Interview with Turning the Tables Facilitator Frances Moore Lappé

EcoLogic’s 2015 fall benefit, Turning the Tables: Nurturing Resilience, will be a one-of-a-kind dinner party on October 1, 2015.

Frances Moore Lappe

Frances Moore Lappé, Founder of the Small Planet Institute (Photo: Juliana Field)

The event will feature 10 conversations at 10 tables on topics that touch on aspects of EcoLogic’s work at the intersection of conservation, culture, and development in Central America and Mexico.

Learn more about the event and reserve your seat at the table here!

Jordan Rich, of Boston’s WBZ Radio, interviewed one of the 10 expert facilitators that will join EcoLogic for dinner: Frances Moore Lappé, Executive Director of the Small Planet Institute. Frances is the author or co-author of 19 books including Diet for a Small Planet, which sold three million copies. Frances was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of 25 people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child), whose work has changed the way America eats. Frances is the co-founder of three organizations, including the Oakland-based think tank Food First and the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé.

Listen to the interview here:


Interested in sitting down for dinner with Frances?

Register now to join us for dinner on October 1!

How Austin Blackmon is Greenovating Boston

A conversation with the City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space

Austin Blackmon is the City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, and oversees the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, and the Office of Energy Policy and Programs. Blackmon served as the Interim Head of Project Finance for TerraVerde Renewable Partners, a clean energy consulting firm that advises schools, municipalities and companies on solar power, energy storage and alternative fuel projects. Previously, Blackmon worked for C12 Energy, which produces low-carbon energy through technical application of carbon dioxide sequestration. He has also consulted with U.S. Renewables Group, where he evaluated potential investments in waste recovery solutions by developing and presenting investment theses. Blackmon has also previously worked in Energy Investment Banking for Wells Fargo Securities, and advised organizational strategy with consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Blackmon is a graduate of Harvard College and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he led the Harvard Council of Student Sustainability Leaders.

Austin will facilitate a table conversation at EcoLogic’s 2015 fall benefit, “Turning the Tables: Nurturing Resilience” on October 1. At his table, he will be leading a discussion under the theme of “Greenovate Boston: Engaging all Bostonians in Meeting Climate and Sustainability Goals.” Get a sneak preview of what he will be talking about at dinner in this interview!

Austin Blackmon, City of Boston

Auston Blackmon, City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, will be at EcoLogic’s event on October 1!

Tell us a bit about your professional background and your experience in regard to “Greenovating” Boston?

Prior to moving to Boston, I advised on a number of large-scale energy efficiency, solar projects, and sustainable focused investment opportunities. Most recently as the Interim Head of Project Finance at TerraVerde, the largest part of my job was to make sure the projects made financial sense for our clients, including municipalities and school districts. This experience brought me to Boston, eager to apply my knowledge to a City that was already leading on climate and sustainability actions.

Read more about Greenovate Boston!