We’re not just talking about the world’s biggest problems —

We’re actually working to solve them.

The CSO Strategic Taskforce includes Chief Sustainability Officers from academic, business, government, and NGO institutions across LA County and is a collaborative initiative with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz.

Taskforce members include John Onderdonk, Chair, Director of Sustainability Programs, Caltech; Andy Shrader, Founding Principal, Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy and Sustainability, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz; Eugene Shirley, Founding Principal, President, Pando Populus; Nadereh Afsharmanesh, VP of Sustainability and Education, ECOS; Scott Ammons, Outdoor Programs & Community Relations Manager, REI; Shannon Bart, Sustainability Director, NBC Universal; Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Sustainability Officer, UCLA; Tim Brick, Executive Director, Arroyo Seco Foundation; Randy Britt, Chief Sustainability Officer, Vanir Construction Management; Sasha Calder, Director of Sustainability, Beauty Counter / Counter Brands, LLC; John B. Cobb, Chair, Pando Populus and Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Robyn Eason, Senior Sustainability Planner, City of West Hollywood; Austin Eriksson, California State University – Northridge, Director of Energy & Sustainability; Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County; David Grannis, Managing Partner, Point C; Russell Greene, Chief Sustainability Officer (ret.), Cheesecake Factory; Dominique Hargreaves, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles; Christopher Hazen, Director of Corporate Development, Enovity Inc.; Dean Kubani, Chief Sustainability Officer (ret.), City of Santa Monica; Pablo La Roche, Cal Poly Pomona, Interim Director, Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, and Callison RTKL, Associate Vice President; Adam Lane, Vice President of Programs, Los Angeles Business Council; Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council; Loraine Lundquist, Lecturer, CSUN; Dolores Mitch, MM, Maryknoll Sisters; Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, ArtCenter College of Design; Luis Navarro, Associate, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Carrie Norton, founder, Green Business Base Camp; John Rego, Vice President Sustainability & Environmental Affairs, Sony Pictures; Craig Reiter, LA Metro, Senior Director, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability; Christopher Rhie, Urban Planner and Sustainability Strategist, BuroHappold Engineering; Linda Rogers, Marketing Director, Earthjustice; Sandy Skees, Global Lead, Innovation & Impact Practice, Porter Novelli; Ezra Silk, The Climate Mobilization, Director of Strategy and Policy; Jesse Smith, COO, Calarts; Mark Spears, Director, Sustainable Business Practices (ret.), Walt Disney Company; Michael Swords, VP Government Relations, LA Cleantech Incubator; Mike Wallace, Partner, ERM.


August 22, 2019

April 23, 2019

December 5, 2018

October 9, 2018

March 18, 2018

November 17, 2017

July 31, 2017


A four-part series of events to harness the genius of LA County’s creative community for the most ambitious regional sustainability plan in the country.

Executive-level education and innovation for sustainable cities.