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Monday, August 28, 2023

Ei Welcomes New Advisors

In 2021, Elemental Impact (Ei) Founder & CEO Holly Elmore returned to her hometown, Sarasota, Florida, after residing in Atlanta for four decades. With her move, the Ei global headquarters relocated to Sarasota, and Holly delved into local environmental initiatives. The IMPACT Magazine, Ei Moves!, chronicles Holly's move to Sarasota along with accomplishments during Ei's relocation.

Lambda Alpha International
Upon arriving in Sarasota, Holly immediately embarked on building a local Lambda Alpha International (LAI) group of At-Large members. Holly scheduled Ei- and LAI-introduction meetings with the Sarasota environmental leadership. With nearly 100% success, the environmental leaders accepted Holly's LAI At-Large-member nominations. (LAI) is a 90-years-old honorary society for the advancement of land economics.

With no current chapter in Florida, Holly established an environmental Leadership Group (LG) of At-Large LAI members; intentions are to launch a formal LAI Chapter in the future once membership expands beyond the environmental community to a broad spectrum of land economics professionals.

Ei orchestrated an impressive February 17, 2023 LAI Coastal-Water Quality: Challenges, Solutions, and Economic Impact Global Webinar. The global webinar was the second program in an eighteen-month series about water and land economics around the globe hosted by the LAI Global Water Group.

Watch the webinar recording on LAI TV to learn about Sarasota’s successful collaborative water-quality projects and programs; the Regeneration in ACTION (RiA) Magazine article, Coastal-Water Quality: Challenges, Solutions, and Economic Impact, provides an in-depth synopsis of the webinar content; panelist PPT presentations are available for download within the article copy.

The RiA article, Coastal Water Quality: land-based activity determines the quality & related economic impact, highlights the LG's impressive and varied environmental endeavors.

New Advisors
As Ei embarked on the Ei Rewilding Urban Landscapes Pilots in Holly's yard, many of the LG members joined the Ei Advisory Council to share their expertise. The RiA Magazine article, Ei Rewilding Urban Landscapes Pilot, introduces the pilots, and the Holly Elmore Images gallery series by the same name chronicles the progress.

Ei welcomes the following new advisors:

Aaron Virgin
CEO at Save Our Seabirds

For nearly two decades, Aaron has worked for national and grassroots organizations committed to natural resource protection and problem-solving through science-based policymaking decisions. During his career he has been tasked with raising financial support to build coalition groups on a host of issues, such as comprehensive funding mechanisms for land and water protection, monitoring endangered wildlife species threatened by human impacts, and habitat restoration initiatives to promote biological diversity.

Bridgett Luther
Table2Farms Founder & Visionary

Former Director of California’s Department of Conservation under Arnold Schwarzenegger; Scaled the world’s largest recycling program; Directed $1.2B US budget; Led a staff of 750 guiding years of legislative and policy decision-making
Co-Founder of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute; Developed the open source Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard; Established ongoing multi-stakeholder refinement process; Persuaded adoption by hundreds of the world’s leading manufacturers; Made certification keystone of the Circular Economy 

Charles Reith, Ph.D
Suncoast Urban ReForesters Founder & Visionary

Charles Reith is an ecologist with experience restoring ecological productivity to distressed land and waters. His reforestation and restoration efforts have applied to deserts, wetlands, alpine, and urban circumstances where highly disturbed land required rehabilitation into lands that will harbor wildlife, prevent pollution, and provide other ecological services to the Watershed.

In greater Sarasota, his work has focused on reforesting parks and neighborhoods where turf, which is ecologically barren, can be transformed into fast-growing forest habitats using a combination of Miyawaki planting strategies and permaculture-inspired soil management.

Mary Anne Bowie, FAICP
Retired, Unitarian Universalist Church Green Team Chair

Mary Anne G. Bowie, FAICP is a third-generation Sarasotan and happy that her three children and grandchildren live in the Sarasota area. Retired as an urban planner and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, her environmental activism continues as leader of the Green Team at the Unitarian Universalist Church and co-founder of Generating Earth Connections.  Recent efforts have included publishing a healthy soils pamphlet to raise personal awareness and responsibility regarding regeneration.   

Solutions to Avoid Red Tide Chair

Sandy is a graduate of Cornell University with a BA in economics. His career spanned thirty-five years in the publishing business with executive positions with TIME and Smithsonian Magazines where he traveled all over the world working with advertising clients on their marketing programs.

He and his wife, Emmy Lou, retired to Longboat Key in 2000 where he was Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Board, Chairman of the Public Interest Committee and a government affairs columnist for the Longboat Observer.

Ringling College of Art and Design Professor of Environmental Studies

Tim is a planetary ethicist and Professor of Environmental Studies at Ringling College of Art and Design where he teaches courses on sustainability, creating ecological cities, applied environmental design, food, water, biodiversity, and environmental ethics.

Prior to Ringling, Tim was the Curator/Director of the Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design. Between the two institutions he has spent over 40 years living and working at the intersection of Science and Art.

Welcome Aaron, Bridgett, Charles, Mary Anne, Sandy, and Tim to the Ei Advisory Council! Thank you for agreeing to support Ei endeavors with your industry expertise. Ei is ready to soar with new initiatives on the horizon, and your support is integral to success.


Tax-deductible donations in any amount are greatly appreciated to support Ei's important work. 


About Elemental Impact:
Elemental Impact (Ei) is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2010 as the home to the Zero Waste Zones, the forerunner in the nation for the commercial collection of food waste for compost. In June 2017, Ei announced the Era of Recycling Refinement was Mission Accomplished and entered the Era of Regeneration. Current focus areas include Nature PrevailsSoil Health | Regenerative Agriculture, and Water Use | Toxicity.

The Regeneration in ACTION Magazine articles, From Organic Certification to Regenerative Agriculture to Rewilding Landscapes: an evolution towards soil integrity and SOIL & WATER: the foundation of life, published to explain and substantiate the importance of Ei’s rewilding urban landscapes work within the Nature Prevails focus area.

The Holly Elmore Images Rewilding Urban Landscapes-album folder documents two active pilots: the Native-Plant Landscape Pilot and the Backyard Permaculture-Oriented Pilot.

To work with industry leaders to create best regenerative operating practices where the entire value-chain benefits, including corporate bottom lines, communities, and the environment. Through education and collaboration, establish best practices as standard practices.

Ei’s tagline – Regeneration in ACTION – is the foundation for Ei endeavors.

The following mantra is at the core of Ei work:

Ei is a creator, an incubator.
Ei determines what could be done that is not being done and gets it done.
Ei brings the possible out of impossible.
Ei identifies pioneers and creates heroes.

For additional information, contact Holly Elmore at 404-510-9336 |

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