Meet Our Green Panelists

We’re assembling a panel of Colorado’s foremost sustainable business leaders to discuss how their changing the game for the environment. The four panelists will answer sustainability questions from our moderator (Michael Davies, owner of Davies Media Design), as well as questions directly from the audience during our Q&A Session. Read about our current panelists for the June 1st Spring Denver Green Forum below!

Pete Maysmith

Pete Maysmith

Executive Director | Conservation Colorado

Pete Maysmith is the executive director of Conservation Colorado, the largest state-based environmental group in Colorado with over 21,000 members and 37 staff. Pete lead the formation of Conservation Colorado in 2013 by merging two of the state’s leading environmental groups. The now merged group has seen a sevenfold increase in staff and budget since 2009 when Pete became director.

Over the course of his 25 year career in advocacy and politics, Pete has run state organizations and served on the senior staff of national organizations. In those capacities he has lobbied, organized, run campaigns, raised millions of dollars and hired and trained dozens of exceptional staff. After working for a number of years in Washington DC, Pete moved back to his home state of Colorado in 1996. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University with a Public Policy degree and graduated with honors from the University of Denver school of law in 2008. He lives in Denver with his wife and two red haired daughters. He loves to run, cook, and read whenever he can find the time.

Sarada Krishnan, Ph.D.

Sarada Krishnan, Ph.D.

Director of Horticulture & Center for Global Initiatives | Denver Botanic Gardens

Dr. Sarada Krishnan is Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens where she is responsible for directing the design and maintenance of the horticulture displays and collections, and for developing and leading global projects. She has several years of experience in public and commercial horticulture.

Her global work and research has taken her to places such as Haiti, Madagascar, South Sudan, Mexico, Jamaica, South Africa, India, Argentina and Mongolia. In collaboration with Crop Trust and World Coffee Research, she was selected as the coffee expert to lead the development of the Global Strategy for Conservation of Coffee Genetic Resources, to be released in early 2017. As part of this project, she travelled to seven major coffee genebanks in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar) and Central and South America (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica) to assess the status of coffee germplasm.

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Sarada has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from India, where the focus was on tropical horticulture. She has a Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University, with a research focus on the propagation of native Colorado flora specializing in plant tissue culture. Her doctorate research at University of Colorado, Boulder, focused on the conservation genetics of wild coffee (Coffea spp.) in Madagascar. Sarada owns coffee plantations in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. She is a faculty affiliate with Colorado State University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and a member of the Board of Directors of Plant Select®, City of Westminster Parks, Recreation, Libraries and Open Space Advisory Board, Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association, VGIF (Virginia Glidersleeve International Fund) and the Ulaanbaatar Denver Sister Cities Committee Executive Board. In December 2016, Sarada was nominated to serve on USDA’s National Genetic Resources Advisory Council.


Lindsay Arell

Lindsay Arell

Sustainable Programs Manager | Colorado Convention Center & Red Rocks

Lindsay Arell is the founder and lead strategist of Honeycomb Strategies, a firm focused on working with clients to go beyond sustainability programs that simply reduce energy and implement recycling. Instead, the goal of Honeycomb Strategies is to create programs with purpose, because we understand purpose drives performance.

Ms. Arell is a LEED AP and has received many recognitions for her efforts to further the sustainability of the hospitality and events industry including: Convention Industry Council 2014 PaceSetter Award for Sustainability, “Top 40 Under 40” by Connect Meeting Magazine,  “2012 Industry Innovator” by BizBash Magazine.  She is also a current member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Sustainability for the City of Denver, a member of the Convention Industry Council’s Sustainability Leadership Council, and Past-Chair of the ASTM E60.02 Committee on Hospitality Sustainability 2012-2016.

Andrea Sanders

Andrea Sanders

Director & Founder, Be Zero

Andrea Sanders lives in Boulder, Colorado and is the director and founder of Be Zero, a non-profit that focuses on zero waste education. Andrea’s background in environmental conservation spans over 20 years, with its start as a member of the Marine Mammal Care Team at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, where she assisted with sick, injured, and stranded marine mammals and taught education programs to the aquarium vistors.

From there she went on to the Central Florida Zoological Park & Botanical Gardens. Here, she was a Lead Zoo Educator and Educational Animal Assistant Keeper. During her time there, she developed and shared education and conservation programs for grades K-12 and facilitated the Zoo’s Green Team, which created conservation educational projects for staff and public. Andrea also worked briefly at the Denver Zoological Park. There she hosted guest interactions through animal education and conservation discussions. Highlighting animal care, stories, and vital conservation programs specifically in the Toyota Elephant Passage.

Last summer, Andrea was invited to speak at Tedx Aruba’s September 2016 event. At Tedx, she shared her take on the question, “What if we all made less trash?” with an audience of 500 individuals and broadcasted live to the Dutch Embassies. |

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