AUTHOR of the syndicated
"Ask EcoGirl" column, The Organic Guides,
and a wide range of articles and reports on
environmental and community
LEAD AUTHOR, EDITOR, &
GRAPHIC ARTIST for The Next STEP
newsletter and other inspiring and useful
CONSULTING WRITER, EDITOR,
& GRAPHIC ARTIST, helping businesses,
nonprofits, and goverment agencies effectively
communicate their green message
PUBLIC SPEAKER, TRAINER,
& TRAINING DESIGNER for events that have
informed and empowered thousands of people,
including the "Better Not Bigger" conference,
the Sierra Club, the Harmony Festival, the Peace
& Justice Center, & the Cancer Resource
"Patricia has keen insight into sustainable living
and business practices. She's provided NorthBay
biz magazine with several articles along those lines
(as well as other subjects), which have had excellent
reader response. Her work is thorough, detailed,
timely and of high quality. She also meets her deadlines
-- something I always appreciate!"
Julie Fadda, Editor, NorthBay biz magazine
"Thank you so much for your contributions to our
newspaper. People are clearly reading your Ask
EcoGirl column and you're such a delight to work
with. You meet deadlines and your work is well-done
and thoughtful. I like your writing style, thorough and
upbeat, and encouraging people to actually do things.
I love what you're doing!"
Vesta Copestakes, Editor, Sonoma County
"Dear Patricia - Thanks for the story on
Sonoma Compost. It's a great read that our readers will
find both interesting and educational. We are happy to
have the work of a pro and welcome further stories by
you on topics related to the agricultural industry in
Sonoma and Marin Counties."
Tim Tesconi, Editor Sonoma-Marin Farm News, Previously
Ag Staff Writer for the Press Democrat (33 years)
"I love the unbridled enthusiasm and creativity of
the Ask EcoGirl column. It engages people. I like
your writing in general, and I want Peace Press readers
to catch onto your enthusiasm and know-how. Thanks
Debra Birkinshaw, Boardmember, Peace & Justice
Center; Member, Green Sangha Sonoma County
"Patricia - You are doing a wonderful job with the
[STEP] newsletter. I can't even begin to tell you
how many things I have learned and use in my daily
life. I take your newsletters to work and hang them
up in the workroom to share with people. Keep up your
hard work. Sebastopol is a better place to live thanks
to people like you."
Chris Nelson, Sebastopol Realtor
"I am writing to express my deep appreciation for
Patricia Dines' outstanding and unique work in
writing, editing, and providing the graphics for the
widely successful [STEP] newsletter.... The
community response has been overwhelmingly positive
and I believe the use of toxics in Sebastopol has
declined significantly as a result of it.
"Patricia has provided valuable contributions of her
talent to Sebastopol and Sonoma County. I
unhesitatingly recommend her to any company or agency
that is looking for a highly creative individual who can
deliver the desired product for customers or audiences of
Dave Brennan, Sebastopol City Manager
"The conference was seamlessly run, high energy,
great fun, ignited hopes, and nurtured visions. I'm
leaving with some specific ideas and contacts and new
interest in government involvement."
"I liked the entire program from beginning to
end. I've done workshops and conferences all my
working life - this was the best."
"I left feeling empowered and positive, rare
for this topic."
"The resources book is fantastic. It helped my
listening because most of my notes were already taken! I
look forward to reading it and to making contact with the
"It was really a wonderfully-coordinated and
highly-informative opportunity. Thank you!"
Attendee comments after the Conference "Better Not
Bigger: Grappling With Growth in Sonoma County" (Ms.
Dines created the event book, led in the educational
design, and was on the Conference Steering Committee
which co-created the overall event)
"Thank you for your [graphic design] work
on the Leadership Training binder... Your care, high
esthetic standards, and attention to detail made all the
materials clear, well-organized, easier to read and
understand, and visually appealing. Beyond that, your
professionalism, expertise, and commitment to excellence
have ensured that the class binder and its content is a
showpiece, and something to be proud of.
"For working with difficult and varied source
materials, often under short deadlines, and doing a
consistently wonderful job, you have my and the
Institute's appreciation and gratitude."
Daniel Solnit, Executive Director, Leadership
Institute for Ecology & the Economy, April 2002