The Many Shades of Green delves into topics that affect the environment in Brooklyn and beyond, as we move to raise social awareness via culture, politics, the environment and the arts. By empowering the public with knowledge about sustainability and information on what is happening in their own backyards, we aim to inspire people to take action in “greening” their lives, and contribute to keeping the planet healthy for the Seventh Generation to come.

Maxine-TMSOG-sq-blk“Max” Maxine Margo Rubin, Host & Executive Producer

Maxine Margo Rubin has been involved with the media business as a content producer and part-time co-host for Air America (Marc Sussman’s Money Message), and hosted and produced Village Green on WDFH, a show which focused on topics of environmental sustainability and progressive social issues.

In addition, she worked to create a pilot for Green World Radio. Maxine is a Brooklyn girl, born and raised on Ocean Parkway, and is an alum of Abraham Lincoln High School and Brooklyn College. She has a master’s degree in Public Policy/Public Administration from New York University (The Wagner School). Maxine is a confirmed “Greeniac,” and serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board in the town of New Castle. She loves all genres of music, and enjoys her wonderful, nutty and creative family, including her pampered and highly cerebral pooch, Sparky 2.0. She is happy to be connected with BBOX Radio, and looks forward to spreading the word about environmental and social issues affecting Brooklyn and beyond.



Abba Carmichael, Producer

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Abba Charice Carmichael grew up submerged in the arts and an environment of “greenness” with her family’s healthy shoe company. After visiting New York City and falling in love, Abba promised her twelve year old self that she would move to The Big Apple as soon as able; three days after graduating college, Abba did just that. New York quickly opened adventures her wildest dreams never imagined. Eager to find involvement with a radio station near her new Brooklyn home, (by nothing short of fate) BBOX Radio fell into Abba’s life, and with it one of her most proud New York adventures: producing The Many Shades of Green with Maxine. Abba spends her non-TMSOG hours traveling and gaining new skills while freelancing as a producer, casting director, actor, and website developer. She holds an A.A. in Musical Theatre from Young Harris College and a B.F.A from The Savannah College of Art and Design. During her time in this enchanting city, Abba considers herself living the “emerald shade of green.” AbbaCarmichael.com @abbacharice


Brian-Horowitz-sq-blkBrian Horowitz, Sound Engineer & Occasional Co-host

Brian is a 1996 graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he also served as the first chief engineer of WAIH Radio. Brian hosted several music and talk shows at WAIH in addition to maintaining the broadcasting equipment. In 1999, he founded The Sound Machine (www.TheSoundMachine.biz), which specializes in live sound production, recording, and audio post production for radio, TV, and film.

Brian is also a full-time police officer in Rockland County, NY, and is an instructor at the Rockland County Police and Public Safety Academy. He worked as a paramedic for 10 years, and volunteered with the Stony Point Ambulance Corps (NY) for 17 years, also serving on the Board of Directors for several years. Brian earned his Masters degree in EMS Policy and Management from New York Medical College in 2004.










David Newman, Co-Sound EngineerDavid-sq-blk

David is exciting to be working with Abba, Maxine, and the gang on The Many Shades of Green. Though David was born in Manhattan, he moved at age 7 and now hails from the exotic, “upstate” land of Lower Westchester County. Growing up, his family instilled in him a deep appreciation for and understanding of the natural world. He graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. Film Studies and Production. In his non-TMSOG time, David is an ACT tutor, freelances as a sound designer, and plays piano and Ultimate Frisbee.





Olivia-R-sq-blkOlivia Ramirez, Head Editor

Proudly hailing from New Jersey, Olivia is an avid consumer of music and and can be frequently found carefully crafting playlists in her basement bedroom turned creative space. She has begun a website Musik Therapy to help some of this music reach additional ears. She is also the creator of @EachGreenFreak which tweets out Go Green reminders and news updates. Each Green Freak matters! #EveryEffortCounts. Olivia looks forward to collaborating with The Many Shades of Green more as she knows her skills do not stop at editing. Olivia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a 2012 Quarterfinalist in the Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competition, and 2015 Quarterfinalist in NYC Midnight.




Susan-Lutz-sqSusan Lutz, Contributing Blogger of “Whole. Green. Simple. Life.”

Susan Lutz is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker. While in Central America, she produced and hosted radio programs, including A Woman’s Voice, interviewing women from around the world on their personal and global struggles to find peace. She produced and directed the documentary film, The Coffee Dance. The film was recently awarded The Pollination Grant and recognized as a social project promoting change. She writes freelance and has been published in Brain, Child Magazine, among others. She writes humor and informative articles on parenting at nomorenicegirl.com. She is the Organic Editor for allthingshealing.com. She is currently teaching and directing a film for student filmmakers for The Chatham Film Club.




Ryan-R-TMSOG-sq-blkRyan Rusecki, Social Media Volunteer

Born in Mount Kisco and raised in Chappaqua, Ryan has lived in the suburbs his whole life. He is currently attending Horace Greeley High School as a senior and will be attending college in the Fall of 2016, where he hopes to study Economics and Communications. At Greeley, Ryan is the President of Green Campus, a club that shares and discusses environmental issues. He is also Co-Editor of the Student Life section for The Greeley Tribune. Additionally, Ryan’s strong interest in food and cooking has inspired him to intern at the Chappaqua Farmers Market, which has provided him with an understanding of the organic agriculture movement. Ryan is a big believer in the Green Movement because he knows that Planet Earth can only handle so much. He tries to live as sustainably as possible, within reason. Beyond that, Ryan is interested in writing and photography and hopes to share his perspective on life through these mediums.


Mikey-Kohlberg-The-Many-Shades-of-Green-sq-blk“Mikey” Michael Kohlberg, Contributing Blogger of “The Green Stream

Michael (Mikey) Kohlberg was born and raised in San Diego, California and grew up speaking Spanglish by the ocean and the waves. He has always loved food, environmental justice and sustainability because he thinks it is the only way for the human race to start checking ourselves before we completely wreck ourselves. Currently, he works at a sustainable farm in Westchester, NY and enjoys music more than anything in the world. He is a drummer and percussionist who enjoys listening to all music but especially Afro-Cuban and World styles! He likes learning about the functions of music around the world, instead of just focusing on the sounds that come out of his speakers…

Mikey also writes the blog, “The Green Stream” which covers a wide range of topics like Environmental, Social, and Food Justice issues and how to begin solving them. He wants to encourage a classroom discussion type setting on Facebook and Twitter in order to fully incorporate the grassroots educational philosophy of The Many Shades of Green. He shares his knowledge of how to combat climate change, ignorance, and most importantly injustice in the world. He hopes you stay tuned each week for his new releases join the mailing list to receive updates!

Volunteer with us! We are always interested in receiving resumes from changemakers and environmental activists. Email [email protected] to learn about the volunteer opportunities currently available.
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