Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Hermosa Beach October 11th!

LA Green Drinkers,

Hermosa Beach LA Green Drinks is looking for a new host!
Nicky Tenpas who launched the venue is ready to pass the Green baton onto another interested Green leader who has more volunteer time on their hands.
Thanks for getting LA Green Drinks started in Hermosa Nicky!
She'll be there this Thursday so talk to her if you are interested in becoming the one of the new co-hosts. We would like to have two people fill the position so that there is always someone there to take over when life intervenes.

This week-
LA Green Drinks - Hermosa Beach
Thursday, October 11th, 2007

68 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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 -

Never underestimate the power of raising your voice for change.
A corporate media will never report on it but citizen action still works!!!

Plug In America has done a wonderful job pushing for environmental change in our automobile industry. Let's help them out this month by following their lead and writing to the California Air Resources Board and telling them that we need plug-in zero emission vehicles.


A sample letter is available below for printing and suggesting others who care to do the same.
California Air Resources Board
Headquarters Building
1001 "I" Street
P.O. Box 2815

Sacramento, CA

Phone: (800) 242-4450 or (916) 322-2990
FAX: (916) 445-5025

Ask the California Air Resource Board (CARB) to do everything possible to get plug-in cars on the road. (CARB is reviewing the Zero Emission Vehicle Mandates this year)
Print CARB Postcard 4-up on 8.5x11 page


SMC Environmental Issues Lecture Series
Ecological Restoration of Our Coastal Resources
From wetlands to kelp forests, this panel of experts from local organizations will discuss their world-famous efforts to restore the health of our coastal waters.
Wed, October 17 • 6:30pm • Free • Bundy 123

Can Technology Solve Our Transportation Problems?
ITS Engineer Jesse Glazer returns from the US Department of Transportation to discuss the latest in Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Wed, November 7 • 6:30pm • Free • Bundy 123

Sustainable Santa Monica College
How is SMC becoming more sustainable? Our Associated Students will demonstrate how they are leading the green revolution.
Wed, November 28 • 6:30pm • Free • Bundy 217


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

Step it Up 2007! - November 3rd
A National Day of Climate Action--Novmber 3rd, 2007.

On April 14, 2007, a citizen's movement was launched. On November 3rd we'll see which of our politicians will join us in taking on the greatest challenge of our time. We'll gather at places across the country named after historic leaders to demand that our representatives address thee key priorities to stop global warming. It will be a historic day in every way.

The Los Angeles event, hosted by Ingrid Cheng, will take place at the Federal Building, located at 11000 Wilshire Boulevard on the corner of Wilshire and Veteran.
Please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns or comments:
Email the Step It Up 2007 Team: organizers@stepitup2007.org
877.839.8957 (toll-free!)

Opportunity Green Conference

Saturday, November 17th, 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.

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

Yoga Gals Green Yoga

YogaGals is the first and only “green” and eco-friendly mobile & private yoga instruction offered to brides, newlyweds, and any individuals to help them lead a more fit and healthy lifestyle. Our top certified yoga instructors will take the stress out of traveling for you by personally arriving at your doorstep on your scheduled day and leave you feeling happy and blissed out. We are the first and only "green" private yoga instruction for brides and individuals for several reasons: We offset our carbon emissions by purchasing carbon ‘credits’ that go towards greenhouse gas emission reduction projects on animal farms. We print only on recycled paper for stationary, business cards, and materials. We use and purchase only eco-friendly yoga mats and yoga products. And we work with and partner with other sustainable businesses. Our hope is that by promoting a more healthy and "green" lifestyle to brides, it will help them make more conscious decisions for their wedding and hopefully the rest of their lives! Write to info@yogagals.com and receive a FREE 30-minute health & fitness consultation as well as a 10% discount by mentioning this special announcement in Green Drinks! More info at www.YogaGals.com.

"The 11th HOUR" Documentary
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.


Sustainable Building Advisor Program

Second Friday 9-5, Second Saturday 9-3; 9 months starting Oct. 12th
Class cost: $1,950
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

Eco Nouveau Eco Fashion Show - Friday, October 12th
LA Fashion Week gets kicked off by a “green” stiletto at ‘EcoNouveau', a fashion, music and art show on-
Friday, October 12th in downtown Los Angeles at Vibiana.
EcoNouveau, a co-production spearheaded by Rob Ganger of Pollinator Media Group, Sarah Shewey of Pink Cloud Events, and Peter Gurnz of BOXeight, will feature the Spring/Summer ’08 collection of the most innovative eco-fashion designers in a non-traditional runway show crafted for international press, buyers and eco-conscious Angeleno's. Deborah Lindquist, Bahar Shahpar, and Amanda Shi of the Avita Co-op will join forces to place the spotlight on innovative uses in fashion design of organic materials and processes.
Music by Dublab, art from Ian Shive, Chris Jordan and Geza X and more to be announced.

Eco-Home Network / Global Green Eco-Building Forum
This Saturday, October 13 from noon - 5pm the Green Lofts in South Los Angeles will open its doors for the Eco Building Forum hosted by Global Green and Eco-Home Network. There will be tours of the project (still under construction), workshops with contractors and manufacturers (American Clay, Ecological Paint, OSMO Polyx-Oil, Advanced Protective Products, etc.), an art show, a slide show of the construction process and tasty snacks.
The Green Lofts is an adaptive reuse of an old light bulb factory into four live / work lofts across the street from the Blue Line light rail station at Firestone. The first unit is nearly complete. The building plans to house a 24 kw solar power system as well as solar hot water heating. A substantial amount of material for this project has been salvaged. The total construction cost for the Green Lofts will be less than that of conventional building.
Tickets are $15.
Green Lofts
8636 Graham Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90002
To RSVP call Global Green at (310) 452-7677

Thursday Night Social LA County Bicycle Coalition
Thursday, October 11, 6-9pm
LACBC introduces the Thursday Night Social, a new monthly social fundraising event. Join us for drinks, conversation and bike-themed films (TBA). Cover: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Membership deal: Join LACBC for just $30, and get in FREE! Remember, your contribution goes directly to local bike advocacy.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to collect contributions and sign up members at the door. Email monica@labike.org to volunteer.
Location: 634 S. Spring St, 1st Floor.

1st Annual Planet Pals Green Fair
When: Pancake Breakfast Oct. 14 8am-11am
Where: Grandview Elementary School
455 24th St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
What: recycling information, reduce/reuse ideas and sample green products; make your own terrarium with composted soil, recycled rocks and empty plastic water bottles
On sale: laptop lunchables, reusable water bottles and alternative “green”products

Any student who brings in a printer or toner cartridge to recycle wins a prize! Sign up for our email list and win a chance at a fabulous green prize.

Laurie David speaking at Borders
Century City mall Wednesday, October 17th 7:00pm.
Laurie David is scheduled to speak about her new book Down to Earth with co-author Cambria Gordon.
Irreverent and entertaining, Down to Earth is filled with facts about global warming and its disastrous consequences, loads of photos and illustrations, as well as suggestions for how kids can help combat global warming in their homes, schools, and communities. Engagingly designed, Down to Earth will educate and empower, leaving readers with the knowledge they need to understand this problem and a sense of hope to inspire them into action. Border's Century City 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

Global Warming Town Hall And Resource Fair -- Thursday, October 18th
Ted W. Lieu Assemblymember, 53rd District and The City of Torrance
Invites You To Attend featuring The Climate Project Discussion, Presentation and Q&A by Nick Karno, Trained by Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth Project
Resource Fair:
South Bay Energy Savings Center, the Tree People and other groups will be on hand to provide you with resources and information on how you can help make a difference now.

6:00 – 6:30: Registration and Resource Fair
6:30 – 8:30: Climate Presentation and Q&A

Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Toyota Meeting Hall
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
Free Parking. The location is accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information and to RSVP, please call: (310) 615-3515 or e-mail Assemblymember.lieu@assembly.ca.gov

CNI Encourages Los Angeles Area Nature Enthusiasts to Walk the Walk
LOS ANGELES—The Children’s Nature Institute (CNI) invites Los Angeles nature enthusiasts to attend an orientation and open house for their Volunteer Walk Leader Training program on
Wednesday, October 31 from 10am til Noon
at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills.

The orientation will introduce potential volunteers to CNI’s volunteer program, which allows volunteers to lead walks at their convenience and at trails near their homes for local families and inner-city kids.

CNI offers volunteers an exciting leadership training program; upon completion, participants will be certified to volunteer to lead nature walks for newborns through 8-year-olds at trails near their homes. The training will be held at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills.

Lizette Castaño, CNI’s Executive Director, explained that the orientation is a great way to discover a unique volunteer program. "This amazing program is really fun for the whole family! We encourage moms and dads to take the training with their young children. In fact, kids as young as 6 can train to lead walks with you. Free childcare is available for younger children,” Castaño said.

Volunteers who participate in the training program will be trained in Southern California flora and fauna, safety and age-appropriate nature activities for children to perform on the trail. No experience is necessary. Volunteers can lead on weekdays or weekends and can choose from more than 50 parks and canyons throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to lead their nature walks. “Many people already take walks in the hills. Why not share your love of nature with others at the same time?” Castaño said.

For more information about the orientation and open house,
call Volunteer Coordinator James Sackheim at (310) 860-9484
or visit www.ChildrensNatureInstitute.org.

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

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 and 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


Founded during the 2001 California energy crisis, GRID Alternatives' mission is to empower communities in need to meet their basic requirements of health, education, and economic opportunity by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment, and training. GRID Alternatives provides these services exclusively to low-income households earning less than 80% of area median income, including families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Our programs seek to enhance long-term housing affordability for low-income households by permanently reducing their energy costs, and to expand economic opportunity by providing skills and training in the growing field of solar electricity.

We are looking for a full time Regional Director to help bring GRID Alternatives programs providing free renewable energy and energy efficiency services to low-income homeowners in the Greater Los Angeles Area and surrounding regions. The Regional Director will manage the operations of GRID Alternatives LA office and transition that office into a GRID Alternatives LA Affiliate.

Job Duties
The Regional Director will report to the Executive Director of GRID Alternatives and will work directly with the Bay Area GRID Alternatives staff to develop local infrastructure in anticipation of transitioning LA office to an LA GRID Alternatives affiliate. Due to the start-up nature of the LA office, Regional Director will initially be required to do a little bit of everything this may include volunteer management, construction related tasks, administrative duties and taking out the trash. The specific job duties for which this position was created include:.
• Helping coordinate large (30 house) solar installation project at end of October.
• Managing LA office staff (soon to consist of two AmeriCorps VISTA members and a construction manager).
• Fundraising from private foundations, corporate sponsors, local governments, and individual donors (including grant writing, donor cultivation, etc).
• Building an advisory board of directors that will eventually become the LA Affiliate's founding board of directors
• Establishing infrastructure for transition of office to affiliate status.
• Developing and maintaining partnerships with affordable housing developers, job training programs, local government housing departments, etc.
• Working with and reporting to GRID Alternatives Bay Area staff.
• Managing the finances of LA office, under the financial oversight of GRID Alternatives' Program Director and Bookkeeper.
• Building a GRID Alternatives Southern California presence and representing a positive public image of GRID Alternatives (including networking and speaking presentations).
• Identifying and interfacing with program clients.
• With the assistance of local Americorps volunteer, recruiting and managing volunteers.
• Working directly with GRID Alternatives Bay Area staff to develop short and long term vision for LA area operations.

Necessary skills and qualifications
• Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, the environment, or environmental justice
• Ability to problem solve and learn new skills
• Leadership/management skills
• Effective public speaker
• Articulate writer
• Comfortable working and communicating with diverse populations
• Self-motivated and driven, able to create a local GRID Alternatives presence where one did not exist before.
• Able to work independently while at the same time able to work collaboratively with GRID Alternatives Bay Area staff.

Recommended skills and qualifications
• Previous non-profit management experience
• Strong ties or roots in LA
• Connections in the LA affordable housing, philanthropic, low-income advocacy communities
• Knowledge of solar energy

Office Location
GRID Alternatives does not currently have an office in the LA area. Initially, there will be opportunities to work from home; however, part of job duties will require helping to locate suitable office space. The expectation is that once an office has been located, the Regional Director will work full time out of that office.
$72,000 annually + medical, dental, vacation, and 403b retirement plan
To Apply
Email resume and cover letter to jobs@gridalternatives.org
Please include LA Regional Director in the subject heading
We are an equal opportunity employer – People of color are encouraged to apply.

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 - Silver Lake
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
The Good Luck Bar
1514 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

LA Green Drinks - Studio City
Thursday, October 25th, 2007
The Sapphire
11938 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

LA Green Drinks - Culver City
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
Duke's Hideaway at the Culver Hotel
9400 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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