Meet the Opportunity Green Insights Blog Contributors!

Posted on 08. Jan, 2011 by in Meet the Writers

Karen Solomon (@Oppgreen)

In honor of its 70th anniversary, Glamour Magazine featured Karen as one of the 70 women they considered to be environmental leaders and heroes. She was honored in 2009 & 2010 by the Los Angeles Business Journal at the Women Who Mean Business Awards and the 2009 recipient of the International Green Dot Award for Community and Policy. As CEO, Karen serves as a human hub for connecting great minds, nurturing extraordinary talent and promoting the best and the brightest players. Her vast experience and progressive vision have played an instrumental role in the rapid growth that has taken OG from a local green business conference to a global brand.

Jessie Babiarz

Jessie Babiarz is originally from Middlebury, Vermont. After receiving her BA studying Sociology and Mathematics at Ithaca College, Jessie wanted to get away from the snow. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and began working at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, specializing in conference planning, financial management and awards and grants administration. After fully realizing her passion for the environment, Jessie applied to graduate schools, planning to focus on opportunities in business and sustainability. She is currently studying for an MBA at USC, where she will graduate in 2012. Aside from sustainability, her passions include being active, spending time outdoors, and cooking delicious vegetarian meals at home. She can often be found using one of LA’s various forms of public transportation, even though she has a car.

Christopher Bay

A Los Angeles native with nature in his blood, Chris has experience and education in marketing, public relations and sustainable development. He is a researcher with the Natural Urban Systems Group at TreePeople in Los Angeles. A student of the permaculture arts, Chris is currently designing and helping to develop a few backyard edible gardens as well as offering his time as an apprentice on a organic farm.

Chris has been known to cover all-things sustainable; however, he has a “sweet tooth” for developments in urban food systems and organic farming. In his writing with OG, he aspires to reduce his ego to ensure a broadened readership and happier life.   Chris also writes for as a green living examiner and with the Santa Barbara Independent as an environment/newsroom journalist.


Johanna Björk (@Goodlifer) 

Johanna Björk is the founder and publisher of Goodlifer, a web-based magazine dedicated to sharing ideas and insights into a future that is positive, enthusiastic, sustainable, achievable and bright. She believes that all truly good ideas are inherently sustainable and reports on innovative people, companies and organizations that are part of a global movement towards a conscious redefinition of “the good life”. Björk is a leading expert and commentator on health & wellness, design, eco-fashion, DIY culture and sustainable living.  She moved to the U.S. from her native Sweden at the dawn of the new millennium, lived and worked seven years in Miami, four in Brooklyn, NY and recently moved to Ojai, CA in pursuit  of the good life.


Michael Chapdelaine

From naturalist to engineer to producer to writer, Michael Chapdelaine has a longstanding interest in philosophies, technology and social structures for planetary stewardship. A relentless recycler, he is particularly attuned to the growing conflict of consumption-based economies in a resource-limited world and the challenge of sustainability. As a record-setting powerlifter, he is also a walking advocate for physical fitness supported by organic foods and natural products. Michael received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.

  Sarah Hadburg   

Sarah Hadburg is a rising senior at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in International Development Studies with a minor in Environmental Systems & Society. Her interest in environmental issues first began when she took the Global Environment Cluster at UCLA.  It continued when she spent the quarter in Washington, DC through UCLA’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy program. There, she interned with the World Wildlife Fund’s Business & Industry team. She continued her internship with WWF during her five months abroad in Mexico City. Once back in Los Angeles, Sarah conducted research with the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Change and Sustainability (LARC), a partnership of academic, public and private sectors through the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She is most interested in sustainable business in emerging markets and green events happening around LA.

Sara Glaser 

Executive Producer, 1st Assistant Director, Social Activist, Sara Glaser received a BA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Upon moving to Los Angeles she immersed herself in the life of film production. She has worked as a 1st AD on a number of projects including cause-oriented independent features and state-funded documentaries. In addition, Sara also involves herself in field organizing on grassroots political campaigns. She has been described as “Dedicated, hard-working, and capable of demonstrating amazing grace under tremendous pressure.”
Glaser’s social activism efforts are dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of Earth’s ecosystems and stem from the belief that restructuring the relationships between communities and local and state governments can optimize performance, transparency, and accountability to ultimately achieve positive social gains in a financially sustainable ways. She will soon earn a M.B.A. in Sustainable Management with which she will continue producing cause-oriented films and building skills to facilitate the creation of positive change agents in business and society.

Patrick Haase

Patrick Haase is an environmental writer and commentator with a focus on legal and policy issues. He previously worked in government relations where he consulted with business leaders and government officials to implement environmental policy. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. In addition to his work with OG, Patrick writes a daily column for his website,, where he covers land use and sustainability issues in Southern California.


Kristall Lutz, CMP

With over a decade of corporate meeting planning and account management experience, Kristall Lutz, CMP is excited to bring her expertise to Opportunity Green as the Director of Strategic Alliances. As the Director of Events for Magazine Publishers of America in New York, she was responsible for more than 50 events a year ranging from intimate luncheons with United States Senators, annual conferences, trade shows, and gala awards shows. She’s worked with everyone from President Obama and President Clinton to Jon Stewart and Martha Stewart. Her expertise spans the “A to Z” of event and account management, seamlessly orchestrating superior events from conception to post-event evaluation. Two of her annual events were recognized as Top 5 Media Industry Events and Top 100 Events in New York City by BizBash Magazine all five years of her tenure with MPA. An avid reader and writer, Kristall will also contribute to the OG Social Media team and Opportunity Green Insights blog. She is excited to learn more about sustainable practices that can be applied to all aspects of business and personal life.

Jen Üner

Jen Üner develops meaningful partnerships and creative activation programs for sponsors of Opportunity Green. She is the founder and principal of Egg Productions, a boutique agency that helps companies launch new brands, products and business initiatives. Jen brings more than 20 years of experience in business development, marketing communications and event production to her clients in online and offline media, business services and lifestyle goods. Before applying her energies to her current clients and projects, she launched “the edge at MAGIC” (a progressive lifestyle trade show) at the world’s largest apparel marketplace; pioneered style online with one of the web’s first fashion destinations, ShoppingTheWorld; gave voice to REALTOR® products at MOVE, Inc; transformed the brand of LA’s wholesale hub, the California Market Center; and founded both the Los Angeles Fashion Awards and With Egg Productions she has piloted business and brand development programs for clients large (Aflac, AECOM) and small (GOOD Worldwide, Gogosha Optique).

Doug Wein

Doug Wein is an independent consultant and coach, working with sustainability-minded businesses and professionals to help them clarify and achieve their most critical goals.  He has provided strategic sustainability consulting to Fortune 500 companies across a wide array of industries, including food & agriculture, retail, manufacturing, real estate, green building, and waste & recycling.  His coaching work helps clients develop leadership skills, spread bold ideas, transform organizations, and ultimately create positive change.  Doug has led strategy development trainings in small teams and in groups of over 650 professionals at such premier sustainability venues as the Greenbuild Conference.

Doug has led people and organizations for over fifteen years.  He has an MBA from the Ross School of Business and an MS from the School of Natural Resources and Environment, having graduated from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.  His undergraduate degree in Psychology is from Pitzer College.  When he’s not coaching, Doug is often attempting to invent new culinary sauces to delight his wife, building treehouses, or exploring the backyard with his two-year old.


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2 Responses to “Meet the Opportunity Green Insights Blog Contributors!”

  1. Charles Yarbrough

    02. Mar, 2010

    If you need someone to write on the tech sector let me know. I run a hosting company in LA that has recently turned GREEN. I would love to help more of the tech sector become greener.

  2. KristallLutz

    16. Jun, 2011

    What an attractively smart group of writers!!

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