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Ian Cheney is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. He co-created and appeared in the theatrical hit King Corn and directed the Sundance Channel film The Greening of Southie. Currently finishing work as director of The City Dark, Ian maintains a 20-member CSA, Truck Farm, in the back of his '86 Dodge pickup.

Dr. Lisa DiPinto is currently the Acting Director for NOAA's Marine Debris Division, and has worked with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration for 13 years on issues ranging from marine debris to oil spill and waste site assessments and restoration. Her background is in environmental toxicology, and in particular with contaminants in the marine environments. She received her B.Sc. degree in Microbiology from The Ohio State University, and her M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. When she is not working to assess and reduce impacts from marine debris, she can be found kayaking or sailing (and of course picking up any trash she finds) on the Chesapeake Bay.

Makalé Faber-Cullen was raised on the bubbling kansiyé stews and TP OK Jazz fautes of the DC area's francophone African expat community. Navigating her family's immigrant life (Hungarians and English, too) ignited her career as a cultural anthropologist, documenting and promoting the artistry and foodways of the newest Americans.

To that end, she has developed folk-arts and urban studies programs for City Lore; served as a researcher and presenter on four Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife programs, and; as Program Officer and later Program Director for Slow Food USA, co-launching and running Renewing America's Food Traditions (RAFT), a seven-organization, national venture documenting North American agricultural diversity and creating markets for distinctive food products.

She's currently building an artisan goods company and teaching sustainable food systems and social entrepreneurship at Kingsborough Community College - a campus of 30,000 new immigrants from 142 countries.

Makalé was a Commonwealth Fellow for Doctoral Studies in Anthropology at the University of Virginia and has studied fine arts at Parsons and the Torpedo Factory.

Holly Kallman is the Sustainability Coordinator at The City College of New York.

CCNY GreenIn this position Ms. Kallman provides the leadership, administrative support and coordination appropriate to develop, maintain and enhance sustainability programs at CCNY. Reporting to the Vice President of Campus Planning and Facilities Management, the Coordinator works with senior officers, other administrators, faculty, and students to provide the knowledge, skills, and motivation that will integrate sustainability values and practices into the College's strategic planning processes, the management of its resources and operations, facilities planning and design, its research activities, the curriculum, and extra-curricular life.

Joshua Klainberg (from the New York League of Conservation Voters website):

A native of Manhasset, NY, Joshua joined the NYLCV as a volunteer in the fall of 1995 and was hired as Political Director in January 1996. In 2005, he was promoted as the organization's first-ever Deputy Director. As Deputy Director, Joshua oversees all political aspects of NYLCV's candidate education, evaluation, endorsement and election activities. Over the years, he has worked on message development, lobbying, advocacy and electoral campaigns on behalf of state and local legislation, budgets, ballot initiatives as well as NYLCV's endorsed candidates.

Prior to joining NYLCV, he worked on several local, state and federal campaigns in Nassau County, including: Thomas DiNapoli, Jon Kaiman, and May Newberger.

Joshua has a strong passion for service-learning which was inculcated in him during stints in the American Legion's Boys' State program as well as the inaugural class of President Clinton's AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). He is still involved in service-related groups serving as:

  • Career Guide for "Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service," a program created by New York University's Wagner School for Public Service, that inspires, engages and connects emerging public service leaders with a unique career planning and professional development opportunity.
  • Treasurer to the Silver M Society, an organization established over 70 years ago to honor both students and teachers for their years of dedication to Manhasset Public Schools.

Joshua Klainberg earned a BA in Urban Environmental Studies from Brandeis Universityand a Masters in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

Anna Lappe. Photo by KalaLea
Photo by KalaLea

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, widely respected for her work on sustainability and food systems. Her most recent book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About it, has been called "impeccable, informative and inspiring" by Booklist. She is also the co-author of Hope's Edge, with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with eco-chef Bryant Terry. A founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, Anna can be seen as the host of MSN's Practical Guide to Healthier Living and The Endless Feast, a public television series about the connection between food and community. An active board member of Rainforest Action Network, Anna has been named one of Time's "Eco" Who's Who, and has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O-The Oprah Magazine, and Food & Wine among many other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

In Diet for a Hot Planet, Anna Lappé deftly explains the links between our global food system and climate change and offers ideas and inspiration for making sustainable food choices that can provide a catalyst for transforming the environment.

In this engaging and controversial new book, Anna argues that if we are serious about addressing climate change, we have to talk about food. She exposes the interests resisting this conversation and the spin-tactics employed to avoid it. Lappé also presents a vision of a future in which our food system is a key part of healing the planet and the climate.

Nearly forty years ago, Anna Lappé's mother, Frances Moore Lappé, wrote Diet for a Small Planet - a book that sparked a revolution in the way we eat and see the world. Today, Anna picks up the conversation, educating and inspiring a new generation.

Kelly McMasters is the author of the narrative nonfiction book Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (Public Affairs, 2008), which was an Orion Book Award nominee. Her essays and articles have appeared in such places as The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Newsday, Elle Décor, Time Out New York, and

Kelly has a BA from Vassar College and an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University. She teaches writing at and in the creative writing division and Journalism Graduate School at Columbia University. She is at work on a collection of place-based essays about northeast Pennsylvania, the first of which was published in River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, and recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Kelly McMasters' podcast on the Brian Lehrer Show

Sarah Mencher is responsible for outreach efforts for the Division of Energy Management at the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. While most of her work involves outreach to other city agencies and city employees, she also occasionally speaks in public forums about the New York City government's strategy for sustainable energy management. She is originally from California and holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley.

Robert Peras is an Energy Conservation Program Manager for the Division of Energy Management at the New York City Department of Administrative Services. He is responsible for the analysis, design, and implementation of many energy efficiency projects throughout various city agencies. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Masters of Science in Energy Management from NYIT.

Allison Prete is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films for television (including PBS) and theatrical release. Her work has been screened at festivals world-wide, including Venice and Barcelona, and has received awards from the Chicago and Palm Beach Film Festivals.

Her films have been screened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the George O'Keefe Museum, and are in the permanent collections of the Donnell Library and the New York Historical Society. She has received the Municipal Arts Society's highest honor, the Brendan Gill Award, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

She has served on the board and as Vice-President of the NY Film and Video Council and as a juror for the Brooklyn Arts Council's film festival. She is currently on the selection committee for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Movies with a View film series and volunteers her time to teach a documentary filmmaking class to first and second graders at her local public school. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the popular film series, Big Movies for Little Kids.

Neil Richardson is Project Manager for Sustainable CUNY, a comprehensive program to minimize the university's impact on the environment and integrate sustainability practices into the operations and educational programs at CUNY. Project objectives include assisting in the development of a city-wide smart grid, facilitating the in-market testing of energy efficiency and renewables technologies (particularly solar PV), greater green training and academic opportunities for CUNY's 500,000-plus students and the integration of sustainable best practices into the day-to-day operations of CUNY's 19 campuses. Neil's role is to coordinate and support efforts across the university to realize these objectives.

Don Riepehas been the NY Chapter Director and leading tours for the American Littoral Society for the past 25 years and is now employed as the "Jamaica Bay Guardian". He recently retired from the National Park Service where he worked as a naturalist and manager of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC . Don has written many articles on natural history subjects and his photographs have been published in many journals including Scientific American, National Wildlife, Audubon, Defenders, Underwater Naturalist, Parade and The New York Times. He has an M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of New Hampshire and has taught a course in Wildlife Management at St. John's University. An avid environmentalist he is a long standing member of the Jamaica Bay and Bird Hazard Task Forces.

Dr. William Solecki
Dr. William Solecki
 holds a BA in Geography from Columbia University and an MA and PhD in geography from Rutgers University. In addition to serving as Director of CISC, he is a professor in the Geography Department at Hunter College, CUNY. His research focuses on urban environmental change, urban land use, and suburbanization. He has served on the U.S. National Research Council's Special Committee on Problems in the Environment. He has also served as the co-leader of the Metropolitan East Coast Assessment of Impacts of Potential Climate Variability and Change. He currently is a member of the International Geographical Union Megacity Study Group and the International Human Dimensions Programme, Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Scientific Steering Committee.

Alexander (Sandy) Taft is an environmental professional with 23 years of experience. Serving the first three years in the consulting industry for Haley & Aldrich, Inc. a Cambridge Massachusetts based environmental and geotechnical consulting firm and the last 20 in the utility industry. This work included serving as the Director of Environmental Management for Boston Gas Company and then for KeySpan Energy Delivery's New England Territory. With the acquisition of KeySpan by National Grid Sandy was named Director US Climate Change Policy and is now focusing on the implementation of National Grid's US Climate Change Initiatives in the United States. Sandy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Science in Geology from Kent State University.

Sandy is a past Chair of the American Gas Association's Environmental Matters Committee. Presently, Sandy is serving as Chair of the newly created Environment and Energy Committee of the New England Chapter of the British American Business Council. In addition he represents National Grid on the New Hampshire Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership and is serving as Treasurer.

Peter Washburn is a Policy Advisor in the Environmental Protection Bureau, Office of New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing, evaluating, and implementing policies related to the Attorney General's environmental protection agenda. He also chairs the Attorney General's Sustainability Committee which has the responsibility of developing and implementing actions that will improve sustainable business management practices Office-wide.

Mr. Washburn has over 25 years of experience in the environmental field, including holding positions as a private-sector consultant and with a solar energy development firm, as well as a staff scientist and project director for an environmental advocacy organization. He has also held various capacities with local, state, and federal government, including the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the New York City Council.

Mr. Washburn holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Maine and a Masters of Science in Environmental Toxicology from Duke University.

Karen Washington has been a community activist since 1985, striving to make the Bronx a better place to live. A member of the New York Botanical Garden's Board and president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, she has worked with neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens and has spoken out for garden protection and preservation. As a City Farms Trainer, she has helped people all over the city grow more food and build healthier neighborhoods, and as co-founder of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, she launched a Farmers Market, bringing garden grown and farm fresh vegetables to her neighbors.

David Westman has been working at Con Edison for just over three years; Dave is the Climate Change and Resource Conservation Manager in the Environment, Health and Safety group. Dave received his Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Before graduate school, Dave was a community organizer for the Sierra Club, the nation's largest grassroots environmental group, where he worked on National Forest and Wilderness protection. Dave received his Bachelors in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

UPROSEElizabeth C. Yeampierre, a Puerto Rican civil rights attorney born and raised in New York City is Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community based organization. In 1996, Elizabeth helped shift UPROSE's mission to organizing, advocacy and developing intergenerational indigenous leadership through activism. In reaching these goals, UPROSE focuses environmental, economic and social justice.
Elizabeth received her BA in Political Science from Fordham University and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey.

As President of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, Ms. Yeampierre is part of the New York City environmental justice leadership responsible for getting New York State's first Brownfield legislation passed and NYC's Solid Waste Management Plan passed. Her work at UPROSE has facilitated an aggressive urban forestry initiative and significantly contributed to the doubling of open space in Sunset Park.

Ms. Yeampierre developed a project that resulted in the retro-fit and re-powering of 12 diesel trucks for a local business. Ms. Yeampierre successfully organized a community wide coalition and is credited for facilitating the local defeat of a 520 mega-watt power plant application. She has developed and implemented a community participatory model that has resulted in a community led greenway-blueway design for Sunset Park's waterfront. $8.4 million dollars have been allocated for the greenway and park and $36 million dollars in Brownfield remediation funds for the waterfront park (the largest brownfield grant in the history of the State of New York).

At UPROSE, Elizabeth secured $1,000,000 for pollution reduction projects that are being shared and distributed throughout the community She is a co-founder of CURE (Communities United for Responsible Energy ) and OWN (Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods.) Elizabeth serves on Mayor Bloomberg's Sustainability and Long Term Planning Advisory Board, and served as a Commissioner on the historic NYS Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission. Currently, Elizabeth is acting chair of the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. She is best known for developing indigenous leadership committed to environmental and social justice.

Elizabeth is the recipient of the 2009 NYC City Council Women's History Award: Women in Environmentalism, 2007 NRDC, Earth Day New York Environmental Advocate of the Year Award, the Municipal Art Society Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award, 2007 American Planner Association Paul Davidoff Award, 2006 US EPA Quality Award, 2006 Urban Visionary Award from The Apollo Project- Urban Agenda, 2004 National Latina Leadership Award from the National Foundation of Women Legislators and its affiliate, the National Council of La Raza, the country's largest Hispanic civil rights organization. She also received the 2003 Asian Americans for Equality's Dream of Equality Award and the Comite Noviembre Hispanic Heritage Award.



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