We combine our sustainable production knowledge and experience to help make greening your show or organization easy and effective.
Zena Harris is President of Green Spark Group, the only sustainability consultancy in British Columbia dedicated to the implementation of sustainable production practices in the motion picture industry. She has worked with studios such as 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and Amazon to implement sustainable production practices on film and TV shows. Most notably she was the sustainability consultant on ‘The X-Files’ (Fox) that diverted 81% of waste from the landfill, and 'Legion' (FX-Marvel). Additionally, she consults with industry organizations such as Creative BC, and is the Creative Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Sustainable Production Forum, a first-of-its-kind event in North America. Zena holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in Sustainability and Environmental Management and has done extensive research on sustainability in the motion picture industry and the cross linkage between global sustainability frameworks and motion picture industry best practices. In addition to her work at Green Spark Group, she works in the field of corporate sustainability as a consultant at Sustainserv, Inc. and is the Executive Director of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) global nonprofit. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Squamish Arts Council.
Kelsey Evans is owner/operator of the recycling company, Keep it Green Recycling, which services business, film productions, homes and special events in the Metro Vancouver area. She has been a long-time advocate for responsible recycling practices and sustainability. Building on her sustainable production work on shows such as Tomorrowland, she is consulting with Green Spark Group to advance a coordinated approach to sustainable production efforts in British Columbia.
Jennifer Sandoval is a valuable contributor to Green Spark Group. Jennifer helped launch Sustainable Lockup, a collaboration between Green Spark Group and Keep it Green Recycling. Additionally, Jennifer supports Green Spark Group’s waste diversion efforts for film and TV productions in BC including the Lockup’s Materials Reuse service which takes in set materials and redistributes them back into the community. Jennifer also researches food recovery for the film industry in Vancouver and works on Green Spark Group’s Electric Vehicle Charger Installation “Green Zone” program which encourages productions to lower their GHG emissions by helping to setup the necessary charging infrastructure on studio lots for increased electric vehicle use. Jennifer provides research, analysis, marketing and sales support, website development and maintenance and helps to develop strategic partnerships between Green Spark Group and other community agencies and businesses that promote sustainable practices to the film industry. Jennifer served as a board member for the Seattle-based Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability and recently completed an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business leadership at BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Caroline Teskey is our resident retail specialist. Caroline launched the retail side of the Sustainable Lockup, by building strategic business alliances focused on results. Initially tasked with sourcing and securing sustainable alternatives to keep the film industry compost efforts contaminant free, she now provides sales support and consultation to clients, and continuous research to secure the most sustainable product alternatives to reduce film production’s environmental and carbon footprints. Caroline has researched, and created valuable supply chain connections to manufacturers and distributors of products across North America, Asia and parts of Europe. Caroline has served with the Canadian Green Building Council, Lake Simco Regional Conservation Authority, Evergreen, and the Vancouver Convention Centre. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, and recently completed an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership at BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Cydney Lyons graduated from the University of Waterloo in legal studies with honours. Since, she's been working in nonprofits both at home and internationally. Cydney transitioned into nonprofit management in 2013 where she began a start up in the Dominican Republic that aimed to serve local women and girls through vocational skills training. In 2016, Cydney became Chair of the Squamish Arts Council in Squamish, British Columbia and continues to work with the community to develop and strengthen the local arts sector. Sustainability and the environment have always been important facets to Cydney and she's very excited to be working with Green Spark Group to improve sustainable initiatives within the film industry. Cydney brings a wide variety of skills including marketing and resource development, project management, and strategic analysis.
Andrew Robinson has almost 20 years experience working within corporate, inter-governmental and non-profit contexts on sustainability issues and practices both in Canada and internationally. Andrew helps Green Spark Group support the implementation of sustainable production practices in the motion picture industry through training and corporate strategy development. Originally applying his mass media and communications background to advocate and promote sustainability while working in Europe and Africa, he spent the last 10 years consulting to corporate clients in British Columbia to help them exceed their environmental and social performance needs. Andrew holds a master’s degree from Oxford University in Environmental Change and Management, is a native French and English speaker and is also Chair of the Integrated Transportation Committee at the City of North Vancouver.
Ashleigh Prince has worked in the entertainment industry including, music, TV, film and live events, for the last 30 years. While working on the hit ABC show, “Nashville” in its first season, Ashleigh worked with department heads to bring about more sustainable practices across the show. Next she brought the film “Unacceptable Levels” to Nashville in 2012, to a sold out audience. The reaction by the audience to this film sparked the creation of ecogal: The Curious Consumer, a pilot and blog. Ashleigh brings her wealth of experience in entertainment to Green Spark Group and will focus her energy on advancing sustainable practices in Tennessee.
Aza O’Leary was instrumental in the co-founding of Green Spark Group. Aza has worked in the entertainment and media industry for over 15 years working in roles such as Construction Buyer on ‘The X-Files’ (a 21st Century Fox Production) and the Accounting Department on ‘Falling Skies’ (a TNT/DreamWorks Production). He has worked on over 20 major Film and TV projects in his career, working for studios such as, NBCUniversal, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, ABC-Disney among others. He graduated from UBC getting his Certificate in Entertainment Administration. He is passionate for both media and sustainability and is intent to help Vancouver’s Motion Picture Industry become a leader in the global Sustainable Production movement.
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