The Earth Warrior Carbon Calculator is a zero waste 101 tool that helps address climate change and guides people toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For people who are not familiar with the zero waste lifestyle, this website will help them slowly get accustomed to the behaviors and lifestyle without going “cold turkey.” The user will be able to track their daily actions based on sustainable lifestyle choices, walking, carpooling, composting, recycling, reusing as a few examples. The website will calculate the activities in the equivalence to carbon metric tons avoided from the atmosphere and then simplifying those metrics to tangible analogies as saving trees or removing cars off the road.
Setting up Communities
About Resilience Birthright, Inc
Resilience Birthright, Incorporated is a legal non-profit 501c3. Resilience Birthright Incorporated was created to raise awareness, empower and inspire community action, locally and globally, and facilitate the implementation of programs and multimedia projects to help solve climate change, the trashing of the planet and to support planet restoration and uplifting the collective consciousness of the planet.
Board of Directors
Jessica Jane Robinson
CEO and Founder of Resilience Birthright, Inc
Jessica Jane Robinson has been a zero waste practitioner and active and impactful environmental leader in the Bay Area for over a decade, and has served as Vice President of the Northern California Recycling Association since 2016, and as treasurer from 2013-2016. Known for her creativity and multi-faceted approach to environmental education and outreach, she used her platform as Miss Alameda, a crown she held from 2010-2011, to showcase sustainability and climate issues by creating a character she played called “Recycle Woman” complete with costume and superhero cape. The character evolved into an imaginative story and was renamed “Resilience”, and a graphic novel series called “Resilience Birthright” was launched in 2018. In her hometown of Alameda, she used the Miss Alameda platform launch a grassroots program she called “Miss Alameda Says Compost!”, which helped the city address the Climate Protection Plan it adopted in 2008. Her efforts were also crucial in helping Alameda work toward reaching it diversion goals by 2020.
Robinson’s impact has been felt all over the region, as she has developed innovative programs for school districts in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and has implemented recycling and compost programs all over the Bay Area. She works with businesses, community organizations, school districts and individuals on engagement projects that help achieve zero waste and and climate protection goals. She got involved with former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project in 2012 and quickly became and “Al Gore Climate Leader” by August of that year, and among the 19,000 climate leaders from 154 countries around the world, she is ranked by the organization in the top 50 and top 1% for the impact she has had since becoming a climate leader. From 2012-2019, she has presented 110 times and reached over 27,000 audience members.
Robinson attended the University of San Francisco, where she received her BA degree in Performing Arts and Social Justice, minor in dance. Jessica participated as Miss Alameda for the 2010 and the 2011 Miss California USA pageant in part because her background in the arts, and her goals is to tap her artistic talents as a singer, dancer, writer and activist to find more effective ways to reach people both through social media and the grass roots level.
Zero Waste USA
Ruth Abbe is the president of Zero Waste USA, the U.S. national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. The mission of Zero Waste USA is to inspire communities to embrace and achieve Zero Waste. She is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development. As the principal of Abbe & Associates LLC, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. In her home city of Alameda, California she is a grassroots leader with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA). CASA has developed an award-winning recycling and composting program for the Alameda schools (the Alameda Green Schools Challenge) and supports the “Miss Alameda Says, ‘Compost!’” program to help implement mandatory recycling and composting requirements at Alameda restaurants and multifamily buildings. She is providing school recycling program assistance for six school districts in Northern California. She assisted in the development of the U.S. EPA’s new online planning tool Managing and Transforming Waste Streams, identifying over 100 policies and programs to reduce the amount of waste disposed of in landfills and promote waste prevention and materials reuse across waste generation sectors. She has expertise in organics and commercial technical assistance, facility and collection procurement, contract negotiation, program planning, financial analysis, and stakeholder engagement. Ruth was a co-author of the Food Rescue Capacity Study for Santa Clara County, California and is supporting the Northern California Recycling Association in developing a Food Waste Prevention gap study for Alameda County, California.
John Moore has been a practicing attorney in the Bay Area for 38 years. He is board-certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, has been recognized by his peers with an AV (highest) Martindale-Hubbell rating since 1985 and is a Super Lawyer. He has been general legal counsel for the Northern California Recycling Association since 1995.
Executive Director of the International Association for Human Values
Filiz Odabas-Geldiay leads IAHV’s governance, strategic partnerships, and public relations. Her engagements include serving on the Secretary’s Subcommittee for Women at the U.S. State Department’s ACIEP; Lessons Learned Working Group at USIP and Board member of Atatürk Society of America.
She partnered with the UN to engage students globally with service projects in her previous position as the executive director of an INGO. A former journalist, she was selected as one of the Nation’s Top 90 Women Mentoring Leaders at the Global Women Mentoring and Philanthropy Summit; recipient of the Capitol Hero Award from the American University; Vishalakshi Service Award from the Art of Living Foundation; and was nominated for People Who Make a Difference Award by the Helena Rubinstein Inc.
Filiz holds an M.A. in Communications and Conflict Management from American University and teaches stress-management and meditation courses.
City Councilmember, City of Emeryville
Dianne Martinez has served on Emeryville City Council since 2014, and served as Mayor in 2016. Dianne graduated from USC’s School of Cinema-Television and is an established media professional with over 20 years of experience creating content for such outlets as Comedy Central, MTV, and PBS.
She serves on the board of StopWaste, a public agency responsible for reducing the waste stream in Alameda County. She also serves as a director at East Bay Community Energy, the community-governed power supplier that is be a greener alternative to PG&E.
In addition to her municipal duties, Dianne serves as an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Party.
Executive Director, From India With Love
Mandar Apte is a Visiting Scholar in the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University.
Since 2016, Mandar is a Board Member of the Charter for Compassion, an international non-profit organization that promotes compassion in the world.
In 2016, Mandar started the From India With Love initiative to reinvigorate the ancient message of nonviolence (or Ahimsa) in the world. Aligned with this mission, in Oct 2018, Mandar hosted the inaugural World Summit for Countering Violence & Extremism that brought together peace activists and law enforcement executives to promote peace and compassion in the world.
Until 2016, Mandar worked at Shell for 17 years at Shell International. In his last role, he managed Shell’s prestigious GameChanger social innovation program investing in ideas that create shared value – business value and social impact. Mandar is an acclaimed expert on leadership, entrepreneurship and social innovation and has spoken on these topics at many prestigious forums including TEDx, Wharton Business School, Social Innovation Summit, Sustainable Brands, London Business School, etc. He is also the winner of the prestigious Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs for designing and delivering an innovation learning program at Shell to over 2000 colleagues using meditation practice.
For over a decade, Mandar has taught leadership programs using meditation practices volunteering for the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation.
Erika Evearitt joined the Ecology Center in 2018 as the Development Director for the organization spearheading all strategic goals around fundraising including institutional and government funding, corporate partnerships, communications strategy, membership development, the board of directors support, and development related events. Erika brings a wealth of knowledge in the field having worked with major arts organizations for over 10 years in the realm of Development including AXIS Dance Company, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Benicia Ballet Theatre. At these organizations, she helped to shape critical fundraising, programming, and marketing initiatives that significantly stabilized and strengthened operational capacity. She is a graduate of NYU Steinhardt Master’s of Higher Education and the Professions Program, and the University of Michigan’s Sports Management & Communication as well as Dance in Fine Arts programs. In her free time, Erika enjoys dancing, taking yoga, and spending time with family.
Vince De Quattro
Visual Effects and Technical Director
Vince De Quattro spent most of his visual effects career with Industrial Light & Magic, joining them as a technical director in 1997. While there, De Quattro worked on five Academy-Award(tm) nominated films, Mighty Joe Young, Star Wars Episode I, Pearl Harbor, Star Wars Episode II, and Pirates of the Caribbean. He has worked with several other Bay Area effects houses, including Matte World, Inc., The Orphanage, Tweak Films, 32TEN Studios and Athena Studios. Prior to joining ILM, he worked as a technical director and animator for Warner Brothers Digital Studios, Robert Greenberg Studios Los Angeles and the Sony High Definition Television Center in Culver City.
As a technical director and computer graphics supervisor, De Quattro was responsible for the design, development and implementation of visual effects for feature films. Vince has worked with nine Academy Award winning supervisors: Mike Fink, Stuart Robertson, John Dykstra, George Murphy, Joe Letteri, Bill George, John Knoll, Dennis Muren, and Scott Farrar.
As a visual effects supervisor, Vince helmed the independent thriller “Lasso”, currently seeking distribution. He provided location and post-production design and implementation of over 300 effects shots.
In 2003, Vince joined the Academy Art University as Director of Animation and Visual Effects. During his tenure there he developed several important programs, notably the Production Track, which culminated in a Student Academy Award for the short subject animated film, Dragon Boy, in 2011. By designing multi-disciplinary curricula, he built collaborative projects between the schools of Animation, Motion Pictures, Illustration and Advertising. Many of his former students now work for entertainment industry leaders like ILM, Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony, Blue Sky, MPC, Double Negative, Laika and Tippett Studios.
Vince left the Academy of Art in 2011 to start 32TEN Studios in San Rafael, CA. Vince spent two years designing facility pipeline and artist development programs for SFX/VFX sub-contracting. In 2014, he joined Athena Studios in Emeryville as Head of Production to focus on the development of feature film and commercial production. His first project, Mermaids on Mars, continues to garner international film festival attention in the category of short-subject animation. As a Visual Effects Supervisor, He recently delivered an independent feature-film project entitled, Lasso, for release in 2017.
You can view his professional vita at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1505849/
De Quattro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Studio Art from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Animation in Film from the University of Southern California Film School.
Vince is an active member of the Visual Effects Society and an academic member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Vince is a regional ACM/ SIGGRAPH mentor, lecturer and contributor to VFX/SFX education.