Fab Planet Summit Speaker: Rick Sakow
Rick Sakow is a California native with 13 years’ experience in the environmental regulatory sector. At sixteen, he began a five-year internship with the County of San Diego’s Department of Environmental Health, where he focused on preserving water quality through monitoring and public outreach as well as protecting biodiversity through natural area preservation agreements. In 2006, he began working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, where he currently serves as an inspector and case developer under the Clean Water Act and RCRA Hazardous Waste regulations. His areas of expertise include stormwater (industrial, construction, municipal, concentrated animal feedlots), wetlands restoration, hazardous waste management, energy extraction and emergency response. Rick has led countless inspections throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam and has developed enforcement cases which led to tangible environmental improvements. He’s been a prominent member of EPA’s LGBTQ group, which has brought influential speakers to the Agency, including Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker (Prop 8), Theresa Sparks and OUT for Sustainability’s Gerod Rody. Rick grew up in San Diego and Juneau Alaska and studied in southern France and at San Francisco State, where he majored in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice. His hobbies include traveling, painting portraits of senior citizens and singing in cars with friends.
ABOUT FAB PLANET:
The first annual Fab Planet Summit is the first LGBTQ conference on the intersectionality of environment, society and LGBTQ identity. We’ll have speakers, workshops and an awards party, all with tasty snacks and drinks, and a diverse range of voices. Join us September 13th, 2014 in Seattle, WA for this deep and broad look at LGBTQ sustainability!