People of the Important Media blog network

Who are the good folks behind this company? Meet our Team.

Scott Cooney

Scott founded Sustainable Enterprises Media in 2010, a new media company focused on making the world a better place. He started with one blog and built the company through bootstrapping, with his best decision being to hire the right people (see below). Scott is currently the CEO of Pono Home, a home efficiency franchising company that he spun off from Important Media in 2013. Scott has been an adjunct Professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawaii, the developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawaii, and author of Build a Green Small Business (McGraw-Hill). Scott serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Important Media

Zachary Shahan

President of Important Media & Site Director of CleanTechnicaPlanetSave, Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity
Zach has been obsessed with helping the world help itself since he was a teenager. He has used that passion to travel several routes over the years — promoting healthy and eco-friendly vegetarian food; working as an advocate of bicycle transportation, mass transit, and sustainable development; working as a city planner and urban research consultant; and working as a blogger, site director, and publishing services manager at Important Media.

For the past few years, Zach has been the director of CleanTechnica (the #1 cleantech or clean energy site in the world) and Planetsave (a top site on green issues and science news). He has been interviewed by CNBC & Harvard Business Review for their “Energy Opportunities” series, and by Mashable for its “5 Startups Improving Society Through Technology” series. His is also the founder and owner of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity.  You can read more about Zach, follow his personal blog, or see other places he has written at

Kyle Field

Business Development Manager & Senior Editor, CleanTechnica
Kyle Field is a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact of his life on the planet, as a way to save money and reduce stress. He strives to live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, play.

Andrea Bertoli

VP of Sales, Accounts Management & Partnerships

Andrea manages all the accounts and sales for Important Media, including sponsored posts and partnerships. She has been a long-time contributor to Important Media across multiple sites.

Andrea lives a good green life in Honolulu, cooking vegan food for friends, practicing yoga, surfing small waves, and blogging. In 2017 she published her first cookbook, and in 2019 created a new vegan resource site for all things Vegan in Hawaii. Find more from Andrea on Instagram and Twitter. 

Derek Markham

VP of Operations & Chief Inspector of Commas

Derek MarkhamDerek manages the technical side of things around here, and is a staunch advocate of the Oxford comma. He handles the advertising operations, site maintenance, and a fair bit of editing for

Derek lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, bouldering, and permaculture — sometimes all at once.