Global Green Consumers Summit: Speakers Announced!
The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce our speaker list for our Global Green Consumers Summit.
The summit begins December 5th, so be sure to sign up today!
Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques- Yves Cousteau and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Alexandra Cousteau is the granddaughter of world-renowned Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker, and global advocate on water issues. She is also a Senior Advisor for Oceana, the world’s largest ocean conservation organization. Alexandra continues the Cousteau legacy with her passion and expertise in ocean conservation and sustainable water management.
Rob Greenfield, Host of Discovery Channel series Free Ride
Rob Greenfield is a well-known activist, adventurer, and “dude making a difference” known for hosting the show Free Ride on Discovery Channel. From living in a tiny house to cycling across the United States twice on a bamboo bicycle, Rob is an expert on living in a sustainable way. In Rob’s latest journey, he will be living like the average American, but there’s a catch…he has to wear every piece of trash he creates.
Peter Knights, CEO and Co-Founder of WildAid
Peter Knights is the CEO and co-founder of WildAid, an international nonprofit organization. WildAid is focused on saving wildlife through reducing consumer demand for products like elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn, and shark fin. He has built a $200 million pro bono network to broadcast WildAid’s powerful message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. Peter has worked with Prince William, Sir Richard Branson, Jackie Chan, and other famed celebrities on WildAid’s media campaigns. In addition to the wonderful work he does at WildAid, Peter also serves as a member on President Obama’s Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.
Marci Zaroff, “ECOfashion” Expert
Marci Zaroff is an internationally recognized ECOlifestyle entrepreneur, educator, innovator, and expert who coined the term “ECOfashion”. Marci is the Founder of Under the Canopy and MetaWear, two companies dedicated to sustainable and stylish fashion. She is the Executive Producer of “THREAD Documentary” and “Driving Fashion Forward”. Marci has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide for over 25 years.
Dr. Ian Singleton, Director of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme
Dr. Ian Singleton is the Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). The former zookeeper left the UK in 1996 to begin a Ph.D. study of orangutan behavior in the peat swamp forests of Suaq Balimbing. Once his thesis was completed, Dr. Singleton joined Swiss-based PanEco Foundation and the Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari to establish SOCP in 2001. Dr. Singleton can be found working to confiscate orangutans caught in the illegal pet trade and returning them to the wild. Ian is a leading expert in orangutan conservation and expert in sustainable palm oil.
Andy Keller, CEO and Founder of ChicoBag
Andy Keller is the Founder and CEO of ChicoBag, a company which specializes in fashionable and eco-friendly reusable bags. Andy is an entrepreneur and activist dedicated to helping people “bag” the single-use habit. In addition to ChicoBag, you can see Andy travelling the country as the dreaded Bag Monster. The Bag Monster was a campaign Andy started to showcase how many single-use plastic bags one shopper used every year.
Marcus Eriksen, Director of Research at The 5 Gyres Institute
Marcus Eriksen is the Director of Research for the 5 Gyres Institute, a nonprofit organization which works to empower action against the global crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. Marcus has led more than 20 expeditions across the oceans worldwide. The 5 Gyres Institute lead the way on the 2015 federal ban on microbeads in commercial products. Marcus is passionate about conserving our oceans and bringing to light the dangers of plastic.
Ben Gleisner, CEO and Co-Founder of Conscious Consumers New Zealand
Ben Gleisner is an economist, environmentalist, social entrepreneur, and CEO and Co-Founder of Conscious Consumers. Conscious Consumers is a New Zealand-based social enterprise. Since its inception, it has become a thriving movement with over 10,000 consumer members and 400 accredited businesses. Ben’s mission is to lead the way for consumers and businesses to prioritize people and the planet. With his background at the New Zealand Treasury and passion for sustainable, ethical business, Ben is a leading expert in conscious consumerism.
Erin Schrode, Founder of Turning Green and the youngest person to run for Congress
Erin Schrode is a citizen activist, journalist, and the youngest person to run for Congress. Erin is a well-known advocate for environmental action, social justice, public health, and responsible consumerism. Erin is also the Founder of Turning Green, a global student-led movement devoted to a healthy planet through environmentally and socially responsible choices.
Tim Silverwood, CEO and Co-Founder of Take 3
Tim Silverwood is the CEO and co-founder of Take 3, an organization dedicated to reducing global plastic pollution through education and participation. In 2011, Tim sailed across the North Pacific Ocean to study and document the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. He’s a surfer who is passionate about reducing plastics on the beach, waterways, or anywhere you go.
Diane MacEachern, Best-selling author and CEO of Big Green Purse
Diane MacEachern is the CEO and Founder of Big Green Purse. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and best-selling author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World. Diane is passionate about empowering people to use their consumer power to protect the environment. She has proven time and time again that going green doesn’t have to cost you money, it can save you money!
Lucy Luo, Program Director of Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)
Lucy Luo is the Program Director at Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE). She directs JUCCCE’s A New Way to Eat, an initiative used to educate China’s middle class about sustainable food choices and consumption behavior. Lucy also runs the New Urbanization Council which makes policy recommendations to China’s Ministry of Urbanization.
Alexandra Zissu, Author of The Conscious Kitchen
Alexandra Zissu is a writer, editor, and all-around eco-lifestyle expert. Alexandra is the author of The Conscious Kitchen and has co-authored The Complete Organic Pregnancy and The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Green Guide, Plenty, Cookie, Bon Appétit, Vogue, Teen Vogue, and many more.
Michelle Harris, Host and Co-Producer of Alive & Well with Michelle Harris
Michelle Harris is a television personality, actor and activist. She is the host and co-producer of ALIVE & WELL with Michelle Harris, America’s premiere TV show for modern sustainable living. This award-winning half-hour lifestyle series is currently syndicated nationwide. Alive & Well inspires viewers with health, wellness and green living!
Alive & Well® Host Michelle Harris is one of television’s leading ambassadors for sustainable living. Michelle lives the lifestyle she promotes on TV. Michelle regularly promotes Alive & Well® on the red carpets for Humane Society, Disney and the Hollywood Style Awards. Michelle is also a frequent contributor to national magazines and blogs. Michelle is the co-founder of Animal Angels, a non-profit advocacy group where celebrities promote pet health, spay/neuter and pet adoptions.
Daniel James, Eco-traveler, writer, and photographer
Daniel James is the photographer and traveler behind Dan Flying Solo, a responsible travel blog. He has a passion for getting lost and exploring the less seen and discussed sides of tourism. Through words, photography, and video Dan hopes to share the real beauty of our planet and its people. He wants to inspire others to discover the world in the best way possible for both the environment and the local cultures we touch. His work has been showcased by National Geographic, Lonely Planet and Skyscanner amongst others.
Claire Allard, Rocket Scientist turned Eco-Entrepreneur
Claire Allard is a former rocket scientist, eco-entrepreneur, and founding member of the Maryland chapter of U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce. Claire spent twenty-five years in the U.S. Navy working in tactical aircraft design, stealth technology, combat communication, and as an aviation lead for aircraft carrier development. Upon her retirement, Claire decided to focus her attention to creating a business and product she had been dreaming of. Claire is the Founder of TakeMeOuts, a corporation dedicated to products and practices for a prettier planet. Her focus is providing alternatives to our current habits by reducing waste.
About Our Host:
Michelle Thatcher, CEO and Co-Founder of U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce
Michelle Thatcher is the CEO and Co-Founder of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce. Michelle’s 20+ years of non-profit conservation leadership experience have aided her in building USGCC into a comprehensive national advocacy, networking, and education platform for businesses around the nation. Michelle also serves on the advisory board for International Green Energy Council, Recycle Across America, and Ideas for Us. She is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable businesses and is a guest lecturer at conferences around the globe.