Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Culver City Thursday 9/6!

LA Green Drinkers,

I hope everyone had a terrific Labor Weekend-
Come share your stories about "the greening of burning man"
this week at Culver City LA Green Drinks!

Some of our regular volunteers will not be able to make it this month so we are in need. If you are interested in assisting this Thursday please let us know. We need help politely signing in people in at the door as well as organizing the green literature. Email lagreendrinks@gmail.com if you would like to help.

This week-
LA Green Drinks - Culver City
Thursday, September 6th, 2007
Duke's Hideaway at the Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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.

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LA Green Drinks - Culver City is the 1st Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - Hermosa Beach is the 2nd Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - Silver Lake is the 3rd Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - Studio City is the 4th Thursday of every month.

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

Paper or Plastic? we should all know by now it's neither.
We have to become a reusable rather than "disposable" society.

Take time this month to get yourself some reusable bags.
Purchase enough for all of your groceries and then keep them either in your car or someplace easy to remember when you head to the store. Most grocery stores now sell reusable bags and will give you a small discount to use them.

If you don't like their bags get some you do like at one of the many online resources:


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.

Opportunity Green Conference
Saturday, November 17, 2007

Special LA Green Drinks offer-
The first 10 green LA Green Drink readers to register get a special $129.00 rate — over $170 off the regular $299 full price tix.
Just use the code GreenDrinksTEN.

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.

The Opportunity Green 2007 Advantage:
* Gain exposure and network with leading entrepreneurs and executives
* Collaborate in learning how to grow profitable enterprises focused on the Triple Bottom Line
* Achieve a competitive advantage, by discovering emerging trends that will keep you on the cutting edge
* Be inspired and ignite your imagination

We'll highlight insights from the visionaries, experts, financiers and budding leaders of the sustainable business landscape, as well as established players who are looking to expand into new and previously unimagined realms.

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to join 500+ industry professionals in supporting business and leaders who share your commitment to promoting the Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, profits).

Join us at Opportunity Green held at UCLA, as together we explore the future of successful sustainable business.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Karen Solomon at 310-709-6952 or email karen @opportunitygreen.com

Park(ing) Day L.A.
September 21st, 2007
Celebrate Parks and Urban Open Space!
Lease a park for a day by feeding a parking meter!
Coming soon to a metered parking space near you: a park for a day!

Friday September 21st 2007 is International Park(ing) Day, following a successful project initiated by San Francisco's REBAR Group in November of 2005, in which a metered parking space was turned into a temporary public park. The park lasted two hours, but the creative spark brought together diverse activists from artists to environmentalists to concerned residents, and now Park(ing) Day has now taken root and spread worldwide. September 21st, 2007 marks the first official Park(ing) Day in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles has fewer parks and vibrant public spaces than other large cities. L.A.’s
public paces have increasingly become dedicated to and degraded by large volumes of vehicular traffic. Park(ing) Day raises awareness about the need for community-oriented and recreational spaces such as parks, while promoting dialogue around creative alternatives to current uses of urban public space. Park(ing) Day L.A. is a call to action for all who seek to improve quality of life in our urban centers and are concerned about the disparities between public space allocated for parking cars and space made available for parks and other community infrastructure such as playgrounds and gardens.

On September 21st 2007, at various locations throughout greater Los Angeles, teams will assemble, insert a few quarters into their parking meter, and create temporary public parks for Angelinos to enjoy. Artists, community activists, non-profits, design professionals, urban bicyclists and others are already planning parking space parks. Some parks will be as simple as a layer of sod or artificial turf, a bench or two, and a few potted trees and shrubs. Other parks are being elaborately designed by professional architects and landscape architects. Some mini-design competitions have even emerged between various architecture and landscape architecture firms working with community groups to design temporary parks. The fun isn’t simply in building the parks but in transporting the materials too. Many parks will be deployed solely by bicycle-power, including towing large potted trees down L.A. streets via large bike trailers.
Public Contact: info@parkingdayla.com www.parkingdayla.com 213.622.5980

Sustainable Sips Cocktail Class
It's So Intoxicatingly Easy Being Green...

For those of you who missed it in July, I'll be at it again on Friday, September 7!

Joe Keeper, owner of the uber-hip and popular Bar Keeper in Silverlake, presents cocktail classes to his patrons once a month, featuring a different bartender or mixologist, each time.
During my "guest appearance" at Joe's place, you will mingle with other eco-minded drinkers, learn how to craft an organic cocktail using Square One organic vodka, nibble on a few hors d'oeuvres - and guess what people -- its FREE!
Let me know if you're coming so I can save you a cocktail.
They're gonna go fast!

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, September 15th @ 2pm. 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 www.kombuchakamp.blogspot.com or email kombuchakamp@gmail.com

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:

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.

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 - Hermosa Beach
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

LA Green Drinks - Studio City
Thursday, September 27th, 2007
The Sapphire
11938 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

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