Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Studio City October 25th!

LA Green Drinkers,

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

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.

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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


Public EV Rally at Santa Monica Toyota - October 22
Toyota is part of the AAM lawsuit suing to stop green house gas tailpipe regulation.
Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange and Plug in America are planning a public rally and possibly a press conference at Santa Monica Toyota (map) on Monday, October 22 at high noon. In a nutshell, we want Toyota to drop the lawsuit in which they have joined the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in fighting tailpipe greenhouse gas regulation and our first step is to return to that dealership where we protested against the crushing of the RAV's in 2005.
"Toyota: Not as Green as You Think"
It would be great to get as many people out as possible!

SMC Environmental Issues Lecture Series

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

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.

Sustainable Building Advisor Program - ongoing

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

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

WIRED Home Tours - October 27th thru November 11th
The first ever WIRED Home will be open for tours in Los Angeles for ten days only between October 27 and November 11, 2007.
WIRED magazine and LivingHomes — a pioneer in green, prefabricated development — are proud to present the first ever WIRED LivingHome, a showcase of the best in sustainability, technology and design. The WIRED LivingHome is where green plugs in. Gold LEED® certified and designed by renowned residential architect, Ray Kappe, FAIA, the house is manufactured in the factory to reduce cost and waste. Installation only took two and a half days. Fully automated to allow for simplicity and control, it is filled with the latest in gadgets, gear and appliances, yet still keeps kilowatt usage low.
A percentage of ticket sale proceeds go to benefit Global Green and Enterprise.

Permaculture Design Course - October 2007 thru March 2008 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

The Children's Nature Institute Calls for Green Volunteers - November 1st

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
Thursday November 1st from 10 am till 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.

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.

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!)

Request for Proposal from the City of Santa Monica: Strategy for a Sustainable Local Economy - due November 5th
The City of Santa Monica is accepting proposals from qualified consultants to produce a Strategy for a Sustainable Local Economy for the city. The purpose of the Strategy for a Sustainable Local Economy is to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of our local economy and to attract and retain businesses to Santa Monica that contribute to the overall environmental, economic and social sustainability of our community. This study will define and develop approaches to enrich sustainable aspect of the City’s economy and will complement a strategic economic development study being conducted concurrently as part of the City’s Land Use Element update of the City’s General Plan.

• Responses to RFP due Thursday, November 5, 2007
• Short list of finalists developed Monday, November 26, 2007
• Consultant selection Monday, December 17, 2007
• Finalize project scope, timeline, and budget with City staff January 2007
• For planning purposes: scope of work should be completed by July 2008

Additional information is available at: www.smgov.net/epd/rfp.htm
Please contact Shannon Parry for additional information.
Shannon Parry, LEED AP
Sustainable City Coordinator
City of Santa Monica
200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite I
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.260.1574 Fax

Keyline Design Workshop: Soil and Water for Every Farm - November 6th & 7th
With Darren Doherty, Whole Farm Planner and Certified Keyline Design Consultant.
9am-5pm, Tues & Wed, November 6 & 7, 2007
Sliding Scale $125-$250 for 2 day Workshop and Demonstration (lodging, meals & transportation not included)
San Luis Obispo County, CA - RSVP for Directions and Details
* Increase Production
* Drought-Proof your Property
* Conserve & Create Healthy Soil
* Sequester Carbon Quickly & Economically
The Keyline Design Workshop will have a blend of technical & practical sessions targeted at farmers, ranchers, professional land managers, consultants, earthmovers and students. The workshop will fully outline all of the principles and techniques involved with the modern application of Keyline Design for the broad landscape.

The workshop includes an impressive demonstration of the multi-award winning implement, the Yeomans Keyline Plow. Courtesy of the Yeomans Plow Company, we will have the use of a fully optioned Yeomans Keyline Plow for a working demonstration.

To Register Please Contact: <keyline@earthflow.com>
To Pay by Credit Card Please Call: 805.459.0452

Presented by Australia Felix Permaculture, Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Yeomans Plow Company and EarthFlow Design Works

Opportunity Green Conference - November 17th
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

Greener Sessions Art Exhibit - November 17th
Greener Sessions is hosting a benefit of Green Ambassadors that is an exhibit of artists, scientists, architects, engineers, and designers who have sketched solutions to the problems relating to global climate change. This unique collaboration is also a fund raiser for Green Ambassadors. Gallery opening is from 5:00-10:00 PM at 1511 S. Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice 90291 map (this exhibit will be open for 3 weeks). Please show your support by attending. You'll be inspired by this unprecedented event. Calling all Youth Artists! We are looking for your sketch for global climate change. The top 10 sketches of youth from around the world will be exhibited. You will receive recognition at the opening. (www.becoolbegreen.com)


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

LA Green Drinks - Hermosa Beach
Thursday, November 8th, 2007

68 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

LA Green Drinks - Silver Lake
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
The Good Luck Bar
1514 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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