Tuesday, October 21, 2008

LA Green Drinks Downtown Tomorrow night!

LA Green Drinks - Downtown
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
Pharmaka Gallery
101 West 5th Street at Main

Los Angeles, CA 90013


Street parking is available after 6 pm.
Additional parking at Joe's parking lot
on Main Street
between 4th and 6th streets
for a $6 charge.

LA Green Drinks at Pharmaka is sponsored in part by Parducci

Parducci is "Family Farmed," locally owned and operated in California's Mendocino County. We are committed to Sustainable Winegrowing practices that yield top quality grapes and wines while protecting the environment and supporting our communities and local farmers.

LA Green Drinks - Valley
on hiatus until January, 2009
at which point we will return to Greener and Greener better than ever!

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 Schedule
West Side is 1st Thursday of every month.
South Bay 2nd Thursday of every month.
WeHo/Silver Lake is 3rd Thursday of every month.
Downtown 4th Wednesday of every month.
Valley 4th Thursday of every month (on hiatus until January 2009).

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Call For Entries to the 2008 Earth Awards - Deadline for Entries midnight (Eastern time) on October 31, 2008 An annual $10,000 prize program to support the development and implementation of an eco-solution that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems. Our world is under more ecological stress due to human agency than at any time in human history. Climate change is real, and threatens the lives of millions, and the quality of life of billions. The glory days of cheap energy are drawing to a close, while society's power demands are growing faster than ever. The good news is that humanity has never been better equipped to muster its collective knowledge against a threat. Global average education level is higher than it has ever been. Advances in information technology mean that everyone can share their knowledge with everyone else. The time is ripe for solutions – maybe all that's needed is a catalyst to start things working. The Earth Awards is a global search for future-crucial design solutions that will improve our collective social, cultural, economic and ecological quality of life. Submissions will be accepted in multiple categories: product design, architecture, fashion, food, alternative energy, and more. Submissions should focus on reducing adverse human impacts on the environment, and human energy needs. Submissions must also be achievable, scalable, practical, collaborative, inclusive, and original. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of more than 20 of the 21st century's most influential thinkers: designers, architects, philosophers, scientists, economists, actors, activists, environmentalist, and entrepreneurs. All ten finalists will be flown to New York City for an Awards Ceremony Gala on December 8, 2008, where the first prize winner will be announced. The winner will receive a monetary prize, and all finalists will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to industry leaders including venture capitalists, industrialists, and Fortune 500 business leaders. For the call for entries, instructions for how to enter, reference materials, and much more, visit theearthawards.org Watch the Earth Awards movie theearthawards.org/video/

Green Speed Dating - October 26, 2008 6-8pm Culver Hotel (map) $25, Ages 30-50 “3 minutes could change your life.” Meet other eco-conscious singles at Culver City’s first green speed dating event. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. We need to know who is coming in order to pre-make the dating forms. This event will raise funds for a solar installation in Nicaragua. Please RSVP to http://www.blogger.com/sendto;greenspeeddating@gmail.com with your name, age, and gender. A confirmation email will be sent to you once you are signed up. Or visit the website to sign up: http://www.greenspeeddating.com/

Urban Nature Week 2008 Events
10/28 - Butterfly Garden Installation

10/27,10/29, 10/30 - Nature in the City

10/30 - Beach Clean Up
11/1 - Walk-A-Thon

Butterfly GardenButterrfly Garden at Griffith Park, October 28th, 2008 9am-12pm Join us in creating a Butterfly Garden at Griffith Park! Bring your family! Learn the plants butterflies love as we restore a trail lost to fire and join us again in the spring to see the garden come to life. Plants and Materials courtesy of KRM Landscaping. Kids older than 3 are welcome to attend and participate. Open To: Adults, Kids Over 3. Price: Free Register to Volunteer

Nature In The City - Plant gardens at local schools, October 27th, 29th & 30th Planting School Gardens
Make a difference in our community! Bring your family to help plant gardens at inner city schools. Help children create green space in schoolyards that desperately need it. For more information or to donate materials or volunteer contact: Allison Fuller, Dir. of Community Outreach

Beach Clean Up Thursday, Oct. 30 10am - 12 pm Clean Beach = Happy Campers!, Malibu Lagoon State Park Maintain the natural beauty of the beach at Malibu Lagoon! This morning event is open to all ages and will include storytelling by children's author Joel Harper. CNI will provide snacks and water. Materials and a brief overview will be provided courtesy of Heal The Bay. Open To: All Ages Price: Free Register for the Clean Up!

It's Back! The Urban Nature Walk-A-Thon, Griffith Park, November 1st, 9am to 1pm, rain or shine. Don't let your kids miss out on this fun walk! Families with kids may choose the stroller-friendly "Tyke Hike" including a nature scavenger hunt led by Park Rangers. More experienced hikers can bring the four-footed friends** and enjoy breathtaking views of LA along the Hike-A-Thon trail. Immediately following both walks will be a mini version of CNI's famous Kids' Nature Festival with family-friendly activity booths, food, and entertainment including Children's Author and Musician Joel Harper and CNI Docent and Storyteller Karen Golden.
Price: Tyke Hike and Festival just $40 for the entire Family,
Individuals $25
Festival Only Option $10 per child (includes face painting and costume)
Register for the Walk **Dogs permitted only along Hike-A-Thon trail and not at Festival* Proceeds benefit the Children's Nature Institute providing free science and nature based education programs to more than 15,000 disadvantaged students throughout Los Angeles.

LEAP FROG into a sustainable future! Green Summit Community Event Sunday, November 2nd 10:00am- 1:00pm Community Fair 1:00pm - 5:30pm Southern California Climate Action Network Summit 5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner 7:30pm - 9:30pm Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream Symposium Pasadena City College Galloway Plaza, 1570 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (map) Community Fair: Giveaways Information Booths Dance and Musical Performances Workshops SoCalCAN Summit and Breakout Sessions Key Note: Climate Change and Water Tim Brick, MWD Char Miller on Water, Pomona College Role of SoCalCAN in Accelerating Climate Leadership Dinner - Speakers: Dr. Hilary Bradbury-Huang, Director of Sustainable Business Research, Center For Sustainable Cities, Board Member, PCC Katherine Cole, Waste Management Sponsored by Whole Foods Market , the National Wildlife Foundation and the Metropolitan Water District Registration and Information at: http://www.socalcan.org/

Opportunity Green 2008 Nov 8-9 - UCLA
Opportunity Green is a convergence of the prime movers & shakers and the up & coming innovators driving today's new green economy. Rub elbows with 500 of the best and brightest thought leaders: entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and designers, all focused on building socially responsible and sustainable enterprises. 2008 Speakers Include: Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Programs and Communication, Patagonia Lorrie Vogel, General Manager, Considered Products, Nike Michela O'Connor Abrams, President/Publisher, Dwell Magazine Joshua Onysko, CEO, Founder, Pangea Organics Rand Waddoups, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Sustainability for Wal-Mart Zem Joaquin, Founder/Editor In Chief, Ecofabulous Adeo Ressi, Founding member, The Funded and Trustee, X Prize Foundation Tom Szaky, CEO, Founder, Terracycle Mark Alt, President, Marc Alt + PartnerJosh Dorfman, Founder & CEO, Vivavi Michael Besancon, President, Southern Pacific Region Whole Foods Andy Funk, CEO and Chairman, Funk Ventures Forge new strategic partnerships while exploring Sustainable Strategies and Best Practices. Explore Product Innovation & Design for Sustainability, How Leading Fortune 500's are Implementing Sustainability for Growth, Raising Investment Capital, Branding, What's Hot/Not in Green, The Clean Tech Revolution and more. Register now,

Registration now open for the 6th Annual LA Permaculture Design Course Series •EcoUrbanism • Green Living • DIY Garden Design • Peak Oil & Energy Descent • Sustainable Business October 08 - March 09 Learn from The Most Experienced Team of Permaculture Designers in the US and Recognized Leaders in the World-Wide Sustainability Movement Easy and Affordable... One weekend a month for 6 months -and up to 50% payment plans and work-trades available! Partial Scholarship available to all Teachers.
Find out more about the Design Course Experience
Register Here $950.00 entire course -or $90.00 per day -or $175 per weekend; Visa, MC, AmEx accepted
Discounts, Trades & Payment Plans... As we truly want to make this training available to everyone, any and all proposals will be considered! Special Thanks to: The Terra Foundation, Sustainable Santa Monica, The Permaculture Institute, The Center for Pattern Literacy, Cascadia Permaculture, Food Not Lawns, FarmLab+Under Spring, Rocky Ranch, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy For more info contact: sendto:permaculture@earthflow.com Sign up for our newsletter of updates and special events!!!

o Gift 2008 Booths are on sale now! Download a PDF here to apply
* S
anta Monica Civic: December 12, 13, 14
* Presenting Sponsor: LA Time
* Total Booths: 200

* Expected Attendance: 10,000 +
* Festival Elements: Speaker Series, Music, Organic Food Court
Eco Gift is the largest environmentally conscious consumer gift show in the world. Eco Gift delivers a stress-free holiday shopping experience unlike any other in the country. Presented in a festival-like setting, Eco Gift showcases world-class live entertainment, socially conscious speakers, an organic food court and on-site eco gift-wrapping and shipping. Eco Gift provides attendees with access to the products of environmentally conscious companies from a diverse collection of industries such as Home and Garden, Health and Wellness, Bath and Body, Conscious Media, Jewelry, Cosmetics, Children's Toys and Games, Athletic Apparel, Eco-Fashion, and Yoga supplies. The company holds its events to the highest standards of sustainability with the intention of keeping their own greening efforts at the cutting-edge. Eco Gift donates a percentage of its profits each year to various charities, such as Global Green USA and The Whole Planet Foundation. Currently held uniquely in Los Angeles, Eco Gift will expand to multiple markets in the United States and internationally in 2009.

Composting Workshops
Check the Calendar of eve
nts for a workshop near you- http://www.lacity.org/SAN/

Bike once a week, and fight climate change with Clif Bar's 2 Mile Challenge. In the United States 40% of trips are 2 miles or less and 90% of those trips are by car. Cliff Bar is challenging people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes for these short trips to help reduce CO2 emissions. As of Tuesday the 21st, people have stepped up and 66,549 pounds of CO2 have been saved.

If you have more fruit than you know what to do with- a plum tree that is making a mess, an abundance of peaches, oranges drying on the tree... Donate it to a good cause. Hunger Action L.A. feeds needy people around Los Angeles. They have been purchasing fruit on their own and would very much welcome donations from your backyard. Drop off fruit in bags at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood (drop off in back of church) at 6054 Yucca St. at Gower (map). Conveniently right off of the 101. Tuesdays from 1-5pm or Sundays at 12pm. For more info contact Hunger Action L.A. 213 388-8228

A new web-site has launched Eco Home Resource, dedicated to helping people create and maintain healthy home and work environments.
The site features helpful information on all areas of the home, including * A Rich Database of Products & Services * Expert Articles * Product Comparisons * An Eco Home Store...and so much more! The site covers topics from how to green your baby’s nursery to the most energy-efficient appliances and great ways to conserve water. They even go "beyond green" and explore topics such as Color Theory, Feng Shui and Aromatherapy. It is the goal that the site will inspire conscious, healthy choices that will benefit people and the planet in which we live. They are always looking for good content for the site, so if you have an interesting story idea or a topic that you would like to read about or know of someone they should speak to, please feel free to pass it along!

Free Recycling Through the Mail In Los Angeles Post Office Free and green. Those are the goals of a pilot program recently launched by the U.S. Postal Service that allows customers to recycle small electronics and inkjet cartridges by mailing them free of charge. The "Mail Back" program helps consumers make more environmentally friendly choices, making it easier for customers to discard used or obsolete small electronics in an environmentally responsible way. Customers use free envelopes found in 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players – without having to pay for postage.
The free, postage-p
aid Mail Back envelopes can be found on displays in Post Office lobbies. There is no limit to the number of envelopes customers may take. The pilot is set for 10 areas across the country, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego, but could become a national program this fall if the pilot program proves successful.

GreenLeaves Book Club
GreenLeaves is a new network of book clubs and readers around the country focused on sustainability. Our goal is to generate a nationwide conversation around the same book at the same time, and to inspire each other to action based on our readings. We believe that by reading, discussing, and acting together we can achieve more together than we could by ourselves. Simply sign up at http://www.greenleavesbooks.org/to become a member of the GreenLeaves network. Anybody can join and it only takes a few seconds to register. Once you've done that you're invited to explore the GreenLeaves website. The Forum is where we discuss the book of the month, exchange action ideas, and talk about related topics. You can also publish a blog, customize your personal page, and share videos, photos, and music. GreenLeaves members are encouraged to join or start their own book clubs. These clubs may meet in person, or they may be virtual clubs that only 'meet' online. Each club gets its own page on the network, and you can browse the list of those that have already been formed at http://www.greenleavesbooks.org/groups The clubs are intended to catalyze group discussion and action on a local level. We hope you will consider joining our conversation!

Part Time Web Designer
Your Daily Thread L.A.'s Guide to Conscious Living, is looking for a part time web designer to be available hourly as needed for long term projects. Strong coding skills and Word Press knowledge required. Ideal candidate will be interested in green and sustainable issues and have a background in graphic art and design. Please email letter and portfolio tosendto:Tracy@yourdailythread.com

epOxyGreen is the largest sustainable design and renovation showroom in the LA area committed to featuring the most exciting new products and innovations in Green Home Design and Living. We are looking for an upbeat, highly organized, solutions-oriented, pro-active team player to assist with the following:
Sales and Client Management: Greet potential clients who enter the showroom, determine their needs, create client file and follow up with communication and necessary logistics, create quotes and follow through to the resulting sale. Interfacing with the Order and Fulfillment Manager that client orders have been place and processed.
Administration: Answer the phone, manage client status and files, general HR filing.
Product Mastery: Become an expert in epOxyGreen's product line, able to answer customer questions regarding specs, pricing, application, and "sustainable nature".
Showroom Maintenance: Ensure that the showroom is always presentable.
Interested applicants, please submit applications to sendto:HumanResources@epOxyGreen.com.
This position will start at $10/HR fulltime, 9AM to 6PM with an hour break.

Solar Installation Supervisor GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that provides energy efficiency and renewable energy services to low-income families. Our main program is the Solar Affordable Housing Program which installs solar electric systems for low-income homeowners with volunteers and job trainees. We are looking for a full-time Solar Installation Supervisor to manage the installation of solar electric systems on the homes of low-income families. Job Duties • Conduct site visits to screen potential sites for solar access and safety issues
• Design and engineer small, residential solar electric systems
• Put together permit packages, utility interconnection agreements, and assist with rebate paperwork
• Train volunteers in solar electric installation
• Oversee installations of solar electric systems with crews of volunteers and/or job trainees
• Ensure that all solar installations are installed according to GRID Alternatives safety and quality standards
• Directly supervise and train solar installer job trainees (extended job training to 1 solar installer trainee per quarter)
• Other job duties include equipment purchasing, hardware store runs, equipment unloading and loading, answering homeowner and volunteer questions, talking to media and generally participating in activities necessary to make solar happen for low-income families
Position Requirements
• Experience in PV system design and installation or equivalent electrical/construction experience
• Excellent communication skills (ability to work with volunteers and clients, ability to represent GRID Alternatives positively)
• Comfortable working as part of a team
• Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to rapidly growing organization
• Willingness to work on evenings and weekends
• Some travel outside the Los Angeles area required
Preferred Qualifications • Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, the environment, or environmental
justice, or just generally grounded in making the world a better place
• Experience in training and/or working with volunteers
• Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD
• Holds C-10 or C-46 contractor license
The majority of the work for this position will be conducted at construction and residential sites located throughout Greater Los Angeles. Office work will be at our office located in Carson. Compensation - $45,000-60,000 depending on relevant experience + health, dental, vacation, and 403b retirement Travel and Work Schedule - This position requires work on weekends as well as travel to job sites throughout Greater Los Angeles (as well as some travel outside Los Angeles). GRID Alternatives provides travel reimbursement, but applicant must hold a valid driver license. To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter via email to: sendto:jobsgla@gridalternatives.org and include Solar Installation Supervisor in the subject heading. Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 5 – position open until filled. Start Date: September 2008 We are an equal opportunity employer.

Web Development/Coding:
1.5 week "quick" job for Chivass Skin Care The site is already up (PHP, ZencCart); need to re-do look of the front end. Have JPEG of desired design. Contact Lauren@chivasskincare.com.

Salesperson Low Impact Living is the largest green home site and a fast-growing resource for all Americans looking to go green at home. We have the largest directory of green home products and services across the U.S. available online. We plan to be the go-to resource for all people embracing sustainability in their personal lives. We are a scrappy start-up with big ambitions! We are looking for a part-time sales person who wants to help us grow our online directory and bring more wonderful green solutions to the market. We are looking for someone who is hungry, flexible, and willing to work hard. A sense of humor is a must. You must like to research green companies, talk on the phone, and write lots of emails. Excellent written and spoken communication skills required. 2-3 years of post-college work experience required, preferably in sales and/or marketing. Online experience preferred but not required. **There is potential for this to become a full-time position and you can advance through the company. Please send your resume and a cover letter to jessica@lowimpactliving.com.

Available Rental
STUDIO ROOM FOR RENT in ALTADENA HILLS Available November 1, 2008 Environmental home in Altadena has a newly remodeled poolside back Studio with large fireplace, new cork and tile floors, kitchenette and composting toilet. DirecTV, DSL, shared shower and washer/dryer. Main house and pool access. Plenty of safe, free parking in private alley, and possibly additional storage space if needed. Trees, nearby hiking and biking (Millard Canyon, Arroyo Seco) and close to great art gallery/community, Gallery at the End of the World. Just twenty minutes' drive down the 2 Freeway to downtown LA, Silverlake, Hollywood, etc. destinations. $700/month + $50 utilities (flat) Home's current occupants are cool mom w/ full-time enviro career & 12-year-old son, a student, and one female tenant, an artist and singer. And some cats. We can discuss your pets. Common interests with compatible occupant could include: artistic . musical . environmentally conscious . cooperative . community-minded . health food/veg . travel . biking . hiking . 420 . Burning Man . IFC . KCRW . Indie 103.1 . Comedy Central . green building Contact me (Marialyce) at marialycep@earthlink.net or call 626/797-9110 evenings, to discuss/arrange a visit.

LA Green Drinks - West Side
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
location to be determined
LA Green Drinks - South Bay
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
Second Story Restaurant & Bar
@ the belamar hotel
3501 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA
(310) 546-9162
Northwest Corner of N. Valley Drive and N. Sepulveda.

LA Green Drinks - West Hollywood / Silverlake
Thursday, November 20th
, 2008

The Good Luck Bar
1514 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

LA Green Drinks returns to Downtown on November 26th.
LA Green Drinks will be taking Thanksgiving, November 27th and Christmas, December 25th off. We return to the Valley on January 22nd.
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