Randall E. Solomon
John R. Wells
Mark P. Anielski
President, Anielski Management Inc.
Director, Sustainability Measurement, Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development
Senior Fellow, Redefining Progress, Oakland, CA
Mark Anielski is ecological economist with a broad spectrum of expertise ranging from government policy analysis, strategic-business planning, performance measurement, and sustainability accounting. As director of Sustainability Measurement with the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development he recently led a team of researchers in pioneering the first system of integrated economic, social, human and environmental well-being accounts or Genuine Progress Indicators for measuring the sustainable well-being of societies. The province of Alberta, Canada served as the first test-drive of the GPI accounting system. In 1998-1999 he completed the first update to the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) as senior fellow to Redefining Progress. He also developed other well-being measurement systems including the Edmonton Social Health Index, a composite index of social, human health and economic variables. He currently serves as member of the National Round Table on the Economy and the Environment's Sustainable Development Indicators steering committee. He was one of the principle architects of the Alberta Government's Measuring Up and business plan. Mark's experience also includes the development of strategic-business plans and performance measurement systems, which is his main business as President of Anielski Management Inc. (AMI). AMI is a management-consulting firm that specializes in accounting for sustainability of organizations. His work includes the development of strategic-business plans and performance measurement systems. He holds a Master of Science degree in forest economics, and two bachelor degrees, one in economics and one in forestry all from the University of Alberta. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Alan AtKisson is the author of Believing Cassandra: An Optimist Looks at a Pessimist's World, published by Chelsea Green in the fall of 1999. He is also Director of Arts & Culture for the Sustainability Institute in Vermont, and a former Senior Fellow and Executive Director with the independent policy institute Redefining Progress. He is a member of the international Consultative Group on Sustainable Development Indicators. Mr. AtKisson has been writing and consulting on sustainability, indicators and assessment, and systems change since 1988. He served as executive editor of In Context, the pioneering journal of sustainable cultures, and as co-founder of Sustainable Seattle, which introduced the concept of urban sustainability indicators and was recognized with international and local awards. His numerous clients include U.S. government agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, and leading foundations, as well as cities and community groups all over the world. He is a frequent conference keynoter. Mr. AtKisson is also a professional songwriter and recording artist, and his latest album, "Believing Cassandra," was released jointly with his book by Chelsea Green Publishing and Rain City Records in Fall, 1999.
Cynthia Barakatt is a communications consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the writing, communications and environmental fields. A former journalist, Cynthia has worked as a communications specialist for two state environmental agencies and a large international environmental consulting firm, and served as an administrator for a university-based environmental research and education center. Cynthia has planned and coordinated numerous workshops and conferences, and has extensive experience planning outreach and education programs. In addition, Cynthia has served on the boards of two non-profit organizations, and is involved in local sustainability initiatives in her community.
Interagency Group on Industrial Ecology
David Berry was assigned to the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President for six years to direct the Interagency Group on Sustainable Development Indicators and to chair the Interagency Group on Industrial Ecology, created as responses to recommendations of the President's Council on Sustainable Development. The groups raise awareness of environmental, social and economic trends in the Nation, support collaboration among Federal Agencies and encourage action toward sustainability. Since leaving the U.S. Federal Civil Service, he continues to lead the Interagency Groups as a volunteer. Mr. Berry was a delegate to the OECD meeting on sustainable development indicators in Rome in December, 1999 and to the CSD 9 meetings at the UN economist in March and April where he led the US team on information for decision-making including indicators. He has participated in expert meetings on indicators run by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment in Wuppertal Germany, and UN expert meetings in Costa Rica, Long Island NY, and Ottawa, Canada. He is an advisor to the International Sustainability Indicators Network and a participant in the Consulting Group on Sustainable Development Indicators convened by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Mr. Berry began his career as an economist with the Canadian Ministry for Energy Mines and Resources (now Resources Canada), worked in the private sector in energy management of large facilities and later in international trade. He has spoken in many countries on sustainability and spirituality and performed on Korean and American television and radio including live performances on "The Prairie Home Companion".
Maureen Hart is an internationally known expert on sustainability indicators and the author of the Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators. Both the guide and the related web site (www.sustainablemeasures.com) are being used by many communities and organizations working on understanding and measuring progress toward sustainability. Ms. Hart develops and presents training courses on sustainability and indicators, provides technical assistance to community indicator projects, evaluates indicators and indicator sets, consults with businesses and business-related non-profits on sustainable production indicators, consults with foundations and other grant-making organizations on defining strategies for and evaluating decisions relating to funding sustainable development related projects, and does research on measuring sustainability. Ms. Hart has worked with communities, non-profit organizations, federal, state, regional, and local governments, foundations and the private sector. She is the President and founder of Sustainable Measures, as well as the Director of the International Sustainability Indicators Network (ISIN), an organization of sustainability indicator practitioners and experts.
Patrice Flynn is an economist (PhD, MA) and social worker (MSW) with experience teaching, writing, directing programs, and conducting research on economic and social issues in the U.S. and abroad. Her specialty is empirical measurement with a focus on developing models and indicators to assess quality of life; designing and fielding national survey instruments; and analyzing large databases. Patrice is the CEO of FLYNN RESEARCH, a basic and applied research institute located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia, 60-miles outside of Washington, D.C. She is also an adjunct economics professor at George Washington University where she teaches career Navy and Air Force officers. For re-creation, Patrice plays the guitar, sings, gardens, reads, travels, and practices yoga and aerobic-dance.
Rocky Mountain Institute
Michael Kinsley, Research Scholar and Consultant, co-founded RMI's Economic Renewal program in 1982. As the Institute's senior practitioner of techniques for creating sustainable local economies, he has provided economic development planning, facilitation, and training to communities in 40 states and three foreign countries. He is the author of The Economic Renewal Guide (1997)-a distillation of nearly three decades' experience-and several papers addressing community growth issues and sustainable development alternatives. As a Pitkin County (Colorado) Commissioner (1975-85) Michael pioneered programs in affordable housing, environmental and growth management, fiscal efficiency, and economic stability. A former journalist, he co-founded the Western Colorado Congress and a community-based mediation service, for two years chaired the Governor's Health Coordinating Council, and for four years directed the Pitkin County Environmental Task Force. He holds a BS in political science from the University of Houston and has taken advanced environmental and governmental management training. He serves on numerous local committees and organizations. Outside of work, his two passions are kayaking and painting; he has won several local awards for his landscape paintings.
City of Santa Monica
Dean Kubani is a Senior Environmental Policy Analyst with the City of Santa Monica's Environmental Programs Division. He acts as coordinator of Santa Monica's Sustainable City Program and has overseen the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the program since its adoption by the Santa Monica City Council in 1994. His work involves sustainable program and policy development, introduction of sustainable practices into municipal operations, oversight of residential and business sustainability initiatives, indicator development and program evaluation, and extensive public outreach efforts. Mr. Kubani has lectured on sustainability at universities throughout the country, and has presented information about Santa Monica's Sustainable City Program at state, national and international conferences. He currently serves as an advisor to several non-profit environmental organizations as well as local and regional government agencies. Prior to his employment at the City of Santa Monica, Mr. Kubani worked as a Policy Analyst in the non-profit sector and was a Project Manager for an environmental engineering firm in Southern California.
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Laszlo Pinter is Senior Project Manager with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Trained mainly in the physical and socio-economic aspects of natural resources management, he received a Diploma in Agronomy from the Gödöllo University of Agricultural Sciences, Hungary and a Master of Natural Resources Management degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is doctoral candidate in forestry at the University of Minnesota, United States. Laszlo has been with IISD since 1994 and helped set up the Institute's program on Measurement and Indicators. He has been involved in a number of strategic and place-based indicator projects involving local communities, countries or international organizations. He is leading IISD's activities associated with the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a forward-looking, integrated and participatory assessment on the state and dynamics of the global environment. In close cooperation with UNEP, he helped initiate and implement the GEO training programme aimed at developing integrated assessment and reporting capacity on the national and regional scales. During 2000-01 he spent ten months as Practitioner Fellow with the Science for Sustainability project at Harvard University, where he carried out research on the relationship between assessment system design and effectiveness, focused on the Global Environment Outlook. Laszlo speaks fluent English and Hungarian, and can function in German. Prior to joining IISD Laszlo worked in research and management positions in the biotechnology industry with Diagnostic Technology, Inc. in the United States and Deltaco RT in Hungary.
As Project Director of Communities 21, Allison assists municipalities who are working to integrate sustainability criteria into their policies and programs. Assistance includes providing them with framework for a comprehensive sustainability planning process, identifying successful case studies applicable to their conditions, and networking them to other municipal staff working on sustainable development. ICLEI is currently piloting a tool, the Sustainability Inventory, which assesses whether a community's natural, social and economic resources are being managed sustainabily, and guides in developing holistic, collaborative management strategies. In terms of indicator experience, Allison was a member of the Sustainable Boston environment committee, where she worked for two years to help develop indicators of sustainability for the City of Boston. She has studied many examples of indicators that municipalities have devised as a means to drive policy and educate citizens.
Don Seville's personal practice focuses on using the disciplines of systems thinking, organizational learning, and simulation modeling to help organizations to develop strategies around sustainability. Recent projects include facilitating collaborative learning between a producer and potential customers to design an attractive service and financial package around new distributed generation technologies, scenario planning on the potential market for fuel cells as an approach to clean power generation, and modeling & workshops exploring the future of the forestry industry in northern New England. Don received a Master's in Technology and Policy from MIT in 1994, with a concentration in system dynamics. His consulting experience includes two years with GKA incorporated and extensive work with the Society for Organizational Learning, a consortium of business, consultants, and researchers working to further the theory and practice of organizational learning.
Randall E. Solomon
Randy Solomon directs the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute. He is responsible for developing and implementing programs to grow the institutional and decision-making capacity of US states and the federal government for the purpose of achieving sustainable development. Mr. Solomon writes frequently and is a sought after speaker on sustainable development, comprehensive planning, indicators, and land use. He sits on advisory boards for federal and state government, civic organizations, and is also an advisor to major corporations. He is the former Director of the Sustainable State Project for the NGO New Jersey Future, and the architect and chief implementer of NJ's sustainable development indicator program. He has a BS in Biology from Richard Stockton College and an MS in Public Policy from Rutgers University. In previous jobs Mr. Solomon was a National Park Ranger, an ecology field researcher, and an Americorps national service volunteer.
John R. Wells
Sustainable Development Director
John Wells is director of the Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board at Minnesota Planning. He is a leader of Smart Growth activities for Minnesota Planning and the EQB, was involved in developing the Administration's framework for Smart Growth and its Smart Growth criteria for capital bonding and tax exempt bonding allocation authority, and is responsible for overseeing development of the generic environmental impact statement on urban development, a planning guide for local sustainable development, and sustainable development guidelines for urban rivers. John directed the Governor's Round Table on Sustainable Development and has led state efforts to compile a handbook of model ordinances for local sustainable development and state research projects for sustainable development. He initiated and produced the Minnesota Progress Indicator, a sustainable development approach to the measurement of progress in Minnesota, and Smart Signals: Economics for Lasting Progress, an assessment of the errant economic signals state policy often sends to businesses, consumers and local governments. John received his Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 and his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1972.