Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for our Anniversary event last month in San Francisco. It turned out to be a fantastic night where old and new colleagues met, and of course, everyone shared about themselves during the Introduction Circle. I realized how powerful it is to hear 165 people voice their sustainability-related passions all in one room. We're creating shifts in business just by sharing these thoughts with other professionals! If you weren't able to join us for the festivities, please check out the photos. Our events take place on Tuesday, March 27th this month. Please register in advance so we can look forward to seeing you!
Recently I saw a film called The Island President, which was the premier of the San Francisco Green Film Festival. It is an incredible story of Mohamed Nashid's first year of presidency of the island country of Maldives. The film begins at his official appointment and ends at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. During this timeframe, he identified the country's most significant problems to rising sea levels due to climate change. There are other island countries in the same position: the tiny nation of Kiribati is considering buying land in Fiji to ensure that its population has a place to live in the future.
My hope is that the gathering at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this summer will result in a document that increases a commitment to sustainable development and bring greater quality to corporate sustainability practices. These island nations are depending on progress at this conference. Get involved and show your support for these countries (and all types of sustainable development)!
One last thing - I'm on a panel at the upcoming New Living Expo on Friday, April 29th called The Rise of Women in Sustainability. Mark your calendars - we have a great group of women on this panel.