Banquet Information :
Please join us on September 20, 2011 as we celebrate 20 years of pollution prevention work in the Pacific Northwest. Along with our own anniversary, our partners and friends at Washington's Department of Ecology are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of their pollution prevention program and are joining us in this celebration. The evening's keynote speaker is Good Guide founder, University of California-Berkley professor, and former PPRC staff member Dara O'Rourke. Tickets to this celebration include dinner where we'll be celebrating with the premier of a short video celebrating the past 20 years while keeping a close eye on the next 20 years. Please join us. More information about this exciting evening to follow...
Keynote Speaker: Dara O'Rourke
Dara O’Rourke is an expert on the environmental, health, and social impacts of global supply chains. As both a professor and a practitioner, Dr. O’Rourke teaches environmental and labor policy at the University of California, Berkeley and is co-founder and Chief Sustainability Officer of GoodGuide, the most comprehensive source of consumer information on the health, environmental and social performance of products and companies. Under Dara’s leadership, GoodGuide has been named: one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company; CNET Editors’ Choice “Best Newcomer”; the New York Times “App of the Week”; and the TechCrunch startup “Most Likely to Make the World a Better Place.”
Dr. O’Rourke has consulted to the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and a wide range of non-governmental organizations. His report on Nike’s labor practices in Vietnam in the 1990’s led to a front page New York Times exposé and helped ignite a new era of corporate accountability and transparency. For his work on Nike, Dara was voted one of the “Male Sports Figures of 1997” by the Village Voice. Dara’s work has also been covered widely in media outlets such as Newsweek, Time, The Economist, O – the Oprah Magazine, Glamour, USA Today, Wired, Fast Company, ESPN, ABC, CBS, and NPR.
Dr. O’Rourke is a frequent speaker and lecturer, sharing his expertise on sustainability, transparency, and consumer trends at conferences including the World Economic Forum, Fortune Brainstorm Green, Compost Modern, and Sustainable Brands; companies including Pepsi, Disney, Google, and General Mills; universities including Harvard, Stanford, INSEAD, and MIT; and on the factory floors of plants in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and El Salvador. Dr. O’Rourke has also testified before Congress on green marketing and transparency issues.
Dr. O’Rourke has published two books, and dozens of academic articles, including the award-winning Community-Driven Regulation (MIT Press, 2004). His articles have appeared in: World Development, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Dr. O’Rourke was previously a professor at MIT. He holds an MS and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS from MIT.
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