JUDGES

JILL FEHRENBACHER – Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Jill is the founder of Inhabitots.com, the founder and publisher of Inhabitat.com and a green designer living in New York City. She created Inhabitots in the summer of 2008 in preparation for the arrival of her first baby. She is an avid idealist, design junkie and believes firmly that becoming a parent doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style or ideals. At least not too much.

 

 

BETH SHEA – Managing Editor totsbiophoto

Beth is the managing editor of Inhabitots.com and the writer and founder of Petite Planet, a blog which focuses on eco-friendly living for families and informs parents of the best “green” choices for their babies and our planet. The birth of her daughter was her inspiration to take baby steps toward changing the world and preserving it for future generations. A former travel and spa writer, Beth swapped airline miles and body wraps for long stroller walks and quick showers. She is living her dream by being a mother to her two beautiful children, and a freelance writer. Follow Beth on Twitter @PetitePlanet

 

 

YUKA YONEDA – Managing Editor, Inhabitat NYCyukabiopic

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Yuka’s refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

 
 

 

laura Mordas-Shenkein, inhabitat writer, writerLAURA MORDAS SCHENKEIN – Operations Assistant

Laura is a LEED accredited business professional and Feng Shui consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fordham University, her passion for ecological design led her to the study of the built environment and its profound effect on our physical and emotional well-being. Her sustainable roots began on a Hudson Valley farm, and since then she has contributed research and writing to various publications, including Clean Plates. In her spare time she enjoys meditative hiking, cooking and upcycling, with big dreams of someday running a bed and breakfast in the countryside.

 
 

 

LUCY WANGDesign Editor

Lucy got hooked on the ideas of sustainable design ever since a life-changing summer in Portland, Ore. where she learned about “green” living and how to ride a bike. After graduating with a landscape architecture degree, she set off on a half-year trip across North America on mass transit to explore landscape architecture sites and cities, documenting parts of her journey at Landscape Voice. Through the trip, she cultivated a love for communications and has now decided to focus her skills on writing, advocating and engaging the public on green, transit-friendly initiatives. Lucy currently lives in Baltimore with dreams of moving out west.

 
 
 

Beverley Mitchell, inhabitat writer, writerBEVERLEY MITCHELL – Contributing Editor

Beverley is an Australian-born, Montreal-based writer and editor with a background in contemporary visual art, craft and design management. From a long line of green thumbs, she is now coming to terms with Canadian urban balcony gardening after nine years in the Australian tropics, where she had a jungle for a backyard. Beverley’s love of organic gardening led her to permaculture, which particularly influenced her with its concept of self-sustaining systems. She is interested in seeing this concept applied not only small-scale food production, but business models, consumer products and project development as well. When she’s not writing, editing or cooking, you’ll find her thrifting.