Happy Valentine's Day!
Thanks again to Plan-It Hardware and Livingreen for hosting us last week!
We raised $277 for Sustainable Works!
Meet your Valentine this Thursday at Hermosa Beach Green Drinks!
LA Green Drinks - Hermosa Beach
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
68 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA
This month LA Green Drinks will be fundraising for Sustainable Works, the environmental non-profit organization teaching Businesses, Residents and Students how to live more sustainably while saving money. See details for the next Green Living Workshop below-
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 - West Side is 1st Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - South Bay is 2nd Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - Hollywood/Silver Lake is 3rd Thursday of every month.
LA Green Drinks - Valley is 4th Thursday of every month.
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Green Business Networking - Tuesday 2/12
Providing the owners and decision-makers of socially- and environmentally-consciousness businesses a time and place for connecting, sharing, deal-making and networking.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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 Southern California'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. http://www.ambrosehotel.com
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.
For further event information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check the Calendar of events for a workshop near you-
Kombucha Kamp - Saturday, February 16th
Give yourself and the ones you love the gift of health by learning how to make Kombucha at home. You will sample flavors, learn how to make the booch and receive a starter kit with detailed instructions. The workshop is small and only lasts about an hour.
The cost is $20. It will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 2pm.
For more information check out
kombuchakamp.blogspot.com or email
Faster Freight – Cleaner Air California
registration open for February 25th - 27th conference
"Indeed, faster freight means cleaner air – the organizers of this conference got it exactly right"
– U.S. DOT Secretary Mary Peters at FFCA 2007
Over the past 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.
Sustainable Works Green Living Workshops
Learn how to live more sustainably through a 6 week series of meetings covering:
Saturday afternoons 1:00 - 2:30
Starts March 1st
Virginia Avenue Park
2200 Virginia Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Suggested Donation for Santa Monica residents $25, all others $50.
Includes training, comprehensive textbook, and sustainable tools
(water saving fixtures, compact fluorescent bulb, organic cotton bag, etc.)
Contact Barent Roth to join a workshop today,
Workshops will cap at 25 so sign up today!
Edible Landscaping and Perennial Food Gardening, March 2 – April 13
With food and energy prices rising steadily and humanity straining Earth’s resources and systems, landscaping with edibles is more important than ever for personal, community, and global sustainability.
In this six-part course suitable for both landscape professionals and homeowners, Ecological Landscape Designer Darren Butler will cover the basics of designing, planning, and installing edible landscapes.
Topics are expected to include introduction to sustainable landscaping; landscape design principles; aesthetics of edible-landscape design; practicalities of edible-landscape design; site analysis; soil, testing soil, and preparations for planting; planning; watering methods; installing drip watering systems; planting and seeding methods; suitable species for Southern California; annuals in the edible landscape; innovative approaches to maximizing food production in perennial plantings; sources for materials, seeds, and plants; managing weeds and pests; maintaining the edible landscape and its fertility; and permaculture approaches to managing edible landscapes. Some hands-on work preparing a landscape, seeding, and installing plants is expected. Note that the course WILL NOT include information on aspects of running a landscape-design business (such as marketing, business practices, and working with clients).
This course will be moderately challenging. Gardening experience, basic understanding of organic gardening methods, and basic knowledge of biology and ecology are recommended but not required. Attendees without organic gardening experience should expect difficulty.
Course dates: Six Sundays 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM with short breaks only, March 2, 9, 16, 30, April 6, 13 (arrival encouraged by 9:00 AM). No class on March 23 (Easter).
Course location: Pasadena near North Allen and the 210 freeway.
Course fee: $220 for early registration through Feb 22; $245 thereafter or on the day of. There will be an additional $50 fee for certification. Space permitting, attendance will be allowed to single classes for $50 per class.
Assistance is needed for video or audio recording of the sessions. Free tuition available in trade.
Call or email Darren Butler to sign up: email@example.com or 818.271.0963
Permaculture Design Course, April 20 - May 3, 2008
Daily 9:30am - 5:30pm, with every 5th day off (for research & relaxation)
San Luis Obispo County, CA
The site for our course is Four Elements Farm, an organic farm and learning center nestled in the steep chaparral hills of California's Central Coast ~ off of hwy 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero.
A Certificate Course for Design Professionals, Homeowners & Students
This course has something for everyone. The training includes some of the most inspiring examples of sustainable land use and human ingenuity from around the world.
Special Sessions on Regenerative Agriculture
l Principles of Natural Systems Design
l Sacred Geometry: Fire, Water, Earth and Air
l Simple Steps Toward a Sustainable Lifestyle
l Natural Building & Property Development
l Adding Beauty & Value to Your Home
l Organizing Eco Neighborhoods
l Strategies for Energy Descent & Peak Oil
l Localizing Food Production & Eco-Agriculture
l Green Business Strategies
l Finding your Right-Livelihood Career
Final course work includes student design presentations, community project and Trade and Talent Show.
A more fun or informative course would be hard to find. Our text book, Permaculture: A Designer's Manual, by Bill Mollison, was once reviewed by Whole Earth saying "If information had density... this book would be a black hole!"
l PART ONE, April 20 - 23, 2008
Fire, Water, Earth & Air - Introduction to Permaculture and Natural Pattern Understanding.
l PART TWO, April 25 - 28, 2008
Food, Water, Shelter & Energy - Designing & Building the Complete Home Ecosystem.
l PART THREE, April 30 - May 3, 2008
Community & Green Business - EcoVillage Design and Community Celebration.
Permaculture: a Designers Manual by Bill Mollison
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
These books can be ordered from
To register by phone & pay by credit card, call 805.459.0452, 9am to 5pm PST.
To register by mail send your name, address, phone #, email, choice of event & mail with your check made payable to:
Santoyo & Associates
793A Foothill Blvd #130
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
$250.00 non-refundable deposit required for the Design Course registration to guarantee your space.
l Full Attendance
l Design Team Exercises & Final Presentation
l Participation in the Talent Show
l All Payment Agreements met in full
$1450.00 (pre-paid in full) Includes tuition, most meals, campsite and certification
Contact us about attending partial course
Some additional materials and other fees may apply
Campsites included; bring your own camping equipment.
Teachers may apply for scholarship discounts.
Payment plans and work-trades are available (with an additional $100.00 administrative fee). To apply contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a sponsor and help create the conditions for sustainability to happen! Sponsor a student, with tax-deductible contributions to the Terra Foundation's Permaculture Scholarship Fund. Contact us at email@example.com for details and additional benefits.
In cooperation with Four Elements Organic Farm, HopeDance Media, The Terra Foundation
The aim of the non-profit, non-political web platform in the morning of a day ®:
- provide activists & event organizers with an opportunity to announce & promote their events & actions about global warming
- inform the general public about these events & actions, & give them the opportunity to participate in them
- to connect the event organizers, by informing them about each others' actions
Friends 4 Expo is an all-volunteer group of citizens joined together to support an alternative to L.A.'s world-record traffic: a fast, comfortable, safe, quiet, exhaust-free, high-capacity light rail transit line — with landscaping and bike path — from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Please check their site for meetings and ways to support the "Subway to the Sea"
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Children’s Nature Institute
Title: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Reports to: Board of Directors
Date Posted: December 17, 2007
Start Date: March, 2008 or agreed upon earlier date
Web Address: www.childrensnatureinstitute.org
The Executive Directorship position offers an opportunity to take a well-established organization to exciting new levels. For over two decades we have used nature as a tool to amplify the educational experiences of very young children and increase environmental awareness. Our board of directors wants to see our programs deepen, expand, and have even more impact. We need an energetic, "big picture" person who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves. We are seeking a new director who has the enthusiasm, commitment and relationships to enable us to grow the organization, move it to higher levels, work with our community and partner with other institutions, become a national and international model, influence how children are educated and help create environmentally responsible people.
The Executive Director (ED) insures that the Organization’s mission, philosophy and policies are maintained and directs all aspects of programs and events.
* Oversees publications, public relations, web site.
* Hires, trains, evaluate and manage staff and independent contractors, oversee volunteers; expansion and development of curriculum.
* Decision making and policy implementation responsibility regarding liability issues, including insurance and risk control mechanisms.
* Insures that all safety guidelines are followed and new ones created when necessary.
* Is knowledgeable and keeps abreast of issues relating to early childhood education, the environment, young children and the community.
The ED works closely with the Organization’s Board of Directors to set the direction and goals of the organization.
* Works with Board on strategic planning.
* Serves on and staffs Board of Directors, Executive Board and Board committees.
* Identifies potential new Board Members.
* Keeps Board educated about activities and issues.
* Assists with Board Meeting agenda development.
* Submits agency budget for Board approval.
The ED manages the Organization’s fundraising program.
* Creates fundraising plans.
* Cultivates relationships with current and potential donors.
* Oversees foundation, government and corporate grant writing, grant research, grant implementation and reports, as well as sponsorships.
* Oversees membership solicitation projects and all related materials.
The ED is responsible for Organization’s fiscal oversight, management and growth.
* Develops annual program and project budgets with CFO and Asst. CFO.
* Insures that expenses remain within the budget, financial records and reports are maintained and sufficient funds are raised.
* Reviews financial statements with Assistant CFO and CFO.
The ED serves as organization’s key public spokesperson.
* Builds and maintains relationships with community volunteers, community leaders and elected officials.
* Acts as a liaison with public, media, political staff and other organizations.
* Networks within the community to increase funding for and awareness of the Organization.
The Executive Director is a mission-driven, ambitious, strategic-minded, personable individual with proven leadership skills. Required qualifications are:
* Bachelor’s degree
* Experience with nature, environment and early childhood education fields
* Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
* Success in fundraising including writing and securing grants, donations, major gifts, capital campaign
* Experience with administrative and fiscal management including oversight of staff and volunteers, multiple programs and projects
* Excellent computer skills
Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Due to overwhelming response, we may not be able to contact you unless you have been selected for an interview. You will be contacted within ten days of sending your resume if you have been selected for an interview. No phone calls please.
Zip Car FLEET MANAGER
Payroll Status: Exempt
Department/Location: Fleet/Local Market
Positions Supervised: Fleet Assistants and Outside Vendors
Position of Supervisor: General Manager Local Market
Position Summary: Fleet Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the fleet in a given market.
Essential Functions of the Job:
1. Negotiate Parking:
-Analyze and determine “prime” parking spaces in local market for potential Zipcar vehicles based on research of area and expected member use.
-Research usage report and make pricing and marketing area recommendations.
-Negotiate rental prices and contract terms for use of parking spaces.
-Coordinate Zipcar signage for acquired parking spaces.
2. Acquisition of Vehicles:
-Work with Director of Fleet Operations and/or Senior Fleet Manager to take delivery of new vehicles as well as vehicles from other markets.
-Over-see the transportation of new vehicles from dealers to electronic installers and supervise and ensure vendors perform the following functions properly:
*Inputting of information into computer system;
*Ensuring proper outfitting of vehicles with interior and exterior branding, i.e. vehicle stickers, visors, maps, license plate frames, exterior branding, etc.
3. Upkeep/Maintenance/Repair of Vehicles:
-Determine when and what preventative maintenance should be performed on vehicles, including mobile detailing services.
-Hire and ensure proper maintenance and repairs performed on vehicles by vendors and negotiate prices and contract terms for services.
-Analyze and determine when damaged vehicles should be repaired, remain on the line, or taken off the line permanently.
-Oversee accident report process and ensure appropriate number of vehicles remain available to members.
4. Supervision of Fleet Staff
-Hire, supervise, and train at least two fleet staff personnel to perform duties as determined necessary by Fleet Manager.
-Supervise fleet staff in transporting vehicles to and from maintenance and repair vendors.
-Supervise fleet staff in the branding of vehicles with company logos, stickers, license plate frames, etc.
Other Job Duties:
1. Oversee and Management of Records:
Maintain or supervise the maintenance of database records, including VINs, registration, and insurance information. Oversee processing of registration renewals annually for payment. Ensure vehicles contain proper insurance and gas cards.
Troubleshoot as needed.
3. Member Assistance with Vehicles:
Perform vehicle-related member assistance and share on-call member assistance duties.
-Experience in managing service contractors or other outside vendors.
-Good organizational skills.
-General knowledge of automobiles.
-Ability to work without close supervision.
-Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
-Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office.
-Approval for Zipcar membership (or existing Zipcar membership).
Salary DOE; includes benefits, 401(k).
Interested potential applicants should email Gabriel Scheer firstname.lastname@example.org.
VICE PRESIDENT, PURCHASING
AEG Entity: AEG
Reports To: Kevin McDowell, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer
FLSA Designation: Exempt
Date Written/Revised: 12.06.07
The Vice President, Purchasing is responsible for strategic volume purchasing of goods for the company. This individual will develop a centralized model for sourcing and managing a wide network of suppliers who will assist the company in driving its sustainability initiatives through its purchasing power. The individual will also be responsible for driving process and systems improvements/ controls and purchasing activities with the goal of optimizing the contribution to operating profit. The individual will direct the usage of resources in such a way that the purchasing and procurement processes are always as effective as possible. This position reports directly to the Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer.
➢ Major contributor to the organization’s productivity and success via strategies to reduce and avoid cost, as well as assure the timely receipt of materials.
➢ Ensures that the successful strategy criteria will include best value and volume pricing terms and conditions, in addition to payment provisions and technical performance requirements that conform to the business unit’s specifications.
➢ Oversee the selection of suppliers that meet our business requirements and direct all vendor negotiations to guarantee favorable contract terms and conditions.
➢ Develop, maintain, and continuously advance procurement and planning procedures for the organization. These actions should represent best practice procedures for the resources available now, but should also be scalable to the larger organization that we are becoming.
➢ Manage all aspects of the department in order to achieve performance excellence in support of the organization’s strategic and tactical objectives, including supporting the Director of Supplier Diversity and his staff in the development of the procurement equity program; supporting and driving the company’s sustainability initiatives; managing existing and future reciprocal sponsorship and founding partner agreements (e.g., STAPLES Business Advantage , The Home Depot, Olevia, etc.) and working with The Anschutz Company sourcing and purchasing teams.
➢ Support the development of minority business to business development through the Supplier Diversity initiatives.
➢ Provides systems and tools that create a positive experience for vendors, making it easy to do work for the company. Develop and maintain high quality purchasing systems – e.g., vendor self service, e-procurement, vendor master maintenance, etc.
➢ Manage suppliers by use of formal Key Performance Indicators (“KPI’s”) on a quarterly basis.
➢ Create and maintain meaningful analytics such as cost of non-compliance to standards, productivity measurements and quality measurements.
➢ Maintain compliance with all regulatory requirements and ethical standards related to purchasing and procurement.
➢ Recruit, coach and develop staff with the objective of monitoring and continually improving the capabilities of the purchasing staff, to optimize individual performance and improve efficiencies, processes, and overall lower costs.
➢ Communicates effectively and continuously, aligning employees with organizational goals and develops employees through guidance and training
➢ Other projects, functions, and duties as may be assigned by management.
➢ Education: BS/BA in related field.
➢ Minimum of 10 years purchasing experience within a dynamic, high growth and complex business environment.
➢ Experience in taking a manual environment and developing an automated environment is highly desirable.
➢ Experience developing volume purchase agreements and sponsorship reciprocal agreements required.
➢ Minimum of 5 years managing and developing subordinate staff.
➢ Masterful negotiation, analytical, and vendor relationship management abilities
➢ Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
➢ Ability to work with cross-functional internal and external teams
➢ Superior decision making, problem solving and interpersonal skills
➢ Excellent organizational and time management skills necessary to meet deadlines and multitask
➢ Demonstrated ability to partner with domestic and international teams helpful
➢ Computer skills to include excellent knowledge of JD Edwards, Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
LA Green Drinks – West Hollywood
sponsored by Wide Plank Floooring
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
7pm – 10pm
$5 suggested donation
405 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
LA Green Drinks - Studio City
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
Next Door Tapas
11814 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91614
LA Green Drinks - West Side
Thursday, March 6th, 2008
10000 Culver Blvd
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