In addition to teaching in the Sustainable Practices Certificate program at Dominican University, Michael Sammet also teaches the Sustainability Studio in California College of the Arts' MBA in Design Strategy program and Sustainable Design courses at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created the Professional Program in Sustainable Design at UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco.
Michael is passionate about the power of the applied principles of sustainability to improve the quality of our lives and society, while reducing our impact on the planet. He has presented his work at West Coast Green, the EcoCity World Summit, Esalen, and Burning Man. He is the cofounder of Design Renaissance, a biannual sustainable community design event in Santa Cruz.
He hosts a weekly talk radio program in Santa Cruz on AM 1080 KSCO, featuring interviews and discussions about sustainability, spirituality, politics, culture, and social activism. He holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a MA from Stanford University.
Bob Brown has been a planning manager and director for 31 years in some of the most progressive cities in the Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Mateo. He has specialized in reinvigorating downtowns into pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use/mixed-income community centers, promoting environmental protection and facilitating public involvement. He has been the Community Development Director for the City of San Rafael for the past 12 years, and is currently acting as the City’s Sustainability Coordinator. He authored San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan and is now leading an effort to create a county-wide energy efficiency and water conservation retrofit program for existing buildings.
Bob holds an undergraduate degree in environmental biology from the University of Santa Clara and a Masters in Urban Planning from San Jose State University. He was also a member of the inaugural Sustainable Practices Certificate Program at Dominican University.