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Moderator Lucy Biggers

Lucy Biggers is a producer, host, and video editor for NowThis News in New York City.

Biggers writes, films, and edits videos for NowThis, where her work regularly garners over one million views across social channels. Biggers is passionate about sustainability and video journalism as a way to highlight critical stories about the environment. In 2016, she was one of the first journalists to begin covering Standing Rock. Those videos were seen by 86 million people on Facebook and shared by politicians and activists.

 

Rafael Espinal

Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. was elected to the New York City Council in 2013, as the representative for District 37.

Rafael has led initiatives to inspire green and sustainable solutions in NYC, having sponsored legislation with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to create a citywide plan for urban agriculture, introduced legislation to expand green and solar roofs and by calling on the MTA to use zero-emission electric vehicles. Most recently, he launched a citywide campaign to ban plastic straws in NYC establishments, with certain exceptions, to tackle our global plastic recycling problem.

He was recognized as one of “New York City’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by City & State magazine.

 

Amy Hall

Amy Hall has been the Director of Social Consciousness for Eileen Fisher for the past 25 years, and began serving as the Vice President April of 2018. Amy supports the company’s efforts to embrace its B Corporation and Benefit Corporation values, which call for rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. She is also co-creating a new impact and innovation circle at the company, which places social consciousness at the leading edge of innovation for Eileen Fisher.

 

Emy Kane

Emy is the Digital Strategist at Lonely Whale where she leads all digital content and strategy. Prior to joining Lonely Whale, Emy worked as a digital and social expert within tech and entertainment. Emy’s passion for science and the environment has inspired her to bring her skillset to Lonely Whale to empower and create on behalf of socially conscious initiatives. Emy spearheaded the award-winning global social media challenge, #StopSucking, garnering a native reach of nearly 350 million across 40 countries resulting in the localization of the challenge in 25 languages including the six official United Nations languages. Emy has been recognized by social media powerhouses including Passion Passport as a top social media thought leader and practitioner and is sought after by ocean health NGOs for her expertise in social media strategy and execution.

 

Lauren Singer

Lauren Singer is the author of the Zero Waste blog Trash is for Tossers and Founder, CEO of Package Free Shop, the world’s first Zero Waste lifestyle store located in Brooklyn, New York and The Simple Co., a 3-ingredient organic, vegan laundry detergent. As an Environmental Studies graduate from NYU, the amount of trash that she has produced over the past six years can fit inside of a 16 oz mason jar.

Through her work, she has empowered millions of readers to produce less waste by shopping package free, making their own products, and refusing plastic and single use items. Her work has been profiled by top publications praising her for the impact she has made in the eco-friendly market and making it relatable to millennials across the board. She is also influential on social media with almost 300k followers which follow her day-to-day ways of being environmentally conscious. Lauren’s brand promotes the notion that leading a Zero Waste lifestyle is simple, cost-effective, timely, fun, and entirely possible for everyone and anyone.

 

Tensie Whelan

(NYU ‘80), Clinical Professor for Business and Society, is the Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she is bringing her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability.

As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries to work with Rainforest Alliance.  She transformed the Rainforest Alliance frog into an internationally recognized and credible brand. Tensie has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, was the Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at NYU Stern in 2015 and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and corporate advisory boards such as the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and the Nespresso Innovation Fund Advisory Board.