I work with an Eco Buying Group, Viv Biz Club, helping businesses buy eco-supplies such as Compostable Cups, Recycled Office Paper, and Green Cleaning products at steep discounts. Our goal is to relieve the cost of going green for businesses everywhere and we're on a roll!
My passion for sustainbility is really shown through the company I founded - an Eco Buying Group called the Viv Biz Club that helps small businesses save up to 80% on their eco-friendly supplies, including: Biodegradable Food Packaging, Recycled Office Supplies, Green Cleaning Products, Energy Efficient Lighting, and more.
The biggest surprise of the last month’s EcoTuesday was the speaker herself. Megan Fluke is a very unassuming person in real. You would think of her as a girl next door. But when she began talking about the things she believed in, the audience of about 15 was spell bound. Indeed, she has so much experience and total conviction in what she believes in. Sierra Club cannot have a better person in grassroots organizer than Megan. She talked about the communities of the future, which are climate friendly.
Did You Miss EcoTuesday This April? You'll Have a Second Chance to Hear From our Speaker at AltBuild Expo
Join me at The 7th Annual City of Santa Monica AltBuild Expo Friday and Saturday, May 7‐8, 2010 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA).
The expo is free and open to the public and includes over 150 exhibitors featuring the best in green building materials, energy efficiency, and water conservation. Demonstrations and discussion groups for the general public led by area green building experts offering knowledge on what green Bbilding means to them – from a design, carbon footprint and pocketbook perspective.
Our fantastic speaker from this April’s EcoTuesday, Dan Thomsen, head of The Building Doctors, will be speaking again, this time on a panel at AltBuild Expo on Saturday at 2 p.m. on practical financial analysis for energy efficiency retrofits and welcome your questions. Hope to see you there!
I'm excited to tell you about an upcoming conference the Social Enterprise Summit, which will be happening here in San Francisco from April 28-30th. The theme of this year’s conference is “New Approach, New Economy: Realizing the Potential of Social Enterprise,” which is recognizing the power of social enterprise as a new sector that can address the social, economic and environmental issues of our current times. They say that there will be 600 other social entrepreneurs there, which is pretty cool. I love learning new ways that we can tap into the potential of this growing sector. To register, click here.
The program for the conference is packed with fantastic speakers and meaningful breakout sessions and workshops in the areas ranging from finance to strategy to policy. They will also be offering opportunities to pitch your ventures and receive valuable feedback from capital investors, as well as extra time to connect with the speakers. The conference host, the Social Enterprise Alliance, is an organization that serves as an industry advocate, a resource hub of information, and community builder for creating thriving social enterprises. In the conference’s 11th year, the SE Alliance is looking forward to making this year the best. I hope to be there for the entire three days. Please let me know if you’ll be there, too!
Climatepath’s mission could be summed up in one sentence – “make consumers aware of the real carbon economy and not limit them to the market economy”.
This is what Dave Rochlin, CEO of Climatepath, expounded during the last week’s EcoTuesday event. We are living in a capitalist society, where we believe price is always set by market forces, supply and demand. We also believe that the true cost of a product is already reflected in the price we pay. But contrary to the wisdom, market forces subsidize the product cost in many ways. What we pay may be just the production cost (fixed cost + variable cost + transportation cost). But, each product has its own lifecycle and many of the lifecycle costs are hidden from the consumer.
When we pay less for the products we use, we are actually pushing the problem to another part of the world or to the next generation. Therefore awareness needs to be created in the society regarding these costs. Dave demonstrated the lack of awareness by posing three simple questions to the audience:
(1) Do you use organic material because it is good for the environment? – Many hands went up.
(2) Do you use fair trade products and practices so that you are aware of how the product is produced? – Again many hands went up.
(3) Do you buy carbon offsets to reduce your carbon footprint? – None of the audience raised their hands.
Dave mentioned simple steps to adopt conservation in everyday life:
Wash clothes in cold water – the detergents work great in cold water as well as hot water. Washing in cold water cuts the fuel consumption tremendously. Also drying them in sunlight really helps.
Transportation, esp. air transportation is the biggest user of fuel. Cutting down non-essential travel, limiting the air travel to few trips per year can really help with the fuel consumption.
Dave is big on technology help to solve the sustainability problem. He suggests usage of network computing, cloud, storage on network as possible solution to prevent people migration.
Overall, the talk was both entertaining and enchanting for an audience of nearly 12 people (26 registrants). Dave truly rocked!!
I am a sales consultant at Waste Less Living, a zero-waste event planner and composting consulting firm. If you have an event or party--large or small--we can help divert trash from the landfill! I also am a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Professional and can be hired as a consultant for remodeling your home, new construction, or greening your business, home or life.
I am an environmental consultant with a background in ecology, and I have recently relocated to the Minneapolis area. I specialize in ecosystem restoration of degraded lands, bio- and ecological resource assessments and surveys, wetlands, and integrated invasive species management.
Since moving to Minneapolis, I have been seeking opportunities to network and become more involved with the local community of environmental professionals. In doing so, I hope find employment opportunities, and to build professional relationships with like-minded individuals.
Anthony Tsai of Urban Solutions made a great point during last week’s talk – “Sustainability can actually save money”. His talk was refreshing for a small business. Small business by definition is barely able to make ends meet. In this tight economic entity, every penny saved is every penny earned. Urban Solutions as a non-profit organization, is helping such businesses save substantial dollars while promoting sustainability principles. Started as an organization to promote businesses in the low-income neighborhood of San Francisco’s sixth street, this organization has grown into helping businesses to become green and at the same time save money. For example, in one of the businesses, they went in and changed the old inefficient fluorescent lamps with efficient ones, saving 40% on their electricity bills. Anthony points out in this instance everybody benefits as PG&E can divert the savings to other areas where it is needed.
Anthony was advocating for a complete sustainability framework, where one should not limit to just electricity and water to look for sustainable savings. The three main areas where savings are huge include: energy usage; water usage and garbage disposal. Energy and water are fairly well understood. Garbage is the least understood of the three. Anthony prescribed that every business should look into the amount of garbage generated more carefully. They should divert most of the garbage generated into recycling bins. The more they shrink the size of the regular garbage bins, better it is for the environment.
Overall, the talk was quite enlightening to most of the attendees. His experience in analyzing the rainforest in Borneo for carbon credits was unique. The greatest learning from the talk and the experience of Anthony was that it does not take much to be on the path of sustainability. Sustainability begins with everyone looking at their own lifestyle to realize the savings.
During the workday, I am an Account Executive an at international public relations firm. My expertise lies in the sustainability and environmental practices, and my clients include Tom’s of Maine, Sustainable Life Media and Doubletree Hotels. By night and in my spare time, I am a green blogger and write my own blog - www.AProjectCalledLife.com. I am always up for a green adventure! I am also a member of Greenpeace and Slow Food International.