Pamela Lippe is an innovative professional with 15 years of experience as a green-building consultant and over 35 years in the environmental and communication fields. Through e4, her green-building consulting firm, she was the consultant to the Durst Organization on the first “green” skyscraper built in the US. She continues to work on most Durst projects, including the new 2.2 million square-foot Bank of America Tower at 1 Bryant Park, which achieved LEED Platinum certification.
Pam serves as both Executive Director and President of Earth Day New York. Going back to the 20th anniversary celebration of Earth Day in 1990, which engaged roughly two million people, Pam annually organizes the largest Earth Day events in the country. Since 1996, Earth Day New York has aimed a number of its educational campaigns at the real-estate community, including the Lessons Learned publications, which have been well received throughout the industry. Pam was one of the co-founders of the international Earth Day Network and regularly launches Earth Day programs that reach well beyond New York. The latest is Earth Day Connect, a program designed to engage employees on sustainability issues within their company and community.
Joanna Black draws on an extensive background of environmental, entrepreneurial, and marketing experience. Joanna is a leading practitioner in her field, having worked closely with a wide variety of clients, including Anvil Knitwear, Toshiba North America, News Corporation, PeoplesBank, and GustOrganics, to launch and enhance corporate sustainability initiatives. In 2008, Joanna was certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as a GRI practitioner after completing the first certification course offered in the U.S. In addition to her sustainability consulting business, G Squared Group, Joanna has worked with Earth Day New York since 2009, where she currently serves as Managing Director. At Earth Day New York, she recently helped to create Earth Day Connect, a program aimed at engaging employees on sustainability issues within their company and community. Joanna is regularly invited to share her thoughts on sustainable lifestyle choices and business practices and has appeared on the Sundance Channel in a vignette titled "My Real Life Plan,” at the Financial Services Going Green and the Go Green Expo conferences, and in Green Business Magazine and New York House Magazine.
John Oppermann is Deputy Director of Earth Day New York, focusing on programs and sponsorships. John currently manages annual Earth Day New York programs such as the Amp Up Student Summit, which connects young people with ongoing environmental advocacy campaigns, and the Passport to Green NY program, which partners with green businesses in the city. He also works closely with Earth Day New York’s partner organizations and sponsors. Prior to joining Earth Day New York, John worked in both corporate law and energy and climate change policy. He has experience coordinating and researching projects focused on the national electricity grid, renewable energy legislation, and international conservation regulation. He has published his work on Latin America’s role in global deforestation talks. John graduated with a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.