Contributing Experts

Read below to find out more about our Whole Green contributors.

Michael Robbins

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Michael RobbinsEditor

Michael Robbins is the former editor-in-chief of Audubon magazine. Author of Brooklyn: A State of Mind, The Hiking Companion, and other books, he has written articles for such publications as New York, Discover, Mother Jones, Plenty, and Popular Science. Winner of a National Magazine Award, he is currently a magazine editor for the Weider History Group and lives in Brooklyn, New York and Leesburg, Virginia.

Renee Loux

Chapter: Cleaning House/Ready to Wear/Natural Beauty

Renée LouxAuthor

Renée Loux has been a trendsetter and eco-barometer in the burgeoning environmental movement for more than a decade. Dubbed the “Queen of Green” and often called a green guru, Loux is an author, eco-consultant, TV personality, chef, restaurateur, and columnist for Women’s Health magazine. She authored the definitive guide to green lifestyle, Easy Green Living (Rodale), and Gourmand Award–winning The Balanced Plate (Rodale) and Living Cuisine (Avery). She also hosts Fine Living channel’s It’s Easy Being Green. As a frequent green-expert TV guest, eco-advisor, Board member, and product tester, Loux understands the rapidly growing eco-market, the science behind it, and consumer trends for greener living. Renée lives on the beach in Maui, Hawaii, in a house powered by solar energy.

Wendy Palitz

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Wendy PalitzArt Director

Wendy Palitz is an experienced art director who has worked for such magazines as New York, Savvy, Self, Travel Holiday, Victoria, and Brooklyn Bridge. She has designed award-winning books on a wide range of subjects including cooking, travel, gardening, landscaping, travel, and wildlife. But never in her career has she art directed a book like the Whole Green Catalog. Currently, she is art director for the Weider History Group and lives in Brooklyn, New York and Leesburg, Virginia.

Sara Altshul

Chapter: Natural Healing

Sara Altshul Author

Sara Altshul has covered natural medicine for almost 20 years. She was Prevention magazine’s alternative medicine editor for six years, and in 2001, she was invited to testify as an expert before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. The coauthor of New Choices in Natural Healing for Women (Rodale) and A Woman’s Book of Healing Herbs (Rodale), Altshul’s freelance articles have appeared in leading health magazines.

Louise Buyo

Chapter: Green Creativity

Louise BuyoEditor

Kim Hall and Louise Buyo are the editors of Art Calendar, the business magazine for visual artists. In Art Calendar’s annual green issue, Ms. Hall and Ms. Buyo encourage artists to approach art making with a greater knowledge of the health and environmental implications of their materials, while informing them about alternative supplies and safer studio practices. Ms. Buyo, a former art consultant and curatorial assistant at the Harn Museum of Art, has a background in art history and anthropology. She researches contemporary artistic trends and writes on a variety of topics.

Theresa Foy DiGeronimo

Chapter: Next Generation

Theresa Foy DiGeronimoWriter

Theresa Foy DiGeronimo is a veteran writer in the field of parenting. Many of her 60 nonfiction books and numerous magazine articles have focused on her adventures raising her own three children from pregnancy and childbirth through toilet training, disciplining, schooling, athletics, and college. DiGeronimo’s collaboration on the book Raising Baby Green (Jossey-Bass) with renowned author and pediatrician Alan Greene, MD, sparked her interest in raising children who respect and nurture the world around them. Her current work with Marisa Weiss, MD, on the book Think Pink, Live Green continues her focus on healthy, green living for the sake of personal and environmental well-being.

Michael Fox

Chapter: Green Pet Care

Dr. Michael W. FoxVeterinarian/Author

Michael W. Fox was born and educated in the UK, earning his veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1962, with honors in pathology and animal husbandry. He has authored and edited over 40 books for adults and children, and writes the nationally syndicated newspaper column, Animal Doctor (with United Features Syndicate, NY). His long-held basic premise that human health and well being are inseparable from animal health and welfare and environmental protection and
conservation is now gaining international acceptance as a bioethical imperative and prerequisite for a viable future.

Joe Glickman

Chapter: Playing Clean

Joe Glickman Freelance Writer/Author

Joe Glickman is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer. His articles have Appeared in Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, CondéNast Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. He wrote two dozen “Weekend Warrior” columns for the New York Times, and he is the author of six books, including To the Top (Northword Press), and The Kayak Companion (Storey Publishing). A two-time member of the US national marathon kayak team, Glickman has cycled across America, paddled solo from Montana to Chicago, and scaled the highest
point in each of the 50 states.

Marshall Glickman

Chapter: Doing Well & Good

Marshall GlickmanAuthor

Marshall Glickman graduated from college and went to Wall Street with a plan: work for three years or until saving $100,000, then quit and do more rewarding work. He reached his goal at age 24 with $135,000 saved, and he moved to Vermont. In 1990, he started Green Living: A Practical Journal for Friends of the Environment and served as its editor and publisher until 2005. He has written about socially responsible investing for many publications and is the author of The Mindful Money Guide: Creating Harmony Between Your Values and Your Finances (Ballantine).

Kim Hall

Chapter: Green Creativity

Kim Hall Editor

Kim Hall and Louise Buyo are the editors of Art Calendar, the business magazine for visual artists. In Art Calendar’s annual green issue, Ms. Hall and Ms. Buyo encourage artists to approach art making with a greater knowledge of the health and environmental implications of their materials, while informing them about alternative supplies and safer studio practices. Educated in art, residential design, and arts management, Ms. Hall has experimented with a variety of art mediums throughout her career. In addition, she has written frequently about groundbreaking innovations in green and sustainable design and construction.

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Chapter: Green Power

Brian Clark HowardEnvironmental Journalist

Brian Clark Howard has been an environmental journalist since 2001, and he has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He served five years as managing editor of E/The Environmental Magazine and is now a Web editor for The Daily Green, one of the Web’s premier destinations for all things relating to the green lifestyle. He has written extensively on energy, home design, and consumer issues, and he is coeditor and coauthor of the book Green Living (Plume). Howard has written for Men’s Health, MSN, Yahoo, Plenty, The Green Guide, AlterNet, and elsewhere and is very active in online social media. He was a finalist for the 2004 Reuters-IUCN Environmental Media Awards.

Robert Mcgarvey

Chapter: Working Green

Robert McGarvey Author

Robert McGarvey is a frequent contributor to many national publications, including Reader’s Digest, Playboy, the New York Times, and the Harvard Business Review. He has reviewed office equipment and design for many years as a frequent columnist for Entrepreneur magazine and has interviewed leading green experts at a range of international corporations. McGarvey is also the author of several books, including How to Dotcom (Entrepreneur Press).

Scott Meyer

Chapter: Growing Greens

Scott Meyer Organic Gardening Expert/Author

Scott Meyer was editor of Organic Gardening magazine and from 2002 to 2009. Prior to that, he held a variety of positions with the brand, including product reviewer and Website producer. He has appeared as an organic gardening expert in many media outlets, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Wall Street Journal. His writing has also appeared in Men’s Health, Mountain Bike, and other magazines. Scott is the author of Totally Roses (Chronicle) and three other books. He tends his organic garden and lives with his family
in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Jim Motavalli

Chapter: In Motion/Closing The Circle

Jim Motavalli Author/Editor

Jim Motavalli has written extensively about green autos and recycling for such publications as the Boston Globe, Popular Mechanics, Men’s Journal, Salon, and Grist. He writes on environmental topics for the New York Times, (CBS), Mother Nature Network, and (Hearst). He is author or editor of six books, including Forward Drive: The Race to Build Clean Cars for the Future (SierraClub), Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change (Routledge), and Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery (Da Capo). He is also a senior writer for E/The Environmental Magazine and a contributor to the Environmental Defense Fund publications.

Ted Samson

Chapter: Eco-Technology

Ted SamsonSenior Analyst

Ted Samson is a senior analyst for InfoWorld, a leading business technology Web destination for information technology decision makers and enthusiasts. He authors a popular Web blog titled “Sustainable IT,” in which he delivers in-depth coverage and analysis of all topics pertaining to green IT, from energy-efficient, environmentally friendly computers and laptops to data centers. Samson telecommutes from his home office in Sacramento, California.

Jeff Serena

Chapter: Greater Outdoors

Jeff Serena Editor

Jeff Serena started his career writing environmental impact reports for the State University of New York and the University of California. He served as editor at Ragged Mountain Press, acquiring books about the outdoors. He later joined the Globe Pequot Press, heading up the Falcon imprint, the largest line of outdoor recreation books in the world. An accomplished angler and canoeist, he has worked as a fishing guide in Colorado and was an instructor in the Orvis fly-fishing schools. Jeff is also an amateur naturalist with interests in bird-watching and organic gardening.

Tim Snyder

Chapter: Green Creativity

Tim SnyderJournalist

Tim Snyder learned some early lessons in sustainable living from his grandfather, who managed a wealthy landowner’s farm and estate. He was amazed at the abundance of food that his grandfather harvested from the orchards and vegetable gardens on the property. After Snyder graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English and environmental studies, he began a journalism career that has focused on home design and construction, remodeling, and green building. His work has been featured in Time, Men’s Health, Modern Maturity, This Old House, and Fine Homebuilding magazines.

Kerry Trueman

Chapter: Eating Well

Kerry Trueman Environmental Activist/Blogger

Kerry Trueman is an environmental activist who has written about edible landscaping and organic gardening for the Financial Times. She served as food editor for before becoming a sustainability blogger for Participant Media’s Trueman currently writes about wholesome foods, low-impact living, and sustainable agriculture for the Huffington Post, AlterNet, the Green Fork, Air America, and Open Left. She is cofounder of, an Internet roots organization that promotes sustainable agriculture and progressive politics. Her most recent project is, a Web site for farmers, gardeners, and eaters who favor conservation over consumption.

Kristi Wiedemann

Chapter: Bringing It Home

Kristi WiedemannSustainability Specialist/Writer

Kristi Wiedemann is a sustainability specialist and nationally published writer who has traveled the globe analyzing the supply chains of consumer products. For nearly a decade, Ms. Wiedemann’s work has focused on exploring the impacts of everyday products and services on health and the environment, and on educating the public about safer and greener alternatives. She received her master of science degree from Tufts School of Nutrition with a major in agriculture, food, and the environment, and her bachelor of science degree in environmental and forest biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Brook Wilkinson

Chapter: Round Trips

Brook Wilkinson News Correspondent

Brook Wilkinson always seeks to satisfy both her inner adventurer and environmentalist. As CondéNast Traveler’s consumer news correspondent, she has written the magazine’s World Savers Awards, which recognizes environmentally and socially responsible travel companies, for the past seven years. These assignments show the power of travel to preserve the earth and protect its inhabitants, from the construction of a medical clinic by an Indonesian resort to scientific research supported by an Amazonian ecolodge. Wilkinson has spoken at ecotourism conferences, and she writes a weekly responsible-travel column for CondéNast Traveler’s blog.

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