Martin O'Malley is an american politician who served as the 61st Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. Prior to being elected as governor, he served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007, and was a Baltimore City Councilor from 1991 to 1999.
O'Malley served as the chair of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011 to 2013, while serving as Governor of Maryland. Following his departure from public office in early 2015, he was appointed to the Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School as a visiting professor focusing on government, business, and urban issues.
O'Malley has been outspoken on the importance of addressing climate change and building a stronger clean energy economy. During his tenure as Governor, environmental protection was one of his key focuses. His actions included restoring Chesapeake Bay, doubling Maryland's renewable energy portfolio standard, setting a goal to increase in-state renewable generation to 20 percent by 2022, establishing the Maryland Commission on Climate Change to create a Climate Action Plan, and signing the state's 2009 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, which set a statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 2006 levels by 2020.
O'Malley publicly announced his candidacy in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on May 30, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland. On February 1, 2016, he suspended his campaign following the Iowa caucus.
Former Governor of Maryland
Peggy Liu is the Chairperson of JUCCCE, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the greening of China through systemic changes in sustainable cities, consumerism, the smart grid, and multi-sector convening power. Peggy is internationally recognized for her expertise on China’s sustainability landscape and for fostering international collaboration with China.
Peggy also created the China Dream initiative to reimagine prosperity for sustainable consumerism, and in 2013 she launched China’s first kids’ healthy food curriculum initiative. Peggy is a professor at China Academy of Governance and since 2008 has trained over 1,000 mayors and central government officials on how to build eco-livable cities.
She has served as a business advisor to Marks & Spencer, HP, Unilever, Danone, FTSE, and World Economic Forum on business with social purpose. Peggy has also advised EAT Forum on Food, the Clinton Global Initiative on clean energy, and The Hillary Institute on climate change. Peggy has received numerous accolades, including Time Magazine's Hero of the Environment, World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader, and Forbes' "Women to Watch in Asia." She is a regular judge for The Hult Prize on social entrepreneurship, and the Circulars at Davos for circular economy.
Pedro Diniz is an agroforester, businessman, and former Formula 1 racing driver. Pedro transformed his family farm into Fazenda da Toca, a large-scale organic farm in Brazil’s São Paulo state, and one of the country’s leading producers of organic eggs, dairy, and fruit. The farm makes use of agroforestry methods to grow a variety of trees that help to balance required biomass production with the nutritional needs of crops and animals. Pedro looks at Fazenda da Toca as a replicable model for large-scale egg, dairy, and fruit production using ecological methods. He is hopeful that through large-scale organic and biodynamic production of healthy plant and animal products, the farm will become a catalyst for sound rural development and environmental regeneration in Brazil and beyond.
Through the farm, Pedro established the Instituto Toca, a non-profit school and research initiative that aims to “educate to transform” by providing direct instruction on sustainability to students in the local municipality.
Pedro serves as a Board Member and Shareholder for Peninsula Participações. He also served as a Board Member for Grupo Pão de Açúcar for ten years. He is the founder of PPD Holding, an investment company focused on conscious investments.
Founder, Fazenda da Toca and Instituto Toca
Peter Byck has more than 20 years of experience as a film director and editor. His first documentary Garbage won the 1996 South by Southwest Film Festival Jury Prize, and screened in scores of festivals in the U.S. and Europe.
Byck has edited short documentaries for Peter Jackson's last two films, Lord of the Rings and King Kong, and has worked as an editor or director for documentaries and promotional shorts for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MTV, Vh1, BBC, Disney, and MGM. Byck has also worked as an editor or director on shows including The West Wing, The Matrix, Scrubs, and ER.
Byck has presented his most recent documentary Carbon Nation, a film about climate change solutions, for Boeing, Nike, Google, Microsoft, Walmart.com, SC Johnson, Stonyfield, Carbon War Room, Shell, White House CEQ, CarbonTrade Ex, NetImpact, Social Venture Network, AREDAY, Metcalf Institute at University of Rhode Island, PEW-BICEP, Prince Charles’ B.E.P. program at Cambridge University, R.I.S.D., Art Center (Pasadena),Yale University, Conservation International, Louisville Fund for the Arts, and many more across the U.S. and internationally.
Peter is also a professor at Arizona State University, with appointments as a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, a Professor of Practice at the School of Sustainability, and a Professor of Practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
In 1986, Peter received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts.
Film Director and Producer, Carbon Nation
Professor, ASU Schools of Sustainability and Journalism
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that emulates nature’s designs and processes (e.g., solar cells that mimic leaves) to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with businesses and conducting seminars about what we can learn from the genius that surrounds us. Her favorite role is Biologist-at-the-Design-Table, introducing innovators to 3.8 billion years of brilliant, time-tested solutions.
In 1998, Janine co-founded the world’s first bio-inspired consultancy, bringing nature’s sustainable designs to 250+ clients including Boeing, Colgate-Palmolive, Nike, General Electric, Herman Miller, HOK architects, IDEO, Interface, Natura, Procter and Gamble, Levi’s, Kohler, and General Mills. As a result of working with Janine’s team, the world’s largest commercial carpet manufacturer (Interface, Inc.) introduced a carpet line inspired by random pattern formation in nature. In record time, Entropy™/I2 rose to become Interface’s top-selling product, and now represents 40% of their carpet tile sales.
In 2006, Janine co-founded a non-profit institute to embed biomimicry in formal education and informal spaces such as museums and nature centers. Over 100 universities are now part of the Biomimicry Educator’s Network, introducing biology’s lessons to students who will one day design, engineer, and manage our world. In 2008, the institute launched AskNature.org, an award-winning bio-inspiration site for inventors.
In 2010, Janine and her team combined the for-profit and non-profit arms into a single B-Corp called Biomimicry 3.8. Working as a social enterprise, Biomimicry 3.8 is the world’s leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, training for professionals, and curricula development for educators. Its mission is to inspire, educate, and connect the growing community of biomimicry practitioners around the world. Biomimicry 3.8 runs a consulting bureau, a speaker’s bureau, a bio-knowledge subscription service, a K-University educator’s network, a regional network incubator, and a training system for Certified Biomimicry Professionals.
Training includes on-line short courses, an 8-month intensive, and a 2-year master’s level program. Graduates from five continents have begun to form regional networks, “swarming” to practice biomimicry in their own biomes. Nurturing and growing this network is the true calling of Biomimicry 3.8.
Over the past 14 years, Janine has personally introduced millions to the meme of biomimicry through two TED talks, hundreds of conference keynotes, and a dozen documentaries such as 11th Hour, Harmony, and The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, which aired in 71 countries. She has received several awards including The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development 2013, The Heinz Award 2011, Time Magazine’s Hero for the Planet Award 2008, United Nations Environment Programmer’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Technology 2009, the Rachel Carson Environmental Ethics Award, the Lud Browman Award for Science Writing in Society, and the Barrows and Heinz Distinguished Lectureships. Her work in biomimicry has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, Esquire, The Economist, Time, Wired, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nature, and more. In 2010, BusinessWeek named Janine one of the World’s Most Influential Designers. In 2012, she received the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award, given in recognition of a visionary who has had a profound impact on design theory, practice, or public awareness
An educator at heart, Janine believes that the more people learn from nature’s mentors, the more they’ll want to protect them. This is why she writes, speaks, and revels in describing the wild teachers in our midst.
Co-Founder, Biomimicry 3.8
As Vice President of Operations & Engagement at Project Drawdown, Crystal Chissell draws on her deep experience and interdisciplinary background in local and state government, law, business and social equity to build effective systems and operating infrastructure at Project Drawdown. She also leads the cultivation and management of strategic partnerships and networks that foster public engagement to move the world toward climate solutions.
Crystal speaks publicly about climate solutions and serves as an expert resource for news media, interest groups and advocacy organizations.
Prior to Project Drawdown, Crystal was a practicing attorney, advising the City of Baltimore and the Maryland Environmental Service. She served as Mayor of the Town of Highland Beach, Maryland. Crystal holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, an M.S. in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University.