About Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander


Dr. Oppenlander is a sustainability consultant, researcher, and author whose book, "Comfortably Unaware", has been endorsed as a "must read" by Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. Neal Barnard, among many others. Dr. Oppenlander's most recent book titled, "Food Choice and Sustainability", has won numerous awards including the 2014 International Book Award for Social Change and the 2014 Green Book Festival Award and is being used by think tanks and strategists for developing initiatives to advance change. Dr. Oppenlander is a much sought after international lecturer on the topic of food choice and how it relates to sustainability, speaking most recently to the European Parliament, and served as the lead consultant for two full-length environmental documentary films. He also serves as an advisor to world hunger projects in developing countries and with municipalities in the United States, receiving an honorary award from the Hawaii Senate for his pioneering work regarding their food choice-environment connection.

Dr. Oppenlander has spent the past 40 years studying the effects food choices have on our planet and on us. He started an organic plant based production company, operates an animal rescue sanctuary (with his wife Jill), developer of the first environment-food choice academy course of study and subsequent ambassador program, and is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Inspire Awareness Now.