Virtual | Climate Change & Sustainability Discussion Join us as we sit down with local experts and activists to discuss climate change and sustainabilty in Philadelphia and beyond.

Dr Kimberely McGlonn, Ph.D
Kimberly McGlonn grew up in Milwaukee, the daughter of union workers & small business owners.  Her appreciation of diversity, of story and tradition, grounds the values central to her role as the CEO & Founder of Grant Blvd, a sustainable manufacturing start-up which creates living wage employment opportunities in sustainable fashion, as well as her work as a Councilwoman. In her role as Founder & CEO of Grant Blvd, she has overseen the daily management, creative direction, & growth strategy for the brand. Her work has been recognized by Fast Company, the NAACP & she was named “20 0f 2020” by Citibank. Ultimately, she aspires to build a personal legacy which is rooted in service, strategic design, and systems change.

Melissa Lee, Founder and CEO of The GREEN Program

Melissa Lee is the Founder and CEO of The GREEN Program (TGP), an award-winning experiential education program for young leaders in sustainable development. For her work with TGP, Melissa was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners as the Environmental Advocate of the Year, Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly® - Expander of Frontiers, and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Education. Melissa has served as a U.S. Global Schools Ambassador for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and a Heinz Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh.

Christa Barfield, LifeLeaf Orgnanic Farms 
Christa Barfield is a health-care professional turned farmer and lifelong Philadelphia resident. It was 10 years into her career in health-care administration when she realized her work-life balance was unhealthy so she resigned from her job just weeks before she turned 30. It was important for her to take back her life, health, and happiness not only for herself but for her family as well.  After a solo trip to Martinique in January 2018, she returned home inspired to connect with the land, plant life, and social issues that heavily impact black and brown communities. Her business is a reincarnation of her healthcare career in a more sustainable way. Since 2018, she has developed earth-born brands owned by her parent company, LifeLeaf Organic Farms. Her original two ventures, Viva Leaf Tea Co. and FarmerJawn Community Supported Agriculture are based in regenerative agricultural values with a goal of traceable and transparent origins of 100% Organically Dope foods. Christa has also begun expanding her hemp farming knowledge with the goals of destigmatizing cannabis and impacting regulation related to unfair incarceration surrounding the plant.

moderated by 

Rob Fleming, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA
Rob Fleming is an award-winning educator, author, LEED® accredited professional, and architect. He is the Co-creator and Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program at Thomas Jefferson University. With over 250 graduates, the program is one of the oldest, largest, and most innovative sustainable design programs in the world. In 2020, Rob co-authored his third and fourth books: Sustainable Design Basics and Sustainable Design for the Built Environment. Rob is a Sustainability Fellow at Re:Vision Architecture in Philadelphia where he consults and facilitates integrated design charrettes. In all his work, Rob strives to: Advocate for social equity in the built environment; Regenerate the natural environment, Make beautiful places; and Bring economic viability to sustainability projects.

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