CLS3 Presenters

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Jeff Dukes, Purdue Climate CHange Research Center

Jeff Dukes directs the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and is a professor in Purdue’s Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources and Biological Sciences.  He holds the Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability in the College of Agriculture.  He received a Ph.D in from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, both in Biological Sciences.  

Dukes’s research examines how plants and ecosystems respond to a changing environment, focusing on topics from invasive species to climate change.  He has also studied the origins of fossil fuels and the consequences for society of replacing them with other forms of energy.

In 2016, Dukes was named a Public Engagement Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as PCCRC director has led the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment.

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Jonathan Lawler, Brandywine Creek Farms

Jonathan, his wife, Amanda and three sons live Greenfield, Indiana.  In addition to a career in the Transportation Industry, Jonathan has also run a vegetable production farm for several years. Jonathan credits his knowledge of vegetable farming to his Grandparents who operated a "truck garden" on their Indiana farm.  

Over the years, Jonathan and Amanda frequently donated produce to area food banks as a for profit farm.  Upon learning of the vast and growing need for fresh produce, Jonathan decided he could greatly impact his community and Central Indiana by using the entirety of their farms production capabilities to grow produce specifically to address the issue of hunger.  Jonathan uses sustainable, organic, biodynamic, and conventional practices on his Indiana farm.  He believes in raising all animals using humane livestock practices as well as being outspoken about the effects that industrialized agriculture has had on the environment.

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Janet McCabe, IU Environmental Resilience Institute

Janet McCabe, recently a Senior Law Fellow with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, is currently the Director of the Environmental Resilience Institute a project of Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge.

From July 2013 through January 2017, Janet McCabe was the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to be Assistant Administrator of that office. She joined EPA in November 2009, serving as the  Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator of OAR. 

Prior to joining EPA in November 2009, Janet McCabe was Executive Director of Improving Kids’ Environment, Inc., a children’s environmental health advocacy organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana and was an adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health, and at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  

From 1993 to 2005, Ms. McCabe held several leadership positions in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Air Quality and was the office’s Assistant Commissioner from 1998 to 2005. Before coming to Indiana in 1993, Ms. McCabe served as Assistant Attorney General for environmental protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review.

Ms. McCabe grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and Harvard Law School in 1983.

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Leah Thill, MACOG

Leah is the Environmental Planner with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and served in 2017 as a Technical Advisor for the region through the Department of Energy SolSmart program, to help local governments achieve solar-friendly, solar-ready designation. She first developed connections in northern Indiana as an undergrad at Goshen College and after a few years as an Americorps volunteer in Pittsburgh she returned to her Hoosier roots to earn a dual Master's in Public Affairs and Environmental Science with concentrations in energy and sustainability at Indiana University Bloomington.

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Andrea Webster, IU Environmental Resilience Institute

Andrea Webster is the implementation manager at the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University. She works with the Institute’s faculty and staff to manage projects and facilitate engagement with local governments and community partners. Prior to working at Indiana University, Webster served as the project manager in Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, coordinated publications and outreach at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and worked as the sustainability coordinator for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

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Darrell Boggess, SIREN

After decades of managing programs for the federal government, Darrell is a charter member of the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN).  SIREN has facilitated hundreds of solar households, businesses and nonprofits through Solarize Bloomington that became a model for Solarize Indiana.  Darrell has supported Indiana Office of Energy

Development grants for several solar congregations and the Monroe County municipal building. He participates in public forums on the cost, performance and availability of solar power across the state.

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Madeline Hirschland, Solarize Indiana

Madi founded and chairs Solarize Indiana, cofounded Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, and founded and directed The Seventh Day Initiative, which provided energy-saving workshops to hundreds of congregations and supported 22 from eighteen faith traditions to install solar panels and deeply reduce energy use in their congregations and homes. Prior to

this, Madi supported microfinance programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East as a director at Save the Children; consulted to USAID, the World Bank and the Gates and Ford Foundations; and edited the microfinance must-read, Savings Services for the Poor.

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Leslie Webb, Carmel Green Initiative

Leslie is the cofounder and president of Carmel Green Initiative (CGI), a volunteer organization that partners with the City of Carmel, Carmel community groups schools, congregations, and homeowners to build a sustainable city. CGI organized and partnered with the cities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield for Solarize Hamilton County, which increased the solar arrays in the region five-fold in just six months. It also was instrumental in the Carmel Promise Project: encouraged by Carmel youth, the city council passed a climate resolution to reduce the city's carbon emissions.

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Therese Dorau, City of South Bend

Therese Dorau has served as Director of Sustainability for the City of South Bend since launching the Office of Sustainability in 2014. Prior to joining the City, she managed consulting projects related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmentally-responsible practices for corporate, federal, and local government clients. Therese has a B.S. in Chemistry from Xavier University and an M.S. in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. 

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Libby O’Neal, KEEP INdianapolis Beautiful

Libby is the Manager of the Youth Tree Team at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  She started as a Crew Leader in the Summer of 2012 and fell in love with working with the Youth as well as taking care of the trees. As the Manager, Libby coordinates all of the watering, mulching, and general maintenance tasks completed by the Youth as well as the enrichment activities that they enjoy.

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Adam Schmutte, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Adam is the Urban Naturalist Manager at KIB. From late Spring through early Fall, Adam manages a team of college students in the maintenance of native plants in urban green infrastructure and the restoration of native habitats along our city’s waterways.

Adam started at KIB as a member of the 2016 Urban Naturalist program and then as Stewardship Coordinator in 2017. Prior to working at KIB, Adam was the Assistant Property Manager for the Indiana University Research and Teaching preserve where he helped to maintain over 1,600 acres of natural area, implement habitat restoration, and educate and engage students with the environment. He is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology. He loves the outdoors, ecology, and sharing those passions with others.


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Karl Selm, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Karl is the Geographic Information System Analyst at KIB. He manages the Tree Inventory geodatabase and assists staff in the decision making process of their endeavors, with the overarching goal of coordinating KIB’s various operations through the common fabric of geography. He is a double major in Humanistic Studies and Geography, with a concentration in Urban Systems.

Before starting at KIB, Karl worked at Keramida Environmental, Inc. and the Polis Center at IUPUI.

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Kumar Menon, City of FOrt Wayne Utilities

Bringing an entrepreneur perspective to running utilities, Kumar Menon has led City Utilities in Fort Wayne IN since 2008. His focus on developing educational pipelines, promoting environmental entrepreneurship and supporting economic development has led to City Utilities to national recognition as a regional provider of utility services, and a national leader in utility management.

Using best management practices to streamline the process, by actively being engaged in economic development programs and proactively partnering with educational institutions in the State of Indiana, City Utilities has grown by over 30 percent in recent years. This growth comes from creating a positive and supportive business environment with partnerships for local, statewide and national developers, as well as through strategic acquisition and long-term contracts with surrounding communities. 

City Utilities has trained hundreds of aspiring high school and college students through internships, apprenticeships, etc. 

In addition to investing in the pipeline of talent development, City Utilities investments of more than $1B in new and upgraded infrastructure and maintenance over the last decade. With a focus on cost-cutting and revenue generation, City Utilities has streamlined the organization while bringing in/saving millions of dollars through non-traditional revenues, process improvements and overhead reductions.

Before working in Fort Wayne, Kumar served as the Director of the Dept. of Public Works in Indianapolis, responsible for overseeing the Streets, Traffic, Solid Waste, Stormwater, Sewers, and Fleet program, with a capital budget of over $500M. In that capacity, he oversaw the implementation of Indiana’s first Consent Decree on fixing sewer overflows – a federally mandated, 20+ year $2B program. He also developed Indianapolis’ first “Green Print” to ensure new and existing environmental processes and design standards.

Before working in the public sector, Kumar spent several years in private business, starting and developing firms that provided business process management and information tech to several public and private sector companies. 

With a background in Economics, Business, Strategic Planning and Leadership Development, he also spent several years as an educator at Indiana University and Indiana Wesleyan, where he taught courses in business management, economics, etc. 

He is in the Who’s Who in Public Sector programs and is one of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Indiana.

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Sue Maki, City of Carmel Utilities

Sue Maki is the X at Carmel Utilities, her focus is on research, program implementation, facilitating efficient communication and customer education, listening to residents and in turn, leading the environmental initiatives in Carmel. Maki played an integral role in Carmel achieving the 2016 EPA WaterSense Excellence Award and the 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for Recycling. Maki serves as President of the Hamilton County Solid Waste Board and has previously served as President of the Hamilton County Tourism Commission, President of The Rotary Club of Carmel and President of the Carmel Middle School PTO. Maki served as Executive Director of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy from 2000 to 2003. She is also a 1999 graduate. Maki spent 18 years in the insurance industry. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Anderson University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baldwin-Wallace University Berea, Ohio. Sue has also earned a variety of professional designations such as Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Maki lives in Carmel with her husband of 35 years.

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Autumn Salamack, CIty of Bloomington

Autumn Salamack is the Assistant Director for Sustainability in the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development for the City of Bloomington. With over 16 years experience developing and implementing environmental sustainability programs for both public and private entities, Salamack most recently completed a two-year Peace Corps assignment as a Natural Resource Management volunteer in Mexico. There she worked on the development of the country’s first Paisaje Biocultural, an innovative partnership with four cities and community members to develop a 15-year land use management plan to voluntarily implement best practices for the conservation of natural resources and cultural traditions.  

Salamack has led environmental programs addressing climate change, energy conservation, waste reduction, water conservation, pollution prevention, sustainable transportation, green building, habitat preservation, and equity and social justice for government agencies, nonprofits and businesses. She has a history of successfully collaborating with interdepartmental teams to develop strategic sustainability plans and metrics, translate policies and plans into action, and lead both employee and community engagement campaigns. Salamack has served in advisory positions with the California Water Education Committee, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the Western Washington Clean Cities Coalition and the American Public Transportation Association’s Sustainability Metrics Working Group. 

Salamack holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

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Jim Poyser, Earth Charter Indiana

Jim Poyser left his 2-decade career in journalism because of his urgency regarding climate change and future of our children and our children’s children. Thus he is the luckiest guy on earth to have joined Earth Charter Indiana as its executive director in September 2013, to engage Indiana young people in climate leadership. He has been trained by the Climate Reality Project and has presented to over 10000 people, including live presentations, radio interviews, and a TEDx talk. His climate change game show, The Ain’t Too Late Show, advances his mission of bringing humor to the heavy subject of climate change.

Jim was born in South Bend, then lived in Bloomington where he received his degree from IU (Telecommunications and English). His over 30 plays have been performed throughout Indiana, as well as Chicago and New York City. He is an award winning journalist and a published fiction writer, essayist and haiku poet. He lives on the White River with his wife.

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John Gibson, Earth Charter Indiana

John Gibson currently serves as the project coordinator for the ECI Program, Resilient Indiana. He was the formerly the State Coordinator for Earth Charter Indiana’s bicentennial initiative, Sustainable Indiana 2016. Prior to this position John directed the activities of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.   He and Mrs. Gibson (Anita, who died mid-December of 2011) traveled extensively abroad and spent over a year coordinating a social and economic development project in Sungai Lui, Malaysia. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from South Dakota State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theology Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He and Anita have three children and two grandchildren.

Mr. Gibson is a co-founder of the Earth Charter movement in Indiana and has had a leadership role in its activities since the organization began in 2001. In 2010 he stepped down from the Executive Director position to focus his efforts on ECI’s bicentennial initiative. In this position he has recruited and coordinates a state-wide staff of 15 volunteer green-legacy leaders who discover, catalog and showcase Hoosier-based climate solutions as a bicentennial legacy.

In 2010 Gibson received the Cultural Vision “Lifetime Achievement Award” from NUVO, Central Indiana’s major weekly news magazine. In 2012 he was given a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Hoosier Environmental Council.