Advisory Board

William “Billy” Campbell, MD, is the founder of Ramsey Creek, the first exclusively green cemetery in the United States and an organizing board member of the GBC.  Widely regarded as the leading authority on using burial as means of facilitating ecological restoration, Billy is also president of Memorial Ecosystems, Inc., a for-profit firm that develops and operates green burial grounds.

Mary Woodsen is a science writer at Cornell University.  In addition, in 2002, Mary had performed the most comprehensive analyses atthat time of the environmental impact associated with conventional funeral service in the US. She has recently co-authored a study with the GBC releasing the updated data regarding the environmental impact of current funeral and final disposition practices.  As the founding president of Greensprings Natural Cemetery near Ithaca, New York, Mary is also a current fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.

William Jordan, PhD, is Director of the New Academy of Nature and Culture and an organizing board member of the GBC.  He is the founder of the Society for Ecological Restoration and author of several books including “The Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature” (University of California Press, 2003).

John Lovasco is the co-founder of Alcos Insurance. A life-long outdoor enthusiast, John is the former president of the board of directors of the Upland Hills School, an independent school specializing in outdoor education/experiential learning and a member of the Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center. John has also consulted numerous nonprofit organizations on risk management and perpetuation strategies.

Stephen Olson is Executive Director of the Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, British Columbia, which is Canada’s first GBC approved natural burial ground.  He is currently a member of the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Service Advisory Group with the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority of BC.

Kim Sorvig is a landscape architect, design critic, and environmental author and an organizing board member of the GBC.  He has over 28 years of experience creating, teaching, and writing about interpretive and sustainable places. He is internationally known for his work as Contributing Editor of Landscape Architecture magazine and as co-author of “Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors” (Island Press, 2000).

Sam Perry is a licensed funeral director in Indiana with a passion for gardening.  He became interested in the funeral industry after being the groundskeeper for his local funeral home.  Later, while getting his Bachelors degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service, Sam was inspired further when he studied abroad with Semester at Sea.  His studies included non-profit leadership and independent studies of funeral rights in Ghana, Japan, India, and a handful of other countries around the world. He is now a part of the Green Burial Council to help educate people about the “green” alternatives to conventional burial so that he can do his part to preserve this beautiful planet a little longer.

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