The Green Resource Hub is a local not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 and located in Ithaca, NY, with the vision of being a vibrant and resilient regional economy that serves a healthy, happy, and self-reliant community.
The Hub is led by a small dedicated volunteer board. In our organization and our programming, we are deeply committed to a Triple Bottom Line balance of environmental, social, and economic values. We approach each other with trust and respect, and strive for transparency, diversity, and inclusiveness in our decision-making.
The Hub has been fortunate enough to contract expert talent from our community to take the lead and critical programs and initiatives. Many volunteers (including past board members) have played a crucial role in the fulfillment of the Hub's mission as well. It has been fantastic working with every one of you, and we'd like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of you that have helped out.
Maribeth Rubenstein received her BS in Environmental Science from SUNY Oneonta and an MS in Sustainable Development from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her independent research was focused on renewable energy policy, particularly the impact of coalitions upon New York State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Since moving to the Finger Lakes in 2012, she has been an active member in the regional sustainability community including program branding and community outreach for Sustainable Tompkins' renewable energy programs, core planning and logistical support for the Climate Smart/Climate Ready Conference and an Environmental Planning internship for the Town of Ithaca.
As the Outreach Coordinator and Public Science Educator at the Community Science Institute, Maribeth provides technical and strategic support to dozens of volunteer stream monitoring teams, educates the public/local governments and on the meaning of the water quality data being collected and handles development responsibilities such as grant-writing, social media management and membership and volunteer recruitment.
Amanda Postma is a very knowledgeable and talented sustainable industry professional. Amanda has held sales, finance and consulting positions with renewable energy and sustainability focused organizations. Amanda currently works on the sales team at the rapidly growing, Ithaca based, solar installer Renovus Energy. As the secretary for the Green Resource Hub Amanda maintains organizational records and supports the board as an active volunteer in developing and managing events and activities. Amanda received her B.A. in Political Science/Public Administration from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, where she was also active in student government, the Standards Board, and the campus radio station, WLSO.
David Gower provides clean technology strategic consulting via his organization New Clean Earth and is also conducting research on distributed power generation for a NYSERDA funded project. Previously he created the concept and business plan for the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CeCeT) a consortium of academic research institutions and private organizations that leverage the expertise and facilities of all members toward providing commercialization assistance, research, pre-certification testing, evaluation and technical due-diligence services to manufacturers, project developers, government and investors in clean energy technology. He graduated in 1994 with a B.A. from the University of Rochester in Economics and Political Science and completed an International MBA in Italy in 2005. He is currently taking courses at Clarkson University toward a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering. David excels at recognizing opportunity and thrives on helping promising future clean technologies overcome the many barriers that exist between concept, prototype and actual commercial product.
Ed Swayze spent nearly 25 years of his working life as director of Information and Referral / 2-1-1 for Tompkins County. The service was extended to Cortland County late in his tenure. Ed is very interested in and aware of the importance of building a local sustainable economy and a sustainable planet, thus his participation in the Green Resource Hub Board. Other community involvement includes: Ithaca Carshare (volunteer, Car Captain), Tompkins Area Consolidated Transit (Citizens Advisory Council), GreenStar (Super Worker), Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Ithaca Chapter, and Streets Alive (volunteer). Ed also volunteers time to the election campaigns of progressive candidates for local and national political office.