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January 18, 2018 / 2:37 pm EST
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The Green Connoisseur

The Green Connoisseur was born of the philosophy that we don’t have to sacrifice our lifestyle to save our world.  Embracing the culture of socially responsible luxury purchasing, rather than the idea of over-consumption, is the platform on which this website was founded.  We have carefully and conscientiously delineated a criteria for all brands that are reviewed and discussed at The Green Connoisseur.  In that way, you can feel confident that everything you see on our pages falls within discernable guidelines for sustainability and with eco-consideration in mind.  A dramatic and exciting change is taking place in our consumer marketplace.  Never before have we had such eco-conscious products and services available in the luxury sector.  As more and more luxury brands embrace the concept of sustainability, The Green Connoisseur will be here to help you navigate your growing options.


Brian J. Mellett

Brian is the Co-Founder and Sales and Marketing Guru of The Green Connoisseur. With entrepreneurism running through his blood and extensive experience in online business development, growth and acquisition, Brian turned his attention to helping preserve the environment. When not worshiping his fantastic wife and lavishing his incredible children with love, Brian can be found cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and driving fast cars.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Lewis

Beth is the Co-Founder, “Idea Girl” and Editor of The Green Connoisseur. After fourteen years as a pediatric anesthesiologist, Beth broadened her horizons to include business and the environment. With a long-standing interest in preventative wellness, longevity and living an elegant life, Beth expanded her career to include a new passion – Enter The Green Connoisseur. Beth divides her time between the green mountains of West Virginia and the coastal Low Country of South Carolina, where she resides with her favorite people: her two children and husband as well as their Golden Retrievers: Darby, Elvis, Haddie, Jacques, Karrae, and Minka.

Marketing and Public Relations

Larisa Niehaus

With a diverse skill set, Larisa brings both national and local level experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, social media and administrative assisting to the Green Connoisseur. Larisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University and is continuing her education by currently working on her second degree in Biology. When not working or studying, Larisa enjoys traveling, exploring Japanese culture and attempting the daily crossword puzzle.

Contributing Writers

Jaime Hebert

Jaime is pursuing her dream of being a freelance writer, and most enjoys ghostwriting and informational article writing, in the areas of health, fitness, and green living. She has also used her background in Child Development and as an elementary school teacher to write on topics related to education, parenting and children. Her "day job" is as Volunteer Coordinator with the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. She keeps busy with her family and enjoys art, photography, and a healthy dose of coffee to fuel all that writing.

Murray Anderson

Murray is a veteran freelancer whose work has appeared in books, newspapers, and newsletters and on numerous web sites in both the United States and Canada. He writes on a wide range of topics including home, consumer, and personal subjects as well as general business and marketing specific topics.

Karin Beuerlein

Karen’s writing about health, wellness, gardening, travel, and home improvement has appeared in many national publications, including,, Yoga Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Eating Well, and the Chicago Tribune.

Lucy Brake

Lucy is a freelance writer specializing in environmental, conservation and sustainability issues, her vision is to help create a more sustainable world through sharing knowledge.  She has been writing on environmental issues for many years and is a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication.  Lucy lives with her husband, two young children and a host of wildlife in a lovely small beach community where she enjoys sailing and tramping.

Carly Dobbins-Bucklad

Carly has been writing since she was 13 years old. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (one of the greenest U.S. cities), where she works with various non-profits and enjoys keeping up on current events, attempting to garden, and biking around town.

Laura Gyre

Laura is a freelance writer, artist, and student of shamanic herbalism. She lives with her husband and young son in Pittsburgh, at least when they’re not all off on some adventure. Laura is also a voracious reader, increasingly tolerable bicyclist, crazy dancer, occasional yoga teacher, and aspiring local chef.

Alice Julier

Alice has been writing about sustainable food, social life, and gastronomy since 1994. Her PhD in Sociology has allowed her to teach at Smith College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Boston University’s Gastronomy Program. She writes and teaches about material life, cultural ideals, social justice, domestic life, racial differences, consumption, men and food, and gender in retail marketing. Alice recently completed a book about hospitality, racial difference, and community, answering the question, “who do people eat dinner with and why?” She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a former industrial factory town that is now one of the ten cleanest cities in the United States.

Katy Rank Lev

Katy is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh, PA with three passions: the environment, food, and athletics (and often the places where these things come together). Her writing covers anything from living buildings to golf science and her work has appeared in US Airways magazine, Bicycling magazine and PA Pursuits, among other publications. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also teaches composition.

Shelley Redd

Shelley pursues a dual career as a supervisor within an aviation company, and as a sole proprietor of an advertising business. Her academic qualifications include a BA in Journalism from the University of North Texas. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a book, watching a movie, or spending quality time with her friends and family.

Linda Rosencrance

Linda is a freelance writer from Waltham, Mass. She is the author of three true crime books, “Murder at Morses Pond,” “An Act of Murder,” and “Ripper” published by the Pinnacle Imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. She has worked as an investigative reporter at numerous newspapers in the Greater Boston area and has written for a number of national publications. She has ghostwritten several business/technology e-books, self-help books and several memoirs/biographies.


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