Earth Week Speaker - Summer Rayne Oakes
Summer Rayne Oakes was researching toxins in sewage sludge, identifying aquatic insects, mapping invasive species and rocking-and-rolling in the rainforest when she was struck with the idea that the fashion industry might be a good venue to disseminate environmental awareness. So she took that seed of an idea from college and began down the road on which she is travelling today. Summer Rayne is a model-activist, correspondent on Discovery Network and Modelinia.com, author of bestselling style guide Style, Naturally (Chronicle, 2009), and Editor-at-Large of ABOVE Magazine. As brand ambassador and sustainability strategist for both Portico Home and Spa, and Payless ShoeSource’s zoe&zac line. Her work keeps her busy on and off camera, advising and consulting on various aspects of design, production and practice. She is also co-founder of S4 Style, Inc., a new B-2-B marketplace that allows designers - both fashion and interior - to search, compare and purchase more sustainable materials from around the world.
Vanity Fair has named Oakes a "Global Citizen," Outside called her one of the "Top Environmental Activists," Glamour included her in their "70 Women of Green" and CNBC named her one of the "Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs." Summer Rayne is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology, a National Wildlife Federation Fellow and a Udall environmental scholar. Oakes resides in Brooklyn with her prized pets – a troop of exotic insects (yes, I said insects).