Debby Donovan, Staff Writer, Daily Herald
Christine Esposito's involvement in things green dates back to the first Earth Day, when she and other students in her junior high school's ecology club held an environmental "teach-in" at a local elementary school. She was hooked -- and stayed environmentally active in high school and college.
She obtained a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, planning to merge her interests in environment and design. Writing her thesis, she instead found her passion in communicating about landscape. She decided to forge a career in environmental communications to use it as a vehicle to effect positive change.
Editorial positions at Encyclopaedia Britannica and American Nurseryman, a horticultural trade magazine, honed her writing and editing skills. While at American Nurseryman, she successfully advocated for and managed expansion of the magazine's editorial coverage of landscape topics.
Christine's publishing work, subsequent experience in marketing consulting and environmental commitment merged at Chicago's Openlands. As director of PR and communications, she helped influence policy and save open space throughout the region.
That was the impetus for Terracom Public Relations, which she launched in 1990 to help green organizations grow in size and impact through strategic PR and marketing communications.
Christine has served on the board of directors of the Foresight Design Initiative, which fosters action and dialog on sustainable innovation in Chicago, and speaks at a variety of professional conferences on promoting green organizations.
She recently earned a Certificate of Integrated Marketing from the University of Chicago.