We are excited to present four outstanding speakers who will be presenting at the Evolve Sustainability Summit! Learn about them below.


Dan worth

Dan Worth comes to us from Traverse City, Michigan, where he is a clean energy policy specialist at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. Groundwork is an advocacy organization focused on improving the economies, environment, and lives of people and communities in Michigan. Dan was a leader of the movement that got Traverse City to adopt a goal of 100% renewable energy for municipal operations by 2020. This is a landmark policy, and Dan will be speaking to us about what it means for renewable energy in cities across Michigan, and how he built a coalition around clean energy in a traditionally conservative region. Read about more Dan’s work here!  


David orr

David is “Counselor to the President” at Oberlin College and the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies. He is the author of eight books, including Dangerous Years: Climate Change and the Long Emergency (Yale, 2016) and Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of three others. He has authored over 220 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications. In the past twenty-five years he has served as a board member or adviser to ten foundations and on the boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute, Bioneers, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is currently a Trustee of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Children and Nature Network, and the WorldWatch Institute. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Europe, LatinAmerica, and Asia. David brings us a level of experience, knowledge, passion, and compassion unrivaled in his field. We are honored and excited to be able to give him a platform to share his ideas!


Tazia Miah

Tazia is a junior at the University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor majoring in International Studies: Global Environment and Health and minoring in Asian Languages and Culture: Japanese. After graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a Master in Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education in health disparities and food accessibility and later a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program in family medicine or neonatal care. Tazia is currently participating in an independent study course she has designed to conduct research and on-hand fieldwork to understand the effects of food waste on hunger (contributing to lack of food access and food insecurity) and the environment (cost of exporting waste and impact on human ecological imprint). She seeks to gain an understanding of the complexity behind combating food waste around the world and will be sharing with Evolve her experience, along with the ways people sustainably combat food waste locally and globally.


Matt Grocoff

Matt is a local leader in design and innovation. He is the founder of THRIVE Collaborative, an organization that is planning the development of “Veridian @ County Farm”, a residential community seeking to bring about a Living Future. Over the course of his career, Matt has worked to reincorporate the genius of nature into human systems. Applying principles of biomimcry, biophilia, and place based design, Matt was able to transform his Ann Arbor home to become a ‘Certified Net Zero Energy Building’, though we are sure that his home is more than that to him. Matt will be speaking to us about a variety of topics, including biomimcry and beauty. His talk will challenge us to rethink how we design our communities, campuses, and economies.