Meet the Green University 2012 Mentors!
A staff member of the California Coastal Commission since 2000, Eben Schwartz runs Marine Debris and Public Outreach programs for the Public Education Program. Eben directs California Coastal Cleanup Day, California’s largest volunteer event. Eben also serves as the Chair of the California Ocean Protection Council’s Marine Debris Steering Committee, in which role he helped craft and pass the Council’s Resolution on Marine Debris and its corresponding Implementation Strategy. Eben also serves as the Chair of the Marine Debris Action Coordination Team for the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health, which is currently drafting an overall marine debris strategy to be used as guidance for comprehensive marine debris programs in Washington, Oregon and California. Prior to his work with the Coastal Commission, Eben worked in conservation programs at the Sierra Club, at both the local and national levels. Eben recently completed a two-year program as one of the inaugural members of the Catto Fellowship with the Aspen Institute, designed for emerging leaders in the environment and energy sector. Eben holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Program Director, Local Food Lab
Laura works as the Program Director for Local Food Lab, a sustainable food business incubator in Palo Alto, CA. Previously, she worked at Stanford Prevention Research Center studying the effects of policy in childhood obesity prevention. Laura sits on the board of Slow Food San Francisco, where she founded and directs their annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference. Laura’s goal is to create a food system that is both delicious and promotes wellness for all those involved.
Founder, Marin House Cleaning L.L.C.
Jorge is an avid self-starter passionate about using entrepreneurial principles to further broader social, cultural and environmental goals. After graduating from Cornell University in 2007 with a degree in psychology, Jorge founded Marin House Cleaning L.L.C., a nontoxic housecleaning business servicing the clients of the San Francisco Bay Area. The first and only Bay Area Green Business Program certified housecleaning business in Marin County, Marin House Cleaning has been responsible for making hundreds of homes healthier for residents in the Bay Area as well as significantly reducing the toxins that enter the outside environment. In 2010 Teens Turning Green and Marin House Cleaning partnered to launch Teen Turning Green’s own nontoxic cleaning line, which can be found in retailers throughout the Bay Area. Jorge received his Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University in 2012.
Nicole is a 3rd year student at Drexel University studying Business Administration and Sustainability In Urban Built Environments. She is president of the Drexel University Sierra Student Coalition, Drexel’s only student-run environmental group, a member of the Drexel Green Sustainability Council, and works on various projects around campus in order to make Drexel a more sustainable university. She has a passion for reading and educating herself about sustainability in cultures and business, educating those around her about living a more environmentally-friendly life, and attending various youth environmental conferences. She enjoys riding her bike around Philly to local coffee shops and cooking with fresh food when she’s not too busy with homework.