From Environmental Scientist & Entomologist to EcoModel & Entrepreneur, Summer Rayne Oakes shares with Conversation Crossroad radio program listeners how she was rocking and rolling in rainforests, reclaiming mine sites and studying sewage sludge when she was struck with the idea that the fashion industry might be an interesting way to disseminate environmental awareness.
Recognized as The World’s First Ecomodel, Oakes has created a career aligning her values to her work. She is author of bestselling style guide Style, Naturally and Co-founder of Source4Style, an award-winning B2B marketplace that connects designers directly to sustainable material suppliers around the globe. She has developed more environmentally-preferable collections with a variety of brands, including Payless ShoeSource’s zoe&zac line, MODO eco eyewear, Aveeno, and Portico Home.
Oakes is Editor-at-Large for ABOVELIVE and has recently written-produced her first film – an environmental art short called eXtinction. Vanity Fair has named Oakes a “Global Citizen,” Outside called her one of the “Top Environmental Activists,” and CNBC called her one of the “Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs of 2010.” She’s a graduate of Cornell with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology and is a Udall environmental scholar, PERC Environmental Fellow, National Wildlife Federation Fellow, and Cartier “Women in Business” Laureat.
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