Our Speakers will include:
Jameel Ahmad , Ph.D., civil engineer is full-time faculty at Cooper Union College continuously for the past 36 years; Senior Advisor to Verdant Power, a hydropower company; Professor and Chairman of Civil Engineering at Cooper Union; Director of The Cooper Union Research Foundation; Fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Man; numerous professional papers in engineering, technology, and management; expert testimony before the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the US Senate; several US patents; awarded several citations for civic duty.
Steve Andrews has been a Denver-based energy consultant and freelance writer for over 25 years. After interviewing Dr. M. King Hubbert at his home during the 1980s, Steve steadily followed the world oil picture. He began speaking and writing about world oil issues during the 1990s and he co-chaired Denver’s World Oil ForumWhen Will Global Oil Production Peak? in 1998. After attending and presenting at previous European ASPO Conferences, he helped establish ASPO-USA this June and is co-chairing the Denver conference.
Thelma Arceo, Community Environmental Center
Ms. Arceo is a Senior Manager at CEC and has been the Director of Technical Services since the organization’s inception in 1994. She administers operations and production of CEC’s Weatherization Assistance Program, Fee-for-Services work, technical research and reports, and construction management. Prior to working at CEC, Ms. Arceo was Director of Energy, Technology and Resources at the New York Urban Coalition Housing Group where she worked from 1991 to 1994. She has worked in the Energy Management and Engineering field since 1986. Ms. Arceo has a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering and is a Ph.D. candidate in Energy Management and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She will discuss how high efficiency windows, walls and roofs improve the performance of the building envelope, while balancing air infiltration and ventilation for maximum energy efficiency.
Albert Bartlett is a retired Professor of Physics who joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder in September 1950. His B.A. degree in physics is from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics are from Harvard University . www.hubbertpeak.com/bartlett
Since the late 1960s he has concentrated on public education on the problems relating to and originating from population growth. In 29 years since 1969 he has given his lecture, Arithmetic, Population, and Energy 1280 times to audiences of all levels from coast to coast. More recently he has written on sustainability, examining the widespread misuse of the term, and examining the conditions that are necessary and sufficient for sustainability in any society.
Jon Bosak is a writer and software engineer specializing in the development of electronic data standards. Known in the computer industry as “the father of XML,” he serves as editor of the Tompkins County Relocalization Project (ibiblio.org/tcrp), an initiative to develop a peak oil relocalization plan for his community in central New York.
Michael Brownlee is co-founder of Boulder Valley Relocalization (BVR, at www.boulderrelocalization.org ), a volunteer citizens group committed to 1) increasing public awareness of the challenges and opportunities of the energy crisis, and 2) developing a comprehensive strategic relocalization plan for a Colorado community of some 100,000 people. In January, BVR staged a one-day conference on the University of Colorado campus titled “Going Local! Preparing for the Accelerating Energy Crisis,” which drew 450 people, and more than 100 citizens are now actively engaged in the planning process.
Michael is a writer and independent journalist whose research into the evolution/transformation of human consciousness was interrupted by dawning awareness of impending global crises that jeopardize the future of human freedom, unexpectedly compelling him to an urgent level of advocacy and activism. He sees the rebirth and nurturing of community as essential to the survival of the human species.
Karen Cianci has her PhD from Bryn Mawr College and BS from Cornell University in biology. She spent 20 years as a teacher and administration in academia including teaching and service projects in Honduras and Tanzania before coming to Epworth Camp and Retreat Center in 2005. She and her husband are re-envisioning this traditional church camp to become a hands on center for good practices in sustainable living.
William Clark is the author of Petrodollar Warfare: Oil, Iraq and the Future of the Dollar , and has received two Project Censored awards, first in 2003 for his ground-breaking research on the Iraq War, oil currency conflict, and U.S. geostrategy, and again in 2005 for his research on Iran’s proposed euro-denominated oil bourse. He is an Information Security Analyst and a Research Associate for the UK-based Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD) . He holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University . In 2006 he began coursework for a Distance Masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH University/The Royal Institute of Technology. He lives near Bethesda , Maryland .
Julian Darley is founder and director of Post Carbon Institute and Global Public Media . He is also author of High Noon for Natural Gas: the New Energy Crisis (2004) and the forthcoming Relocalize Now! Getting Ready for Climate Change and the End of Cheap Oil (forthcoming in 2006) in collaboration with Celine Rich, Dave Room and Richard Heinberg . Julian has an MSc in Environment and Social Research from University of Surrey in the UK , an MA in Journalism and Communications from the University of Texas at Austin , and a BA in Music & Russian. Julian currently lives in Vancouver , BC , Canada .
John Darnell currently serves as Energy and Environment Projects Coordinator for U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, R-MD-6th . During his studies and research toward a PhD in Biochemistry, he acquired a solid grounding in Thermodynamics. The challenge of the Energy Crisis of the ’70’s and ’80’s stimulated him to try to apply the understanding and insights gained from his studies and enter the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. In the course of seeking ways to efficiently harness replenishable resources as alternatives to dwindling fossil fuels, he developed concepts for efficient energy conversion applicable to solar, biomass/waste, wind energy and hydropower, heat engines and heat pumps, as well as air, ground and water transportation. While developing a career as energy efficiency and solar design consultant, Darnell met Roscoe Bartlett (a PhD Physiologist himself) who shared his concern about the first energy crisis. Together, they collaborated in designing and building passive solar homes. Dr. Bartlett went on to build more than 50 solar homes around Frederick MD. After Dr. Bartlett retired and successfully ran for Congress, they resumed their partnership when Darnell joined the Congressman’s staff as an advisor on energy and environmental matters.
Paul de Vries loves the Lord and seeks to obey and honor him in everything. He earned the Ph.D. (1978) from the University of Virginia and has served 25 years in higher education administration, designing and leading innovative programs to incarnate Biblical truth in people’s learning, living and leading .
Dr. de Vries founded the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College ( Illinois ) where he was also an associate dean. He also founded the Office of Volunteer Community Service at the University of Virginia and an affordable housing network in Illinois all of which remain thriving programs.
Dr. de Vries is on the governing Board of the National Association of Evangelicals, representing more 30 million Americans. For six years he held the endowed Chair in Marketplace Ethics at the King’s College ( New York ), and after 9/11 he was appointed director of the Counseling and Training Taskforce for NetworkNYC, a cluster of over 100 evangelical Churches and ministries. In February 2006 he was one of the original signers of Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action, and for this he was featured on NBC, Fox News, Reuters, Yahoo, and Air America .
Dr. de Vries has also been the lead author of three books, The Taming of the Shrewd (1992, Thomas Nelson) Ethics Applied (1999, Simon and Schuster) and Business Ethics Applied (2000, Pierson Education), and the author of dozens of published articles.
Dr. de Vries is now founder and president of New York Divinity School (NYDS), the first evangelical seminary based in the City since 1969. NYDS provides Christ-centered, Bible-based, Spirit-led ministry training for pastors and lay people, on the master’s level in Times Square . We offer the Master’s leadership and ministry training .
Wilton Duckworth: I am an architect, activist, husband to Joan Ewing and one of the founders of Green Phoenix Permaculture. I am a graduate of Cooper Union and worked as a scenic artist and designer in the theatre before deciding to be an architect.
I believe that our dwellings are a physical connection between people and the earth that have the potential to be an extension of the earth’s nervous system. Our shelters should be something that connect us rather than separate us from our world.
It is my desire, as a human and an architect, to be a craftsman that strives to strengthen this connection in a way that contributes to the global movement toward the integration of human activity and nature.
In trying to do this, I realized that helping people to connect to themselves, the earth, and each other requires much more than architecture. It requires that we build a culture that puts the task of nurturing living things first. A culture that works according to a schedule set by need not by money.
For this reason I have decided to find a sustainable way to leave my high end architectural practice in Manhattan so that Joan and I can build Green Phoenix full time, while we promote the growth of permaculture in NYC and build sustainable education center at Camp Epworth, a United Methodist camp in High Falls, NY .
Melanie Ferreira has been a pioneer in the culinary and healing arts for the past 30 years and has devoted her life to the relationship between food and its effects on health. She has been trained by prominent Japanese chefs and several experts in the Oriental Healing Arts. She was Head Chef and manager at Seven Sheaves Restaurant in London , England as well as personal chef to two princesses of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia. Melanie founded the Healthy Gourmet Cooking School and was Director of the Nova Institute Cooking School in Colorado . More recently, she was certified in Classical Feng Shui and now serves as an instructor in the Natural Gourmet Cookery School Chef’s Training Program. Melanie is also head of Slow Food Hudson Valley that supports local, organic, sustainable cuisine as well as the farm to table connection
Catherine Austin Fitts has been a Wall Street executive, a government official, and President of her own investment bank and financial software firm. She is currently the director of Solari. Fitts served as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co. , Inc. and also as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at HUD in the first Bush Administration and was the President and Founder of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc. , a broker-dealer/investment bank and software developer. Fitts has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania , an MBA from The Wharton School , and studied Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong . She serves on the board of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee and publishes a column, “Mapping the Real Deal”, in Scoop Media in New Zealand .
Henry Gifford is the president of Gifford Fuel Saving, Inc. His plain-spoken expertise based on both a white collar and blue collar understanding of mechanical systems, including boiler, steam, and hydronic heating systems, water pressure boosting systems, ventilation systems and any other system that is part of a building’s energy bill is the result of a career devoted to diagnosing and fixing dysfunctional, wasteful systems in apartment houses in New York City, and designing new systems to avoid performance problems and energy waste. Henry can be reached at (212) 662-2768 and firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, three “f”s).
Manna Jo Greene is the Environmental Director for Hudson River Sloop
Clearwater, Councilwoman on Rosendale Town Board, and founder of the Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network (now Sustainable Hudson Valley ). Formerly the Recycling Coordinator/Educator for Ulster County for more than ten years, and a Registered Critical Care Nurse since 1976, Greene is a lifelong environmental professional and community activist. She is currently a Contributing Editor to the Hudson Valley GREEN Times, serves on the SHV Green Building & Renewable Energy Working Group, the Hudson Valley Biodiesel Coop and is active in numerous civic organizations. Manna has chaired the Rosendale Environmental Commission, served on the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange, Hudson Valley Regional Packaging Task Force, the NY State Battery Task Force and the NYS Roundtable for Consensus on Tire Management and for five years hosted a weekly environmental call-in radio show. Modeling green building and landscaping practices, she built a solar-powered Sustainable Living Resouce Center to house a large collection of resources on a variety of sustainability related topics and wrote a grant for NYSERDA funding to install a 10 kW solar system at the Rosendale Rec Center .
As a sustainability educator, Greene teaches communities how to balance environmental preservation, economic prosperity (based on quality of life
indicators), and social equity using effective communication. She avidly supports collaborative land use planning and problem-solving and is deeply committed to the beliefs that humans can live in harmony with each other and the Earth, and that if your cause is just and you are persistent, you will eventually triumph.
Dr. Joan Dye Gussow is Mary Swartz Rose Professor emerita and former chair of the Nutrition Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University , where she still teaches every fall. She currently chairs the board of Just Food, serves on the Board of the Sustainability Fund, on the Stone Barns Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Roots of Change Council. She is also on the Board of the Frontera Farmer Foundation and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Chefs’ Collaborative. In her Piermont community she serves as a trustee on the village board.
During her career she has served in a number of capacities for various public, private, and governmental organizations, including chairing the Boards of the National Gardening Association, the Society for Nutrition Education, and the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, serving two terms on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, a term on the FDA’s Food Advisory Committee and a term on the National Organic Standards Board. She has also produced several books and a variety of articles on food-related topics. Her books include The Feeding Web , The Nutrition Debate , and Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture . Gussow lives, writes, and tends an organic garden on the west bank of the Hudson River Her most recent book, based on the lessons she learned from 40 years of working toward growing her own, is This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader . It was published in June, 2001 by Chelsea Green Publishing Co. She is at work on a new book.
George Haikalis is a civil engineering and transportation planner with over 43 years of experience in the NY area. He was with the Tri-State Regional Planning Commission for 19 years, where he served as Director of Research. He led a team of twenty researchers and analysts in preparing data bases, forecasts and models of travel in the Tri-State Region. He later served as Director of Revenue Budget and Fare Structure Analysis at NYC Transit where he helped lay the groundwork for the MetroCard. More
recently he founded a not-for-profit research institute concerned with developing strategies for reducing car use in dense urban areas the Institute for Ratyional Urban Mobility, Inc. Related activities include Auto-Free New York and vision42 a citizens’ initiative for advancing an auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street in Manhattan. He also chairs the Regional Rail Working Group, an informal coalition of transit advocates developing proposals for converting the region’s commuter rail lines into a regional rail system, with frequent service and integrated fares.
Paula Hay is publisher of ” Adaptation: Evolving Into the Post-Hydrocarbon Century ,” an online magazine offering in-depth exploration of issues related to Peak Oil, relocalization, and permanent economic collapse. She is also founder and CEO of Rabbit Mountain, LLC, now in formation, a Pennsylvania-based media company that specializes in leveraging digital resources to empower individual, community, and small business relocalization efforts. Paula is currently finishing up a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Technical Communications from Penn State University . She has worked as a graphic designer and in technical operations for the printing industry since 1991, and as a web- and content- developer since 1998.
John Howe has owned a 175 acre farm in Maine for 29 years addressing energy solutions and simpler living with less fossil energy. He spent over 40 years as an engineer and consultant to the sporting goods industry specializing in skiing and tennis. He has written two books with multiple editions: Skiing Mechanics and The End of Fossil Energy and a Plan for Sustainability . John has been granted fourteen patents and nominated to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame.
Dr. John E. Ikerd was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri . He worked in private industry for a time and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at four major Land Grant universities before retiring from the University of Missouri in early 2000. Since retiring, John spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues relate to the sustainability of agriculture. As state co-coordinator of extension programs in sustainable agriculture, Dr. Ikerd was responsible for implementing a national professional development program for extension workers and others who provided Missouri with information related to sustainable agriculture. Other major research and educational programs included participatory on-farm research and demonstration programs and evaluation of impacts of sustainable agriculture on quality of life of farm families and others in rural communities. Dr. Ikerd was project leader for a three-state, five-year program, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which linked sustainable agriculture and sustainable community development.
Dave Jacke has been a student of ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm now called Dynamics Ecological Design. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. He has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in many parts of the United States , as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey , NH , he homesteaded there for a number of years. Dave designed and built the first constructed wetland for household greywater treatment in New England in 1992. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon¹s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984). The book he co-authored, Edible Forest Gardens has received critical acclaim and was recently celebrated at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden .
Derrick Jensen is a leading voice of cultural dissent and a long-time activist who lives in Northern California . He explores the nature of injustice, how civilizations devastate the natural world, and how human beings retreat into denial at the destruction of the planet. His work examines the central question, If the destruction of the natural world isn’t making us happy, then why are we doing it? Rather than proposing easy answers, Jensen traces the roots of the culture’s pathology and finds the places where they intertwine, revealing fresh and startling connections.
Andrew Jones has a background in ecology, permaculture, humanitarian aid and international development. A native of Australia , he has been blessed with extensive travel opportunities since birth and over the past 15 years has worked in a humanitarian aid and development context in the Middle East , the Pacific, Asia , Europe and the United States .
His experience includes work with non-governmental and citizen based organizations including CARE International, the International Rescue Committee, Counterpart International and SurfAid International. He has undertaken consultancies on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Macedonia and Albania , and with the United Nations Environment Program most recently in Indonesia in a post-tsunami recovery context.
Andrew completed his Permaculture Designer’s Course in 1999 with Geoff Lawton and has subsequently worked and taught with Geoff internationally. He joined the board of directors of the Permaculture Research Institute ( www.permaculture.org.au ) in 2001. He has also been exploring sustainable business models in the US through FullCircle LLC (www.fullcirclellc.com) partnership since 2002.
He has spent the initial months of 2006 working in New Orleans to assist, as possible, in post hurricane recovery efforts. Currently based in Brooklyn , New York he enjoys the opportunity to commute by bicycle and design and establish gardens whenever possible.
Michael T. Klare is professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College , defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Petroleum Dependency (Metropolitan). He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts .
Richard Klein is currently the CEO and Founder of Quixotic Systems Inc., a New York City based solar systems integrator. Quixotic Systems has built and designed some of New York City ‘s largest and most innovative solar systems. Mr. Klein also holds several U.S. Patents in the domain of solar energy. Leveraging his background in the extremely demanding New York City real estate market, Mr. Klein has established (with his brothers) the Klein-Rudd Alternative Energy Fund, a.k.a. Phoenix Energy Fund, to invest in Energy Technology companies whose goal is to enhance the effectiveness of clean energy production while becoming profitable. Richard Klein is an early stage investor in several of the world’s leading solar companies (either in the pre-IPO stage and post-IPO stage e.g., Q-Cells AG).
Mr. Klein is a New York native and a former instructor of Mathematics. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Colgate University and did postgraduate studies in Mathematics and Physics at Columbia University . He speaks four languages and travels extensively internationally to meet with entrepreneurs and scientists who are developing new Clean Technologies.
Charles Komanoff, Economist and environmental activist Charles Komanoff has worked on the front lines of sustainable energy since the early 1970s. In the 1970s and 80s Charles gained prominence for deconstructing the disastrous economics of nuclear power as author-researcher and expert-witness for states, municipalities and grassroots antinuke groups across the U.S. On the local transportation front, Charles re-founded the bicycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives in the mid-1980s, co-founded the militant pedestrian-rights group Right Of Way in the 1990s ( www.rightofway.org ), and wrote the landmark reports Subsidies for Traffic, The Bicycle Blueprint, and Killed By Automobile. Charles is currently developing Greening A Block , a project to promote community health and environmental sustainability through energy efficiency on a full city block on the Lower East Side ( www.greeningablock.org ). An economics graduate of Harvard, Charles lives with his wife and two children in lower Manhattan .
A more detailed biography and links to Komanoff’s books and writings, including Ending The Oil Age , Power Plant Cost Escalation , and the Bicycling chapter in The Encyclopedia of Energy , are at www.komanoff.net .
Richard Komp, Ph.D .is the author of PRACTICAL PHOTOVOLTAICS and has been working on renewable energy and photovoltiac cells since 1960. He has taught numerous courses and workshops on solar energy all over the world; Richard also teaches solar energy courses at the College of the Atlantic in Maine and the National Engineering University (UNI) in Managua , Nicaragua . www.mainesolar.org
Geoff Lawton has become one of the world’s foremost experts in permaculture, providing consulting, designing, teaching and project implementation for clients that include private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organizations and multi-national companies. Lawton has served clients in 17 different countries, including Jordan , Iraq , Egypt , USA , Mexico , Macedonia , Vietnam , Costa Rica , Brazil , Ecuador , Peru , England , Denmark , Australia and the South Pacific.
In 1997, Lawton became managing director of the new Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) on the 147-acre Tagari Farm in Australia ‘s province of New South Wales . Through his work, PRI has become a leading non-profit in providing solutions to local and global ecological problems, innovative farm design, and related design and consultancy work on project around the world.
Jan Lundberg, Culture Change, is a former oil industry analyst who launched a career to help the environmental movement deal with the expansion of the petroleum industry juggernaut. In trying to save the Earth from being paved over and completely overrun by cars, he discovered deep issues that account for our ecological dilemma today. His solutions went beyond fighting pollution and corrupt land-use schemes to promoting sustainable living and cultural change. Jan will discuss the role of the market in shaping society’s options and reactions to peak oil, as well the outlook for decentralized, local economics benefiting from lower-tech energy and restructured social relations.
Andrew McKillop grew up in Switzerland , and sees himself as a European. He was trained first as an Economist, later as a City Planner and Transport manager. He has worked pretty consistently in the field of Energy, first in Canada on alternative Energy Sources, and BC Hydro on Electricity, Gas and Road Transport, then with the ILO on the employment implications of alternative Energy Strategies, then with OAPEC in Abu Dhabi, later with the EU (DG-XVII – Energy) and also with the Papua New Guinea government managing their Energy extraction programme. He has written prolifically, most recently the extremely timely “The Final Energy Crisis” from Pluto Press, with contributions from a number of scholars. He is in demand as a Consultant and Speaker on Energy and Petroleum Futures and on the economics of Alternative Energy sources.
Mr. McKillop has a completely separate life as a professional translator, which profession he has pursued alongside his work in Energy for over 20 years.
Faith Morgan is a member of CSI ‘s Board of Trustees. She has traveled to
Cuba three times in the last two years to learn what happened there after
the fall of the USSR in 1990, when over half of Cuba ‘s oil subsidies were
suddenly cut off. As a member of CSI, she is producing a documentary, “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” to tell the story of this major social disaster and Cuba ‘s creative response to living without cheap and abundant oil.
Keith Morris is an organic farmer, builder, and environmental educator. For the past five years, he has been designing and establishing an edible forest garden and ecological homestead in Johnson , Vermont along the Lamoille River . Prospect Rock Permaculture is growing as a nucleus for under-acknowledged cold hardy multi-function plants, and as a demonstration, education, and research site for permaculture, whole system design, and appropriate technology. The farm combines reforestation, wildlife refuge, and ecological restoration with economically viable food production and rural community building. He grows seeds with High Mowing Organic Seeds , nuts, fruits, and berries with Elmore Roots Nursery , and keeps bees and wildcrafts medicinal plants for Honey Gardens Apiaries
In 2000, he co-founded Burlington Biofuels, which researches and educates about fuel production from used vegetable oil and other renewable sources.
He has taught permaculture certification courses at UMass Amherst with Living Routes and at the Yestermorrow Design Build School , and has presented about biodiesel or permaculture to numerous community groups, universities, and other institutions.
Pat Murphy is the Executive Director of Community Service, Inc. and the designer of the organization’s latest program, The Community Solution . Through this he has been exploring the small community’s role in responding to global oil peak and decline. Prior to working for Community Service, Pat was the founder of a software company that developed a “design for manufacturing” program for residential building, which greatly reduced waste in the construction process and allowed better modeling for energy efficiency. He has designed and built active solar homes. Pat worked in the supercomputer business for 20 years including the development of applications for seismic data processing and reservoir modeling for the oil industry. He has attended the last three ASPO meetings in Europe , taken three trips to Cuba to evaluate their response to Peak Oil, and given keynote speeches on Peak Oil in several venues in the Midwest .
Aaron Naparstek is a journalist, author and community activist working on transportation, energy and urban environmental issues in New York City ( naparstek.com ). He works as a project director for The Open Planning Project ( openplans.org ) where he runs a blog covering New York City ‘s burgeoning Livable Streets movement ( streetsblog.org ). He is the author of Honku: The Zen Antidote for Road Rage , a book of haiku poetry inspired by the sociopathic behavior of New York City motorists as observed from his apartment window ( honku.org ). Naparstek lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son where he is a founder of the Park Slope Neighbors community group.
Dmitry Orlov is a software engineer living in Boston , Massachusetts .
His articles on post-collapse conditions have been featured on
fromthewilderness.com, lifeaftertheoilcrash.net, and
survivingpeakoil.com. His firsthand observations of the economic
collapse that followed the dissolution of the USSR , made over several
visits, have provided him with wealth of insights. Drawing on his
knowledge of both the differences and the similarities between the
USSR and the USA , Dmitry is able to present a detailed description of
post-collapse America .
Jeff Perlman of Bright Power, Inc. ( www.brightpower.biz ), an energy-efficiency and renewable energy consulting company, is one of the originators of Greening A Block and co-author of its Feasibility Study, a blueprint for a community project to make an entire city block a model of energy efficiency ( www.greeningablock.org ). He is co-founder of Big Apple Solar Installation Commitment (BASIC), a volunteer organization that teaches New Yorkers the practical benefits of installing and using solar energy systems on buildings. As former co-executive director of BASIC, he organized and promoted well-attended events about developing solar energy in NYC, made presentations in numerous venues around the city, and managed a team of over twenty volunteers. Jeff has designed, installed and/or obtained financing for solar and energy-efficiency projects in the New York area. As a Capital E consultant he has co-authored several ground-breaking reports, including The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings, the findings of which are referenced in NYC Local Law 86 green building legislation. A native New Yorker (he spent his early years in Stuyvesant Town ), Jeff holds a degree in Applied Physics from Yale. He lives in Brooklyn and has an office in Manhattan . Contact Jeff at (212) 803-5868 and email@example.com
Dale Allen Pfeiffer took degrees in Geology, Earth Science and Mathematics. He has done field work in the Rocky Mountains , Michigan ‘s Upper Peninsula , and in Ontario , Canada around the Lake Superior shore. He specialized in Orogenic and Precambrian structural geology.
In the 1990s, he also began exploring and writing about socioeconomic issues. He favored theories espousing a bottom up political structure, egalitarian economics, and direct democracy.
After 9-11, he realized that peak oil was playing a major role in the events of this young century. Since then he has produced several essays focusing on the topic which have been collected into the following books: The End of the Age of Oil and Grassroots Ideas to Survive.
Andrew Leslie Phillips , Hancock Permaculture Center . A native of Australia , Andrew spent seven years in Papua New Guinea as a government patrol officer, radio journalist and filmmaker before coming to New York in 1976. He produced award-winning investigative radio documentaries on a wide range of environmental and political issues for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and later for WBAI Community Radio in New York City where he was program director (1989-93).
Andrew has two PDC courses under his belt; with Geoff Lawton and Andrew Jones in New Orleans , 2004 and with Bill Mollison and Geoff in Melbourne , 2005. He has convened a two-week PDC course with Green Phoenix Permaculture in High Falls, NY graduating 22 students; a three-day workshop at Ithaca Ecovillage with the Fingerlakes Permaculture Institute. Hancock Permaculture will be running permaculture courses 2006/07.
David Pimentel is a professor of ecology and agricultural sciences at Cornell University , Ithaca , NY 14853-0901 . His Ph.D. is from Cornell University . His research spans the fields of energy, ecological and economic aspects of pest control, biological control, biotechnology, sustainable agriculture, land and water conservation, and environmental policy. Pimentel has published more than 590 scientific papers and 23 books and has served on many national and government committees including the National Academy of Sciences; President’s Science Advisory Council; U.S Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress; and the U.S. State Department.
Jim Quigley, Ph.D ., is Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College, CUNY. Jim has worked for 25 years in the environmental field. He installed a windmill on a Pacific atoll as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the late ’70s. He authored a report on energy consumption by Pacific Island nations for the East-West Center in Honolulu. His masters thesis (Ohio U.) covered renewable energy applications in developing countries. Jim’s dissertation (U. of Penn) addressed the trash crisis of the 1980s and analyzed the burn, bury or recycle options for waste management. He worked for seven years as a researcher at the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems headed by Barry Commoner at Queens College. Jim has also been on the environmental sciences faculty at several colleges, most recently Ramapo College of New Jersey, and worked as executive director of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability during its first three years.
Megan Quinn is Outreach Director for The Community Solution ( www.communitysolution.org ) in Yellow Springs , Ohio and Project Coordinator for “Agraria,” the development of a model post-oil community. She is a graduate of MiamiUniversity in Oxford , Ohio where she studied Peak Oil and its implications for U.S. foreign policy. She helped organize and served as master of ceremonies for the First and Second U.S. Conferences on Peak Oil and Community Solutions, which together drew over 600 people. Megan has traveled to Cuba to study and to film a documentary, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, which will be released in January 2006.
David Room, Director of Municipal Response: Dave leads Post Carbon’s program on municipal responses to peak oil which includes vulnerability analysis and risk management. He is also managing editor and an interviewer for Global Public Media, as well as a frequent lecturer. Dave is the co-author of the forthcoming Relocalize Now! Getting Ready for Climate Change and the End of Cheap Oil (Spring 2006). He has a Masters in Engineering Economic Systems and a B.S, in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University . Websites: www.postcarbon.org , www.globalpublicmedia.com , and www.mkinghubbert.com .
Michael Ruppert is the author of “Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil” . Published in September 2004 and having sold over 100,000 copies, it is the second-largest selling book about the attacks of 9/11 after the Keane Commission report. Rubicon is the only book to show that Vice President Richard Cheney, the US government and Wall Street had a well-developed awareness of Peak Oil before the 9/11 attacks and that US policy since then has been consistent with Peak Oil imperatives. Mike is also the publisher/editor of ” From The Wilderness “, a newsletter read in more than 50 countries around the world. Its subscribers include 45 members of the US congress, professors at more than 40 universities around the world, and major business and economic leaders. Mike is a former LAPD narcotics investigator, whistleblower and a 1973 Honors Graduate of UCLA in Political Science. After attempting to expose this he was forced out of LAPD in 1978 while earning the highest rating reports possible and having no pending disciplinary actions. In 1996, after 18 years of struggle, he finally achieved one of his deepest wishes in a face to face public encounter with then CIA Director John Deutch on national television. Washington sources later told Mike that Deutch’s mishandling of the encounter cost him a guaranteed appointment as Secretary of Defense.
Matt Savinar was born and raised in California . He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California at Davis. He received his law degree from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law , is a California licensed attorney . He has appeared on numerous national and international radio shows to discuss global Peak Oil, the ramifications of a declining oil supply, and what we can do to address our energy issues. His work has been quoted extensively on the floor of the United States Congress. His website, LifeAftertheOilCrash.net is assigned reading at multiple university courses around the world.
Steven J. Strong is Founder and President of Solar Design Associates, Inc., He founded the firm in 1974 after working on the Alaskan pipeline. Over the past 30 years, he has earned the firm an international reputation for the pioneering integration of renewable energy systems with environmentally responsive building design. In 1984, he completed the world’s first solar-powered neighborhood. In 1996, he worked with Olympic village architects to power the Summer Games with solar electricity using the world’s largest roof-top PV power system. He recently completed the design and oversaw the installation of a new solar skin’ for the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. He represented the US on the International Energy Agency’s expert working group on Solar Electricity in the Built Environment for 8 years and has served as an advisor on energy and environmental issues to 3 Governors, 8 US Senators, 4 US Congressmen and 3 presidential candidates as well as a number of corporations, universities and utilities. He is the author of The Solar Electric House and Solar Electric Buildings, an Overview of Today’s Applications and the editor and contributing author of Photovoltaics in the Built Environment, a Design Guide for Architects and Engineers as well as contributing author to Photovoltaics in Buildings and Building with Photovoltaics. He received the first Inherit the Earth Award’ from Connecticut College in 1993 for his pioneering work in furthering sustainable energy’. In the spring of 1999, TIME magazine named him an Environmental Hero of the Planet’. In the spring of 2001, the American Solar Energy Society honored him with its Charles Greeley Abbot award the Society’s highest honor – for lifetime achievement in advancing solar energy. In the spring of 2003, the Audubon Society named him its Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year.
Marshall Vian Summers has a big job to do. His task is to provide a new understanding about our spiritual reality and about our destiny within a Greater Community of intelligent life in the universe. Through his dynamic teaching and inspired writings, he imparts the awareness that we are not alone in the universe or even within our own world and that there is a greater Knowledge within us that we must find in order to restore our world and to prepare for the challenge and the reality of Contact.
Debra Tyler is mother of two wonderful children and the founding mother of a 15 year old small raw- milk dairy in Cornwall , CT called Local Farm . Her latest brain child, Motherhouse, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to uplifting all aspects of motherhood. Before farming, she worked in a public elementary school, coordinating the enrichment/ gifted and talented program. She’s a 1982 graduate of Santa Fe School of Traditional Medicine’s program in Clinical Herbology, 1984 graduate of Souwest Acupuncture College and 1986 graduate of Vermont College .
Paul Steely White is the Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, the leading local bicycle, pedestrian and transportation reform group in the United States . Paul is an internationally known author and lecturer on bicycling, walking and transportation reform. Paul is quoted frequently on these issues by the local and national news media and has appeared frequently in local, national, and international media. He has also appeared in publications such as The New York Times , New York Daily News , New York Post , and the New York Observer . Paul is frequently invited to speak on pedestrian safety, traffic calming and cycling issues by transportation and community organizations, including the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Paul has a degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Montana in Missoula . Before joining Transportation Alternatives in April 2003, Paul served as Regional Director for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a non-profit group based in New York City .