Sean LynchSean Lynch, Chair
Proviseur/Head of School, Lycée Français de New York

Sean Lynch is the Chairman of the Green Schools Alliance Board of Directors. Holding French and American nationalities, educated in Austria, England, France and the United States, Sean is the Proviseur/Head of School of the Lycée Français de New York. The father of two bilingual, bicultural daughters, Sean Lynch began his career as a university researcher and lecturer (at respectively Harvard Business School and Sciences Po Paris) before becoming a school educator and leader (for 15 years at the Lycée International de St. Germain-en-Laye and since 2011 at the Lycée Français de New York (LFNY)). He has worked to marry academic excellence with intercultural understanding, compassion and innovation on four different continents, building educational partnerships in India, China, Vietnam and Haiti, joining accreditation teams at Swiss, Turkish, German and American schools, serving on the boards of non-profit organizations in France and the United States, and presenting on many topics related to educational leadership at school conferences around the world.

A recipient of the French government’s “Ordre des Palmes Académiques” and the European Council of International Schools’ “Award for the Promotion of International Education,” Sean traces his passion for environmental conservation to a lifelong relationship with the Alps, particularly the Parc National du Mercantour. He credits an evolutionary biology course completed as a Yale undergraduate for teaching him the importance of environmental studies, as well as the early reading of Henry David Thoreau for inspiring him to be actively engaged in constructing a sustainable future. As Head of School at the LFNY, established in 1935 and bringing the best of the French and American educational traditions to 1350 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade, Sean considers himself fortunate to be part of a bilingual international school which has long placed global citizenship at the heart of its mission.

 

Sam KosoffSam Kosoff, Secretary
Director of Sustainability, The Lawrenceville School, NJ

Sam Kosoff is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Green Schools Alliance and Director of Sustainability at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ where he manages the Green Campus Initiative. In his roll, he oversees all aspects of campus sustainability with an emphasis on creating awareness and education.  In May 2012, Lawrenceville commissioned a 6.1 MW solar array through a PPA with KDC Solar. His experience in sustainability was nurtured at The Island School in Eleuthera, Bahamas as part of the school’s founding administrative team from 1999-2004.  His on-the-ground experience with campus sustainability has made him a leading resource in the field.  As a member of the Eight Schools Association, Sam helped guide the development and roll-out of Protostar, an online, full-spectrum, sustainability metric that seeks participation and use by the K-12 sector.

He is also on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, Sustainable Lawrence, and Organizing Action for Sustainability in Schools.  Sam is a co-founder of the GSA's Green Cup Challenge program and has represented Lawrenceville School as a founding GSA member school since 2007.  Sam is a multiple past presenter at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference, the National Business Officers Association, The Friends School Environmental Education Network (FEEN), and several independent schools.  He occasionally does sustainable food and dining consulting with Sustainable Fare, LLC.  In addition to his central role of guiding the sustainability effort at Lawrenceville, Sam also teaches and coaches ice hockey and lacrosse.

 

Jen Boulden
Entrepreneur and media personality

With many lessons learned after a half career in NYC media startups, in 2001 Boulden placed her bets on an inevitable green business revolution and received a "green MBA" from GWU.  After graduating with honors, she co-founded Ideal Bite, a daily email publication dedicated to “light green living.”  Within a few short years, Ideal Bite amassed a following of over a half-million subscribers and was acquired by Disney, at which point Boulden decided it was time to get married, move from L.A. to Santa Barbara wine country, have a few kids, and help others in their professional pursuits of making the world a better place.

 

Sarah Beatty BullerSarah Beatty Buller
Founder, The Green Depot

Sarah Beatty founded Green Depot in 2005 with a mission: to make green living and building solutions accessible, affordable and gratifying. With locations across the U.S., Green Depot is a leading supplier of sustainable building products and services to clients that include: Harvard University, the New School, Albany Public Libraries, the City of Chicago, and the Capitol Building in Washington. Green Depot educates the building trade and consumers every day about "what green means" through its products as well as through community programs and events. Earth Day New York and the NRDC awarded Sarah their 2009 Business Leader of the Year award. Prior to Green Depot, Sarah worked in media and marketing. She spent ten years at MTV, where she was Vice President of Trade Marketing and Global Branding. A LEED Accredited Professional, Sarah has a B.A. from Harvard College and is the mother of three children.

 

Niko Elmaleh
Executive Vice President, World Wide Group - NY

Niko Elmaleh, Executive Vice President, is an active venture capital investor in clean Tech, and is engaged in World Wide Group’s marketing and asset management. He was one of the founders of Manhattan Marketing Inc., which sold several thousand luxury condominium apartments in New York City. An environmentalist and patron of the arts, Mr. Elmaleh is involved with numerous charitable organizations, including the Clinton Global Initiative, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Photography Committee of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Rocky Mountain Institute, the League of Conservation of Voters, and Media Matters, among others.

 

Hal Goldstein
Founder and CEO of NYCPromise

Dr. Harold Goldstein has fifty years as an investment banker with long-standing connections to global capital markets in the United States, Europe and Asia and with significant experience managing financial institutions. In 2014, he founded NYCPromise, a New York City-based STEM education platform that provides new and exciting opportunities to students for both further study and career planning in today’s technologically growing world. Previously, Goldstein co-founded Marco Polo Capital Markets and was advisor to Lehman Brothers in China. From 1973 – 1997, he was Director, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Lehman Brothers International - London and Director of Lehman Brothers, SA - Paris.
 

Ashok GuptaAshok Gupta
Director, Air and Energy Program, National Resources Defense Council

Ashok Gupta is the Air and Energy Program Director and Senior Energy Economist at the Natural Resources Defense Council where he works with his colleagues on global warming policies, electric utility regulation, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design and reducing petroleum dependence. Ashok serves on numerous Boards and organizations including Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Energy Policy Task Force, the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, and in the immediate past, Urban Green Council – the U.S. green Building Council (USGBC) New York Chapter. Ashok also actively participates on the Environmental Policy Advisory Group. Ashok received the US Green Building Council’s 2007 Leadership Award for Advocacy, the Environmental Steward Award from Solar One in 2006, the Environmental Professional of the Year Award from the Association of Energy Engineers in 2003, and the Environmental Advocates’ 2001 Advocate Award.  He has a bachelor's degree in physics and math from Georgetown University and a master's degree in economics from American University.

 

Ken HigginsKen Higgins
Director of Sustainability, The Town School

Ken Higgins is the Dean of Students, Chair of the Music Department, and Director of Sustainability at The Town School in NYC. As a founding member of the Green Schools Alliance in 2007 and Trustee, he coordinates service and education programs that address climate and sustainability. He has been an environmental activist since middle school when he organized a town-wide clean up and tree planting in celebration of the very first Earth Day. Today, Ken is also the Co-founder and Coordinator of the New York City Sustainability Educators Group, an organization committed to educating students for a sustainable future, sharing best practices, resources, curriculum, and strategizing to impact community and civic action. In 2011, he was selected to participate in the Fulbright Japan Educators for Sustainable Development program.  His song "Rise Up,” dedicated to the victims of the Fukishima Earthquake and Nuclear disaster, was recorded by a dozen Japanese and American choruses.

 

Francine LockeFrancine Locke
Environmental Director, School District of Philadelphia, PA

Francine Locke is the Environmental Director for the School District of Philadelphia.  She is responsible for designing and implementing programs that support healthy, green school environments in Philadelphia's large, urban public school district with nearly 300 buildings and an average building age of 70 years. The District serves 140,000 diverse students, 17,000 employees and maintains 23 million square feet of building space and 1,300 acres of land.  Francine's work includes a nationally recognized Indoor Environmental Quality Program (US EPA IAQ Champion School District) and an Asthma Management Program.  In 2016, Francine was joined by the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, in the release of the School District of Philadelphia's first sustainability plan, GreenFutures. The plan received the 2016 SustainPHL Award for Sustainable Communities. Francine is on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Asthma Control Program's Pennsylvania Asthma Partnership and is a member of the Climate Change and Health Effects Advisory Group for the Public Health Preparedness Program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Francine has a Masters Degree in Environmental Health from Temple University.

 

Veronique PittmanVeronique Choa Pittman
Activist, Social-Capitalist, and Cross Pollinator

Veronique C. Pittman is an Advisory Board Member of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, and Board member of The Rainforest Foundation, Global Goods Partners, Bedford2020, and LessCancer. She also serves on Audubon's Rachel Carson Awards Council. She is a community organizer and activist in the areas of indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, green solutions, waste & recycling, women's reproductive health, and participatory art.  A web designer by profession, she is also a writer, mountaineer and professional cook. She graduated with a BS in Cultural Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania.

 

Mark SorensenDr. Mark Sorensen
Head of School, The STAR School, AZ

Mark W. Sorensen has been an educational leader of schools serving Navajo students for forty years. His work as Principal, Superintendent, Advisor and Mentor of indigenous schools has focused on improving the quality of Native American and Native Hawaiian education by developing  place-based, full service, culturally relevant and ecologically sensitive schools. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is currently the co-founder, Governing  Board President, and CEO of The STAR (Service To All Relations) School, the first off-grid solar and wind powered public elementary school in the U.S.

As a trainer, author, and speaker on  place-based education, Dr. Sorensen has helped to develop and encourage green schools in indigenous communities across the United States.  For the past 15 years, he has worked with 11 Native Hawaiian charter schools as well as a number of Native American  tribes and schools in numerous tribes, to help develop the weaving of traditional sustainable practices into the science curriculum  of these various schools.  His most recent publications are chapters in Place Based Education in a Global Age (2011) and Teaching Truly; Indigenizing Mainstream Education (2013). Recently (2015)  Mark and his wife, co-founders of the STAR School, were featured on The Emerald Planet, an international internet TV program for the development of their solar powered school.   In 1993, he was selected as Principal of the Year by the Bureau of Indian Education in Washington, DC.  In 2000, he received a Fellowship from the Open Society Institute in New York City for his work in integrating traditional Navajo forms of conflict resolution into school policies.  In 2002, he received the Citizen of the Year award from the Arizona Social Workers. In 2008, he received the Founders Award from the Native American Grant Schools Association for starting that organization. In 2015, he received the Navajo Innovation in Practice award from the Navajo Cultural Studies Board.
 

Margaret Howard WatsonMargaret Howard Watson
Founder and President, Grees Schools Alliance

As Founder, CEO and President of the GSA, Margaret (Peg) Watson spearheaded the launch and growth of the GSA to help mitigate the climate and conservation challenges of our times through education and action. She continues to work with founding member schools and partners on development of GSA programs and partnerships. Guiding her efforts is a deep belief in the impact of aggregating primary and secondary schools, as hubs of communities worldwide, to build resilience, transform markets, policy and education, shift behavior, and foster understanding across geopolitical, socioeconomic and generational boundaries through shared values and the language of sustainability.  In her varied roles, Peg helps to connect schools locally and virtually to share and implement sustainable best practices, promote connections between schools, communities, and the environments that sustain them, and prepare the next generation of innovators to become environmental stewards. Since GSA’s inception in 2006, she has worked closely with sustainability thought leaders including faculty, facility managers, business officers, heads of school, students and school associations to further their needs and goals.

Formerly a green architect and one of the country's original green building materials experts, Peg has coordinated greening charrettes in the national parks, from the Grand Canyon to Denali National Park, and lived intermittently in Yellowstone to help  implement the Greening of Yellowstone Initiative. The conservation ethos of the National Parks, Fish and Wildlife Service and other DOI agencies is one she greatly admires and hopes to help communicate to the next generation of stewards. In 1993, Peg was one of 60 national experts invited to participate in the 1993 Greening of the White House Initiative launched by the Clinton Administration. In 1994, she founded Global Environmental Options (GEO) through which stakeholders were convened to develop and implement greening initiatives including the National Parks projects and the U.S.-Japan Charrette for post-earthquake Kobe which she co-initiated. As a result of her participation in the Greening of The White House, her relationships with GSA partner organizations span two decades and include school associations, government agencies and NGOs. Peg also participated in the Habitat for Humanity Greening, Presidio and Mississippi Flood Plains charrettes among other national and international collaborative efforts.

 

Rob WatsonRob Watson
CEO, The ECON Group; Founder of LEED

Rob Watson is one of the pioneers of the modern Green Building Movement.  An international leader in market transformation and green buildings, Watson is known as the “Founding Father of LEED” and was its Founding Chairman through 2006. Under Rob’s direction, LEED became the largest and fastest-growing international standard by which green buildings are measured. Author Thomas Friedman calls Rob "one of the best environmental minds in America." Watson is at the forefront of technical innovation in green buildings and energy efficiency, serving as Chairman and President for PrimaFilm LLC, which has created the only thermally insulating window film that will reduce energy losses through windows by over 50%. Watson is also the Chief Strategy Officer of EcoHub Inc. where he is implementing a zero waste strategy for municipal solid waste. In 2007, he launched ECON Group and EcoTech International to provide green building services and technologies that optimize lifecycle profitability, and implement cutting edge LEED projects, in the US and overseas. A Senior Scientist with the NRDC for 21 years, Rob directed the International Energy and Green Building programs and worked extensively on five continents improving the environmental performance of buildings, utilities and transportation.

Among numerous international awards for his work, he is the 2013 recipient of the International Conservation Award from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. In 2011, he was a semi-finalist in the international Zayed Energy Future Award for Lifetime Achievement and was profiled on CNN International. Watson is the only foreigner honored for Green Building Innovation by the Chinese Ministry of Construction and received the first lifetime achievement award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2002.  His work on green buildings and related technology has been featured in numerous publications.  Mr. Watson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Columbia University and a MSc from UC Berkeley.