Gerod RodyNat Damm

Gerod Rody

Founder, Out for Sustainability
Seattle, Wash.

Gerod Rody, 29, felt a disconnect between his life as a gay man and his work in the sustainability field, so he founded Out for Sustainability to bring the two together and encourage the LGBTQ community to embrace the green cause. The group is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with Earth Gay events where volunteers can help on projects like urban gardening and habitat restoration—followed, of course, by a lively afterparty, complete with limited-edition “Nature Is So Gay” T-shirts. Rody is also the marketing and communications associate at the sustainability-focused Bainbridge Graduate Institute, where he earned an MBA in sustainable business, and he runs his own firm, seventh idé, which specializes in “eco-innovative-thrifty” design consulting for events.