Denise Rushing, aka Earth Lover, is a #1 best-selling author, speaker and renewable energy expert.
As founder of New Story Center, she helps those seeking to create an earth-friendly lifestyle or business.
Even at a young age, as she transplanted pumpkin seedlings into her Grandfather’s garden, collected rocks, and observed tree frogs in the woods behind her home, Denise Rushing found the planet's ecosystems enchanting. She devoted her early career to environmental stewardship through science and technology--earning a degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University and furthering clean technology through her pioneering work in the energy industry including the launch of award winning energy efficiency and technology initiatives adopted by utilities around the world.
Business success notwithstanding, she recognized that humanity’s relationship with Earth’s living systems requires a deeper response. After earning her Masters Degree in Culture and Spirituality, she co-founded Rockhaven Ecospiritual Center, where she developed an ecologically-inspired approach to transforming human systems that she later documented in her bestselling book: Tending the Soul's Garden: Permaculture as a Way Forward in Difficult Times.
In 2006, she was elected to public office in Lake County and served two terms, where she was best known for her environmental advocacy and community revitalization efforts. In this role she was named Women of the Year in the third Congressional District and led her county to two State environmental leadership awards for her work, which included spearheading two of the largest public solar energy installations in California.
Denise is a clear voice for renewing, re-imagining and re-enchanting humanity's relationship with our planet home. She often speaks to groups, bringing audiences to a new awareness of their own power to make a difference. Today, from Dancing TreePeople Farm, she directs the New Story Center--dedicated to changing humanity's world view to one that is just and sustainable. In doing so, she helps home and business owners create regenerative lives and businesses.
New Story Center
--sharing the Earth's Story in all its forms through art, writing and community.
Dancing TreePeople Farm
Founder, 2004 - Present
Dancing TreePeople cultivates a new way of being through its on-farm community, sustainable business and regenerative growing practices. We advise on alternative economy tools, sustainable living, and grassroots community transformation using the principles of ecological design (permaculture).
Founder and PrIncipal 2002 – Present
Business Development Consulting and Marketing Automation for Clean Tech and Energy Data. Specialize in B2B market entry for SaaS.
Lake County, CA
Elected Official Jan 2007 – Dec 2014
Served two terms on the Lake County Board of Supervisors. Best known for environmental advocacy and community revitalization efforts. Named Women of the Year in the third Congressional District and State Assembly District. Led county to two State environmental leadership awards and spearheaded one of the largest public solar energy installations in the Western United States.
Vice President Marketing Sep 2007 – Aug 2008
All aspects of marketing and business development for enterprise "energy cloud" software. B2B SaaS sales, pricing, alliance programs, product positioning, public relations, partner development and negotiation.
Invensys Climate Controls
General Manager, Goodwatts 2002 – 2004
P&L responsibility for Goodwatts home control technology business serving the online energy efficiency and demand-side power services market. Led market development for the "Conservation Power Plant" networked home control systems for energy and utility companies such as PECO, Nevada Power and PG&E and the launch of the business.
Vice President, Business Development 2000 – 2002
Responsible for all aspects of business development for Sage Systems, a technology start-up serving the emerging home networking and energy data services market.
CellNet Data Systems
Vice President, Sales and Marketing 1998 – 2000
Responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing and business development serving the emerging meter data services market.
Director, Sales 1996 – 1998
Directed U.S. sales and technical support. Managed six regional sales offices and customer technical support. Negotiated multi-million dollar long-term enterprise-level software and services contracts with major utilities and energy services companies.
Manager, Marketing 1993 – 1996
Directed product development, pricing, sales and technical support services for PG&E’s California small, medium and large business and residential segments. Managed $28 million budget and 90 people in six locations.
Director, Energy Efficiency 1990 – 1993
Award-winning Commercial, Industrial Energy Efficiency technology programs benchmarked and adopted by utilities around the world. Managed up to 30 people and $80 million annual budget.
BS Environmental Engineering 1976 – 1980
Environmental Studies, Mechanical Engineering
Holy Names University
MA Humanities: Culture and Spirituality 2002 – 2003
Spohia Center (Center for Creation Spirituality)
Global Account GM at CSC
Denise is a mentor. It doesn't matter what the area, she has a sense of what needs to be done, what has to happen and when to make it so. She is at the top of my list of people that I respect and admire, and has been so instrumental in my successes the last 18 months, that I could not really take credit for what has actually happened.
Denise is an intelligent, clear-minded and insightful person, who knows how to view the world from a lot of angles, as well as making sure that the people around her are enabled to make the decisions and do the things that they need to do in order to help the entire team succeed.
I recommend Denise without reservation.
Denise brings a magnificent balance of heart, head and soul to any project. Her passion for sustainable business models and practices combined with her energy (and high capability) for start-ups have enabled a number of programs I have been either directly or indirectly associated with get up and running successfully. Her high emotional intelligence makes her easy to work with effectively and pleasurably, regardless of whether she is serving as team leader or team member.
I consider it a great privilege to count Denise as a favorite business colleague and dear friend.
Honeycomb Panels, LLC
Denise always makes well-researched and fiscally-sound decisions. When asked to serve, Denise takes the responsibility seriously and applies all of her skills and abilities to the task at hand.
Through her expertise in energy, engaging and motivating the community, and environmental-related issues, Lake County and it's government have been given numerous awards thanks to her skills and tenacity.
It was an honor to work with you for the people of Lake County.