Environment & Sustainability

Richard Roy , Center for Earth Leadership
Center for Earth Leadership
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

In 1993, Harvard-trained lawyer Dick Roy left behind his corner office in Portland, Oregon, to launch an encore career with his wife, Jeanne, devoted to a higher purpose: environmental sustainability.

“We were acutely aware that climate change was on the horizon and ecological degradation was accelerating,” Roy says. “We concluded that we had no choice but to dedicate our lives to saving Earth as we know it.”

Gary  Oppenheimer , AmpleHarvest.org
Founder and Executive Director
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

In 2009, master gardener and computer expert Gary Oppenheimer was running a community garden in New Jersey. Many of his fellow gardeners were frustrated that much of the fresh produce they grew went to waste.

“I hate waste,” Oppenheimer says.

There are 40 million home gardeners in America. Many grow more fresh food than they can use. And yet 50 million Americans go hungry every day. Often they live in the same communities.

Duane Jager , ReUse Works
Founding Executive Director
ReUse Works
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

In 2002, after a 30-year career in social services, Duane Jager linked up with a group of local business people in Bellingham, Wa., to help promote sustainability and environmental protection. He immediately saw how business and social service can be combined for the greater good, and two years later founded ReUse Works, for the purpose of creating jobs from waste.

Richard Fox , Trees, Water & People
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Trees, Water & People
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

When Richard Fox learned in 2002 that some of the Lakota people living on the poverty-stricken Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota freeze to death every winter because they can’t afford to heat their poorly insulated or completely unheated homes, he was moved to action.

“No one should freeze to death in their own home because they can’t afford heat,” he says. “I made a solemn vow to do all I could to combat this terrible situation. Thus was born my encore career.”

Richard Fahey , Liberian Energy Network
Founder and CEO
Liberian Energy Network
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

When environmental lawyer Richard Fahey returned to Liberia in 2009 with his wife, Suzanne, 30 years after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer there, he found a much different place. The country, one of the world’s poorest, was devastated after 14 years of civil war. At night, virtually the entire country plunged into darkness. Hospitals, schools, businesses, homes—all lacked light. Still, only 2% of Liberia’s 4 million rural residents are connected to the country’s meager electrical grid – and they spend a quarter of their $158 annual income paying to charge their cell phones.

Elizabeth Huttinger , Projet Crevette
Principal Investigator
Projet Crevette
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

Over lunch one afternoon in 2004, Elizabeth Huttinger listened carefully as evolutionary biologist Dr. Armand Kuris told her he had a cure for schistosomiasis, the fourth largest parasitic disease in the world.

5 Ways to Start an Encore Career

Retirement isn’t likely to make it onto any lists of hot trends for 2013. But if retirement is out, what’s in? For a growing number of people, it’s continued work. But not the same old work. Work that feels right. Work that matters. And work that may prove to be more significant than what came before. An encore career.

Want to get a move on your own encore? Here are 5 models for how it’s done, which you can also learn about by watching this recent segment on HuffPost Live.

Maggie Shannon , Maine Congress of Lake Associations
Executive Director
Maine Congress of Lake Associations
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

Writer and former English teacher Maggie Shannon knew she wanted to spend her golden years on Maine’s “Golden Pond.” In childhood she had spent every summer on Great Pond, which inspired the play and movie, and her heart drew her back.

Hal Hamilton , Sustainable Food Lab
Founder and Director
Sustainable Food Lab
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

A child of the activist ’60s, Hal Hamilton spent decades in Kentucky as a farmer, rural community activist and nonprofit director. He helped pioneer alternative food and agricultural systems that are kind to the environment and provide a livelihood for small farmers – the hallmarks of sustainable food production.

Jerry Moles , Grayson LandCare
Founder and Facilitator
Grayson LandCare
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

A native son of rural Virginia, Jerry Moles spent decades as a college professor and consultant helping rural communities cultivate productive, income-generating and environmentally friendly agricultural businesses. He worked mostly on the West Coast and in Sri Lanka. But when his mother fell ill in 1999, he found himself back in Virginia to oversee her care.

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