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Lisa Kaas Boyle
My passion for the environment began at the age of 6 on the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. As part of that great event, my first grade class crossed the street from Spring Harbor Elementary in Madison, Wisconsin, to take a “nature walk” in a small wooded area. During this welcome escape from the classroom, wearing the green and white ecology button passed out by my teacher, I learned to look at the world around me with heightened appreciation. I was hooked.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University, I attended Tulane Law School where I joined the Environmental Law Clinic representing clients from Greenpeace to the Audubon Society. I graduated from law school with honors in 1990 and moved to Los Angeles to prosecute environmental and other crimes in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. In 1997, I was recruited to be Heal the Bay’s Director of Law and Policy.

In 2005, I became a member of Heal the Bay’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. For seven years, I served as Co-Chair for Heal the Bay’s largest annual fundraising event, raising over 5 million dollars during that time period. In 2006, Heal the Bay honored me with its highest volunteer award, the Super Healer Award.

I am a Founding Board Member of The 5 Gyres Institute, Founding Board Member of The George Greenstein Foundation, and I have served on the Board of Heal the Bay since 2005. In 2012 I produced two panels at The United Nations: one on plastic pollution moderated by Kyra Sedgwick, and the other on using social media for environmental causes. Also in 2012, I was invited to speak at The Rio Earth Summit on plastic pollution.

In 2009, I co-founded Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.

Entries by Lisa Kaas Boyle

Wet and Wild: 'Downstream Toward Home', a Book of Rivers

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 11:41 PM

I know a thing or two about rivers. I've drafted regulations for wild and scenic rivers, and I've chronicled the rebirth of the Los Angeles River on my blog at the Huffington Post. As a child, I explored the glorious Namekagon River in Northern Wisconsin, now part of...

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Historic March Against Police Brutality: Why You Should Have Been There

(3) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 3:37 PM

On December 27th, as post-Christmas shoppers crowded The Grove shopping center, the streets around it in The Miracle Mile of Los Angeles closed down for something entirely uncommercial: A peaceful protest against the police brutality across our nation.

Local CBS news reported "As many as 5,000 students...

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An L.A. Story for the People of Ferguson

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 9:58 PM

1992. It was a tough time to be a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney in the period after the Rodney King beating and the riots that followed the acquittal of the police who beat him. The police hated us because they went from being our witnesses in most cases, to...

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College Kids With One Thing on their Mind: Service

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 11:27 AM


What do college kids do on a day off? Well, you might be surprised by the group I met up with on Will Rogers Beach on Veteran's Day who were using the hours before sunset to clean up the beach. Mackenzie Trask, blonde...

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The Imitation Game: World War II Like You Never Knew

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:32 PM

The Imitation Game is a well crafted, beautifully shot and acted World War II film that tells the behind the scenes story of how we won the war: a story that remained secret for 50 years. It is the story of a group of English code breakers sequestered by the...

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Interstellar: The Gravity of Love

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:01 AM

In Interstellar, an ambitious, thrilling, emotional though bumpy sci-fi trip through space and time, Christopher Nolan focuses his lens on two powerful forces: gravity and love. The film begins with an extended set up in the not so distant future to show us that our planet is dying, but love...

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Is Michael Keaton's Birdman Buddhist?

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new film Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a blazing ride through the hyper-kinetic mind of Michael Keaton's "has been" superhero actor, Riggan Thomson, as he battles his own demons and a fickle public while attempting to resuscitate his fading career and his strained relationship with...

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Neil Young and Willie Nelson Protest Keystone Pipeline in American Heartland

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:28 AM


Harvest the Hope, a concert on the farm of Art and Helen Tanderup in Neligh, Nebraska, right on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, was many things: a musical tour de force starring Neil Young and Willie Nelson; an...

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Paddle Into History in the First Los Angles River Boat Race

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:46 PM


The City of Angels is fast becoming a city of river enthusiasts thanks to a confluence events: the recognition and protection of the Los Angeles River as a navigable waterway by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under The Clean Water...

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Kids at Beach Cry 'Clean Me Up!'

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 11:09 AM


From the San Fernando Valley Sun:

Nearly 4,000 Los Angeles kids, teachers and volunteers send a giant text message from the ocean to "CLEAN ME UP :)" as part of the 21st annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up organized by the Malibu Foundation, City...

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Beyonce In Her Underwear On Time's 100 Most Influential People Cover? Time Out!

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Women are more than half the population, but how much influence do we have in our society? Let's ask the media... The cover of Time Magazine's recent report on the "100 Most Influential People" features top entertainer Beyonce in her underwear. The chosen 100 features other women, like Janet Yellen,...

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Plastic Is Food Poisoning

(6) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Take a look at these photographs of albatross carcasses on Midway Atoll in the middle of the Pacific. These birds probably died of starvation since their stomachs were full of the plastic from the nearby collection of plastic pollution known commonly as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The...

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New Alliances in California Senate Put California Plastic Bag Ban Back on Track

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:05 AM

Judging from the speeches made by California Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de Leon, and Ricardo Lara at a press conference in Vernon on Friday, January 24th, statewide plastic bag legislation may well be "in the bag." The press conference was held at Command Packaging, a factory that has transitioned from...

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Veteran's Day Musical Magic: LA Rocker Brings Military Spouses in CAMMO on Stage at Hard Rock

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:47 PM

It was Veteran's Day weekend and just another magical, crazy night on Hollywood Boulevard where Elvis poses for pictures, stars' names pave the sidewalk, and sometimes the magic is not just special effects.

Rock singer Alexandra Starlight and her finance, guitar player Zachary James, were performing a rare acoustic...

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Brave New Consumerism: How to Get from More to Better

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 4:08 PM

I cannot visit Costco, with its floor to ceiling plastic-packaged mega-stuff, and not feel that the Brave New World of soul-crushing consumerism that Aldous Huxley envisioned in his 1932 book is upon us. This prescient novel takes us to a future where freedom is replaced with mind-control through consumerism and...

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3 Reasons Why Every American Should See 12 Years a Slave

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 4:36 PM

I was not exactly looking forward to seeing 12 Years a Slave when invited to see it at The Academy of Motion Pictures at special screening before it opens in theaters Ocober 18. It's not that I wasn't interested in the subject. I grew up in the South, and my...

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Californians Take Stand in the Sand for Plastic-Free Seas

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:05 PM


It's summer and Californians are at the beach. Surfers and swimmers are enjoying all the classic spots glorified in Beach Boys songs. What's up at the beaches besides the famous waves? Well, the battle to keep the beach and water plastic free is hot...

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California to Legislators: Stop Bogging Down Bag Bill

(14) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 3:53 PM

California is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental causes, but our legislators have been far too entangled with the petrochemical lobby to get the job done on banning plastic bags statewide. The statewide ban returns every legislative session as reliably as the waves along our...

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Obama Leads America Toward Brain Awareness and a Brain Powered Economy

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 4:20 PM

A Soldier's Story: My Brother and PTSD

My brother has always been really smart and aware. So smart that his buddies in the Marine Corps called him "The Professor" because he could spout ready facts about anything. He joined the Marines at 18 for the adventure promised in the...

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In a Viral World, Critical Analysis Is Critical: Lessons Learned at Transmedia Hollywood 4

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 2:02 PM

On Friday, I attended the Transmedia Hollywood 4 Conference at UCLA. Well, I attended half of it, thanks to social media. My friend saw my nametag at the registration, and she Facebook messaged me to ask where I was sitting. At that point I was in bed looking...

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