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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!

Ambassador Shifts at EcoTuesday

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I've taken a few weeks off from working on the day-to-day aspects of EcoTuesday to focus on a few other sustainability-related tasks. In the meantime, we've had a few shifts in some of our EcoTuesday cities that I thought I'd share with everyone. These shifts include Ambassadors stepping down due to moves, babies, and startups, and other individuals coming into fill their roles or even start new EcoTuesday cities all together!

I'd like to thank the following Ambassadors for all of their efforts in creating great EcoTuesday events in their cities. We wish you the best!

 

  • Carol Guy from Minneapolis is having a baby in September!   She will have her hands full with motherhood. We wish her well in her journey of motherhood.
  • Jina Penn-Tracy from Minneapolis will be taking her talents and passion to Denver!  Have fun and hopefully you can attend an EcoTuesday there.
  • Jesse Martinez from San Francisco will spending his time and energy on his new start-ups which are very exciting to see progress.

 

The profiles of all the new Ambassadors are below. Please take a moment to check them out and be sure to attend your local EcoTuesday event to meet them in person!

 

 

Jordan Bellinghausen – Dallas

As part of the Recycle Revolution's Growth and Development team, I reach out to North Texas businesses and communities and work with them to create, implement, and develop sustainable recycling/waste management programs. I also manage Recycle Revolutions social media, including our Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin accounts.

 

Maria Lott – Dallas

Born and lived in the Philippines for twelve years, and then immigrated to the United States. Texas has been my home for nearly forty-two years now.  I am married and our two children are twenty-nine and twenty-five years old.  I have thirty years of teaching experience behind me.  My son and I are the owners of Recycle Revolution, and have passionately worked for this rewarding business for the last three years. 

 

Michael Scott – Denver

Michael is the President of Career Velocity, LLC a Denver-based firm dedicated to helping individuals bridge the gap between meaningful work and economic success. In this capacity Michael has a special interest in the role of green jobs in creating a sustainable economy. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Administration  from the University of San Francisco.  He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

 

Sherri Mitchell – Denver

I live in the Denver Metro Area and work in the General Counsel's Office at First Data Corporation as a Compliance Manager.  I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Law and Public Policy.  I am planning to write my dissertation on financial literacy in high schools with the goal of developing a tool to help schools with retention and graduation rates through the use of sustainable resources and development plans.  I love to travel, do yoga and spend time with my husband, Brett.

 

Eric Brown – San Francisco

I am the founder of Mindful Moon App - a positive reminder iPhone application. I've studied and practiced various alternative healing modalities and currently, I'm in the process of combining my interest of sustainability, health & wellness and technology into business.

 

Ivette Torres – San Francisco

Ivette Torres is a recent GreenMBA graduate from Dominican University, the first MBA program in the U.S. with a focus in sustainability. Born and raised in the Bay Area she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and trying new and diverse foods.  She received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Fenja Blobel – Silicon Valley

Fenja holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy from Boston University. While at BU, Fenja built an Excel VBA metric model to assess a household's environmental impact with data collected from a self-developed comprehensive questionnaire. In May 2008, she received her LEED AP. Growing up in Germany and California influenced her understanding of how different cultures, habits, and norms can affect people's behavior towards the environment. Most recently, she lived an enlightening year in Tokyo, where she entrenched herself in Japan's sustainability industry.

 

Kirsten Flynn – Silicon Valley

A lifelong environmentalist, I am owner of Sustainable Home, an interior design firm specializing in healthy and green materials.  We work primarily with residential projects, in the San Francisco Peninsula area.   I am proud of my involvement in the Solar Decathlon entry from Santa Clara University. It included local, sustainable and beautiful materials. I have design degrees from Syracuse University and Canada College, am a LEED GA, Certified Green Building Professional, and professional member of USGBC, ADPSR and Coop America.

 

All of the Ambassador profiles can be seen on the Ambassador tab.

Transform Yourself, Transform Business, Transform the World

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There are many components needed to make sustainability truly work within a business, and having educated people within those organizations is a key element to success. Additionally, more companies are adopting triple bottom line business models and developing social and environmental missions to support their future goals. As a result of this business shift, there has been an increasing need for educated people who have specific expertise in these areas to start new and innovative business and fill positions in already-established companies. While there are many institutions offering classes, certifications, and degrees in "green" business, the Dominican University of California's GreenMBA stands out.

 

Green MBAEcoTuesday is proud to partner with Dominican University of California's GreenMBA. Located only 11 miles north of San Francisco, it is a community that seeks to promote financial viability, ecological sustainability, and social justice in business and organizations of all types.

 

The accredited two year full-time (or three year part-time) program encompasses coursework in the traditional business functions, such as economics, accounting and marketing. However, the curriculum integrates non-traditional courses that foster environmental and social stewardship, such as classes called Organizational Behavior for Business Transformation and Social Impacts of Enterprises. Students become knowledgeable about the most important and pressing issues of our time, such as climate change, toxic waste and globalization.

 

Green MBA StaffIn the end, students graduate with a Masters of Business Administration degree in Sustainable Enterprise and have developed practical skills necessary to bridge the gap between old and new business models. They are prepared to innovate and lead effectively, making positive contributions toward the transformation of business.

 

The Green MBA is hosting an Information Session on campus on Wednesday, June 8, from 6-8:30 pm.  This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about all aspects of the program. RSVP at this link or call 415-485-3280.  To find complete program information, meet the Faculty or Alumni, or sit in on a class, please visit the GreenMBA website.

Join Us at The Enlightened Business Summit

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The business world is evolving and those in leadership positions are becoming more and more aware of the impact that their actions have on the social and environmental aspects of their companies. Many of these leaders will be participating in The Enlightened Business Summit, a virtual global telesummit that will take place next week (October 25-29), which will explore the leading edge of entrepreneurship and conscious business. Speakers include Chip Conley (Joie de Vivre Hospitality), John Mackey (Whole Foods), Tim Ferriss (author of The Four Hour Workweek) and Steven M. Covey (author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). We hope you can join us!

What Makes a Good Green Conference?

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There are many great conferences to choose from throughout the course of the year in all of our local environments. A good conference is a forum where participants can learn from one another and from the content gleaned from a variety of sessions. When a community is created through rich conversations and shared experiences - everyone wins!


Many EcoTuesday friends and supporters organize conferences and events that offer incredible educational experiences and the opportunity to meet other sustainability professionals (Solutions Labs, GreenBiz Innovation Forum 2010, and the Sustainable Brands Seminars, to name a few). Luckily, there are many sustainable business conferences and events popping up, so we have a continuous assortment to choose from all the time.

Welcome Our Two New SF Ambassadors

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I'm happy to introduce our two new San Francisco EcoTuesday Ambassadors!
 
Jesse Martinez and Jenny Martinez (no relation) have fully stepped up and taken the lead, which has have been a huge help for me in San Francisco as I take a step back (to have a baby) and play a more minor role in organizing the monthly events.
 
Thanks so much to everyone out there for joining me in welcoming the new family members!
 
chau,
Nikki
 
HERE GOES - OUR NEW AMBASSADORS!

Jesse Martinez

Originally from the big state of Texas, Jesse has enjoyed being in San Francisco since 1997. After a few startups and Corporate Life, he currently helps companies minimize or eliminate paper usage through document-driven business process improvement techniques. He is not only passionate about volunteering for great causes (Food Bank, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, etc.) but helping other organizations become more “green” through their efforts thru Connect the Dots. As an EcoTuesday Ambassador, his mission is to help facilitate the bringing together of other like passionate individuals so that we can make a difference/impact on this planet in our lifetime.

Jenny Martinez

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have worked as a designer for local technology companies and startups. My specialty is the design of brands, web and interactive tools. I believe design can effect change for the common good. My passion is to work for and partner with organizations who’s goals are to build a more sustainable world.

Significant Actions You Can Take on 10/10/10

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Earlier this week 350.org founder Bill McKibben went to the White House to with one of the original solar panels that was removed by the Reagan Administration. His request was simple - to reinstall a new solar array as a symbolic gesture of the current administration's commitment to a clean energy future.

We all know that one symbolic gesture is not the only thing it will take to get us out of this situation.  What it's going to take is millions of big and small actions across the entire world. The International Day of Action on 10/10/10 has been spearheaded by 350.org to coordinate such an unprecedented undertaking. 350.org's mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis, and they've successfully helped to create awareness of this issue with people even in the most far-reaching places across the globe. We hope you'll get involved.


Best,

Nikki Pava

Is Your Sustainable Media Trustworthy?

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Media today can feel to be just like high-fructose corn syrup: the more we have, the worse off we seem to be!

Even with millions of bloggers, websites and tweeters feeding us massive amounts of information about the environment and business, it can often feel unsustainable. As a result, it can be challenging to filter through it all to find the real trustworthy sources.

How do you stay healthy with your sustainability-related news? Here are a few of our favorites:

Treehugger
: a diverse assortment of short and long articles, videos, and blogs covering a wide variety of sustainability-related news that both informs and entertains.


Ode Magazine: focuses their articles on people and ideas that are changing the world for the better (and the founder is the speaker this month in San Francisco!).


Earth Island Journal: published by Earth Island Institute, this magazine is full of in-depth exposés and articles that connect the environment to a wide variety of topics.


Sustainable Industries: our long-time friends. Coverage focuses on 8 of the biggest areas of sustainability through webinars, business guides, podcasts, white papers and articles (and more).


There are many other worthwhile news sources out there to select (I wish we had space to add all of them!). Whatever you do - choose wisely!

Best,

Nikki

Is Your Sustainable Media Trustworthy?

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Even with millions of bloggers, websites and tweeters feeding us massive amounts of information about the environment and business, it can often feel unsustainable. As a result, it can be challenging to filter through it all to find the real trustworthy sources.

Opportunity Green - Bringing The Best In Green Business Together (20% off, too!)

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A few years ago, Mike Flynn and Karen Solomon came to an EcoTuesday event to share about a new conference they were organizing. They were both full of energy and great ideas about bringing the best in green business together. 

 

The following year, I attended my first Opportunity Green conference in Los Angeles. The conference included a wide range of speakers, panels and sessions that provided a true service to all attendees. I always found it hard to choose a session to attend, as the selection catered to every area of sustainability that I wanted to learn (more) about. The following year was even better as the top representatives from some of the most influential companies shared their perspectives, triumphs and pitfalls about successfully navigating their business into the green economy. A great new feature of the conference includes the OG Green Startup Innovation Competition, where you get to see entrepreneurs "pitch" their company to the entire room. It was a great part of the event last year!

 

Opportunity Green takes place this year September 22-24th, in Los Angeles. This year EcoTuesday participants get 20% off the regular conference rate by using this code: REG_P20_EcoTues. We'll be there and hope to see you, too!


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