Tom is the owner of The Urban Farmer Store, with 3 locations in the Bay area. It is known for it marketing and sales of efficient irrigation supplies as well as outdoor lighting. Tom has given over 2000 lectures on various subjects in the area of efficient irrigation and water conservation over the last 35 years. He has also written articles for both technical conferences and popular publications.
Linda is a partner with the landscape architect firm Gates and Associates. She has extensive experience with public and private landscape design and planning projects in the Bay Area, including the new entry for the College of Alameda and other Bay-Friendly Rated projects.
Terry is CEO/CFO of Lyngso Garden Materials, a family-owned business based in Redwood City, San Mateo County. She grew up in the family business, where she developed her passion for the soil food web and sustainable landscaping practices. Terry is a Master Gardener and Master Composter and has extensive knowledge of compost, soil, integrated pest management and local materials.
Aaron is an owner at Cagwin & Dorward, a leading landscape contractor firm. He has managed construction of estate, commercial and public landscape projects, including two Bay-Friendly Rated Landscapes. He has led Bay-Friendly training demonstrations and was a speaker at the 2010 Bay-Friendly conference.
Stuart is the principal of Placeworks LLC, a real estate development company. He has extensive experience designing and building award-winning green developments, including the LEED Platinum-rated home of StopWaste.Org. He enjoys gardening and looks forward to steering his industry toward more sustainable landscapes.
Wendy Sommer is a Principal Program Manager at StopWaste.Org. She leads the agency's "Product Decisions" group, which strives for maximum waste reduction by influencing decisions about what products to manufacture or purchase. She also serves on the executive management team, influencing internal and external policies, board recommendations and agency budget. She oversees a $8 million grant for "Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County," a program promoting energy-efficiency and green building upgrades. She serves on several non profit Board of Directors and is currently working on the formation of a regional Energy Joint Powers Authority.