a coalition of Episcopal churches aggregated to purchase renewable energy. Nationally, they are working to establish these programs in every state.
The Regeneration Project: www.theregenerationproject.org

David Blau, EDAW
David Blau is an environmental planner, landscape architect and Senior Vice President, Environmental Planning, EDAW (landscape architects), San Francisco Office. He specializes in river corridor and greenway systems and is leading his firm’s practice in integrating design thinking with ecological restoration principals. He heads EDAW’s South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Plan, a plan to restore over 15,000 acres of salt ponds in South San Francisco Bay. This is a multi-agency project to improve the biological and chemical health of the South Bay with participating agencies including the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and lead by the California Coastal Conservancy.
EDAW (AECOM) landscape architects: www.edaw.com

Joan Bokaer, co-founder, Connect Ithaca

Joan Bokaer, co-convener of the Third International EcoCity Conference in Yoff, Senegal, 1996, is a founding member of Connect Ithaca, a development corporation for reversing auto-centric sprawl by developing high-density, mixed-use urban village nodes linked to Ithaca’s vibrant city center by bicycle and pedestrian corridors and rail. They support public open space, natural areas, riparian corridors and farmland by guiding development toward city and village centers. In 1990 she organized the Global Walk for A Livable World — 100 people who walked from Los Angeles to New York raising environmental awareness. On that walk she conceived of EcoVillage at Ithaca where she currently resides.
Connect Ithaca: www.ecovillage.ithaca.ny.us

Gary Braasch, environmental photographer
Gary Braasch’s environmental photography and writing encompasses conservation, biodiversity and field science, and global heating. In the last decade major articles and portfolios of his photography appeared in Time, LIFE, Discover, Audubon, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, Scientific American, International Wildlife, Natural History, Sierra, Outdoor Photographer and other magazines. His keystone project since 2000 has been World View of Global Warming. For this Gary has journeyed extensively including to China, Australia, Tuvalu, Antarctica, the Arctic and the great mountains of the world. In 2007 he published Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World (University of California Press).
Gary Braasch: www.braaschphotography.com

Peter Brastow, Nature in the City, San Francisco
Peter Brastow created Nature in the City to help build, strengthen and unify the movement to conserve San Francisco’s natural areas and biodiversity, and to catalyze ecological restoration and stewardship by connecting urban people with the local nature where they live. As the former National Park Service Ecological Restoration Specialist for the Presidio, Peter has entered the fray of the city’s environmental activist community with a unique set of skills and experience as an urban natural resource manager and community stewardship coordinator.
Nature in the City: www.natureinthecity.org

Wendy Brawer, Green Map System, New York City
Since 1990, Wendy’s New York-based company, Modern World Design, has created services and products that promote engagement and sustainability, including the Green Apple Map of NYC’s environmentally significant places. This original eco-mapping project has grown into the Green Map System that has produce over 300 Green Maps world wide. Green Map System energizes a global movement of local mapmaking teams charting their community’s natural, cultural and green living resources. Wendy is on the International New Mobility Advisory Council and a co-founder and board member of O2NYC a designers organization working for values of sustainability in the profession.
Green Map System: www.greenmap.org

Gray Brechin, Living New Deal Project
Gray Brechin has worked as an architectural historian, critic, and television producer. In 1978, he co-founded the Mono Lake Committee and in 1984-5 while working at KQED-TV helped to break the story of the poisoned Kesterson Wildlife Refuge in the San Joaquin Valley. Brechin’s Ph.D. dissertation that used San Francisco to illustrate how great cities control technology and military force to exploit their hinterlands became Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. The book spent sixteen weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle’s best-seller list; Gary Snyder called it “a great gift.”
Living New Deal Project: www.graybrechin.com

Josiah Cain, Rana Creek Restoration Ecology
Josiah Cain brings a background in ecological landscape design to his position directing the Pt. Reyes office of Rana Creek Living Architecture. With UC David and Harvard sustainable design degrees, Josiah brings a refined appraoch to Rana Creek’s ecological design team. Before joining Rana Creek, Josiah owned a sustainable landscape design/build firm, working throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus for over 15 years has been on flagship outdoor environments dedicated to ecological protocol. His firm was considered ‘visionary’ as Josiah applied principles of landscape architecture, permaculture, and systems theory to public and private landscape spaces.
Rana Creek: www.ranacreek.com

Ernest Callenbach, author, Ecotopia
Ernest Callenbach is a writer and editor best known for his visionary novel Ecotopia – an environmental classic that has sold almost a million copies. He has also written the novels Ecotopia Emerging and Publisher’s Lunch, and a half dozen nonfiction books on ecological issues. Born and brought up in rural central Pennsylvania, he fell in love with film, studying in Chicago and Paris. He then migrated to California and the University of California Press where he founded and edited the internationally known journal Film Quarterly. He occasionally taught film at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University.
Ernest Callenbach: www.ernestcallenbach.com

Maya Carson, Cycles of Change, Easy SF Bay Area
Cycles of Change is a bicycle education program founded in 1998 as part of the Roosevelt Village Center, a community-based partnership aimed at reversing the causes of youth violence. In introducing a program of mechanics workshops and bicycle-based adventures, their mission is to promote cycling as a primary means of safe, enjoyable, accessible, inexpensive, healthy, and sustainable transportation. Operating out of a large middle school in East Oakland’s San Antonio district, the program was quickly successful in engaging neighborhood youth with its exciting program and environmental science programs for hundreds of East Bay youth.
Cycles of Change: www.cyclesofchange.org

Manish Champsee, Walk San Francisco
Manish Champsee is a long time advocate for sustainable transportation currently serving as the President of Walk San Francisco, a local pedestrian advocacy organization that works to make San Francisco’s streets safer and more inviting for walking. With pedestrian deaths doubling in 2007 versus previous years much needs to be done.
Walk San Francisco: www.walksf.org

Betsy Damon, Keeper of the Waters, US and China
Besty Damon is Director of Keepers of the Waters, a practical and inspirational network. She has been an internationally known performance and installation artist. In 1985, while making a paper cast of a dry stone riverbed in Castle Valley, Utah, she decided to devote the rest of her artistic life to water. She founded Keepers of the Waters in 1991 and since, has worked with community groups and cities to restore and reveal the essence of water, including for the City of Beijing and for Chengdu, China’s Landscape Bureau where she built the Living Water Garden.
Keepers of the Waters: www.keepersofthewaters.org

Wulf Daseking, Director of Planning, City of Freiburg, Germany
Wulf Daseking has been the director of city planning in Freiburg, Germany, since 1984. For six years before that, he held a similar role at Müllheim/Ruhr. At Freiburg, Wulf is responsible for urban development, land development, landscape planning, master plan development and individual projects. He is an associate member of the German Federation of Architects, a member of the German Academy of Urban and Rural Development/Berlin and a member of the expert committee city planning of the German Congress of Cities. Wulf is also a lecturer in city planning at Freiburg University and at Darmstadt/University of Architecture
City of Freiburg: www.freiburg-home.com

Serigne Mbaye Diene, village leader, Yoff, Senegal
Serigne M’Baye Diene is known in the village of Yoff, Senegal as Khalifa, an honorary title which in Yoff bestows leadership on a man who is not yet an elder. While getting his PhD at Cornell, Serigne became involved with a community building Eco-village at Ithaca. He now works on a US AID project in Dakar. He is the Director of the Association for the Economic, Cultural and Social Promotion of Yoff. Now active for over 10 years, APECSY has the full support of the village elders, and has successfully negotiated the return of tribal land from the government. APECSY also hosted the Third International Eco-City Conference.

Shanfeng Dong – Chief Planner, Shanghai International Investment Company, (SIIC), Shanghai, China
Shanfeng Dong started his career as a chief architect and developer, and has become a recognized project leader in Beijing. After initiating several sustainability projects in China in 2002, he began work on the first Eco-city, Dongtan, with SIIC just as the project was beginning. Shanfeng now manages 5 Eco-city projects for SIIC in China. He has established a multi-disciplinary team for both project management and research during the city development experience. He is greatly interest in delivering and incorporating culture and philosophy into the city environment and consequently set up a Cultural Planning team to research and implement those findings in Eco-cities.
Shanghai International Investment Company: www.siic.com

Cleon Ricardo dos Santos, Director, the Open University for the Environment, Curitiba Brazil
Cleon Ricardo dos Santos is Director of UNILIVRE, the Open University for the Environment, Curitiba, Brazil. He is an architect, Urban Planning Consultant and Former National Secretary for Municipal Action, Ministry of Housing, Urbanism and Environment, Brazil. As an independent consultant, Cleon has collaborated on urban plans in different cities in Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia. He created a “Methodology for Elaboration of Urban Strategic Plans” for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and worked on the Strategic Plan of Development for the City of Porto Velho, Brazil. Cleon was co-convener for the Fourth International Ecocity Conference.
UNILIVRE – Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente: www.unilivre.org.br

Whitney Dotson, CESP, Richmond, CA
Whitney Dotson is an environmental activist from Richmond, California and a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens for East Shore Parks. Like his father who settled there in 1950, Dotson has worked to protect Parchester Village and Breuner Marsh. The village was developed after World War II for African Americans who worked in the shipyards and could not buy houses elsewhere. It was the first African American homeowners’ community in the Bay Area. Today, about 1000 people liver there between two railroad tracks and near the bay shoreline.
Citizens for East Shore Parks: www.eastshorepark.org

Paul Downton, Ecopolis Architects, Adelaide, Australia
Paul Downtown is Director and Principal Architect of Ecopolis Architects Pty Ltd. Working with his partner Chérie and colleague Emilis Prelgauskas in 1991 he formed Urban Ecology Australia, the national non-profit urban environmental community group which has been actively promoting ecological developments ever since. Paul is a talented artist as well as seminal thinker developing ecocity theory and giving countless public talks, radio, TV and newspaper interviews internationally on ecological architecture, urban ecology and ecopolis and unique experience actually building projects he designs. Paul and his partner Cherie were co-conveners of the Second International Ecocity Conference in Adelaide.
Ecopolis Architects: www.ceopolis.com.au

Peter Droege, World Council for Renewable Energy, Sydney, Australia
Peter Droege, is Senior Advisor, Beijing Municipal Institute for City Planning and Design, Steering Committee member, Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Conjoint Professor, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Visiting Professor and Director, Centre for Sustainable Urbanism, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Beijing University and Chair, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) Asia Pacific. He is also an author and public speaker on urban design, sustainable development and urban environment policies. He is the author of the recent book on transforming the urban energy system from fossil to renewable, The Renewable City.
Epolis: www.ecopolis.com.au

Doug Eberhard, Senior Director, Autodesk Geospatial Division, Autodesk, San Raphel, CA
Doug Eberhard has over 16 years of global experience developing information management and technology solutions. He has led and managed innovative information technology modeling, visualization and communication solutions on hundreds of projects ranging from small scale planning and engineering studies to large scale construction programs and enterprise technology deployments. Doug is an architect and designer for 3D Modeling and Visualization solutions, Internet-based project management, content management, project controls and collaboration solutions. He founded 4D Imaging, Inc. (acquired by Parsons Brinckerhoff in 1991) and was co-founder of Company 39, Inc. (Parsons Brinckerhoff’s IT / Internet / New media subsidiary launched in 2000 ).
Autodesk: www.autodesk.com

Debra Efroymson, HealthBridge, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Debra Efroymson has worked for HealthBridge (a Canada-based NGO focused on public health) since 1995, first in Hanoi, Vietnam, then since 1998 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has worked on tobacco control, providing technical support to programs and conducted groundbreaking research on the connection between tobacco use and poverty. More recently, Debra has become involved in ecocities, transport, and urban planning, writing reports and giving speeches at international conferences. She currently gives technical assistance to programs on ecocities, transport, gender, and tobacco control to several countries. In addition to her native English, she speaks Spanish, French, Bengali, Nepali and Vietnamese.
Debra Efroymson, HealthBridge: www.healthbridge.ca

Stephen Engblom, Principal, Urban Designer, EDAW, San Francisco
Stephen Engblom has worked worldwide, with a broad range of clients, to develop innovative environments that enhance the sense of place while establishing strong environmental stewardship, economic strategies, and corporate and institutional mandates. Stephen’s high-density, urban regeneration, and new community planning work has garnered numerous industry awards, including the APA and ASLA. He recently co-led the EDAW-AECOM team of urban planners and designers in the History Channel-sponsored “City of the Future” design competition; his interest in the topic originating from current redevelopment projects in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
EDAW: www.edaw.com

Rosemary Enie, Geologist and Gender Ambassador
Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie is a Cameroonian Geologist and Gender Ambassador with the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) of the Netherlands in Cameroon. She was as the General Secretary of Women International Coalition Organization (WICO) International, The President of WICO Africa and the Executive Director of Cameroon Vision Trust, a Cameroon based NGO. For over 15 years she has been actively working in the field of sustainable development and environmental management at grassroots levels in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and beyond.
The Gender and Water Alliance: www.womensearthalliance.org

Reid Ewing, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
Reid Ewing is a research professor and associate professor of Urban Studies and Planning. His study of sprawl and obesity has received sensational national media coverage. Ewing holds degrees in engineering and city planning from Harvard University and MIT. He is lead author of Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change. The book’s central argument is that urban form is inextricably linked to climate. Low-density sprawl has been a principal contributor to North American climate emissisons. The oposite, compact development — the kind that fosters less driving — curbs climate change.
National Center for Smart Growth: www.smartgrowth.umd.edu

Paul Faulstich, Professor, Pitzer College
Paul Faulstich is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges. He directs the Leadership in Environmental Education Partnership (LEEP). His research is interdisciplinary, attempting to reveal human perceptions of nature through investigations into social and cultural processes. At the Third International Ecocity Conference he illuminated indigenous Native American ecological building practices in their cultural contexts. He considers himself a neohumanist in that he offers revisionist and ecologically based interpretation of what it means to be Homo sapiens. He is currently also studying ecological campus design.
Paul Faulstich: www.bernard.pitzer.edu

Paul Fenn, Local Power, Oakland, CA
Paul Fenn is founded Local Power and Publishes American Local Power News, based in Oakland, California. Paul authored California’s 2002 Community Choice law, Assembly Bill 117, allowing municipalities to choose alternative electricity providers. The Community Choice law also removed the state’s $300 million/year energy efficiency fund from monopoly utility control making these funds available to cities for their local energy efficiency programs. Fenn also wrote San Francisco’s 2001 “solar bond” and the 50 MW San Francisco Solar Power Facility proposal for which the revenue bond authority was written. The project calls for the world’s largest urban solar utility on San Francisco rooftops.
Local Power: www.local.org

James Fine, Environmental Defense Fund
James “Jamie” Fine (Ph.D, Energy and Resources Group, University of California at Berkeley, B.S., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), is an economist in the global warming program at Environmental Defense Fund. In addition to applied economics, Dr. Fine has extensive experience working with environmental justice communities in urban air quality planning. His areas of research and advocacy include: the design and implementation of cap-and-trade and other market-based policy, modeling the economic, air quality, and health risks of policy decisions, meaningful involvement of public stakeholders in environmental planning.
Environmental Defense Fund: www.edf.org

Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor/Geographer at UC Berkeley
Carolyn Finney was born in New York and grew up on an estate where her father was the caretaker and her mother the housekeeper. She pursued an acting career for eleven years in New York and Los Angeles. But a backpacking trip around the world in 1987 changed her life. She spent the next five years traveling and living in Africa and Nepal. Carolyn returned to formal education in 1994 investigating women’s issues in Kenya and women’s participation in community forestry management in Nepal. Her current research and teaching is in environmental science, policy and management and continues at Berkeley.
Berkeley Institute of the Environment: www.bie.berkeley.edu

India Flint, (eco)fashion designer, Australia
Designer, artist, writer and occasional ragbag princess India Flint was born in Melbourne, took her first steps in Montreal (Canada) and has lived in diverse localities ranging from the red dusted Andamooka Opal Fields to lush valleys in the Austrian Alps. Presently she lives in the Mount Lofty Ranges, practicing art, theatre, science and fashion. India’s handmade clothing is embellished with stitching and dyed using regional plant dyes. sourced from the family farm. A flock of sheep including Leicester Longwool as well as Merino provide wool for felting as well as being delightful companions.
India Flint: www.indiaflint.com

Gil Friend, Natural Logic, Inc., Berkeley, CA
President of Natural Logic, Gil Friend is a systems ecologist and business consultant with more than 35 years in business, communications and environmental innovation. He has developed management strategies and business, operating and marketing plans for large and small companies in a wide range of industries. He played key or founding roles in such seminal environmental enterprises as EcoNet, GreenLine, the California Office of Appropriate Technology, and Buckminster Fuller’s “World Game.” He was co-founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, one of the nation’s leading urban ecology and economic development think tanks.
Natural Logic: www.natloic.com

Parris Glendening, former Governor of Maryland, President, Smart Growth Leadership Institute
Parris N. Glendening is President of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, and two term past Governor or Maryland, 1995 to 2003. As governor, one of his primary agenda items was the development strategy known as Smart Growth which focuses development in higher density mixed use centers that work well with transit, save energy and address environmental issues at their foundation. He led the creation of a Smart Growth Initiative for the state of Maryland and another initiative working with Trust for Public Land that helps states to align land use and water protection.
Smart Growth Leadership Institute: www.sgli.org

Gilda Gonzales, Chief Executive Officer of the Unity Council

Gilda Gonzales, has a long history of public service leading up to being the CEO of the Unity Council starting her professional career in 1987 as a State Assembly Fellow in the California State Legislature. She now leads her forty-three year old organization of 202 employees, the Unity Council. This is a non-profit community development corporation committed to enriching the quality of life of families primarily in the Fruitvale District of Oakland. Its central purpose is to build wealth and assets for low-income individuals and families through programs addressing economic, social, and neighborhood development.
The Unity Council: www.unitycouncil.org

Colin Grant, Founder and CEO, Visible Strategies, Vancouver
Colin has worked as a strategic adviser to leaders worldwide helping them to achieve meaningful, sustainable results in the face of the world’s most difficult challenges. He is a Board Member of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, a member of the Vancouver Mayor’s Sustainability Council and the Vancouver Climate Leaders’ Group. He received the UK Government’s Millennium Products Award for developing and commercializing a process that allows naturally occurring organisms to consume toxic waste products. He has coached top-level athletes in his favorite sport of skiing and has inspired Scottish skiers to Olympic medal success.
Visible Strategies: www.visiblestrategies.com

Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Director of Planning and Community Development, Montpelier, Vermont
Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier, Vermont. She founded Global Community Initiatives and has long experience working with municipal, regional, and state government nationally and internationally. She has served as a City Manager, a Regional Planning Director, Senior Planner for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy Resources, the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and as an international specialist on sustainable community development. Her international experience has included work with the United Nations Environmental Programthe Academy for Educational Development, and Earth Charter International.
City of Montpelier, Vermont: www.montpelier-vt.org

David Hammond, Co-founder of GO2 Water, Berkeley
David Hammond is an Environmental Chemist with a broad interdisciplinary background in chemical ecology, biomimicry, natural products chemistry, sustainable agriculture, biological wastewater treatment, international community development, product innovation, and organizational management. David helps companies learn from nature, with projects promoting biomimicry, prevention and removal of musty odors from cork, controlling pests in export crops, bioremediating soil contaminants, and applying nature’s experience and techniques to the design of better products, processes, and packages. David is a co-founder of GO2 Water, a company that builds wastewater treatment facilities employing low energy, low maintenance, low cost technology that produces no residual sludge.
GO2 Water: www.go2waterinc.com

Ian S. Hanou, NCDC, Colorado Springs, Colorado
After a short stint in environmental consulting, Ian spent three years at DigitalGlobe, Inc. helping produce, market and sell applications for high-resolution satellite imagery. He is now an imaging and mapping specialist with NCDC (Native Communities Development Corporation), a Native-American-owned, emerging small business based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. NCDC has spent the last 7 years developing innovative GIS and Remote Sensing solutions for natural resource management, environmental management and emergency response industries in both urban and rural settings. These solutions include automated feature extraction for urban forestry, wildland fire, forest health, forest biomass, watershed management, green infrastructure design.
Native Communities Development Corporation: www.ncdcimaging.com

Phil Hawes, Natural Systems Development LLC, Amarillo, Texas

Phil Hawes is an architect and town and regional designer experienced in ecological community projects in the USA, England, France, Nepal, and Australia. He studied with Frank Lloyd Wright and was the architect-of-record for the famous Biosphere 2 project near Oracle, Arizona. In 1981 Phil walked alone across 500 miles of the uninhabited Australian outback deciding that humankind is destined to struggle upward. In the mid 1970′s he helped design, and build, a 130 ton ferrocement ship, on which he sailed for three years across the Indian and Pacific Oceans; two years as Political Captain and Bosun, and one year as Sailing Captain.
Global Ecovillage: www.globalecovillage.com

Peter Head, Arup, London, England
Peter Head is a Director of Arup, the English design and engineering firm, and head of their project for Dongtan, a planned ecocity on an island near Shanghai. He worked at the forefront of steel bridge technology in his early career, leading to his current role as Chairman of the Steel Construction Institute. Peter is a Recipient of the Engineering Silver Medal for an outstanding contribution to British Industry. Asked by the Mayor of London to become a Commissioner on the newly formed London Sustainable Development Commission, he has been in that position since 2002.
Arup: www.arup.com

Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute

Richard Heinberg is the author of several influential books on Peak Oil, the condition we will all find ourselves in when oil production inevitably begins to decline toward complete economic unavailbity – it is after all a finite resource, large though it has been. These books have included The Party’s Over and PowerDown. A recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education, Heinberg lectures internationally on oil depletion and ramification in industry, agriculture, and economy in general. He is also a professor at New College in Santa Rosa California and associated closely with the activist educational NGO, Post Carbon Institute.
Post Carbon Insitute: www.postcarbon.org

Eric Holt-Giménez, FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Development Policy, Oakland, CA
Eric Holt-Giménez has been executive director of Food First / Institute for Food and Development Policy since July, 2006. Eric is the author of the latest Food First Book, Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture which chronicles the development of this movement in Mexico and Central America over two and a half decades. Eric worked with farmers, participated in their farmer-to-farmer trainings, and recorded their triumphs with his camera and pen. Eric came to FoodFirst from the Bank Information Center in Washington D.C. where he has served as the Latin America Program Manager.
Food Policy Council: www.foodfirst.org

John Holtzclaw, Sierra Club Challenge to Sprawl Campaign, San Francisco
Dr. John Holtzclaw studies the impacts of land uses on transportation, materials and energy consumption, and pollution. Earlier in his career he was a planner working for the Association of Bay Area Governments. He is chair of Sierra Club’s Transportation Committee and on its Challenge to Sprawl Campaign. Much of his research has also been for the Natural Resources Defense Council – a 20 minute walk from the apartment he has live in in San Francisco for 29 years. He hasn’t owned a car since 1978.
Sierra Club Challenge to Sprawl: www.sierraclub.org/sprawl

Jerry Honawa, Hopi Religious Elder
Honawa said his grandfather told him Hopi concerns in the 1950’s of global climate change. “Once they start tearing down our mountains, once they start blocking our waterways, (and these are the dams that are being built), once they go and start making oasis out of desert areas that should be deserts, they are going to move the ‘belt of patuwakatsi’ (water world). It is going to lose its equilibrium, it is going to move when spring or when summer should begin. It will be warmer all the way into winter months, you will not see the cycles as they are today and yesterday.”
Black Mesa Trust: www.blackmesatrust.org

Walter Hood, Principal, Hood Design, Oakland, CA
In his landscape architecture practice Walter Hood’s interests include the critical examination and development of specific urban landscape typologies for the American city. He likes to reinforce specific cultural, environmental, and physical complexities of the city and neighborhood landscape. He is renown for his much-enjoyed public opens spaces such as “Splash Pad Park” in Oakland. He is currently working on the Ecocity Builders sponsored redesign of the open space where Center Street is now located in downtown Berkeley where his new design will celebrate and help reveal the dynamics of Strawberry Creek and the connection between city and campus.
Hood Design: www.wjhooddesign.com

Aidan Hughes, Arup
Aidan Hughes is a Principal of Arup, leading their transport consulting practice in the Americas. He has over 20 years experience in transportation and masterplanning projects around the world. From the study of transit priority techniques in Melbourne, Australia, and the planning of multi-modal facilities at Chep Lak Kok airport in Hong Kong, to multi-modal corridor studies for the Government of the United Kingdom. Recently he has been working on the proposed expansion of the Bay Area’s ferry terminal network and a more ecologically tuned redevelopment at the decommissioned Concord Naval Weapons Center.
Arup: www.arup.com

Charlie Huzinga
Charlie Huizenga is a co-founder of Agua Para La Vida (APLV), an NGO dedicated to helping rural Nicaraguan communities develop safe drinking water systems, improve sanitation and conserve precious watersheds. Since 1987, APLV has partnered with over 50 communities to bring clean water to over 16,000 people. APLV also operates a technical training school that trains rural men and women in all aspects of water project design, construction and maintenance. Charlie is also a researcher and adjunct faculty in the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley focusing on energy-efficient buildings and indoor environmental quality.
Agua Para La Vida (Water For Life): www.aplv.org

Huey Johnson, founder of Resource Renewal Institute and Trust for Public Land, San Francisco
Huey Johnson is founder and president of the Resource Renewal Institute, a nonprofit incubating ideas and practices for environmental sustainability. He is a leading voice for Green Plans, a comprehensive approach to protecting and managing natural resources in use by the European Union and a growing number of countries. From 1976-1982, Mr. Johnson served as Secretary of Resources for California where he conceived “Investing for Prosperity,” a hundred-year plan for managing the state’s natural resources that formed the basis of Johnson’s advocacy for Green Plans. An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Johnson is active in national and international organizations dedicated to conservation.
Resource Renewal Institute: www.rri.org

Patrick Kennedy, Panoramic Interests, Berkeley, CA
Panoramic Interests is a Berkeley-based real estate development company founded by Patrick Kennedy in 1989. The company specializes in mid-rise, mixed-use infill housing. Six “Panoramic” projects have added more than 200 housing units and 20,000 square feet of commercial space in Berkeley. More than 300 housing units are currently in the planning stages or under construction. Kennedy believes that infill development is critical to the social, economic and environmental health of cities. New housing, stores and jobs increase pedestrian activity and safety. Mixed-use buildings – located near public transportation, job centers and existing community services – greatly reduce automobile dependence.
Panoramic Interests: www.panoramicinterests.com

Jeffrey Kenworthy, Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy at Murdoch University, Perth Australia

Jeff Kenworthy is a Professor in Sustainable Cities, Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University, Western Australia. He has worked in the transportation and planning field for over 22 years in comparative urban research, consulting in traffic engineering, private and public transport, urban planning and design, housing and energy. He studies international comparisons of transport and land use in cities; urban form and development patterns and their economic, environmental and social implications; public transport systems; urban design and energy conservation in transport. Recent publications include: Sustainability & Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence (Island Press, 1999)
School of Sustainability, Murdoch University: www.sustainability.murdoch.edu.au

Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Company
Greg Koch is Chairman and CEO of Stone Brewing Company, founded in 1996 and now one of the fastest growing beer brewing companies in the United States, winner of several international prizes. His experience in the arts and business of brewing and his perspectives on the effects of biofuels on brewing relate directly to the push of feeding cars from the soil – which is making the beer brewing more difficult as barley prices rise rapidly in competition with road fuel production. Interestingly, Greg is also a music lover and founder and owner of Downtown Rehearsal, a 167 unit music rehearsal studio complex in downtown Los Angeles.
Stone Brewing Company: www.stonebrew.com

Mike Korchinsky, Wildlife Works, San Francisco
When Mike launched Wildlife Works, he envisioned a simple plan: the best way to protect endangered animals is to create a sustainable economic base for wildlife survival. Mike founded Axiom Management Consulting and gained experience that led him to Kenya and establishing a system for supporting both wildlife and the local people’s economy. One project has facilitated a women’s cooperative on the edge of Tsavo Natonal Park, Kenya’s oldest and largest protected open space. Members gain a means to attain financial self-sufficiency through weaving crafts and protecting wildlife. Mike is responsible for managing Wildlife Works’ activities in the US and Africa.
Wildlife Works: www.wildlifeworks.com

Melinda Kramer, Women’s Earth Alliance
Melinda Kramer is the Founding Director of Women’s Earth Alliance, an international organization uniting women-led environmental initiatives. By providing networking, support services, and in-person collaboration, WEA helps women exchange information, build alliances, and develop an agenda for environmental and social change both locally and globally. Melinda has worked with organizations such as CARE Kenya on sustainable agriculture and health projects and around the North Pacific Rim including Russia, nurturing grassroots environmental movements through the international organization, Pacific Environment and its China and Marine programs.
Women’s Earth Alliance: www.womensearthalliance.org

Andy Kunz, New Urbanist
Andy Kunz is a leading proponent of rail transportation, New Urbanism and sustainability in America. He has written for numerous national publications, and has been featured on radio shows discussing trains and walkable urbanism as essential to solving global warming and peak oil problems. He is director of NewUrbanism.org and operates several leading websites promoting a new vision for America. He is also a national award-winning designer specializing in urban mixed-use city building. He has an international education including studies at the Prince’s Foundation in London, and has also studied in Italy, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. He is recently advocating a new highway moratorium.
NewUrbanism.org: www.NewUrbanism.org

Nick Kyriakopedi, environmental control technician, Oakland, California
Nick Kyriakopedi has degrees in vocational education and in industrial mechanical technology, with a certificate in air conditioning and refrigeration technology from Oakland’s Laney College. He teaches there now and serves as Department Chair and Instructor of the Environmental Control Technology Department. Nick worked as a refrigeration technician in Thessaloniki, Greece before coming to the United States. Here, he worked in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) science, technology and installation for Pleasanton Unified School District, Pleasanton, California. He has also built simulated environments for the students to be able to see and work on a real system.

Pierre Laconte, Foundation for the Urban Environment, President, International Society of City and Regional Planners, Belgium
Pierre Laconte is President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. He was a founding partner of the Groupe Urbanisme-Architecture, which produced the Master plan of Louvain-la-Neuve, the new university town, and co-ordinated its implementation. This new town is centered on an underground railway station (30 min. from Brussels). It received the Abercrombie Award 1982 of the International Union of Architects UIA. From 1984 until 1999 Pierre was the Secretary General of the International Union of Public Transport, a think tank on urban mobility and inter modality.
Foundation for the Urban Environment: www. ffue.org

Janet Larsen, Research Director, Earth Policy Institute
Janet Larsen is Director of Research at Earth Policy Institute, the think tank founded by Lester Brown advocating for a “Plan B,” a systematic approach to planning at all levels of government, especially national, for conservation of resources, biology and climate via major government and education changes around the world. Janet manages the research program with Lester, planning new projects and coordinating the efforts of the research team. She uses her interdisciplinary background in researching the Eco-Economy Updates, and the Eco-Economy Indicators, similar to her work at the Worldwatch Institute on the Issue Alerts, State of the World, and Vital Signs.
Earth Policy Institute: www.earth-policy.org

Judy Lawley, Waitakere Ecocity, New Zealand
Fifteen years ago Waitakere became the first New Zealand city to adopt the Ecocity name. Making that vision a reality has been an all-encompassing task of sensible targets and exciting technology across all areas of city development. Real sustainability there, however, depends on people’s involvement. Judy was an early pioneer of the Waitakere Way – working in partnership. She is a member of the governing council of Waitakere’s tertiary institute, Unitec, is a three-term City Council Member. Prior to becoming a city councillor 7 years ago Judy managed a NZ education project to develop values education in schools.
City of Waitakere: www.waitakere.govt.nz

Jaime Lerner, former Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil
If there is a Mr. Ecocity anywhere on the planet, it is without question our keynote speaker and former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil. Lerner is the architect planner who led the work to transform his city, starting in 1972, into a world model of ecological and social policies, designs and built projects. The chief architect of the Curitiba Master Plan, he was appointed mayor during Brazil’s military dictatorship in 1971. When the nation returned to democracy, he was elected to two more terms. During his 12 years in office, Lerner devised many of Curitiba’s innovative, inexpensive solutions to city problems. For example, to combat Curitiba’s growing litter problem, he created more incentives for recycling, including exchanging bottles, cans and other recyclables for food. Lerner believed in implementing plans swiftly — in just 72 hours, he converted several blocks of the downtown into Brazil’s first pedestrian mall. Lerner’s track record in Curitiba helped him gain the trust and confidence he needed to attain the governorship of his State of Parana from 1994 to 2002. Today, Lerner consults with cities on their plans for addressing long-term growth and sustainability. At the Ecocity World Summit he will be describing his new ideas for strategic intervention and course-correction in city development he calls “urban acupuncture.”

David Lewis, Executive Director, Save the Bay
David Lewis has served as Executive Director of Save The Bay since 1998. Save The Bay is the region’s largest organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay for people and wildlife, with more than 10,000 members regionwide. A native of the Bay Area, David organized legislative and issue campaigns for 14 years from Washington, DC. David previously was Senior Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Carl Levin and Chief Operations Officer for the League of Conservation Voters. He was born and raised in Palo Alto and holds a B.A. in Politics and American Studies from Princeton University.
Save the Bay: www.savesfbay.org

Benjamin Linsley, New York Sun Works, New York City
Benjamin Linsley is a passionate urbanite and environmentalist and hails from East London where he spent four years as a local, elected politician. New York Sun Works believes in shaping a world where human needs are met without damaging land, air, or water, and where human and natural ecosystems flourish side by side. They promote sustainability by building and testing ecologically responsible systems for the production of energy, clean water, and food, and by scientifically observing and measuring human impacts on the local environment. They are focused on the complex environmental challenges facing river systems, coastal regions, and urban areas.
New York Sun Works: www.nysunworks.org

Jan Lundberg, oil industry analyst, director of Culture Change, Arcata, CA
Jan’s former firm was the “bible of the oil industry.” While publishing the Lundberg Letter, a petroleum industry survey with sage advice to subscribers, he noticed the unsustainability of supposedly “unending” oil extraction, and left the family business. He later founded the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium and the Auto-Free Times magazine. Jan now publishes Culture Change and lives anywhere that furthers. As a rare oil industry rebel, he speaks publicly about the impending energy crisis due to “peak” in global oil supply. Rather than any technofix, he advocates social and cultural change.
Culture Change: www.culturechange.org

Malgorzata Luszczek, Schools for Sustainable Developmnt, Krakow, Poland
Malgorzata Luszczek is Schools for Sustainable Development Program Coordinator of the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation, Krakow, Poland. She joined the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation in 2001 coordinating the Schools for Sustainable Development Program and helping schools “become living examples of sustainable development”. She is also responsible for international cooperation with Groundwork of United Kingdom and Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation. Malgorzata is also national coordinator of Eco–Schools and representative in Poland at the international Foundation for Environmental Education, a non-profit organization promoting sustainable development through environmental education.
Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation: www.epce.org.pl

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, CA State Assembly Majority Whip, Chair of the Legislative High-Speed Rail Caucus, Sacramento, CA
Fiona Ma was elected to represent California’s 12th Assembly District including San Francisco, Daly City, Colma and Broadmoor. As a former San Francisco supervisor, Assemblywoman Ma hit the ground running in Sacramento. She is Majority Whip, responsible for ensuring the passage of crucial legislation to improve public education, expand healthcare access and protect our environment. She has one of the leading advocates for bringing high-speed rail to California. In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Fiona to the White House Conference on Small Business. Her tireless advocacy for women and minority business owners has led to responsible public contracting in San Francisco.
CA Assemblywoman Fiona Ma: www.assembly.ca.gov/ma

Jack Macy, Zero Waste Coordinator, SF Department of the Environment, San Francisco
Jack Macy leads San Francisco’s Zero Waste efforts. San Francisco was the first large city in the U.S. to collect food scraps for composting. Today, hundreds of thousands of residents and about 2,000 businesses send over 300 tons of material each day to Norcal’s Jepson-Prairie composting facility. Food scraps, plant trimmings, soiled paper, and many other compostables are turned into nutrient-rich soil. Their goal is to divert even more organic material that still makes up more than 36 percent of San Francisco’s landfill. Earlier, Jack developed and directed a composting program for the state of Massachusetts.
SF Department of the Environment: www.sfenvironment.com

Vernon Masayesva, Hopi Tribe and founding member, Black Mesa Trust
Vernon Masayesva was Hopi Tribal Council Chair when in 1990 he spoke at the First International Ecocity Conference on the traditional design and building of Hopi villages. Many of his observations are reported in Richard Register’s book, Ecocities, New Society Publishers, 2006. Currently he is Executive Director of Black Mesa Trust, founded to protect water and land in the Hopi and Navajo regions of Arizona. Black Mesa Trust’s current initiative: solar energy to provide a reasonable supply of electricity and replace the jobs in the region that used to be supplied by coal mining.
Black Mesa Trust: www.blackmesatrust.org

Jim McCarthy, Assistant Director Governmental Affairs, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland
Jim McCarthy is representing the National Federation of the Blind in negotiations with members of the United States Congress in working for passing laws to make cars running on electricity required to make sufficient noise to warn the blind and the inattentive that they are approaching. (more)
National Federation of the Blind: www.nfb.org

Diana C. Mendes, DMJM Harris, Senior Vice President, National Director of Transit Planning, Washington DC
Diana Mendes is National Director of Transit Planning for DMJM Harris in Washington, DC and is an expert in environmental implications of transportation planning decisions. She has extensive experience in transportation corridor studies, environmental impact assessments, regulatory compliance and policy planning. Diana is a nationally recognized expert in the development of major transit projects, and specializes in the land use and environmental management aspects of the design and implementation of major transit systems. She has recently been appointed as the company’s Transit-Rail West Manager, and maintains a leadership position in DMJM Harris Planning to provide direction on key projects throughout the country.
DMJM Harris: www.dmjmharris.com

Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), San Francisco
Gabriel Metcalf is the executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). Prior to working at SPUR, Metcalf worked for The Bay Institute, an environmental non-profit specializing in California water policy. He serves on many juries, panels, and Boards including: the National Committee for the America 2050 campaign; the Mayor’s Policy Council on Children Youth and Families; the American Institute of Architects Urban Design Awards jury; and the Sustainability Advisory Committee to the Public Utilities Commission. SPUR is a non-profit membership organization that promotes good planning and good government through research, education, and advocacy.
SPUR: www.spur.org

Michael M’Gonigle, Professor and Eco-Research Chair of Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Victoria, BC
Michael M’Gonigle, is on the law faculty at the University of Victoria. One of the founders of Greenpeace International, he also worked on wilderness conservation and forestry reform in British Columbia, including the successful struggle to protect the Stein River Valley from industrial logging. As Chair of the Board of Greenpeace Canada, he initiated its forests campaign in 1990. A cofounder in the late 1990s of SmartGrowth BC and Forest Futures he recently founded the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at UVic. He has co-authored (with Justine Starke) Planet U: Sustaining the World, Reinventing the University.
University of Victoria: www.law.uvic.ca/Faculty

Jennie Moore, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Jennie Moore is the Director, Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and part of the School of Construction and the Environment. She has extensive experience in the realm of urban sustainability and has worked for the past ten years with the Metro Vancouver, most recently in the position of Strategic Initiatives Division Manager, helping to coordinate the Sustainable Region Initiative. Jennie is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional and has a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of British Columbia.
School of Construction and the Environment: www.construction.bcit.ca

Emmanuel Mukete, Cameroon Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Mukete Emmanuel is the National Coordinator of the CAM-EPA. His specialty is biodiversity conservation and environmental protection/education within the Mount Cameroon region, a very unique ecosystem within the Congo Basin (the second largest rainforest ecosystem in the world, after the Amazon).

James Muldavin, California Center for Civic Participation and Youth Development, San Francisco

James C. Muldavin is the founder and Executive Director of the California Center for Civic Participation and Youth Development, a non-partisan political awareness project dedicated to involving youth in policy-making processes. During the past twenty years, programs developed by Muldavin have served over 25,000 youth. Recent work has focused on preparing and supporting youth engaged in policy-making associated with land use planning, high school reform, social services, health care, criminal justice and community design. Participating youth conduct focus groups and surveys; testify at hearings; conduct press events; participate in policy conferences; and evaluate programs and grant applications alongside adults.
California Center: www.californiacenter.org

Lucy Mulenkei, Director, Indigenous Information Network, Kenya

Lucy Mulenkei is Executive Director of Indigenous Information Network and also Chair of Indigenous Women and Biodiversity Network. Hers is a network that brings together indigenous women worldwide working on issues of biodiversity to enhance the role played by indigenous women as caretakers of earth. Besides being the editor of Nomadic News, a magazine that covers development issues concerning indigenous nomadic pastoralists and hunter-gatherers, Ms Mulenkei trains people on basic human rights, leadership and environmental conservation. She also works with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on data collection and development of National Action Plans to help combat desertification.
Indigenous Information Network, Kenya: www.indigenous-info-kenya.org

Shanta Lall Mulmi, Generaly Secretary, NGO Federation of Nepal
Mr. Mulmi as Executive Director of Resource Centre for Primary Health Care is heavily involved in advocating health rights of the people with a network of 32 districts of Nepal, the NGO Federation of Nepal of which he was one of nine founders. He has been awarded by WHO in 2007 for his work on tobacco control. Shanta started his career as Assistant Head Master, Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programme establishing 12 schools for street children in the Kathmandu valley. The Federation is the only forum of all the development NGOs of Nepal with the strength of more than 4300 members at present.
NGO Federation of Nepal: www.ngofederation.org

Nancy Nadel, Oakland City Councilmember, Oakland, CA
A West Oakland resident for 25 years, Nancy Nadel is in her third term as an Oakland City Councilmember. Nancy chairs the Public Works Committee on the City Council, is a member of the Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Committee, Regional Planning Committee, and chairs the Earthquake Hazards Outreach Review Committee. She is an Executive Board member of the Oakland Community Action Agency whose charge is to help lift Oaklanders out of poverty, a program that is pitifully underfunded through the federal government. Nancy serves on the advisory committee for Dreamcatcher, a program to house and counsel homeless youth under 18.
Nancy Nadel: www.oaklandnet.com/nadel

Jeff Pace, Unity Council
Jeff Pace is Chief Operating Officer of the Unity Council and Fruitvale Development Corporation. His duties include oversight of real estate management and development including seven buildings, 235 units of housing and 200,000 square feet of retail, commercial and community service space. Jeff manages the finances of the corporation and is in charge of the planning and development of Fruitvale Village Phase II, a dense multi-family project adjacent the existing Village, where he is also in charge of improvements.
Unity Council: www.unitycouncil.org

Raquel Rivera Pinderhughes, Professor of Urban Studies, San Francisco State University
Raquel Pinderhughes is Professor of Urban Studies and Environmental Studies at San Francisco State University where she teaches courses on environmental policy and planning issues including: “Sustainable Development in Cities”, “Alternative Urban Futures” and “Environmental Justice”. Her areas of expertise include: urban environmental planning & policy; sustainable urban development; developing and managing urban infrastructures; green collar jobs; environmental justice; urban agriculture; local food systems; appropriate technologies; and qualitative research methods. She is the author of Alternative Urban Futures: Planning for Sustainable Development in Cities Throughout the World and Green Collar Jobs Study and Report.
Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes: www.bss.sfsu.edu/raquelrp

Steve Pinetti, Senior Vice President, Kimpton Hotels and Rstaurants
Steve Pinetti, as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, oversees sales, marketing, advertising, public relations and commerce activities for the hotel and restaurant management company. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, based in San Francisco, currently manages 46 hotels and 46 fine dining chef-driven restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Throughout his career, Pinetti has been responsible for the strategic planning and openings of more than 50 hotels restaurants throughout the country. He has taught business classes at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, San Francisco City College and Golden Gate University.
Kimpton Hotels: www.kimptonhotels.com

Rick Pruetz, specialist in transfer of development rights, Los Angeles, CA
Rick Pruetz is a planning consultant specializing in TDR workshops, feasibility studies and ordinances. He has written three books on TDR including Beyond Takings and Givings: Saving Natural Areas, Farmland and Historic Landmarks with Transfer of Development Rights and Density Transfer Charges. In addition to conducting dozens of presentations throughout the country, Rick has prepared TDR studies or ordinances for over 20 communities including Santa Fe County, NM and Livermore, CA. Rick served as the City Planner of Burbank California for more than 14 years before devoting his practice exclusively to TDR starting in 1999.
Rick Pruetz: www.beyondTakingsAndGivings.com and www.GreenLegacy.net

ZhengHua Qian, Director, Ecological Construction Special Committee of Shanghai Architectural Society
ZhenHua (Lincoln) Qian, has been engaged in ecological construction and the protection since 1992. He has provided leadership for the Ma An Shan ecological garden city planning and Shanghai Wujing regional development plan for 10 cities. He presided over Huaihe River Basin planning in 1996, the Yangtze River pollution governance in 1998 and the Taihu Lake basin 1999. At the present, he is the president of JingKe, environment and resources conservation, Academy of Science and Director of Ecological Construction Special Committee of Shanghai Architectural Society. Because of his outstanding contribution in ecological environment, in 2004 he received the Chinese Journalists “Remarkable Contribution Award”.

Richard Register, President, Ecocity Builders, Oakland, CA
Richard Register is an author, illustrator and theorist in ecological city design and planning. He is also an activist on local projects, from creek restoration and urban gardening to street and building redesign, working with environmentalists, developers and politicians to get a better city built and running. Register is founder of Ecocity Builders, a California non-profit corporation. He convened the First International Ecocity Conference in 1990 and advised on all subsequent conferences in the series. These events have involved approximately 3,800 people and 525 speakers to date. His latest book: Ecocities – Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature, 2006.
Ecocity Builders: www.ecocitybuilders.org

Charles Ricker, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, BrightSource Energy
Prior to joining BrightSource Energy, Mr. Ricker headed Texas operations for Growth Strategy Partners, a consultancy specializing in assisting companies develop and implement business strategies. His executive experience includes being co-founder of Orba Corporation, a successful developer, builder and operator of port facilities. Subsequently he was CEO of H.H. Robertson (UK) Ltd., Senior Vice President of Falcon Seaboard Power, a large independent power producer, and President of Millennium Power Group, which represented major power developers in South America. Charlie holds an MBA (Distinction) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. (Honors) from Millsaps College.
Bright Source Energy: www.brightsourceenergy.com

Lara Roma, urban forest ecologist
Lara Roma is a PhD student studying urban forest ecology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her projects involve long-term tree monitoring to quantify tree mortality rates and assess risk factors. Collaborations with community-based urban forestry organizations are an integral component of this research. Lara received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. After graduation, she worked as a coordinator for academically-based community service courses in urban environmental health at Penn, and completed the Master of Environmental Studies program in 2006. She currently works with Urban Releaf in Oakland Califronia.
Urban Releaf: www.urbanreleaf.org

David Room, Energy Preparedness, Oakland, CA
Dave Room is founder of Energy Preparedness, a consultancy on relocalization and municipal response to our energy predicament. He was also a founding board member of Bay Localize and coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance. He is an interviewer for Global Public Media, as well as a frequent lecturer and was recently a member of the Oil Independent Oakland by 2020 Task Force convened by another conference speaker, City Council Member Nancy Nadel. As a journalist and a speaker, Dave focuses on reinventing normal life, relocalization, A-Z in the context of peak energy, people of color and youth, and culture change.
Energy Preparedness: www.energypreparedness.net

Maria Rosario, PADCO/AECOM, Washington DC
Maria Rosario is Senior Architect and Planner, PADCO/AECOM, working in the Latin America from Washington, DC. Her 26-year international career in architecture, urban design and urban planning has been deeply influenced by her work at IPPUC, the Institute for Research and Urban Planning of Curitiba. As IPPUC’s official representative for their ecological innovations, policies and projects, she was one of our key speakers at Ecocity 4 in Curitiba and Ecocity 5 in Shenzhen, China. Her work calls for an integrated macro vision of urban planning: land use, transportation and circulation, plus the preservation of natural resources, combined to promote social and economic development.
PADCO/AECOM: www.padco.aecom.com

Margrethe Sagevik, International Union of Railways
Margrethe Sagevik is the Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development with UIC, the International Union of Railways, headquartered in Paris. This organization promotes the development and advancement of rail transport at the world level, including state-of-the-art high-speed systems. Currently they are working to bring to market new high-speed rail systems in a number of countries including Italy, Argentina, Morocco, Turkey, and Russia. They are also helping to grow existing European high-speed rail lines into a unified international network. Margrethe’s work helps raise awareness of rail systems as an important sustainability solution and the best way to meet Kyoto emission reduction targets while creating efficient mobility. She has been involved in discussions of rail transport at The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto and Bali.
International Union of Railways: www.uic.asso.fr

Laurie Schoeman, Living Classroom Project Manager, Literacy for Environmental Justice
Laurie Schoeman is project manager for the Living Classroom, an environmental education center located in Bayview Hunterspoint that is soon to feature an array of “off-grid” building systems. Laurie spent almost a decade working with and for low-income urban communities in many of New York’s most challenged communities. Relocating to California she launched into environmentally sustainable planning, emphasizing environmental justice and providing “green” solutions in urban infrastructure. Laurie has a Masters in Urban Planning degrree from Hunter College CUNY, NYC. In her spare time Laurie paints, hikes, and promotes public art.
The Living Classroom: www.lejyouth.org/prog_classroom.php4

Shyaam Shabaka, Eco Village Farm Learning Center, Richmond, CA
Shyaam Shabaka is Richmond, California’s EcoVillage Founder and Executive Director. Eco Village Farm Center’s mission is to provide residents of the San Francisco East Bay with practical knowledge and skills through a wide range of participatory experiences to live more sustainable and healthier lives and better protect the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems for present and future generations. How? Farm animals, food gardens and restoration of natural ecosytems. Eco Village Farm Center prepares youth and adults from diverse social backgrounds to work together in building healthier communities. Eco Village is a gift of nature to a harsh, urban community.
Eco Village Farm Learning Center: www.ecovillagefarm.org

Leah Shahum, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco
Leah Shahum has served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition since 2002. Leah most recently served on the Board of Directors of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency. The SFBC is dedicated to creating safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans. Their active 7,500 members represent San Franciscans of all ages, from all neighborhoods, who are working towards more safe and efficient ways to move around our city. Because of their efforts, the number of residents biking for transportation has doubled in the past 10 years. Today, over 30,000 San Franciscans use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation.
SF Bicycle Coalition: www.sfbike.org

Kemba Shakur, Urban Releaf, Oakland, CA
Kemba Shakur founded Urban Releaf in Oakland, California in July of 1998. The organization is an urban forestry/environmental non-profit that addresses the needs of communities that have little greenery. Urban Releaf is committed to the revitalization of our communities through tree planting, garden projects and environmental education. Studies have shown that increasing the number of trees in an area improves the psychological well being of the residents. Urban Releaf seeks to empower our residents including children and youth to beautify their neighborhoods. They believe that rehabilitation through tree planting and environmental awareness will revitalize our core urban areas.
Urban Releaf: www.urbanrelead.org
Ambika Shukla, People for Animals
Ambika Shukla, Trustee and frequently speaker for People for Animals, the oldest and largest animal welfare NGO in India, which she runs with her sister Maneka Gandhi and the Trustees, is also executive producer of a weekly animal program, anchoring programs in Hindi and English. Previously she was a television show scriptwriter and creative director of a major advertising agency of Mozambique. People for Animals works for many animal welfare objectives: protecting endangered species, stoping wild game hunting, promoting vegetarianism, setting up animal shelters and hospitals, making animal rights education compulsory, closing down the trade in furs.
People for Animals: www.peopleforanimalsindia.org

Maggie Skenderian, Johnson Creek Watershed Manager, City of Portland, Oregon

Maggie Skenderian is the Johnson Creek Watershed Manager for the City of Portland, Oregon. In this role, she oversees a $53 million comprehensive watershed restoration program that calls for reducing impacts of frequent flooding by restoring the natural functions of floodplains within the urban setting. Through their Willing Seller Program, Portland has acquired over 260 acres of property and restored over 80 acres of active floodplain to date. Maggie’s previous experience includes work as a Water Resource Planner, Public Involvement Specialist, Office Manager, Community Land Trust Real Estate Manager and Scallop Shucker. Maggie has worked for the City of Portland Oregon Bureau of Environmental Services since 1996.
Bureau of Environmental Services: www.bes.ci.portland.or.us

Jason Smith, Vice President, ClimateCHECK

Jason Smith is vice president of key accounts at ClimateCHECK, a greenhouse gas (GHG) management services provider. He leads the company’s marketing and sales strategies, as well as its operations in the U.S. Prior to ClimateCHECK, Jason was the executive director of LiveNeutral, a non-profit he co-founded, which focuses on reducing our carbon emissions. There, Jason helped facilitate numerous CO2 offset initiatives at major organizations, such as TransGroup Worldwide Logistics, American Electric Power, Williams-Sonoma and University of Colorado’s Environmental Center. Currently, Jason sits on the board of Climate Cycle, a fundraiser created to bring renewable energy to public schools across the country.

Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti
Born in Turin, Italy on June 21, 1919, Paolo Soleri was awarded his Ph.D. with highest honors in architecture from the Torino Polytechnico in 1946. He came to the United States in 1947 on a fellowship with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona, and at Taliesin East in Wisconsin. His major project is Arcosanti, a prototype town for 5,000 people, under construction since 1970. Located at Cordes Junction, in central Arizona, the project is based on Soleri’s concept of “Arcology,” architecture coherent with ecology. His proposed cities would be for people on foot, not designed around automobiles, compact and three-dimensional, not two-dimensional, that is, not flat and scattered over large distances. Arcology advocates cities designed to maximize the interaction and accessibility associated with an urban environment; minimize the use of energy, raw materials and land, reducing waste and environmental pollution; and allow interaction with the surrounding natural environment.
Arcosanti: www.arcosanti.org

Josh Squire, Bicycle System Manager, JCDecaux North America
French firm JCDecaux has installed its Cyclocity public bike sharing system in Lyon, where 3,000 bikes account for 20,000 trips each day. By 2008 in Paris, 20,000 bikes will be available from- and returnable at- 750 secure kiosks that take credit cards and are positioned within 1,000 feet of one another.
JCDecaux North America: www.jcdecauxna.com

Jeff Stein, Director of Architecture at the Boston Architectural Center

Jeff Stein is Chairman, Board of Trustees of Cosanti Foundation, Arcosanti, Arizona. In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of Phoenix. When complete, Arcosanti will house 5000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth. Its large, compact structures and large-scale solar greenhouses will occupy only 25 acres of a 4060-acre land preserve, keeping the natural countryside in close proximity to urban dwellers. Arcosanti is designed according to the concept of arcology (architecture + ecology), developed by Italian architect Paolo Soleri. Arcosanti: www.arcosanti.org

Christopher Swan, advocate, author and innovator for solar rail, San Francisco
Christopher Swan is a transportation professional with 20 years experience as railroad systems analyst, consultant, and entrepreneur. He as written several books on transportaton and renewalb energy, including YV88 (1977 Sierra Club Books), and Suncell (1986 Sierra Club Books) as well as cover articles for major magazines and journals. He produced a strategic paper on transportation for the State of California. In 1991 he testified before the U.S. Congress on the merits of a train system for Yosemite National Park. Christopher’s new book Electric Water (2007, New Society Publishers) has just been released.
Suntrain: www.suntrainusa.com

Jack Sylvan, Mayor’s Office on Economic and Workforce Development
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Jack was a director at the Sedway Group, a real estate and urban economics consulting firm, where he provided consulting services for public agencies, private development companies, and nonprofit organizations. Jack received a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain, where he researched the economic impact of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He holds a dual B.A./B.S. from U.C. Davis and a master’s in city planning from U.C. Berkeley. He is a Board of Director’s Member at non-profit Urban Ecology.
Mayor’s Office, Economic and Workforce Development: www.sfgov.org/site

Geof Syphers, Chief Sustainability Officer, Codding Enterprises, Rohnert Park, CA

Geof Syphers is Chief Sustainability Officer for Codding Enterprises, the developer for Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, California. Syphers is responsible for defining the environmental and social sustainability goals, and overseeing the Codding Enterprise’s transition to “sustainable developer.” He began his career as a physicist, and then earned his combined masters degree in solar/nuclear engineering only to find out through trial-and-error that the technological aspects of sustainability were the easy ones. His focus shifted to creating new cultures that support change. Geof has advised more than 40 governments and 100 companies on creating positive cultures.
Sonoma Mountain Village: www.sonomamountainvillage.com

Sudarshan Tiwari, Architect and City Historian, Kathmandu, Nepal
Sudarshan Tiwari is an architect and cultural historian and scholar of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Sudarshan earned degrees in architecture from the University of Delhi and the University of Hawaii. He has served in the faculty of Tribhuvan University’s Institute of Engineering for more than 25 years, and was Dean of the Institute between 1988 and 1992. His own interest drew him to the study of Nepali historical architecture, urbanism and conservation, which led to a PhD from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, for his work on the ancient settlements of the Kathmandu Valley.
Sudarshan Tiwari: www.himalassociation.org/himalbooks

Brent Toderian, Director of Planning, Vancouver, BC, Canada

In 2006, Brent Toderian was appointed the City of Vancouver’s Director of City Planning, succeeding celebrated Co-Directors Larry Beasley and Dr. Ann McAfee. His broad mandate involves current planning, including the many projects related to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and visioning/CityPlans, including the new “EcoDensity” citywide initiative currently being discussed with the Vancouver community. EcoDensity is based on the premise that strategically located, sustainably designed density can reduce the City’s ecological footprint while making Vancouver more sustainable, livable and affordable. Since arriving, Brent’s been encouraging candid, city-wide dialogue around an evolving urbanism, with bold opportunities around sustainability, creativity, and architectural risk taking.
Vancouver EcoDensity: www.vancouver-ecodensity.ca

Gregory Traver, Jr., Urban Releaf
Greg Traver is an environmental geography Ph.D. student at Univ. of California, Davis. His specialty is on human and ecological health benefits of trees in urban areas, with special focus on marginalized / environmental justice communities. In 1998 he received a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana and a M.S. in Urban Forestry from Southern University and A & M College in Louisiana in 2005. He’s currently a graduate researcher for the Center for Urban Forest Research USDA Forest Service in Davis, California working with Urban Releaf in Oakland, California.
Urban Releaf: www.urbanreleaf.org

Will Travis, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Will Travis is executive director of San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the state agency that regulates development in the Bay and along its shoreline, nation’s first state coastal management agency. He spearheaded acquisition of 10,000 acres of salt ponds along the northern shoreline of San Francisco Bay for wetlands restoration. He has served as chairman of a City/University committee to formulate a new plan for downtown Berkeley. With 240 square miles of low-lying land surrounding San Francisco Bay, Will has become a forceful advocate for a regional strategy to address sea level rise in the Bay Area.
BCDC: www.bcdc.ca.gov

Ruth Trigham, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Ruth E. Tringham is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has several published works, including Archaeology and The Goddess: Exploring the Contours of Feminist Archaeology, Men and Women in Prehistoric Architecture. Among the projects she has been involved in is field research at Çatalhöyük in Turkey. Tringham is the Director of the BACH (Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük) team for field research at Çatalhöyük. The research actually began in the 1960′s but BACH joined in 1997. Some of questions being sought after in the Çatalhöyük project are why people started domesticating animals, living in cities, and growing food.
Ruth Trigham: www.mactia.berkeley.edu/tringham

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer in Religion and the Environment at Yale University
Mary Evelyn Tucker is Senior Lecturer in Religion and the Environment at Yale University and a Research Scholar in the Divinity School, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She co-founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Tucker has been a committee member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme since 1986 and is vice president of the American Teilhard Association. Author of many books on religion and ecology, recently Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase she is in addition the co-editor of books on ecological views of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism.
Forum on Religion and Ecology: www.environment.harvard.edu/religion

David Vasquez, Principal, Public Vision Research, San Francisco
David is principal, co-founder and computer graphics specialist at Public Vision Research, LLC. David possesses extensive experience in all aspects of electronic and film-based communications. His specialty areas include computer-based learning, interactive multimedia, digital illustration, 3-D modeling and animation. David is currently pioneering a model of community participation that used computer 3-D graphics at community workshops using Sketch Up. He also has extensive experience using animated computer graphics to create videos for transit projects including the proposed high-speed rail and Transbay Terminal projects, San Francisco MUNI rail proposals, and various bus rapid transit projects.
Public Vision Research: www.publicvidionresearch.com

Maria Vaz, Photographer and Filmmaker of A Convenient Truth, Urban Solutions from Curitiba Brazil, Santa Cruz, CA
Maria Terezinha Vaz is the producer of A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil, an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling and social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks. These innovations transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. Trains, train tracks, the patterns and geometry of the rails and the machinery fascinate Maria and she maintains a fervant interest in the Mayan city of Chichen Itza and preservation of natural environments.
Maria Vaz: www.mariavasphoto.com/curitiba.html

Mathis Wackernagle, Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA
Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Global Footprint Network, the NGO highlighted in the eighth Ecocity World Summit 2008 Update. Mathis is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, has worked on sustainability issues for organizations in Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia and Australia, and has lectured internationally. Mathis previously directed the Centre for Sustainability Studies / Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad in Mexico. He has authored or contributed to over fifty peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles and reports. His recent books include Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, Sharing Nature’s Interest, and WWF International’s Living Planet Report.
Global Footprint Network: www.footprintnetwork.org

Isabel Wade, Former ED, SF Neighborhood Parks Council Executive Director, San Francisco

Dr. Isabel Wade, former Executive Director of the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC), created this organization in 1996 in an effort to “take back” the parks, which have suffered budget cut decline. In 2000, Dr. Wade and NPC spearheaded a coalition of non-profits to pass two ballot initiatives for acquisition of open space. Proposition A, a $110 million bond measure to pay for the renovation and acquisition of parks and recreation centers, and Proposition C, a 30-year extension of the Open Space Fund including a new oversight committee and management reforms, were both passed with strong support by the people of San Francisco.
Neighborhood Parks Council: www.sfnpc.org

Liz Walker, Executive Director of EcoVillage at Ithaca, Ithaca, New York
Liz Walker co-founded and has directed EcoVillage at Ithaca since its inception in 1991, and has lived there with her family since the first buildings were completed. She has worked on all aspects of the community’s development, and written and lectured widely on the topic. Her book, EcoVillage at Ithaca, tells the story of the community. It illuminates their cohousing neighborhoods, small-scale organic farming, land preservation, green building, energy alternatives and hands-on education. By integrating proven social and environmental alternatives into a living model, EcoVillage at Ithaca provides a glimpse into one possible – and positive – future for the planet.
Ecovillage at Ithaca: www.ecovillage.ithaca.ny.us

Rusong Wang, President, Ecological Society of China, co-convener, Ecocity World Summit
Wang Rusong is head of the Center for Ecological and Environmental Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Science and has been one of the pioneering leaders in ecological city theory and support of those practicing the sciences and arts of ecocity building. He is one of the founders of the Ecology Society of China he has been one of the most accomplished ecologists and champion of solutions in waste treatment and pollution abatement for the health delivery systems in China. Internationally he is known as one of the founders of SCOPE – the Scientific Committee on Problems in the Environment. Rusong has convened many conferences for SCOPET kindred to our International Ecocity Conferences. He expounds a theory based on ancient Chinese tradition and modern science, with a growing emphasis on remapping cities for reshaping them for minimum energy demand and maximum ecodiversity. He is also a member of the Peoples Congress of China.
Ecological Society of China: www.rcees.ac.cn/dse/en/team

Geoff Warn, Donaldson + Warn, Architects, Perth, Australia

Geoff Warn’s practice has been commissioned for a wide variety of projects and has received numerous awards and citations for architecture, urban design and interior design including the national BHP Steel Award for Architecture, the Premier’s Award for Civic Design, a national Urban Design award, an Industry and Export Award and the prodigious British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow award. Crossing Midfield, the title of a monograph of the practice’s work, was published in 2000 by the distinguished Swiss publisher Birkhauser. The work of Donalson+Warn,Architects has been extensively published nationally and internationally.
Geoff Warn: www.donaldsonandwarn.com.au

Curtis White, American essayist, Normal, Illinois
White’s career as an essayist and social critic began in 2002 with the publication “The Middle Mind” in Harper’s Magazine. Molly Ivins, commenting on the Harper’s essay, called White a “splendidly cranky academic.” In 2007 his tenth book appeared under the title The Spirit of Disobedience. Social critic Lewis Lapham say of this book, “White brings a great light into the darkness that has descended upon the hope of a decent American future, and his book should be required reading for any citizen looking for a way out of the mess that we have made of both the Christian ethic and the democratic spirit.”
Curtis White: www.english.ilstu.edu/people/profile

Carol Whiteside, Great Valley Center, Modesto, CA

Carol Whiteside is the President of the Great Valley Center, an organization she founded in August 1997 to promote the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of California’s Central Valley. Whiteside served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Pete Wilson on issues of land use, finance and restructuring and economic development. She was Assistant Secretary at the California Resources Agency and specialized in resource conservation, land use and growth management issues. Whiteside also served on the Modesto City Schools’ Board of Education, the Modesto City Council, and was elected Mayor in 1987. Whiteside is a graduate of the University of California at Davis.
Great Valley Center: www.greatvalley.org

William Willoya, Author, with Vinson Brown, Warriors of the Rainbow: Strange and Prophetic Dreams of the Indians, Seattle, Washington
William Willoya, born and educated in Alaska near Nome, was witness to massive cultural and natural change. He is one of the Aseuluk people who once lived on King Island in the Bering Sea. Willoya is co-author of Warriors of the Rainbow (1962, Naturegraph Publishers). The book describes prophesies of people of all tribes and races who will come together and be mankind’s key to survival. They will appear at a dark time when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air. “They will be called The Warriors of the Rainbow, Protectors of the Environment.”

Victoria Wojcik, UC Berkeley
Vicki Wojcik is a PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley working under Dr. Gordon Frankie. Her thesis focuses on assessing habitat in urban landscapes for bees, and the conservation potential of urban habitat. Popular interest in bees and gardening for bees is growing rapidly. Concern for both disease-afflicted honey bees and interest in native bees largely displaced by honey bees is growing and keeping her lab busy answering invitations for popular lectures. Vicki has written on urban biology in industry magazines (Urban Land) and in the scientific literature. She is also part of the LEED Neighborhood development review process.
Dr. Gordon Frankie’s lab: www.nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens

Dr. Tony Wong, EDAW, Principal, Melbourne, Australia and CEO, Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration (Monash University)
Tony Wong is a principal with EDAW’s studios in Melbourne and Sydney. Tony has over 25 years’ experience in water resources management in both rural and urban environments. His recent focus has been on the water aspects of ecologically sustainable development, particularly integrated urban water cycle management and water sensitive urban design. Tony was editor-in-chief for Australian Runoff Quality: A Guide to Water Sensitive Urban Design. He is currently a member of the Commonwealth Government’s National Water Commission Urban Water Advisory Group, and recently accepted an invitation to join the prime minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council’s working group on water for cities.
EDAW Melbourne: www.edaw.com.au

Gus Yates, CarFree City, USA
Gus Yates is president and co-founder of CarFree City, USA, a nonprofit that promotes the development of carfree neighborhoods, towns and cities in the United States. CarFree City, USA is based in Berkeley, California, and has been active in organizing events for World Carfree Day and participating in the international Towards Carfree Cities conference series. The organization studys real estate development and financing processes, tht are key to overcoming the primary barriers to creating carfree places. This has included the preparation of alternative carfree designs for selected large redevelopment projects, such as the Treasure Island project in San Francisco Bay.
CarFree City USA: www.carfreecity.us

Ken Yeang, eco-architect, Malaysia, England
Ken Yeang is director of Llewelyn Davies Yeang, a multidisciplinary firm of Urban designers, Architects and Landscape Architects. Yeang is known for pioneering the passive low-energy design of skyscrapers, what he has called “bioclimatic” design. Yeang’s 1992 Menara Mesiniaga building in Subang Jaya Selangor, Malaysia outlines his bioclimatic techniques, including daring vertical landscaping, external louvers to reduce solar heat gain, extensive natural ventilation and lighting, and an active Intelligent Building system for automated energy savings. His concentration on energy conservation and environmental impact is a radical departure from mainstream architecture’s view of the profession as more strictly an art form.
Ken Yeang: www.trhamzahyeang.com

Margo Young, Environmental Design and Management Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Margot is Managing Partner of EDM and is the company’s Senior Environmental Planner. She is one of the leading planners in Atlantic Canada, and her work has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its excellence. She regularly manages large-scale projects for private clients and also has extensive experience preparing plans for public agencies. EDM was founded in 1993 largely to bring socially conscious approaches to the use and development of land. The company brings together the skills of urban and regional planners, landscape architects, engineers, management consultants, and other professionals to create comprehensive solutions to land use challenges.
Environmental Design and Management Limited: www.edm.ca

Dominika Zareba, Polish Greenways Coordinator, Krakow, Poland
Dominika Zareba is the Polish Greenways Coordinator for Central and Eastern European Greenways working for the Environmental Partnership for Sustainable Development and the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation. The Partnership is an association of six foundations in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In 2000, she published the first book on Eco-Tourism in Poland. She introduced the greenways movement to Poland and contributed to establishment of the “Central & Eastern European Greenways” initiative. Speaks internationally on “Revitalization of natural and cultural heritage through greenways in Central and Eastern Europe – stories from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.”
Polish Greenways: www.greenways.pl

Gene Zellmer, architect, early pioneer in green building, Carmel Valley, CA
Gene Zellmer has designed almost every building type (up to 12 stories) found in a typical U. S. city. He was one of the earliest pioneers in green buildings and environmental designs. His energy-savings work began in the mid-60′s. Energy efficient and cost-saving berm and sloping wall construction was incorporated in projects over many years. Gene designed the world’s first applications of structural fabric on a department store, church, office and residence. The department store was in TIME as one of the Five Best Architectural Designs, 1981. His proposed hill towns that are hills with open public interiors is an innovation serving many ecological objectives.
Gene Zellmer www.genezellmer.com

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