Urban Ecology Expert
Ken Leinbach, an internationally recognized author, science educator and leader in community-based environmental education is best known for his work facilitating the creation of the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. Ken, a certified high school teacher with over 30 years of experience teaching and developing environmental science programs, holds a biology degree from Antioch College, a master's degree in environmental education from Prescott College, and an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His awards list is long, and includes the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Natural Science (Virginia), Nature Educator of the Year from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (New York), the Martin Luther King Award from St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church (Milwaukee), and the Harvard Business School scholarship for strategic perspectives in nonprofit management which lead to the Green NonProfit Leader of the Year from the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Development Engineer and Educator
Dr. Marissa Jablonski is internationally recognized for her expertise in water engineering, international development, and plastics reduction—but it is her way of understanding complex interactions involving human beings and environmental systems, and her special talents in storytelling and systems processes that truly help organizations and people make simple and effective environmentally informed, socially inclusive choices. In this talk, Marissa will share her experience helping 65 international hotels reduce their single-use plastics—how working with large companies still involves the impact of individuals—and how offering integrative, holistic solutions led to the reduction of 6 million single-use plastics in 2018 alone.