Green Economy Leadership
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: SEM II E1105
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Moderator: Jeremy Epstein - Clean Energy Committee, The Evergreen State College
Dawn E. Dzurilla, Founder & President, Gaia Human Capital Consultants
Dawn founded and leads Gaia Human Capital Consultants, dedicated to strengthening executive leadership and professional talent in the all-renewable energy, clean tech, environmental & corporate sustainability organizations. An EcoPreneur, Dawn partners with clients at all stages of development and not-for-profit organizations, she brings twenty years of executive search consulting and talent acquisition experience and approximately ten years of environmental & corporate sustainability experience.
Dawn is also a Contributing Columnist for www.RenewableEnergyWorld.com, the most widely read publication in the renewable energy industry. She is the author of several articles addressing strategic human capital and business issues and public speaker addressing topical talent strategy issues facing the green tech and renewable energy industry. Prior, Dawn co-founded an innovative Socially Responsible Investment Management (SRI) firm, which carefully screens, selects and manages investments based on issues of sustainability, corporate & social responsibility. Her environmental and clean technology experience includes being Co-Founder & Director of Corporate Development for a premier clean-technologically advanced manufacturer of environmental and medical waste management technology firm.
Over the course of her distinguished career as a Senior Executive Search Consultant, Dawn has successfully completed scores of C-level and executive search assignments serving clients in the renewable energy and prior, the financial services industry. A resident of New York City and Naples, FL, Dawn earned her B.S. Degree in Business Administration from St. John's University in New York City.
Ann DeMelle, Senior Consultant, Sustainable Business Consulting
Ann earned a Master's Degree in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, works with businesses to develop and integrate climate change and sustainability strategies.
Her achievements includes: Providing clients with green business solutions that benefit the bottom line; Developing corporate sustainability and carbon management strategies that integrate ROI, brand value, and ease of implementation; Coordinating carbon footprints for clients ranging from a leading multinational outdoor retailer to one of the top U.S. credit unions.
Robert Schram, Chief Executive & Technology Officer, Evergreen Fuel Technologies (EFT)
Rob a former high-tech executive has a 20-year background in biomass gasification technology and industrial process control electronics, and extensive experience in business development, strategic sales and complex project management. He has earned an excellent reputation for targeting, negotiating and developing profitable partnering ventures both domestically and overseas. EFT is an early stage alternative energy company with proprietary modular- scale gasification technology - enabling it to efficiently convert agricultural and forest byproduct materials into competitively priced heating gas and electric power (CHP).
EFT’s management and technical team have over 20 years in development and testing of biomass gasification technology, and have completed construction of portable gasification units for “dispatchable” stationary power. The company has built strategic relationships with key industry stakeholders within Washington, Oregon and Idaho – large biomass producers, processors and energy consumers, power utilities, PUD's & REA's, County Ports, state agencies and universities, and large prospective commercial accounts.
Kevin Fullerton, Policy and Governmental Relations, Institute for Washington's Future
Kevin is the Institute for Washington's Future's Policy and Governmental Relations leader.The Institute for Washington’s Future (IWF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 that strives to increase citizen participation in our democratic institutions, reverse the economic marginalization of low-income people in our society, protect the environment, create and preserve family-wage jobs, and increase our quality of life. In rural communities, The Institute promotes rural enterprises responsive to crucial environmental and economic challenges. It builds community investment and re-empowers rural economies to create jobs, intellectual capital, and self-determination.
IWF targets rural communities because opportunities for creating a more sustainable national economy converge here. They believe that local partnerships of growers, businesses, farm workers, and public agencies can initiate solutions to renewable energy, climate change, and an affordable food supply. Recent projects have focused on biomass energy production, sustainable farming, and increasing opportunities for low income people to earn a livelihood in agriculture.
Campaign Director (Olympia), Climate Solutions
Beth oversees legislative campaigns, ensures campaign strategy is integrated into planning of Climate Solution’s flagship programs, and sustains and builds a network of organizations and businesses to advocate for responsible climate policy, clean energy and transportation solutions. She most recently served as a campaign organizer and then development director for Audubon Washington.
In 1996 she was a field organizer for National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), and, in the early-to-mid 90s, she was Executive Director of Washington Conservation Voters (WCV).
During her tenure with WCV she created Washington Environmental Alliance for Voter Education (WEAVE). A mom of two young boys, she enjoys the outdoors, cycling, yoga, fiddling and traveling.
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Zac Carr, Marketing & Events, Jones Soda
A former Recruiter at Microsoft, Zac is a member of Jones Soda Marketing team and head of events since 2006. Zac led and managed a huge initiative for Jones Soda with the Seattle Seahawks relationship, which was the largest marketing program in 2007-2008 for Jones.
Zac graduated from the University of Idaho in 2004.
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Sustainability Officers Roundtable
John Pumilio, Director of Sustainability, The Evergreen State College
In March, John accepted this newly created position housed in The Evergreen State College's President's office. His primary objectives are to provide leadership, contribute practical solutions, and assist in the overall progression of sustainability at Evergreen to ensure that the people in the community and the environment thrive, now and into the future.
John's fascination with the beauty and complexity of our natural world has led to a lifetime of study and work in the natural sciences. He's been an ornithology instructor for the National Audubon Society in Maine, a field biologist studying bio diversity in the West Indies, and a wildlife technician working on the Florida Panther Project in the Everglades.
John earned his Master's in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College in 2007 and a B.S., Environmental and Forest Biology (EFB) at The State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry in 1995.
Halli Winstead, Sustainability Intern, Aramark
In 2006, Evergreen was purchasing between 18-20% of its food from local and organic sources. At that time, Evergreen established the goal of exceeding 40% of locally produced food by 2010. Halli is Aramark’s Sustainability Intern. A remarkable 32% of Evergreen’s food is purchased from local and organic sources.
Higher education is a prime location to explore the practice of sustainable communities, lifestyles, business and agriculture. The Evergreen State College has long embraced the concept of being a learning laboratory for sustainability that allows a student's education to fit a specific area of interest. Halli’s effort, along with the dedication of dozens of staff and students, have increased sustainable practices as they relate to Dining Services
Natalie Pyrooz, Sustainability Coordinator, The Evergreen State College for Residential and Dining Services
Natalie is finishing her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies at Evergreen and plans to graduate in June of 2009. She wants her life work to integrate arts and environmental issues to raise awareness and create change. She has worked on issues relating to salmon, food, bio diversity, and wetland mitigation for grassroots organizations and for state and federal agencies. Currently she’s working to develop the Greener Living Program, Residential compost, and build an edible forest garden in campus housing.
5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Socially Responsible Investing
Moderator: Jim Dowling, Finance & Economics Major at The Evergreen State College
Pamela Rivers, Regional Vice President, Calvert Funds
Pam is currently a Regional VP of Sales for Calvert Funds. She joined Calvert in August of 2000, having had previously worked in operations and then internal sales (covering NYC and New England) before making the move from Calvert's home office in Bethesda, MD to Seattle, WA in April 2007. Her role is to work with financial advisors to promote Calvert Funds.
A leading investment firm for 30 years, Calvert Investments offers a broad range of products, from managed bond funds to the nation's largest array of sustainable and responsible mutual funds. Pam specializes in socially and environmentally conscious funds, which is especially important to her.
Zoe Van Schyndel, CFA, Faculty Member - The Evergreen State College
Zoe has enjoyed a distinguished career brings a wealth of diverse experience in sustainability, investments, clean technology and environmentalism to every situation. Zoe is a faculty member at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. An acclaimed author and lecturer, Zoe is a Contributing Columnist for the investment web site, The Motley Fool, on investment issues and historically has written about green tech and socially responsible investments.
Zoe was instrumental in initiating the iShares KLD Select Social Index Fund (KLD), one of the first socially responsible exchange-traded funds. She also led the development of the KLD/Russell Mellon family of socially responsible indexes. Previously, she was a New England regional manager at the Securities and Exchange Commission, responsible for regulatory oversight of investment advisors and mutual funds.
Zoe is a Chartered Financial Analyst and earned her Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University.
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Professional Careers in Green Technology Roundtable
Daniel J. Byrd, Principal, Gaia Human Capital Consultants
Based in New York City, Dan's broad expertise makes him a valued and trusted partner in advancing his clients initiatives. At Gaia Human Capital Consultants, Dan partners with clients in the all-renewable energy, Clean Tech, Environmental and Corporate Sustainability markets. Occasionally representing Gaia Human Capital Consultants at industry forums and conferences, Dan takes an active and desired role as the firm's Practice Leader in Strategic Partnerships & Relations.
Dan was principal of GreenTech Research LLC, an alternative investment firm for renewable energies and cleantech, where he provided research and analysis for nine clean tech sectors including renewable energies, biofuels, smart grid, energy efficiency, water and clean coal and was a key marketer for the fund to potential investors. Previously, Dan was an environmental attorney at K&L Gates LLC.
Dan earned his Master's Degree in Environmental Science from Yale University and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dawn E. Dzurilla, Founder & President, Gaia Human Capital Consultants
Dawn founded and leads Gaia Human Capital Consultants, dedicated to strengthening executive leadership and professional talent in the all-renewable energy, clean tech, environmental & corporate sustainability organizations. (see above for complete bio).
Voluntary Simplicity & Greener Weddings
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: SEM II E1105
Cy Englert, Northwest Earth Institute
The Northwest Earth Institute is recognized as a national leader in developing innovative programs that empower individuals and organizations to protect the Earth. These programs emphasize individual responsibility, the importance of a supportive community, and the dual need to walk lightly on and to take action for the earth. By reaching out to people in their workplace, home, faith center, neighborhood, and community, NWEI provides easy access to tools for individual and cultural change. NWEI develops innovative programs in Portland, transports them to Northwest communities where they are offered through our chapters or local volunteer groups, and replicates them in other regions through autonomous groups.
NWEI courses have been offered by local organizers in all 50 states and Canada. Total enrollment in the discussion courses exceeds 100,000 known participants, with thousands others taking the course with recycled course books. These courses have been offered in hundreds of businesses and organizations. NWEI’s work has been featured in two PBS documentaries, Affluenza and Escape from Affluenza, as well as a National Public Radio series, Deep Ecology for the 21st Century.
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