Manna Jo Greene
Candidate for Ulster County Legislator, District 19 (Marbletown & Rosendale)
A lifelong environmental professional and community activist.
Manna Jo Greene is the Environmental Director for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Formerly the Recycling Coordinator/Educator for Ulster County for ten years, and a Registered Critical Care Nurse for 22 years, Manna is a lifelong environmental professional and community activist. As a teenager Manna worked with Dr. King and other civil rights leaders of the day to lobby for the passage of the Civil Rights Bill, an event that has empowered her for life. She currently serves on the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, Citizens for Local Power, is a member of EPA’s Community Advisory Group for remediation of Hudson River PCBs and EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee. Manna has also served as Chair of the Rosendale Environmental Commission and Vice-Chair of the Ulster County Environmental Management Council, helped found the HV Green Building and Renewable Energy Working Group, was on the board of the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange, help start the Hudson Valley Biodiesel Coop, and is a long-standing member of the Mid-Ulster League of Women Voters and numerous other civic organizations. She has also served on the Hudson Valley Regional Packaging Task Force, the NY State Battery Task Force and the NYS Roundtable for Consensus on Tire Management, the Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Planning Consortium and for five years hosted a local weekly environmental call-in radio show, the Recycling Hotline & Environment show on WGHQ. She avidly supports collaborative land use planning and problem-solving.
Working with Hudson Valley Sustainable Communities Network (which has since become Sustainable Hudson Valley or SHV) to promote sustainable agriculture and green building and landscaping practices, Manna helped create the Finding Common Ground process to restore a healthier working relationship between area farmers and environmentalist, which resulted in a Hudson Valley Harvest “buy local” campaign and a genuine shift in agriculture in the region. Modeling green building and landscaping practices, she built a solar-powered Sustainable Living Resource Center to host seminars and workshops and house a large collection of resources on a variety of sustainability related projects. As a sustainability educator Manna teaches communities how to balance environmental preservation, economic prosperity (based on quality of life indicators) and social equity using effective communication. Manna has studied to become a trainer for the Natural Step Framework, a sustainability methodology for businesses and institutions.
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