Contributors

Our Regular Green Living Journal Writers


Sue Kusch A former urbanite and college instructor, Sue transitioned to a saner, slower and more sustainable lifestyle in the Columbia River Gorge. A gardener for decades and herbalist for several years, she develops and teaches workshops and curricula focused on permaculture, vegetable and herb gardening, and herbal medicine.  This year, she is revamping her gardens, incorporating permaculture principles and projects. During non- gardening months, she reads, crochets/knits, watches many movies and cooks large pots of soup. An avid learner, she researches and writes about the natural and cultural history of plants for her new website: www.plantsnpeople.com.


Joan Maiers Author, educator, editor, works with writers of all ages. Several months each year, she hosts the Peregrine Literary Series which features regional writers and musicians at a Lake Oswego, OR venue. Her work is published in various journals, anthologies and publications like this one, as well as in Calyx, Fireweed, Sojourners, Windfall, The Oregonian, Oregon English Journal, If I Had a Hammer, Blooming in the Shade, Voice Catchers, and Switched-on Gutenberg. She is preparing Specific Gravity, her manuscript of poems for publication.


Mike Dunton An entrepreneur, farmer, lifelong gardener, seed saver, and interested in “old-timey” ways, historical agriculture and biodiversity preservation. From his ancestral farm in Liberal, Oregon, he focused all of these interests and founded the mission-driven Victory Seed Company in 1998 which works to locate, grow, document and preserve rare, threatened, heirloom seed varieties keeping them available to gardeners. You can learn more at www.VictorySeeds.com


Cynthia Beal As founder of the Natural Burial Company in 2004, she’s explored almost every area related to pre-and-post death management. She designs, sells and evangelizes about biodegradable products, with the hope of connecting more people to a righteous “Natural End”. Her main focus today is to encourage existing cemeteries to accommodate natural burials, while reducing resource use, enhancing habitat, and mitigating future pollution. She hopes that the lives we live will be as long and healthy, and environmentally generous as possible, and that our deaths will express that legacy.”


Chelsea Peil believes we can leave it better than we found it, and do it with thoughtful style. Chelsea specializes in helping responsible organizations and companies co-create and implement strategies to join the circular economy to make well-designed, productive, and low waste experiences. She has worked to imbed triple bottom line practices in non-profits, businesses, and through education, art, and advocacy since 2007 in Portland OR.

J Lauren Norris
Lauren Norris is the Sustainability Outreach Manager in the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The outreach team engages residents on re- cycling sustainable consumption, climate change, equity and social sustainability. Ms. Norris also runs the regional Master Recycler Program, administered by the City of Portland, something that she has done since 2006.


Ken Condliff Founder of Nut-Tritious Foods, a company dedicated to producing the most nutrient dense foods available to consumers. Based on Ken’s experience in high tech manufacturing and in new product innovation, he decided to bring foods, with more nutrient density, to the consumer. The concept was based on consumer preference for eating only healthy ingredients and eliminating the additives and ingredients that add little nutrition to food. Ken’s background and experience with product development goes back several decades, and started as a child, when he was re-inventing unique products and services.


Betty Shelley found NW Earth Institute in 1993 when it was founded in Portland. Through participation in their discussion courses, her perception of the world changed, making her more aware of the choices we make, as well as their consequences. Under-standing those consequences led to her and her husband reducing their waste over time; since 2006 they have had just one 35-gallon can of garbage per year. They now offer the class Less is More: Getting to One Can of Garbage a Year. In 2013, she was honored with the NW Earth Institute Founders Award, recognizing her vast contributions to both NW Earth Institute and sustainability education and practice more broadly.