Summer Rayne Oakes
Summer Rayne Oakes has taken an unlikely career path, having parlayed her background in environmental science and entomology with a successful career as a fashion model. Considered one of the foremost authorities in sustainable design, Oakes has co-founded the award-winning online materials marketplace, Source4Style; authored the best-selling style guide, Style, Naturally; is creative designer behind her line of recycled optics and shades called eco by Summer Rayne Oakes; has collaborated on collections with Payless ShoeSource, Portico Home and Aveeno; and was the muse behind the creation of the Prius C (Toyota even went so far as to name a paint color in her honor).
Formerly an on-air correspondent for Discovery Networks Planet Green, Oakes has once again turned to the media world, producing an award winning environmental art short entitled eXtinction and recently launched a weekly video series called SUMMER RAYNE OAKES Conversations, which features deeper conversations with cool people on what matters most.
Vanity Fair has named Oakes a “Global Citizen,” Outside called her one of the “Top Environmental Activists,” and CNBC called her one of the “Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs.” Summer Rayne graduated cum laude from Cornell University with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology and is a Udall environmental scholar, PERC Environmental Fellow, and National Wildlife Federation Fellow. Oakes graduated from Cornell University and currently lives in Brooklyn with her two dozen exotic insects.