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We are a new media company publishing websites that focus on energy, the environment and sustainable living. By leading the conversation about green issues, LiveOAK aims to advance the principles of sustainability by making them meaningful and accessible to a mainstream audience.


Earth & IndustryWelcome to Earth & Industry...

We can no longer think of the earth and industry as competing interests that only thrive at the expense of the other. Today’s businesses must balance people, planet and profit to be successful.  Earth & Industry focuses on the intersection of these three elements, leading the discussion on how companies are maximizing profits while being responsible citizens of this earth.

The Team:

Timothy B. Hurst |  Editor

Tim Hurst

Tim is the executive editor of the LiveOAK Media Network, home to Earth & Industry and Ecopolitology, both of which he founded and still finds time to edit.  Tim is an avid social media practitioner and evangelist experienced in helping businesses, non-profits and grassroots campaigns communicate sustainability more effectively in the new media landscape. Before joining LiveOAK, Tim was a writer and editor covering energy and environmental politics, renewable energy and the energy industry for several of the web's leading environmental news outlets.

Tim has an M.A. in political science (environmental policy) from Colorado State University and a B.A. in international relations from Lynchburg College.  When not reading, writing, or talking about energy, environmental politics and electric cars with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his Colorado vegetable garden.

Tim Hurst can be reached via email (tim [at] earthandindustry [dot] com) or by sending a reply to @ecopolitologist on twitter.

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg |  Contributor

Jeff McIntire-StrasburgJeff McIntire-Strasburg has been writing about green business since 2003 as the founder and editor of sustainablog, a co-founder of Green Options Media, a writer at Treehugger, and, now, a writer at the Sundance Channel’s SUNfiltered blog.

Born and raised in the South (Florida and Louisiana), Jeff made his way out West in his early twenties to attend graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has a Ph.D. in English, and has spent 15 years in the classroom in positions ranging from graduate teaching assistant to assistant professor. After reading one too many freshman essays, he decided it was time for something new, and made a career switch into corporate writing and editing. Jeff on Twitter.

William Sarni |  Contributor

William SarniWilliam Sarni has more than 30 years of experience providing sustainability and environmental consulting services to private and public sector enterprises. He founded and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of DOMANI – a consulting firm focused on providing innovative business and technical sustainability solutions to companies committed to increasing revenue, mitigating risk and improving operating efficiency. In business for more than 10 years, DOMANI’s diverse client list includes Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  Read his full bio here (pdf).  William on Twitter.

David Wescott |  Contributor

David WescottDavid Wescott directs the social media team for APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs firm. He served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and worked on energy and economic issues.  He also managed a pediatrics department in a public hospital in the mid-nineties.

David writes a personal blog called It's Not a Lecture and a column called "Living Locally, Working Globally" for Business Lexington.  He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife, his son, and his chocolate Labrador retriever.  David on Twitter.

Maria Surma Manka  |  Contributor

Maria Surma Manka

Maria Surma Manka is a freelance PR guru and writer living in rural Minnesota. Her past endeavors include working for a public relations agency, a number of nonprofits, a major U.S. retailer, a county solid waste office and a road construction company. She has written for a number of online news sites and blogs.

Maria is a traveler, a novice scuba diver, a mom to two boys and loves anything related to food: growing it, hunting it, cooking it, eating it. She appears as a riveted audience member in the film An Inconvenient Truth.

Zachary Shahan  |  Contributor

Zachary has a B.A. in environmental studies and sociology (from New College of Florida) and a Master’s in city and regional planning (from UNC-Chapel Hill). Zachary has worked in natural foods stores, in government positions, as an urban research consultant, as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization promoting sustainable development and clean transportation, and, for the past couple of years, as both a professional blogger and an English teacher in Poland.

Beth Buczyinski  |  Contributor

Beth is a wandering writer interested in all things low-impact and planet-friendly. Her sustainable scribbling can also be read on The Ecospheric Blog and in Healing Path Magazine, a holistic living publication distributed throughout Colorado, where she currently resides. Beth is interested in (and writes about) unique green businesses that are doing their part to make a difference, as well as urban farming, upcycling, alternative transportation (a.k.a. I pledge allegiance to my bike), and her secret dream: off-the-grid living.

Becky Striepe  |  Contributor

Becky Striepe is an indie crafter living in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two cats, and her trusty sewing machine. She runs a crafty business: Glue & Glitter, sewing handmade house wares from vintage and revamped materials. Her mission is to use existing materials in products that help folks reduce their impact without feeling deprived.

Mridul Chadha  |  Contributor

Mridul Chadha is pursuing a master's degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management at The Energy and Resources Institue (TERI University), New Delhi, India. He received his bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering in 2005 from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. Mridul covers international environment politics, renewable energy policies and technologies and has written for Green Options Media and Celsias. He intends to use knowledge gained in the classroom to analyze the trends in energy policy and technology. Mridul on Twitter: @mridul

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