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01.11.2010 - 05:32PM

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CARY KROSINSKY is vice president for Trucost, which has built the world's most extensive time series database of more than 700 emissions and pollutants as are generated by more than 4,500 public companies around the world. Cary is also co-editor of the recently released book "Sustainable Investing: The Art of Long Term Performance," with Nick Robins, HSBC's head of Climate Change.

JEFFREY HOLLENDAR: As Chief Inspired Protagonist, co-founder, and Executive Chairperson of Seventh Generation, Jeffrey is a well-respected leader in the socially and environmentally responsible communities. An entrepreneur at heart, his first business ventures were rooted in adult education. He began the not-for-profit organizations Skills Exchange of Toronto, a learning exchange that offered practical and professional development classes, and Network for Learning, New York City, an adult education and audio-publishing company; both were social and financial successes. After his tenure as president of Warner Audio Publishing, New York City, Jeffrey acquired a small mail order catalog of energy conservation products, Renew America, which eventually blossomed into Seventh Generation.

Jeffrey has led Seventh Generation from its humble beginnings to its current position as the leading and fastest-growing brand of natural products for the home, and the leading authority on issues related to making a positive difference in the health of the planet and its inhabitants through our everyday choices.

GIL FRIEND, president & CEO of Natural Logic Inc, is a noted thought leader on sustainable business, with more than 37 years of experience and clients including Agilent Technologies, Coca-Cola, Dean Foods, Hewlett Packard, Levi Straus & Co, Nike and Sun MicroSystems. He is Adjunct Faculty at Presidio Graduate School, has written more than 100 articles, contributed chapters to several books, and is the author of The Truth About Green Business (FT Press) and the forthcoming Risk, Fiduciary Responsibility and the Laws of Nature. He holds an MS in Systems Ecology from Antioch University, a black belt in Aikido, and is a seasoned practitioner of "The Natural Step" sustainability management system.

FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ is a democracy advocate and world food and hunger expert who has authored or co-authored 16 books. She is the co-founder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. In 1987 she received the Right Livelihood Award (a.k.a, the “Alternative Nobel.”) Her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, has sold three million copies and is considered “the blueprint for eating with a small carbon footprint since long before the term was coined”.

Her most recent book is Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad. You can hear an interview with Lappé about the book with Talkback’s Managing Editor, Francesca Rheannon, here. Lappé’s forthcoming book is Liberation Ecology.

JOHN DE GRAAF is a documentary filmmaker and the Executive Director of Take Back Your Time. He is the co-author of AFFLUENZA: THE ALL-CONSUMING EPIDEMIC. His most recent film is WHAT'S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY? He teaches occasionally at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and lives in Seattle.

RICHARD LAKIN is the co-founder of 18 rabbits digital media. Named after the Mayan king (695-738 AD) who supported the arts during his reign in Central America, 18 rabbits digital media promotes social entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporate social responsibility, non-profits, and community outreach projects through a strategic program of multimedia and internet distribution. Richard has produced media for social causes all over the world.

DAVID GERSHON is an authority on behavior-change and large-system transformation, applying this expertise to issues requiring community, organizational, and societal change. As founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, he has addressed a wide diversity of issues, ranging from low carbon lifestyles, livable neighborhoods, and sustainable communities to organizational talent development and cultural transformation. Gershon is the author of eleven books, including his recently published Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World, and Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds. He co-directs Empowerment Institute's School for Transformative Social Change which empowers social entrepreneurs and change agents from around the world to design and implement cutting edge social innovations.

HAZEL HENDERSON is President of Ethical Markets Media and author of many books, including the latest, Ethical Markets: Growing The Green Economy( Chelsea Green, 2007). She is also the producer of the Ethical Markets television series on PBS and the Documentary Channel. Henderson is Co-founder of the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators (updated regularly at www.Calvert-Henderson.com) and creator of the GREEN TRANSITION SCOREBOARD(tm), tracking total private investments in growing the green economy.

WANDA URBANSKA is a long time sustainability and simplicity advocate. She is producer and host of "Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska," America's first nationally syndicated series advocating sustainable living. With four production series, "Simple Living" debuted on PBS stations in 2004. Wanda Urbanska's forthcoming book, "The Heart of Simple Living: Seven Paths to a Better Life" will be published by Krause in April 2010. Her website is www.simplelivingtv.net.

SANFORD LEWIS is an attorney focused on environmental and securities law. His clients include investors, institutions, NGOs and coalitions, including the Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN). He is an advocate for reform of disclosure and accounting standards of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for the right of shareholders to bring resolutions. His law practice focuses on the drafting and defense of shareholder resolutions, and review of corporate SEC filings for sufficiency of disclosures related to sustainability and human rights. Lewis is author of the 2009 report for IEHN, Bridging the Credibility Gap: Eight Corporate Liability Accounting Loopholes which Regulators Must Close. In addition to CSRwire Talkback, Lewis blogs at http://corporatedisclosurealert.blogspot.com and tweets as @sanfordlewis. In addition to law, Sanford Lewis also produces public policy videos, through his video company, Strategic Video.

DIANE HATZ is the Founder of Sustainable Table, Executive Producer of The Meatrix movies and co-Founder of the Eat Well Guide, an online consumer directory of sustainably-produced food in the United States and Canada. She is a creative marketing visionary who uses new media, pop culture, humor and entertainment to educate consumers in both traditional and nontraditional ways.

JOHN ELKINGTON: Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans, also Co-founder of SustainAbility (1987) John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades.” In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.” In 2009, a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR leaders placed John fourth: after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, and alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank.

CARY KROSINSKY is vice president for Trucost, which has built the world's most extensive time series database of more than 700 emissions and pollutants as are generated by more than 4,500 public companies around the world. Cary is also co-editor of the recently released book "Sustainable Investing: The Art of Long Term Performance," with Nick Robins, HSBC's head of Climate Change.

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