President since 2008 and board member since 2005. Leads Green Newton public affairs and outreach to City leaders and partners with external organizations in support of Green Newton's mission.
Jim Purdy, Vice President, Transportation/Smart Growth Committee Chair
Jim led Green Living and Eco-team groups, and is a long-time member and officer of Friends of Hemlock Gorge. As a land use planning consultant, Jim works with communities to incorporate sustainability into their comprehensive plans and to support pedestrian and bicycle transportation and open space planning.
Sharon Cushing, Treasurer
Sharon Cushing taught social studies for 10 years and has worked for 25 years as a financial/retirement advisor. She believes it is our responsibility to honor, protect and enjoy our beautiful planet.
Dan Ruben, Chairman of the Board, Buildings Standards Committee Chair
Board member since 1996, Dan has coached numerous residents to live greener lifestyles in Household Ecoteams, Low Carbon Diet Teams and Green Lifestyle Teams. As a professional, Dan directs How to Green Your Hotel, and teaches Sustainable Hospitality to college students and hospitality professionals. He led an organization that brought environmental best practices to the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Cory Alperstein, Advocacy
Cory is an educational consultant, currently working with high school students who seek support with their college search and admissions process. She has been involved in arts education for many years and believes the arts are critical to social and political change. Cory also works on climate change issues as a member of 350Mass, Newton node, and on projects with environmental photographer, Bill Hoo.
Barbara Brousal-Glaser, At-Large
Barbara served three terms as a Newton City Councilor where she helped pass the city’s plastic bag reduction ordinance, the ordinance to ban styrofoam and spearheaded the resolution to support the Green New Deal. She is interested in looking for ways for the private and public sector to work together to support a greater urban tree canopy in Newton.
Beverly Craig, Green Buildings Committee
Beverly Craig, LEED AP BD+C, manages the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Low and Moderate Income programs including the Passive House Design Challenge for affordable housing and the Residential Clean Energy Program. She also promotes the Massachusetts Solar Loan program for low income households and has a background in brownfields redevelopment and recycling policy.
Craig Forman, Energy Efficiency Committee Chair
Craig Forman leads the volunteer team in the HeatSmart Newton initiative. He holds multiple engineering and business degrees, and he spent most of his career in telecommunications and medical electronics. He was also the chair of Green Newton's Newton Goes Solar initiative from 2017-2018.
Brian Hodgson, Marketing Committee
Brian has 25 years experience in marketing in high technology. He believes that climate change is the most important challenge of our time, and that individuals can each make a difference within their local community.
Sunwoo Kahng, Communications Committee, Zero Waste Committee
Sunwoo was a co-founder of the Green Team at the Mason-Rice Elementary School, and is currently a member of the Newton Sustainable Materials Management Commission. She has an interest in sustainable tech but otherwise tries to lead a life of 'less is more.'
Karen Kipman, Marketing Committee
Karen joins Green Newton's Board with over 15 years of Marketing experience. She lives in Newton with her family, and is passionate about leading a green lifestyle. She believes the environment is the biggest challenge our children will face, and is inspired to help educate & mobilize our local community for a greener tomorrow.
John Lewis, Marketing Committee, Business Liaison
John has been living in Newton for 10 years with his family of 5. He co-chairs the Environment Committee of the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce, working with local businesses to become more sustainable, and is a member of the Newton Sustainable Materials Management Commission, focusing on increasing the adoption of composting.
Henry Palmer has dedicated his career to working towards creating a more sustainable planet. Henry got his start in this arena in 2011 when he went to work for small organization called Wild Idea Buffalo, a buffalo company that was focused on restoring the Great Plains of America by returning the buffalo to the prairie. After completing his MBA at Northeastern University, in 2020 Henry went on to found his own company Lochtree that is focused on creating greater access to eco-friendly and sustainable consumer goods through a direct to consumer online marketplace. Henry moved to Newton in 2018 with his wife and two children.
Board Member since 2012. Mindy founded an online store selling goods that are both sustainable and fair-trade called Upland Road | Eco-Boutique. She is also Acting Chair of the Newton Cultural Council and on the Steering Committee of Newton Open Studios.
Peter Smith, Communications Committee
A founding board member and Past President, Peter has been editor of the Green News. He is Co-Chair of the Environment Committee of the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce, initiating their Green Business Awards Breakfast and “Green Solutions EXPO” as well as coordinating Newton Business Energy Savers.
Liza is the founder of the 4C Tree Project (Capture Carbon Commemorate Covid). As part of this project, 260 trees in honor of Newton neighbors and loved ones who lost their lives to Covid have been planted in public places across the city. Liza is part of Newton's Urban Tree Commission and enjoys empowering youth to make change.
Andrew Thompson, At-Large
Andrew has been teaching at Newton South High School since 2000, and co-created a senior elective in sustainability, which has helped students work to make Newton a greener and stronger community. Andrew has worked to make his home as efficient as possible, and had solar installed on his roof in early 2019.
Anthony Zelle, At-Large
Anthony is the Chair and President of the Earth Law Center, and has served as lead editor for the Aspen Coursebook Series’ Earth Law: Emerging Ecocentric Law-A Guide for Practitioners. "My home in Newton resides on the ancestral and unceded land of the Massachusett people. I acknowledge the truth of violence perpetrated by those who took their land and sought to erase their culture and history. I make a commitment to restore their indigenous ways of living in harmony with nature."
Debra Kriensky, Program Manager
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