Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Studio City August 23rd!

LA Green Drinkers,

Look for Zach and Jessica at the Valley LA Green Drinks this Thursday-

LA Green Drinks - Studio City
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
The Sapphire
11938 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
818 506-0777

Visit a nearby water shed restoration project
Valleyheart Greenway, a project by TheRiverProject.org.

The project created landscaping and pathways along the south bank of the river between Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Radford Avenue, but also includes the Great Toad Gate, a Butterfly Garden and other amenities designed by local students from Carpenter Avenue Elementary School.

Take Public Transit!
The Sapphire is located near the intersection of Laurel Canyon Blvd. From the Universal Red Line Station, take the 750 Metro Rapid or the 150/240 to Laurel Canyon Blvd.
See Metro.net for details.

For dinner, Vegan Plate is located across the street.

If anyone wants to bring literature to promote their green issue
please do so-
we will have an area for brochures, business cards, etc.
We will also take back any extra literature back and bring them to the next Green Drinks.
The main thing is just to relax and have a good time.

LA Green Drinks - Culver City is 1st Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - Hermosa Beach is 2nd Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - Silver Lake is 3rd Thursday of every month.

LA Green Drinks - Studio City is 4th Thursday of every month.

LA Green Drinks monthly action we can all take to make a difference-

Every one of us can enact one if not both of the two main forms of composting:
Garden and Food Composting.

Composting keeps the nutrient rich material from filling up the landfill, makes our plants grow healthier, and reduces our dependence on petroleum based fertilizer.

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation makes it easy with an informative section on the website, selling bins and offering workshops

Compost Bin Sales
Friday, August 10
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
At the Griffith Park Composting Education Facility

(Click Here for Map to Facility)
Saturday August 18th
(Upper Stadium Parking Lot) 15777 Bowdoin Street Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Composting Workshops
Saturday August 18th

(Upper Stadium Parking Lot)
15777 Bowdoin Street
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Saturday August 18th
Culver West Park,
4162 Wade, Culver City

Saturday, August 25, 2007
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.(Noon)
At the Griffith Park Composting Education Facility
(Click Here for Map to Facility)

Continue to check their calendar for an event near you-


FlexCar Free Sign ups UPDATED PROMO CODE
Flexcar is running a promotion right now that is allowing free signups for our service. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the latest technology in mobility options.
Follow the steps below to take advantage of the free sign up!
1. Go to www.flexcar.com, click on "Join Now" at the top of any page, and select "Personal" plans.
2. Fill in
FREELAX in the "Promo Code" field (box 2).
3. Have them fill in your email address (the same one you use on your Flexcar account) in the "Enter Referrer's Full Name" field (box 17A).
If you have any questions contact Walter King
Walter King General Manager Los Angeles Region walter.king@flexcar.com M: 213.272.1032

"The 11th HOUR" Documentary opening this month
Leonardo DiCaprio's "The 11th Hour" is a feature length documentary concerning the environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. "The 11th Hour" documents the cumulative impact of these actions upon the planet's life systems and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity. With the help of over fifty of the world's most prominent thinkers and activists, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, "The 11thHour" documents the grave problems facing the planet's life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed, and their causes rooted in human activity. The combination of these crises call into question the very future not of the planet, but of humanity. However, the most powerful element of "The 11th Hour" is not a portrait of a planet in crisis, but the offering of hope and solutions. Scientists and environmental advocates such as Paul Hawken, Bill McKibben and Ray Anderson paint a portrait for a radically new and exciting future in which humanity seeks not to dominate the earth's life systems, but to mimic them and coexist. "The 11th Hour" calls for a future now within our grasp that is both sustainable and healthier.
Click here to see where "The 11th Hour" is released in LA August, 17th.

Kombucha Kamp
“What is Kombucha?” “How do I make it?” “What can Kombucha do for me?” Learn the answers to these questions and much more at Kombucha Kamp – the hands on workshop that informs, tantalizes and delights the senses.
The Kamp starts out with a sampling of my latest flavors. Creating flavors is one of the fun, creative parts of the process and I enjoy trying new things. I also use this time to talk about the many health benefits of Kombucha.
Then we move into the kitchen where I show you my Kombucha "operation". We will start out by making the tea and sugar for the brew, then move on to bottling the already fermented Kombucha. It is in the bottling stage that flavors are added.
At last you will receive your Kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria & Yeasts) and starter liquid & easy to follow directions.
The cost is $20 per person and includes the starter kit. The workshop size is limited as it is conducted in my home near Culver City .
The next Kamp is Saturday, August 25th @ 2pm. Space is limited, so RSVP now. Come see for yourself why Whole Life Times calls Hannah Crum the “LA Kombucha Mamma.” (May 2007)
To learn more about Kombucha Kamp check out http://kombuchakamp.blogspot.com/ or email kombuchakamp@gmail.com .
Check out the blog for updated info on Kombucha Kamp and the Kamp calendar.

Sustainable Building Advisor Program
Second Friday 9-5, Second Saturday 9-3; 9 months starting Oct. 12
Class cost: $1,750 until Aug. 31st, $1,950 Sept. 1
Material Fee: $0.00
Lead Instructor: Blair Seibert
Location: Los Angeles-Bundy Campus
Registration: Thru SMC's website: commed.smc.edu

Specialized training program for architects, engineers, developers, building owners, contractors and other building professionals interested in learning about strategies and tools for implementing sustainable building. Identify and articulate the key practices of sustainable building. Apply LEED™ and other relevant criteria or established guidelines. Analyze the costs and benefits of incorporating sustainable building measures. Work with architects, designers, builders, building operators, and utilities to improve a building's performance. Take advantage of financial incentives and technical assistance offered by governments, utilities and non-profit organizations. Establish sustainable design goals for project development. Assist in the education and training of staff in your facility or firm in sustainable building.

This class will prepare students for the optional NaSBAP exam which offers SBA Certification. Exam fees are not included in the course fee. See http://www.nasbap.org/CSBAexam.htm for more information about the exam.

The weekend course runs for nine months (first consecutive Friday and Saturday). For more information email: info@verdearchitects.com or call 310-422-2417.

Class Schedule:
Oct. 5 & 6
Nov. 2 & 3
Dec. 7 & 8
Jan. 4 & 5
Feb. 1 & 2
Mar. 7 & 8
Apr. 4 & 5
May 2 & 3
June 6 & 7

Composting Workshops
Check the Calendar of events for a workshop near you-

Permaculture Design Certificate Course in the South of France
With Larry Santoyo & Friends
Learn...EcoVillage Design, Natural Building, Sustainable Living & More!
Classes will be taught in English...
September 17th - 30th 2007
2 Weeks of Learning, Food, Accommodations and Local Sightseeing
-All For £350.00 (around $700.00 US)...
Tuition, Meals, Dormitory Accommodations and Transport from local train stations all included..!
(air travel not included)
For More Information: http://earthflow.com/france2007.php
Join an international group of Artists, Musicians, Designers & EcoBuilders for an unforgettable Permaculture Design Course Experience near Saint Laurent Sous Coiron, in the Ardeche region in the South of France. 1 1/2 hours driving from Lyon and Nimes airports. Enjoy EcoVillage style...Regional Foods, Wine Tasting, Local Crafts Boutique, Spa Treatments, Internet Cafe, Day Excursions; Hiking, River Trips and More!!!
See more info about the Permaculture Design Course Experience at:

Opportunity Green Conference
November 17, 2007
Is Green the new Gold?
Opportunity Green brings together entrepreneurs, executives and investors focused on building profitable, socially conscious and sustainable enterprises. Explore viral marketing, leveraging the power of online networks to facilitate innovation, how to secure funding in the green marketplace... and more....
Objectives of Conference
- Connect and network with entrepreneurs and executives within the sustainable community
- Collaborate in learning how to grow successful & profitable socially conscious enterprises
- Have fun!
What will you learn?
- How do successful socially conscious businesses grow and get initial traction. What viral growth tactics worked?
- Why did some sustainable/socially conscious businesses succeed while others have failed?
- What are the right tools to build and scale your sustainable business?
- What is the future for sustainable/socially conscious business?
We'll highlight insights from unusual suspects — the enthusiasts, visionaries, experts, financiers and the budding leaders of the socially conscious landscape as well as established players who are looking to expand into new and previously unimagined realms.
Join us at Opportunity Green held at UCLA, as together we explore the future of successful sustainable business.
What are you waiting for? Register now!

Permaculture Design Course
LAPermaculture, SustainableLA, The Terra Foundation & EarthFlow Design Works Present:
Creating the Conditions for Sustainability to Happen
The 5th Annual Permaculture Design Course
Los Angeles, CA
October 2007- March 2008
One weekend a month for 6 months...
Join us on the first weekends of October 2007 through March 2008 at a variety of venues in and around Los Angeles.
A Certificate Course for:
Homeowners, Business Owners, Land Managers & Design Professionals
This training includes the most inspiring examples of sustainable land use and human ingenuity from around the world.
* Simple Steps Toward a Sustainable Lifestyle
* Natural Building & Property Development
* Adding Beauty & Value to Your Home
* Strategies for Energy Descent & Peak Oil
* Re-Localizing Food Production
* Green Business Strategies
* Finding your Right-Livelihood Career
Join veteran Permaculture Instructors and Internationally Acclaimed Leaders in the Worldwide Sustainability Movement including...
* L. SANTOYO, Director, EarthFlow Design Works
* SCOTT PITTMAN, Director, The Permaculture Institute
* TOBY HEMENWAY, Author, Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
* JUDE HOBBS, Director, Cascadia Permaculture
* PLUS local experts and guest speakers...
* $90.00 per day
* $175.00 per weekend
* $950.00 for all six weekends
Materials and other fees may apply. Meals, Lodging & Transportation not included.
MORE about the Design Course Experience

Southern California Clean Vehicle Technology Expo
October 16-17th, 2007 Join over 500 of Southern California's fleet operators, alternative and clean vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure technology providers, funding agencies, and other industry experts as they exchange information on clean vehicle funding, policies and regulations. Hear from the manufacturers directly about their light-, medium- and heavy-duty product offerings for 2007 and beyond.
Exciting raffle prizes will be given away during the Ride & Drive and Round Robin sessions. Don't miss out - Register Today for Early Bird Pricing of $75!
Expo highlights include: Clean Vehicle TRADESHOW, Funding and Partnership WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING Activities, Clean Vehicle RIDE & DRIVE!
Exhibitor and Sponsorships are available. Please email info@cleanvehicleexpo.com or
call (800) 993-0302 for more information.
For more information about the EXPO, please visit www.cleanvehicleexpo.com.
Ontario Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764

The largest presentation ever of electric, hydrogen, natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol and high MPG cars. Also, mass transit, transportation planning, cycling options and more

Ride and Drive Lot for an experience with all technologies

Continuous seminars adn panels discussing and debating alternative fuel technologies, tax credits, transportation solutions and more

Contest for transportation solutions

October 19th and 20th
Barker Hanger
Santa Monica Air Center
free admission


20th Century fox is creating a new, Energy Manager, position to take the lead role in meeting our
energy initiatives and carbon neutral goals. This position will be key
in managing our overall environmental strategy with a specific focus on
decreasing impacts on climate change and reducing energy use within our
worldwide operations.
We place a premium on creativity, an ability to work independently when
necessary but to function as part of a team.
* Manage the FFE Energy Initiative to help reach News Corporation's goal
of becoming carbon neutral.
* Participate in energy steering committee and lead our Energy Change In
Operation (ECO) Team.
* Prepare regular status to management on a regular basis and
communicate plans/status to management.
* Manage our carbon offset portfolio, interfacing with vendors,
consultants, and offset project developers and/or the acquisition of
* Ensure quality and timeliness of energy project deliverables,
especially reports and presentations.
* Support team leaders and manage a wide range of energy efficiency and
climate change mitigation projects.
* Promote and organizing virtual web based seminars and programs to
support our energy initiative.
* Manage FFE Cool Change Website and employee incentives
Responsibilities may eventually include involvement with energy choices
and technologies, green power selection, carbon offsets, and utilization
of clean technologies
* Set energy efficiency goals and oversee tactics to reach those goals.
* Evaluate and respond to suggestions made by employees on how to
improve environmental performance.
* Providing practical regulatory guidance on new and existing federal,
state and district air regulations, and managing programs for their
* Working with staff to provide review of projects ensuring that all
applicable environmental requirements are satisfied.
* Effectively negotiating with federal, state and local environmental
regulatory agencies.
* Analyzing and understanding complex refining or manufacturing
* Recognizing and eliminating activities and/or practices that are not
consistent with the company's environmental policies.
* Strategic thinker as well as detail oriented, organized, and able to
manage multiple tasks simultaneously
* Exceptional written communication skills
* Strong detail orientation, follow-through capabilities and escalation
of key issues
* Strong analytical and problem solving skills
* Good relationship management and negotiation skills ability to build
partnerships and influence others that are not in the direct sphere of
* A passion for the environment,
* Understanding of programs such as Energy Star, LEED certification, and
other standards for leadership
* Formal training or considerable experience with building energy
systems preferred
* Experience with project budgeting and cost tracking preferred;
* Experience preparing written materials for executive review a plus
* Public speaking experience a strong plus
* Marketing/communications/public relations experience as strong plus
* Event planning experience a strong plus
* Experience with Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Visio Understanding of
Microsoft Sharepoint
Preferably candidates will have a Bachelor's degree in natural or
applied science and 2 to 4 years of experience in the
environmental/project management.

Sustainable Works
Sustainable Works is a non-profit, environmental-education organization dedicated to promoting sustainable practices in the urban environment. We administer two programs: our Community Greening Program and the Business Greening Program. Both programs focus on improving human health and quality of life by increasing resource efficiency and encouraging the adoption of sustainable behaviors into our daily practices.
The role of the Public Information Coordinator is to facilitate the flow of information both internally among Sustainable Works staff and externally to the public at large. This position would serve as a liaison to the community, the City of Santa Monica's Environmental Programs Division, and potential program participants and members. Central to this position is the maintenance and improvement of office "systems" that provide a consistent, predictable office structure that supports staff, increases efficiency, and promotes a more professional atmosphere.
Information Management
Part-time position up to 25 hours/week, occasional additional hours provided for special projects. Must maintain a regular schedule.
See www.sustainableworks.org for more info about the organization.
For more information contact
Submit all resumes electronically to Bertone_genevieve@smc.edu .

Friends of the River - Northern Los Angeles County
Friends of the River, California's statewide river and watershed conservation organization, is seeking a field organizer to implement public outreach and education efforts in support of wilderness and wild rivers protection. The position focus is in northern Los Angeles County, primarily in the politically significant Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. This position plays a critical role in a coalition campaign to permanently protect the most diverse wild lands and wild rivers in California's magnificent eastern Sierra, Mojave Desert, and San Gabriel Mountains.

This position builds on work already accomplished in the region and will focus on opportunities to move the campaign forward using new and innovative organizing tools to build bipartisan support and provide lasting protection for some of the most important natural areas in the country. The field organizer will help develop and implement strategy, conduct outreach and public education, develop and utilize media contacts, and work closely with affiliated groups in the coalition towards achieving common goals.
Specific Duties
1. Build support among elected officials, non-traditional allies, businesses, NGOs, and grassroots volunteers to further the protection of wild places in the eastern Sierra, northern Mojave Desert, and the San Gabriel Mountains.
2. Develop and implement a strategic communications plan, serve as the primary local contact for media, develop spokespersons, and help develop key media messages.
3. Serve as the primary northern Los Angeles County contact for communications with local and federal elected officials, federal agencies, and coalition partners.
4. Recruit and facilitate an active group of local volunteers to support protection efforts, identify and map local wild places proposed for protection, and generate significant grassroots support through petitions and letters.
5. Work closely with coalition members to assist in strategic planning and implementation, including the creation of quarterly and annual strategic plans.
The qualified candidate is an ambitious and motivated self-starter, able to work well alone and with a team, with at least 2-3 years experience in a political and/or community organizing and campaigning, public outreach and education, strategy development and implementation, and media outreach. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and familiarity with basic computer word processing and communication programs are required. Commitment to environmental protection is required and knowledge and experience in public lands protection is desirable.
This is an exempt, at will, full time position with Friends of the River. The candidate will report directly to the Friends of the River Conservation Director.
$30,000-35,000, plus health benefits (HMO), generous sick and vacation time, and an opportunity to participate in an employee retirement program.
Santa Clarita, CA or vicinity.
To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to Steven L. Evans, Conservation Director, Email: sevans@friendsoftheriver.org
, Fax: (916) 442-3396, 915 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Application Deadline:
Immediate: All applications reviewed for possible interviews weekly until August 17, 2007.

The California Food and Justice Coalition is a statewide membership coalition of 150 state and community-based organizations that work together to create a socially just and sustainable food systems through advocacy, organizing and education. We promote the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural, environmental and economic justice and collaborate with community-based efforts to create a sustainable food supply for the residents of California. CFJC is currently a project of the Community Food Security Coalition.
We are hiring for a 50% time organizer position that we hope to make full time within a few months.
The organizer will work together with CFJC's current organizer to coordinate and carry out the work of the coalition. CFJC staff work closely with the CFSC executive director and the CFJC steering committee. The organizer will be responsible for:
-Coordinating the CFJC steering committee
-Coordinating CFJC outreach and organizing efforts
-Managing communication with statewide members and partners
-Working to implement CFJC strategic plan
-Working with CFJC members and partners to organize events, conferences and trainings as outlined in the strategic plan
-Coordinate advocacy campaigns and organizing efforts on public policy issues as outlined in the strategic plan
-Coordinate new training and technical assistance program as outlined in strategic plan
-Provide support for fundraising, grant writing and reporting activities
-Supervise interns and contractors
-Other responsibilities to be determined
For more information about requirements, location, compensation, and how to apply or receive additional information, Slow Food Los Angeles has posted the complete job description on our website at:
Please note that this is a job with the California Food & Justice Coalition, not Slow Food, so all inquiries and submissions should be directed to them at the address provided in the complete post (see link, above).

Low Impact Living is a rapidly growing start-up that is now the leading player in the online green home-improvement market. (Website: www.lowimpactliving.com) We are looking for someone to be an energetic member of our team who wants to learn and grow with our company. This staff member will work on a variety of sales and marketing projects (to be explained during the interview process). We are looking for someone with a passion for environmental protection, some basic knowledge of environmental terms/business, outstanding written and spoken communication skills, and 2-3 years experience working in a sales, marketing, and/or business-development capacity. Must have a desire to work hard and maintain a healthy sense of humor. Online business experience a major plus. Please send resume and cover letter to Jessica Jensen via Jessica@lowimpactliving.com.

Low Impact Living is a fast-growing startup that brings green home and lifestyle improvement education and referrals to its customers at its website, LowImpactLiving.com. The company is looking for a hard-working, positive marketing intern who wants to help grow the business and learn about the strategy and operations of an online startup. This is a part-time paid internship. Please submit resume and cover letter to Jessica Jensen (Jessica@lowimpactliving.com).

WEB DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER/PROJECT MANAGER Conscious Enlightenment publishing, parent company of Whole Life Times magazine in LA, is seeking a web development producer/project manager to join our growing media family. Conscious Enlightenment is a family of urban lifestyle websites, magazines, and lifestyle products and services focusing on green living, social change, health and wellness, yoga and spirituality/personal growth. Each month, we provide leading edge alternatives for crafting healthy, active, balanced lives, and for creating a sustainable society. Through our print magazines, original multimedia content (see www.yogamates.com), and local and national events, CE links the people, ideas and organizations that are building a better tomorrow. Job Description: Manage web development projects with a team of graphic artists and web development programmers. This job includes working with our clients to determine their needs for web development projects and then overseeing the entire process. The job does not require the ability to write code, but a detailed understanding of database structure and technical specifications is required. The ideal candidate will have both extensive project management skills as well as up-to-date hands-on web production skills. Qualifications: • Progressively related experience of at least two years and graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in computer science or a related field; or an equivalent combination of related experience and education. • 5 + years experience in web site development and creation of interactive content. • 2 years in web site management. • Experience designing and managing online advertising campaigns. • Experience managing a content-oriented web site. • Hands-on site development experience. Must have a deep knowledge of web standards, browser compatibility issues, and accessibility issues. • Must have hands on skills with HTML, CSS, Photoshop, FTP, Microsoft Project, and be familiar with Content Management Systems • Excellent communication skills and the ability to multitask in a fast paced working environment • Passion for yoga, health and wellness and holistic living a plus. Email goodjobs@wholelifetimes.com for more information.

LA Green Drinks - Culver City
Thursday, September 6th, 2007
Duke's Hideaway at the Culver Hotel 9400 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 www.culverhotel.com

LA Green Drinks - Hermosa Beach
Thursday, September 13th, 2007

68 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

LA Green Drinks - Silver Lake
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
The Good Luck Bar
1514 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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