Susan Coons is Assistant Director of the UC Irvine Environment Institute and coordinates research, education, and community engagement programs at the Institute. Prior to joining UCI in 2008, she spent 25 years in environmental consulting at Arthur D. Little, Inc., and ICF Consulting, Inc. Her areas of expertise include environmental management, exposure/risk assessment, soil and ground water remedial investigation, and environmental sustainability. Ms. Coons is co-founder of Women’s Initiative for a Sustainable Earth (WISE), an initiative aimed at inspiring women to lead bold initiatives, act collaboratively, and create pivotal action to restore a sustainable earth. She currently serves on the City of Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee and on the Board of Directors of EarthMatters, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation. Ms. Coons holds an A.B. in Chemistry from Bowdoin College.
Sue Lennox is co-founder and CEO of Australia’s OzGREEN and a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council. She has 30 years of experience innovating in environmental education in urban, regional, remote, and Indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Pakistan. OzGREEN’s mission is to build a movement of inspired leaders who are tackling sustainability challenges and becoming leaders of positive social change. OzGREEN accomplishes this mission by focusing on youth, emerging leaders and “early adopters,” strengthening capacity for leadership and social innovation. Through collaboration and community-driven change, OzGREEN helps build the critical mass of people needed to create sustainable, resilient and socially just communities. OzGREEN is an independent not-for-profit that operates nationally in Australia and overseas