Trish Riley, Director

Trish CV 2013Trish is founding director of Cinema Verde, an environmental film and arts festival held in Gainesville, Florida since 2010. She has been dedicated to helping the world understand environmental issues and sustainable solutions since childhood, when she had the good fortune to grow up playing in the forest, then watching it torn down to make way for houses and pavement.

Trish is a national award-winning investigative and environmental journalist and author, with work published in major newspapers, national and international magazines. Her books include The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business (with Heather Gadonniex, Penguin 2009), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living (2007), Palm Beach, Miami and the Florida Keys: A Great Destination (Norton 2009) and The Explorer’s Guide to South Florida (with Sandra Friend, Norton 2009).

She is a past board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

She is the founder of, a website designed to promote green jobs, resources and businesses; and, an eco-starter kit. She also founded Green Drinks Gainesville, a local chapter of an international networking group open to anyone interested in sustainability issues. More than 1200 area residents have attended Green Drinks meetings.

Trish speaks to audiences around the country about environmental issues and environmental journalism. Prior to her 20-year career as a journalist, she worked developing and directing non-profit social service programs serving low-income children and homebound elderly.

Penny trish peter lonPenny Niemann, Program Manager 

Penny has previous experience as an information technology specialist and as a primary school educator. Penny is a lifelong recycler/reuser and has a vested interest in environmental issues. Penny came to Cinema Verde as a volunteer in our inaugural year and has worked closely with us ever since.


_DSC6298Cinema Verde organizational tasks are supported by our brilliant team of business, journalism, marketing, graphic design, web development, event planning, and advertising students from the University of Florida.

Current Interns:
Caitlyn Anderson – Marketing/Sponsorships
Camila Portillo – Graphic Design
Brittani Sahm – Public Relations/Social Media
Jasmine Wildflower – Journalism/Public Relations