Julie Greene leads this INGO which promotes free, zero-emission solar thermal energy for sustainable cooking solutions worldwide. As ED, Greene convenes and connects the international solar cooking sector. Solar Cookers International engages more than 350 individuals, NGOs, manufacturers, researchers, solar cooking field project managers, and the United Nations to promote sustainable cooking and water pasteurization solutions. SCI is driven to offer improved health, safety, and habitats for the nearly three billion people who live on less than $2 a day and cook over open fires.
When Greene joined SCI in 2012, the organization was temporarily staffed by part-time volunteers. Under Greene’s leadership, the organization successfully transitioned to a new strategic plan and continued SCI's decades of work to spread solar cooking in regions of the world where it is needed most.
SCI reasserted its leadership of the global solar cooking sector and convened the 5th Solar Cookers International Convention in 2014; restructured its work with community-based partners in Kenya; expanded projects into Nepal; and built an operational reserve, a legacy giving program, and an endowment fund to ensure solar cooking into the future. SCI continues to expand networking and collaboration platforms that support and strengthen the work of solar cooking associates worldwide.
Prior to joining Solar Cookers International, Greene worked for nine years in maternal and infant health as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Greene was also a master teacher for ten years, and as Department Chair, piloted a school-wide implementation of personal technology devices.
Greene presented solar cooking at TEDx Grass Valley in 2012, and received the Suman Foundation’s Suryamitra Award in 2015. She is a contributing editor of the SCI Digest. An avid solar cook, Greene is a cyclist, playwright, an Original Scripts judge for Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance, and enjoys hosting members of the international solar cooking community at her home when travel brings them to Northern California.