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Jane Norton is a sustainability educator with ReSourcing Natural Solutions a consulting and coaching firm that helps clients ‘design lives, organizations and communities in alignment with nature’. She is also founder and Chief Visionary Officer for Eartheal, a non-profit organization offering education and community service projects for creating sustainable community, and developer of Our Community Green, an online directory of Triangle green & sustainable resources. Jane is involved in several local community sustainability initiatives, including NCWARN Repowering Durham and the Good Work Food Collaborators Group.

Jane has a Master’s in Community Design/Landscape Architecture, and certification in Permaculture, and teaches a Sustainable Living course at Durham Tech Community College. She has developed and taught Eco-Hero courses to youth ages 6-14, and is currently co-developing sustainability leadership curriculum for middle and high school students. A deep connection to nature and being a mother and grandmother are the experiences that fuel her passion for making the world a place that nurtures and sustains all life now and for future generations.

Madelyn Vital graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in May 2011 as an Environmental Studies major and Hispanic Studies minor. While at UNC, Madelyn actively participated in several student environmental groups and initiatives on and around campus, including: Acting as Co-chair of the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) as a junior, and actively collaborating in the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC) and Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) of Student Government as a senior. During her junior year, Madelyn had the exciting opportunity to spend a semester abroad immersed in the Spanish culture and language in Seville, Spain while studying at the Universidad de Sevilla and improving her Spanish. Passionate about engaging in public service, she also voluntarily enrolled in the UNC Public Service Scholars Program, completing over 300 hours within three years. In the future, Madelyn plans to attain a graduate degree with a focus on environmental policy and management and to work toward greater overall waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy use. She eagerly looks forward to leading a more environmentally-responsible life and making it as easy as possible for others to do the same.