Infinite Earth Radio host Mike Hancox is passionate about building organizations and movements that unleash unlimited human potential in order to solve our most pressing environmental and social problems. He is an accomplished urban planner and the CEO of Skeo, a highly respected environmental, economic, and environmental justice consulting/planning firm with staff located across the United States.
Kate Meis has been a leader at the Local Government Commission (LGC) for the last decade and has served as Executive Director since 2013. The LGC is a nationally recognized nonprofit connecting local leaders, implementing innovative solutions, and advancing smart-growth policies. Meis has been recognized for her climate-change work by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the nation’s “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today – and Tomorrow.” Meis has helped launch many of the LGC’s pioneering programs, including the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, the California Adaptation Forum, CivicSpark and the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation.
Vernice is the Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Equitable Development on Skeo’s Community Planning and Revitalization team. For 30 years, Vernice has been a leading proponent of environmental justice and equitable and sustainable development, at the nexus between civil rights and environmental enforcement. She is a recognized leader in this multi-disciplinary field at the local, national, and international levels. She is an urban planner who is sought after for her environmental conflict resolution expertise and facilitation and mediation skills. Her work has focused on restoring blighted, contaminated, and environmentally distressed communities to safe, healthy, and vibrant places to live, work, go to school, worship, and recreate. Her work supports federal, state, local, and neighborhood efforts to advance community revitalization via brownfields and Superfund site remediation and redevelopment, urban waters restoration, and area-wide planning through collaborative problem solving, building cultural competence, and cross-cultural conflict mediation.
Kif Scheuer is the Climate Change Program Director at the Local Government Commission (LGC). Kif is a solution-oriented sustainability professional with a strong history of engaging diverse audiences in real-world climate protection efforts through innovative, market-focused research and analysis, creative program design, effective project implementation, and compelling public advocacy and education. In 2013 Kif organized the first California Adaptation Forum, which attracted over 800 attendees and served to kick start the statewide conversation on adaptation. Kif led the development and growth of one of the LGC’s key coalitions – the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation, a statewide network focused on addressing adaptation at the regional scale.
Infinite Earth Radio Partners
Skeo is a for-profit consulting firm offering a multidisciplinary approach to navigating the complex issues facing local communities, state governments, federal agencies and socially responsible businesses. Using our unique integrated approach and tailored analysis, we provide innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing issues in environmental stewardship, social equity and economic opportunity.
To learn more about Skeo – go to skeo.com
The Local Government Commission (LGC)
LGC is a nonprofit membership organization of elected officials and other local leaders. For over 35 years LGC has connected cutting-edge leaders from across the nation, advanced transformative policies and implemented innovative solutions for sustainable communities.
To learn more about the LGC – go to lgc.org
Founded in 1984, Island Press' mission is to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems. We are evolving our approach to develop and deliver ideas and expertise quickly, interactively, and in various forms through programs like the Urban Resilience Project.
In 2013, Island Press launched the Urban Resilience Project (URP) with support from The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation. The project brings together thought leaders from a broad range of expertise to generate and cross-pollinate ideas on urban resilience in the era of climate change. These ideas are then shared in a variety of media -- books, articles, podcasts, webinars, educational coursework, and more.