Monday, February 25, 2008

Studio City - February 28th!

LA Green Drinkers,

Great turnout for the special LA Green Drinks at a new location in West Hollywood-
the largest attendance yet for that area!
Thanks to Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring for hosting the event!

LA Green Drinks - Studio City
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
Next Door Tapas
11814 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA

Visit a nearby water shed restoration project
Valleyheart Greenway, a project by

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 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 - 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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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-


Sustainable Works Green Living Workshops
Learn how to live more sustainably through a 6 week series of meetings covering:
- Water
- Energy
- Waste
- Chemicals
- Transportation&Travel
- Food&Shopping

Saturdays 1-2:30pm, Starts March 1st
Virginia Avenue Park
2200 Virginia Avenue

Tuesdays 8-9:30pm, Starts March 4th
2936 Main Street


Wednesdays 7-8:30pm, Starts March 5th
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.

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!
310.458.8716 x1

Transportation Workshop March 1st, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Santa Monica High School Cafeteria (map)
Join us for the next step in the Land Use & Circulation Elements (LUCE) process. Santa Monica’s Planning & Community Development Department to the conclusion of our last workshop on transportation. At this meeting, we will roll out the 20-year transportation plan with a presentation and open house style opportunity style opportunity to provide input into different aspects of the plan. Here are some components about what we will be presenting.
TRAFFIC: Citywide policy to manage auto trips
CHARACTER: Tools for maintaining Santa Monica's charm and improving walk ability and bicycling

PARKING: Solutions for improving parking in neighborhoods and business districts
CLIMATE PROTECTION: Programs for reducing emissions for a sustainable future
PUBLIC BENEFITS: Requirements for amenities to make Santa Monica better and measuring progress
The entire Santa Monica community is encouraged to participate in Shaping the Future!

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

Faster Freight – Cleaner Air California
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.

Greenopia: the urban dweller’s guide to green living is launching its Los Angeles 2nd edition with a citywide book signing tour. The Los Angeles 2nd edition contains more than 1,400 listings of local green businesses, service, and organizations. Each listed company earned its place in the guide—and its unique Green Leaf award—based on expert criteria for its respective category. Featuring exclusive introductions from local and national experts, expanded content categories, updated 1st edition listings, and more than 700 new green businesses, Greenopia Los Angeles 2nd edition is consumers’ go-to resource for learning where and how to eat, shop, and live green. The book signings listed below will also include informative workshops, discussions and some product giveaways:
Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 2pm-7pm, Menemsha, Studio City, (map) The exclusive eco-conscious boutique will feature guest designers and a raffle for two promotional gift bags filled with apparel by Del Forte Denim and Loomstate, a pair of Tom’s Shoes, Pacifica Perfume, and designer tees.
Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 2pm-4pm, Livingreen, Culver City (map) A “Greening Your Home” workshop will be hosted by Greenopia Founder Gay Browne and special guest Monica Gilcrest, Global Green USA’s Resource Center Coordinator. The workshop will provide simple solutions for a greener home.
Sunday, March 9, 2008 from 2pm-4pm, Whole Foods Market in El Segundo,(map) Desiree Griffin, Whole Body Leader, will share with guests the importance of using personal skincare products with natural and organic ingredients.
Saturday, March 15, 2008 from 2pm-4pm, Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, (map) Gay Browne will be hosting with a discussion on incorporating simple sustainable choices in everyday activities.
Sunday, March 16, 2008 from 1pm-3pm, Border’s Bookstore, Hollywood, (map) Gay Browne and Greenopia VP of Sustainability Ferris Kawar will discuss “Sustainable Living in an Urban Environment," including tips and resources on how to combat city life’s inevitable environmental impact with some simple daily choices.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 from noon-2pm, Central Library Store, Downtown (map) Gay Browne hosts with special guest Amelia Saltsman, author of The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook, who will discuss the benefits of buying local produce.
Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 7:30pm, Village Books, Pacific Palisades, (map) This last book signing will have a discussion on “Everyday Sustainable Choices.”
The interactive website,, provides access to each published city guide’s listings, as well as localized editorial features and tips on living green.
Greenopia Los Angeles 2nd edition is available at participating bookstores, specialty retailers, and grocery stores in Los Angeles. The guide can also be purchased online at for $17.95.

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 wi
th 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. Attend
ees 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: or 818.271.0963

Kombucha Kamp! - Saturday, March 15th, 2:00 pm
"What i
s Kombucha?" "How do I make it?" "What can Kombucha do for me?" Learn the answers to these questions and much more at Kombucha Kamp – the hands on workshop that informs, tantalizes and delights the senses.
The Kamp starts out with a sampling of the latest flavors. Creating flavors is one of the fun, creative parts of t
he process This time is also used to talk about the many health benefits of Kombucha. Then we move into the kitchen where to review Hannah Crum's Kombucha "operation". We will start out by making the tea and sugar for the brew, then move on to bottling the already fermented Kombucha. It is in the bottling stage that flavors are added. At last you will receive your Kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria & Yeasts) and starter liquid & easy to follow directions.
The cost is $25 per person and includes the starter kit. The workshop size is limited as it is conducted in Hannah's home near Culver City. Come see for yourself why Whole Life Times calls Hannah Crum the "LA Kombucha Mamma." (May 2007)
To learn more about Kombucha Kamp check out Hannah's blogspot or email.

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. Th
e 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.

Requirements include:
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:

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 Scholarsh
ip Fund. Contact us at 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
Additionally, to strengthen and promote the idea of collective action, this platform offers a song, called in the morning of a day. Feel free to listen to it, download it, sing it and share it with others, in order to raise global warming awareness.

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
Reports to: Board of Directors
Date Posted: December 17, 2007
Start Date: March, 2008 or agreed upon earlier date
Web Address:

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.
Fiscal Oversight
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.

Community Presence
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 and 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.

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.
2. Troubleshooting:
Troubleshoot as needed.
3. Member Assistance with Vehicles:
Perform vehicle-related member assistance and share on-call member assistance duties.
Minimum Qualifications:
-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

Division: Administration
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 - Culver City
sponsored by Plan-It Hardware
Thursday, March 6th, 2008
7pm – 10pm
$5 suggested donation
10000 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, California

LA Green Drinks - Hermosa Beach

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

68 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA

LA Green Drinks – West Hollywood/Silverlake
to be determined

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