About Us

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Infinite Earth Academy is an idea sharing, training, mentoring, networking, and movement building platform. We believe the path to a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future is through radical innovation at the local level and rapidly spreading the best ideas, strategies, and tools.

Local and regional leaders are already making great progress in addressing the pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges of our time, but we need to more rapidly spread the best ideas and dramatically increase sustainability, resiliency, and equity in communities across the United States.

Our mission is to support visionary local leaders through idea sharing, training, mentoring, and most importantly by creating a support network and building a movement.

About The Podcast

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Infinite Earth Radio is a weekly podcast hosted by Mike Hancox and Vernice Miller-Travis.

Each week we interview visionary leaders, dedicated government officials, savvy businesses and forward thinking individuals who are working to build smarter, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities through social and economic inclusion that values the contribution of all citizens and seeks meaningful lives for everyone.

Podcast Hosts

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Infinite Earth Academy founder and Infinite Earth Radio host Mike Hancox is passionate about building organizations and movements that unleash unlimited human potential in order to solve our most pressing environmental and social problems.

He is an urban planner and the CEO of Skeo a highly respected environmental, economic, and environmental justice consulting/planning firm with staff located across the United States.

He lives in NY with his wife, daughters, grand-children and an assortment of rescue animals – he is an avid gardener and an aspiring vegan.

 

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Infinite Earth Radio Co-host Vernice Miller Travis is a nationally recognized expert in brownfields redevelopment, community revitalization, collaborative problem solving, multi-stakeholder design and planning and environmental justice.

Her interests have focused on economic and environmental restoration and the inclusion of low-income, people of color and indigenous communities in environmental and economic decision making at the federal, state, local and tribal levels.

Vernice enjoys listening to and singing gospel music, visiting her family in the Bahamas, traveling with her husband, and eating Maryland blue crabs and barbecue.

Infinite Earth Radio Co-host Michael Green is a seasoned advocate for climate policy and environmental action and has played strategic roles in several of the largest national, as well as international campaigns dedicated to fighting climate change.

He joins Infinite Earth Radio from Boston where he serves as the Executive Director of Climate Action Collaborative. Since 2012, he has served as a representative to the United Nations focusing on international climate science and policy.

Michael serves on the board of several Boston area non-profits and is a policy advisor to national business associations on topics ranging from urban cycling infrastructure to energy policy to climate adaptation.

 

Our Academy Leadership Team

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Mike Hancox

Founder and CEO

Infinite Earth Academy founder and Infinite Earth Radio host Mike Hancox is passionate about building organizations and movements that unleash unlimited human potential in order to solve our most pressing environmental and social problems. He is an accomplished urban planner and the CEO of Skeo, a highly respected environmental, economic, and environmental justice consulting/planning firm with staff located across the United States.

Kate Meis

Managing Director

Kate Meis has been a leader at the Local Government Commission (LGC) for the last decade and has served as Executive Director since 2013. The LGC is a nationally recognized nonprofit connecting local leaders, implementing innovative solutions, and advancing smart-growth policies. Meis has been recognized for her climate-change work by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the nation’s “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who Are Solving the Problems of Today – and Tomorrow.” Meis has helped launch many of the LGC’s pioneering programs, including the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, the California Adaptation Forum, CivicSpark and the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation.

Vernice Miller-Travis

Senior Program Advisor

Vernice is the Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Equitable Development on Skeo’s Community Planning and Revitalization team. For 30 years, Vernice has been a leading proponent of environmental justice and equitable and sustainable development, at the nexus between civil rights and environmental enforcement. She is a recognized leader in this multi-disciplinary field at the local, national, and international levels. She is an urban planner who is sought after for her environmental conflict resolution expertise and facilitation and mediation skills. Her work has focused on restoring blighted, contaminated, and environmentally distressed communities to safe, healthy, and vibrant places to live, work, go to school, worship, and recreate. Her work supports federal, state, local, and neighborhood efforts to advance community revitalization via brownfields and Superfund site remediation and redevelopment, urban waters restoration, and area-wide planning through collaborative problem solving, building cultural competence, and cross-cultural conflict mediation.

Kif Scheuer

Senior Program Advisor

Kif Scheuer is the Climate Change Program Director at the Local Government Commission (LGC). Kif is a solution-oriented sustainability professional with a strong history of engaging diverse audiences in real-world climate protection efforts through innovative, market-focused research and analysis, creative program design, effective project implementation, and compelling public advocacy and education. In 2013 Kif organized the first California Adaptation Forum, which attracted over 800 attendees and served to kick start the statewide conversation on adaptation. Kif led the development and growth of one of the LGC’s key coalitions – the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation, a statewide network focused on addressing adaptation at the regional scale.

Paul Zykofsky

Senior Program Advisor

Paul Zykofsky directs the Local Government Commission’s (LGC) programs related to land use and transportation planning, community design, and health and the built environment. In the past 20 years, he has worked with over 300 communities to improve conditions for infill development, walking, bicycling, and transit. Mr. Zykofsky provides technical assistance to communities throughout the nation on issues related to smart growth, infill development, transit-oriented development, street and sidewalk design, health and the built environment, and public participation in the planning process. Mr. Zykofsky is a co-author of Building Livable Communities: A Policymaker’s Guide to Transit Oriented Development and Emergency Response: Traffic Calming and Traditional Neighborhood Streets. In 2006, Mr. Zykofsky co-wrote (with Dan Burden of Walkable Communities) the section on “walkability” in the American Planning Association’s Planning and Urban Design Standards.

Academy Partners

Infinite Earth Academy is a partnership of Skeo and
The Local Government Commission.

Together we are building a state of the art learning, mentoring, and support community experience for local leaders committed to building a smarter, more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future.

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Skeo is a for-profit consulting firm offering a multidisciplinary approach to navigating the complex issues facing local communities, state governments, federal agencies and socially responsible businesses. Using our unique integrated approach and tailored analysis, we provide innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing issues in environmental stewardship, social equity and economic opportunity. To learn more about Skeo – go to skeo.com

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The Local Government Commission (LGC)
LGC is a nonprofit membership organization of elected officials and other local leaders. For over 35 years LGC has connected cutting-edge leaders from across the nation, advanced transformative policies and implemented innovative solutions for sustainable communities.

To learn more about the LGC – go to lgc.org