Topic: A quick moving, successive panel of one-on-one interviews. Students, policymakers, business leaders, farmers and climatologists will interview each other, telling their stories, revealing their expertise.
Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director, Sustainability Institute, GW
Michael La Cour, Global Head, IKEA Food
Jim Buizer, Professor and Director, Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute for the Environment, University of Arizona
Emily Best, Apprentice Farmer, New Morning Farm
Brittany Watts, Student, Columbia University
Zazil Davis-Vasquez, Student, University of Arizona
Emily came to New Morning Farm in 2012 after serving a stint in the Peace Corps in Senegal. She has an MA in Environmental Policy from American University and a BA in English from Pitt. She's managed lettuce, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, spinach and cauliflower; she's managed Tuesday market, helped launch the new Wednesday market, and co-manages the Dupont Circle market on Sundays. In 2014, you can find her seeding and tending the baby plants in the greenhouse. In her "free time" she enjoys cuddling with her two cats, cooking, reading, writing, traveling and organizing other PA young farmers.
James (Jim) Buizer is Founding Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, where he also holds an appointment as Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Student, University of Arizona
Devin Greene started contributing to Planet Forward as an undergraduate at George Washington University, where he majored in philosophy and minored in video journalism. His videos have been featured on YouTube's "Project: Report" video competition, on various news websites including Planet Forward, and on PBS Nightly Business Report. He is now responsible for the "How-To Planet Forward" series of instructional video blogs.
Outside of Planet Forward, Devin is a stand-up comedian, improviser and writer.
Michael La Cour
Global Head, IKEA Food
Kathleen Merrigan is Executive Director of Sustainability at the George Washington University, where she leads the GW Sustainability Collaborative, GW Food Institute, and serves as Professor of Public Policy. 2014 GW sustainability accolades include a “Gold” rating by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and ranking 12th on the Sierra Club’s list of “Cool Schools.” Merrigan serves as a Board Director for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Food Corps, a member of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund Advisory Committee, Senior Advisor at the Kendall Foundation, and steering committee member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment.