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Speaker Directory

Go Green Expo would like to thank our distinguished group of speakers.

NYC, 03/19/2010 to 09/21/2010: Click here to download full schedule

** Ed Begley, Jr. **
When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He serves on the boards of organizations including the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth. His work has earned both praise and awards from numerous environmental groups including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Baykeeper, the Southern California Gas Company and the American Lung Association. Currently, he is the co-star of the hit Planet Green series Living with Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green” with his not so environmentalist wife Rachelle Carson. His book Living Like Ed is currently available nationally from Clarkson Potter / Random House, and his new book Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living also from Clarkson was released September 2009. He continues to tour the country giving speeches about his sustainable living practices.
Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Begley became an actor.

** Mariel Hemingway **
Mariel Hemingway will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00pm.
Mariel Hemingway will be discussing "How to Green Yourself" through living a healthy life style - eating well, slowing down, and creating sacred space. She will also talk about her new book "Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out," which is a revolutionary individualized program that teaches us how looking and feeling great are just a few simple choices away. No more bossy diets or impossible exercise routines. Instead, Mariel divides healthy living into four foundational areas where we can isolate the issues we all face and start making the best decisions for our life.

**Matthew Modine**
Matthew Modine, Founder of Bicycle For A Day, Everyday
Matthew Modine is a passionate environmentalist, political activist and an award-winning actor. He is founder of Bicycle For A Day, Everyday (BFAD), an initiative focused on promoting the use of bicycles for transportation. Modine founded BFAD to promote bicycling as the one thing that everyone can do that has an immediate positive impact on the environment. It also helps reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. More information on BFAD can be found at: www.bicycleforaday.org.

Amanda D'Aiuto
Amanda D’Aiuto is a graduate of Dickinson College and studied abroad in Australia as part of her degree. She worked as a high school teacher for two years and has worked in the student travel industry for 10 years. For the past five years, she has worked at Earthwatch Institute managing their Student & Group Programs. These programs enable students ages 10 and up to engage in environmentalism through participation in scientific research projects around the globe. She has worked with students on Earthwatch projects in Brazil, Argentina, Kenya and North America. Earthwatch engages over 300 students in environmental scientific research annually.

Ana Paula Tavares
Ana Paula Tavares is the Senior Vice President Worldwide of Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization with headquarters in New York and work in 70 countries. As Senior Vice President, she represents the Rainforest Alliance at international conferences and meetings, collaborates with government and intergovernmental agencies in the development of sustainable development projects, helps Rainforest Alliance division vice presidents define projects and shares cross-organizational responsibilities with the president and the two other senior vice presidents. She has been involved in initiatives to increase production of sustainable products and services in Latin America and promote greater linkages with mainstream global markets. She has been leading the organization’s development division for nine years.

Beth Fiteni
Beth Fiteni was chosen as one of the Long Island Business News’ Top 40 Under 40 for 2008. She is the Program Director for the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and a professor of Environmental Policy. She coordinates the Clean Energy Leadership Task Force, which brings together local municipalities (towns & counties) to identify cost effective ways to implement clean energy initiatives. As a result of the Task Force, 10 municipalities have adopted an Energy Star code for new home construction, the first area in the nation to do so. She serves on the Town of Huntington’s Renewable Energy Task Force and as a core leader of the LI Climate Action Network. She has offered a powerpoint presentation on “Global Warming and its Local Solutions” to numerous organizations around LI.

Bobby Williams
Bobby Williams will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00pm.
Bobby Williams is a nutritional expert, world class adventure-athlete, and practicing intuitive healer with deep ties to the world of alternative medicine and the raw food movement.

Bradford Rand
Bradford Rand is the President/CEO of Go Green Expo LLC, Job Expo International, WWD Fashion Career Expo and RAND Luxury Inc. Bradford and his talented team have produced over 700 trade shows, job fairs and special events over the last 15 years spanning a multitude of industries. His philanthropic charity events include the Red Cross Benefit & City Harvest; an organization that feeds the hungry of New York. He, like many others were inspired by Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth and realize in his home city of Manhattan there was no event to showcase earth-friendly products & services. Thus, Go Green Expo was born and in April of 2008, the inaugural show featured 250+ exhibits, 50+ speakers, an eco-film festival and nearly 10,000 participants.

Cheryl Perez
Owner, Co-Founder and Director of Think Green Make Green, Inc. which is a new green products and consulting services company in Florida established in January of 2009 and are a national manufacturer representative for Trellis Earth Products, Inc. and provide some of the most innovative cost effective eco-friendly solutions on the market today.
Her company is supported by and serves as an endorser and partner to the EPA’s Waste Wise Program for their corporate/educational recycling programs and waste reduction efforts.

Chris Gravagna
As a self-professed “multi-tasking-workaholic,” Christopher Gravagna lives by the mantra that successful entrepreneurs refrain from defining separation between work and play. Allowing both spheres to intersect, Gravagna capitalizes on all opportunities to network and foster idea exchanges. It was on his “downtime” watching Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth that Gravagna was inspired to incorporate sustainability into his lifestyle, and this meant starting with his existing companies.

Craig Michaels
Craig Michaels, Watershed Program Director: Craig Michaels returned to Riverkeeper in 2007 as an Investigator for the Hudson River team. Mr. Michaels previously worked at Riverkeeper for three years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator before entering law school. In January 2007, he received his J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from Pace Law School. At Pace, Mr. Michaels interned for a year at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, where he represented Riverkeeper and four other environmental groups in administrative permit proceedings arising from a Clean Water Act citizen suit against the City of New York.

Dan Shapley
Dan Shapley award-winning environmental journalist and the senior editor of The Daily Green.com, which offers readers “real green for real people.” A Top 5 green lifestyle destination, The Daily Green offers everything from news to recipes, tips for the home and unique features you’ll find nowhere else. It’s premier event, the Heart of Green Awards, honor people, organizations and companies that help green go to the mainstream — to the heart of the American people. Visit TheDailyGreen.com.

David Kistner
Green Apple Cleaners – is the tri-states ONLY truly environmentally (and people) friendly cleaner using non-toxic CO2 and Wet cleaning process’. Green Apple was formed when Mr. Kistner’s wife (Effie) was pregnant with their twin boys (Michael and Evan), as first time parents they read many books and articles about pregnancy and infant care. Several guides warned that pregnant women should avoid dry cleaning because of the harmful, often toxic chemicals (including Perchloroethylene or “perc” hydrocarbon and silicone) used by 99% of cleaners.

David Pospisil
David is a sales & marketing professional in the field of critical energy infrastructure and energy efficiency. He has worked in a variety of business development, sales management, marketing and external affairs positions for Johnson Controls, Public Service Enterprise Group, Pennsylvania Power & Light and the Trane Company. His major focus has been on clients with critical energy needs in the fields of commercial real estate, healthcare and data center operations. David is currently a Program Manager for Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs at Con Edison.

Davida Heller
Davida Heller is a Sustainability Specialist and Founder/CEO of Ecospire, an environmental sustainability consultancy. Davida is a LEED AP as well as a Certified Green Building Professional and Green Point Home Rater through Build It Green. She is also certified in Home Performance Testing through the California Building Performance Contractor Association Energy Star program. Ecospire renders services to residential and commercial clients with a focus on creating healthier living and working environments. Ecospire is currently contracted by Science Applications International Corporation to administer recycling consultation services to businesses throughout Los Angeles for the Los Angeles County Smart Business Recycling Program.

Gwen Sheinfeld
Gwen Sheinfeld is currently the Corporate Sustainability Director for the New York City office of Healthy Buildings where she works with clients to achieve LEED EBOM certification, ENERGY STAR ratings, GHG reductions and other corporate sustainability goals. Prior to her work with Healthy Buildings, she worked as a Sustainability Strategist at Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) developing programs and policies to be implemented at the company’s managed real estate portfolio. Additionally, she developed C&W’s LEED EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Buildings; Maintenance and Operations) Portfolio Program.

Jamie Pollack
Jamie Pollack has always been a passionate environmentalist, scuba diver and lover of the oceans. She has been diving for more than 15 years, logging more than 300 hours in the water with many different species and habitats. In that time, she has personally witnessed the devastation of the oceans she cherishes, and so she has committed herself to the preservation of it.
Jamie is the New York State Representative for the Pew Environment Group where she is working to end overfishing and to prevent species and habitat destruction. The Pew Environment Group works to advance environmental policy by supporting top-level scientific research and building and coordinating broad coalitions of organizations representing diverse constituencies all concerned about environmental protection in the United States and abroad. The Alliance for Global Conservation is one such coalition that Jamie works closely with to encourage the U.S. government to lead a global effort to halt extinction and protect ecosystems around the world.

Jim MacDonald
Mr. MacDonald is head of Project Engineering at SES. Jim has over 4 years experience in design, installation, and project management in the solar energy field.
He is a certified North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV installer and maintains a PV-2 license in Connecticut. Prior to working with SES, Jim worked at altPower from May 2006 until August 2007 as technician and installer. Last year Jim MacDonald engineered and supervised the installation of over 1 MW of PV at SES. He also teaches a course on solar PV for CUNY’s Center for Sustainable Energy.
Jim speaks Portuguese and Spanish, and has worked as an interpreter for Solar Energy International in Costa Rica and Washington State.

Joanna Black
Joanna Black recalls getting her start in sustainability, long before it was fashionable…
As President of G-Squared Group, Joanna Black leads G-Squared Group client engagements and serves as the chief sustainability and communications consultant for the firm.
Founded in 2007, G-Squared Group is a consulting and marketing firm focused on helping companies become more sustainable. G-Squared’s unique culture combines the strategic, business-minded approach of management consulting with the creative capabilities of a full-service marketing agency.

Michael Parrish DuDell
Michael Parrish DuDell is a writer, public speaker and social entrepreneur. He is currently the Senior Editor of Ecorazzi.com and the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VEGdaily.com. Michael is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Crazy Sexy Life and VegNews magazine.
In early 2009, Michael founded 341 Media—a digital media company dedicated to producing projects that promote the advancement of three causes (human, environmental and animal) for one common goal and the president of the Sustainable Leadership Council. Michael is twenty-six years old and lives in New York City.

Mindy Pennybacker
Mindy Pennybacker is the author of the just-released Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices (www.StMartins.com/DoOneGreenThing). Editor of the green lifestyle website and blog, www.GreenerPenny.com and “Ask Mindy” columnist for Martha Stewart’s Body + Soul Magazine, Mindy also edited The Green Guide for over a decade and co-founded TheGreenGuide.com.

MJ Jolda
M.J. Jolda is Senior Vice President for Marcal Paper LLC, the nation’s leading manufacturer of household paper goods from 100 percent recycled paper. An industry pioneer, Marcal has used recycled paper to make paper towels, napkins, facial tissue and bath tissue since 1950. MJ is responsible for the Marketing and R&D efforts for the Marcal Small Steps brand.

Nia Rhodes Jackson
Mrs. Rhodes Jackson joined the Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies as Executive Director in August 2006. In that capacity, she oversees Field Education, Career Education and Teacher Professional Development programs for the nation's first environmental high school. Her most recent past position was as, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s, Community Director for the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment. In that capacity she developed environmental programming and external partnerships to aid the school’s development. She has previously been the Academy Director for the Allen Christian School in Jamaica, Queens, overseeing curriculum development and implementation for a staff of 30.

Patricia Gaylor
Patricia Gaylor has practiced as an interior designer in the Northeast for more than two decades. Here, an abundance of older homes in need of complete renovations requiring the removal of everything, from dated appliances to cabinetry, prompted Pat to ponder the question: “What happens to all this stuff after it’s ripped out?” Pat’s passion for green design continues to be fueled by this question.

Peg Watson
Margaret (Peg) Howard Watson is the Founder and President of the Green schools Alliance (GSA) which is a global network of pre-K to grade 12 “schools guiding schools” to set and meet greening goals, raise environmental awareness, and empower students, as well as faculty and staff. Uniquely created by schools for schools, the GSA galvanizes individual greening efforts into collective action to shape our shared future through education, leadership and the exchange of sustainable solutions. GSA programs include: Green Schools 2010 Conferences and Resource Fairs (April 17th in NYC), the Green Cup Challenge, and the National Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC).

Ralph Avallone
Ralph Avallone will be speaking on Sat., March 20
Achievements and Associations
Co- Founder International Green Energy Council
President International Green Energy Council
President National ( US ) Green Energy Council
Received The 2003 Business Man Of The Year Award From The NRCC and President George W. Bush

Rebecca Lurie
Rebecca Lurie works for the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) in New York City as the Director of Development. Ms. Lurie entered the field of workforce development and adult occupational education after working as a union carpenter for thirteen years and teaching at her union training center. She is experienced in sector-based workforce development, establishing industry intermediaries for construction and food manufacturing. She has worked with Urban Green Council on their green construction skills training, facilitating the incorporation of union training curricula and industry skills changes. She is on the steering committee of the NYC Apollo Alliance and has been actively engaged with a city-wide effort, “Green Collar Jobs Roundtable” assessing supply and demand for the city’s unions, businesses and workforce development agencies. Ms. Lurie serves on the advisory panel for New York State’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and co-authored a paper with the Center for Working Families, “Green Jobs/Green Homes New York”, resulting in legislation for a comprehensive plan to retrofit a million homes throughout the state in five years. She recently served as a facilitator for Green For All in their national community of practice on pathways out of poverty. CWE was recently awarded a grant from the US Department of Labor with stimulus funds to facilitate a green jobs pathway out of poverty program in the south Bronx. Ms. Lurie has a master’s degree in Organizational Change Management from Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy and a certificate in Adult Occupational Education from City University of New York.

Robin Wilson
Robin Wilson will be speaking on Saturday, March 20 at 2:00pm
Nationally-renowned eco-friendly interior designer Robin Wilson will show you how to have a home that is both “green” and healthy from foundation to furniture. Her Manhattan-based firm, Robin Wilson Home, has designed the likes of former President Bill Clinton’s Harlem office, the home of environmentalist Robert F, Kennedy Jr., the Good Housekeeping “Greenest House in New York,” the Esquire “Ultimate Bachelor Apartment” and the Peninsula Hotel Spa Salon.
A fascinating communicator, Robin Wilson has received numerous accolades including the New York Post’s annual list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” and the Black Enterprise Small Business “Innovator of the Year” award.
At the Go Green Expo, Robin will sign copies of her new book, “Kennedy Green House: Designing an Eco-Healthy Home from Foundation to Furniture.”


Robyn Griggs Lawrence
Robyn Griggs Lawrence brings forth possibility in the realm of home through her work as editor in chief of Natural Home magazine (www.NaturalHomeMagazine.com), her book The Wabi-Sabi House (www.wabisabihouse.com), her speaking engagements and her frequent interaction with media.
A Boulder, Colo., resident, Lawrence brings a unique understanding of living a natural lifestyle in an imperfect and often unnatural world. “I know from personal experience that living a natural lifestyle can be challenging given the real-life constraints of family, time and resources,” she says. “However, there are many solutions for living naturally that don’t compromise health, convenience or sanity.”

Roxi Suger
ANGELROX is designed, owned & operated by ROXI SUGER / roxi committed to fashion as a child after learning to sew from her granny SLIGER & graduated summa cum laude from the university of Alabama / she has extensive industry experience and continues to teach as a professor at parsons school of design / roxi resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son / her mantra is joy, a philosophy apparent in her wearable designs

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the editorial director of KIWI magazine and KiwiMagOnline.com. Kiwi helps parents raise their families the natural and organic way, with a bi-monthly magazine, website, newsletters, and more.

Seth Leitman
Clean energy and electric car expert Seth Leitman is an expert on
renewable energy, sustainability, alternative fueled vehicles;
especially electric cars. Seth is author of Build Your Own Electric
Vehicle, Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Solar Energy
DeMystified,Green Lighting and Series Editor to McGraw-Hill on The
Green Guru Guides.

In addition to blogging on numerous sites including his own at
GreenLivingGuy.com, Seth is also speaking the green gospel through his online radio show on Blog Talk Radio.

Shel Horowitz
Award-winning eight-time author Shel Horowitz's most recent book is Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green (John Wiley & Sons, 2010, co-authored with Jay Levinson), . He's also the author of a consumer e-book, Painless Green: 111 Tips to Help the Environment, Lower Your Carbon Footprint, Cut Your Budget, and Improve Your Quality of Life-With No Negative Impact on Your Lifestyle, . Internationally known as a marketing consultant, copywriter, and speaker, Shel helps businesses, nonprofits, and authors/publishers achieve Green/ethical/frugal business success--using social media, partnerships, Green strategies, traditional publicity, and more. He's been active in environmental/justice causes AND marketing for over 30 years. Shel lives in a solarized 1743 farmhouse in Massachusetts with his wife (novelist D. Dina Friedman) and two musician children. He speaks frequently on Green and ethical marketing, and spoke last month in Davos, Switzerland on "Communicate the Value in Your Values."

Stefanie Iris Weiss
Stefanie Iris Weiss, MA, is the author of Eco-Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable (Ten Speed Press/Random House, April 2010). The Eco-Sex mission is to inspire people to make smarter choices about their sex lives and their relationships to the planet. A journalist and author who has written extensively about relationships, dating and sexual health, Stefanie is also a lifelong activist, committed to green, sustainable and progressive causes. She has been a vegetarian for twenty years and keeps her carbon footprint small in New York City.

Timothy B. Cassidy
Timothy B. Cassidy and his Company, Senior Consulting, LLC, t/a www.green-businessplans.com provides business development services including preparation of business plans and funding access for viable sustainable business ventures. From energy conservation to construction to sustainable services or products, Tim's team can create business plans that resonate with investors, and has access to hundreds of capital sources as well. The Company has an extensive track record in renewable energy, including many companies is each of solar, bio fuel and wind, the latter where it holds a stake in two wind farm ventures. Mr. Cassidy is also President of Sustainable Options, Inc., where he has assembled a team of experts in the field to develop bio mass and fuel opportunities.

Zachary Hamed
Zachary is the CEO and co-founder of the Eco Expo for Environmental Education (e4-NYC) and is a senior at Collegiate School. On April 23rd and 24th, he will lead e4-NYC (www.e4-nyc.org), a student-run forum for hundreds of attendees that will promote environmental awareness and action in partnership with Teens Turning Green, a non-profit organization that Zach leads in New York. e4-NYC will be one of the largest student-led conferences in America, connecting students, teachers, administrators, companies, organizations, policy makers and environmental leaders. At Collegiate, he is also co-president of the environmental club, Science Olympiad team, and diversity club, and is vice-president of student government.

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