2nd Biennial ISIN Meeting
March 13-16, 2003, Toronto
Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability:
Where We've Been, Where We're Headed
Highlights Meeting Sessions Presentations Photos Pre-Meeting Workshops Participants Home
 
 
 
Biographies for Participants of ISIN Meeting
Participants with the last names beginning with:
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Mark Anielski
President, Anielski Management Inc.
 
Mark Anielski is an economist who provides strategic counsel to governments, communities and business on quality of life and sustainability measurement. As President of AMI (Anielski Management Inc.) he is helping business, communities and governments build and implement sustainability accounting and management systems that he calls ³Genuine Progress Accounting² (GPA). GPA is a new performance assessment system that can account for the sustainability of an organization¹s five capital assets: human, social, natural, manufactured and financial. Mark uses the GPA as a tool for his unique strategic-business planning process that helps organizations achieve their sustainability vision. Mark is also a professor of economics at the newly established Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Washington). He also teaches a new MBA course in corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship at the University of Alberta¹s School of Business. In 2001 he led a team of economists at the Pembina Institute in developing a prototype sustainability measurement system for the province of Alberta called Alberta Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) Sustainable Well-being Accounting System. In 2000 he developed a similar sustainability accounting framework for the Yukon called ³The Sustainable Progress Indicators² and in 1999, as a Senior Fellow with the U.S. economic think-tank Redefining Progress, he completed the update to the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator a full environmental and social cost accounting of the U.S. economy. He is currently working on a prototype genuine wealth measurement system for the Inuit of Nunavut. Mark developed the proposal for the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy¹s to develop Canada¹s first national sustainable development indicators and a new total capital (human, social, natural) accounting system and served as an advisor to the NRTEE initiative over the past three years. He also served as a Canadian representative to the Global Reporting Initiative (Amsterdam) developing corporate sustainability reporting guidelines for international business. His other voluntary commitments include VP with the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and a founding board member of the International Sustainability Indicators Network. Mark has a Masters degree in forest economics and two bachelor degrees; one in economics and a second in forestry, from the University of Alberta. Mark lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his young family.
 
Alan AtKisson
President and CEO, AtKisson Inc. Stockholm, Sweden; and Seattle, USA
 
Alan AtKisson is the author of the 1999 sustainability bestseller (on Amazon.com) Believing Cassandra: An Optimist Looks at a Pessimist's World. He has consulted to over a hundred cities, companies, government agencies, civic initiatives, and non-profit organizations; and he has presented hundreds of keynote speeches, seminars, workshops and training sessions, all over the world. Alan formerly served as executive editor of In Context, the pioneering journal of sustainable cultures and systems; and as co-founder of Sustainable Seattle, which introduced the concept of urban sustainability indicators and was recognized with United Nations' and local awards. He is a former Senior Fellow and Executive Director with the independent policy institute Redefining Progress. He is also a founding member of the international Consultative Group on Sustainable Development Indicators, as well as the International Sustainability Indicators Network. As a writer, Alan publishes essays, newspaper columns, and academic papers, and he is also a professional singer and songwriter who often brings music into his speeches and workshops.  
 
Joyce Baker
Director of Research and Information, United Way of East Central Iowa
 
Joyce A. Baker has been Director of Research and Information for the United Way of East Central Iowa for the past 3 years, where she is responsible for monitoring and analyzing community needs. She has 18 years experience in data development and management, ranging from program evaluation to designing and conducting primary research. Previously Joyce managed the Census SDC coordinating agency for the University of Iowa, assisting citizens in obtaining and utilizing 1990 Census data products. Joyce served as the University of Iowa representative to the Iowa Geographic Information Council from 1994-1998 and chaired the first statewide GIS conference. She served as the Iowa state representative in the MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC) from 1995-1997. Ms. Baker received the Vice Presidential Hammer Award in 1998 for her participation in a state planning forum that developed detailed plans to utilize technology to improve citizens’ access to government. Joyce lives in Homestead, Iowa with her husband Roger and their 5 year old daughter Terra.
 
Dr. David V. J. Bell
 
David Bell is interested in the Politics of Sustainability - the transformation in political practices, policies, institutions and culture that will be necessary to support sustainability in the twenty -first century.
 
Dr. Bell (PhD, Political Science, Harvard University, 1969) was Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (1981-87) and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies (1992-1996) at York University. Currently Director of the York Centre for Applied Sustainability which he founded in 1996, he is a member of the Toronto Sustainability Round Table; a Director of Learning for a Sustainable Future; Chair of the Board of Directors of Parc Downsview Park; and Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Voluntary Challenge and Registry Inc.
 
A consultant and advisor to governments at the local, provincial and national levels in Canada; and to the Government of Jamaica, Dr. Bell is editor of the Sustainable Development Theme of the Encyclopedia of the Life Support Systems; a core faculty member of the Sustainable Enterprise Academy; and co-Academic Director of an SSHRC CURA project, "Sustainable Toronto" (www.sustainabletoronto.ca).  
 
David Berry
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".
 
David Burdick
Principal, Sustainable Steps
 
Besides beginning a Ph.D. candidacy to research and develop a methodology to measure sustainable production and corporations, David Burdick is also the principal at Sustainable Steps, an organization committed to verifying steps towards sustainable business practices. His practice includes authentication to several certification schemes, such as quality and environmental management systems as well as verifying green-labeling programs, such as the National Organic Program and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) sustainably harvested certification. He has been involved in registration practices for several years, including establishing an office in Japan, auditing in the US and developing LCA criteria for determining Environmentally Preferable Products. He has a Professional Engineering license and is fluent in English and Danish.
 
 
Carolyn Cahill
Policy Advisor, NRTEE
 
Carolyn Cahill has been a policy advisor at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) since May 1998. She is currently managing the NRTEE’s Environment and Sustainable Development Indicators (ESDI) Initiative. She also worked on the Round Table’s program on Health, Environment and the Economy. Prior to her work with the NRTEE, she worked for the City of Ottawa as the Co-ordinator of the City’s greenhouse gas reduction program. Through her work at both the City of Ottawa and at the NRTEE, Ms. Cahill has focussed on helping multistakeholder groups develop environmental programs and policies. Ms. Cahill graduated in 1990 from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. She then went on to receive her Master of Environmental Studies from York University in 1994.
 
The Clean Air Partnership
 
The Clean Air Partnership (CAP) is a registered charity. Its mandate is to make Toronto greener, more environmentally sustainable, and an international leader in clean air. CAP's programs focus on engaging the community to reduce local greenhouse gas and smog precursor emissions. CAP develops and delivers market and community-based strategies working in partnership with utilities, schools, businesses, governments and community groups. CAP was specifically created to extend the reach and impact of projects initiated through its parent organization, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an agency of the City of Toronto.
 
CAP's key objectives are to:

  • engage in public outreach, community education and fundraising, to leverage maximum financial, human and other resources towards its goals;
  • facilitate collective, institutional and individual action through partnership; and
  • animate and support sustainable, community-based efforts.
 
Ron Colman
Executive Director, GPI Atlantic
 
Dr. Ronald Colman is founder and executive director of GPI Atlantic, a non-profit research group that is constructing an index of sustainable development for Nova Scotia as a pilot project for Canada. He previously taught for 20 years at the university level and was a researcher and speech-writer at the United Nations.
 
GPI Atlantic has produced natural resource accounts for forests, soils and agriculture, fisheries and marine environment, and water resources, as well as an ecological footprint analysis for Nova Scotia, air quality accounts, greenhouse gas accounts, as well as a wide range of social, economic, and health indicator reports for that province. These reports are available on the GPI web site at www.gpiatlantic.org.
 
Dr. Colman sits on the sustainable development indicators steering committee of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and is editor of Reality Check: The Canadian Review of Wellbeing.
   
Jeffrey J. Elder
Director of Community Impact Research, United Way of America
 
Mr. Elder is Director of Community Impact Research and the United Way State of Caring Index at United Way of America. He works at this national learning center for a network of almost 1,400 local United Ways. He earned his Masters Degree in Sociology at Indiana University. He has always been interested in the long trends of societal change, not the daily ups and downs. When away from work, he enjoys the daily ups and downs of backpacking, biking and skiing.
 
Patrice Flynn
Economist, Flynn Research
 
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.
 
David Fitzpatrick
Director, RICS Foundation
 
David Fitzpatrick is the Executive Director of the RICS Foundation and heads a multi lingual team committed to issues of sustainability within the built and natural environments. The RICS Foundation a charitable body, promoting, supporting and occasionally funding research into land, property, construction and development. Prior to joining the RICS Foundation, David ran the UK's lead body for regeneration, the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA). David has had extensive experience in the private sector and is also a qualified lecturer. He has an expertise in the use of information and communications technology (ICTs) and remains a voluntary Director of a not for profit organization devoted to using ICTs for social and economic regeneration. David is also a voluntary National Council member of the Foyer Federation, a major UK initiative to tackle housing for deprived young people in inner cities. He sat as a representative on a sub group of the Urban Task Force, was a member of the UK government's Social Exclusion Unit and sat on the UK English Heritage's review of Regeneration through Heritage. David has been invited to sit on the UK government's review of tall buildings. David has been involved in a wide range of European initiatives focussed on regional development and has had a long standing commitment to trans national links and public/private/not for profit cross sector cooperation. He is a keen advocate of corporate social responsibility. David is also sits on the United World College international fundraising body, which aims to provide education opportunities for young people across the world. David is Welsh, speaks reasonable Spanish, French and German, has been married for 22 years and has a 17 year old daughter and 11 year old son who between them all have three dogs, two cats, a rabbit and tropical fish. He has been qualified in sub aqua since 1971, has been involved with the captive breeding of birds of prey for release into the wild and is a keen conservationist.
  
Sydney Green
Director, Center for Sustainability at the Healthy Community Initiative
 
Sydney Green is director of the Center for Sustainability at the Healthy Community Initiative of Greater Orlando. She co-authored Orange County's first sustainability report, Legacy 2000 and it's follow-up report Legacy 2002. These reports examine the economic, nature, social and individual well-being indicators and how the resulting linkages form a comprehensive picture of the area. Legacy 2000 was the first report to use the Compass Index of Sustainability created by AtKisson, Inc.
 
She is also a consultant, facilitator, trainer and speaker on community planning, sustainability, and development. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, international professional associations, small businesses, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations. Sydney has worked extensively in the areas of youth development assets, venture philanthropy, and community development in low-income neighborhoods and has been active in the national healthy community movement. She is also a Senior Independent Associate of AtKisson, Inc.
 
Court Gould
Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh
 
Court Gould is Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh (SP), a non-partisan, civic forum and partnership advocating integration of economic growth, environmental health, and social equity as the foundation for a high quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania. SP is building a network of "Affiliates" who work together to advance on-the-ground projects, public education, research, and advocacy in four primary areas: Smart Land Use; Amenities and Lifestyle; Diversity & Civic Engagement, Transportation for Livable Communities. Court has worked in federal, state, and local government, including in the Allegheny County Department of Administration and has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. In the environmental arena, he has worked for the International Air & Waste Management Association headquartered in Pittsburgh, served as Executive Director of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, and consulted to several national conservation organizations. He is active in community organizations including currently serving as Chair of the Local Government Academy and President of Friends of the Riverfront. Other boards on which he sits include the Fox Chapel Land Trust and Allegheny Trail Alliance. Court recently chaired the Allegheny County Executive's New Idea Factory Sustainable Development committee and is facilitating creation of the Smart Growth Partnership of Allegheny County.
 
Stephen Hall
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK
 
Stephen Hall is a UK Government Statistician in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which has responsibility for pushing forward the sustainable development agenda across Government and more widely. Stephen is responsible for the coordination, promotion and development of the UK's indicators of sustainable development at the national, regional and to some extent local levels. He was involved in the preparatory work for the first UK set of indicators published in 1996 and returned to this area two years ago. He will shortly be coordinating a full scale review of all the UK indicators.
 
Lee Hatcher
Managing Director, AtKisson, Inc.
 
Lee is the Managing Director of AtKisson Inc., a diverse international consultancy working with organizations to develop strategies and applications that incorporate sustainability principles. This includes indicator development for communities, sustainability assessment for investors, utilities, and agencies, and strategic planning with sustainability. Prior to joining AtKisson Inc. Lee served as the Executive Director of Sustainable Seattle.
 
Joy Hecht
Executive Director, New Jersey Sustainable State Institute
 
Joy Hecht is the founding executive director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute, a new organization created to provide a permanent home for the state sustainability indicators developed in the late 1990s. The Institute's mandate is to institutionalize the publication of these indicators and to facilitate a statewide effort to set targets for them, so that we can use them to track our progress towards sustainability goals; economic well-being, a sound environment, and a strong and healthy community. Dr. Hecht came to New Jersey from Arlington Virginia and from an international career in the areas of environmental policy and indicators. She has consulted extensively in Africa and Asia, working most recently with Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency on the of sustainability indicators for that country. Dr. Hecht is also an expert on environmental accounting, and has recently written a book on the subject to be published by Resources for the Future in 2003. Domestically, she has been involved for several years with the US Forest Service Sustainable Minerals Roundtable, which is developing indicators of sustainability for the minerals sector.
 
Hazel Henderson
www.hazelhenderson.com
 
Hazel Henderson is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, consultant on sustainable development and author of Beyond Globalization and seven other books. Her editorials are syndicated by lnterPress Service to some 400 newspapers in 27 languages. She has published articles in over 250 journals. The first version of her Country Futures Indicators (CFI©), an alternative to the Gross National Product, is a co-venture with the Calvert Group, Inc.: the Calvert-Henderson Quality-of-Life Indicatorssm (www.calvert-henderson.com). She was a founding board member of Worldwatch Institute (1975-2001) and serves on the advisory boards of Calvert Social Investment Fund, WETV, Cousteau Society, New Economics Foundation. She is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, and co-edited the report of the Global Commission to Fund the United Nations The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives (1995). She is an active member of the National Press Club, Social Venture Network, World Future Society, and a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation (Philippines). Henderson shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Nobelist A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina.  
 
R. Anthony Hodge
President, Anthony Hodge Consultants Inc.
 
Tony Hodge is a Leader of the Mining/Mineral Team, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Co-facilitator of MMSD North America and Chair of the Seven Questions Work Group; Member of Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, 1991 - 1995. President of Friends of the Earth Canada 1988 - 1992. Taught, published and practiced widely on the issue of bringing sustainability ideas from theory to practical application. Lead author of the 19995 book: Pathways to Sustainability: Assessing our Progress. (Ottawa: National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy).  
 
Andrew Jones
Senior Project Manager, Sustainability Institute
 
Drew Jones is a senior project manager with Sustainability Institute. His work focuses on systems thinking, organizational learning, indicators, and simulation modeling. His recent projects include community-based workshops, environmental strategic planning at Harley-Davidson, modeling urban growth issues in Northern Wisconsin, and running model-based workshops on the forest-based economy of Northern New England. Drew worked for five years at Rocky Mountain Institute, received a B.A. in Engineering Sciences and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and a M.S. from M.I.T., where he concentrated on System Dynamics simulation modeling.
 
Dean Kubani
Senior Policy Analyst, 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.
 
Steve Litke
Fraser Basin Council
 
Steve Litke graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1995 with a Master's Degree in Resources and Environmental Management. Steve has worked with the Fraser Basin Council as a Project Coordinator since 1998. His primary responsibilities with the Council include facilitation of an integrated flood hazard management initiative, as well as the development of sustainability indicators for the Fraser Basin. This work has involved research on watershed resources, urban and regional planning, best management practices, and the status of watersheds; providing input to local and provincial government management agencies regarding policies, planning, and decision-making processes; facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings and workshops; and, developing public education and outreach programs.
 
Michael Lunn
Managing Director of SMS Consulting, and Associate to AtKisson Inc.
 
Michael Lunn has been working in the environment and Sustainability field since 1986, and heads up a group of associates in the Australia and New Zealand region for Alan AtKisson, an international group of sustainability professionals. He has worked both in the UK, and Australia. His previously worked for the Queensland State government, assisting local government and business to integrate sustainability into existing systems. Michael's clients presently include Brisbane City Council, Cairns City Council, Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Environmental Program, to name just a few. Michael prides himself on helping business and government to accelerate towards sustainability, and has worked extensively on Business Performance Indicators, Triple Bottom Line reporting, and sustainability strategies both in the UK and Australia. He was also responsible for facilitating and co-ordinating the "Better Gladstone, Better World" Sustainability Indicators Report, which was the first for Queensland. Michael's previous background includes working for local and State government in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has BSc in Environmental Management, and a Masters degree in Business Administration. He is also a qualified auditor in EMS and ISO14001.
 
Mary MacDonald
Senior Envirnmental Planner, City of Toronto
 
Mary MacDonald, currently a Senior Environmental Planner with the City of Toronto, has led sustainability implementation and monitoring projects at international, regional, national, city and corporate levels since 1987. She was Co-Director of a World Bank project to deliver sustainability training to national multistakeholder organizations on five continents and a senior organizer of a United Nations review of progress on Agenda 21 five years after the Earth Summit. She has also been a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute, Director of Policy and Research at the Earth Council, Director of a Swedish International Development Agency initiative on social and environmental impacts of mining in the Southern African Region and a consultant to business and government on strategic sustainability planning. She is the author of Agendas for Sustainability: Environment and Development into the 21st Century, a discussion of the value of international agendas as a tool to realize sustainability objectives.  
 
Peter Melhus
Principal, E3 Consulting Services
 
Peter Melhus is the Principal of E3 (E-cubed) Consulting Services, which specializes in sustainable economic development. He is the executive director of the Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development, a multi-stakeholder, collaborative group in the San Francisco Bay Area. Melhus chairs the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Environmental Partnership. He is also currently a Ph.D. candidate in city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley. He recently completed a 25-year career with Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the last eight directing environmental policy. Melhus is a 2002 Switzer Environmental Fellow. He was a founding board member of the Recycled Paper Coalition and formerly served on the board of the Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation and on the Economic Prosperity Council of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. Melhus completed his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art in New York City and his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Santa Clara.
 
Dr. Sonja Odom
Research Associate, University of South Carolina
 
Dr. Sonja Lynn Odom is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of South Carolina's Laboratory for Sustainable Solutions. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in December 2001. Her doctoral research involved the development of a heuristic decision-support and evaluation methodology, the Sustainable Systems Analysis Algorithm (SSAA) applied via a static proof of concept demonstration specifically focused on the sustainability of industrial operations within the Forests Products Industry Sector. Lynn is an Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee of the Friends of the Edisto; a non-profit NGO dedicated to conservation of natural resources and sustainable development within the Edisto River Basin (ERB) a two-million acre watershed covering portions of twelve counties and over 325 miles of navigable rivers in South Carolina s Coastal Plain. She is leading an effort to advance a sustainable industrial development model for the ERB region. "Think globally, act locally."
 
Dennis O'Farrell
Head of Indicators section, Environment Canada  
Dennis O'Farrell received his Bachelor of Science in Montreal from McGill University in "Renewable Resources" and, in Kingston Ontario, a Master of Arts in Human Geography at Queen's University where he studied the link between ecosystem theory and community design. He has worked on conservation strategies, sustainable development, state of environment reporting and environmental indicators during his 14 years, so far, with Environment Canada. Dennis is presently the Head of the Indicators section in the National Indicators and Reporting Office Environment Canada and has been working on environmental indicator development, indicator reports, alternative methods, and liaison with the OECD.
 
Robin O'Malley
Senior Fellow and Project Director, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
 
Mr. O'Malley directs The Heinz Center's Environmental Reporting program, which recently released The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States. Prior to joining The Heinz Center in November 1997, Mr. O'Malley worked for the Department of the Interior, where he led U.S. government efforts to establish a biodiversity information network throughout the Americas. From 1993 to 1996, he was Chief of Staff for the National Biological Survey, where he was responsible for numerous program development, budgeting, implementation, and outreach activities. Mr. O'Malley has also served as a Special Assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, Deputy Science Advisor within the Interior Department; Associate Director for Natural Resources at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and as senior environmental advisor to Governor Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey. He holds a Masters degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York.  
 
Parc Downsview Park
Canada's First National Urban Park
 
The Government of Canada is transforming the former military base at Downsview into a unique urban recreational greenspace for all Canadians. This is to be done on a self-financing basis and as such requires complimentary commercial development to be created in order to evolve the site to achieve its mandate. The Park's Vision Statement ensures the Park will be "…developed according to the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability…". Downsview Park is already a special place for people of all ages to enjoy throughout the four seasons. It hosts its own unique curriculum-based School Programs, monthly Community Activities, Seasonal Special Events including an annual all-day Canada Day celebration and was the venue for the closing events for World Youth Day 2002 where 800,000 people participated.
 
Chris Paterson
Senior Associate, Community Initiatives, LLC.
 
Chris has worked with hundreds of community and organizational change practitioners across the U.S. to develop, enhance, and use collaborative processes and information-based tools for creating healthier, more sustainable communities. He is nationally recognized for his work with community indicators and the development of the capacities and systems necessary for embedding indicators within sustained learning and improvement efforts. Chris previously served as Senior Consultant with Sustainable Measures, Inc.
 
Laszlo Pinter
Senior Project Manager, IISD
 
Laszlo Pinter is Senior Project Manager with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. László has been with IISD since 1994 and helped set up the Institute's program on Measurement and Indicators. He conceptualized, contributed to or lead projects with emphasis, among others, on state of the environment and sustainability reporting, sustainable development indicators, performance evaluation and assessment in place-based, sectoral or global contexts. He also works in the areas of climate change adaptation and leads IISD's activities as a Collaborative Center of the United Nations Environment Programme on the Global Environment Outlook program and associated capacity building activities. Locally he is involved, among others, in the sustainable development reporting process for Manitoba. He lives with his wife, Emoke, and their two daughters, Kamilla and Margaréta, and son Márton in Winnipeg.
 
Kris Prendergast
Director of Membership Services, U.S. Green Building Council
 
As Director of Membership Services at the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC, Kris has increased the Council’s corporate and organizational members from 500 to 2400. She has also implemented a comprehensive chapter program that has grown from 2 to over 25 chapters and affiliates. Prior to that she worked as Marketing Services Manager at the 145,000 member international Divers Alert Network association headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Kris’ leadership experience includes serving as chair of the Orange County, NC Commission for the Environment. During her tenure the Commission produced the county’s first annual State of the Environment report. Kris is founder and president of the Institute for Sustainable Cities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tracking trends and progress in community sustainability. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Sustainable DC. Kris has an M.A. in Environmental Studies and has served as adjunct professor of environmental studies at Edison Community College in Florida and Peninsula College in Washington.
 
Allison Quaid
ICLEI
 
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.
 
Edward Quevedo
WSP Environmental North America
 
Edward Quevedo is Director of Environmental Management and Sustainability Programs at WSP. Ed Quevedo's practice encompasses domestic and international Environmental, Health & Safety Strategic Counselling, Compliance Counseling, Enforcement Defense, and Litigation. He also directs WSP's practice in Sustainability Management Systems (SMS) implementation, and Corporate Social Responsibility, Socially Responsible Advertising, and Applied Business Ethics. Ed is Adjunct Professor in the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the President of the Pacific Industrial & Business Association, a community-based NGO located in Silicon Valley and serving the Pacific Rim region. Ed is admitted to practice law in California, and before the several divisions of the Federal District Courts in the State of California. He has argued cases before the California Supreme Court and the International Board of Arbitrators in The Hague. He is also admitted to practice before the European Court of Justice.
 
Jessica Seares
Jessica Seares is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology. Her research focuses on local, agricultural, and ecological responses to globalization on the island of St. Lucia, West Indies. While in the Caribbean, she worked in three communities with different orientations toward the global economy and contrasted socio-ecomic, ecological, and agricultural aspects among these communities. She found that exclusion from the export-based, cash economy results in positive ecological benefits yet has near-term economic costs for farmers. She is interested in the potential for using sustainability indicators as a method to internalize the ecological benefits associated with high biodiversity farming into the price of agricultural goods, and hopes to explore the issues associated with applying "First World" models such as sustainability indicators to global South countries such as St. Lucia.
 
Dr. Harvey Shear
Regional Science Advisor, Environment Canada
 
A native of Toronto, Dr. Harvey Shear is currently Regional Science Advisor for Environment Canada (Toronto) and also serves as Canadian Chair of the Biennial State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) with USEPA, and Canadian Chair of the International Joint Commission’s Council of Great Lakes Research Managers. In his role as Canadian Chair of SOLEC, he has led the development of a suite of ecosystem health indicators for the Great Lakes Basin to aid the two governments in achieving the purpose of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem). Dr. Shear is also an Adjunct Full Professor at University of Toronto where he teaches an undergraduate course on ecology / economy. Dr. Shear has published numerous scientific papers on aquatic ecology and management, and has presented scientific talks at various scientific and non-scientific venues.  
 
Risa B. Smith
Knowledge Integration Directorate, Environment Canada
 
Risa Smith has been working on state of environment reporting and environmental indicators for the past ten years. For the past year she has been director of Environment Canada's National Indicators and Reporting Office; for the previous nine years she worked in the State of Environment Reporting Office for the province of British Columbia, first as the senior research scientist and from 1996 to 2001 as head of the program. In her position with Environment Canada Risa is currently leading challenging efforts to develop a Canadian Biodiversity Index and a National Indicators and Reporting Strategy. Risa is perhaps best known for her work in British Columbia, on the biennial reports, Environmental Trends in British Columbia. She is currently or has been in the past, a leader, advisor or team member on many sustainable development indicator initiatives including: Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Children's Health and the Environment Indicators Report; National Roundtable on Environment and Economy, Environment and Sustainable Development Indicators Initiative; Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, State of Environment Task Force; the transboundary report Georgia Basin-Puget Sound Ecosystem Indicators; the Pacific Northwest Environmental Indicators Working Group; Towards a Small but Powerful Set of Salmon Habitat Indicators; and the environment section of the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer's Annual Report.  
 
Dr. Stuart Lyon Smith
ENSYN Technologies Inc.
 
Dr. Stuart Lyon Smith is Chairman of the Board of Ensyn Technologies Inc., a firm which upgrades petroleum fuels and produces chemicals and clean energy from biomass. Until July 1997 he was President of Philip Utilities Management Corporation, a firm he founded and directed , which became Canada's largest water and wastewater services company. Dr. Smith is also President of RockCliffe Research and Technology Inc., a company he founded in 1987 to privately manage government laboratories. He is a Director of Capital Alliance Ventures Inc., Instantel Inc. and Acres Productive Technology Inc. He serves as Vice-Chair of Humber College's Board of Governors and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the McGill School of Environment and the Liu Centre for the study of Global Issues (at UBC). Dr. Smith graduated in Medicine from McGill University where he won first prize in Medicine and Pathology and was President of the McGill Students Society. He was for eight years a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario. He won the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 1976 and a year later became Leader of the Opposition in which position he was a frequent spokesman for the environment, as well as an advocate of research-based industrial policies. From 1982 to 1987, Dr. Smith was Chairman of the Science Council of Canada, alerting Canadians to the importance of new technology. In 1989, he chaired both the Peer Review and the Implementation process for the Federal "Centres of Excellence" competition. During 1990 and 1991 he was Chairman of the AUCC Commission of Inquiry on Canadian University Education. In July of 1995, the Prime Minister appointed him as Chairman of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Author of "Technology and Work in Canada's Future", he has been honoured by awards from the Canadian Advanced Technology Association, Mount Allison University, Royal Roads University, Ryerson Polytechnic University (then Institute), Conestoga College and the Government of France. Stuart Smith was Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy from 1995 to 2002.  
 
Randy Solomon
Smart Growth Policy Advisory, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
 
Randy Solomon is currently Smart Growth Policy Advisor for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. He previously directed the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute, and prior to that was the Director of the Sustainable State Project for the NGO New Jersey Future, where he served as architect and chief implementer of NJ's sustainable development indicator program. Randy is recognized nationally for his experience with program design and implementation in fostering comprehensive planning toward sustainable development. Randy writes frequently, and is a sought-after speaker on sustainable development, comprehensive planning, indicators, and land use. He has a BS in Biology from Richard Stockton College and an MS in Public Policy from Rutgers University. In previous jobs, Randy was a National Park Ranger, an ecology field researcher, and an AmeriCorps national service volunteer.
 
Jan Suurland
Counselor, Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington DC
 
Jan Suurland is presently the Counselor for Environment and Spatial Planning at the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington DC.Before this I have been working with the Ministry of Environment in the Netherlands,first as senior economic advisor and since 1983 as a policy director on various issues such as Environmental Planning and Policy Analysis,Industry and Consumer Policy,Soil,Water and Rural Environment.In between I have worked as a private consultant on Environment and Economics.
 
Ian Thomson
President, On COMMON GROUND Inc.
 
Ian Thomson has long experience in the mining industry; has written, taught and practiced widely and gained an international reputation on effective community engagement, first contact situations, managing expectations, relocation, and similar aspects of the wide range of social issues facing the mining industry. Member of the MMSD Seven Questions work group and leader of the MMSD Global study on Access to Information.  
 
Erica Tucker
SAM
 
Erica acts as a consultant to SAM and is currently completing market research in Canada for SAM. Prior to moving to Canada, Erica was responsible for SAM Research client services and communication. She was also an analyst for the entertainment, recreational products and textile industries. Her previous work experience includes communication and knowledge management project work for Zurich Financial Services Group, as well as communication and environmental project work for the Swiss Organization for Facilitating Investments/KPMG. She also helped to establish and secure funding for the Environmental Management and Law Association in Budapest, Hungary. Erica received a masters degree in international economics from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. She also holds a bachelors degree in urban and regional studies from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, USA.
 
   
John Wells
Director of sustainable development and water policy, Minnesota Planning
 
John Wells is director of sustainable development and water policy for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board at Minnesota Planning. He has been responsible for developing a planning guide and model ordinances for local sustainable development, sustainable development guidelines for urban rivers, criteria for capital bonding and tax exempt bonding allocation authority, a sustainable development approach to the measurement of progress in Minnesota, and an assessment of the errant economic signals state policy often sends to businesses, consumers and local governments. John directed the Governor's Round Table on Sustainable Development and has led various state research projects for sustainable development. 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.
 
Iddo Wernick
Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
 
Iddo Wernick is a Senior Associate working on the Materials Flow project at the World Resources Institute. He is an applied physicist by training, with a BS from UCLA and MS and PhD from Columbia. Iddo has worked in the field of industrial ecology - the study of industrial activity as an integral part of ecological systems - since it became established about a decade ago. His research has focused on U.S. national materials flow accounting, studies of specific materials classes and industry sectors, and model development for projecting US land use trends as affected by the forestry, agriculture, construction and mining industries. Iddo has researched and taught at Yeshiva, Rockefeller and Columbia universities in New York and was VP Content Development at Ecos Technologies, a start-up venture in the field of environmental knowledge management. In addition to academic research and teaching, Iddo has worked with groups from government, NGOs and the private sector.
 
 
 

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