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Our Heroes is a weekly series that highlights the work and the daily lives of people who are making major changes in the world of food, water and/or energy.

Our Heroes: Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island

You would be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic, persuasive advocate for clean energy than Gordian Raacke, founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI). In 2012, he initiated a 100 percent renewable electricity study for Long Island. He and his wife also live in a solar home in East Hampton, NY.

Our Heroes: Leslie Moyer of Post Carbon Institute

Leslie Moyer is the director of Post Carbon Institute's Energy Reality Campaign. Read Leslie's interview to learn about her work with artists and energy, the undeserved un-sexiness of energy conservation and a particularly mind-blowing uphill car ride.

Our Heroes: Mary Brower of Bluestem Farm

Bluestem Farm is a four-season, diversified farm, dedicated to producing a huge variety of food straight through the long winters of Northern Michigan - no small feat! They proudly raise heritage-breed pigs, chickens for both meat and eggs, and a large variety of indoor and outdoor vegetables.

Our Heroes: Peter Finch of Rolling Hills Organics

Peter Finch grows vegetables and herbs on 55 acres at Rolling Hills Organics in Roseneath, Ontario. Read on to find out what he says balances out the exhaustion and unpredictable crop outcomes he faces every season. Part of our Eat Well Guide farmer heroes mini-series!

Our Heroes: Shannon Hyde of Olive Egg Farm

Shannon Hyde of Olive Egg Farm in Honeoye Falls, New York, produces food people can feel good about eating. Hyde believes that "we have a responsibility to the animals we raise to provide them with a fulfilling, healthy life, humane treatment, and humane processing."

Our Heroes: Cole Desmond of Chicken Little Farm

16-year-old Cole Desmond raises poultry and eggs on 10.2 acres at his family's farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where life really does go full-circle. Desmond says: "We believe that if the bird is happy, then that's all that counts." Part of our Eat Well Guide farmer heroes mini-series!

Our Heroes: Gary Wockner of Poudre Waterkeeper

This week's hero in our "Know Your Waterkeeper" series is Gary Wockner of Poudre Waterkeeper. Gary saves rivers, fights frackers and climate change and loves endangered species and democracy. We like all those things too and we think Gary makes an excellent hero!

Our Heroes: Krissy Kasserman of Youghiogheny Riverkeeper

The next hero in our Know Your Waterkeeper series is Krissy Kasserman of Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. Here, Kasserman talks about growing up in the Appalachians, the impacts of fracking in Marcellus Shale country and the 12-foot suit of armor she saw on the river bank.

Our Heroes: Paul Gallay of Riverkeeper

The next installment of Our Heroes: "Know Your Waterkeeper" is with Riverkeeper President and Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay. Find out what his oddest moment as a Riverkeeper has been. [HINT: it involves a tattoo!]

Our Heroes: Pete Nichols of Waterkeeper Alliance

The second installment of Our Heroes: "Know Your Waterkeeper" is with Waterkeeper Alliance National Director and former Humboldt Baykeeper Pete Nichols. Inspired by the lakes and coastal waters of his childhood home in Maine, Pete has always been an advocate for the environment, and now especially, for water.

TEDxManhattan Heroes: Sunny Young

As TEDxManhattan 2014 approaches, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Today we feature Sunny Young, director of EduFood Consulting and the winner of the TEDxManhattan Challenge!

Our Heroes: Marc Yaggi of Waterkeeper Alliance

Today Ecocentric kicks off the latest installment of Our Heroes with "Know Your Waterkeeper," a short series of weekly interviews with Waterkeepers from around the country. First up is Waterkeeper Alliance Executive Director Marc Yaggi, who turned his childhood love of water into a long-standing career, making water protection a main focus of his life.

TEDxManhattan Heroes: David Binkle

As TEDxManhattan 2014 approaches, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Today we feature David Binkle, Director of Food Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

TEDxManhattan Heroes: Andrew Gunther

As TEDxManhattan 2014 approaches, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Today we feature Andrew Gunther, Program Director at Animal Welfare Approved.

TEDxManhattan Heroes: Peggy Neu

As TEDxManhattan 2014 approaches, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Today we feature Peggy Neu, President of The Monday Campaigns.

TEDxManhattan Heroes: Tom Colicchio

This week, our TEDXManhattan Heroes series features chef Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants - and a little show on Bravo called "Top Chef." Tom also appears in and served as executive producer of A Place at the Table, Participant Media's recent documentary about food insecurity in America.

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