Speaker Date Topic
Judy Berlfein/ Larry Peranich May 01, 2018
Climate Change - A Human Issue

Judy Berlfein is trained in the biological sciences and has worked for more than two decades as a consultant in the biotech industry.  Simultaneously, she has educated herself independently and through the organization, Citizens Climate Lobby, about the global impacts of a changing climate.  Over the last eight years, Berlfein has been meeting regularly with members of Congress in DC and in her home district to educate Congressional leaders about the science of climate change and potential policy responses.  She also presents frequently to clubs, organizations, and houses of worship.

Larry Peranich is a life-long Republican deficit hawk who believes that a large amount of government debt is damaging to our economy and that expecting our children and grandchildren to pay off our debt is immoral.  He also believes that the government should minimize taxation and regulation of private business so that the maximum number of jobs can be created.

Larry is also a life-long scientist, with a PhD in nuclear engineering specializing in plasma physics/nuclear fusion.  He has done physics and biological research at General Atomics and he spent the latter part of his career as a data scientist applying artificial intelligence techniques to solving business problems such as credit card fraud detection.

Both Judy and Larry think that people of all political persuasions can and must work together to solve climate change

On The Town May 08, 2018
Elektra Fike-Data May 15, 2018
Rincon Consultants, Inc.
Field Trip May 22, 2018
San Diego Food Bank Tour

Josh Dean, Program Manager of San Diego Green Building Council will lead our group.  We will see their recycling and food waste improvements and tour the facility. They are becoming "Green".

LyOr Rabinowiz May 29, 2018
Food Forestry - water harvesting, soil building, plants, wildlife, education, and more
Food Forestry - water harvesting, soil building, plants, wildlife, education, and more

LyOr Rabinowiz is a Permaculture Designer, Educator, Facilitator, Activist, and Community Organizer who is enthusiastic about collective transformation toward positive social change. He holds a B.S. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and currently manages an 8.5 acre food forest and silvopasture and 2 acre vineyard in southern California, USA. Prior to this he spent time both in Israel and northern California designing, installing, and maintaining food forests and edible gardens. He is passionate about food and environmental justice, previously co-managing Planting Justice's Transform Your Yard Program and serving on their Board of Directors. He co-facilitated classes in San Quentin Prison about permaculture, environmental justice, and sustainability with the Insight Garden Program as well as The Green Life, where he continued to work with folks in reentry.

Since 2009, he has been involved with with Be Present Inc., co-facilitating workshops teaching about tools for dialogue, developing affecting relationships, and addressing the impacts of race, gender, power, class, and other divides on our personal and collective well being. His commitment to social permaculture has led him to work on creating and sustaining intentional communities grounded in eco-social transformation and leading workshops on the topic.

At the moment he is completing his masters degree with Gaia University and becoming a certified Soil Life Consultant. The dream he is currently working towards is to go back to Israel with his wife and work with ‘at risk’ youth in boarding schools to build outdoor food forest classroom spaces and teach about permaculture, food forestry, personal growth, and collective leadership.

Mikaela Bolling Jun 05, 2018
Equinox Project
Andrea Cornelius Jun 26, 2018
Evironmentally Sustainable Projects for the City of Del Mar

Andrea Cornelius is an intern in the Del Mar City Manager's Office, working with the Environmental Sustainability Manager. She graduated from CSU San Marcos in May with a degree in Environmental Studies, where she was an active officer of the school's Environmental Studies Club. Andrea has previously interned with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and the Escondido Creek Conservancy. She is passionate about urban sustainability, environmental activism, reducing waste, and educating people to "do the right thing" for the planet.

Shubha Mohunta Jul 17, 2018
Sustainability, real estate and architecture

At Verdani Partners, Shubha serves as Sustainability Director for Colony NorthStar Inc., the 5th largest global real estate investment manager with ~$58 Billion of assets. Before that, she was leading Verdani’s Technical Services team. Her background in Architecture and Master’s degree in Sustainability from Carnegie Mellon University, in addition to a decade of diverse experience, allows her to understand sustainability concepts from the designers’, consultants’, and owner’s perspective.

During her time at Adrian Smith Gordon Gill’s’ engineering firm in Chicago, she used energy modeling tools to improve building performance of several international sky-scrapers including Kingdom Tower (upcoming tallest building in the world). She was also the creator of the ‘Encompass tool’, an online calculator for the city of Chicago, that helps building owners and managers quickly evaluate major retrofit opportunities. Shubha then worked as an Energy Engineer at Goby, where she performed energy audits and provided LEED consultation for more than 10 million sq. ft. of commercial space. She has also been involved in several speaking engagements at local and international conferences and universities.


Looking forward, Shubha aims to expand Verdani’s business internationally to countries like India.

Andrea Antony Jul 31, 2018
Community-based Social Marketing (CBSM) and Sustainability
Andrea Antony currently serves a the CivicSpark Water Fellow placed at the Long Beach Water Department, where she works on the landscape redesign program. She will present about CBSM as an emerging method of connecting directly with the public, which has proven especially useful in the sustainability field. Notably, this method of marketing has been successful in the energy sector in helping people get past their barriers and actually change their behavior to be more energy efficient. Building off of this work, the water sector is exploring this framework to encourage residents to conserve this resource, and adopt water efficient behaviors. This presentation will explore what CBSM is, what tactics are included with the framework, and how to apply these to different situations in the sustainability field, especially in water. 

Andrea received her Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science from Loyola Marymount University where she served as President of the Environmentally Conscious and Organized Students. After receiving her degree, she worked on water quality and stormwater projects at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Andrea recently completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration at California State University Long Beach, where her studies revolved around public works, natural resources, and watershed management. Her future plans are to work in local government as a policy analyst focused on water use rights, water quality, and water conservation.