Environment

Cristiano Giovando

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Cristiano Giovando

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Co-Founder - Terrapan Labs

Cristiano Giovando is a cofounder of Terrapan Labs in San Diego, and prior to that a research Scientist at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the EC Joint Research Centre.  Education: Geographic Information System degree at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Professional experience: (2007) GIS specialist at Helix Environmental Planning, San Diego; (2004-2006) Masters Degree Geography, SDSU, San Diego; (2004) Web mapping developer at the Department of Geomatic Engineering, University College of London; (2003) GIS specialist at GIS International Group, Genova. ... Read more about Cristiano Giovando

Jim Stone

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Jim Stone

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Executive Director - Walk San Diego

Jim's career in environmental education and sustainability has spanned more than 30 years. Before joining the staff of WalkSanDiego he served as Vice President of Programs at the San Diego Natural History Museum where he was responsible for developing education programs and exhibitions that focused on the plants, animals and habitats of Southern California and the Baja peninsula.  Jim sits on the Board of Directors of California Walks, a state-wide pedestrian advocacy organization. ... Read more about Jim Stone

Jerry Sanders

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Jerry Sanders

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President and CEO - San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jerry Sanders began his lifelong career in public service when he joined  the San Diego Police Department at the age of 22. In 1999, Sanders retired as Police Chief and became CEO of the United Way of San Diego. In 2005 he was elected as Mayor to San Diego. Under his control the city financial staff completed six years' worth of back logged audits, allowing the city to return to the public bond markets.This helped to fund the mayor's commitment to repair San Diego's long neglected water, sewer and transportation infrastructure. ... Read more about Jerry Sanders

Healy Vigderson

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Healy Vigderson

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Executive Director - Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center

Healy Vigderson is the Executive Director of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center. Healy comes to us from the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, serving most recently as Assistant Director, where she oversaw education and outreach programs designed to support families with chronic health conditions. She also managed creative fundraising events and led an advocacy team on legislative issues at the State Capitol. Healy has a background in Ecology and worked in North Central Chile on Desertification projects near the Atacama Desert. ... Read more about Healy Vigderson

Scott Peters

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Scott Peters

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Member of Congress (CA-52)

Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House committees on Armed Services & on the Science, Space, & Technology Committee. ... Read more about Scott Peters

Reno Harnish

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Reno Harnish

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Director, Center for Environment and National Security - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Reno works for a better environment.  In 2009 he founded and is currently the Director of the Center for Environment and National Security at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  He has organized and led two symposia mixing scientists with Washington policy makers and does grant work for the EPA, USAID and World Bank.  He served in the Department of State in Washington as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, Science and Health. ... Read more about Reno Harnish

Quentin Gregg

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Quentin Gregg

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GENI Research Associate - World Resources SimCenter

Quentin Gregg is a recent graduate from UCLA's Geography/Environmental Studies program, where he also completed a minor in GIS and Technologies.  He is now applying his education here in San Diego as a GIS Research Associate at GENI's World Resources SimCenter and at the San Diego Archaeological Center. His current project has him converting national renewable energy maps of the US, China and India to ARC GIS Online. In addition he is developing time zone modeling maps of global energy demand. ... Read more about Quentin Gregg

Peter Meisen

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Peter Meisen

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President and Director - Global Energy Network Institute

Peter Meisen founded GENI in 1989 to conduct research and educate world leaders to the strategy of linking renewable energy resources around the world. He is an internationally recognized speaker on the global issues of renewable energy, transmission and distribution of electricity, quality of life and its relationship to electricity, the environment and sustainable development. GENI has earned the endorsement of 7 Nobel Peace Prize laureates and has been recognized by various nations as promoting a viable solution to our growing energy crisis. ... Read more about Peter Meisen

Nicole Capretz

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Nicole Capretz

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Director of Policy - District Two, City Council

As the Director of Policy for the District Two office, Nicole has over 15 years of professional experience representing public interests in the environmental arena, both in nonprofit and government agencies. She was most recently Director of Environmental Policy for Interim Mayor Todd Gloria in the City of San Diego where she developed the City of San Diego's Climate Action Plan in 2013. Previously, Nicole was the Director of the Green Energy Green Jobs campaign at Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), and before that she was a Senior Policy Advisor for Council member Donna Frye. ... Read more about Nicole Capretz

Elyse Lowe

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Elyse Lowe

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Deputy Executive Director - Circulate San Diego

A native San Diegan, Elyse Lowe studied environmental studies and earth science, with an emphasis on policy and planning, at UC Santa Cruz. Elyse started her career with the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department managing citywide recycling programs. She then worked in the City’s Financial Management Department as a Budget Analyst. ... Read more about Elyse Lowe

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