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!


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!

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

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.

Dr. Nammy Patel's Whole Almond Infusion Butter

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Dr. Nammy Patel is an accomplished green certified dentist in California. In fact, her practice (Green Dentistry) is the only green dentist in San Francisco. Her dental practice is flourishing with the attention to detail she gives, but her dedication to health and well-being became a huge priority in her life when she became unwell. An eating regime from her dietician included almonds - lots of almonds - and she had to incorporate them into her diet at every available opportunity. This lead her to the kitchen, where she created her whole almond infusion butter. It was an instant hit with friends and staff at the practice, so she decided to make it available for a wider audience. 


We have been very excited that Dr. Patel and Green Dentistry has sponsored EcoTuesday for the past few months. Her passion for caring for the environment, for people’s health and for eating well has been an inspiration. We recently sat down with her for a valuable ‘Question and Answer’ session. She had many insights to share which we have summed up for you.


Out of all of the great food products that are beneficial to a person's health, why did you choose almond butter? What was your inspiration?


Apart from being delicious, almonds represent one of the richest natural protein sources of any nut.  An ounce of almonds have an equivalent amount of protein to a large egg. They have no cholesterol, and little to no sodium.  The nuts don’t only stave off hunger but are also are a good source of fiber and contain other key nutrients, including calcium, riboflavin, niacin and the antioxidant alpha-tocopheral vitamin E. The flavor of almonds blends well with other spices, and I found that not only did they promote health, they mixed well with spices that were good for you, too. My inspiration of spices mirror the not for profit organization I have set up in India promoting green dentistry. It’s been a great mix of my two strongest passions. 


Can you share some of the benefits your customers have received since by eating Almond Fusion?

Almond infusion butter is a super food in a jar! The first thing they notice is how good it tastes, then when they know how good it is for them they feel justified in enjoying it. It’s a complete menu of nutrients which helps to help manage weight and food cravings, offers a source of protein without the added bad cholesterol, and helps reduce heart disease. It also assists in balancing your body’s PH in addition to the added benefit that it helps decrease cavities. For instance, garlic, one of the ingredients, is known for its healthy heart and antibacterial properties due to its levels of selenium - an antioxidant that protects against various forms of cancer. Another ingredient, capsicum, is a natural anti-inflammatory. All the ingredients promote health in some way.  


How does this venture tie into green dentistry? 

Going green isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for our patients. I believe there are many ways to use the natural resources we have to improve what we do. San Francisco Green Dentistry is a LEED Certified Green practice dedicated to keeping clients healthy through environmentally sustainable practices.  In big and small ways, we’ve invested in the technology to make a trip to the dentist good for you and the planet. I have a deep commitment to doing what is best for our bodies, and my almond fusion butter is a way to enjoy a natural super food that is kind to your teeth and can prevent tooth cavities, as well improve your whole health. Prevention is always better than cure, and it’s the most delicious form of prevention I know!


Can you share a favorite recipe?

This is a wonderfully easy, but utterly delicious, way to introduce Almond fusion butter into your diet, and it’s a pleaser for all palettes.


Carrots Royale, with Almond Butter 

Created by: Almond Board of California

Servings 4


2 cups thinly sliced carrots

2 Tbs. butter

1/4 cup orange marmalade

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1 Tbs. orange-flavored liqueur

1/3 cup almond fusion (Mild or hot to personal preference) 


Preparation: Sauté carrots in butter until tender-crisp, stirring constantly.   Stir in remaining ingredients, tossing to coat evenly. Serve.


Did you have aspirations to get into the gourmet food market?

If you asked me two years ago what I’d be doing with my life, I would have told you I would just be working with my patients and loving life. But life has a way of shaking you up a little. I was unwell, and thankfully my nutritionist suggested almonds, and it all flowed from there. I didn’t know how good they were until I had to use them for my own health, and now I want to share it, it’s as simple as that. But it is a great feeling to create something with a gourmet flavor with every bite and it’s also healthy for you! Both are delicious, the Mild Almond Fusion and Heated Almond Fusion are great for health while also impressing even your snobbiest gourmet foodie inclinations. I promise!


Our time with Dr. Nammy Patel was informative and the results were very tasty! Anyone who’s philosophy is to make a trip to the dentist as relaxing as going to a spa gets a huge green thumbs up from us, but her creative problem solving the natural way was inspiring. The benefits of increasing whole foods in everyone’s diets is apparent, but it was Nammy’s devotion to bringing whole foods to a larger audience that made it such a great time.  We are grateful to her for sponsoring EcoTuesday, and wish her well in all her green endeavors.

An Easy Way to Support Rio+20

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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.

Top 10 Women of Sustainability - Nikki Pava Listed

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(This article was featured in Renewable Energy News and Cleantechies.)


In this second installment in our series on leading women in cleantech and sustainability sectors, we offer up our top picks for the sustainability sector. Quite often this category is dominated by women working in Corporate Social Responsibility, as it’s a sector where women have made great strides to gain leadership roles in the last few decades. However, for our series, we are saving those women of CSR for a later post. This let’s us focus more on those women doing unique sustainability work that might otherwise not be noticed. Stay tuned for our Women of CSR post, it’s not far behind!

1. Nikki Pava – Co-founder, EcoTuesday & Founder of Alegria Partners

Nikki Pava is both the co-founder and president of EcoTuesday and part of the organization’s Ambassador team in San Francisco. EcoTuesday is a renowned networking event for sustainable business professionals that takes place every fourth Tuesday of the month in cities across the US. The organization’s 5-year anniversary celebration takes place on February 21st with special guest speaker Brian Black, president of the Sustainable Industries Magazine.

Most recently, Nikki launched Alegria Partners, an integrated marketing and sustainability consulting firm that helps to manage and grow businesses. Clients include Technology Forecasters, Blue Coat Systems, Maestro Conference and Greenopolis. As an independent consultant, Nikki has also worked in a strategic capacity with Williams-Sonoma on a project to decrease waste in their stores and played a key role in implementing Burning Man LLC’s five-year sustainability plan. She also helped Morrison & Forester (one of the country’s largest law firms) establish its Cleantech Practice Group. Nikki has an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Presidio School of Management and has worked in a strategic capacity with Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized businesses, and non-profits to develop strategic plans and coordinate teams to reach specific and measurable goals.

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2. Elizabeth Sturcken - Director of Corporate Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund

Elizabeth Sturcken is the Managing Director of the Corporate Partnerships program at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). There she develops and implements joint projects with leading companies in order to create environmental change. Elizabeth currently works with Wal-Mart to create a broad environmental change in crucial areas of its business, including climate change, China, seafood, and packaging. Additionally, she has worked with FedEx to develop environmentally advanced heavy-duty delivery vehicles. With UPS she helped implement innovative changes in their express delivery packaging.


3. Karen Flanders – Senior North American Representative at Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme

Karen Flanders is a Senior North American Representative at Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme where she contributes to the organization’s mission to draw on world-leading research and networks of Cambridge University to help business leaders address the critical global challenges they face today. Karen is also a Senior Associate (Fellow) with the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). In her 20 years of experience working on the sustainability field, both domestically and internationally, Karen has become an important member of several major corporations, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations.

Prior to joining CPSL and working with PWBSP, Karen served for eight years as the director of sustainability for the Coca Cola Company. Prior to that, she lead the European and global advocacy campaigns for WWF for 12 years. She is also part of the board of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future.


4. Bonnie Nixon – Executive Director, Sustainability Consortium

Formerly an executive with Hewlett Packard, Bonnie Nixon is known for her ability to inspire and serve as a catalyst for transformation in the field of sustainability and social and environmental responsibility. As Executive Director for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Bonnie is responsible for providing strategic direction and executing on the TSC’s bold vision for independent global product standards. TSC works to help set the standards and develop transparent methodologies, tools and strategies that will drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social and economic imperatives. Some of the Board of Directors representatives are companies and organizations of the caliber of Arizona State University, the University of Arkansas, The Walt Disney Company, Wal-Mart, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, Dell and more.

With her more than 25 years of experience in social and environmental responsibility for large corporations, Bonnie serves on many multi-industry consortiums, including global retailers, footwear and apparel, toy, pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive, consumer goods and mining. She is also the Board Chair for Sustainable Silicon Valley and Board Member of Blue Planet Network.


5. Marianna Grossman – Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley

Marianna Grossman leads Sustainable Silicon Valley, who’s mission is to create a more sustainable future within the Valley by collaborating with local government agencies, businesses, and community organizations to identify and address the most pressing environmental issues of the area. Marianna’s goal is to catalyze innovation and action to produce economic value, while at the same protecting the environment. She brings more than 25 years of business and leadership experience with knowledge of climate change, sustainable technologies, Total Quality Systems and transformation management. All of this aims to create value for clients across the different sectors of the industry, including the entrepreneurship, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, automotive, educational and civic organizations. Marianna has also both developed and led training courses from executive to individual contributors on four continents. She is an expert in increasing revenues while at the same time taking advantage of both new market opportunities and improved use of energy.


6. Diane MacEachern – Author, Big Green Purse

Diane MacEachern is the founder & CEO of Big Green Purse, the award-winning environment-focused website. She is also the author of the best-selling book Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World as well as Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Clean Up The Earth. She’s also a a regular commentator on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living radio program.

In addition to writing, Diane is a founding member of Green Moms Carnival, one of the most reputed green lifestyle blogging networks on the web. During her career, her main focus has been to empower consumers – especially women – to use their marketplace clout to protect the environment. Due to her passion in these endeavors, Diane has garnered a series of awards and recognitions, including the Best Green Website of the year 2007, being the finalist in the Books for a Better Life award 2008, being featured in the Top 100 Environmentalist Blogs from Design Sprout and much more.

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7. Nina Simons – Founder, Bioneers

Nina Simons is a social entrepreneur, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Bioneers, a national nonprofit that helps highlight, gather and disseminate breakthrough solutions to the most pressing environmental and social challenges. Nina’s life and work have been shaped by her passion for the natural world, women’s leadership, systems thinking, and the arts’ capacity to shape culture and consciousness.

Throughout her career, Nina has served as president of Seeds of Change and as director of strategic marketing for Odwalla, being instrumental to the success of each of these companies nationwide. Since beginning Bioneers in 1990, she and her partner and husband Kenny Ausubel have collaborated to grow the organization and its influence. Bioneers now reaches many millions through its annual conferences, satellite conference partners, award-winning radio series, broadcast and print media, interactive website and book series.

Nina Simons has also been vital in restoring the “feminine” to a balanced place in our culture. In 2006, she began offering Cultivating Women’s Leadership, a five-day intensive for diverse women with the passion and capacity to effect change in their communities. This intensive training emphasizes skillful collaboration across differences, and the creation of relationships and networks to cultivate leadership, build alliances and encourage mutual support.

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8. Pamela Gordon – Author, Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment

Pamela J. Gordon is the President and Founder of Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI), as well as being the Lead Consultant for TFI Supply Chain and TFI Environment. TFI is an organization that helps technology companies create more efficient supply chains while at the same time reducing their environmental impact. She specializes in sustainability and is a popular keynote speaker, having presented at high-tech conferences in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Before founding TFI, Ms. Gordon was a senior analyst at McGraw Hill’s electronics industry market-research firm Gnostic Concepts Inc. She is also the author of the influential 2001 book, Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment. It features 17 electronics companies from around the world and has been required reading at the University of California Haas School of Business.

On top of all of these achievements, Ms. Gordon has received the 2011 Sustainability Summit Community Award which was given in recognition of “the person who has most generously dedicated time and effort to support the development of a legacy of environmental stewardship in the [electronics] industry.”


9. Astrid Lindo – Co-founder, The Living Seed Company

A native of Colombia and raised in Miami Beach, Astrid Lindo always lived close to the earth. This led her early on to understand modern human’s disconnection with the natural world and contributed to her desire to found The Living Seed Company and inspire people to live more harmonious lives with their environments. The organization specializes in providing people with the best possible choices for food diversity.

With her formal training as an interior designer from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she has also built a career as an ecological interior designer. Astrid holds a Certificate in Green Building and Permaculture, as well as an LEED accreditation. Her firm Astrid Design Studio supports more sustainable practices in the design field.

Follow her on Twitter here>>


10. Stacie Shepp – 2011 Executive Director, San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce

In 2011, Stacie Shepp was the fearless leader the San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce. The organization empowers businesses to achieve economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Members benefit from increased visibility, educational tools to improve operational performance, and extensive networking opportunities.

Stacie is also co-founder of Earthsite, a Digital Consultancy for Sustainable Brands that specializes in building web strategies, design and social media marketing campaigns that are sustainable and optimal. Stacie is a graduate of the Green MBA program at Dominican University of CA.


About the author:

Lisa Ann Pinkerton is founder of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, a San Francisco Bay Area group dedicated to the advancement of women in various environmental and technology sectors. She is also Founder and President of Technica Communications, where she handles marketing and public relations strategies for cleantech and biotech companies. Lisa Ann is a former award-winning broadcast journalist who reported for National Public Radio, PBS Television, WPXI-NBC, American Public Media, and Free Speech TV.

Five Years of EcoTuesday - A Walk Down Memory Lane

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 :: Register for the 5th Anniversary Here! ::


Wow - the 5th Anniversary is quickly approaching and it's been so fun to reflect on all the fantastic events we've had in San Francisco (and in other cities) over the past few years. The events in SF have run the gamet from small (around 25 people) to large (around 250 people). Each time, everyone in the room has shared what's important to them with everyone else. I've heard some extremely serious shares and also extremely silly shares. What I've seen is that people are putting so much of their efforts into doing good - for both the planet and for busines. There have been times over the past five years when I thought about ending EcoTuesday, but then I go to an event and get so inspired by all of the incredible work that the participants spend their time on, and it revitalizes my efforts.


We have a special guest this month as our speaker. Brian Back, President of Sustainable Industries Magazine, was the very first EcoTuesday speaker back in February 2007. When he spoke at the inaugural event, he shared with us about what the magazine covers and his perspectives on the upcoming trends in different areas of sustainability (such as the consolidation of the solar industry, the different interpretations of clean tech, and more).


During this presentation he said, "Last year we thought that this year global warming and climate change would reach a critical mass in interest in business. I think that has largely happened." (How true!) He also mentioned, "In the beginning, the things we wrote about were nowhere near mainstream, but now they are." (What a relief!)


This month Brian will discuss The Access Economy:

  • How a "stealth" economy has emerged over the past 5 years
  • What happens when we start contributing powerfully to economic development as something other than a consumer?
  • What if we shifted from a one-way transaction to a collaborative interaction?
  • A new approach to innovation

Sustainable Industries has grown by leaps and bounds since 2007, most recently combining forces with Triple Pundit. We're so happy to have Brian back at EcoTuesday!


The entire Ambassador team has put a lot of time and energy into making this event much different than our usual events. Participants can enjoy delicious (and free) beverages, desserts, and even sustainable oysters. As we do at every EcoTuesday event - everyone there will have the opportunity to share their name, company name, and a sentence about what they're most passionate about as it pertains to sustainbility in order to make your networking time even more effective.  


Thanks so much to the gorgeous Bently Reserve for hosting us, and to all of our sponsors (below) for making this night a true celebration! We look forward to seeing you on February 21st in San Francisco. 



GreenMBA - an engaged learning community that seeks to promote financial viability, ecological sustainability, and social justice in business and organizations of all types. Please read more about the program on EcoTuesday.com.


FEARLESS Chocolates: Grown from humble beginnings at local Bay Area farmer’s markets, FEARLESS has become the largest manufacturer of raw chocolate in the world while remaining true to three core values: SUSTAINABILITY, INTEGRITY, and FUN.


Frey Organic Wine: Organic and Biodynamic wine, no sulfites added – from America’s first organic winery.


Alegria Partners: an integrated marketing and sustainability consulting firm that helps to manage and grow businesses.


KOR Water: Celebrate and protect water with the world’s most stylish, functional personal hydration products. The first 85 people to register will receive a beautiful KOR water bottle.


Mamma Chia: For health-conscious souls seeking an extra dose of vitality, Mamma Chia is the undeniable drink of choice. Learn more on their FB Page.


Presidio Graduate School: Educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world.


ilovebluesea: Voted best of the city for sustainable seafood in 2011, i love blue sea gives you convenient access to the freshest fish available and allows you flexibility to pick up order locally or have it shipped to your home. Find out more about sustainable seafood here.


Contact us about the Exhibit Sponsorship opportunities that are available available for this event only, in addition to our standard Sponsorship package (more bells and whistles).

Celebrating Five Years of EcoTuesday

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February marks the Five Year Anniversary of EcoTuesday, which is almost unbelievable to me. The sustainability community has had so much movement since the first Introduction Circle in 2007. 

At that time, about 60 close friends and colleagues interested in pursuing projects and companies that make a positive impact on the planet attended the first event. Five years ago EcoTuesday was one of the only gatherings for sustainability-minded professionals so the energy in the room was high! Now we have events in cities across the country!

EcoTuesday Go GreenSince that initial gathering, EcoTuesday has held over 400 monthly events in cities across the country, bringing people from all areas of sustainability together to collaborate and connect with one another and learn from high-quality andengaging speakers. Thousands of professionals have attended EcoTuesday throughout this time, sharing their work with others, developing strategic business relationships and even creating long-lasting friendships. My hope is that these actions all support a shift in the way we relate to "business."

Thanks so much to the fantastic Ambassadors across the country who dedicate their personal time to creating the best sustainability events in their city. Additonally, many thanks go out to all of our past Sponsors that have provided support in various ways to keep EcoTuesday running smoothly. Participants, thank you for returning each month and for sharing the event with friends.

We're celebrating the Fifth Anniversary in San Francisco a week earlier than usual (on Tuesday, February 21st). The events in Cleveland, Dallas and Silicon Valley will still take place on the fourth Tuesday of February (February 28th). Register early - that always makes us happy.

On a personal note, it's been an honor for me to lead EcoTuesday for five years. There have been transitions, setbacks and triumphs in all areas of the company and it has continued to grow throughout the entire process. I don't think I'll ever be able to measure the quantitative impact of EcoTuesday, but I am happy to know that the community has changed lives and businesses in many positive ways. 

How has EcoTuesday impacted YOUR life? I'd love to hear. Please email me your story!

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