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Dan Lilkas-Rain is the Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Bethlehem in Albany County, NY, and serves as a board member for the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR 3 ).
He was honored to be named the New York State “Recycler of the Year” as the recipient of NYSAR 3 ’s 2016 Recycling Leadership Award. Dan has also been honored with a 2015 New York State Legislative Resolution for his and the Town of Bethlehem’s recycling efforts, and accepted a 2015 EPA Environmental Champion Award on behalf of the “Re-Clothe NY” Campaign and NYSAR 3 for his role in helping lead that statewide textile recovery team effort. Dan is proud of the way this collaborative project has grown, including last fall’s NY Textiles Summit in NYC with over 200 participants, thanks to the efforts of partners like the Product Stewardship Institute, the New York Product Stewardship Council, and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.
Dan has a degree in Environmental Studies and Psychology from Alfred University, a 20-year background in environmental education, and finds joy working with residents and businesses on recycling and composting issues.
Beth Fiteni reads from her upcoming book, The Green Wardrobe Guide.
Gabrielle is a policy analyst with years of experience working on local, state, and federal nutrition, public health, and agriculture issues. Since 2014, she has worked as a Senior Research and Policy Analyst for GRACE Communication Foundation’s food program, where she manages the Seasonal Food Guide project, writes about and researches food and agriculture issues, promotes program initiatives and contributes to strategy development and execution.
Before joining GRACE, Gabrielle was the Policy Associate at Wholesome Wave where she was responsible for organizing and managing five national conferences for the organization’s farmers’ market partners. Working directly with national farmers’ market organizations and advocacy groups, she oversaw Wholesome Wave’s successful grassroots campaign to fight cuts to the national SNAP program and establish the $100 Million Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program in the 2014 Farm Bill. Gabrielle also worked as a food policy intern in NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s office where she served as the head researcher for the Speaker’s landmark 2010 report. She holds a MPA in Public and NonProfit Management and Policy from New York University and BAs in Political Science and Sociology from University of California, Davis.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Christina Sewell works to bring issues affecting animals used for their skins into the public consciousness through media initiatives, collaborations with style influencers, and custom lifestyle content that she produces for PETA’s websites. Among her many efforts, Sewell has coordinated and hosted PETA’s first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards and vegan fashion pop-up shop, spoke about vegan fashion to new activists at PETA’s Animal Rights 2.0 workshop and the Animal Rights National Conference, and formed partnerships with on-trend brands, including Freedom of Animals and Vaute Couture, the first all-vegan brand to walk the New York Fashion Week runway.
Episode #35 | Air Date 8/2017
Episode #34 | Air Date 7/21/2017
Paul Anderson was raised in Bayport, NY spending free time plodding through the swamps and wetlands of the Brown’s River and Lotus Lake. Paul has an Associates in Laboratory Technology from Suffolk County Community College and a B.S. in Bioscience from Farmingdale State College. Paul has been accredited by the New England Organic Farming Association’s (NOFA) Organic Land Care Program. In 2005 Paul began working with the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI). He was the founding President upon incorporation as non-profit 501(c)3 in 2011. In the past 12 years LINPI has produced around 300,000 plants of some 70 species, and further has brought thousands of pounds of ecotypic seed to the regional market. Today, with the members of LINPI, Paul is involved in seed collection, propagation, and cropping of Long Island’s native plants for seed production and landscape improvement.
Erica Cirino is a freelance science writer, artist and adventurer based in New York. Erica is especially interested in exploring the human connection to nature—wild creatures in particular—in both her writing and art. One of her major inspirations is her role as a licensed wildlife rehabber who has spent several years in the clinical setting. Through her writing, art and wildlife rehabilitation work, Erica hopes to foster human thought, conversation and, perhaps, admiration for the natural world.
Radio Show #33 | Air Date 5/19/2017
In May we covered the topic of ORGANIC LAWN AND YARD CARE, featuring pest management expert and turf specialist Tamson Yeh of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Edwina Von Gal of the Perfect Earth Project in East Hampton. They explained the best methods to maintain a healthy lawn and yard without the use of toxic chemicals.
Edwina von Gal
Principal Landscape Designer, Edwina von Gal + Co.
Founder / President, Perfect Earth Project
Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina von Gal creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She has collaborated with architects such as Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, Maya Lin, and Richard Meier, and her work has been published in many major publications. Her book “Fresh Cuts” won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998.
In 2013, Edwina founded the Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals for people, their pets, and the planet. Perfect Earth Project educates homeowners and professionals in nature-based landscape management techniques that provide beautiful, safe results at no extra cost.
Edwina has served on boards and committees for a number of horticultural and arts organizations, and is currently on the board of What Is Missing?, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity, and the advisory board of The Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT. She received the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Arthur Ross Award in 2012, and is the 2017 recipient of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Achievement Award for the Visual Arts.
Dr. Yeh received her Bachelors in biology from Wells College, her MS in animal and veterinary science from U. of Rhode Island, and her Ph.D in plant Science from U. of Rhode Island. She worked at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County from 1997-2004 and has worked at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County since 2004. She is the author of “Can My Petunia Be Saved;” a how-to for landscape diagnosis.
Episode #32 | Air Date 3/17/2017
This month we will be joined by George Povall of All Our Energy, who will be discussing their initiative to ban plastic bags in the City of Long Beach.
George coordinates campaigns to help energize, organize and mobilize the public to act on climate, renewable energy, and local environmental issues. Their “Bring Your Own Bag LB” campaign to address single use plastic bag pollution succeeded and the new Long Beach checkout bag ordinance commences on Earth Day 2017.
We will also be joined by Jane Jackson, the Director of Stewardship of the North Shore Land Alliance. Ms. Jackson says it was perhaps her lifelong love for animals that propelled her into a career in conservation, starting as a teenage volunteer at Massachusetts Audubon’s Trailside Museum in her home town of Milton, MA. Jane received a B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Vermont and an M.S. in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. Her more recent professional experience includes three years’ work in the Science and Stewardship division of The Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island Field Office and five years as Director of Programming for New York Restoration Project, an open space organization working in underserved communities of New York City. It was Jane’s love of land protection and a desire to combine and build on her land conservation, outreach, and program development skills that led her to the North Shore Land Alliance.
Episode #31 | Air Date 2/17/2017
Heidi Hutner, PhD, teaches and writes about environmental literature, film and media, environmental justice, ecofeminism, and ecocriticism, at Stony Brook University, where she is the director of the Sustainability Studies Program and Associate Dean in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Hutner is also an active public speaker on environmental issues.
Episode #30 | Air Date 1/20/2017
Carl Safina’s work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit organization, The Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His writing appears in The New York Times, Audubon, Orion, and other periodicals and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, and CNN.com. He lives on Long Island, New York with his wife Patricia, the two best beach-running dogs in the world, some chickens, a couple of parrots, and Frankie the kingsnake.
Steph Gaylor has been a seed saver since her youth. In 2005 she founded Invincible Summer Farms to grow and sell fresh produce, collaborate with chefs and the food community while saving rare seeds. In 2014, she and business partner Cheryl Frey Richards began to offer some of these little known varieties, as well as developing new ones, through Salt of the Earth Seed Company. Steph is one of the founding members of the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium, a grass roots organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and research related to seed sovereignty.
Episode #29 | Air Date 12/16/2016
Our last radio show of 2016 featured interviews with Darren Crouch of Passages International, Inc. and Mike Stura.
Darren Crouch, is President and Founder of Passages International, Inc. Over the past several years, Darren has been published in The Director Magazine, The American Funeral Director Magazine, Funeral Business Advisor, The Cremationist and the ICCFA Magazine. He has also been quoted in both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has spoken at several national and international conventions including the Asia Funeral Expo, the National Funeral Directors Convention and the ICCFA Convention. Darren holds a BSc. (Hons) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England and now lives with his wife and two daughters in New Mexico: an area for its leadership in solar power, green building and design.
Mike Stura is a truck driver by trade but is also the founder and main animal rescuer for the Skylands Sanctuary. He will talk about why he founded his sanctuary, and how he rescues animals.
Episode #28 | Air Date 11/11/2016
On November 11th we were joined by filmmaker Patricia Shih who spoke about her film, Undocumented which premiered at the Huntington Cinema Arts Centre on November 13th. For more on the project see this link.
From Shih: “I have been a professional creative artist since the age of 15, when I signed my first recording contract and subsequently released my first recording. Ever since then, I have made my living in the visual and performing arts. My current area of focus is in film and video, where I have been able to integrate a life’s worth of multimedia creativity and storytelling experience into a wide range of projects, from music videos to documentaries.
I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Academy of Art and Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. I have taught fine art for decades on both coasts, co-hosted a twice-daily TV show in New York for a year, recorded 9 music albums and written two books about music. The honors that I have been awarded include a Woman of Distinction award, a Woman Making a Difference honor, and a Social Justice Leadership award from the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island.
Episode #27 | Air Date 10/21/2016
Friday, October 21st we featured Eric Powers of Your Connection To Nature (YC2N) who will be opening a new nature center on LI, and also Rick Van Dyke of Sustainable LI who will talks about their ongoing work.
Eric Powers, field biologist & Director of YC2N
(bio from an interview with Tamir Elterman)
For as long as he can remember, Eric Powers loved playing with turtles, salamanders, snakes, and bugs. Today, Powers heads and works full-time for Your Connection To Nature (YC2N), a Long Island-based company that he started in 2003 to help city dwellers appreciate and gain a deeper respect for nature. “My mission is to save the Earth by helping save plants and animals from extinction,” Powers boldly states. “I do this through education, by showing people animals and taking them into nature.”
As a child in Greeley, CO, Powers was only allowed to keep bugs and reptiles as pets if they did not cost his parents money to maintain them. That is when he began interacting with nature in a strong, fun, educational manner. He remembers having to care for his fist pets, saying “it not only made me more responsible but made me learn about the ecology of the animals without even realizing it. I had to learn exactly what it ate and go out and catch it.”
Powers, through YC2N, offers several wilderness trips, live animal shows, and many other programs in the NY area. According to his website, YC2N.com, Powers promotes reconnecting with nature because it “can teach us lessons about ourselves, our religious beliefs, and help us keep perspective in our lives.”
“I often tell people that if you take away all of nature, people die.” Powers explains, “but if you take away all the people, nature thrives. I think that really helps people understand my message.”
Reinhardt (“Rick”) Van Dyke, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island
Mr. Van Dyke first joined Sustainable Long Island in 1998, as part of the organization’s advisory
committee. In that role, he was responsible for identifying areas of economic development and community revitalization, environmental health and justice, community health and wellness, and food access and equity issues island-wide.
Mr. Van Dyke received his BA in International Relations from Lake Forest College in Illinois and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Prior to his graduate education, Mr. Van Dyke served in the Peace Corps in Central Africa for two years. Mr. Van Dyke was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Service League of Long Island, NY. He also served as the Interim Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Nassau County, NY and of the Chinatown Manpower Project in Chinatown, NYC. Mr. Van Dyke is an active member of and has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the New York State Association of Family Service Agencies, the National Association of Social Workers, Huntington Hospital, Suffolk Community Council, the Long Island Association of Business & Industry, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Mr. Van Dyke’s professional awards include the President’s Leadership Award, National Association of Puerto Rican & Hispanic Social Workers, Executive of the Year, United Way of Long Island, 1992 & 2009, Honoree of the Year, Huntington Chamber of Commerce,Partnership Honoree, LI Business-School Partnership, Community Leader Honoree, Martin Luther King Celebration.
Episode #26 | Air Date 9/16/2016
Friday, September 16, 2016 we were joined by Enrico Nardone from Seatuck Environmental Association who talks about his work to educate families about local ecosystems, and Helen Boxwill of H2Empower who tells us about her work improving communities in Ethiopia.
Enrico Nardone has been the director at Seatuck Environmental Association since 2001. Prior to joining the organization he practiced environmental and land use law for a private law firm and worked as a staff attorney at the National Audubon Society. In his career, he has also spent time at the Georgetown Environmental Law Institute and The Wilderness Society. Enrico is the author of South Bay Nature Notes, a regular column on nature and the environment published in the monthly Great South Bay Magazine. He lives in Baldwin with his wife and two daughters.
As an educator for over 30 years on Long Island, Helen Boxwill has taught kindergarten through high school, and been a Director of Language Arts, Principal and Coordinator of a family literacy program. She is currently Executive Director of H 2 Empower, a not for profit since 2006, She spent two years as a volunteer in Ethiopia. First, in 2003-2004 Helen taught a Ministry of Education mandated licensing program to college teachers in Hosanna Teacher Training College. She worked in the Ethiopia Ministry of Education as the Early Grade Reading Consultant in 2012-2013 and helped develop a new mother tongue national syllabus and new student books, teacher guides and teacher training manuals for primary teachers in 7 mother tongue languages.
While in Ethiopia, she travelled around the country and worked with local teachers to set up a library system through the town of 150,000. This won her the Teacher of the Year Award from her sponsoring agency, International Foundation for Education and Self Help, and a grant from the US Embassy in Ethiopia to help build a community library. Since 2005 she spearheaded a campaign to send books to various schools in Ethiopia and so far 90,000 books have been sent to 5 teacher training colleges, almost 60 schools, two town libraries, 2 universities, and a hospital library. She has developed a permagarden program, brought water to schools and their neighboring community, and built classrooms in public schools. Helen also has been training teachers and school librarians in Ethiopia. In Burundi, Central Africa, she organized support for micro-loan and literacy projects for needy women and sponsorship of vulnerable students to attend the local universities. Yearly Helen leads a tour of Ethiopia to explore the culture and history and volunteer in schools. Her goal is to connect people and institutions to make a difference in peoples lives.
Episode #25 | Air Date 8/12/2016
Friday, August 12, 2016, we welcomed Bob DeLuca, President and CEO of the Group for the East End to the Green Inside & Out Radio Show! He discussed what his group does and what they are currently working on in eastern Long Island.
Robert S. DeLuca has served as President and CEO of Group for the East End since 1992. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Fordham University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. Prior to joining the Group, Bob worked as both a Biologist and Senior Environmental Analyst with the Suffolk County Office of Ecology and taught environmental advocacy and policy as an adjunct professor for Long Island University, Southampton, for over 15 years. Bob began his career with the Group in the mid-1980s as an Environmental Analyst. In this role, Bob developed the Group’s first environmental outings and community education programs.
Also on August 12, we welcome Mike Bottini:
Mike Bottini is a wildlife biologist, outdoor educator, nature writer and Captain of East Hampton Village’s ocean lifeguards.
After completing graduate studies in wildlife conservation at the University of British Columbia, Mike worked for fourteen years at the Group for the South Fork, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. He has taught field ecology, environmental science, and natural history courses at St. Lawrence University, Southampton College, and CUNY, has published three books (Exploring East End Waters: A Natural History and Paddling Guide, Trail Guide to the South Fork, and The Walking Dunes: East Hampton’s Hidden Treasure), and writes a weekly “South Fork Outdoors” column in the East Hampton and Southampton Press.
Mike’s wildlife research studies have included elk, spotted and tiger salamanders, spotted turtles, piping plovers, and river otters. He continues to introduce people to the outdoors through his field naturalist classes, nature walks, and paddling trips on Long Island.
Episode #24 | Air Date 6/10/2016
First we heard about current changes in environmental health laws from Bobbi Chase Wilding, who is a leader of Clean and Healthy New York, Inc. (CHNY). CHNY advances broad policy and market changes to promote safer chemicals, a sustainable economy, and a healthier world. They provide crucial advocacy, education and research in service of
chemical policy and market reform. CHNY has achieved policy wins and market shifts through their in-state collaborative, the JustGreen Partnership, which is now the formidable voice on environmental health in the NY Capital.
Then we will hear about Permaculture Design from Marisol Maddox, who is a permaculture practitioner and strategist from Huntington, NY. She joined Green Inside and Out Consulting as a Program Assistant in January 2016. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a specialization in ecosystems and ecological relationshipsfrom Binghamton University. She has earned certificates inPermaculture Design, as well as in Clinical
Meditation & Imagery. Maddox also works as a veterinary assistant at Harborside Veterinary Hospital and as the administrative assistant for the Huntington Meditation & Imagery Center. She is currently studying the intersections of permaculture design with climate change adaptation & mitigation, place-based resilience, and transnational security. She can be contacted at email@example.com or through her website: www.MarisolMaddox.com. Follow her on Twitter: @FierceAsparagus
Episode #23 | Air Date: 5/13/2016
Topic: Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Helen Melissakis who was an independent freelance artist and Art Director for Mira Production’s “Destination Unknown.” Around the same time she was attending classes at The Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as doing properties and set decorating for theatres. All that changed when she suffered an acute porphyria attack having undiagnosed HCP Poryphria. Soon afterward, she developed in rapid succession Severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, (MCS), Fibromyalgia and debilitating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, (CFS). She became bed ridden, with cognitive and neurological impairment. Despite moving to Long Island for better outdoor air quality, Helen still struggles with complex health and housing issues. In spite of these challenges she continues her commitment to community service volunteering with MCS Friends.org an online nonprofit helping those with information and support and has authored two pieces on safer housing for people with MCS.
Episode #22 | Air Date: 4/15/2016
A 20-year veteran of the publishing industry, Jasmin Malik Chua joined Ecouterre as managing editor after a stint at TreeHugger writing about sustainable fashion and beauty. She has an M.S. in biomedical journalism from New York University, where she was a founding fellow of the literary reportage program, and a B.S. in animal biology from the National University of Singapore. In addition to stories published in online and print publications like Inhabitat, LiveScience, Newsarama, and The Huffington Post. Jasmin has been quoted as a green expert by such publications and outlets as The New York Times, BBC Radio, BusinessWeek, and Newsweek.
Episode #21 | Air Date: 2/12/2016
Topic: Fish Feel and the Riverhead Foundation
This show features Mary Finelli from Fish Feel in Maryland, which advocates for sea life & against overfishing.
Our second guest is Rob DiGiovanni, Jr., Executive Director/ Senior Biologist of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation in Riverhead, NY who talked about his organization’s work to rehabilitate marine animals and what the public can do to help.
Episode #20 | Air Date: 1/8/2016
Topic: Green Building Council- Long Island Chapter
Victor DaCosta is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and liaison to the Programs Committee for the USGBC Long Island chapter. Learn about what the local chapter is doing, and LEED building here on Long Island.
Episode #19 | Air Date: 12/11/2015
Jon Stepanian is the President & CEO of Community Solidarity, Inc. the largest all-vegeterian hunger relief food program in the United States. Sharing vegetarian groceries, hot vegan meals and clothing with tens of thousands each month is only part of Jon’s job description. The other part is creating longterm solutions to end poverty; namely by developing community interdependence, promoting a balanced nutritious diet and fighting for social justice. Jon has worked in advisory positions at the United Nations and the New York Civil Liberties Union. His commentary on issues of US Poverty can be found in publications like the Times Tribune, Change.org, Cnn.com and the Huffington Post. He has also organized the world’s largest vegan thanksgiving for 5 years in a row.
Mark Dunlea is a member of the 350NYC steering committee and helps coordinates their efforts to divest the state and city pension funds from fossil fuels. He also co-coordinates the 100% Renewables Now NY campaign to transition to 100% clean energy by 2030, starting with off-shore wind.
Episode #18 | Air Date: 10/11/2015
TOPIC: Changing NYC public schools
In this show, Stephen Ritz, South Bronx educator and Debby Lee Cohen, collaborative visual artist, discuss cafeteria culture and their attempt in changing behavioral patterns of children in NYC public schools.
Episode #17 | Air Date: 9/1/2015
TOPIC: Food Labeling & Passive House
In this show, Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch and Buck Moorhead, a founding partner for Building Consensus for Sustainability as well as a member of New York Passive House and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, talk about accurate food labeling issues and passive house planning program.
Episode #16 | Air Date: 8/14/2015
Carl Vogel, President of the LI Electric Vehicle Association speaks about electric cars, types of charging equipment, the growth of the EV trend etc.
Emily Driscoll, Owner of BonSci films, discusses her recent film Shellshocked as well as a film on fireflies in Japan and the importance of understanding nature.
TOPIC: Environmental Conservation on Long Island
In this show, Richard Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, discusses his and others’ efforts to conserve and protect Long Island’s water, environment and natural resources.
Episode #14 | Air Date: 6/12/2015
TOPIC: The History and Future of Energy on Long Island
In this show, Karl Grossman, journalist, host of “Enviro Close-Up” TV program and professor of journalism at SUNY College at Old Westbury, discusses the history and future of energy on Long Island, from nuclear, to oil and gas, to wind, and more.
Radio Show #13 | Air Date: 5/8/2015
TOPIC: Veganism and the Vegan Living Program
In this show, Dylan Licopoli of Long Island Home Organic Gardening Service and Robin Helfrich of Open the Cages Alliance discuss what it means to be vegan, the benefits of veganism and how live a vegan lifestyle.
Episode #12 | Air Date: 4/3/2015
TOPIC: How to Reduce Toxins in Our Daily Lives
In this show, Founder and Owner of Green Inside and Out Consulting and Green Inside and Out Radio Show Host Beth Fiteni discusses her new “green” paper, “Defining ‘Green’ Dry Cleaning,” in addition to recommendations on non-toxic products and problems with plastics.
Episode #11 | Air Date: 3/20/2015
GUEST: Bob Brinkman, Director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University and Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies
TOPIC: Long Island Food Conference
Robert (Bob) Brinkmann is the Director of Sustainability Studies and the Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies. He is also a Professor in the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University. He is the author of several books and many articles on topics ranging from sinkholes in Florida to global sustainability. His new book, Sustainability: Environment, Economics, and Equity will be published by John Wiley and Sons this year. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. Brinkmann works on a number of international sustainability issues and recently contributed to the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Report.
Episode #10 | Air Date: 3/6/2015
GUEST: Andrew Manitt, Research Director of Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
Andrew Manitt began working at the Neighborhood Network in 1990. He has extensive knowledge of the Institute’s program issues and serves as the primary researcher and editor for its publications. Andrew helped organize the Organic Turf Trade show for many years. He was appointed to the Brookhaven Town Clean Energy Task Force in 2007, and serves as co-chair of the Brookhaven Town Anti-Litter Task Force.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics from the University of Buffalo, and has completed the Columbia Business School Institute for Not-for-profit Management’s Executive Level Program (2007).
Episode #9 | Air Date: 1/16/2015
GUESTS: Marrielle Robinson of Long Island Progressive Coalition and Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach.
Marriele Robinson, Power Up Communities Lead Organizer
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Marriele Robinson advocates for community revitalization and job creation through energy efficiency. Since 2010, she has been with the Long Island Progressive Coalition, a non-profit, grassroots organization. Marriele’s current role is Project Coordinator, responsible for PowerUp Communities, a non-profit residential energy efficiency program through NYSERDAs Green Jobs Green New York initiative. Prior to serving in this role, Marriele held the position of Lead Organizer. In addition to energy efficiency, Marriele advocates for Long Island offshore wind energy, low-income solar development and animal rights initiatives.
Jon Camp is the Executive Vice President for Vegan Outreach, an animal advocacy organization which prints and distributes booklets advocating a vegan lifestyle. Jon has spent the last ten years traveling throughout the country reaching out to college students with Vegan Outreach materials. In this time, Jon has personally handed out over a million Vegan Outreach booklets, making him possibly the most prolific leafleter for any cause in human history. Jon’s thoughts on advocacy have been featured in various books and documentaries, and Jon was this year’s inductee into the Animal Rights Hall Of Fame.
Episode #8 | Air Date: 12/19/2014
GUESTS: Gia Machlin of EcoPlum, and Bhavani Jaroff of Slow Food Huntington.
Gia Machlin is the President and CEO of EcoPlum, Where it Pays to Buy Green®. As a successful entrepreneur with a track record of building strong teams and lasting companies, she has a deep commitment to helping combat environmental issues through social enterprise. Sustainability. Meet Style.
Bhavani Jaroff is a Natural Foods Chef, Educator and Radio Host. She is the owner of iEat Green, LLC, a multi-faceted organization providing chef services, cooking classes and educational demos. She is the host of iEat Green with Bhavani, a weekly radio show on the Progressive Radio Network, and is a co-chair of Slow Food North Shore (formally Huntington).
Episode #7 | Air Date: 9/19/2014
GUEST: Gordian Raacke, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island, and Clint Plummer, Deepwater Wind, on the topic of offshore wind.
Since 1993, Gordian Raacke has been a prominent voice in regional energy issues, and is regarded as a clean energy expert by the regional media, elected officials, and the public. He serves on a number of advisory committees and is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps Mentor, trained by Al Gore. Gordian holds a degree in civil engineering from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. He lives in an energy-efficient and solar-powered home in East Hampton, NY.
Clint Plummer serves as Vice President of Development for Deepwater Wind, where he manages the company’s pre-construction project development activities. Prior to joining Deepwater Wind in 2007, Clint served as Vice President of Asset Development and Underwriting for Endurant Energy, a company he co-founded. At Endurant, Clint led the successful development of several distributed energy projects, including an 8 MW landfill gas-to-power project in Rockford, IL and the 6 MW One Penn Plaza Co-Generation project in Manhattan. Clint earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Ohio State University, a Master’s of Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently completing an Executive MPA at New York University.
Episode #6 | Air Date: 9/12/2014
GUESTS: Guzin Potente, Northport Yoga and Holly McGregor, Dipamkara Center in Huntington, Long Island, NY
Episode #5 | Air Date: 8/15/2014
GUEST: Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Vision Long Island. Eric has nearly 20 years experience in housing, transportation, and community development. Specifically, Eric has been a proponent of Smart Growth planning and mixed use development through advocacy efforts on Federal, State, County levels while working with municipalities to develop and implement smart growth policies, regulations, and projects. All told his efforts at Vision Long Island have resulted in acting as a catalyst for over 40 private and 30 public Smart Growth projects.
Eric has led visioning processes, oftentimes called “charrettes”, in seventeen communities. He served on the-Governor Spitzer’s Transition Team for Smart Growth and serves on the NY Congress for the New Urbanism Executive Committee, the Steering Committee of Empire State Future and the Board of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Eric has been listed as one of Long Island’s 100 most influential leaders by the Long Island Business News for three years. Since 2002, Vision LI has organized the annual Smart Growth Awards and the Smart Growth Summit. Over the last twelve years, Eric has made nearly 1,500 individual and group presentations to nearly seventy five Long Island communities.
Episode #4 | Air Date: 7/18/2014
GUEST: Bernadette Martin of Friends and Farmers and Frances Whittelsy of LI Community Agriculture Network (LICAN).
Episode #3 | Air Date: 6/20/2014
GUEST: Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. As Co-Founder and Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Adrienne has spent 30 years safeguarding Long Island’s natural resources and has been quoted numerous times in Newsday and News 12. She has worked to protect our drinking water, beaches and parks, fought to ban toxic pesticides from being used on school playgrounds and playing fields, supported renewable energy projects, and advocated for preserving our open spaces.
Episode #2 | Air Date: 5/16/2014
GUESTS: Ashley Hunt-Martorano, Citizens Climate Lobby and Al Harsh, Green Logic Solar.
Episode #1 | Air Date: 4/11/2014
GUEST: Robert Meinke, Owner of Greener Country, a Long Island-based eco-friendly company that offers over 500 products. Greener Country is a for-profit, socially responsible company in the forefront of the sustainable economy committed to environmental stewardship. It was Robert’s passion to create this company as a center for environmentally conscious living in New York.