The Sacred Lifeline Project


We have assembled a strong team with diverse international experience and strong knowledge to mentor the Sacred Lifeline project. Here are brief descriptions of the organizations and team members in the project.

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Prof. H-S. UdayKumar
Prof. Meena Khandelwal

The University of Iowa, founded in 1847, is a flagship public research university in Iowa City, Iowa, USA.  University of Iowa is organized into eleven colleges offering more than 200 areas of study and seven professional degrees. Located on an urban 1700 acre campus on the banks of the Iowa River, the University of Iowa is classified as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classifications. The university is best known for its programs in health care, law, and the fine arts, with programs ranking among the top 25 nationally in those areas. The university was the original developer of the Master of Fine Arts degree and it operates the world-renowned Iowa Writer's Workshop, which has produced 17 of the university's 46 Pulitzer Prize winners. Iowa is a member of several prestigious research coalitions, including the Association of American Universities, the Universities Research Association, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Prof. Atul Jain

Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is charged by the state of Illinois to enhance the lives of citizens in Illinois, across the nation and around the world through its leadership in learning, discovery, engagement and economic development.

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research in India.  The Institute has sixteen academic departments and a few advanced research centers in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organized in a unique pattern of functioning. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical and supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. Chennai is the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India.

In Defense of Animals, San Rafael, CA
Lisa Levinson
Judy Carman

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization with over 250,000 valued supporters and a 30-year history of protecting animals, people and the environment through education, campaigns and hands on rescue facilities in India, Africa, and rural Mississippi. Its main headquarters are established in San Rafael, California.


COLA Now, Tustin, CA
Frank Lane’s mission is to educate the general public on water run-off pollution prevention. By educating the public what not to put into our waterways via the free Public Service Announcement, featuring The Beach Boys music! Cities throughout the U.S. broadcast the PSA on their local cable channels and websites. is also the 501©3 home for United Vegan whose mission is to provide a transformational experience for the mind, body and spirit in a vacation setting for true vegan renewal and awakening. 

World Council of Religious Leaders, NY, NY
Bawa Jain

The World Council of Religious Leaders (WCRL), an independent body, works to bring religious resources to support the work of the United Nations in our common quest for peace. WCRL is not an official part of the United Nations, nor does it have any status with the United Nations. The formation of the World Council of Religious Leaders was one of the stated goals of the Millennium World Peace Summit. The objective of the Council is to serve as a resource to the United Nations and its agencies around the world, nation states and other international organizations, offering the collective wisdom and resources of the faith traditions toward the resolution of critical global problems.

Marz Nutrition, Portland, OR
Dr. Russell Marz

Marz Nutrition, LLC. began as Omnivite Nutrition, Inc. which was founded in 1984 by Dr. Russell B. Marz. The company was originally developed to create unique supplements designed to benefit the health of Dr. Marz’ patients in his growing medical practice. In the following decade, the company then began to supply his successful formulations to fellow physicians and licensed health care practitioners dedicated to healing through medical nutrition. Today the popularity of Dr. Marz’ products has spread to all fifty U.S. states, Puerto Rico, five provinces in Canada and even the Antarctic!

Porvenir Design, Costa Rica
Scott Gallant
Sam Kenworthy

Porvenir Design facilitates a design process that balances the opportunities and constraints of your site with your goals. We help you explore the conditions of your landscape and seek to understand it's context in the larger region, all in order to complete a plan that will help you achieve your vision. We design landscapes that connect us to the places we live. We work and live in the tropics of Central America, on farms that we have designed and planted ourselves. We know the trees, the soils, and how the water moves. We are fluent in the culture and language of Latin America. It is this experience that allows us to design productive and beautiful landscapes and viable projects for our clients..

Fundacion Pro Energias Renovables, Costa Rica
Santiago Nunez-Corrales

FUPER is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on promoting renewable energy as the basis of a sustainable society. It participates in the generation of knowledge through published research. It organizes the SW!CH festival in Costa Rica, which aims to promote a healthy culture and sustainable human development. It is a multidisciplinary festival that seeks to show and enhance the power of ideas, to save the world through projects of environmental conservation and sustainable production. It seeks to make participants aware of the urgency of taking personal action in the establishment of a sustainable society and bring them closer to the knowledge and technology necessary for their active participation, as well as creating a catalytic space that brings together exhibitors, speakers and entertainment in a unique experience where science, the arts and technology can converge.

Mundo Vegano, San Jose, Costa Rica
Gustavo Pacheco

Mundo Vegano was founded at the end of 2016. Its mission is the promotion of the vegan lifestyle, thus facilitating the transition from an omnivorous diet to a vegan diet in Costa Rica. Mundo Vegano distributes more than fifty plant-based food products throughout the country. It has sponsored several high-impact events in Costa Rican society such as U-Week of the University of Costa Rica, the Sw!ch Festival, the National Nutrition Congress, the organic products fair and many others in order to spread the message of Veganism. It currently supports the Climate Healers initiative, Sacred Lifeline, by facilitating the acquisition of the land where it will be developed, and finding support from local organizations and government.

A.U.M. Films and Media
Kip Andersen

A.U.M. Films and Media co-produced the enormously consequential Vegan documentaries, “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” and “What The Health,” along with First Spark Media. A.U.M. Films and Media's mission is to effectively and efficiently represent a harmonious voice for all life on this planet, through all forms of media. We create, consult, and support all types of media projects, from film, journalism, online outlets, to music and stage plays, that spread a creative message for peace and compassion for all beings. We take on project submissions and ideas that will have a direct result in promoting the next stage in human evolution. We feel the best way to actualize world peace and to make our planet survive, and even thrive, is through a movement towards compassionate co-existence.

First Spark Media, Pacheco, CA
Keegan Kuhn

First Spark Media co-produced the enormously consequential Vegan documentaries, “Turlock,” “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” and “What The Health,” the latter two in conjunction with A.U.M. Films and Media. First Spark Media is dedicated to enable non-profit organizations, foundations, campaigns, activists and conscientious businesses to better communicate their desires, missions and goals through the use of stunning digital media.

UDP International, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Sujata Govada

UDP International is an award-winning boutique global, ISO-9001-certified, planning and design firm that founded by Dr. Sujata S. Govada, AICP and is headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in San Francisco and San Clemente in the US and Hyderabad in India. UDP International is innovative by design and has received 14 major awards and successfully completed projects in Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, India and the US. They specialize in planning, urban design, sustainable and smart city development with an emphasis on strategic planning and policy; pedestrian and transit oriented development; public space and waterfront development; urban renewal and heritage conservation; sustainable development; community engagement and place-making, branding and marketing.

Institute for Sustainable Urbanization, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Sujata Govada

The Institute for Sustainable Urbanization (ISU) is an organization that aims to promote sustainable urbanization to develop innovative solutions for more livable, walkable, smart, resilient and sustainable communities and cities worldwide. The Institute conducts research, organizes workshops and events, and works with various stakeholders to find innovative and creative, yet practical and viable solutions to create communities and cities that are more resilient to built and natural environments.

JustOne Organics, Klamath Falls, OR
David Rose

JustOne Organics™ is a regenerative economic engine and a positive disruption brand in the organic food movement. We are creating large volume production and sales of delicious, nutrient-dense Gentle Dried™ organic fruit and vegetable crystal flakes to give farmers a great reason to grow more organic food. Our products will also channel currently wasted food to feed those in need, while expanding awareness on the connection between healthy soil, nutritious food and our own well-being; and the ability of microbe-rich organic soil to sequester large amounts of carbon to balance our global ecosystems of earth, air and oceans.

Holochain, Planet Earth
Jean-Francois Noubel

Holochain is an open-source distributed software applications platform that combines the tamper-resistant log functionality of Blockchain with the distributed, robust data handling capability of BitTorrent. It is a platform that facilitates new forms of social coordination that are actually anti-fragile. This enables communities to interact in ways that work for them so that they can tap into their own collective intelligence. It is a software ecosystem that doesn’t center on an application or a protocol but centers on an agent and that agent’s ability to bridge between protocols.

Save the Animals, Save the Earth
Denise Bitz
Paul Berry

Save the Animals, Save the Earth (StAStE) is a global campaign organized by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) of Asheville, North Carolina, to address the environmental crises on Earth. BWAR organized StAStE in response to their finding that the increasing incidences of animal rescues that BWAR is called to do will only get more frequent and more intense if we don't address the root cause of these environmental catastrophes.

BWAR has identified Global Animal Agriculture (GAAg) as the "Keystone" human activity underpinning the mainstream egocentric consumer culture of normalized violence. If this activity is eliminated, it would engender a reversal of this culture towards our vision of a eco-centric, life-enriching culture of normalized nonviolence.