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Skip Backus

Omega Institute
CEO
Rhinebeck, NY
For more than 20 years, Skip has helped run the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a wellness and personal growth nonprofit organization offering diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Skip has laid the foundation for its environmental initiatives, creating and promoting innovative conservation efforts, including campus recycling and composting, sustainable purchasing and support of local agriculture, water conservation, and 100% sourcing of campus electricity from wind and solar technology. Backus has provided visionary leadership for the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), an environmental education center and natural water reclamation facility. The OCSL is the first green building to receive both LEED®