Image credit: balance photography

Image credit: balance photography

Lori is the main spokesperson for Sister Eden. 

Growing up among the simple farms in and around Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Amish Country) and being the daughter of two post-depression era parents who lived on farms in Indiana County, Pennsylvania (birthplace of Jimmy Stewart and the Christmas tree capital of the world), taught Lori about reusing and repurposing. And as a child of the 60s, she soon added 2 more Rs to her vocabulary: reducing and recycling.

Lori made a name for herself as an award-winning producer of eco conscious special events through her previous company lori hill event productions. During that time, she produced awards galas, fundraisers, product launches, trade shows and conferences for clients such as the United Nations Environmental Programme, the United States Green Building Council, the Mexican Tourism Board and South African Tourism. She also teamed with eco photographers Rissa Miller and Nathaniel Corn of balance photography to co-executive produce the Mid-Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase, an annual trade show featuring sustainable wedding and event vendors as well as an eco fashion show.

During that time, Lori spoke around the world to educate her colleagues and clients about how to make their events more sustainable and how to live and work more eco-consciously. She was also an industry leader, having served as the president of the Greater Washington, DC chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) the year it won International ISES Chapter of the Year and was a member of the ISES International Board of Governors for three years.

Soon, she developed a name for herself as being the go-to-gal for green living with friends, family members and colleagues calling upon her for advice. But after 16 years in the business, she decided to concentrate full time on spreading the message of how to live the green life. And that is when Sister Eden was born in December 2012.

At the age of 47, she got married for the first time in her life to John, a widower she met on and became an instantaneous full-time mother to John’s young sons Adam and Bryan. Along with rescue pets Dolly the Dog and brother cats Loki and Thor, as well as a few fish, they all live pretty darn happily together in Takoma Park, Maryland in a 1940s-era home that was renovated to include numerous sustainable features.

Lori has appeared on television and radio multiple times and in 2012, she won the ISES Esprit of the Year Award for Most Inspirational Person.

A vegetarian for 11 years, after seeing the movie Cowspiracy, Lori adopted a vegan diet.  On any given day, you can find Lori walking rescue dog Dolly (exact breed unknown, but thought to be a mix of Pit Bull and Rhodesian Ridgeback) along the streets of her neighborhood while picking up trash.

Every winter since 2007, Lori dons her bikini and participates in the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s Polar Bear Plunge and in 2013, she was named a Climate Hero for her work in raising awareness about climate change.

A graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, Lori also graduated from The Event Management Program at The George Washington University.