Terry Gips is a nationally recognized sustainability leader, business consultant, agricultural economist, ecologist, Natural Step Framework Instructor, speaker and author of Breaking the Pesticide Habit and The Humane Consumer and Producer Guide. He is CEO of Sustainability Associates, which works with business, government, congregations, healthcare, schools and nonprofits to save money, improve performance and become sustainability leaders. He is a University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing Collaborator, President of the Alliance for Sustainability and member of the City of St. Louis Park Environment and Sustainability Commission.
Previously, he worked as White House assistant, aide to US Reps. Abner Mikva (IL) and John Krebs (CA), Aveda Corporation Director of Ecological Affairs and Sustainability, Cargill economist and grain merchant, Adjunct Faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Executive Director of the International Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Wall Street brokerage assistant with Neuberger Berman and co-founder of the Sacramento Community Garden Program of the University of California Cooperative Extension. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College and completed his M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Organization and Management.
Since 2001, William “Bill” Spratley has led the statewide, non-profit organization, Green Energy Ohio, with a current membership of over 600 individuals and businesses.
Involved in many various solar initiatives since 2002, he was appointed to the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Board of Directors in January 2012. In 2012, Bill received the prestigious Charles Greeley Abbot Award from ASES during the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver, Colorado. Earlier he received the National Green Power Leadership Award from the Center for Resource Solutions in 2007 and the Wind Advocacy Award in 2006 from the U.S. Wind Powering America Program of the U.S. Department of Energy.
An attorney since 1973, Bill has a J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from The College of Wooster. As Ohio’s first Consumers’ Counsel from 1977 to 1993, Bill’s office represented 4 million residential ratepayers in over 1,200 public utility proceedings. He also served as a legislative aide in the Governor John Gilligan’s Office, 1973-75 and as a staff attorney at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 1975-1977.
Bill Spratley also served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Boards under 3 Presidents (Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton). He was founding President of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) now with over 43 state consumer offices. Bill has also served on the boards of the Consumer Federation of America, Green Power Board (Green-e), and the California TURN (Toward Utility Rate Normalization).