The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is sponsoring a daylong workshop on Oct. 19 on Covering the Green Economy at the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference in Miami. Here’s the agenda; below is more information on the presenters:
Kelly Carr is a senior online producer at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. She writes and edits stories for BusinessJournalism.org, manages daily content flow to the site and works with freelancers around the country. She also is responsible for organizing and editing the Reynolds Center’s training materials, as well as organizing its workshops. Carr is a freelance investigative reporter and has worked as several newspapers, most recently The Arizona Republic, and has been an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and holds a degree in journalism and mass communication from West Virginia University. Carr also was a fellow at The Poynter Institute and a contributing writer for “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss & Hope.”
James Hall is a business sustainability executive with proven success building high-performance organizations. He is co-founder of GRO an executive education and advisory firm that helps companies turn sustainability into financial growth opportunities. Over his 20 plus year career, Hall has engaged with companies of all types including Fortune 500, major sports venues, educational institutions, and municipalities to help them leverage sustainability to build better brands, reduce costs, and protect the environment. Hall is a former Managing Director for Waste Management’s (WM) Sustainability Consulting services. At WM, he led the effort to redefine the company’s business model and create new value propositions to help customers rethink waste. Much of his focus was on helping industrial companies develop zero waste and zero landfill strategies.
Kara Hurst is vice president of BSR and plays a crucial role in the company’s global expansion by overseeing offices on the East Coast of the United States as well as BSR’s conference and research teams. Hurst’s areas of expertise include corporate transparency, responsible supply chain management, management structures, CSR and public policy, and industry collaboration. At BRS, Hurst has developed and led several industry practices, including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, media and entertainment, and information communications technology. She also led BSR’s work on social entrepreneurship and co-founded and facilitated several groundbreaking industry initiatives, including the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative. Prior to joining BSR, Hurst worked in Silicon Valley as the executive director of Open Voice, an East Palo Alto public-private venture that uses web-based media to develop and empower communities. She has also worked in politics, for former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Marc Gunther writes about the impact of business on society. He is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at Greenbiz.com, and a lead blogger at The Energy Collective. His book, “Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business,” was published by Crown Business in 2004. Before joining FORTUNE in 1996, Gunther worked for more than 20 years for newspapers including The Paterson (N.J.) News, The Hartford Courant, The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press. He is a graduate of Yale University.
Heather King produces two featured series for GreenBiz.com: View from the C-Suite and Greening the Icons. ‘View from the C-Suite’ profiles CEOs of Fortune 500 companies who are reinventing their businesses to be more sustainable. ‘Greening the Icons’ looks at famous, iconic building structures that are being built or retrofit to be more green. In both cases, King delves into the business case for sustainability investments. She is also an active clean tech strategy consultant, working with international companies to advance their green capabilities and brand. King is a veteran marketing and business development executive in the technology and media worlds, working with companies such as Apple, Oracle, Disney and Discovery Media. She is on the board of Society for Environmental Journalists, Trust for Conservation Innovation and a leading Land Trust. She has an MBA and BA from Dartmouth and has been an Executive Fellow at the Presidio Graduate School for Sustainable Business.
Tom Konrad is a financial analyst, portfolio manager, and freelance writer specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency investing. He writes articles about investing in clean energy stocks for AltEnergyStocks.com, and at the Green Stocks blog on Forbes.com. Tom is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) charterholder, and has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Purdue University. He wrote his thesis on Complex Dynamics, a branch of chaos theory. His study of chaos theory led to his conviction that knowing the limits of our ability to predict is much more important than predictions themselves, a lesson he applies to both climate science and the financial markets.
Bob Langert is the vice president of corporate social responsibility for McDonald’s, a role that has him overseeing the company’s supply chain strategies, social responsibility reporting and global environmental management systems and issues. Langert joined McDonald’s in 1983, with management positions in logistics and packaging purchasing in the 80s; and responsibilities for environment, energy management, animal welfare, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, emerging issues’ management, and, most recently, social responsibility in the 90’s through today.
Ido Leffler is co-founder and “chief carrot lover” of San Francisco-based Yes To Inc., the makers of Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes To Blueberries. In just four years, Leffler and his team have built Yes To into one of the leading natural beauty brands in the world, achieving distribution in over 29 countries and 28,000 stores, including Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Whole Foods Market and Sephora Europe. They are currently the no. 2 natural beauty brand the USA in food, drug and mass channels. Yes To has won hundreds of prestigious industry accolades & awards national magazines and PETA named Yes To the world’s best Cruelty Free Cosmetic Company in 2008 and 2010. Leffler also works closely with the Yes To Seed Fund, the brand’s non-profit, 501(C) 3 organization established to teach kids about nutrition and healthy living through the planting of organic school gardens.
Adam Lowry is the co-founder and chief greenskeeper at Method Products, Inc. a leading innovator in hip, healthy home care products. As chief greenskeeper Lowry’s focus is bringing sustainable innovations to product design, sourcing, production, and marketing. Prior to founding Method, Adam worked as a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, developing software for the modeling of climate change, including work on the Kyoto Protocol of 1997. Lowry began his career in product design in the automotive industry. He has been honored as a Vanity Fair Global Citizen and Man of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In 2006, Method ranked #16 on Fast Company’s Fast 50, the 50 most innovative companies in the world.
Greg Neichin is the vice president, research & advisory for Cleantech Group where he assists global enterprises, investors, and public institutions in evaluating cleantech companies and assessing the development of cleantech markets. Neichin is responsible for Cleantech Group’s full suite of market intelligence products and oversees an experienced team of Analysts covering a range of cleantech sectors. In addition, he leads the firm’s Advisory activities, where he regularly provides guidance to some of the world’s largest energy companies, technology and services vendors, and government agencies. Neichin has worked as a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting and advised a global client base on technology trends and commercialization for SRI Consulting Business. He spent four years on the management team of GetActive Software (acquired by Convio, Inc.), a developer of CRM software for advocacy and charitable organizations, worked in strategy and business development for Redback Networks and co-founded PlaceVine, a leading web-based information service.
Lisa Palmer is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy and green business topics. Her work has appeared in a variety of national and international media including Scientific American, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, CNNMoney.com, Slate, Popular Mechanics and U.S. News & World Report. Palmer is also a regular contributor to The Yale Forum, where she writes about climate change and how it is communicated in society. Last year Palmer was a freelance development editor for the America’s Climate Choices study at the National Academy of Sciences. She has also written and produced a reporting guide for journalists covering the green economy for Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland.
Veena Ramani, a manager in Ceres’ Corporate Programs, has managed relationships with a portfolio of Ceres companies, primarily from the electric utility and financial services sectors. She works with these companies on a variety of ESG strategy, performance and disclosure issues including policy and program development, sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement processes etc. She is also responsible for the oversight and management of the Ceres coalition. Prior to Ceres, Ramani worked as a Management Consultant with CDM, an environmental consulting firm and focused on providing a variety of sustainability services to clients in the public and private sectors. She also spent three years with Integrative Strategies Forum, a Washington DC based NGO, working on developing national and international policy solutions on sustainable development, building consensus and coalitions among civil society groups on these issues and lobbying government representatives.
Urvashi Rangan is the director of technical policy for Consumers Union, and the project director of Consumer Reports’ GreenerChoices.org. Rangan joined CU in 1999 and developed the ratings system, database and website for evaluating environmental labels. Rangan continues to decode the meaning of eco-labels for consumers and advocates for credible labeling in the marketplace including influencing government policy decisions at the state and federal level. She also conducts research for CU around consumer expectations of sustainable products and labels. A noted environmental health scientist, Rangan has a column in Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart magazine and also serves as a top spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production and consumption practices. Rangan received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1995; her post-doctoral work at the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute. She was an NIH fellow from 1990-97.