Susan England is a creative director and communications professional with long experience in graphic design, branding, messaging, marketing, web development and communications strategy. She has launched several highly successful small businesses. She and Elsie have worked together for more than 15 years on a variety of projects.
Henry Red Cloud is the direct 5th generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud. Henry was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation, where living conditions are extremely difficult. For more than a decade, Henry has devoted himself to developing his expertise with renewable energy applications that are environmentally sound, economically beneficial, and culturally appropriate.Henry’s efforts to bring renewable energy to tribal lands have been recognized nationally and internationally.
Elsie Walker oversaw an innovative and successful 15-year program in Tibet. As part of this work,Tibetan builders and unskilled workers were trained to construct a variety of structures out of compressed earth block. She co-founded EarthinBlocks™ to promote this technology in the United States and around the world. From 1986-1995 she worked for the Dalai Lama’s representatives in the United States developing organizations and programs to preserve Tibetan culture.
Ted Mercer has built careers at the leading edge of aerospace technology, global business strategy, and re-architecting the National airspace. As a US Air Force Major General, he served as Director of Plans and Policy for US Strategic Command, where he oversaw the development of cyberspace operations for National Military Strategy. As Director of Global Business Development and Strategy for ITT Geospatial Systems, he generated over $3 billion in new business opportunities spanning more than 30 countries.
Mike began his journey with 10 years in the construction industry, and enjoys working on building projects that are sustainable. One of those projects was in China, working with the compressed earth machine and instruction manual. After that project, he stayed in China for 5 years so he could learn Chinese. He is currently living and working in Western Massachusetts as a renewable energy consultant, with a focus on residential roof top solar. When he isn’t working, he likes to spend time with his wife traveling, going for walks and bicycle rides.
Andrew Wright, Consulting Architect, is an award-winning partner in the New York firm of Starboard Architects. Andrew is a LEED accredited professional and an active member of the Association of Preservation Technology and the American Institute of Architects. He has been involved with a wide array of projects in New York, New Jersey, Haiti and for EarthinBlocks, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
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