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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

Pro Surfer Stops Sea Monster from Reaching Beach

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Ocean Trash is a modern day, scientifically documented Sea Monster. The photos are not fuzzy. Anyone with a camera can capture images of this beast on any beach around the world. Most Ocean Trash is plastic that never biodegrades, and it is killing wildlife and poisoning our food chain when...

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Open Letter to Starbucks: Your "Green" Straws Make Mermaids Cry

(6) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Dear Starbucks, I am a real mermaid, not just a graphic on a plastic cup. As an ocean protection activist, environmental attorney and surf lover, I spend a lot of time at the beach and in the ocean. I want you to know that your "Green" Straws, plastic stirrers and...

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Open Letter to Adidas: Walk the Talk

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 1:38 AM


Adidas, I am a fan, so I write to you out of love. I grew up with your stripes on my feet singing Run DMC's "My Adidas!" I am also an environmental attorney with an expertise in plastic pollution, so I write to...

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I'm Black, I'm White, I'm Jewish, I'm Catholic, I'm Rich, I'm Poor, I'm Gay, I'm Straight: I'm Human

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 1:19 PM

I just got my gray roots erased (a process I undertake every 2-3 weeks) by my favorite hairstylist Linda who is "Black." I'm "White" and we got to talking about the Rachel Dolezal case. Linda's take was "leave the woman alone, she's not hurting anyone, she's doing good, and who...

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Jack Johnson Takes Out Trash to Beat Plastic Pollution

(5) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 5:42 PM


Musician and surfer Jack Johnson may seem laid back, but not when it comes to fighting plastic pollution. Aboard the Mystic Schooner on a research expedition with plastic pollution experts The 5 Gyres Institute, Johnson took a hard jab...

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Journey of the Plastic Microbeads: From Science to Legal Policy

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 3:23 AM

The Plastic Microbead is having its 15 minutes of fame. Though hard to see because it is less than 5mm, the microbead is in the spotlight because it is a surprisingly bad actor. In fact, the microbead should have a Razzie by now. Plastic Microbeads appear commonly in...

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10 Reasons to Boot Nestle Water Bottling out of California

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 9:35 PM

Today, protesters delivered 515,000 signatures on a petition to Nestle's headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles telling Nestle to get out of town. Here are 10 good reasons why the nation's number one water bottler needs to go:

1. California is facing the 4th year of a record drought. With water...

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Plastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 9:34 PM

The Plastic Pollution Movement is very new. The problem developed within our lifetimes with the explosion of single use plastics thanks to mankind's acceptance of a fossil fuel based economy and increasingly disruptive extraction methods for petroleum and natural gas such as fracking, off shore drilling, and tar sands extraction...

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Blue Vision: Find Your Inner Fish

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:36 PM

My dad, Dr. Jon H. Kaas, is always giving me odd and fascinating books. He is a neuroscientist and expert on the evolution of the human brain so his shares are pretty mind-expanding. He gave me the fun read Your Inner Fish, also a

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

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:41 AM

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 | 4:37 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 | 10:58 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 | 12:27 PM


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 | 6:32 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 | 10:01 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 | 10:41 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 | 12:28 PM


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 | 11:46 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 | 12:09 PM


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 | 4:31 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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