Meet Team ecofabulous:
Amy’s been green from the get-go, when her parents taught her the importance of recycling newspaper as a child way before it was popular (or convenient — they’d have to drive 20 minutes each week in their Alabama hometown just to do so). Years later and many cities since, she’s still keeping it eco in her now hometown of Brooklyn, NY. She’s a magazine veteran (formerly of Real Simple) who has struck out on her own as a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ecofab, you can find her at HermanMiller.com and M-Dashing.com.
New York Affiliate
When Emilie worked for Senator Carl Levin in his Washington DC office, on environmental policy, she quickly realized the importance of being conscious about one’s community and how one should build and design within it. She spent time working overseas on community development and advocacy projects, specializing in resource management and sustainability, and occasionally living in alternative conditions (such as sharing a hutch with a chicken), in India. While completing her Masters in Business Communications, she worked for BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, focusing on the development and implementation of a large Sustainable Development program throughout Australia (she did not live with any marsupials but did develop a penchant for kick boxing – coincidence?). Upon moving back to the US, she continued her career in high-end real estate sales and development for Starwood Hotels and Resorts. It was there that she refined her passion for new business operations, project management, client relationship development and strategic partnerships.
Graphic & Web Designer
Sarah graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2008 with an undergraduate degree in architecture and a minor in modern dance-technique. Though a midwestern native, Sarah has adjusted to Bay-Area life quite nicely and appreciates the eco-friendly lifestyle California has to offer. Sarah had the privilege last summer to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to study sustainable business and corporate social responsibility. It was there that she decided to abandon previous goals of becoming an architect and turn her career ambitions to sustainability. As ecofabulous’s Graphic & Web Designer, Sarah enjoys accessorizing the adorable ecofabulous owl and finding her new homes across the world wide web.
With an industrial engineering degree from Stanford and a business degree from Harvard, Nadine is now dedicated to undoing everything she learned in school to help create a more sustainable planet. Her past experiences include mergers & acquisitions for entertainment companies in Los Angeles, international business in Milan at the LEK Partnership, startup advisory services at Pathway Ventures, and Internet marketing for OpenTable.com. Nadine became an intern at General Motors for the EV1 Electric Vehicle in 1995 and still enjoys watching EVs out-accelerate Ferraris at the track. Nadine has been known to co-host and green events for WildAid, U.N. World Environment Day, An Inconvenient Truth, and the Brower Youth Awards. She serves on the ForestEthics Board of Directors, the Mofilms Advisory Board, and the Full Circle Fund’s Environment & Energy Circle, maintains a personal blog called Heart of Green and is contributing eco-editor for 944 Magazine. Despite her petite nature, Nadine is happiest when standing next to 300-foot tall redwood trees and 600-pound tigers, both of which she hopes to play a role in saving.
An aesthete with a passion for culture, food, fashion, and travel, Heidi strongly believes that style and social-consciousness go hand in hand. She graduated with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English and a Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, and has held lead editorial positions at both Splendora and ARTISTdirect since. An international traveler who has lived in the Bay Area, Barcelona, Los Angeles and most recently London, Heidi can often be found frequenting restaurants with a focus on local, sustainable cuisine, unearthing vintage gems at markets the world over, and seeking out chic finds for ecofabulous at every opportunity. Heidi’s writing has also appeared in The San Francisco Bay Guardian, SOMA Magazine, and Condé Nast Digital outlets Jaunted and HotelChatter.
Originally from Pasadena, CA, Charlotte abandoned the land of Rose Queens and storied collegiate football games in pursuit of her studies at UC Berkeley. Upon her arrival, Charlotte fell in love with the Bay and hasn’t looked back since. (She just really misses the street tacos down south.) Though Charlotte avidly implemented her family’s first recycling system as an eager 8-year-old, her passion for all things green truly blossomed on one particularly lovely Berkeley afternoon. While sampling the wealth of local, artisanal, and organic food products in the city’s “Gourmet Ghetto”, she realized the importance of sparing her body from the horrors found in mass-produced grub. This discovery quickly prompted her to transform all other facets of her lifestyle in accordance with the highest principles of environmental responsibility and sustainability. Currently, Charlotte is soaking up la vie parisienne while studying abroad at the Sorbonne, but will say her adieux at the semester’s end and return to real life to conclude her degrees in Media Studies and French.
Brad Bennett is the founder and editor of ethical menswear daily Commerce with a Conscience, as well as curator of the CWAC Product Guide, the Internet’s only men-specific socially responsible shopping resource. He lives in Chicago with his girlfriend, composting worms, and many house-plants. Brad writes a twice-monthly article for ecofabulous, entitled, “The Gentlemen’s Green” featuring his latest and greatest finds in the world of men’s eco fashion.
The Jealous Curator
The Jealous Curator has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad diploma in Interactive Design. She has worked as a designer and Creative Director for almost fifteen years, but has never stopped loving, and creating, fine art. After years of secretly thinking “Damn, I wish I thought of that”, in 2009 she finally decided to say it out loud, and just like that her blog, The Jealous Curator, was born. She finds contemporary work that makes her feel like she?s been punched in the creative gut, and then writes about why she loves it. Simple.
Kim Foren is trained as a fine art painter, and after 16 years of showing her whimsical oil paintings, she developed a love of flowers and started selling them out of her VW van. She named her business Geranium Lake Flowers, which was inspired by her favorite Windsor and Newton oil paint color Geranium Lake, a saturated fuchsia pink. Now, after 18 years in business, she has become one of the premier event and floral designers in the Portland area and is renowned for her efforts at recycling and sustainability. Kim makes every effort to support local growers by purchasing locally-grown, organic flowers, and she even grows many of her flowers – such as unusual peonies, lilly of the valley, lilac and chocolate cosmos – on her own urban farm. Her shop uses a biodiesel van for deliveries and recycles leftover wedding and event flowers for donation to hospitals and nursing homes. Kim’s creative approach to her business has led The Oregonian to call her “Martha Stewart with an edge,” and Jonathan Nichols and Willamette Weekly claim she “puts a fresh face on floral.”
Sara Little is a yoga instructor and writer in New York City. An Oregon girl at heart, a graduate of Syracuse University (with degrees in Journalism and Italian), and an international traveler, Sara believes that leading a socially responsible life doesn’t mean giving up your culture. She came to this realization while living in Florence, as the Italians have always followed the principles of ecofabulousness: eating fresh, organic, local foods, conserving precious resources by walking and biking, and cultivating relationships (not to mention reducing stress) during those wonderful midday siestas.For Sara, a commitment to living ahimsa – the yogic principle of non-harming – means behaving in way that is non-harming towards the planet, our bodies, and each other. And what good is living an ecofabulous life without happiness? In her spare time, Sara finds happiness in good books, good coffee, and wandering the Lower East Side with her husband and German shepherd. Check out saralittleyoga.com for more info.
Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder and spokeswoman of Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship. A “sustainability prodigy,” Erin shares her knowledge as an eco expert on television and the radio, in books, newspapers, magazines, websites, podcasts, and her own ecoRenaissance blog and twitter feed. This “incredible synthesizer and orator” speaks frequently, serves on panels, hosts events, shows, conferences, summits, and videos to raise public awareness about environmental and social responsibility for individuals, schools, and communities.