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Environmentalist and human rights activist Dianne Dillon-Ridgley of the Women's Network for a Sustainable Future, has for over thirty years worked on
issues of the environment and sustainability, gender and CSR, both domestically and internationally. She was a director at Interface, Inc., a global manufacturer of modular carpet and a leader in sustainable design. She was also a director at Green Mountain Energy for the first six years and chaired the Environmental Integrity Committee for the company until GMEC was acquired by NRG.
Dianne was appointed by the White House to the U.S. delegation for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session in New York in 1997, and to the World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa in 2002, making her the only person to serve on all three U.S. delegations.
She is founding chair-emerita of Plains Justice, an environmental law center for the Great Plains states in the U.S., and is a trustee and board chair for CIEL (the Center for International Environmental Law);
Population Connection (former National Chair); Executive Director WNSF (the Women's Network for a
Sustainable Future);the former national chair of River Network and former president of ZPG. She was also CEO of WEDO (the Women's Environment and Development Organization) in the 1990's and head of the Iowa Association of
Human Rights Agencies, among others.
From 1999 through its tenure she was a member of the Oxford University Commission on Sustainable Consumption and Production (Mansfield College) and the first U.S.
member appointed to the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm. Former President Clinton appointed her to the PCSD, his council on Sustainable Development (1994-1999). In the past two Presidential elections she was part of P-CAP, (Presidential Climate Action Project).
In 2000 by the appointment of the Secretary General, she chaired the Millennium DPI conference at the UN, which first introduced the idea for the Millennium Development Goals. In 2011 she was selected among the "green leaders" for the Women in commercial Real Estate, New York City (CREW), keynoting their annual event, February 2011.
Along with her service as a trustee of Green Mountain College, Dianne serves on the Auburn University School of Human Sciences-Dean's Advisory Board and the Tippie College of Business Management Committee and is a frequent commencement speaker including Lund in Sweden; the Presidio School of Business; Central College, Iowa; and in 2013 at Green Mountain College which awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
She lives in Iowa City, Iowa and has two adult children, Dasal who graduated from Morehouse in Atlanta, and Karima, who graduated from Harvard.