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Stefanie Spear is founder and CEO of EcoWatch. EcoWatch is a leading environmental website reporting on environmental news, green living and sustainable business. We educate and motivate people to protect human health and the environment through our NewsLivingBusiness, University and Insights verticals, and online store of thousands of green products.

Stefanie has been publishing environmental news for more than 24 years. She is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge news that educates and motivates readers to become engaged in their community, adopt sustainable practices and support strong environmental policy to protect human health and the environment.

Stefanie is president of Expedite Renewable Energy, a consultancy business that helps companies invest in solar and wind projects. She works to expedite renewable energy policy on the local, state and federal level.

Stefanie chairs the Renewable Energy Committee for Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and is on the advisory board for Lake Erie Waterkeeper and GreenCityBlueLake Institute.

Entries by Stefanie Penn Spear

World Premiere of Chloe and Theo and Its Extraordinary Behind-the-Scenes Story

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 6:04 PM

Connect4Climate hosted the world premiere of Chloe & Theo Wednesday night, a film demonstrating how storytelling motivates people to do extraordinary things. In the film, a homeless girl (Dakota Johnson star of 50 Shades of Grey) befriends an Inuit, who has traveled to New York City from his...

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Mountainfilm in Telluride Inspires Conversation and Action on Issues That Matter

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Even though I won't be attending this year's Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado, May 23-25, I'm still excited about the lineup of environmental films. All week, EcoWatch will highlight the eco-documentaries featured at Mountainfilm that will educate, inspire and motivate people about the issues that matter, including Mission Blue, Sylvia Earle's plan...

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Samso: World's First 100 Percent Renewable Energy-Powered Island Is a Beacon for Sustainable Communities

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Little did I know after being invited by Sustainia to participate in a climate symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark, that I'd have the opportunity to visit Samso, the first island in the world to be completely powered by renewable energy.

At the climate event, I sat next to Soren...

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Greentown Labs: Helping Entrepreneurs Solve Big Energy Problems

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 2:43 PM

I had the opportunity last month to meet the people behind Greentown Labs and many of the entrepreneurs growing their business ideas at this Boston-based cleantech incubator.

Greentown Labs enables entrepreneurs to create game-changing energy technologies that will transform the way people live, work and play. With a...

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Fracking, Fracking and More Fracking

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 9:13 PM

It's virtually impossible these days to read, listen to or watch a news program that doesn't mention hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Nearly every day, EcoWatch posts at least one article on fracking and last week was no different.

Big news last week was the

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Opposition Escalates Over Faulty Southern Leg of Keystone XL Pipeline

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 5:11 PM

"Enough is enough," said Michael Bishop during our phone conversation Saturday morning after he found out TransCanada and its vendor, Michels, are planning to dig up buried pipe, part of the 485-mile southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, on his property in the east Texas rural community...

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Organic Valley's George Siemon -- a Living Legend in Sustainable Agriculture

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:12 AM

While attending Ohio's largest food and farming conference last weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Organic Valley CEO George Siemon. Siemon was the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's (OEFFA) 34th annual conference in Granville, Ohio.

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Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr Share Their Passion for the Environment

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 12:07 PM

I interviewed Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr of Blue Sky Riders about their thoughts on environmental issues prior to their upcoming performance at EcoWatch's fourth annual Green Gala on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum.

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5,000 People Unite in DC to Protest Fracking

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 2:38 PM

More than 5,000 people from all over the nation, and various parts of the world, including Australia, united on July 28 on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol demanding Congress take immediate action to stop fracking. After the rally that began at 2 p.m., rally participants marched for more...

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Congress: Expedite Renewable Energy

(11) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 11:49 AM

In 2009 it seemed as though Congress was finally going to pass legislation that would transition our country to a renewable energy future. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill, would have created a cap and trade system on greenhouse gases, required...

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The Big Fix -- Now on DVD

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Last December I wrote a piece promoting the release of the outstanding feature documentary The Big Fix. Now I'm writing to let you know that if you haven't had a chance to see this film by Josh and Rebecca Tickell or have been wanting to share...

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Citizens Ban Fracking at Ohio Statehouse Rally

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 11:41 AM

From June 14 to June 17, activists from all over the U.S. gathered in Columbus, Ohio to oppose the controversial drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, toxic wastewater injection wells, and the lack of policies that support a renewable energy future for Ohio and the U.S.

The first three...

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Grassroots Activism: The Core of the Environmental Movement

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 4:47 PM

Grassroots activism is the core of the environmental movement. Nowhere have I found that to be more evident than at Heartwood Forest Council gatherings. Last weekend, I attended the 22nd Annual Heartwood Forest Council in Northwest Pennsylvania, at which nearly 100 of the most passionate and...

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NPR Takes a Deeper Look Into Fracking Boom

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 1:25 PM

Last week, National Public Radio (NPR) took a deeper look into the natural gas boom in the U.S. The special series, The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers, questions what the gas boom is doing to the air and water in communities where fracking has become a household name.


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River Rally Rocks the Planet

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 12:04 PM

I'm often asked how I manage to be hopeful for the future when I spend a great deal of time publishing news about the daunting environmental problems impacting the world. I reply that it's because of the passion and commitment of the people I know who work hard every day...

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Framing Judi Bari

(18) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 2:55 PM

In a time of tremendous disregard for the environment where corporations are controlling the government and rewriting environmental policy to suit their needs, the new documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari? shows how activists can take on the powers that be and win, though at a great cost.


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Four Eco-Documentaries That Will Fuel Your Fire

(4) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 6:01 PM

After watching four films in two days at this year's Cleveland International Film Festival highlighting the magnitude of problems plaguing our world, you might think I'd be ready to crawl into a hole. But how can I hide from these issues that are in desperate need of people...

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Dirty Energy

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 6:19 PM

Today's the opening of the 36th annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)--one of my favorite days of the year. I love the opportunity to see a wide variety of films that expands my knowledge on issues that matter. CIFF is one of the nation's finest film festivals with...

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Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 1:26 PM

One of my favorite events of the year is right around the corner -- the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) from March 22 to April 1. There are many aspects of the festival that I enjoy, but perhaps what I find most valuable is the opportunity to engage...

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Profligate Use of Fossil Fuels Threatens Humankind

(15) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 2:47 PM

In my line of work it's easy to harp on what's wrong. Problems with our water, air, food and land are vast. It seems two steps forward is always followed by 10 steps back. We're constantly fighting for protection of natural resources and trying to show that we can live...

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