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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

American Democrazy: My Day as a Poll Worker

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 11:04 PM

When I got a call asking me to be a poll worker for the June 7th Primary Election in California, I thought, what better way to serve Democracy! Of course! I'm a lawyer, I care passionately about the right to vote, and I get to take part in history being...

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City of Gold: What America's Most Diverse City has to Lose if Trump Wins

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 12:38 AM


Nobody Loves Los Angeles more than Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. City of Gold, the new documentary by Laura Gabbert about Mr. Gold, is a passionate love letter to L.A. The film takes us on a ride-along with Gold, a charismatic, soulful...

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Marine Pollution: What Everyone Needs to Know

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 5:57 PM

Judith S. Weis in white shirt, surrounded by fans, including this author, at Aquarium of the Pacific Lecture

What if you could get an overview of all the issues threatening our oceans, the trends for each issue, and what can be done...

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I Know What Girls Like: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 10:29 PM


Myth: Girls Don't like Math and Science.

Busted: Statistics show that 74% of girls show at least as much interest as boys in these disciplines. In fact, high school girls surpass the percentage of boys interested in Algebra II and...

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T.C. Boyle Has Finger on Trigger of America in the Harder They Come

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 3:05 PM

TC Boyle has been called "one of our most American novelists since Mark Twain, and one of our very best." (Boston Globe) I have been hooked since Tortilla Curtain came out in 1995, painting a startling portrait of the haves and have nots in Los Angeles as it...

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Chik-fil-A Full of It: Styrene is not Green

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 4:19 PM

Has the Chik-fil-A "We make Benches out of our Styrofoam cups" ad appeared on your social media yet? When it hit mine, I had to respond to Chik-Fil-A publicly so they don't get away with this misleading polystyrene propaganda.

Chik-Fil-A is serving up the dangerous neurotoxin Styrene with its...

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Pro Surfer Stops Sea Monster from Reaching Beach

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 4:47 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 | 2:21 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 | 12:38 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 | 12:19 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 | 4:42 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 | 2:23 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 | 8:35 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 | 8:34 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 | 4:36 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 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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