Last week after putting together a list of 16 people you must follow on twitter for green business, I was struck by one particular dimension of the compilation: it was all men. I certainly had no intention of making the list all men but didn't even realize the lopsidedness until several hours after publishing. As the post gained traction, I wondered how long it would be until someone called me out on the male-ness of the assemblage. It didn't take long.
Reader elsameow commented, "That’s a nice list, but why are they all men?" Tail between my legs I owned up to the error (blaming it partially on a Colbertian inability to see gender), and suggested it might make for good fodder for another post. So in honor of International Women's Day, I bring you Earth & Industry's alphabetical listing of 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. Like last week's list this is just a sampling of the many great green business twitterfeeds out there so please add your suggestions in the comments below.
@ChristineArena Christine Arena is an author and blogger with specialties in CSR, sustainability and ethics. Cristine is writing about green business and interviewing industry leaders at ChristineArena.com.
@DianeMacEachern A communications professional, speaker and accomplished writer, Diane MacEachern is passionate about empowering consumers -- especially women -- to use their marketplace clout to protect the environment. Diane is the author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World.
@elaineishere Elaine Hsieh is "business savvy green building consultant whose professional activities focus on energy and sustainability." Elaine is also Pacific Regional Council Chair of the US Green Building Council. She tweets about green building and a range of energy and environmental issues.
@greenhance An Adjunct Faculty in Marketing at Marymount University, Jennifer Kaplan has conducted in-depth research into consumer attitudes about how small businesses can most effectively go green. Jennifer is also a blogger for Ecopreneurist.com and author of the new book, Greening Your Small Business.
@greensara President of Eco Assist Consulting and founder of YourGreenReview.com, Sara Rampersaud tweets and retweets high quality sustainable business content.
@joannayarrow An "explorer of 21st-century sustainable living," Joanna Yarrow is a writer, broadcaster, consultant and founder of Beyond Green, a full service consultancy that can conceive, plan, design, communicate, develop business models for and help to deliver sustainable developments.
@kate_sheppard Environmental reporter and blogger at Mother Jones, Kate covers more politics than business in her writing and tweeting. But Kate's inside the beltway muckraking on the energy industry and the Chamber of Commerce make her a must follow for anyone interested in the business and politics of green and greenwashing.
@MariaEnergia Maria Surma Manka is a self-described energy guru, PR professional and blogger. A member of the original writing team at Green Options, Maria is a contributor at Earth & Industry as well as the voice of reason on Earth & Industry Radio's "Gang of Four" podcast.
@mkaufmann Michelle Kaufmann is an architect "working on smarter ways to design, build and live." Founder of Michelle Kaufmann Designs, her award-winning green prefab building designs have caused us to redefine what it means to build green.
@OliviaZaleski Host of CNN, Fortune Mag's Business of Green series and CNNmoney.com environmental correspondent, Olivia Zaleski also launched HuffPo Green, and is a contributing editor at "The Daily Green" and regular guest expert on ABC's "Good Morning America Now."
@OrganicMania Lynn Miller is a green marketing consultant and mom who is "Crazy about Organics and Green Living." Organicmania is a blog "devoted to cutting through the hype and figuring out when it makes sense to lay out the big bucks for organic and green purchases. Lynn also tweets with a business focus at @4GreenPs.
@TaigaCompany Julie Urlaub consults, blogs, and works with businesses leaders to help them address sustainability interests. Julie's blog and twitterfeed is full of practical bits of strategic advice to help businesses green their operations.
Of course, you can also follow @earthindustry on Twitter. Earth & Industry focuses on the intersection of people, planet and profit, leading the discussion on how companies can maximize profits while being responsible citizens of this earth. Tweets are from the Earth & Industry writing team, anchored by editor Tim Hurst (@ecopolitologist).
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