Green IT: The Internet at 40 "Lessons Learned" from the Global Reach of Women & Minority Owned Businesses in the 21st Century [11/22/2009]


  • Courtney Ashley Vaughan, Principal, Courtney Vaughan LLC
  • Anca Novacovici, LEED AP, President, Eco*Coach
  • Dr. Lotus Tresor Marie, President, Synthesize Strategies LLC

Segment 1

Courtney Ashley Vaughan, Principal, Courtney Vaughan LLC
Courtney Ashley Vaughan, Principal, Courtney Vaughan LLC
Segment 2

Anca Novacovici, LEED AP, President, Eco*Coach
Anca Novacovici, LEED AP, President, Eco*Coach
Segment 3

Dr. Lotus Tresor Marie, President, Synthesize Strategies LLC
Dr. Lotus Tresor Marie, President, Synthesize Strategies LLC
Segment 4

Panel Discussion with Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host, The EmeraldPlanet Television Productions
Panel Discussion with Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host, The EmeraldPlanet Television Productions

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA.  The programs are being simulcast to 2095 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television.   The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and 214 territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience.  The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 144 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

This program features:

  • Segment 1: Courtney Ashley Vaughan, Principal, Courtney Vaughan LLC
  • Segment 2: Anca Novacovici, LEED AP, President, Eco*Coach
  • Segment 3: Dr. Lotus Tresor Marie, President, Synthesize Strategies LLC
  • Segment 4: Panel Discussion with Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host, The EmeraldPlanet Television Productions

On October 29, 1969 the Internet was born when Leonard Kleinrock, a University of California Los Angeles college engineering professor, and his team sent one word massage “login” to a computer at Stanford Research Institute, through a system called ARPANET.  This humble beginning has grown to connecting some 16 million people in 1985, with 513 million people  were online in 2001 after the web browsers were introduced, and now over 1.7 billion people are connected to the Internet and these numbers are growing daily.  Just in the third quarter [3Q] of the 2009 global economic downturn only five [5] of the most recognized Internet based companies of Google, YAHOO!, eBay,, and Microsoft earned combined earnings of US$28.94 billion which if extrapolated for 2009 exceeds the Gross National Product (GNP) of 50 nations in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean.

The Internet, recognized as the economic engine triggering the global information age, has charged life for every human being on the global whether connected or not. The Internet linking personal and laptop computers, created the miniaturized processors along with high speed data & voice &

media transfers which are linked by cell telephones through emails, blogs, social networking sites including Twitter, YouTube, FaceBook, and many other features not even conceived 20 years ago.

Courtney Vaughan is an independent business advisor to financial, commercial and government institutions. Our expert advisors unlock collective knowledge to bring results to our clients. Courtney Vaughan’s team of expert advisors have over two decades of experience advising financial and non-financial institutions as well as government, multilateral and private institutions in the United States and over 40 countries worldwide.

Courtney Vaughan’s team of consultants include former, international and domestic, commercial and investment bankers, economists, legal experts, policy makers and analysts, and industry specialists.  Our team also includes subject matter experts and sector specialists from various industries, adding value, depth and integrity to our technical and advisory services.

Our competitive edge is in understanding the opportunities, challenges and constraints facing each situation, capturing macro to micro issues and crafting the optimal solution to bring desirable results to our clients.  Courtney Vaughan strives to be recognized among the most trusted professional advisors known and respected for their independent perspective and quality advice on economic and complex business, regulatory and financial issues.

Eco-Coach was founded by Anca Novacovici in order to promote environmental awareness and provide businesses and individuals with services and tools that would make the transition to a more sustainable way of living and working easier.  Anca started Eco-Coach in early 2006 because of her passion for the environment and sustainability, her experience in management consulting, and her interest in green, healthy buildings and interior spaces. Anca is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and sits on the Board of the Green Building Institute. She has co-authored two books, Sustainability 101: A Toolkit for Your Business and DC Metro Area Green Career and Jobs Guide.

Eco-Coach is dedicated to providing the best services and tools available to help our customers achieve lasting results that benefit them, the planet, and others involved. With this in mind, we commit to:

  • Positive Environmental Impact: Internally and when working with our clients, we strive to implement solutions that have a positive impact on the planet.
  • Integrity and Ethical Conduct: In all aspects of the business, our actions are ethical and consistent with our values. This translates to transparent business practices and honest, straightforward answers.
  • Client Focus and Commitment: We are committed to finding the best solutions for our clients and to offering them the tools to successfully reach their goal(s).
  • Quality: We are determined to deliver outstanding solutions so that our relationships with our clients will be close and long-lasting.

Eco-Coach offers a talented team with specialized experience and skills in diverse  sustainability issues. It can deploy the right people to provide clients with the support they need. Eco-Coach’s business methodology is comprehensive, yet modular, enabling customized and dynamic approaches to fit the scale and scope for clients’ priorities. Engagements can start small and focus progressively and incrementally on the issues that are most important to clients.

Eco Coach recognizes the distinctive features of clients’ businesses and avoids formulaic responses.  Since 2006, Eco Coach has served financial services, real estate, telecommunications, hospitality, training, food processing, management consulting, exempt, and other large and small organizations, including Fortune 500 companies.

Synthesis-NET is an international software development company based in Central Europe and also operating through an affiliate in the USA. The company offers IT consulting, outsourcing software development and Web design services, as well as legacy application re-engineering services. Our experts are experienced in developing applications for a number of industries including on-demand business, banking and finance, real estate, e-government, and healthcare.

Synthesis-NET is Established in September 2003. Affiliated with one of Central Europe’s top IT firms. Located in one of Europe’s fastest growing and most dynamic regions: West Pannonia, Hungary (an hour’s driving distance from Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava).

Synthesis-NET team has extensive experience developing applications for clients operating in various business sectors in both Europe and the U.S. In order to provide our clients with comprehensive and state-of-the-art solutions, we place added emphasis on keeping our staff well-versed in the newest technologies. To this end, we maintain long-term R&D arrangements with the Széchenyi István University of Győr (Hungary) and the Central European Institute of Technology in Schwechat (Austria).

As you may know EmeraldPlanet is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to identifying at least 1,000 ‘best practices’ for sustainable environmental and economic development. Our efforts are to link those having such “best practices” with those needing the technologies, processes, services, and products to be outstanding ecological stewards of their resources. Please support The Emerald Planet Television and The Emerald Trek through your generous donations of US$25, US$50, or US$100. Click the donations button to make your contributions now

Tune in and learn from our outstanding guests and Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host of The EmeraldPlanet television productions at 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. (Eastern); 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. (Central); 4:30 – 5:30 P.M. (Western); and 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. (Pacific) time zones.