Notes from Jan. 13 interview with Jenna Mack:
Jenna Mack and Stephanie Campbell, co-founders of Event Emissary, determined to do this event in October.  There are two other environmental themed balls, the more high-powered 2009 Green Inaugural Ball, chaired by former Vice President Al Gore to be held on Jan. 19 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, and the Environmental and Clean Energy Ball, hosted by
The Clean Fuels Foundation on Jan. 19 at Sequoia.

Jenna Mack states, "Every facet of this event has been greened."  The slogan is "Maximum Celebration, Minimum Impact."  Offsets will be done by Renewable Choice Energy; organizers of the ball will present them with their usage and footprint.  Although a number of firms offered green products, organizers decided not to do gift bags.  "If we gave things that people didn't want, there's the possibility they'd throw them away," explained Mack.

This event is supported by ticket sales only.  Tickets are $500 and $1,000 for VIP; one thousand will be sold.  At least 17 non-profit partners and the presenting sponsor Planet Green are providing time, energy, enthusiasm and speakers.  Mack states that the budget for the event is very close to 1/2 million dollars.  More than half of that amount goes to catering (Occasions) and entertainment (headliner Wyclef Jean).  The Mellon Auditorium space including security cost $15,500.

PRESS RELEASES from Event Emissary

Inaugural Celebrations Will Have Environmental Impact
Event Emissary Produces the First Green Inaugural Ball and Encourages Others to Follow Suit

WASHINGTON, Dec 10, 2008 / Event Emissary, a DC-based event planning company, announced today that it will host the first eco-friendly Inaugural celebration. The Green Ball will kick-off the Inaugural on January 17, 2009 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

Co-founder Jenna Mack explains, "There is no better opportunity to bring the need for eco-event planning to the forefront. With millions of visitors headed to Washington for President-Elect Obama's swearing in ceremony and accompanying celebrations, the impact on our environment will be substantial. Our goal is to create an unforgettable evening while treading lightly on the earth."
Every facet of The Green Ball is designed to reduce the impact on the environment. Catering will be 100% organic and include both vegetarian and vegan options. The bars will feature local and organic beverages. Food waste and floral arrangements will be composted and bottles will be recycled. Decorative lighting will focus on the use of LED Color Blasts that utilize a fraction of the power compared to more traditional lighting sources. Entertainment audio-visual production will be tailored to minimize environmental impact, using only the most efficient lighting and equipment.
Although power usage and transportation cannot be completely eliminated in the hosting of any event, the Green Ball designers will minimize the use of power and transportation. "That which cannot be reduced will be offset," says Mack. "Energy usage will be measured closely and offset through the purchase of wind power credits. Transportation for deliveries to the event, as well as vendor and staff transportation will be offset through the purchase of carbon credits."
"While one green event is a step in the right direction, our goal is to bring attention to this issue while the Presidential Inaugural Committee and many other groups are still early in their planning. We hope to set an example to other organizations and encourage them to green their events, as well," says Stephanie Campbell, Co-founder.
"We are thrilled that so many people are coming to Washington for this historic Inauguration. We hope that each person traveling to DC chooses to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. From offsetting travel to dining on local cuisine, a real impact can be made when individuals make the choice to go green," states Mack. "Every choice we make counts, and many, like buying a vintage gown, offer a chance to be creative, and have some fun with something that's also good for the world."
Information on The Green Ball and its eco-friendly design can be found at The Green Ball website is hosted by, a solar-powered green web hosting company based in California.
Jenna Mack

Wyclef Jean Headlines the Green Inaugural Ball
Eco-friendly gala will feature one of’s ‘Top 5 Most Buzzworthy Green Musicians’

WASHINGTON, DC January 9, 2009 – Event Emissary, producers of the Green Inaugural Ball presented by Discovery’s Planet Green, announced today that Grammy® Award-winner Wyclef Jean will perform at the ball on January 17, 2009, to be held in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

Co-producer Stephanie Campbell says, “We are ecstatic to have Wyclef perform on the 17th. As one of’s ‘Top 5 Most Buzzworthy Green Musicians,’ he is the perfect fit for an event that is not just green in name, but also in design and implementation.”

Wyclef Jean endorsed Barack Obama long before November 4, 2008, and performed at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. His charities, Yéle Haiti Foundation and Together for Haiti, are improving thousands of lives across the island nation. Through Yéle Haiti, Wyclef supports projects that are making a difference in education, health, environment and community development.

In addition to Wyclef Jean’s performance, the evening will feature several special guests. Confirmed speakers include Margie Alt, Executive Director of Environment America; Graham Hill, Founder and VP of Planet Green Interactive; Summer Rayne Oakes, model, activist and on-air correspondent for Planet Green; and Christiana Wyly, environmental entrepreneur.

“We have received tremendous support from environmentalists across the nation, including environmental experts, the entertainment industry and government officials. As special guests are confirmed, they will be posted on,” states Jenna Mack, event coproducer.

Every facet of the Green Inaugural Ball has been designed to reduce the impact on the environment. In addition, a five percent portion of each ticket sold is donated to one of the event’s non-profit partners. Signature event partners are Environment America and One Degree Less. Additional partners include: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Green Corps, Assateague Coastal Trust, Organic School Project, Endangered Species Coalition, Environmental Working Group, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Friend’s of Rock Creek’s Environment, Environmental Support Center, Generation Rescue, National Council for Science and the Environment, US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and Trinidad Concerned Citizens for Reform.

“Supporting non-profit organizations through donations and volunteering is a great New Year’s Resolution. Each ticket purchaser can select which of our partners their ticket proceeds are donated to,” explains Jenna Mack, event co-producer.

Planet Green, Discovery Communications’ multi platform environmental initiative including the first and only 24/7 eco lifestyle channel, is the presenting sponsor.

Jenna Mack

Confirmed Speakers (as of Jan. 13, 2009)
Master of Ceremonies
Tony Richards
Radio Personality from the Steve Harvey Morning Show on WHUR 96.3 FM
Tony Richards is a 25 year veteran radio personality who has worked in some of the top cities including Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas and Houston to name a few. Since 1981, Mr. Richards (a native of Chicago, Illinois) has been involved extensively in multitudes of areas in broadcasting, programming, promotions and management. His personality and commitment to the community earned him nominations for the prestigious national "Billboard Magazine Air Personality of the Year Award." He has been the recipient of numerous "Achievement in Radio (AIR)" awards for excellence, and was named the "Top Urban Radio Personality in the Country" on the nationally syndicated Jenny Jones Show.
Tony Richards, a dedicated advocate for children, was responsible for the creative and operational execution of programs such as The A-Team for Kids, The Baby DJ Fund and The Christmas Toy Drive-By. He enjoyed these activities so much so that he referred to his community projects as "edu-tainment". Tony now finds his home in the nations capital weekday mornings on the Steve Harvey Morning Show on Washington’s WHUR-FM.            
Graham Hill
Vice President, Interactive Media, Planet Green

Alternately described as Serial Entrepreneur, Do-Gooder and Designer, Graham Hill certainly enjoys variety although now finds his future happily confined to the social entrepreneurship arena. Past businesses include forays into fashion, web-development, viral email and plant-based air filters. In 1995, with his cousin, he started and grew the web-developer, SiteWerks, to 60 people doing work for large companies such as Microsoft and sold it to a New York company in 1998. He currently focuses on pushing sustainability into the mainstream through, which in 4 short years has become one of the most respected and trafficked environmental sites on the web. Hill and the team recently joined the Discovery Communications family of networks as part of its Planet Green multi-platform, global environmental initiative. Additionally, he owns a product business that sells a New York souvenir he designed a few years ago into 150 stores including MOMA. Graham has a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from Carleton University in Ottawa and did advanced studies in Industrial Design at E.C.I.A.D, Vancouver. Graham has lived all over the world and his guiltiest sin is air travel (offset of course). He speaks English, French, German and Spanish and is addicted to squash.                                                           
To request an interview with Graham Hill, please contact Bryan Hughes at 240-662-3002.
Summer Rayne Oakes
Correspondent, Planet Green
Summer Rayne Oakes is a model, activist, and on-air correspondent and advisor for Discovery's Planet Green. The Cornell University graduate and environmental scholar has received media accolades including Vanity Fair naming her a Global Citizen, Outside naming her one of the Top Environmental Activists, Cosmopolitan naming her Fun, Fearless Female of 2007, and CNN’s Nicole Lapin nominating her as a "Young Person Who Rocks." Through her work as a consultant Summer Rayne advises companies and organizations, and works on sustainable development and environmental programs in the U.S. and abroad including RecycleBank, Alcoa Foundation and Conde Nast.
Recently tapped by Portico and Payless ShoeSource as a sustainability-strategist and spokesperson for the green initiatives of both (Payless ShoeSource’s green footwear line, “zoe & zac” is due in stores April 2009, Portico’s line due out in August 2009), Summer Rayne will advise on how to create and develop the green brands and promote them in domestic and international markets.
Oakes also works closely with the youth climate change movement through Energy Action and assisted in producing PowerShift, the largest lobby day on climate change and green jobs; helps manage community sustainable development and forest conservation programs in Africa; and spends countless hours a week on various pro-active, social and environmental-programs. Her first book Style, Naturally: The savvy shopping guide to sustainable fashion & beauty hits stores February 1, 2009 (Chronicle Books).
To request an interview with Summer Rayne Oakes, please contact Julia Gabella, 212-751-3346
Margie Alt
Executive Director of Environment America
Ms. Alt is the Executive Director of Environment America. She oversees all aspects of the organization, from policy and strategy development for major campaigns to building the organization’s visibility and field power, to recruiting and training hundreds of staff and activists.

Prior to the launch of Environment America, Ms. Alt spent 25 years building U.S. PIRG and the state PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups). While at PIRG she helped oversee the passage and implementation of Renewable Energy Standards in 20+ states, passage of vehicle emissions standards in 12 states, restoration of protections to national forests, passage of state and federal ethics reform, defense of the public’s right to know about chemical exposures and protections for local parks and beaches.
Since 1989, Ms. Alt served as the Executive Director of the Center for Public Interest Research, leading efforts to build effective and self-sufficient state PIRG organizations and run successful public interest programs across the country. As Executive Director for the Center, Ms. Alt assisted state directors and advocates around the country in strengthening their programs, building their membership base, and becoming financially independent organizations. She has recruited, trained and overseen numerous staff and conducted literally hundreds of training sessions on topics ranging from running meetings and raising funds to developing campaigns and building and activating members.

In 2004, Ms. Alt oversaw the student PIRGs' New Voters Project, which registered 524,000 young (18- to 24-year-old) voters in 22 states and made 500,000 contacts with students and other young people reminding them to vote, including 48,000 contacts on Election Day alone. Under Ms. Alt’s guidance, the 2004 New Voters Project hired more than 150 organizers who worked to recruit, train, and develop more than 10,000 young volunteers to spearhead the effort—the nation’s largest non-partisan grassroots youth voter mobilization and student activist training project of the 2004 election.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Alt successfully directed MASSPIRG's statewide campaign to establish the nation's first Toxics Use Reduction Law in 1989. This landmark legislation has become a national model for reducing unnecessary use of toxic chemicals, helping to reduce the generation of toxic waste in the state by 50 percent. Ms. Alt also served as the national Field Director for U.S. PIRG, running one of the largest field operations in the public interest community. From 1982 to 1988 Ms. Alt held positions ranging from MASSPIRG Campus Organizing Director to Citizen Outreach Director for the first citizen outreach program for Florida PIRG. Ms. Alt started her organizing career with the PIRGs, upon graduation from Yale in 1982. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.                                                        
To request an interview with Ms. Alt, contact Ivan Frishberg, 202-683-1250
The Honorable
Thassanee Wanick
General Consul of Thailand
An environmentalist, a diplomat, a teacher, and a business woman; the Honorable Consul Thassanee Wanick has worn many ‘hats’ throughout her diverse career.
She is the World Green Building Council Director and Board Member and the Founder and Chair of the Board of the Brazil Green Building Council, Co- Founded by Dr. Jose Goldemberg, the former Secretary of Environment of Brazil, and TIME ‘s Hero of the Environment 2007.
In only one year, GBC Brazil trained nearly 7,000 professionals from engineers, architects, landscape designers, governments’ employees on green buildings and new green business opportunities. A specialist in business and sustainability strategy, she has advised high level businesses executives and governments at the Ministerial level in both energy and environment strategies for success from alternative energy to sustainable real estate development. She has been invited as the speaker and/or to chair at conferences including for The United Nation Environmental Program, World Bank-IFC, Federation of Industries, American Chamber of Commerce, Petroleum of Thailand, and the Wharton Business School at The University of Pennsylvania where she received her Masters Degree. While at Wharton, she championed for changes in the MBA program to include sustainability as part of the MBA curriculum.
Consul Thassanee Wanick is the recipient of Knight Officer of The Most Noble Order of the Crown for meritorious services to the country and the people of Thailand, given by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
To request an interview with Consul Wanick, please contact the Green Ball Producers.                                    

Christiana Wyly
Environmental Entreprener
As an author, lecturer, producer and investor, Christiana Wyly has dedicated her intellect, her energy, her time and her capital to issues and efforts that will change the world. A true leader and expert in her field, Christiana's understanding and commitment to social and environmental causes is both deep-seated and widespread.
An evangelist for social change, she has built her reputation through sheer force of will and her ability to stay ahead of the curve. Christiana as a young girl, inspired her father's environmental education which led him to found Green Mountain Energy, one of the largest Clean Energy companies in the world. And it was that experience that showed her how business can be a powerful force (and partner) for change. A founding investor herself, Christiana remains actively involved.
Her commitment to the environment began at age 10 thanks to an environmental ethics class. Her compassion, her drive and her compass are clearly innate. Now, her knowledge base makes her conversant on issues from organic food and green gifts to free trade and micro-loans to photovoltaics and wind energy to social responsibility and social networking.
Christiana's current projects are exciting and far-reaching, running the gamut from investment to filmmaking to sustainable development. Christiana was a lead investor and key strategic contributor at Zaadz, Inc., a social networking website for people who devoted to global change; she founded Be the Change Productions, a documentary film production company dedicated to producing films which document sustainable communities and lifestyles around the world; she is a venture partner at Satori Capital, an investment firm focused on green investing, providing conscious capital and growing the market for products and firms dedicated to healthy and sustainable living; and is developing Pecos River Ranch, an eco-spa and resort in New Mexico, with actor and Wilderness advocate Val Kilmer.
Christiana is active with a variety of non-profits. A member of the Founder's Circle of FLOW, an organization which promotes entrepreneurial initiatives that focus on creating sustainable prosperity, Christiana works to accelerate women's entrepreneurship globally. She also serves on the L.A. Committee for Global Green USA and the advisory board of The New Media Foundation.

Her involvement in subjects like sustainable living, climate change, conscious capitalism, green investing and ecological, social and technological networks that has landed her on the cover of Kiplinger, and inside The New York Times, WIE Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, The Herald Tribune and, among others.       
To request an interview with Christiana Wyly, please contact Julia Gabella, 212-751-3346

Gay Browne
Founder, Greenopia
Gay began to search for ways to improve her environment and take better care of herself and her children. She started from the inside out ― choosing all natural alternatives for everything from nutritional habits to bed sheets. In 1994, Gay built the first green home in her Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades community and began the journey that eventually gave rise to the Greenopia guides. In her experience with researching and working with green home developers, interior designers and furniture dealers, she realized that there was a wealth of green options, but no simple resource to find them. In response, Gay developed Greenopia to provide a resource to help people like herself make choices to green their lives on a daily basis.

Founded in 2005, Greenopia has developed guides for Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, and plans for a 20-city rollout that includes Seattle, Portland, and Chicago among others. There are also plans to expand Greenopia’s web presence to create a local green community where consumers can browse Greenopia’s listings, buy and rate green products, share other products that they find, learn about living green, and much more.

With exhaustively researched, non-paid listings, Greenopia provides consumers with a resource for where to find a wide range of local green businesses, services and organizations for metropolitan cities. Gay has also created a unique, easy-to-understand Green Leaf award system that rates the level of organic and sustainable products that a listed company provides to the consumer.                                                                                                     
To request an interview with Gay Browne, please contact Julia Gabella, 212-751-3346

Kwame Brown
Washington, DC At-Large Councilmember
Born in 1970 in Washington, D.C., At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown has spent a lifetime working for the things that matter most to Washington's families. The son of Washingtonians, he learned about the issues facing D.C. at a young age and made a decision to give back to the community that's given him so much.
A Foundation in Education
Kwame graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Morgan State University. He later graduated from the Minority Business Executive Program & Advanced Business Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, as well as the Senior Executives in State & Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Investing in Our Community
After swearing into office, Kwame was appointed Chair of the Council's Special Committee on a Comprehensive Policy for Local Business Development, and in 2007 became Chair of the Council's Committee on Economic Development. With a focus of helping the city become more prosperous and family friendly, Kwame embarked on a mission to more aggressively invest in D.C.'s local economy. Championing hundreds-of-millions of dollars in funds to revitalize communities and support small business, Kwame's focus on Washington's economy is improving neighborhoods throughout the city.
In addition to his Chairmanship, Councilmember Brown serves on four standing Council committees, including Finance and Revenue, Public Services & Consumer Affairs, Public Works & the Environment, and Workforce Development and Government Operations.
Grounded in Family
Kwame maintains a strong commitment to his wife of 15 years, Marcia, daughter Lauren and son, Kwame II. The Brown family lives in the Hillcrest community in Southeast Washington, DC.

Presenting Sponsor

Planet Green is Discovery Communications’ global, cross-company initiative that includes the first ever 24/7 television network dedicated to green living, and launched on June 4, 2008. Planet Green, is the multiplatform media destination with a mission where people of all shades of green can pursue living their legacy for a better planet –on their own terms.  Planet Green’s unique content, tools and information enlighten, empower and most certainly, entertain.


LEED Certification

Discovery's headquarters at One Discovery Place in Silver Spring, MD has been awarded Platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. One Discovery Place is only the ninth existing building in the U.S. and the first existing building in Maryland to be awarded LEED certification. This high level of certification positions Discovery among the leading companies working to demonstrate a commitment to the environment and boosts our efforts to live up to our corporate value of being Green.

Check out and for the latest in news, opinion, information and everyday solutions for a more sustainable life.  To our friends in the media, log onto for background on Planet Green, our partners, experts and programming.



Annie Howell
SVP Communications and Public Affairs

Non-Profit Partners

Environment America and our sister research and policy center is a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations. Our professional staff in 27 states and Washington, D.C., combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for the environment.

Environment America Research and Policy Center builds on the progress our advocates and activists have made at the state and local level—from laws that promote solar and wind power, to cuts in the pollution that causes global warming, to new  protections for millions of acres of  wilderness and open space. With that grassroots support and action across the country, a team of professional researchers and issue experts, advocates in 25 state capitols, more advocates at work in Washington, D.C., a spirit of cooperation and an orientation toward real results, Environment America is providing a powerful force for progress on the environment in our country. 


Since 1970 Assateague Coastal Trust has been committed to protecting the Maryland coastal watershed to ensure clean waterways, quality public health and sustainable economic growth. You have a natural and a legal right to water that is swim-able, fish-able and drinkable.

ACT is there to stand firmly on the side of your family to safeguard this right against polluters.  ACT established and supports the Assateague COASTKEEPER® - providing the most aggressive environmental advocacy in the region.


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest non-profit organization dedicated solely to protecting the Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. CBF leads the way in the effort to save the Chesapeake Bay through environmental advocacy, litigation, environmental educations, strategic communications, and habitat restoration from Pennsylvania to Maryland to Virginia to Washington, D.C.


The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.

Through education, outreach and citizen involvement, we work to protect endangered species and the special places where they live.


The Environmental Support Center promotes the quality of the natural environment, human health and sustainable communities by increasing the organizational effectiveness of local, state and regional organizations working on environmental issues and for environmental justice.  Since 1990, our small grants, hardware, software, revolving loans and technical assistance programs have helped staff and volunteers from over 2,700 small grassroots groups become better leaders, organizers, managers and fundraisers.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment. At EWG, our team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Click on the link above to visit our website
and check out our databases and Pollution Solutions.


Friends of Rock Creek's Environment (FORCE) is a nonprofit group working in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Washington, DC, to promote a healthy and sustainable Rock Creek watershed through education, advocacy, and on-the-ground action. 


Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists, physicians and parent-volunteers researching the causes and treatments for autism and mentoring thousands of families in recovering their children from autism.


Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing, was founded in 1992 to train environmental organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament, and commitment to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles. Trainees receive intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental and public health campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups.


Healthy Child Healthy World is dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures. We educate parents, support protective policies, and engage communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, and well-informed lifestyle improvements to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish.

Healthy Child Healthy World exists because more than 125 million Americans, especially children, now face an historically unprecedented rise in chronic disease and illness such as cancer, autism, asthma, birth defects, ADD/ADHD, and learning and developmental disabilities. Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to environmental hazards and household chemicals as causing and contributing to many of these diseases.

As a national leader for nearly two decades, Healthy Child Healthy World has become the nation's leading organization of its kind. We help millions of parents, educators, health professionals, and the general public take action to create healthy environments and embrace green, non-toxic steps.


The Intertribal Council On Utility Policy (COUP) promotes rethinking about how we operate our federal grid system in the Upper Great Plains Region, which once transmitted 100% hydropower, but now carries nearly 85% coal power. With an annual Native Wind ;wind potential of 535 billion kWhs nationally, Intertribal COUP envisions the build out of thousands of megawatts of tribally-owned, utility-scale wind projects distributed on two dozen Indian Reservations across the Great Plains and interconnected to the federal transmission grid. The integration of tribal wind and federal hydropower can transform the existing system into a clean, green energy dynamo, increasing our renewable energy capacity and supporting sustainable tribal economic development, while keeping coal safely in the ground and reducing the consumption of our precious water resources throughout the West.


The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has been working since 1990 to improve the scientific basis of environmental decisionmaking.  We envision a society where environmental decisions by everyone are based on an accurate understanding of the underlying science, its meaning and limitations, and the potential consequences of their action or inaction.  NCSE specializes in programs that bring together diverse individuals, institutions and communities to collaborate. NCSE works closely with the many communities creating and using environmental knowledge to make and shape environmental decisions, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations, as well as governmental bodies at all levels.


 The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development consists of individuals, organizations and institutions in the United States dedicated to education for sustainable development (ESD). It acts as a convener, catalyst, and communicator working across all sectors of American society. Our vision is Sustainable development fully integrated into education and learning in the United States. The Partnership is the lead US organization in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).


 The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation inspires and empowers people to enjoy and protect our oceans through the preservation, protection, and promotion of an ocean stewardship ethic, and is dedicated to ensuring that coral reefs flourish, kelp forests are abundant and all marine life thrives. The Foundation is the private, non-profit partner to the federally managed National Marine Sanctuary System; 14 marine protected areas that encompass over 150,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters.


Organic School Project provides the foundation for sustainable lifestyles, connecting youth with the earth and enabling them to make positive choices for themselves and the planet. OSP combats health epidemics such as childhood obesity, early on-set type II diabetes and behavioral problems, through an integrated Grow. Teach. Feed.™ Model for schools. Growing organic gardens with youth, connecting them to the earth; teaching about healthy living, mindfulness and environmental stewardship; and feeding wholesome, natural organic foods.


SHARE International promotes the understanding for the needs of sustainable living styles. Unlike organizations that are trying to protect the environment without regard to humanities continued influence, the goals of sustainable development are to work with local groups and individuals to protect the environment on which they depend.

By promoting awareness, creating alternatives, encouraging social and ethical responsibility, along with education, technical, and scientific support, we can create a new paradigm for the future that will work toward protecting the environment on which we all depend.


Trinidad Concerned Citizens for Reform, Inc. (TCCR) has been serving two of Ward 5's most impoverished neighborhoods since 1994, including Trinidad, a neighborhood which of late has become notorious for its drugs, violence, and police checkpoints. In order to instill community pride and a sustainable future for Trinidad, TCCR is working to build an eco-friendly job training and placement center that will be help develop a green-collar workforce in the community. Our goal is to change Trinidad from a drug community into a garden community.