NYWIFT celebrates Earth Day with Go Green! featuring a panel of dynamic women at the forefront of today's environmental issues.
We'll discuss the accomplishments and challenges faced by these women and what we can do for a greener planet. From initiatives in New York City neighborhoods to greening film and television productions, best practices in public schools to the future of the rain forest, Go Green! will be a lively and informative conversation. You're sure to go home with your very own green mandate!
This event will be held at the Democracy Now! News Hour studios in their LEED-platinum certified broadcast center at 207 West 25th Street, 11th Floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues). Light refreshments will be served.
Debra Duneier is the Founder and President of EcoChi, LLC, a Feng Shui Master Practitioner, an accredited LEED® Green Associate and Certified Eco-Designer. Ms. Duneier is the creator of the EcoChi® system of design and the award-winning author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience. Duneier’s training, background and perspective have made her a resource on topics including: Feng Shui, Green Design and Sustainability and Real Estate, for media outlets including Martha Stewart Radio, Brokers Weekly, Social Life Magazine, Barons.com, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC, Sierra Club, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine and the Associated Press. Debra is the Feng Shui expert for a reality TV show called Natural Reboot on VERIA Living TV and her company is being featured on The Glamorous Life TV show in 2014. Her professional memberships include the Green Finance Committee for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Green Building Worldwide, The US Green Building Council, The International Feng Shui Guild and the Architectural Institute of America NY.
Véronique Pittman is the information architect, editor and moderator of the Green Schools Alliance (GSA) web platform. She writes for the Huffington Post on national and world issues, and is an activist for sustainable schools, indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, green technologies, discovery learning and women's reproductive health. She has helped to launch companies like Rainforest Native, which imports fair-trade ecological products from the Amazon and Casa Dragones Tequila. Pittman is a trustee of the Bedford 2020 Waste & Recycling Task Force, LessCancer.Org, Global Goods Partners and Round Hill Hotels and Villas. A graphic designer, chef and mountaineer, she strives to connect individuals with their lived environments.
Jennifer Prescott is passionate about living a sustainable, environmentally responsible life and working towards the same goals for education. She previously served as a market editor for shelter magazines such as Real Simple, Instyle Home, Organic Style and Better Homes & Gardens, and moved on to sustainable design as a green consultant and market editor. She currently helps implement recycling systems, waste reduction programs and indoor air quality/energy conservation education and co-founded the D3 Green Schools Group Composting Pilot on NYC's Upper West Side. New York City's Departments of Sanitation and Education adopted and expanded a 2012 composting pilot program that will be established on a wider basis by 2015.
Eva Radke has worked in the film and commercial production business for 15 years as a designer, scenic artist, set decorator and art department coordinator. In January 2007, she was given $5,000 worth of mint plants, 2 boxes of unopened set paper, unused Plexiglas and lumber to "make go away." This marked the tipping point for her waste tolerance. In May of 2008, Eva founded the not-for-profit Film Biz Recycling and has since diverted thousands of tons of unwanted set materials from a landfill bound fate. Many items now get redistributed to non profits, arts programs and reuse centers. Radke has spoken on panels for the Producer's Guild of America, SXSW, the Woodstock Film Festival, and The Made in New York PA Training program and is the author of The Practical Guide to a Greener Production.
Karen Ranucci is the Chair of the Board of Democracy Now!, the daily, global grassroots news hour that broadcasts on more than 1,200 public television and radio stations in 38 countries, as well as to millions at democracynow.org. She has worked at Democracy Now! in a variety of capacities since 2001. During her long career as a grassroots media activist and freelance television journalist, Karen has won a National Emmy for Best Investigative Reporting for a series she developed for NBC's Today Show and Nightly News. Karen was the Project Manager for the build-out of the Democracy Now! broadcast studio and office. She was responsible for all aspects of the project including assembling a team of green experts who collaborated in obtaining LEED-platinum certification — the highest
level possible. Karen often leads tours of the Democracy Now! facility to teach others about the advantages of building green.
Elizabeth Yeampierre is the Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization, and is a nationally recognized environmental and climate justice leader. In Sunset Park, she started organizing against environmental burdens in low income communities and building a movement that eventually doubled the amount of open community space, stopped a power plant from locating in the area, increased the the number of trees and usability of avenues, and retrofitted diesel trucks. She helped found the NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit and UPROSE Sunset Park Climate Justice & Community Resiliency Center. Yeampierre was the first Latina chair of the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and was an opening speaker at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice.
Katherine Carpenter (Moderator) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in science and environmental subjects, from endangered species to evolution to climate change. She has recently produced two National Geographic films for PBS — Bones of Turkana and Battle for the Elephants, shot across Africa and Asia. As a partner in Everwild Media, Carpenter also produced Hundred Heartbeats, a two-hour special on endangered species around the world for the Future Earth series on MSNBC. She also co-produced and co-directed the Emmy-nominated documentary feature film A Year On Earth for Discovery. Among her other credits are eco-music videos featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett for Planet Green, Race to Save the Planet for PBS, and Wildlife Adventures for TBS. She is Co-Chair of the Producers Guild of America’s Green Committee, a Boardmember of Wildlife Direct, a member of NRDC’s Global Leadership Council, and a Vice Chair of Audubon’s Women in Conservation Committee.
Produced by Alexis Alexanian
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