Co-Creating the Future of EE

Get to know more about our guest speakers!

Lydia Hooper

Graphic Facilitator

Lydia is a freelance creative strategist whose services bridge strategy and creative content. She specializes in presenting complex ideas, information, and data in meaningful ways through strategic communication and use of various media.    Lydia partners with mission-driven organizations to create custom products that support them in reaching their communication, outreach, and engagement goals.  Her multidisciplinary background uniquely qualifies her to share information and ideas in ways that create real impact. 

DJ Cavem Moetavation

Hip Hop Artist and Organic Gardener

2014 Music Educator Award Grammy nominee and international recording artist, Dj Cavem is an O.G. (organic gardener) educator, emcee, deejay, BBoy, award-winning activist, midwife, vegan chef and founder of Going Green Living Bling. He has dedicated his work to transforming the minds and health of children and his community using hip hop as a platform of communication.

His collection of work includes, The Produce Section, an award winning curriculum introducing the subjects of Organic Gardening and Food Justice. His curriculum has been utilized in inner-city schools, as well as Universities such as Georgetown, where he recently lectured. His recent project  "Brown Rice and Broccoli" with summer camp students in collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver was recognized by Oprah. In addition, he has a short documentary called  "From Gangs to Gardens" directed by JLove Calderon in which the film was officially selected and premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival 2014

Ginny Brannon

Director of the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety

As Assistant Director for Water and Energy, Ginny Brannon works to develop and implement policy regarding water and energy resources. She advises and coordinates with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Division of Water Resources, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Mining Reclamation and Safety and the Colorado Geological Survey - the DNR boards and divisions responsible for managing Colorado's water and energy resources.  Ginny is currently spearheading all of DNR's efforts around volunteers and youth engagement.

Ginny served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section of the state Attorney General’s Office from 2000 to 2007, and represented DNR staff in hearings before the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Groundwater Commission from 2004 to 2007.  Immediately prior to joining DNR in 2010, Ginny worked on climate and energy policy at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ginny received her JD from Denver University, where she was general editor of the University of Denver Law Review. She also earned a MA in Economics from the University of Colorado and a BA in economics from Colorado College. Ginny is a fourth generation Coloradoan.

Peter Sawtell

Eco-Justice Ministries

Peter Sawtell is the founder and Executive Director of Eco-Justice Ministries.  He has a diverse background in academics, professional work and community involvement which has prepared him well for leadership of this ecumenical agency.

Peter's undergraduate degree is from the Colorado College with an interdisciplinary major combining religious studies and environmental biology. His seminary training was at Andover Newton Theological School with a strong concentration in history, sociology and ethics related to institutional racism.  Peter is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.   Prior to founding Eco-Justice Ministries, Peter served as volunteer Eco-Justice Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Conference, United Church of Christ.

Janelle Johnson

Metro State University Equity Center

Janelle Johnson received her PhD in Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of Arizona.  Her work and research focus on professional development for teachers who work with diverse learners.  Janelle was a classroom teacher for eight years, and during professional development workshops always tries to keep the perspective of the teacher in mind.  She has taught at elementary and secondary levels, as well as having taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the university—Sheltered English Instruction for Teachers and Teacher Research, among others.  Since joining the Equity Assistance Center, Janelle has been working hard to build on existing partnerships as well as build new ones.  Her current focus is on STEM equity, or increasing access to quality STEM education for linguistically and culturally diverse students.  Her aim is to bridge research with classroom practice, helping to further build the expertise of the teacher and principal.  

Quint Redmond

AgriNETx LLC and Agriburbia, LLC

Mr. Redmond is co-owner of AgriNETx LLC and Agriburbia LLC. And has more than 20 years of professional experience in design, planning, natural resources, agriculture and spatial technologies. His combined knowledge in each of these disciplines allows him to effectively manage projects that result in innovative designs, technologically advanced data management, and new approaches to sustainable development. Mr. Redmond has a strong multi-faceted agricultural background which plays heavily in his innovative ideas for incorporating agriculture back into our modern communities. He and his wife are the Co-Creators of Agriburbia®.


Hillary Mizia

Prizm Sustainability and Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge

Hillary currently serves as the Executive Director of Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge, a noprofit with a mission to be, “An eco-friendly mountain sanctuary where together we are creating a climate for a restorative world.” At Shadowcliff, Hillary helps to educate and encourage others to reconnect with the natural world and ask questions about choices that we make during our lives. Hillary brings more than 15 years professional experience as a sustainability innovator and thought leader. Her experience spans across the business, non-profit, and government sectors, and includes countless hours served on committees and boards for causes, organizations, and movements that speak to her heart. Hillary is the founder and owner of Prizm Sustainability, a consulting firm and serves on the Colorado Environmental Education Council.

Beverly Grant

Mo' Betta Green Marketplace

Beverly was born and raised in Denver and has been an entrepreneur for 21 years.  Beverly’s most recent business venture is an urban farmers market called Mo’ Betta Green MarketPlace.  Mo’ Betta Green MarketPlace was launched on June 18, 2011 in the Historic Five Points Neighborhood.  This market is founded on three principles: environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and food literacy.  The mission of this farmers market focuses on broadening food access; providing food and nutrition literacy; supporting local business and neighborhood economy; showcasing neighborhood arts, history, and culture; shaping food policy; defining new food infrastructure and new agribusiness opportunities; and directly impacting the top four health disparities (cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease) through innovation, education, interaction, and demonstration.  The mission of this market also includes designing and installing edible, medicinal landscapes and yard farming in the northeast portion of Denver’s Food Desert Neighborhoods.  Some important outcomes of this market’s model are: improved community connectedness and greater awareness of the correlation between food consumption practices and overall health/wellness.  Beverly continues to strive for better inclusion of disconnected populations to local food and environmental education.



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