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Theme: Environmental Sustainability

This event occurred on
November 9, 2013
11:00am - 2:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Richmond, IN
United States

“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” - Wangari Maathai

With a population of over 36,000 people, Richmond, Indiana is a beautiful and historic city that plays a role not just in Indiana, but in the larger world. Within Indiana, it has deserved its recent recognition as a Stellar Community, which will bring new investment to the city that will improve the lives of its’ residents and businesses. But Richmond is also an innovative, small-scale player in the current state of sustainability and the world environment. This year’s TEDx Richmond aims to showcase some of the smaller, more feasible ways towards environmental sustainability, by presenting various topics and issues currently relevant to the Richmond community.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization that brings together intellectuals, leaders, doers and contributors from many fields - via conferences, events, and talks - to explore such individuals’ contributions to both global and regional issues and communities. TED Talks and other events highlight and bring attention to a wide range of issues. Many such issues are relevant not only to the specific communities that a speaker is from, but throughout the world, as the issues have global implications. TED gathers world-changers and provides a space and method, via talks and videos from leaders in their respective fields, for learning, discourse and sparking initiative. The organization provides exposure and opportunities for emerging and established global thinkers - those who have dedicated their lives to being at the forefront of local, regional, and global issues. TED further allows these voices to be heard by providing accessibility to the public, free of charge, on their website. Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give regional and local communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences in their area. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, but with the guidance of the TED organization.

We believe environmental sustainability is one such topic which has implications across and within borders, at all community levels. With that in mind, we choose Environmental Sustainability as the topic of focus for TEDx Richmond 2013. The city of Richmond is deserving of more than just recognition for its’ typical infrastructure and living improvements that are to come, it is deserving of the title of being a leader in small-scale environmental and sustainability projects. These projects, some already a reality, will improve quality of life, contribute greatly to the economy, and make Richmond a serious player in the world-wide movement toward earth-friendly policies and sustainability innovation. Through TEDx Richmond, we seek to provide environmental and sustainability education on Richmond projects, as well as lay the framework for important discussions on environmentalism and sustainability, and to encourage personal initiative and collective participation with environmental and sustainability projects.

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN, 47374
United States
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Esperanza Garcia

Esperanza C. Garcia was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. Her active role in the international sphere has allowed her to play leadership roles as a global youth leader, speaker, climate change policy negotiator, and educator. Her extensive public sector experience is in climate change, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, local government, and international relations with exposure to UN development.

Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental professional and activist for nearly 30 years. He is a writer and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, teaching graduate and continuing education classes on energy and the environment, global climate change, and clean tech. He was the Director of Public Affairs for the NYC regional office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for 11 years. He was the blogger on climate change and sustainability for the Foreign Policy Association for five years and now has his own blog, “A Newer World.” Hewitt has been involved with two Presidential campaigns (Bruce Babbitt and Bill Bradley) and two NYC Mayoral races (David Dinkins and Mark Green), working primarily on environmental issues. He was an activist leader with the Sierra Club in New York working on urban issues and acid rain. His book, A Newer World – Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis, published by the University Press of New England late in 2012, has been endorsed by Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert, and has had several very favorable reviews. He has written articles and book reviews, as well as op-ed pieces and letters, on subjects relating to sustainability and international relations for DeSmogBlog, the American Planning Association, the Foreign Policy Association, Nature Reports Climate Change, Grist, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, the New Yorker, the NY Times, and Financial Times, among others. His book has been excerpted at, Scientific American,, and elsewhere.

Janice Tran

Janice is an original founder of Student Energy, a global non-profit focused on educating, engaging and inspiring students to work towards creating a sustainable energy future. She currently holds the Vice-Chairman and Secretary board positions for the organization. Janice is also currently a Graduate Student Fellow of the Earth Institute’s Masters of Science in Sustainability Management program at Columbia University in New York City. She will be interning at the United Nations in 2014, conducting policy research for the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on energy. Her professional experience has largely comprised of consulting on energy and climate change for various industries. Janice was employed at ICF International in the Energy and Carbon Markets practice, where she helped to start the Calgary office of the global firm. Prior to joining ICF, she worked at Ernst and Young, both in the financial assurance and climate change service lines. In 2011, Starfish, an environmental publication, selected Janice as one of the Top 25 under 25 Environmentalists in Canada. Janice is a licensed Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, and a Masters of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan.

Douglas Bell

Douglas A. Bell, Ph.D., is the Wildlife Program Manager for the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Humboldt State University, the equivalent of a Master’s degree in Biology from the Univ. of Muenster, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from U.C. Berkeley. He has performed field research in numerous countries on several continent and has over 30 years experience monitoring and studying raptors. He is currently undertaking a satellite telemetry study of golden eagles in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA) to improve risk mapping for wind turbine siting plans and to ascertain sustainability of eagle populations in the region. He has published in numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. The Auk, Journal of Raptor Research, Behaviour, Evolution) and is coauthor of a report to the California Energy Commission on the use of grazing methods to reduce wind turbine impacts on burrowing owls and other raptors in the APWRA. He is a member of the California-Nevada Golden Eagle Working Group and the Contra Costa County Technical Advisory Committee on wind farms. Dr. Bell is a Research Associate in the Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and an Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at California State University, Sacramento. He recently received the Mary Bowerman Award for Science and Discovery from Save Mount Diablo for his work on prairie falcons and other raptors in the SF Bay Area.

Kevin McCurdy

Kevin McCurdy is a registered architect and associate of LWC Incorporated, an architectural, interior design and engineering firm with offices in Ohio and Indiana. He has been with the firm for 8 years and is active in school, health care, civic, and community-based projects. Since joining the firm in 2005, Kevin has become a LEED Accredited Professional and has been involved in a number of LEED certified projects. Kevin is also a Volunteer Presenter for the Living Building Challenge and currently working with the Cope Environmental Center on Eastern Indiana’s first LBC-registered project. In addition to the project’s environmental goals, the project is intended as a catalyst for changing local and regional thinking, engaging local government, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Nature Conservancy, Ball State University, Miami University, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Environmental Protection Agency as participants in the planning process. He graduated with honors from Wabash College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Architecture from Ball State University. Kevin currently resides on a farm in Centerville, Indiana, with his wife Stephanie, their son James, daughter Morgan, and all the critters that come with a farm living. He can be contacted at

Organizing team


Richmond, IN, United States
  • Abhinav Khanal
  • Sonia Kabra
  • Nicol Chinchilla
  • Tuguldur Baigalmaa
  • Nhi Dinh
  • Clarice Perryman
  • Dorte Neumeister
  • Aaratrika Bose
  • Leslie Ossete
  • Youxi Zhou
  • Sohrab Amiri
    Stage design
  • Justin Murshak
  • Rohma Zubair
    Stage design
  • Justyna Gawel
  • Nasser Karmali
  • Leif DeJong
    Publicity and design
  • Mayeesha Ahmed
    Publicity and design