Is Sustainable Attainable?

A panel conversation hosted by Greenpeace

From food deserts to farm stands, from locavores to school lunchrooms, it's now no longer just what you eat, but where it comes from. Is it local? Is it organic? Was it raised humanely? Sourced responsibly? Does it fit in my budget?

When it comes to the food on your table, is sustainable attainable?

On Saturday, September 17th, from 4:30 to 6:00pm, Greenpeace is pleased to present Is Sustainable Attainable, a panel conversation with a diverse group of individuals who are exploring the food we eat, how it influences our communities and impacts our environment.

Join our moderator, James Beard award-winning food writer Rebekah Denn, to hear how a DJ, a filmmaker, an investment expert, a creative director and a Real food champion are thinking about sustainability, the food we eat and the differences our individual choices can make.

We'll also be looking to hear what you have to say. This is not a policy lecture or one-way presentation. Bring your questions, concerns about the food you eat and your appetite for discovery.


Saturday, September 17, 2011
4:30 to 6:00pm

360 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94104-3231
(415) 693-0360

Metro: Montgomery Station/Downtown

Space is limited.

For further information or to RSVP




Rebekah Denn
Food writer Rebekah Denn is a two-time winner of the James Beard Award, as well as other national awards for her reporting on food and on social issues. She is a regular contributor to Sunset magazine, The Seattle Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and other publications, and was an editorial contributor to Modernist Cuisine, which has been called the most important book in the culinary arts since Escoffier. Her website is


Karen Brown, Creative Director, Center for Ecoliteracy
Karen Brown is an award-winning designer who has worked with the Center for Ecoliteracy for over a decade. A former independent software developer and technologist, her exposure to concepts initially learned in IBM's usability laboratories instilled in her a lifelong sensitivity to the human and environmental consequences of good and bad design. An early adopter of culturally sensitive, multi-disciplinary design practices, she has lectured on design-related topics in Japan and Europe. Today, Karen's primary area of creative interest is communicating with general audiences on issues of ecological literacy, education, and re-localization. Her work has been included in the Smithsonian Institution and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and dozens of other popular and technical publications as well as NBC's Today Show.

Learn more about the Center for Ecoliteracy.

Susan Coss, Director, Eat Real Festival
Susan Coss is the director of the Eat Real Festival, the urban food extravaganza that celebrates the best of quality food and farming. Founded in 2008, Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of good food. At the Eat Real Festival, participants learn where food comes from, who grows and makes it, and how they make it. Eat Real Festival attendance is 100% free of charge, all food at the festival costs $5 and less, and all food incorporates regionally sourced, fabulous, and sustainably produced ingredients.

She is also the co-founder of Kitchen Table Talks, a monthly food salon series focusing on local food issues and policies.

Learn more about the Eat Real Festival.

Paul Hemming
Paul Hemming is a creative cyclone. The Seattle-born and San Francisco-based nightclub and record label owner is also a DJ, filmmaker and dance music producer. In 2007, he launched the Zen Compound, home to the Temple nightclub and Prana restaurant, an ambitious creative site grounded in his love for music, art, Eastern aesthetics and bringing the world together. Hemming’s many music productions span multiple genres from chunky disco grooves through richly melodic house music, solid breakbeak tunes and organic downtempo tracks. A lifelong music connoisseur, Hemming’s years of club, A&R and dance music retail experience is reflected in tracks that are cinematic, passionate and layered with colorful instrumentation. These features are also expressed in Hemming’s Temple nightclub, a multi-level, ecologically sustainable dance venue.

Learn more about Zen Compound.

Greg Roden, Co-Creator, Food Forward
Greg Roden is co-creator of Food Forward, a new program coming to PBS this fall. Roden has worked in television and print journalism as a photographer, writer, director and producer for more than 20 years. Winner of a International Television & Video Association (ITVA) “Best Documentary” award for his coverage of the Sandinista elections in Nicaragua, he has traveled near and far, searching for compelling people and their stories.

Learn more about Food Forward.

Stuart L. Rudick, Founding Partner, Mindful Investors
Stuart Rudick has been a practitioner, leader and investor in the health and wellness community for over 30 years. He was a founding partner of Uplift Equity, a private family office that focused on investments in health and wellness. While at Uplift (2003-2006), Mr. Rudick led the firm's investments in Nutrition 21 (NXXI) and Organics to Go. He also was an active investor in the firm's media and entertainment platform comprised of Better Life Media and Video Action Entertainment.

Learn more about Mindful Investors.

Rolf Skar, Senior Forest Campaigner with Greenpeace
Rolf contributes to international campaigns to reduce illegal logging and global warming through protecting forests in the Canadian Boreal, Paradise region of Southeast Asia, and Brazilian Amazon. Previously, Rolf was campaign director for the Siskiyou Project in Portland, Oregon, where he directed outreach, media, and political work to permanently protect the 1.2-million acre Siskiyou Wild Rivers region. He currently volunteers as a consultant and outreach educator at Recycling Advocates and as a volunteer trainer and board advisor at BARK, a grassroots forest preservation organization.

Before joining Greenpeace in 2002, Rolf took charge of Portland-area outreach programs and volunteer recruitment and training for the Northwest Earth Institute. While in the AmeriCorps National Service program in 1997, Skar created an award-winning waste reduction program at Clackamas High School in Portland, providing environmental education and mentoring for at-risk youth.