JOEL MAKOWER  Emcee

Chairman & Executive Editor
GreenBiz.com

JOEL MAKOWER

JOEL MAKOWER

Chairman & Executive Editor
GreenBiz.com

The Associated Press has called Joel Makower “The guru of green business practices.” For more than 20 years, he has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. Joel is co-founder and chairman of Greener World Media, which produces GreenBiz.com as well as it sister sites, conferences, and research, including the annual “State of Green Business” report. He is also a senior strategist at GreenOrder, a sustainable business consultancy, and co-founder of Clean Edge, a clean-tech research and publishing firm. Throughout his career, Joel has helped a wide range of companies align environmental strategy with business success, including Clif Bar, Clorox, GE, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, and Nike, along with several start-up clean-technology companies. His popular blog, Two Steps Forward, offers daily insights on green business. Joel is author of more than a dozen books; his newest, Strategies for the Green Economy, has just been published by McGraw-Hill.

MICHEL GELOBTER

Climate Strategist | Founder
Cooler

MICHEL GELOBTER

MICHEL GELOBTER

Climate Strategist | Founder
Cooler

Michel Gelobter is one of the country’s leading climate strategists, having worked for more than 25 years as a regulator, policy-maker, researcher, and thought leader on environmental and social issues. As President of Redefining Progress, the U.S.’s leading sustainability policy institute, he led its participation in designing the world’s most aggressive climate legislation, guided the formation of the Climate Justice Corps, and oversaw the creation of MyFootprint.org, a website serving over two million unique visitors a month. Michel is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and serves on the boards of the Alliance for Climate Protection, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and CERES, among others. Most recently, he founded Cooler, a for-profit social venture that enables businesses and people to eliminate the global warming impact of their everyday purchases and activities.

SAUL GRIFFITH

SAUL GRIFFITH

Inventor
Makani Power

Award-winning inventor Saul Griffith is always looking for ways to make the world better. With multiple degrees in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering including a PhD from MIT in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating Machines, he has found endless avenues for his creative energy and expertise, co-founding companies in optics (OptiOpia,) engineering and technology (Squid Labs,) clean power (Potenco), DIY (Instructables.com,) a personal energy calculator (Wattzon.com) and most recently, wind energy (Makani Power.). Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention, including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Collegiate Inventor’s Award, the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, and in 2007, a MacArthur Fellowship. His patents and patents-pending span everything from textiles to optics, nanotechnology, and energy production. Saul also co-authors a comic book-style science education series called HowToons, inspiring children of all ages to curiosity and invention. He is a technical advisor and regular contributor to Make and Popular Mechanics magazines.

NATHAN SHERDROFF

Design MBA Chair
California College of the Arts

Experience design pioneer Nathan Shedroff is chair of the groundbreaking Design Strategy MBA at the California College of the Arts (CCA). The program melds design with business strategy to pursue a vision of the future of business as sustainable, meaningful, and truly innovative as well as profitable.

In addition to speaking, teaching, consulting, and entrepreneurial ventures, Nathan has written extensively on design and business issues, including Experience Design 1 and Making Meaning, along with his website. He has three new books debuting in 2009: Design is the Problem, about sustainable design; Experience Design 1.1, an update to his 2001 book; and Experience Design 1 Cards, a design tool based on his book that helps designers put the approach into practice.

In 2006, Nathan earned a Masters in Business Administration at Presidio School of Management, the only accredited American MBA program specializing in Sustainable Business. He lives in San Francisco where the climate, culture, and industry make it easy to have an esoteric title like Experience Strategist and actually make a living.

ALLAN CHOCHINOV

Editor in chief
Core77

ALLAN CHOCHINOV

ALLAN CHOCHINOV

Editor in chief
Core77

Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts. He is editor in chief of Core77.com, Coroflot.com, and Designdirectory.com, and writes and lectures widely on the impact of design on contemporary culture. He teaches in the graduate departments of Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. (Projects included work for Herman Miller, Johnson & Johnson, Federal Express, Kodak, A.C. Nielsen, Oral-B, Crunch Fitness and others.) He has been named on numerous design and utility patents, and has received awards from I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club and The One Club.

JOHN BIELENBERG

JOHN BIELENBERG

Founder
Project M

What John does best is help organizations find the courage and the sense of humor to consider whole new "wrong" ways of bringing their stories, ideas, and innovations out into the world.

John feels so strongly about the value of thinking wrong that he created a program called Project M that is designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers and filmmakers by proving that their work—especially their wrongest thinking—can have a positive and significant impact on the world. Project M has developed projects to help a conservation area in Costa Rica, microfinancing in Ghana, New Orleans after Katrina, the community of East Baltimore and connecting households to fresh water in Hale County Alabama.

In his career, John has won over 250 design awards, was nominated for two National Design Awards from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired six of his projects and staged a solo exhibition in 2000. John is also a founding partner of C2, MavLab, and Nada Bicycle Collective.

DAWN DANBY

Sustainable Design
Program Manager
Autodesk

DAWN DANBY

DAWN DANBY

Sustainable Design Program Manager
Autodesk

Interdisciplinary designer Dawn Danby believes the things we make should benefit both people and the world. In the last decade, she has applied sustainability to just about every facet of design, from a tree-covered, wind-powered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border to closed-loop manufacturing strategies for a leading outdoor footwear manufacturer and a public art master plan for a major american airport. She currently manages Autodesk’s Sustainable Design Program, integrating sustainable thinking into the digital tools used by 9 million designers and engineers worldwide. She is a co-author of WorldChanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century and the winner of a Royal Society of Arts (UK) fellowship as well as a Metropolis NEXT Generation runner-up for her work on food systems. Dawn holds an industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute

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EAMES DEMETRIOS

Filmmaker | Writer | Creative
Kymaerica

EAMES DEMETRIOS

EAMES DEMETRIOS

Filmmaker | Writer | Creative
Kymaerica

Eames Demetrios has worn many hats in his career, including multimedia artist, consultant, and exhibition designer. As director of the Eames Office for 10 years, he spearheaded the successful re-discovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage. In every project, he brings out the adventurous side of his creative partners which include the Library of Congress, Portugal’s Gulbenkian Foundation, Universal Studios, and Interface, Inc, among others.

Eames has made over 40 films and videos, written three books and spoken on a wide range of topics around the world. Themes include a fiction feature on homelessness, a documentary on Sambo Mockbee’s Rural Studio, and a website that takes off where the landmark Eames film Powers of Ten, left off. His current large-scale project, Kymaerica, is a multi-pronged, ongoing reinterpretation of the North American landscape.

EMILY PILLOTON

EMILY PILLOTON

Founder
Project H Design

Emily Pilloton is an industrial designer, writer, critic, unyielding optimist, part-time baker and California girl. Trained in architecture at UC Berkeley and product design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she started Project H in 2007 to provide a conduit and catalyst for humanitarian design. Current Project H initiatives include water transport and filtration systems in South Africa and India, educational math toys for a school for AIDS orphans in Uganda, a homeless-run design co-op in LA, and design concepts for foster care education and therapy in Austin. She has written for publications including ID, GOOD, and ReadyMade, and is the author of a forthcoming book on “the industrial design revolution” which will be published by Metropolis Books in 2009.

PAM DORR

PAM DORR
Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization (HERO)

A native of the Bay Area, Pam Dorr spent the first 18 years of her career in product development and management for companies like Esprit, Victoria’s Secret Catalog and BabyGap. Seeking a more meaningful contribution, she escaped to rural Alabama in 2003 to join the Auburn University Rural Studio as an Outreach Fellow. Her architectural fellowship soon led to a job with the Rural Studio and the creation of the Housing Resource Center at HERO.

HERO supports sustainable housing development and positive change for over 400 families a year in impoverished Hale County. In addition to working with HERO, Pam founded Habitat for Humanity Hale County in 2006. Community development capital and equity for both organizations now totals over $8.5 million. In her spare time, she volunteers for the West Alabama Youth Services and Girls’ Group Home, sharing horticultural therapy with at-risk youth.