Saturday, December 08, 2007

Hermosa Beach - Thursday 13th!

LA Green Drinkers,

Thanks to Dori Merifield for connecting us to the
smart® house and for Jenn Breckenridge of Eco Gift Expo for helping to create the largest LA Green Drinks yet!

For the first time we had organic beer, organic (mostly vegan) food, a DJ and a professional photographer. Unfortunately we also had lot of you who were not able to attend and we apologize for letting this happen. Our invitation went out after the Eco Gift Expo invite and the house had to stop accepting RSVP's after they had 275 respond. Whenever we do an event of this sort in the future we will be sure to accomodate all of our folks who want to attend.

Look for Dan at this months Hermosa Beach LA Green Drinks!

LA Green Drinks - Hermosa Beach
December 13th, 2007

68 Pier Avenue

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

The month's eco-action is to vote with your dollar
and gift sustainably this holiday season!

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 al
so take back any extra literature back and bring them to the next Green Drinks.
The main th
ing is just to relax and have a good time.

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r future updates

LA Green Drinks - West Side 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.


FlexCar Free Sign ups UPDATED PROMO CODE
Flexcar is running a promotio
n 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, 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 th
em 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 M: 213.272.1032

Green Business Networking - December 11th 6-9 PM
and the second Tuesday of every month
The Ambrose Hotel

1255 20th Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Cost: $10 - This covers the space, delicious organic wine, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
You're invited to Green Business Networking, serving our city's green business community by providing the owners and decision makers of socially- and environmentally-consciousness businesses a time and place for connecting, sharing, deal-making and networking. We meet at Santa Monica's award-winning sustainable hotel Ambrose Hotel - where upscale tranquility meets affordable luxury. No need to RSVP - just show up and feel free to bring a friend or two. GBN takes place on the second Tuesday of every month.

Greg Wendt - Enright Premier Wealth Advisors

Ferris Kawar - Greenopia

Sarah Shewey - Pink Cloud Events

Jeff Hayes - The Vector Group

Kipp Stroden - Essential Living Foods
If we can't read your writing on the sign in sheet, we can't include you.
Please help us include you!
Its important that we respect The Ambrose's hotel guests, so we'll start wrapping things up at 9pm. Please pass this announcement on to other business owners and professionals in the green business community.
Parking: One public parking lot is located on Arizona just east of the Ambrose Hotel. A second public parking lot is located on 20th one block south of the Ambrose Hotel. Please note hours of operation as there may be restrictions.
Bus info:
Take the #2 Big Blue Bus and get off at 20th
Bike info:
There's room on the Ambrose property for 4 bikes. Please bring your own lock.

Hollywood Goes Green

December 11 & 12 |

Going Green is good for Hollywood’s bottom line.

iHollywood Forum makes history with the first conference to specifically address environmental issues in entertainment and related industries.

Hollywood Goes Green will offer industry insiders a forum to collaborate and develop partnerships for a sustainable future. Be part of this historic gathering for an in-depth exchange of ideas and make deals with influencers who share your passion for protecting the environment.

In recent years, Hollywood has significantly stepped-up its efforts and introduced eco-friendly business practices to preserve the environment and eliminate global warming. Changes in the music industry, broadcast development, film, TV and cable programming and everyday business operations now focus on saving green – Mother Earth and money: Going Green 2.0.

LACBC THURSDAY NIGHT SOCIAL: eat!sleep?bikes! -- December 13th 6-9 pm
Check out LACBC's new
monthly fund raising event! This month, we are pleased to host a special screening of documentary eat!sleep?bikes! We will be joined by director Sasha Edge, as well as the four cyclists who braved the brutal race on fixed gear bikes. Screening at 8pm, but come early for the fun, and stay late for the Q&A. Before and after the film, enjoy drinks, snacks and a DJ set by our very own DJ Pig in a Blanket. Plus, enter to win PRIZES in our raffle! Cover: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Membership deal: Join tonight for just $30, and get in FREE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to collect contributions and sign up members at the door. Email to volunteer. Location: Bike Oven, 3706 N. Figueroa St (at Ave 37), Highland Park 90065 (map)

Volunteers Needed for Eco Gift Expo - Dec. 14th, 15th & 16th
Volunteers are needed for set up on Friday December 14th, on-site show operations, Saturday and Sunday December 15-16th. Volunteers must complete at least one 6 hour shift & will receive: • Free admission into Expo • Organic cotton Eco Gift staff t-shirt • Exclusive Eco Gift Expo Gift Bag (valued at $250.00!) Includes a wide array of eco conscious products/services/discounts Register at Review the event

Day Without A Bag - December 20th A grassroots day of education and action, challenging holiday shoppers to forgo one-time, plastic shopping bags for the day in favor of reusable tote bags. Heal the Bay and its partners are organizing a two-hour event at one high-profile retail center, with satellite operations within each of the four other Los Angeles County supervisorial districts (ideally chain supermarkets, convenience stores or drug stores). We will distribute thousands of free, reusable bags to shoppers and urge them to return existing bags to be recycled a la old-fashioned paper drive. A press conference (with celebrity and electeds involvement) will disseminate messages throughout the county. A Day Without a Bag is one battlefront in the ongoing war against the scourge of plastic debris in our oceans and watersheds. It is primarily a vehicle for raising consumer awareness about personal choices. Thus, the day’s focus is on education rather than overt advocacy. The event empowers shoppers and the community at large to take direct action to eliminate unsightly debris and save taxpayer dollars.
  • More than 6 billion plastic bags are used in LA County each year. Because so few of them are recycled, the vast majority end up clogging precious landfill or littering public places.
  • Disposable bags cost our fiscally strained cities up to 17 cents per bag for disposal.
  • Plastic bags are made from petroleum. Americans use over 380 billion bags every year, throwing away millions of barrels of oil.
With New Year approaching, we want all shoppers to make resolution to adopt more sustainable practices year round.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
-- Application packets available now through January 15th
Common Ground Garden Program
Offered every spring, the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program provides intense gardening training to enable volunteers to help low-income residents grow their own food. The curriculum emphasizes organic gardening and covers vegetables, fruits, flowers, shrubs, trees, soils, composting, pests and harvesting. Once trained, Master Gardeners provide free gardening workshops and their technical expertise to approximately 60 public community gardens, hundreds of school gardens, and many senior and shelter gardens throughout Los Angeles County.
Classes are held every Saturday in March, April and May from 9 am to 4 pm.

Sustainable Building Advisor Program - ongoing
Second Friday 9-5, Secon
d Saturday 9-3; 9 months, started Oct. 12th
Class cost: $1,950
Material Fee: $0.00

Lead Instructor: Blair Seibert
Location: Los Angeles-Bundy Campus
Registration: Thru SMC's website:

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 for more information about the exam.

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

Class Schedule:

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-

Faster Freight – Cleaner Air California
Early registration open for February 25th - 27th confere
"Indeed, faster freight means cleaner air – the organizers of this conference got it exactly right"
– U.S. DOT S
ecretary Mary Peters at FFCA 2007
Over the pas
t four years, Faster Freight – Cleaner Air (FFCA) has established itself as the nation’s leading conference series on goods movement and air quality. This year, the anchor event of the series will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will feature general sessions, breakout sessions (tracks covering Marine, Rail, On-Road/Trucking, Infrastructure and Air Freight), a trade show and off-site tours of the San Pedro Bay Ports. Come join us at the Los Angeles Convention Center, February 25th through 27th, and see how FFCA is leading the charge to revolutionize the goods movement industry.


Cyber-Rain, manufacturer of environmentally friendly sprinkler systems, is seeking a part-time PR consultant to contact green media, mainstream media and green educational organizations in order to significantly improve media coverage and visibility of Cyber-Rain products. Applicants must have pre-existing media contacts and proven experience.
Learn more about Cyber-Rain Contact: Reza Pourzia,

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
Please include LA Regional Director in the subject heading
We are an equal opportunity employer – People of color are encouraged to apply.

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

LA Green Drinks - Studio City
Thursday, December 27th, 2007
Holiday Break!

LA Green Drinks - West Side
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 7pm-???
location to be determined

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