WHEN:           APRIL 22, 2014
1:00pm – 3:30pm
WHERE:                 Fine Arts Theater
MARC J. WEIGENSBERG, MD | Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at LA County + USC Medical Center 
She also co‐edited "Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals," with Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson, 
a critica...
RUSSELL TAYLOR | President, LIFT Regional Center 
Russell Taylor is president of LIFT Regional Center. LRC is a business d...
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  1. 1.     CAMPAIGN FOR COMMUNITIES WHEN:           APRIL 22, 2014 1:00pm – 3:30pm   WHERE:                 Fine Arts Theater West Los Angeles College 9000 Overland Avenue Culver City, CA 90230 PARKING:  $2.00 in Parking Structure (2 bills or exact change needed for permit machine) SPEAKERS Dr. Marc Weigensberg, USC Deena Metzger, Author/Healer Chief Jim McDonnell, LBPD Prof. Marcela Oliva, LATTC James Conway-Juarbe Mohamed Macauley Others TBA bios on following page      For more information, contact Joyce Purvy: (800) 511-9443   With over 50% of the world’s population inhabiting urban areas, the need for sustainable communities has never been greater. Great strides have been made in the global dialogue on sustainability, which lead to local actions that are inspiring real improvements. Our Earth Day 2014 Encounter fosters these dialogues in communities where it is most needed to make a significant impact in Los Angeles and in our global environment. A key component in our observance of Earth Day is the Campaign for Communities (C4C). C4C engages mayors, elected officials and other leaders in Greater Los Angeles in conversations with their constituents on issues of climate, energy and sustainability, health and wellness. These discussions aim to help constituents achieve a deeper, shared understanding of complex challenges and opportunities addressed by The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles: a Health and Wellness Element of the General Plan and our communities a we strive together to build a sustainable future. The dialogues generated by our April 22 Forum will be launching pads for new sustainability strategies and will highlight local accomplishments. The conversations will include bold calls-to-action for community members to improve their ways of living and doing business in order to create a healthier future. Co-Chairing the event steering committee are Lynn Crandall, Director, USC Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, Joyce Purvy and Mohamed Macauley, Chair and Co-Chair, of – both organizations are members of THE ENCOUNTER: A Leadership Network of Networks for Sustainable Neighborhoods.
  2. 2.       MARC J. WEIGENSBERG, MD | Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at LA County + USC Medical Center  DEENA METZGER | Poet, Novelist, Storyteller & Medicine Woman  JIM MCDONNELL | Chief of the Long Beach Police Department, Chief  MARCELA OLIVA | Architecture & Environmental Design Leader for LATTC Green Workforce Division  JAMES CONWAY‐JUARBE | BIM Modeler, West Los Angeles College  MOHAMED MACAULEY | Co‐Chair | MWD  1st  Place Eco Innovator Winner    MARC J. WEIGENSBERG, MD | Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at LA County + USC Medical Center   Dr. Weigensberg is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, USC  Keck School of Medicine, and is the Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at Los Angeles County + USC  Medical Center. He has a major interest in mind‐body medicine and is certified in Interactive Guided  ImagerySM through the Academy for Guided Imagery. Dr. Weigensberg’s research examines the  interaction of psychological and physiological factors in the expression of metabolic disease in  children and adolescents, particularly the role played by the body’s stress‐response system in  diabetes and metabolic disease risk. He is an integral clinical investigator in the USC Childhood  Obesity Research Center, where he has served as Clinical Co‐Principal Investigator (Co‐PI) and Co‐Investigator (Co‐I) for  multiple lifestyle interventions and other metabolic studies involving diabetes and chronic disease risk in overweight  children and adolescents. He is Principle Investigator for the “Imagine Health” study, funded by the National Center for  Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which developed and pilot‐tested an innovative lifestyle intervention using  guided imagery for Latino adolescents. He is currently Co‐I on two projects of the USC Center for Transdisciplinary  Research on Energetics and Cancer (USC C‐TREC), as well as PI and Co‐I for two separate projects in the USC National  Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NMHD) Center of Excellence in Minority Health in African American  and Hispanic Children.    DEENA METZGER | Poet, Novelist, Storyteller & Medicine Woman  Deena Metzger is an American writer, novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, and counselor. For over 40 years, she has taught and counseled in the process of which she has developed therapies  (Healing Stories) which creatively address life threatening diseases, spiritual and emotional crises, as  well as community, and political and environmental disintegration.  With writer, RN, Michael Ortiz Hill, she brought the tradition of “Daré”, spirit based healing communities, from Zimbabwe to North America. In 2004, her work as a healer took a new form  when she initiated ReVisioning Medicine, alliance between medical and medicine people to create a medicine that does no harm to humans or the earth. In 2009, she began teaching the 19 Ways to the 5th World. CAMPAIGN FOR COMMUNITIES | Speakers Panel
  3. 3. She also co‐edited "Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals," with Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson,  a critical text on animal intelligence and agency, that speaks also to the profound knowledge that is gathered when  relationships are intimate rather than alienated, or "objective." Her work with and on behalf of the animals, the non‐ humans, deepened when she met the Elephant Ambassador in Botswana, on four separate occasions from 1999 to  2011.    JIM MCDONNELL | Chief of the Long Beach Police Department, Chief  In 2010, after 29 years with the LAPD having attained every rank up to Chief of Staff, Jim McDonnell  was appointed 25th  Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), the second largest  city in Los Angeles County. Chief McDonnell serves on numerous Boards of Directors that focus on  furthering the interests of local youth and leadership in the policing profession on a local, statewide  and national level. He serves as a Commissioner of the California Commission on Peace Officers'  Standards & Training (POST) and is the immediate past president of the Los Angeles County Police  Chiefs' Association. He promotes effective partnerships within the law enforcement community and recognizes how  much can be accomplished by bringing people with a shared vision together. He was appointed to the U.S. Attorney  General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence and served in two U.S. Department of Justice National  Executive Sessions; the National Executive Session on Law Enforcement & Public Health: Inter‐Disciplinary Strategies and  the National Executive Session on Police Legitimacy and Racial Reconciliation.    MARCELA OLIVA | Architecture & Environmental Design Leader for LATTC Green Workforce Division  Marcela Oliva is the Architecture and Environmental Design Leader for the Los Angeles Trade  Technical College (LATTC) Green Workforce Division. For 10 years she was the Knowledge  Architect for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Sustainable Building Program  and Professional Expert for BIM/GIS team for the largest Green Campus Program in the Nation.  She participated with NASA KM as a principal investigator for the Cyber‐Physical Systems  National Science Foundation Grant, and she is a recipient of the California Governor’s Award in  Geospatial Technologies. Professor Oliva runs a high‐tech studio as an “atelier,” and the  students’ learning outcomes and e‐portfolio show 100 percent transfer and 100 percent job placements. With local  students’ talent and as part of a high‐tech team, she facilitated the LACCD e7 Architecture Studio to produce geospatial  repository and scientific visualization tools that support decision making. She integrates social, natural, and built  environments in creative and participatory learning laboratories, and she has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified  School District’s high school iSEE (I’m a Student Exploring Excellence) program to create the first and largest initiative  program for students interested in architecture and engineering. Oliva advocates for a self‐organizing system that unites  the mind, the built environment, and the natural environment — a method towards a CyberONE existence. She believes  that through this interdependence, we can find the right relationship and patterns to bring order, balance, and harmony  to our planet Earth.      
  4. 4. RUSSELL TAYLOR | President, LIFT Regional Center  Russell Taylor is president of LIFT Regional Center. LRC is a business development company that  primarily uses the EB‐5 immigration program. LRC raises capital from foreign investors to fund  small businesses in Southern California.  Our primary goal is to increase job opportunities in the  inner‐cities.  The EB‐5 visa provides a method of obtaining a green card for foreign nationals who  invest at least $1,000,000 in the United States. Or, the individual can invest at least $500,000 in a  "Targeted Employment Area" ‐ high unemployment or rural area, creating or preserving at least 10  jobs for U.S. workers, excluding the investor and his or her immediate family.     JAMES CONWAY‐JUARBE | BIM Modeler, West Los Angeles College    James Conway‐Juarbe is a BIM Modeler at West Los Angeles College.  He received his Associates Degree  in Architectural Technology from Los Angeles Harbor College and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical  Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.  For the last 5 years, he has been working on a  campus BIM/GIS/Energy Simulation model reducing energy consumption through validating building  design with energy management system, preventative maintenance, and asset management.  Recently,  James has educated the campus using interactive green kiosks, simplifying big data, and tapping into  social media.  MOHAMED MACAULEY | LATTC Student, Water Conservation Competition Champion   Led by Mohamed Macauley, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) students from the  Construction, Design, Maintenance & Utilities Department appeared at the Metropolitan Water  District's Green Expo where they took first place in the Water Conservation competition. The winning  model became the structure upon which The Peace Projects has created the Sustainable Urban Ecology  Projects Training center designed to innovate, and encourage entrepreneurship, job preparedness and  global connectivity by combining state of the art technology with natural resources in order to deliver  creative interdisciplinary learning that will re‐energize and broaden the concept of sustainability.                          Rev 4/15