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Anita Burke, Catalyst Institute


Anita M. Burke founded The Catalyst Institute, which is dedicated to the creation and continued development of sustainable businesses through innovation, teaching and coaching. Anita is recognized as a leader in helping organizations define and manage their evolutionary risk management brought upon as a result of the impacts on our ecosystem and financial system.
Ms. Burke currently is a board advisor to a number of start-up companies in Canada, United States, and in Mexico. Anita also advises several US based energy companies on building long term sustainable business practices.
Ms. Burke has worked in helping organizations design, develop and implement sustainable businesses for over 25 years. Anita spent 17 years working at Shell and its subsidiaries. Her projects there included advising and designing implementation programs for the CEO and senior leadership team on:
• Climate Change
• Sustainable Development Public Policy
• Stakeholder Engagement Strategy
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility Key Performance Indicators
• Compliance strategies for carbon costing in capital investment reviews and strategic forecasting processes.

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Larry Baker, Enterprise Cascadia


Larry Baker serves as an Enterprise Cascadia Senior Lender and as the Fund Manager for several New Markets Tax Credits funds for which his responsibilities include investor relations, capital markets, compliance and deal structuring/closing. Before joining Enterprise in 2001, Baker was a Portfolio Manager with Utah Technology Finance Corporation, a non-bank source of equity and debt in rural and urban markets. Baker also served as a broker/analyst with a financial services firm, a community bank commercial loan officer, and a controller for a small data security firm. He earned his MBA and BA from the University of Utah. Enterprise Cascadia is a certified non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving urban and rural communities of Oregon and Washington. Enterprise strengthens family, ecological and economic resilience through consulting, financial and business assistance. Enterprise Cascadia works with entrepreneurs, non-profits and others that deliver economic, social and/or environmental benefits to local communities and the larger region.

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Tom Boucher, Washington State Department of Ecology


Tom Boucher coordinates the activities of the toxics reduction staff of the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program of the Washington State Department of Ecology. He manages the implementation of new toxics reduction initiatives, the use of information technology to support toxics reduction and the maintenance of day-to-day operations of the pollution prevention planning program. Prior to this position, Mr. Boucher provided technical assistance in the field for ten years at a wide variety of  Puget Sound manufacturers, helping them reduce hazardous waste generation and hazardous substance use. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, earning a degree in Environmental Policy

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Bill Dewey , Taylor Shellfish Company


Bill Dewey is the Manager of Public Policy and Communications for Taylor Shellfish Company, the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the country, and owns and operates his own manila clam farm in Samish Bay. Since receiving his degree in shellfish biology from the University of Washington in 1981 Bill Dewey has worked twenty-eight years as a shellfish farmer in Washington State. Bill has taken an active role throughout his career on environmental and human health regulations as they affect the shellfish farming community. He serves on a number of boards and committees locally and nationally. In 2006 he was appointed by US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to serve on the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Fish Advisory Committee. Also in 2006, the National Shellfisheries Association honored Bill with the David H. Wallace award in recognition of his service in promoting research, understanding and cooperation among shellfisheries scientists, culturists, managers, producers and regulators. In April, 2008 NOAA presented Bill with their Environmental Hero award in recognition of the thousands of hours he has dedicated over the last two decades to help develop and implement public policy that protects water quality, marine resources and supports sustainable aquaculture.

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Robert Drake, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Robert Drake is a coordinator for the EPA Pollution Prevention Program in Seattle (Region 10), including energy efficiency (Energy Star), renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction. He has been with EPA for 25 years, previously working in the Water and Superfund programs. Robert has a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University and did masters work at the University of Washington at the Evans School of Public Administration. Formally Bob worked for EPA in Washington DC to establish a clean water infrastructure development and financing program (EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund), for the National Council on Public Works Improvement on the Congressional Report, “Fragile Foundations: A Report on America’s Public Works”, and for the State of Washington Department of Community Development on economic development, public finance and infrastructure programs (Public Works Trust Fund).

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Peter Donaldson


Peter Donaldson is a strategic storyteller with 27 years experience in performance art, education and community facilitation. Peter has catalyzed community sustainability campaigns throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia and currently serves as the Program Manager of the Watershed Report, a strategic initiative of the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. The 2009 Watershed Report won an award in the Whole Watershed Restoration Film Competition managed by Ecotrust. Pater has taught at all levels K-12, and was recently appointed Distinguished Scholar to the Dan Evans Chair for the Liberal Arts at The Evergreen State College. Peter is collaborating with Antioch University to develop a new teacher endorsement for Sustainability Education and teaches with Lesley University each summer. In his formative years as a storyteller, Peter received the national award for Youth Theater Director of the Year from the American Alliance for Theater and Education. He has authored seventeen plays, produced some sixty others and tours two one-man stage productions, Salmonpeople and The Life and Times of Leonardo da Vinci. A third one-man show, Eagle Eye, was filmed before a live audience in a First Nations pit house and produced with Canadian partners as an educational DVD and web-based inquiry on the themes of biodiversity, systems thinking and sustainability.

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Patrick Drum, UBS Financial Services/Arbor Group


Patrick Drum joined the Seattle office of UBS Financial Services Inc. as a member of the Arbor Group, which focuses on providing investment management and financial counsel for individuals and institutions seeking socially responsible investing. Prior to joining the Arbor Group, he worked in business valuation at Moss Adams, LLP. Patrick has over 10 years of direct investment management experience having worked with individual clients while at Morgan Stanley and with institutions as a member of the Washington Mutual’s Portfolio and Capital Markets Group. Patrick earned his B.A. in Economics from Western Washington University, M.B.A. from Seattle University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder (CFA). Patrick is an avid baseball fan and enjoys kayaking, golfing, and spending time with his family.

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Shari Franjevic, Transform to Green


Ms. Shari Franjevic operates a Green Chemistry and Sustainable Design consulting firm in the greater Seattle area.  She partners with clients and leads diverse collaborative teams to deliver pragmatic tools that support the transition to safer chemistry. In her current partnership with Clean Production Action, she co-leads the development of version 2.0 of the Green Screen for Safer Chemicals, and co-facilitates the Business-NGO Sustainable Materials Working Group whose current focus is to develop criteria for sustainable plastics. Shari recently completed a multi-year partnership with the USEPA Design for the Environment program resulting in the release of three criteria documents defining “best in class” chemicals. Shari began her career in industry, where she led research and design projects for consumer product giants including Procter & Gamble, Frito-Lay, General Mills, and 3M in diverse product categories including specialty chemicals, laundry detergents, foods, textiles, and sand paper.  In her transition to an environmentally focused career, she worked as an environmental Educator at Wilderness Awareness School before starting her own consulting firm. Shari earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

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Cameron Hewes, General Biodiesel


Cameron Hewes, is the President and CFO of General Biodiesel. He joined General Biodiesel as CFO in June 2008, adding the title of president in June 2009.  Previously, he was a principal with Northwest Capital Appreciation, Inc., one of the leading private equity firms in Seattle, where he was primarily responsible for NCA’s investment origination and transaction execution activities.  Prior to joining NCA in 2004, he was an investment banker for seven years, including as a principal in Piper Jaffray’s investment banking group.  Cameron has executed over 70 M&A, advisory and financing transactions. Cameron has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and received his Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management.

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Natalie Hummel, Environmental Protection Agency


Natalie Hummel holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has been with the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) for over six years. Natalie joined the Agency as a Presidential Fellowship and completed rotational assignments at the Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Park Service working on urban stormwater and coastal estuary environmental issues. She has extensive experience in budgeting, performance measurement, policy, and planning. Currently, Natalie is assisting the Pollution Prevention Program with E3 efforts in PA and WVA.

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Andreas W. Koenig , EcoIndustry


Andreas W. Koenig is an international advisor for sustainable development in the urban industrial sector. Through his company, EcoIndustry, based near Frankfurt, Germany, and as Senior Advisor for Re-Tem Corporation in Tokyo, Japan he works with public and private clients on urban-industrial development concepts, environmental & industrial policy, technology transfer and regional development solutions. Mr. Koenig is one of the leading experts in applying eco-industrial development, the networking of businesses and communities for resource efficiency and sustainable development. He is also senior associate of California based Indigo Development, a leading institute for sustainable development through industrial ecology. Mr. Koenigholds a Masters Degree in Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from Technical University of Berlin in Regional Environmental Planning & Resource Management.

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David Livengood, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality


David Livengood has held numerous positions in the private and public sectors ranging from the local to international, including over 12 years with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.  He has more than 28 years in the environmental field ranging from technical to policy, including 18+ years in toxics and hazardous waste reduction. David works in toxics reduction and innovations that includes managing the Oregon’s Toxics Use and Hazardous Waste Reduction Program and helping develop an agency Toxics Reduction Strategy.  He holds a Master's degree and has completed doctoral work in Environmental Science, Policy and Management.  In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, triathlons at all distances, and individual running, cycling, and swimming events; he recently completed two marathon swims and a Half Ironman.

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Michael Mann, Cyan Strategies


Michael Mann is the founder of Cyan Strategies, a consulting firm dedicated to providing green solutions for our blue planet. Michael previously led the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment where he managed the city’s successful effort to reach the Kyoto Protocol target for carbon reduction. At Cyan Strategies, Michael focuses on catalyzing public-private partnerships for sustainable solutions to our energy, transportation, and waste challenges. He is currently working on projects to transform waste-to-energy and to stimulate building energy efficiency retrofits. Michael earned a M.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and graduated with an economics degree from Whitman College.

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Pete Miller, Clark Nuber


As a principal in Clark Nuber’s audit practice, Pete Miller is a gifted project manager, who not only manages large, complex projects for clients, but has also developed project management tools that his peers use for their clients. Pete’s experience with specialty audits and his forensic skills are proving to be a valuable resource for clients in need of a fraud investigation. Pete graduated Cum Laude from Western Washington University, with a B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Pete volunteers for several organizations including sitting on PPRC’s Board of Directors as Treasurer.

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Kirk Myers, REI


Kirk Myers is Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for REI, a national retail co-op focused on getting people actively engaged in human-powered recreation and stewardship. He works with partners around the co-op and with external stakeholders to develop and implement sustainable business strategies and tactics that drive efficiency, innovation, and environmental benefit in REI’s operational footprint and enable the co-op to thrive in a resource-constrained world. His main focuses are strategies around climate change, waste reduction, sustainable forestry, and green building. Kirk has worked with REI since 2002, after working in a variety of fields including social entrepreneurship, outdoor instruction, and environmental work. He received his MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and his undergraduate degree from Albion College. Kirk is an active mountain biker, hiker, and winter sports enthusiast.

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Claire Tonry, StormwateRx, LLC


Claire Tonry is an attorney and legal analyst at StormwateRx LLC.  Ms. Tonry has written on environmental economics and sustainability law and worked on several Clean Water Act legal and administrative matters.  Ms. Tonry has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and a J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.  She is a member of the Oregon Bar.

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George Thompson, Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc.


Dr. George Thompson has been CEO and President of Compliance Innovations, Inc. (CII) and Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc. (CCS) for the past 25 years. CCS has compiled the largest relational hazardous chemical, product and regulatory databases in the world and has developed 28 Web-based analytical compliance modules. Eight of these Web-based modules utilize 43 ecological, health and safety “green” criteria first developed by CCS in 2003 for the Department of Defense. Currently, 42 of these 43 hazard endpoints have been incorporated into the pending, draft ANSI Standard for Greener Chemicals and Processes Information. These objective criteria have been utilized to quantitatively and automatically assess the greenness of products and their alternatives in cosmetics, personal care and household products, automotive products, furniture, munitions, and manufacturing processes.He has published 18 books, 39 peer-reviewed manuscripts, hundreds of government and industry reports, and given thousands of presentations. He has also organized two worldwide and two national conferences. George earned his doctorate in toxicology and psychopharmacology from Oregon State University in 1969 and worked in the pharmaceutical, chemical and flavor/fragrance industries prior to establishing CII and CCS in 1985.

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