Dr. Karen Weber has a vision. She imagines a world in which we are reunited with nature, plants cover our cities in the form of green roofs, living walls, urban farms and thriving gardens across our urban space. This world abounds with beauty, sustainable design, amazing art, smart technology and reflects the responsible use of all materials. It is a world in which we have found forgiveness within ourselves and toward each other; hold equal respect for humanity and all life; and are constantly grateful for the small and large miracles we encounter on a daily basis throughout our lives.
Boston GreenFest is an expression of her passion for life, her desire to share knowledge, her optimism for a better future, her desire to help unite our city and develop sustainable jobs for everyone, her recognition that youth must be involved on every level, and her ability to work with a very diverse team to bring this extraordinary event to fruition.
Dr. Karen Weber has a doctorate in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University, and is LEED AP. Her academic specialty is in maritime fisheries management and international law of the sea. She worked several years as a fellow in the Oceanographic Research Center of Abidjan (CRO) and the Ivoirian Center for Economic and Social Research (CIRES). During her years of fieldwork she worked with many communities across Côte d'Ivoire in West Africa.
She has served on the planning committees of NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association), GreenBuild, and altWheels, and has been recognized for her work with awards from NEWIEE (New England Women in Energy and Environment), the City of Boston, and Green Schools. She was also a guest at the White House for the EPA's program on Environmental Education in May 2012.
Years of study and travel have taken Dr. Weber across five continents. Dr. Weber consulted for and assisted with two world green roof conferences, one in Shanghai, China in May 2010, and one in Indore City, India in November 2011. She speaks several languages, including French and Spanish.
Married to a wonderful and very supportive husband, she is the mother of four terrific children (three are triplets). She has been actively involved in her children's education and has made time to serve on the school site council as well as the parent council of six Boston Public Schools.