Hey there, I'm Phil Sumpter and a product reviewer who has been spreading awareness across the glode since 2007.
I am passionate about developing authentic, sustainable relationships in my community. Green Networking is not about "Us vs. Them." It is about you and me. Where can we find a common ground to connect? In other words, let's be friends first, then talk business. My specialty is producing community events that educate, inform, and entertain individuals on sustainability topics such as the environment, health, and wellness. I am also a freelance writer, media consultant and active community volunteer.
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I was recently at the Cleantechnology Institute Showcase organized by the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education and the Environmental Business Cluster. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Table after table highlighted technology that’s so new, that few people have heard of them. I experienced a range of emotions from excitement and goose bumps, to confusion and skepticism. The evening made walking across the Berkeley campus in high heels definitely worth it!
On the way home, I passed a house with solar panels on the roof and a feeling of boredom washed over me, as I thought about how unexciting a simple solar panel felt now that I’d experienced what’s coming on the horizon. But then, I reminded myself that at some point in history, that solar panel was very exciting, ground breaking in fact. I wondered, could celebrating the history of cleantech be as interesting as its latest discoveries?
That’s the intent of a new series of posts on the EcoTuesday blog, titled Daily CleanTech. It will honor and celebrate the intrepid scientists and forward thinkers who are the foundation of our blossoming green economy. As the year goes by, check in for the latest update on these famous days in cleantech history. You can also follow these updates on Twitter and Facebook too, @DailyCleanTech, though the updates will be abbreviated and hold less information than the post on the EcoTuesday site.
Our first post on Willhelm Hallwachs and his discovery of the photoelectric effect is first up. Enjoy and please feel free to offer your feedback!
I'm a young(ish!) graphic designer with a firm belief that we can do better by the environment and build strong businesses!
I learned to work hard from my entrepreneurial father. I am a product of perseverance. Proud father, happy husband. I have experience in product development and manufacturing industries.
A key component of sustainability is building relationships. We can all get caught up working in front of our computers for days on end, without leaving our office to have face-to-face interactions with others. True sustainability is based on shared experiences that occur over a long span of time. Here are two suggestions on how you can bring this into your life:
- Participate in "Hands Across the Sand" on Saturday, June 26th. This is an event created by 350.org to bring people across the country together to take a stand against offshore drilling.
- Start an EcoTuesday in your city! It's a great way to bring like-minded people together on a consistent basis. You can be an Ambassador if your city doesn't already have an event (or check in with your Ambassador if you'd just like to help! We love volunteers.).
Another component of sustainability is constant learning: learning about new technologies, new policy, new ideas, and new trends (to name a few!). Our friends at Triple Pundit and the ISOS Group are hosting a GRI Sustainability Reporting Certification Course next month. This is a very hands-on course that will truly add value to your career. Let us know if you sign up!