Participant Profiles

Allaway
David Allaway
  David Allaway is a senior policy analyst in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program, where he has worked since 2001. Prior to working at DEQ, David worked for several environmental consulting companies for 12 years, with a focus on municipal and county clients. His recent work at DEQ has focused on developing and implementing Oregon’s 2050 Vision for Materials Management and transitioning state, local and other programs from a narrow focus on “solid waste reduction” to a holistic framework that considers and reduces environmental impacts across the full life cycle of materials, including the impacts of consumption. David led the consumption track of Oregon’s 2050 Vision and has advocated for more comprehensive environmental goals and accounting in state and local government initiatives, including consumption-based greenhouse gas inventories. He led the development of Oregon’s consumption-based GHG inventory and the integration of it with the state’s conventional (“in boundary”) inventory, and also helped to develop the ICLEI (US) accounting and reporting protocol for community-scale greenhouse gas emissions. Other work to reduce the environmental impacts of materials has focused on waste prevention (the “reduce, reuse” part of “reduce, reuse, recycle”) and the use of life cycle analysis to better inform policy and program development, as well as decisions by product brand-owners and consumers.

Interest in this workshop: I am interested in identifying local and state government actions that can make consumption more sustainable (both in quality and quantity), with a focus on strategic, “high leverage” actions that generate significant social and environmental benefits, ideally with a focus on change of systems that induce behavioral changes (as opposed to imploring individuals to change their behaviors). These could include changes in policy, goals/measures, and specific projects (DEQ’s recent work to grow the market share of smaller homes through accessory dwelling units might be considered an example of the latter.)

Jeffrey Barber
Jeffrey Barber
  President, Integrative Strategies Forum

Jeffrey Barber is a social researcher and sustainability advocate focused especially on the transition to sustainable production and consumption practices, policies and systems. Following a 12-year history of market, media and consumer research with SRI International, Arbitron Ratings Company (now Nielsen), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Mr. Barber began working in 1992 with a range of civil society advocacy networks, progressive businesses and organizations committed to sustainability and public participation. At Green America, Mr. Barber developed a program which in 2000 launched as the Integrative Strategies Forum (ISF). As President of ISF, Mr.Barber helped develop campaigns and networks promoting sustainable production and consumption policy at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and other intergovernmental fora.For many years ISF served as the Secretariat for the Citizens Network for Sustainble Development (CitNet). Currently, Mr. Barber is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPaC) and the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI).He is also one of the founders of the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC), the North American Sustainable Consumption Alliance (NASCA), the International Coalition for Sustainable Production and Consumption (ICSPAC), EcoForum and the Taskforce on Business and Industry (ToBI).

Mr. Barber received his BA in psychology and MA in interdisciplinary social science from San Francisco State University.

Tom Bowerman
Tom Bowerman
  “We traverse the tipping point of devastating our planet through our collective behaviors.Anthropogenic climate change is the challenge of our time but is yet only the symptom of the problem:we over-consume.My research using opinion surveying repeatedly confirms that a majority of the American public agrees with this assessment.While the broad public agrees we are going down a catastrophic path, consumption behavior continues unsustainably. My interest in this SCORAI Workshop parallels my unrelenting curiosity into the current disconnect between our attitudes and behaviors related to affluent consumption.”

Tom Bowerman has a degree in architecture from the University of Oregon and has practiced in the field of architecture, urban design and planning for three decades at the interface of development and environmental protection. He co-founded two land conservancy organizations.He currently directs PolicyInteractive Research, a public opinion research organization studying human attitudes and behaviors toward consumption and climate change. Bowerman is a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research.He holds a guest research position at the University of Oregon, School of Law.

Research findings, studies and literature available: www.policyinteractive.org

Bowerman is a fifth generation Oregonian. Occupational and life direction has been in historic building restorations, land conservation projects, and sustainable living practices. Time allocations are approximately 1/3 small farm homesteading; 1/3 professional occupational pursuits; 1/3 community service volunteer. He personally built his house on the family farm 35 years ago for under $3000 and with his family grows a majority of the food they eat.He is married with two grown children.

Halina Brown
Halina Brown
  I am Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Associate Fellow at Tellus Institute. With a doctoral degree in chemistry, during the 1980s I was a chief toxicologist at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, directing the agency’s environmental health policy. Since coming to Clark my research and teaching has evolved through a range of topics: environmental and occupational hazard of pollutants, toxicological risk assessment, public health policy, management of hazards by multinational corporations in their facilities in India and Thailand, and environmental policy in post-soviet Europe (Poland in particular). More recently, I conducted a study of the institutionalization of Global Reporting Initiative, GRI, a global model for corporate sustainability reporting.

Over the past decade the main theme of my work has been the interface between technology, policy and culture in a transition to sustainable and prosperous future. Working in the US and Europe, I studied the role of small scale experiments and social learning in socio-technical transitions, focusing on the building and mobility sectors; and I co-founded the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), the North American knowledge network of professionals working to address challenges at the interface of material consumption, human fulfillment, lifestyle satisfaction, and technological change. I am an energy activist in my home city of Newton, Massachusetts, serving as co-chair of Citizens’ Commission on Energy. I co-authored three books: Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy; Effective Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Poland’s Experience; and Innovations in Sustainable Consumption.

At the present time my interest is in how consumer society in which we live has evolved and functions, and how a transition beyond it might take place in the near future. My focus is on cities and the changing lifestyle choices of the millennial generation, which increasingly exhibits a preference for urban living over the suburban model. I envisions these shifts in lifestyle choices as an opportunity for transitioning toward more sustainable consumption practices; and possibly an opening for an evolution of a new framing of welling: one much less linked to material consumption. Municipalities have an important role to play in facilitating this cultural transition: by promoting affordable housing, making various services available to young working families, and through a range of fiscal policies. I look forward to discussing these issues at the Workshop.

Maurie Cohen
Maurie Cohen
  Dr. Maurie J. Cohen is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Associate Faculty Member with the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University, and Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He is Editor of Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy (SSPP), an academic journal founded in 2004 by the United States Geological Survey, Conservation International, and ProQuest LLC, and co-founder and Executive Board Member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI). His books include Innovations in Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, Socio-technical Transitions and Social Practices (with Halina Brown and Philip Vergragt) and Exploring Sustainable Consumption: Environmental Policy and the Social Sciences (with Joseph Murphy). Dr. Cohen served last year as member of the Task Force on Sustainable Consumption and Green Development created under the auspices of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.

Rosemary Cooper
Rosemary Cooper
  Rosemary Cooper is a Senior Associate with One Earth, and Project Manager for the Local Governments and the Sharing Economy Project.She has 20 years experience as a sustainability planner, catalyst, and educator with a passion for bridging the gap between ideas and sustainable solutions.Rosemary has worked with cities, non-profit organizations and businesses in a range of areas including community planning and smart growth, urban revitalization, green economic development, parks planning, nature conservation, affordable housing, and the sharing economy.In her work, she emphasizes strategy and change management, effective communication, market/financial analysis and collaboration.Rosemary also teaches and designs curriculum on sustainable community development and sustainability leadership at Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Prior to private practice, Rosemary was a professional planner working on sustainability policy, communications, and business development for Metro Vancouver and previously, based out of New York, managing a program recognized by the American Planning Association for its “outstanding results” helping rural communities shape more sustainable futures.She holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (Planning) from York University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Urban Design from Simon Fraser University, and a BSc. in Biology and Environmental Studies from McGill University.

Interests in the Eugene Workshop

1) To share, and seek feedback on, results from the first phase of research for One Earth’s Local Governments and the Sharing Economy Project. This includes a scan of what’s going on in the Sharing Economy by major sectors, as well as Sharing Economy activity by local governments across North America.Using a range of concrete examples and options, I would like
to seek feedback in a facilitated discussion on the following questions:

  • What is the Sharing Economy?What are strong and weak examples in terms of sustainability?
  • Why should local governments care about the Sharing Economy and what can they do in order to support Sharing Economy activities that reduce consumption and advance related sustainable city priorities?
  • What are the key gaps in research and practice that, if addressed, could help local governments better enable the Sharing Economy with sustainable results?

2) To learn what other researchers and practitioners are doing to ensure that cities are playing their most effective role in advancing sustainable consumption?

Lindsey Foltz
Lindsey Foltz
  Lindsey Foltz is an Equity and Human Rights Analyst for the City of Eugene in the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement.In this role she works collaboratively across city departments to operationalize human rights principles, addresses discrimination complaints from community members, and provides staff support for the Human Rights Commission.She holds an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon.Her professional experience includes founding an Organic, Fair Trade tea company, and serving as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria.She is active in community, managing a cooperative urban garden.She is fascinated with “first world development” and how to focus efforts and energy toward improving the human condition in the local sphere for both local and global benefit.
James Goldstein
James Goldstein

James Goldstein is a Senior Fellow at Tellus Institute where he directs the Sustainable Communities Program. His research centers on the development of analytic methods and stakeholder processes in support of community-based initiatives to integrate environmental protection, economic development, and social well-being. He has thirty years of experience in the assessment of environmental problems and policies, with a particular emphasis on waste reduction, integrated resource planning for water, and regional scenario analysis. The current focus of his work is the incorporation of a global perspective in designing local and regional sustainability efforts.

Recent projects include the development of long-range sustainability scenarios for the Boston metropolitan region, a national study of the environmental and job implications of a “green economy” materials management approach, integrated resource planning (IRP) for water and wastewater in the Halifax, Nova Scotia region, a climate adaptation strategy for the Boston region, and research in support of an urban goal as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted in 2015.

Relevant publications include:


My interest in the SCORAI/USDN workshop on The Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Consumption is to learn from other researchers and practitioners what lessons can be drawn from recent experience regarding the potential and limitations of city-level SC policies and programs. I am particularly intrigued by the relationship between local sustainability efforts and broader cultural shifts around values and consumption behavior.

Neal Gorenflo
Neal Gorenflo
  Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder of Shareable, an award-winning news, action, connection hub for the sharing transformation. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through Internet startups, publishing, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.

Subsequently, Neal has become an expert on sharing through 10 years of entrepreneurship, thought leadership, and as an avid practitioner. He has consulted with Institute for the Future, Stanford University, Lowe's Home Improvement, and numerous startups. His expertise has been featured by The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Wired, Fast Company, and more. His writing is featured in YES! Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, The Urbanist, and the anthologies The Wealth of the Commons and Open Design Now. He is co-editor of the books Share or Die: Voices of The Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis and Policies for Shareable Cities, the first sharing economy policy guide.

In addition to his work at Shareable, Neal is an adviser to the US Solidarity Economy Network, OuiShare, Peers, and Mayor Park of Seoul, South Korea.

Interests:
I'm interested in the workshop as a way to learn about and contribute to how cities think about resource management. Shareable launched the Sharing Cities Network one year ago to connect sharing innovators and build strong local sharing movements in cities around the world.Our members are looking for opportunities to have a positive impact on their communities through new economic and resource use models.

McKenzie Jones
McKenzie Jones
  McKenzie Jones joined the Flagstaff Sustainability Program in January 2011. As the Community Sustainability Specialist, McKenzie oversees multiple projects including: resource conservation education, conservation land planning and acquisition, and community agriculture planning and programming. She draws on her background in environmental policy and non-profit development to engage City residents and employees in sustainable consumption efforts. McKenzie began her career working above tree-line for the Appalachian Mountain Club, which strengthened her understanding of conducting community education on sustainable consumption and the effects of climate change. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law from Lafayette College and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. The City of Flagstaff is currently expanding efforts to engage residents in sustainable consumption by providing resources for re-use, repair, and sharing. McKenzie is interested in learning more about creative and effective ways that local governments can support sustainable consumption through policy, education, and programming.

Leslie Kochan
Leslie Kochan
  Over the past 30 years, Leslie has worked with several nonprofits, as well as at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, on issues related to public health, economic equity, water quality, and, most recently, materials management. Leslie’s interest in the relationship between materials, consumption, and climate, as well as the importance of the life cycle approach, led her to participate in the work of the EPA West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum where she currently acts as the Chair of the Government Purchasing for Climate Protection Workgroup. Leslie holds an M.S. in Urban & Environmental Policy from Tufts University in Boston.

Eugene workshop: I look forward to discussion about the means by which state and local government can support meaningful discussion and action related to more sustainable consumption, including demand reduction. I’m interested in community supported initiatives (e.g. sharing, repair, self-provisioning) as well as policies and legislation that create infrastructure and opportunities that make the most sustainable choices likely. I’m particularly interested in grappling with how we go beyond token efforts to significantly reduce GHG emissions, as well as other negative public health and environmental impacts of consumption, considering current political, economic and cultural realities.

Dean Kubani
Dean Kubani
  Dean Kubani is the Manager of City of Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and the Environment.He oversees all of the City’s efforts related to water and energy efficiency, urban runoff, green building, hazardous materials and sustainability. Since 1994 Dean has directed the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Program. He lectures on sustainability at universities throughout the country, and has presented information about Santa Monica’s programs at state, national and international conferences.Dean has served on the advisory boards of the International Sustainability Indicators Network, the University of Southern California Center for Sustainable Cities, the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, and several non-profit organizations.Dean is also past president of the Board of Trustees of Ocean Charter School in Marina del Rey, CA and is the current president of the Board of Directors for Co-opportunity, a cooperative natural foods store located in Santa Monica.Prior to his employment at the City of Santa Monica, Dean worked as a Policy Analyst in the non-profit sector and was a Project Manager for an environmental engineering firm in Southern California.He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two daughters.

Consumption is a major driver of local, national, and global economies but it also contributes to pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, loss of habitat and biodiversity, and other negative impacts to environmental and human health.Is "sustainable consumption" an oxymoron?I'm not sure but I am excited to talk with others in Eugene who are grappling with this question and to share ideas on a way forward - our common future depends on it.

 Judy Layzer
Judy Layzer
  I am an associate professor of environmental policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. I received a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D in political science from MIT. My primary interests are in how scientific and other ideas influence environmental politics and policy and in the efficacy of different approaches to environmental policymaking. I have written books about the role of science in U.S. environmental politics, the extent to which ecosystem-based management has yielded environmentally beneficial results, and the impact of conservative ideas and activism on environmental politics and policy. My current research focuses on the politics of urban sustainability and on the effectiveness of urban sustainability policies—from composting to green infrastructure to transportation and urban agriculture. I teach courses on making public policy; science, politics, and environmental policymaking; food systems and the environment; urban sustainability; and the politics of energy and the environment.

Lisa Lin
Lisa Lin
  Lisa Lin is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Houston, overseeing and assisting with various environmental programs and initiatives for the City.Projects include the Houston Green Office Challenge, DOE's Better Buildings Challenge, launching the City's bike share program, expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure, benchmarking energy performance for city buildings, updating municipal GHG inventory reports, climate action planning, forming City green teams, reporting to the STAR Communities Rating System and Carbon Disclosure Project, and creating behavior change programs.Before joining the Mayor's staff, Lisa was a program associate for ICLEI USA's Climate Programs Division and also served as the South Central Regional Associate.She also has experience working for a commercial architecture firm. She has served on the USGBC Emerging Professionals National Committee and is a current board member of the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast chapter. Lisa is interested in exploring how sustainable consumption can help solve the growing transportation issue in the Houston area.

Liza Meyer
Liza Meyer
  Liza Meyer graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1995.In 1997, she earned a Masters in Public Administration from St. Mary's University; while earning her degree she was the recipient of the United States Housing and Urban Development "Community Management" fellowship.The fellowship provided her an internship with the Alamo Area Council of Governments' Natural Resources Department.The internship evolved into a full-time position as a program coordinator and grant writer for air pollution prevention and resource recovery programs funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.In 1999, Liza took a position at the City of Austin's Sustainability Division, as liaison to the Mayor's Office, to establish the region's air quality "Early Action" plan and the Department of Energy's Central Texas alternative fuels coalition.The City of San Antonio offered her a dual role position as Clean Community Coordinator and Executive Director of Keep San Antonio Beautiful, a non-profit organization.Her function included community improvement programs through neighborhood cleanup projects and education campaigns to empower residents to improve their community's environment.In 2009, Liza accepted a promotion with the City of San Antonio to spearhead the City's corporate environmental initiatives with the Office of Sustainability.The "The Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Consumption" workshop will enable Liza to assess and apply sustainable supply chain practices to the City's municipal operations.

Nils Moe
Nils Moe
  Nils Moe currently serves as the Managing Director of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). In this role, Nils oversees the day-to-day operations of this rapidly evolving North American network of over 120 municipal sustainability directors representing more than 60 million people. USDN fosters collaborating on local innovations for sustainability and supports its members who are on the front lines of addressing the issues surrounding climate change. Previously, Nils was the Mayor’s Senior Aide and Sustainability Advisor for the City of Berkeley. In this role, he helped to implement Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan and worked with the community to reduce their GHG emissions and become a more resilient city. Nils was one of the founding team members responsible for creating Berkeley’s innovative solar financing program, which has since become a national model of renewable energy financing (PACE). For 13 years he worked as a professor of Organizational Psychology at San Francisco State University. Currently, he is the Fred Gellert Family Foundation Faculty member at Presidio Graduate School where he teaches sustainable management in the MPA and MBA residency programs. He has also co–founded two values-driven non–profits – Pinch Me Films and Senior Surf. In the past, he has worked in the private sector as a management consultant, specializing in program evaluation of non-profits and 360–degree feedback for Fortune 100 companies (including The Home Depot, The Federal Reserve Bank and United Airlines).

Jennie Moore
Jennie Moore
  Dr. Jennie Moore is the Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Prior to joining BCIT, Dr. Moore worked for Metro Vancouver as the first: Transportation Coordinator developing the employee trip reduction program (1995-1996), Air Quality Planner overseeing the climate change portfolio (1997-2000), Demand Side Management Planner initiating Metro Vancouver’s green building, community energy, and eco-industrial networking efforts (2001-2003), and Division Manager Strategic Initiatives advancing the Sustainable Region Initiative and developing a sustainability framework and template to guide regional plans (2004-2006). Dr. Moore was also the founding coordinator of Vancouver’s Eco-City Network and served on the City of Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek Advisory Group and Stewardship Group in the capacity of energy expert to provide input to the policy statement and official development plan for North America’s first LEED Platinum community (1997-2004). Her work has been recognized with an award of Environmental Citizenship, presented by the Federal Minister of Environment (1998) and recognition as a Built Environment Leader by the Real Estate Foundation of BC (2013). She is also nominated for a Women in Energy award by the Minerva Foundation (2014).

The theme of this workshop speaks directly to the focus of my research that explores planning policies available to the City of Vancouver to enable citizens to reduce energy and materials consumption within global ecological carrying capacity. The workshop also aligns with my work to develop the International Ecocity Framework and Standards (www.ecocitystandards.org) that addresses culture and consumption within cities. I am eager to share my findings and learn from others about the role of cities in in fostering sustainable consumption.
  
Relevant Publications:

Moore, J. 2013. Getting Serious about Sustainability: Exploring the potential for one-planet living in Vancouver. A dissertation completed in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Community and Regional Planning. Vancouver BC: University of British Columbia.

Kissinger, M.; Sussmann, C; Moore, J; Rees, W.E. 2013. Accounting for the Ecological Footprint of Consumer Goods at the Urban Scale. Sustainability 5(5): 1960-1973.

Rees, W.E. and Moore, J. 2013. Ecological Footprints, Fair Earth Shares, and Urbanization. Chapter 1 in Robert Vale and Brenda Vale eds. Living within a Fair Share Ecological Footprint. New York: Earthscan.

Moore, J. 2012. Measuring climate action in Vancouver: comparing a city’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory protocol to the inventory of consumption, Chapter 8 in Benjamin Richardson ed. Local Climate Change Law: environmental regulation in cities and other localities. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar.

Steven Moore
Steven Moore
  Steven Moore is Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches design and interdisciplinary courses related to the philosophy, history, and application of sustainable technology. He is Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design and Co-founder of the University of Texas, Center for Sustainable Development. Moore is a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the recipient of an Individual Scholar Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2014 Moore was Winner of the EDRA Award for Place Research, and Finalist for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). He is the author of many articles, book chapters and six books on the topic of sustainable architecture and urbanism:

2013 with Barbara B. Wilson. Questioning Judgment in Architecture: The Problem of Codes in
the United States. (London and New York, Routledge).

2010 Pragmatic Sustainability: Theoretical and Practical Tools. Editor. (London: Routledge).

2007 Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City: Austin, Curitiba and Frankfurt (Lanham, MD:
Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington, 2007).

2007 Philosophy of Design: From engineering to architecture. Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes,
Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore, Eds. (Berlin: Springer).

2005 Co-editor with Simon Guy, Sustainable Architectures: Natures and Cultures in Europe
and North America (London: Routledge/ Spon).

2001 Technology and Place: Sustainable Architecture and the Blueprint Farm (Austin, TX: The
University of Texas Press).

The SCORAI Workshop provides an opportunity to engage practitioners and scholars in developing useful strategies for action.

Terry Moore
Terry Moore
  Terry Moore, FAICP, is a founding principal of ECONorthwest. He has managed over 600 projects in transportation and land-use planning, economic development, growth management, policy analysis, and market analysis. He was a Fulbright Scholar on urban planning in Peru in 1986-1987, selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2001, and a visiting scholar at the National Center for Smart Growth in 2009-10. He has consulted and presented on planning issues in Central and South America, Europe, New Zealand, China, and Africa. His articles on planning issues have appeared in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Land Use Policy, Urban Land, the Journal of Urban Planning and Development, and the Journal of the American Institute of Planners.

Terry has worked on dozens of studies related to economic development, including economic development strategies for cities and regions; analysis of industrial clusters; market analysis for residential, commercial, and industrial development; analysis of buildable land supply; and infrastructure finance. He was principal author of Economic Development Toolbox (2006, a book published by the American Planning Association Press). He has managed projects to create economic development strategies for cities throughout the Northwest, including (recently), Portland, Wilsonville, and Burien. He is currently developing a guidebook on Sustainable Economic Development for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, in concert with the International Economic Development Council.

Terry’s strength in policy evaluation is his multidisciplinary background and 35 years of practical experience at the intersection of technical analysis and politics. He has degrees in engineering, planning, and public administration; he has published books, book chapters, or refereed journal articles on the transportation / land use connection, benefit-cost analysis in transportation, economic development, scenario planning, and project management.

Brenda Nations
Brenda Nations
  Brenda Nations is the Sustainability Coordinator for Iowa City.Her job focuses on a wide range of tasks such as coordinating energy use and reduction for City’s buildings, calculating community-wide and City government greenhouse gas emissions, as well as tracking sustainability metrics.She coordinated the Iowa City Sustainability Assessment which set a baseline of nearly 60 indicators for the community, along with their trends. She is also a co-lead on a USDN project focusing on climate adaptation in the Midwest region. This year she is working in a partnership with Iowa’s Iowa Initiatives for Sustainable Communities, a University of Iowa Program that pairs university classes with projects in a community to further the city’s sustainability efforts. She has written a natural areas inventory of City properties and has been involved in land conservation and wetland mitigation projects for the City.Prior to working for the City taught Environmental Science and Geology at the college level.She has also worked as a Hydrologist for U.S.G.S. and as a Research Geologist for the Iowa Geological Survey Bureau.Brenda is interested in sustainable consumption and how it plays a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fosters sustainable behaviors within a community.

Leslie Ng
Leslie Ng
  Leslie Ng is a Sustainability Specialist at the City of Vancouver's Sustainability department where she works on supporting departments in implementing the Greenest City Action Plan. The Greenest City Action Plan was adopted in July 2011 and is focused on city-wide efforts to achieve the goal of a sustainable, vibrant and thriving economy and environment that meets the needs of our children. Leslie's focus is around the lighter footprint, sustainable consumption, the sharing economy, food recovery, engagement and greening operations. Much of what needs to happen to reduce our ecological footprint requires the action of empowered and engaged citizens. Leslie is interested in City strategies for promoting sustainable consumption and supporting the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable city.
Kari Norgaard
Kari Norgaard
  Professor Norgaard (B.S. Biology Humboldt State University 1992, M.A. Sociology Washington State University 1994, PhD Sociology, University of Oregon 2003) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at University of Oregon. Over the past ten years Dr. Norgaard has published and taught in the areas of environmental sociology, gender and environment, race and environment, climate change, sociology of culture, social movements and sociology of emotions. She currently has two active areas of research 1) work on the social organization of denial (especially regarding climate change), and 2) environmental justice work with Native American Tribes on the Klamath River. Both these areas of scholarship have been nationally recognized through the award of research grants, speaking invitations, and coverage of research by high profile media outlets including the Washington Post, National Geographic, British Broadcasting System, and National Public Radio. Her book Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life came out with MIT Press in the Spring of 2011. Norgaard is recipient of the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Practice Award for 2005.

I am specifically interested in this workshop in order to keep up to date on what cities are doing in terms of sustainability, the challenges faced at the municipal level regarding leveraging change, and to provide any expertise from my discipline of sociology.


Selected Publications:

Norgaard, Kari Marie 2014. “Normalizing the Unthinkable: Climate Denial and Everyday Life” Kenneth Gould and Tammy Lewis, editors Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press.

Norgaard, Kari Marie 2012 “Climate Denial and the Construction of Innocence: Reproducing Transnational Privilege in the Face of Climate Change” Race, Gender & Class 19 (1-2): 104-130.

Norgaard, Kari Marie 2011 Living in Denial: Climate change, emotions and everyday life MIT Press

Lauren Norris
Lauren Norris
  City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Lauren Norris is the Sustainability Outreach Manager for BPS where she leads a team that engages residents in sustainable living including recycling and composting, food waste prevention, thoughtful consumption, equity, energy savings, health, and climate.
Lauren has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Lewis and Clark. She has 30 years of experience, 18 with the City of Portland, using grassroots outreach and involvement techniques to build healthy connected communities.

She and her team lead City-wide outreach initiatives such as Be Cart Smart (Which included citywide curbside collection system changes in 2008 and 2012), Resourceful PDX (a thoughtful consumption campaign), and Portland CAN (Climate Action Now), as well as specialized engagement such as the Fix-it Fair and Master Recycler Program.
Lauren’s focus is City programs that convene existing resources to inform and inspire behavior change. These initiatives often provide services or support that strengthen existing community infrastructure. This combination of individuals and a systems approach helps sustain behavior change as well as maximize impacts.

Babe O'Sullivan
Babe O'Sullivan
  Babe works for the City of Eugene as the Sustainability Liaison, supporting sustainability initiatives both for the city as an organization and the broader community.Her work covers a wide range of topics including climate action planning, land use and transportation, energy efficiency, Triple Bottom Line decision-making, sustainable consumption and solid waste and recycling. Recently, Babe’s work has focused on the connection between climate change, materials management and consumption. She serves on the leadership team for the EPA West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum and co-leads the Research Workgroup. For her work to reduce the climate impacts of materials and waste, she received a "National Notable Achievement Award" from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in 2009. Babe is also an active member of the Urban Sustainability Directors’ Network (USDN), a peer network representing cities in the US and Canada dedicated to sharing best practices and accelerating the application of sustainability policies and programs. She’s currently leading several grant-funded projects on sustainable consumption and sustainable economic development with her colleagues in USDN, including “Measuring Sustainable Consumption and the Sharing Economy.” Previously, Babe worked for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as a program coordinator for the Solid Waste and Recycling program. Responsible for long range strategic planning and policy development, she led the design and launch of the Portland Composts! Program, a commercial food scrap collection program for Portland businesses. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in environmental policy from the University of California, Davis.

Kent Portney
Kent Portney
  Kent E. Portney joined the faculty of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where he is professor in Department of Public Service and Administration. He also serves as a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. He was on the Tufts University faculty since 1979 and served as department chair in political science and directed the Graduate Program in Public Policy and Citizen Participation. More recently, he was director of the Water and Research Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy from Florida State University.

Dr. Portney’s areas of expertise include environmental policy, urban sustainability, urban politics, economic inequality, water policy and sustainability, and policy analysis. He has authored or co-authored nine books on such topics as urban sustainability and economic development, citizen participation, and teaching critical reasoning in the social sciences. He has written numerous journal articles on urban sustainability, urban politics, and the local nonprofit sector. His co-authored book The Rebirth of Urban Democracy earned two awards from the American Political Science Association. He has been awarded numerous grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Polaroid Foundation. He is frequently invited to conduct media interviews, present at conferences and symposiums, and has taught graduate courses on the political behavior of young people, public opinion and survey research, water policy and economics, the politics of environmental policy in the US, and the politics of sustainable cities.

Extensive recent research focuses on the political and social conditions necessary to create a political environment supportive of the pursuit of city sustainability policies and programs.Recent relevant publications include:

2013 -- Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities, 2nd edition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2014 -- “Civil Society in the Pursuit of Sustainability in Cities,” in Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp.395-419. Co-authored with Jeffrey Berry.

2014 -- “Governing Local Sustainability: Agency Venues and Business Group Access,” in Urban Affairs Review, 50 (2), 157-179. Co-authored with Rick Feiock, Jungah Bae, and Jeffrey Berry.

2013 -- “Sustainability and Interest Group Participation in City Politics,” in “Sustainable Cities” symposium issue of Sustainability, Vol. 5, pp. 2077-2097. Co-authored with Jeffrey Berry. Open Access.

2013 -- “Local Sustainability Policies and Programs as Economic Development: Is the New Economic Development Sustainable Development?,” in Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, Volume 15, No. 1, pp. 45-62.

2010 -- “Participation and the Pursuit of Sustainability in U.S. Cities,” in Urban Affairs Review, Volume 46, No. 1, September, pp. 119-139. Co-authored with Jeffrey Berry.
2010 -- “The Local Nonprofit Sector and the Pursuit of Sustainability in American Cities: A Preliminary Exploration,” in Local Environment, Volume 15, No. 4, April, pp. 323-339. Co-authored with Zachary Cuttler.

2005 -- “Civic Engagement and Sustainable Cities in the U.S.” in Public Administration Review, Vol. 65, No. 5, September/October, pp. 579-591.

2014 -- “Nonprofit Advocacy in City Politics,” (with Jeff Berry) in Robert Pekkanen, Steven Smith, and Yutaka Tsukinaka, eds. Nonprofits and Advocacy. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

2014 -- “Developing Sustainability Indicators for a City,” Chapter 14 in Daniel Mazmanian and Hilda Blanco, eds., The Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, Methods, and Outlook. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers.

2009 -- “Sustainability in American Cities: A Comprehensive Look at What Cities are Doing and Why,” in Daniel Mazmanian and Michael Kraft, eds., Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformation in Environmental Policy, 2nd ed. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press), Chapter 9.

2007 -- “Local Business and Environmental Policies in Cities,” Chapter 10 in Michael Kraft and Sheldon Kamieniecki, eds., Business and Environmental Policy. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press), pp. 299-325.

2014 – “Anatomy of Opposition to Local Agenda 21: The Tea Party in Local Politics,” paper presented at the meetings of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., August 30.

2013 --“The Impact of Local Environmental Advocacy Groups on City Sustainability Policies and Programs,” Paper prepared for delivery at the Workshop on Social Science Perspectives on Non-State Actors in Environmental Governance, Annapolis, Maryland, October 24-25. Co-authored with Jeff Berry.

Bill Rees
Bill Rees
  William Rees is Professor Emeritus and former Director, University of British Columbia - School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). Dr Rees received his PhD in Population Ecology from the University of Toronto. As a human ecologist and ecological economist, Prof Rees is a founding member and past President, Canadian Society for Ecological Economics; founding director, The One Earth Initiative; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Fellow, Post-Carbon Institute.

Prof. Rees joined the faculty of SCARP in 1969 where his research initially focused on environmental impact assessment and ecologically-relevant metrics of socio-economic sustainability. He is perhaps best-known in the latter context as the originator and co-developer of ‘ecological footprint analysis’ (EFA). His book on this subject, co-authored with his then PhD student, Dr Mathis Wackernagel, is available in eight languages including Chinese. EFA has been adopted for biophysical sustainability assessments by Governments, academics and NGOs on every continent and is arguably now the world’s best-known [un]sustainability indicator. Prof Rees’ most recent writing deals with humanity’s neuro-cognitive and cultural barriers to sustainability, including people’s capacity for self-delusion. He has authored more than 150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and numerous popular articles.

Prof Rees’ work is widely recognized. He has been invited to lecture across North America and in 26 other countries; in 2000 the Vancouver Sun named him one of British Columbia’s top public intellectuals and in 2006 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Subsequent awards include a Trudeau Foundation Fellowship (2007), an Honorary Doctorate from Québec’s Laval University (2012), and both the 2012 Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics and a 2012 Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr Wackernagel). In 2014, he was elected as Full Member of the Club of Rome.

Statement of Interest in Workshop

A significant component of Prof Rees ecological footprint research focuses on the vulnerability and sustainability of cities. This work shows that modern cities are inherently unsustainable. While planners and economists think of cities as centres of innovation and production, from a biophysical perspective, cities are mainly nodes of intense energy and material consumption and waste production. In short, cities are ‘dissipative structures’ whose structural integrity and survival depend on the productivity of an extra-urban area of ecosystems orders of magnitude larger than the cities themselves.Achieving sustainable levels of consumption globally will require rethinking the form and function of human settlements.

Relevant Publications

Rees, W.E. 2015. Getting Serious about Urban Sustainability: Eco-Footprints and the Vulnerability of 21st Century Cities. Chapter in Canadian Cities in Transition: New Directions in the 21st Century. T. Bunting, P. Filion and R. Walker, eds. Toronto: Oxford University Press (in press) (revised from the fourth edition of Canadian Cities in Transition, 2010).

Rees, W.E. 2013.Ecological Footprint, Concept of. In: Levin S.A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, Vol. 2: 701-713. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Rees, W.E. and J Moore. 2013. Ecological Footprints, Fair Earth-Shares and Urbanization . Chapter One in: R. Vale and B. Vale (eds), Living withing a Fair Share Ecological Footprint. London, Earthscan.

Moore, J. and W.E. Rees. 2013. Getting to One Planet Living, Chapter 4 in: State of the World 2013 – Is Sustainability Still Possible? Washington, World Watch Institute.

Legg, R., Moore, J., Kissinger, M., Rees, W.E. 2013. A greenhouse gas emissions inventory and ecological footprint analysis of Metro Vancouver residents’ air travel. Environment and Pollution 2 (4) 123-134.

Moore, J., M. Kissinger, W.E. Rees. 2013 . An Urban Metabolism and Ecological Footprint Assessment of Metro Vancouver. Journal of Environmental Management 124 (2013): 51-61.
Kissinger, M., C. Sussmann, J. Moore, W.E. Rees. 3013 Accounting for the ecological footprint of materials in consumer goods. Sustainability 5 (5): 1960-1973. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/5/5/1960.

Kissinger, M., C. Sussmann, J. Moore, W.E. Rees. 2013. Accounting for greenhouse gas emissions of materials at the urban scale—Relating existing process life cycle assessment studies to urban material and waste composition. Low Carbon Economy 4(1): 36-44.

Rees, W.E. 2012. Cities as Dissipative Structures: Global Change and the Vulnerability of Urban Civilization’. Chapter in: Weinstein MP, Turner RE (eds). Sustainability science: the emerging paradigm and the urban environment. Springer, New York .

Rees, W.E.2009.More Sustainable Cities. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Earth 3.0 19 (1): 19 (Spring 2009)

Rees, W.E. 2009. The Ecological Crisis and Self-Delusion: Implications for the Building Sector.Building Research and Information 37 (3) 300 – 311.

Rees, W.E.2006. Global Change, Urban Sustainability and the Vulnerability of Cities: An Eco-Footprint Perspective (in Chinese, Bai Jin-peng, translator). Seeking Truth (Quishi Xuekan) 33(4): 51-57.

Rees, W.E. 1997. Ecological Footprints: The Biophysical Factor in Urban Sustainability. Ekistics 64, vols. 385/386/387, pp 171-181 (journal publication delayed until 2000).

Rees, W.E. 1997. Is ‘Sustainable City’ an Oxymoron? Local Environment 2:3:303-310.

Rees, W.E. 1997. Urban Ecosystems: The Human Dimension. Urban Ecosystems 1:63-75.

Rees, W.E. and M. Wackernagel.1996. Urban Ecological Footprints: Why Cities Cannot be Sustainable (and Why they are a Key to Sustainability).Environmental Impact Assessment Review 16: 223-248.

Rees, W.E. 1992. Ecological Footprints and Appropriated Carrying Capacity: What Urban Economics Leaves Out.Environment and Urbanization 4:2:121-130.

April Rinne
April Rinne
  April is a sharing economy and Shareable Cities expert, focusing on the linkages and opportunities between the sharing economy and cities; policy; travel and tourism; and emerging markets. She advises companies, local and national governments, entrepreneurs, think tanks, investors and development banks, working across for-profit and non-profit models.

Previously April was Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab, global Director of WaterCredit at Water.org, a private lawyer focusing on international microfinance and impact investing, and adjunct faculty at the International Development Law Organization. She advises numerous social enterprises, ranging from BOP marketplace creation to alternative currencies, across a range of developed and developing countries.

April holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Finance from The Fletcher School, and a B.A. from Emory University. She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum where she leads the Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the Urbanization advisory group. She also serves on the Sharing Economy Advisory Boards for Seoul, South Korea and the National League of Cities. She is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation and a member of REX. She is an avid globetrotter, having traveled to 87 countries (at last count), and does a mean handstand.

interest statement
The workshop is directly related to many of my advisory roles with cities in North America, Europe, Asia and South America focused on the sharing economy and a range of related issues: from local economic development to sustainable tourism, livelihood creation, regulatory reform and much more.

 Shawn Rosenmoss
Shawn Rosenmoss
  A long-time social justice advocate, Ms. Rosenmoss is an Environmental Specialist with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she manages Development, Partnerships and the SF Carbon Fund.In addition to raising funds for various energy and climate initiatives, she coordinates the department’s grantmaking and develops partnerships such Greenstacks, an award-winning collaboration with the city’s 27 public libraries. She is currently involved in several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives to promote diversity in environmental fields. A former dancer and aerialist, Rosenmoss holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Secondary Math Teaching Credential.Prior to joining the Department, Rosenmoss ran a Bay Area circus whose mission was to provide equitable access and use the arts as a catalyst for social change. She also worked in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood for more than a decade running programs for young adults with barriers to scholastic achievement and employment, as well as creating programs to help foster care youth get into college.

In 2006, Rosenmoss and her neighbors founded the Compact, a group that received international attention for not buying anything “new” and became somewhat notorious on right-wing radio for attempting to bring down the American economy. The most valuable lessons learned were that people are desperate for community and very often environmentalists are not particularly kind to those who may have different motivations for achieving similar goals.

Paul Schmiechen
Paul Schmiechen
  Paul Schmiechen works for Denver’s Department of Environmental Health as the Manager of the Business and Community Sustainability Section.He leads a staff team staff committed to helping businesses and residents improve their sustainability practices.The Section works on business sustainability assistance, sustainable neighborhoods, residential and commercial energy, sustainable economic development and social marketing.Paul led the development of the City’s nationally recognized ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System to improve Denver’s sustainability operations and management.He has extensive experience in sustainability, planning, measurement, and management systems.Previously, he worked at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a regional water utility in Florida.He serves on the Sun Valley EcoDistricts Board and the Colorado B Corporation Advisory Board.Paul has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Economics and Environmental Studies and a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan in Environmental Policy and Management.

Sustainable Consumption statement:

I manage a team that is implementing a number of sustainable community projects in Denver.We’re always on the look-out for impactful tools to improve the local sustainability of our 75 neighborhoods.One of our current tools is the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, the goal of which is to advance sustainability through community engagement.Neighborhood projects are identified and implemented by residents, and those projects earn points for the neighborhoods, which leads to a Sustainable Neighborhood certification issued by the City.Some of those projects involve elements of a sharing economy (e.g., Time Banks) or sustainable consumption (e.g., community gardens, etc.).

My goal at the event is to understand the range of sustainable economy and consumption opportunities that might be replicated in our participating neighborhoods, or across the city.Much of my work focuses on resource conservation (e.g., energy, waste and water) and building livable communities (e.g., engagement, health, equity, etc.), so those areas would be of greatest interest to me at the workshop.

Christy Shelton
Christy Shelton
  Christy Shelton, Principal at Cascadia, brings 20 years of experience managing design, analysis, and evaluation of resource conservation, waste prevention, and sustainability policies and programs. She has contributed to innovative materials management, waste prevention, and diversion programs through sound research and analysis, strategy development, and evaluation. Christy is currently leading a project for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network to develop methods for measuring the scope and impact of sustainable consumption activities. She is also helping Sound Transit, the Port of Seattle, and Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality with sustainability and materials management planning and initiatives. She previously contributed to the development of Washington State’s Beyond Waste Plan and Oregon’s Materials Management Vision for 2050 and Waste Prevention Strategy. Prior to joining Cascadia in 2000, she helped research and draft Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things (Northwest Environment Watch/Sightline Institute, 1997), which examined the lifecycle impacts of typical consumption as well as more sustainable alternatives. Christy earned her B.A. from Stanford University and her M.S. from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Eleni Sotos
Eleni Sotos
  Eleni Sotos is the director of the New Economy Funders Network Funders (formerly the Sustainability Funders), a funder affinity group focused on transitioning our economy into one that is just, sustainable and equitable. Prior to NEFN, Eleni served as the California Coordinator of the Health and Environmental Funders Network and for five years was the Program Director of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) at Commonweal, where she managed an international network of over 3,000 health professionals, health-affected and community-based groups, scientists and grantmakers. Before CHE, Eleni served as Program Associate and Grants Manager of the Jenifer Altman Foundation and also held positions at the Tides Foundation in San Francisco and Replication and Program Strategies in Philadelphia. Eleni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from West Chester University and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware. She was a founding board member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and served on the Environmental Messenger of the Year Award Nominating Committee for the Environmental Grantmakers Association.

Arianne Sperry
Arianne Sperry
  Arianne Sperry develops and coordinates programs and policy related to materials management at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS).She helps develops rates for residential garbage, recycling, and composting service and oversaw the planning and implementation of the citywide launch of Portland's curbside food scrap composting program in the fall of 2011.Prior to her work on recycling and composting programs, Arianne was a city planner at BPS and Fregonese Associates.

Arianne earned a Master's degree in the Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University after receiving her undergraduate degree in geology from Amherst College.

Vanessa Timmer
Vanessa Timmer
  Vanessa Timmer is a co-founder and the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver-based “think and do tank” focused on sustainable consumption and production across scales. One Earth is curating the New Economies theme of Cities for People, initiated by The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation – a Canada-wide experiment in advancing a movement to create more resilient and livable cities through innovation networks.

One Earth is working towards North American leadership in this area, with partners including The Story of Stuff Project and The Sustainability Funders, and, on the policy front, with the Canadian and US Government, the United Nations, private sector, media, academia, and civil society. One Earth was a co-founder of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption and the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption. One Earth is also catalyzing Disruptive Imaginings – a global campaign to create positive and compelling visions and experiences of life in sustainable futures.

Vanessa is an Associate with Harvard University’s Sustainability Science Program focused on innovation and manufacturing.She writes, speaks and teaches on social change, leadership, and systems thinking and holds a Doctorate in environmental studies with degrees from Queen’s University, Oxford University and UBC. Vanessa was a Fulbright Scholar and, in 2013, was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40.With her sister Dagmar, Vanessa co-hosts the Metro Vancouver television show, The Sustainable Region.

This workshop is a key opportunity to explore the potential of advancing sustainable consumption within cities by bringing together key individuals and networks engaged in research and practice.One Earth brings its expertise and practice in advancing the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan, Metro Vancouver’s Sustainable Region Initiative, the National Zero Waste Council, and the Local Governments and Sharing Economy Project. This workshop presents an opportunity to find common ground and identify gaps and resources.

Philip Vergragt
Philip Vergragt
  Philip J Vergragt PhD is an academic and activist; a Fellow at Tellus Institute, Boston; and a Research Professor at Marsh Institute, Clark University, Worcester, MA; he is a Professor Emeritus of Technology Assessment at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He has co-authored more than 80 scientific publications and three books. His main research interests are sustainable technological and social innovations in transportation, energy, and housing; grassroots innovations; socio-technical transitions; sustainable consumption and production; sustainable cities; and technology assessment of emerging technologies. In the last six years, he has been the co-founder of SCORAI, the North American (and European) Sustainable Consumption and Action Initiative; of NARSPAC, the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption; of WoHEC, the Worcester Housing, Energy, and Community group; and of GRF-SPaC, the Global Research Forum on SPaC. He organized two international GRF conferences (Rio 2012 and Shanghai 2014) and numerous smaller workshops for SCORAI and GRF.

Prof. Vergragt obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1976.

As one of the organizers of this workshop, I hope to bring together researchers and practitioners to understand better and promote sustainable production practices and policies; and to think about how a transition to more sustainable production and consumption in cities could be achieved.

Recent scientific publications:

  1. Quist, Jaco, Wil Thissen, Philip Vergragt (2011), The Impact and Spin-off of Participatory Backcasting: from Vision to Niche, Technological Forecasting and Social Change 78 (5), pp. 883-897
  2. Vergragt, Philip J., Nils Markusson, Henrik Karlsson (2011) Carbon capture and storage, bio-energy with carbon capture and storage, and the escape from the fossil-fuel lock-in, Global Environmental Change 21 (2), pp. 282-292
  3. Vergragt, Philip J, and Jaco Quist (2011): Backcasting for Sustainability: Introduction to a special issue, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 78 (5), pp. 747-755
  4. Philip J. Vergragt and Halina Szejnwald Brown, 2012 The challenge of energy retrofitting the residential housing stock: grassroots innovations and socio-technical system change in Worcester, MA, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 24 (4) 407–420
  5. Halina Szejnwald Brown, Philip J. Vergragt, 2012.Grassroots Innovations and Socio-Technical System Change: Energy Retrofitting of the Residential Housing Stock, Book chapter for G. Marletto (ed.) “Creating a Sustainable Economy. An institutional/ Evolutionary approach to environmental policy” Routledge: Studies in Ecological Economics, pp 154-176.
  6. Vergragt, Philip J (2012) Carbon Capture and Storage: Sustainable Solution or Reinforced Carbon Lock-in, chapter 5 in Geert Verbong and Derk Loorbach (eds):Governing the Energy Transition. Reality, illusion or necessity? Routledge, New York, London, pp 101-124
  7. Brown, H.S., P. J. Vergragt, M. Cohen (2013) Societal innovation in a constrained world: theoretical and empirical perspectives, chapter 1 of M. Cohen, H. Brown, and P. Vergragt, eds. (2013) Innovations in Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, Socio-technical Transitions, and Social Practices. pp 1-27 Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar
  8. Cohen, M., H. Brown, and P. Vergragt, eds. (2013) Innovations in Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, Socio-technical Transitions, and Social Practices. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  9. Vergragt, P.J. (2013) A possible way out of the combined economic-sustainability crisis.Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (6)123-125
  10. Vergragt, P., L. Akenji, P. Dewick, (2014) Sustainable Production, Consumption, and Livelihoods: global and regional research perspectives, Journal of Cleaner Production 63, 1-12.
  11. Lorek, S., and P. Vergragt (2014) Sustainable Consumption as systemic challenge: Inter- and transdisciplinary research and research questions, chapter inLucia Reisch and John Thøgersen (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  12. Vergragt, P. and H. S. Brown (2014), Grassroots Innovations vs. Green Cluster Initiatives: Reconciling two different approaches in Housing Energy Retrofit Programming, Chapter in Mike Hodson and Simon Marvin (eds.) “Retrofitting Cities”, Routledge
  13. Brown, H.S. and P.J. Vergragt (2014) Title: From Consumerism to Wellbeing: Towards a Cultural Transition? Submitted to Journal of Cleaner Production

Ashley Zanolli
Ashley Zanolli
  Ashley Zanolli has worked at the US EPA Seattle office on air toxics, biofuels, environmental justice, and climate programs since 2006. She currently co-leads the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum, a partnership of western communities working together to drive climate action through materials management. With the help of more than 25 EPA, state, and local government partners over the past three years, Ashley led development of Food: Too Good to Waste, a community food waste prevention toolkit. Ashley also implements EPA's Sustainable Food Management Program with commercial businesses in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and grocers throughout the US. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a graduate certificate in Decision Making for Climate Change from Northwestern University.
Lei Zhang
Lei Zhang
  Dr. Lei Zhang obtained her master and doctoral degrees in environmental management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and since 2002 she continued to work as teacher and researcher at Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. She joined the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University of China as associate professor since 2009. As an environmental sociologist, her researches cover topics ranging from ecological modernization of rural industries in China, environmental risk management, governmental environmental auditing, governance of environmental flows, environmental information disclosure, sustainable consumption to food safety, etc. She teaches courses on environmental policy analysis and evaluation, environmental politics of superpowers and research methods in environmental science. She also works for the International Council for Ecopolis Development as director for training programs and for the Working Group of SCORAI China (SUSTIANABLE CONSUMPTION RESEARCH AND ACTION INITIATIVE/SCORAI: http://www.scorai.org). She is currently orgainizing the first SCORAI China Workshop on Sustainable Consumption Researches in China, which will take place on November 15-16, 2014 in Beijing. The Workshop on Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Consumption is very relevant to what she is involved. She is particularly interested in learning about the functions of offices of sustainability in cities and how these offices work with varied actors.

Her publications include:

2014: Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Arthur P.J. Mol, Tieyu Wang, Yonglong Lu,Why small and medium chemical companies continue to pose severe environmental risks in rural China. Environmental Pollution, 185(2014): p158-167.(SCI:3.730)

2013: Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Arthur P.J. Mol, Yonglong Lu, Jianguo Liu, Revising China's Environmental Protection Law, Science, Vol341, July 12, 2013, p133. (31.027)

2013: Lei Zhang, Guizhen He, Arthur P.J. Mol, Xiao Zhu, Power politics in revising China’s Environmental Protection Law, Environmental Politics, V.22, No.6, 2013 , p1029-1035, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2013.843866 (SSCI:1.467)

2013:Guizhen He, Bettina Bluemling, Arthur P.J. Mol, Lei Zhang, Yonglong Lu, 2013. Comparing centralized and decentralized bio-energy systems in rural China. Energy Policy, 63: 34-43.(2.743)

2013: Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Arthur P.J. Mol, Yonglong Lu, Profiling the environmental risk management of Chinese local environmental agencies, Journal of Risk Research, 16:10, p1259-1275, DOI:10.1080/13669877.2013.788060 (SSCI:0.88)

2013: Lei Zhang, Guizhen He, Arthur P.J. Mol, Yonglong Lu. 2013. Public Perceptions of Environmental Risk in China, Journal of risk research, V16, Issue2, p195-209 (SSCI:0.88)

2013: Guizhen He, Arthur P.J. Mol, Lei Zhang ,Yonglong Lu , Public participation and trust in nuclear power development in China, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, 23 (2013), 1-11 (SCI: 5.627)

2012:Guizhen He, Arthur P.J. Mol, Lei Zhang, Yong-long Lu. 2012. Nuclear power in China after Fukushima: understanding public knowledge, attitudes and trust, Journal of risk research, p1-17, DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2012.726251 (SSCI, 0.88)

2012:Yu Yuanxiu, Yu Lan, Zhang Lei, 2012, Issues in Environmental Impact Assessment of Industrial Park Planning, in: Proceedings of International Conference on Environmental Impact Assessment of Metal Ore Mining, Smelting Projects, Hongyan Ren, Shenggao Cheng (ed.), p121-5, by China University of Geosciences Press Co. Ltd., Wuhan, 2012.11, ISBN 9787562529828, CIP

2011:Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Yonglong Lu, Arthur P.J. Mol. Managing major chemical accidents in China. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2011, 187 (1-3): 171-181. (SCI, 4.17)

2011:Tu, Q., A. Mol, L. Zhang, R. Ruben, How do trust and property security influence household's contribution to public goods?, China Economic Review (2011), V22, Issue 4, p499-511, (SSCI:0.947)

2011:Arthur P.J. Mol, Gui-zhen He, Lei Zhang. Information Disclosure in Environmental Risk Management: developments in China. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 2011, 40(3): 163-192.

2011:Tu, Q., A. Mol, L. Zhang, R. Ruben, How do trust and property security influence household's contribution to public goods?, China Economic Review (2011), doi:10.1016/j.chieco.2011.07.011 (SSCI:0.947)

2011: Song, Guojun ; Zhou, Li ; Zhang, Lei, Institutional Design for Strategic Environmental Assessment on Urban Economic and Social Development Planning in China, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 2011, Vol.31(6), pp.582-586 (SSCI: 2.596)

2010:Zhang, L. and L.J. Zhong (2010), “Integrating and prioritizing environmental risks in China’s risk management discourse”, Journal of Contemporary China, JCC Vol. 19, No 63, 2010, p119-136 (SSCI: 0.677)

2010:Ren, J.M., L. Zhang, R.S. Wang (2010), “Measuring the Sustainability of Policy Scenarios: Emergy-based SEA of the Chinese Paper Industry”, Ecological Complexity, No.7, 2010, p156-161 (SCI: 1.926).

2010:Lei Zhang, Arthur P.J. Mol, Guizhen He, Yonglong Lu. An implementation assessment of China’s environmental information disclosure decree. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2010, 22(10): 1649-1656. (SCI:1.513)

2009:He, G.Z., Y.L. Lu and L.Zhang (2009), “Risk management: lessons learned from the snow crisis in China”, in: China Environment Series 2008/2009, by China Environment Forum at Washington, DC , Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, P143-150. http://www.wilsoncenter.org/topics/pubs/park_schiller_baumgartner_he_commentary_ces10.pdf

2009:Guizhen He, Lei Zhang, Yonglong Lu. Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit in Large-scale Public Infrastructure Construction: The Case of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Environmental Management, 2009, 44(3): 579-589. (SCI, 1.50)

2009: Jingyi Han a,b, ArthurP.J.Mol b, YonglongLu a, _, LeiZhang , Onshore windpowerdevelopmentinChina:Challengesbehind a successfulstory,Energy Policy 37 (2009) 2941–2951 (SSCI: 2.723)

2008:Zhang, L. and Q. Tu (2008), “Payment for environmental services: SLCP implementation in Ningxia region, China”, J. China & World Economy, Vol. 16, No.2, Mar.-Apr. 2008, Blackwell Publishing, p66-81 (SSCI)

2008:Han J.Y., Arthur P.J. Mol, Yonglong Lu, Lei Zhang (2008), Small-scale bioenergy projects in rural China: Lessons to be learnt. In: Energy Policy, 2008, 36 (6), 2154-2162, Elsevier (SSCI: 2.723).

2007:Zhang, L. A.P.J. Mol and D. Sonnenfeld (2007), “The Interpretation of Ecological Modernization in China”, Environmental Politics, Vol. 16, No. 4, 659-668, August 2007 (SSCI).

2006:Shi, H. and L. Zhang (2006), “ China’s environmental governance of rapid industrialization”, in: Special Issue “Environmental Governance in China”, Environmental Politics, Vol. 15, No.2, 272-293, April 2006 (SSCI)

2001:Zhang, L. (2001), “The Potential Power of ISO 14001 in Chinese Small Towns”, J. Greener Management International, Issue 33, 81-96, Spring 2001, Greenleaf Publishing, UK

Jo Zientek
Jo Zientek
  Jo Zientek is a Deputy Director with the City of San Jose and has over 20 years of experience implementing waste management programs, including the City's Zero Waste Strategic Plan and Green Vision2022. Recent achievements: development of $30 million Clean Tech Demonstration Center, supporting City's Economic Development Strategy and partially financed through an innovative Federal New Markets Tax Credit program – a first for a CA city; new commercial solid waste system-live July 2012- with best-in-class recycling rate and now a model for cities across the USA– won 2013 SWANA Gold Excellence Award; and design/implementation of the most comprehensive national ordinance to ban plastic single-use carryout bags. Jo won the CA Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award twice (2009 & 2013).Current steering committee service includes: California's Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act advisory committee; the Biogas Association of CA; the Urban Sustainability Directors Networks Innovation Fund; and CommUniverCity, a partnership between City of San Jose, San Jose State, and neighborhood associations to enhance the livability of very low income communities in San Jose.Jo completed the 2013 Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Leadership Program.She has a BA in Biology, from University of CA, Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University.

Esther Zipori
Esther Zipori
  Have a Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and am currently getting my Masters in Infrastructure Policy Design.

My research focus has been into the concept of a Post-Automobile world and the urban environment design and policy that must occur to foster alternative modes of mobility other then the private car. I run a blog http://postautomobility.wordpress.com/ which acts as an open-source collection focused on the urban transformation for an absolute car environment.

I am in the process of publishing my first peer review article co- authored with Dr. Maurie Cohen titled "Anticipating Post-Automobility: Design Policies for Fostering Urban Mobility Transitions"

Recently I have worked for the Municipality of Princeton creating the city Complete Streets Design Guidelines.

2. My work focuses on the transformation of the urban environment and the practices of the people living in it to create a more healthy, safe and livable urban environment. Consumerism is the resulted action of both culture, policy and urban environment.

The question then becomes what kind of design policies and changes to the physical environment might encourage sustainable consumption and shift consumption practices.