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How Mosaic Brings Solar to the 75%

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From the roof of my condo complex in a sunny part of San Francisco, I can see solar panels on at least a few houses on each surrounding block.

 

Yet solar for our condo has eluded us. When it comes to solar, condos -- with multiple owners and HOA regulations -- are a tough nut to crack. I’m determined to get us solar power someday, but the jury is out on when that day will come.

 

While I’m interested in solar for environmental reasons, most people go solar simply to save money -- which is how I’ll have to sell it at my condo. After all, most of us can’t afford solar power for altruistic reasons alone. It has to make financial sense.

 

Yet while more people are becoming aware of the financial benefits of solar, most still can’t participate in those benefits. That’s because 75% of us don’t own our roof or have a roof suitable for solar. My condo is just one example of the many barriers to going solar for the 75%.

 

That’s where Mosaic comes in. It’s part of a community power movement that’s providing more opportunities for the 75% to go solar. Community power aims to decentralize clean electricity generation and make it accessible to all. As solar and other renewables become more available and affordable, the hope is that ordinary consumers of that power will benefit, rather than big companies outside their communities.

 

But many community power options rely on policy changes that are slow to come. A growing number of people are tired of waiting and are taking matters into their own hands to make solar projects happen. Crowdfunding has emerged as a simple and powerful way to allow the 75% to take action by investing directly in solar. With crowdfunding, even people who can’t get solar on their own roof can participate by pooling their dollars to support solar.

 

Till now, most crowdfunding models have been about making donations to fund solar projects. That’s great if you’re looking for a worthy charity. And it’s true that solar benefits everyone, even if it’s not on your own roof. But what if you want to reap the benefits of solar in a more direct way? Mosaic provides that opportunity with a new model that lets people invest in solar projects and get a solid return.

 

Is solar is worth investing in? Take a cue from Warren Buffett, whose recent purchase of two solar plants sent stocks soaring. Of course, most of us can’t afford a whole solar plant. The good news is that now, you don’t need to be a millionaire to invest in solar. One of Mosaic’s first projects is providing investors a hefty 6.4% return, and some of them ponied up as little as $25.

 

That’s what’s so exciting about Mosaic. With a low barrier to entry, Mosaic is bringing solar and its benefits within the reach of regular people like you and me. For me, this means I don’t have to wait to get solar on my condo. I can invest now in Mosaic and be part of bringing solar to communities, and even get a return on my investment. Finally, I’ll have a real stake in solar. Finally, I’ll get some direct benefits, without needing to put panels on my roof. Finally, I’ll be able to do well while doing good.

 

Now, that’s what I call solar for the 75%.

 

This post was originally published at Mosaic.

Straight From the Source: Insights From a Summer of Sustainability Networking

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Since May of this year, I've taken on the task of transitioning to a new career in sustainability. In so doing, I’ve taken advantage of every resource available. Needless to say, it's been quite a learning experience. Here, I'd like to share some key insights with those of you in the EcoTuesday community who are in the middle of a job search or interested in transitioning to a new career. I hope you find them helpful wherever you are on your career path!

 

In early August, I received some non-traditional advice through a career services workshop. Seasoned career coach Josh Hernandez recommended contacting organizations that have recently won grant money to convey interest in their new project as another way to discover job opportunities. In mid-September, I found out about one such recently funded food access project in Baton Rouge – the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative’s Fresh Beginnings Project. I called them immediately to share my enthusiasm about their one of a kind initiative as well as to provide a relevant resource I thought might prove useful. At the end of the conversation, I asked if I could email my resume for them to keep on file if and when paid opportunities should arise. Three weeks later, I was sent an application for a full-time Fresh Beginnings Grant Coordinator opening, which was not posted anywhere online. I ended up actually meeting the woman who was hiring for the position at the Louisiana Food Access Summit, where she saw me volunteer to coordinate the next Baton Rouge Food Policy Council meeting. She emailed me the next day to set up an interview, and last week, I had the very great fortune of being offered the position!

 

1) Looking for a job? Network, network, network! It’s estimated that nearly 80% of new jobs are landed as a result of a personal recommendation rather than applying online. Vivian P. Panou, Director of Special Events and Projects at Earth Friendly Products(EFP), met the CEO of EFP at her daughter’s soccer game where she shared that she was looking for work and was later offered her current position. Her advice? Talk to everyone! Don’t just rely on your existing network. Seek out new volunteer opportunities that will help build your experience, relevant events that will expand your contacts, and information interviews over coffee, lunch or cocktails with those who are already established in the field that you’re interested in. 


2) Monetize now! Tess Mateo, Managing Director and Founder of CXCatalysts, pointed out that most people follow the traditional career path of returning on investment (ROI) – get a degree in order to get a good entry-level job so that you are eligible for a management position that will hopefully, eventually qualify you for the position and career that you actually want. Mateo recommends another strategy: returning on assets (ROA) – identify your expert skills and services and monetize those right now through freelance projects and/or consulting! If monetary compensation is unavailable, suggest a work trade to avoid providing free services. Work hard to ensure that you have a great professional reputation doing whatever it is that you want to get paid to do.  


3) Brand yourself! If you’re not already plugged in to professional networking sites like LinkedIn, now is the time. But don’t stop there. Increase your visibility on LinkedIn by sharing valuable resources that some of your contacts might be inclined to share with their networks. Join relevant groups and lead compelling discussions. Blogging and publishing articles on your work will also help to build name recognition and expand your clientele and network. Nikki Pava, founder of EcoTuesday and Alegria Partners, reiterates: “Create a brand now! Become the expert that everyone comes to. [Then,] people will have all the evidence they need to do business with you in the future”. 


4) Thinking about starting a nonprofit? Think again! Founder and CEO of Local Orbit Erika Block finds that lots of people are trying to address social dilemmas with new nonprofits, but explains that what we actually need are more social entrepreneurs! Identify the missing links in the market you’re interested in and consider meeting those needs with a socially responsible business. Socially responsible investing (SRI) in areas like environmental stewardship and social justice is on the rise. Also, see the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership for resources on training and financial assistance. 


Lyndsi Lambert, M.A., is a local food networker studying Sustainability Management at LSU. She currently serves as Development Manager for Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition.  Connect with her on LinkedIn or via email at lyndsi.lambert@gmail.com

EcoTuesday Over The Years - A Recap

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My life’s purpose is to create awareness for alternative living choices for people who might not have access to them. This is why EcoTuesday started way back in 2007 and why I founded my new company, Alegria Partners, earlier this year.

One of the many things that I’m proud of about EcoTuesday is that the people that come each month and the companies that are represented tend to be those with incredibly strong ethics that are tied to the great possibility of “Turning the Tide” of our current business models and paradigms. Those in the EcoTuesday community are work on new technologies that save water, clean our air, and help us decrease our dependence on fossil fuel. Participants also share their voices through the way they spend their dollars, investing in other people’s dreams through crowdfunding campaigns, and sharing the tangible objects they have through the access economy’s platforms. There is a huge push to share information and knowledge, rather than keep all of that information to ourselves.  All of these things affect how companies work, and those who attend EcoTuesday have really embraced this shift.

Over the past (almost) six years, EcoTuesday has hosted approximately 250 events in 13 cities across the country. People from many other countries have attended the events and some have even replicated them in their own countries. This has been a great form of flattery! In San Francisco alone, we’ve had 61 events, including 4 fantastic panel discussions focusing on very specific areas of sustainability. This means that hundreds and hundreds of people have attended EcoTuesday events over the years.

For me, the most powerful part of attending an EcoTuesday event is hearing about all the incredible things that everyone shares about during the Introduction Circle. While many beautiful things are happening in the world, we also have a lot of not-so-nice things happening in our world, such as climate change, border tensions, homelessness, lack of funding for education. When I hear 50 people - or more - share what they’re passionate about, I know that what they’re sharing about is so incredibly tied to their own personal lives. This might not be blended into the business of the company they work for or the company they started, but it really shows what’s true to them personally. I’ve had the honor and opportunity to learn about some of the most innovative, progressive companies first-hand and all are excellent. It’s been incredible to learn about how all these different companies work, about their relationships with the vendors on their supply chains, and how they relate with their customers. Thanks so much for giving me this fantastic opportunity over the years to be a witness to all of this.

EcoTuesday stands for sharing information, being a platform for education and connecting people with similar values and interests so that people can take what they’ve learned at an EcoTuesday event and share it with friends, family and colleagues so that what we talk about here doesn’t just stay here - it ripples out so that in some way, shape or form, everyone has access to this type of education and awareness.

My hope is that what EcoTuesday stands for has impacted all of your lives.

EcoTuesday is now transitioning into a new phase and will be under the umbrella of Alegria Partners, where I provide sustainability initiative development and marketing strategy services to mission-driven companies. Right now, there aren’t any plans for more monthly events in San Francisco in the future. However, and I’ve mentioned this before, I do hope to have 1-2 full of half-day events at some point next year. When we meet again next time, we’ll even have other things in store for you, such as an unconference, more panel discussions, or longer keynote speakers. To make this happen, I’ll need your help. I’ll be looking for people to help me create a strategy and execute the event. Volunteers are golden! I’ll also need the help of those out there who can become sponsors to invest funds to help cover operational costs of a bigger event. The great thing about sponsorship is that it provides you and/or your company exposure to this fantastic audience, so it’s definitely a win-win situation for everyone! Larger events have a lot more costs and I’d love to keep the per ticket prices reasonable so that more people in our community have access to these larger EcoTuesday events.

I see this change from monthly events to less frequent events not as a death, but as a shift or a transformation.

I’ve used the word “bittersweet” to describe how I feel about this shift. It’s been a challenging choice, but I know in my heart that it’s a good one and I am excited about having more time to spend on my blossoming family and expanding business.

I do hope that you’ll all keep in touch - sign up for the EcoTuesday mailing list, be our friend on FB, join our linkedin group and follow us on Twitter. Wow - that’s a lot of social media! But this way, you’ll be able to stay updated about what’s going on with EcoTuesday and I’ll share more news and information about our partners and friends.

Thank you all so much for supporting EcoTuesday over the years, and being a part of our sustainable community!


Final Notes For The Last EcoTuesday in SF

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Yes, this is the final reminder for tomorrow night's last monthly event in San Francisco (although this is not the last newsletter you'll receive from EcoTuesday). I hope you can make it to the W Hotel tomorrow night at 6:30 pm. Here's what we have in store for you:

  • I'm speaking about "Ethics and your business model - what they are and why they're important," in addition to sharing about this EcoTuesday shift.
  • We'll have a complimentary champagne toast!
  • Everyone who wants to will have the opportunity to share about their EcoTuesday memories: the special connections they've made and how the event has impacted their lives and careers.
  • The Introduction Circle, of course! 
  • Time for networking - see old friends and making new friends!

REGISTER NOW! SEE YOU THERE!

Countdown To Our Farewell in San Francisco

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It's been wonderful to hear so many nice statements and thoughts about the completion of the monthly EcoTuesday events in San Francisco. I've heard the question, "why is it ending?" or "why can't someone else do it?" so many times over the past few weeks. So flattering! Please read my longer explanation of the status of EcoTuesday. Short kudos like this one, from a longtime EcoTuesday supporter, make me smile: "Congratulations for creating such a valuable, informative, fun and interactive forum for ideas concerning sustainability and the well-being of all people and places to thrive!" (Thanks, Jeremy Pearl!)

The good news, though, is that the Ambassadors in Cleveland and Silicon Valley will still host and lead the monthly events in those cities. Please let your friends and colleagues know about each month's speakers in these areas, and share how informative and valuable you find the Introduction Circle so that the events in these cities continue to grow! 

I'd love to see as many new and veteran EcoTuesday fans at our final farewell event, which will take place on Tuesday, November 27th at the W Hotel. Please come for this final gathering to enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and share your EcoTuesday memories with others - I know I'd love to hear them!

Are We at the Solar Tipping Point?

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Many claims are being made these days that we’re at the tipping point for solar. The McKinsey report Solar Power: Darkest Before Dawn attributes this largely to lower prices: not only have solar costs plummeted in the last two years, but the cost of commercial-scale systems is already competitive — and for residential customers, leases have made solar much more affordable.

 

So, are we really at the tipping point, and when will we see the chance for every American to "go Solar"?

 

Getting to the solar tipping point

At a recent EcoTuesday gathering in San Francisco, Heather Kernahan of Enphase Energy asked this question. While most in the industry agree that highly publicized setbacks like the failure of Solyndra are growing pains, rather than indications of solar’s demise, not all agree on where we are in relation to the tipping point.

 

States like California — which some call “the Germany of the U.S.” — have made great strides in installing solar. But what about places like Utah? Most states still have far to go. And although solar is becoming more affordable, many people still don’t realize it’s a viable option for them. In addition, going solar can seem too complex. That can put off a lot of people who might otherwise be interested.

 

Simplifying the message

Now that price has become less of a barrier for many homeowners, we need to remove other obstacles — notably, people’s perceptions of solar. Some possible solutions:

  • Solar as an appliance: What if you could purchase solar panels at Best Buy? You can already buy a small panel there to charge your electronic devices. 
  • Solar as a service: With solar leases, homeowners avoid the hassles and complexity of installing the systems and can leave any maintenance to someone else. 
  • Solar as a consumer technology: With features on systems like remote monitoring, solar is becoming even cooler. People not normally interested in technology can get excited about an iPhone or iPad — let’s do the same for solar. 

 

To reach more people, we need to simplify the message. People need to see solar as a simple solution with immediate benefits.

 

For homeowners with sunny roofs, that may not be hard to convey, but what about the rest of us?

 

Solar for the rest of us

That brings us to the 75% or so of us who can’t easily go solar now: renters, condo dwellers in multi-unit buildings, or those with shaded roofs, to name just a few. In some states, people can subscribe to power from a solar garden — an installation in a location other than their own roof. But for now, that’s not available to a lot of us.

 

Right now, we can participate by donating to a number of organizations that provide solar to low-income families, community centers, and nonprofits. In some areas there’s even volunteer work available installing solar panels, which I can attest is a lot of fun and highly rewarding.

 

Still, those of us participating in that way are likely already solar converts. It’s easy to reach that group, but to spread solar we need to go beyond the choir.

 

Estimates vary on the numbers of Americans who are “deep green” consumers, whose interest in environmental benefits will override other concerns — but whether that number is 19% or higher, green marketers tend to agree that the best way to reach people is to focus on the issues most relevant to them. And when it comes to participating in solar, for a lot of people that means making it financially attractive.

 

That’s where organizations like Solar Mosaic come in. When people realize that anyone can crowdfund clean energy and benefit, the floodgates are likely to open.

 

Finally, we’ll have solar for the rest of us.

 

This post was originally published at Mosaic on 10/25/12.

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SF EcoTuesday: Innovative Design Panel W/InterfaceFLOR, Lifefactory & Autodesk

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At many of our EcoTuesday events our members become inspired about sustainability issues but it can be overwhelming to keep up the momentum. How can they make an difference while going on about their daily lives?

 

At our next EcoTuesday event we share with you how we can all make a difference by choosing to buy eco-friendly products. We have worked hard to bring together some very talented leaders in the design world and create a panel on Innovative Design. Our panelists will discuss: Current trends in product design, issues regarding materials reduction and the future of innovative design.

 

We at EcoTuesday are excited to be presenting such innovative speakers who are truly sustainable design leaders. Our panelists include: Dawn Darby from AutoDesk, Mikhail Davis for Interface, and Pam Marcus from Lifefactory.

 

If you are looking to network in an intimate setting and really make some valuable connections, this is your opportunity to do so!

 

For more information on our speakers, their companies and RSVP please visit our meetup page.

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Influential Women in Cleantech: Top 10 fighting for the Environment in our Governments

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It’s easy to forget sometimes that most governments are designed to move slowly and methodically, as to help maintain an equilibrium in society.  However, in the face of increasing signs of climate change, this slow pace can be thoroughly frustrating.  Whether your government’s reactions to global warming have made you wallow or feel uncharacteristically violent, often focusing on the good that is going on can help ease the tensions of what you think “should” be happening.  In this edition we’ll focus on women in the government positions who are working tirelessly to protect our planet. You may find it feels good to know there are some knowledgeable people on Earth’s side.

 

1. Lisa P. Jackson
EPA Administrator
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Lisa P. Jackson is featured in the pages of Newsweek, Time Magazine, O Magazine an Essence magazine, and not just for the prominence of her position as the EPA administrator. Jackson dug her heels in immediately as the first African American Administrator, wanting to steer the country towards green solutions that would benefit from our communities on-up.

“…For too long, environmentalism has been seen as limited – in many ways, as an enclave for the privileged. Talking about the quote-unquote “environment” brings to mind sweeping vistas and wide-open landscapes. The places where people go on vacation – but not the place where they live, work, play and learn,” Jackson said at the 2010 Conference on Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Goods Movement and Green Jobs.”This disconnect is a significant challenge.But it’s also one of our greatest opportunities.”

Jackson did not grow up as an outdoorsy person, but as a proud resident of New Orleans where she graduated from Tulane. Later, Jackson gained interest in the environment during the Love Canal Disaster, and this interest would eventually lead her to the EPA. She created seven priorities for the EPA that solidified the organizations path; a green path to protect the public while enabling communities to protect and prevent environmental problems themselves.

Jackson undergoes constant scrutiny from the public and Congress. The House Republicans threatened to subpoena her on a weekly basis. On an interview with Newsweek Jackson said as a scientist she responds to such scrutiny with simply the fact.

2. Connie Hedegaard Brings the World Together
EU Commissioner for Climate Action
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As a Danish politician, it fell into the lap of Connie Hedegaard to host the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009.   As former Danish Minister of Climate and Energy she stood as on one of the most qualified citizens for the task.  This particular UN conference led to ideas known as the Copenhagen Accord for countries to recognize climate to be a top issue in the world today.  Unfortunately, this conference did not lead to a legally binding treaty.  Presently, due to the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference, there is a treaty where countries are responsible to lower their carbon emissions.  Connie took up new position at the European Commission on 10 February 2010, and just in April 2012 signed a treaty with India about renewable energies.  Hedegarrd frequently publishes articles pushing the importance of climate change in the 21st century:

“A child born today is one out of seven billion, and during his lifetime, he will see the world’s population grow with another 3 billion. More people will enter the global middle class, not least in Brazil. This is good news. But by the time this child, born today, will turn 18 in 2030, the world will need at least 50 per cent more food, 45 per cent more energy and 30 per cent more water. Every day, 24,000 football fields of forests are being trapped or burned. In 20 years from now, our water supply will satisfy only 60% of world demand. These are the kind of challenges we are facing today, Hedegarrd.”

3. Dianne Dillon-Ridgely’s Millennium Development Goals
Non-Executive Director at Interface, Inc.
Board of Directors at Interface, Inc.

Thirty years working on environment and sustainability has led Ridgely to a lot of different delegations, conferences and positions. Notably she was the only person to serve as a US delegate for Earth Summit in Rio, UNGASS- ‘97 and WSSD in South Africa. She worked as council on Sustainable Development for former President Clinton, and worked on President Obama’s campaign for 18 months. Ms. Dillon-Ridgley declared that the most important thing to note is that we have spent the last 35 years politicizing the environment. What we should have been doing was environmentalizing politics. Environmental issues need to be a primary focus in policy decisions, she said. Instead of arguing with climate change skeptics, people need to take action, Ms. Dillon-Ridgley urged. action! http://www.wnsf.org/archives/-the-business-of-climate-change-post-/

4. Frances Beinecke the Defender of National Resource
President, National Resources Defense Council
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Beinecke is president of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where she started as an intern, and later became president in 2006 after leaving NRDC for a few years to spend time with her three young daughters. Driven by her desire to help protect the North Eastern forests and wild Western landscapes Beinecke decided to study environmentalism.. But when the oil crises came to light in the 1970’s, Frances shifted her focus to protecting marine life.

Recently she and NRDC gave congress a ‘D’, she explained in her blog, “Congress, in particular, has abdicated its responsibility. The commissioners gave it a grade of D because it has failed to pass a single law to improve safety and environmental protection in the wake of the BP Gulf disaster. Congress must act to make drilling safer and help restore the Gulf of Mexico.”


5. Gina McCarthy, People Hugger
Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

At the US EPA, Gina is a leading advocate for win-win strategies to confront climate change and strengthen the green economy. .At the EPA she helps the country take steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions and protect public health by reducing air pollution.

Writing on her activism in the air pollution sector she said, “”I’m not a tree hugger; I’m a people hugger, concerned with people’s need for clean air and water.”

Gina emphasizes that environmentally friendly does not necessarily mean limiting growth in the economy. In her 25-year career she worked to develop and support environmental strategies to make the economy thrive, while conforming to climate change simultaneously. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first market-based greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system, is a good example of her work in this arena.


6. Jane Pagel Sharing Water as a Resource for People and Businesses
President and CEO of Ontario Clean Water Agency

In addition to captaining an agency of 700 at the OCWA Jane Pagealso serves on the board of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is a longstanding member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for WaterTAP, the Water Technology Acceleration Project, established under the Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act.

The aim of OCWA in particular is to provide business and government on the best research and data in the water sector as possible. Recently she spoke about global water issues involving the competition between business and urban populations to water access. In her speak Where? explored how governments can help eliminate this competition through technology, infrastructure and information based solutions.


7. Nanci Klein
Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Development (OED) City of San Jose

Nancy Klein’s job is to lead San Jose towards economic growth in private and commercial endeavors in such a way that San Jose approaches its green goals with fiscal responsibility. All of this must be done while making sure that the city acts responsibly in its role of environmental stewardship. Home of Silicon Valley entrepreneurialism San Jose has big green dreams of transforming itself to a place where Clean Technology thrives, while simultaneously creating economic growth. Klein makes sure that the budgets fit these big dreams.


8. Rachel Shimshak Leading the Northwest in Renewables
Director for the Renewable Northwest Project

Shimshak’s mantra is “Planning is good, doing is better.” Her work as the Director of the Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) demonstrates her capability of getting green projects going. RNP objectives are to get good projects in the ground, promote policies that support renewable and grow the green retail market. Under the leadership of Shimshak, one of the most notable achievements of RNP is their assistance in the Northwest to create over 1,500 MW of wind, geothermal and solar projects. Nearly 900 MW of additional renewable energy projects are currently under construction, including the region’s first geothermal power plant.

In a DoE Wind Power Advocate interview she said if she could change one policy by decree she would do something about carbon. “I think the polluting industries have gotten away far too long without internalizing that cost.” The good news she says is that “utilities around the region have active requests for proposals for 1500 megawatts of renewables right now. Our current challenge is to get them [utilities] to follow through. We need reasonable transmission products and policies from them in order to accelerate renewables in the Northwest.”

9. Sarah Potts’ Focus on LA’s Green Management
City Director, Los Angeles, Clinton Climate Initiative

As the City Director the Los Angeles C40 Climate Leadership Group Sarah Potts focuses on business, politics and environmentalism of the city. C40 is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recently she has supported a street light project which will reduce C02 emissions by over 40,500 tons and save the city $10 million a year. Demonstrating that going green and city budgets do not always have to be at odds. In addition, Ms. Potts recently worked with the City of Los Angeles to design and launch the Los Angeles Commercial Building Performance Partnership — an ARRA funded initiative offering commercial building owners energy audits and innovative financing options, including PACE.

10. Sarah Wright the Public’s Environmental Crusader
Founder and Executive Director of Utah Clean Energy

Wright is the founder and director of Utah Clean Energy (UTC), a non-profit public interest organization that works to build a clean energy economy. Sarah also serves on the Utah Governor’s Energy Advisory Council and the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change. In 2009 she won the Women of Wind Energy Rising Star award for her accomplishments in promoting wind, renewable energy and efficiency within the state of Utah.

Explaining the change that government must make Wright said, “We need a vision that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels. But that’s also public policy, and that comes down to political will. It’s the governor and the Legislature saying, ‘We want to widen our narrow focus on fossil fuels. We want to diversify.” At Utah Clean Energy Wright reaches out to citizens and business to become proactive in pressuring their government towards green economies.

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End of this EcoTuesday Era & Info About 2013

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This post is to share that Tuesday, November 27th will mark the very last monthly EcoTuesday event in San Francisco. It's been a great five and a half years and I'm so proud of all that EcoTuesday has accomplished since the first event in February of 2007.


In the meantime, please make sure to attend the October 23rd event in Silicon Valley and the October 30th events taking place in Cleveland and San Francisco.

My goal in life is to create awareness for alternative, healthier living choices and bring those choices to people. When EcoTuesday first started, my intention for the event was to create a professional environment where sustainable business leaders could come together to create authentic relationships AND learn more about sustainability. After the events, everyone would then share all that they've learned with all of the other people in their lives to help spread the information shared.  I'm happy to say that EcoTuesday has accomplished that - and then some! Participants have made great connections and learned more about the industry they represent and even more information about industries that are new to them. It's been incredibly fulfilling for me to host an event and see how much people get out of attending and learning from each other - while having fun. 

 

For me, this decision is bittersweet. I've had a great time producing and leading EcoTuesday, however, with the arrival of my second child in January I realized that I need to re-prioritize my commitments. Once I get settled in with the new baby, I will be focusing more of my efforts into my main business, Alegria Partners. I'm really excited about this new venture and strive to help companies with their sustainability initiatives and employee engagement campaigns (such as creating green teams). 

 

Please don't write off EcoTuesday entirely. I do have plans percolating to host a 1-2 half-day events next year. The content of these conferences might include an UNconference component, a few deep panel presentations focused on specific topics, incredible speakers, and, as always, the famous EcoTuesday Introduction Circle.

 

I'll continue to send a newsletter about once a month so please stay tuned for EcoTuesday updates and overall information pertaining to sustainability and trends in business. Our Facebook pageTwitter stream and Linkedin group will continue to be active and you're more than welcome to share information about your company, careers and interests through those social media outlets.

 

It's been a true joy to share this ride with you over the years! Again, please join us at EcoTuesday in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, October 23rd and Cleveland and San Francisco on Tuesday, October 30th. Also, mark your calender for the last event at the W Hotel in San Francisco on November 27th. Share a celebratory, complimentary champagne toast with us!

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Getting Ahead in Today's Job Market- Presidio Makes it Happen

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Everyone has heard the old adage, "It's not what you know, it's who you know"? In this tough economy - it is both. To make it nowadays, a person must have excellent qualifications and great connections.

 

This is where Presidio Graduate School comes in. It offer a strongeducational foundation with its MPA, MBA, Executive Programs and Dual Degrees but also offers a student the opportunity to make some very valuable connections.

 

For instance, last month, Presidio Graduate School presented, "A Master Class in Collaborative Economics, Featuring Van Jones." In this class Mr. Jones provided his latest theory on how citizens can use technology to create bottom-up, people-powered innovations to fix the U.S. Economy. Although this class was open to the public, only Presidio students were privy to a mentoring session following the lecture with Van Jones himself.

 

This month, Presidio was one of the main organizers for the Meeting of The Minds San Francisco 2012. It featured more than 250 invited global urban sustainability leaders from more than a dozen countries. All discussing how to better design a sustainable city. This was the place to connect with sustainable leaders that are making a difference in our world today.

 

The opportunities to make these valuable connections are abundant at Presidio. This Friday, October 12th do not miss, "A Master Class in Impact Investing Featuring Jed Emerson." Impact investing is a rapidly growing trend in the sustainable community and this is great way to learn the fundamentals.

 

As you can see, Presidio Graduate School is involved in so many opportunities to make these valuable connections that it will surely give a student the career advantage they are looking for. If you are interested in making a difference in your career path while creating a positive impact on the business community it is worth checking out what Presidio has to offer. Whether you choose to attend the Meeting of The Minds Conference or one of their info sessions, coffee shop chats, or webinars please do not hesitate to do so. Plus, if you want an insider's look into the very active Presidio community visit them on their Pinterest site, Facebook Page, or Blog!