Monday, January 12, 2009

LA Green Drinks at Green Beacon Thurs 1/15!

LA Green Drinks - Silverlake/ West Hollywood
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
7 - 10 pm
$5 suggested donation

The Green Beacon Foundation
2158 Lemoyne St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
* There is street parking on Lemoyne or Cerro Gordo

This week we will be moving a bit further East to the historic Elysian Heights neighborhood where we will be hosted at The Green Beacon Foundation by Julie Solomon.

In March 2008 Julie Solomon saved a 94-year-old historically sustainable home from demolition and chose to remodel and showcase it with all ecologically-sound products and processes. This eco-renovation was filmed for Discovery's new channel, Planet Green and is airing on their flagship show called "Greenovate".

Solomon recently established a non-profit organization called The Green Beacon Foundation (GBF) to serve as a community resource for the public to have tactile experiences of "going green," such as on-going workshops, lectures, tours, etc. on the property.


If anyone wants to bring literature to promote their green issue,
please do so. W
e will have an
area for brochures, business cards, etc.

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 Holiday break until January 2009).

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Plug In America's Inaugural Parade, Saturday, January 17th, 2009 9:30am-11:30am

Plug In America will jump start the nation's presidential inaugural celebrations with our own "Inaugural Parade West: Plug In, America!" The event will take place on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 17 from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Santa Monica Civic Center (map). We'll start with a press conference, featuring California Sen. Fran Pavley, to send a message to Congress, Detroit, and Barack Obama: America wants plug-in vehicles, the cleanest cars in the world. Plug In America wants one million plug-in cars by 2012, 10 million by 2016. Then we'll parade through Santa Monica with over fifty plug-in vehicles, including RAV4 EVs, Teslas, Vectrix bikes, PHEVs and conversions. Please contact us today if you have a highway-capable EV or plug-in hybrid electric and would like to participate.

Plug In America is also asking all our friends and supporters-with or without EVs-to attend our event. Come to celebrate our new president and to witness the world's first plug-in parade. Come to show the auto companies and our elected leaders that Americans want and will buy plug-in vehicles!

Green Speed Dating, January 25, 2009 6-8 pm
“3 minutes could change your life.”
Second Story Restaurant 3501 Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Pre-registration is required,ages 30-50, $25 Visit to sign up.
All proceeds help bring solar energy to Nicaragua
Meet other eco-conscious singles just in time for Valentine’s Day at the South Bay’s first green speed dating event!

Four Darren Butler Courses: Let's Grow: Hands-On Gardening for Kids - Saturday mornings at 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Jan 10, 31, Feb 14, 21, 2009 Topanga (Viewridge) Recommended for ages 8 to 12, as young as 6 considered if accompanied by parent What do we know and wonder about plants? What do we need to do to grow food? What is an organ and do plants have organs? Why does a seed grow when a penny won't? How do worms turn our waste into fertile soil? In January and February, 2009, local horticulturist Darren Butler will offer a special gardening course recommended for kids ages 8 to 12, intended to open the minds, imaginations, and hearts of children to the wonders of gardening. Sessions will be held on four Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at a private Viewridge residence in Topanga. Curriculum will include curiosity and wondering about plants, starting seeds, creating a mini worm habitat in a jar, understanding soil and organic matter, preparing garden beds, learning about compost and pollination, and more. Cost is $150 total for two attendees (one parent and one child) for the four classes, plus $50 per additional attendee from the same family. The group will be small, about 14 to 18 people total including all adults and children. Simple materials that would be on hand in most households or are easily obtainable will be recommended for some projects and other than seeds and hand lenses, won't be provided. For this course he is looking for parents and students who are focussed, able to work well in a group setting when time is as a premium, able to have fun without becoming too wild, able to respectfully use another person's living space, and who are able to help create a learning environment in which everyone is supported.

Come Home to Ecosystems: Practical Urban Permaculture - Saturday (2:00-7:00 PM) and Sunday (2:30-6:30 PM), Jan 10-11, 2009
Eagle Rock, near El Paso and Avenue 45
How can permaculture help us reduce expenses and make our homes and landscapes more sustainable or even self-sufficient? Is permaculture mighty enough to affect dogs and their traffic patterns? Where is the best place on a residential lot to grow herbs or veggies? How to manage mulch and compost so that it doesn’t become daunting or take too much time? What can permaculture do to help minimize water use in landscapes? Is it possible to use natural processes rather than labor to replace a lawn? Can labor gardeners and their blowers be designed out of an established landscape? How can permaculture principles be applied to improve life and build community in Southern California? Permaculture attempts to create sustainable human systems. It has most often been applied to design of landscapes and dwellings for human use, and for food production or "gardening" by working with and imitating ecosystems, but has nearly limitless potential for application in all areas of human endeavor. In two intensive sessions on a single weekend, we’ll cover the basics of permaculture and how it can be used to address energy, resource, and pollution problems that we face as individuals and communities. Topics are expected to include understanding energy paths and how they relate to sustainability, resource and feedback cycles, permaculture approaches to water use and soil building, basic permaculture design principles, and natural patterning. In the second session we’ll explore practical urban permaculture in particular and permaculture design possibilities for the host residence in Eagle Rock. I expect to leave students with immediately useable ideas that can be applied to their urban living spaces and lives; new ways of thinking and solving problems; broadened imagination about their personal potentials and the potentials of human groups; practical ideas for increased sustainability in their communities and individual lives; positive vision for both personal and global futures; and a renewed sense of the wonders of human existence. Note: This course parallels my One Sunny Wall course, and will have significant overlap of material (estimated 70%). Students who have taken One Sunny Wall may attend at half price (the total number of reduced-tuition enrollments may be limited).
Course difficulty: 4 out of 10. This course will be conceptually and philosophically challenging. Gardening experience, basic understanding of local and global issues related to sustainability, and basic knowledge of biology and ecology are recommended but not required. All attendees not well-versed in permaculture should expect to be challenged. Those with permaculture experience or a permaculture design certificate should expect that basics will be covered.
Course dates: Saturday (2:00-7:00 PM) and Sunday (2:30-6:30 PM), Jan 10-11, 2009. Arrival encouraged 15 to 30 minutes prior to session starting times. Course location: Eagle Rock, near El Paso and Avenue 45. Easy access from the 2 freeway. Course fee: $140 for early registration through Jan 5. Special bring-a-friend early-registration price of $230 per couple making a combined payment. $155 per person after Jan 5 or on the day of. There will be an additional $50 fee and additional requirements to receive a course certificate.
Reading List (required for a certificate only): Core book is Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway. Other books will be recommended throughout the course based upon the day's topics of discussion.

A New Year's Weekend With Darren Butler - Saturday (9:00 AM - 9:30 PM) and Sunday (9:00 AM - 6:30 PM), Jan 17-18, 2009 Culver City FREE evening activities may be available, including the launch of a new activist group, The 7th Congress of Southern California Attendance at this event is limited to approximately 40 and may fill up rapidly. Please enroll early to avoid disappointment. When signing up, please provide your email address, phone number, and state which activities you will attend. After Jan 9, 2009, please inquire to confirm that enrollment is still available prior to sending payment. How do solar cookers and other direct-gain solar devices actually work? Who was the ancient Greek Goddess Peitho and how can ancient Greek approaches to speaking make us more persuasive as moderns? Is is it possible to make 20 friends one-at-a-time in 45 minutes? And what are the best practices for pruning, grafting, and winter/spring gardening in Southern California? Join Darren Butler in celebration of the new year with an intensive weekend of education; fun; community; hope; new and ancient ideas and perspectives; and new and old (and maybe a few ancient) friends. Enrollment cost is discounted for anyone who has hosted or attended a paid workshop or course with Darren Butler since Jan, 2007. Daytime workshops will be held at an office in Culver City, with the evening party on Sat, Jan 17 and the launch of a new activist group, The 7th Congress of Southern California, on Sun, Jan 18, to be held at the Culver City home of Traci Reitz, Community Sustainability Liaison for the City of Santa Monica. Volunteers needed: One or more volunteers are needed to help prepare for and coordinate the event, and help with logistics during the weekend. Volunteers receive free attendance. Contact Darren Butler if interested in volunteering (see email/phone number above). Schedule Summary (note that a half-hour break is provided between sessions): SAT, JAN 17: 9:00 AM Arrival recommended 9:15 Welcome and announcements 9:30 - 11:00 Direct-Gain Solar Energy and How to Make a Solar Water Still 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM The Enneagram as Permaculture for Personality Analysis 1:00 - 2:00 Lunch 2:00 - 3:30 Pruning and Grafting 4:00 - 5:00 Winter/Spring Gardening and Edible Landscaping in So Calif 5:00 - 6:00 Walk (ten minutes) or carpool to Reitz residence, specify dinner orders 6:00 - 6:15 Beyond Trends in Sustainability 6:15 - 6:30 Upcoming Courses 6:30 - 7:15 Speed Acquaintanceship 7:15 - 8:15 Potluck Dinner and Party 8:15 - 9:30 Rediscovering Fun: Games for Grownups SUN, JAN 18: 9:00 AM Arrival recommended 9:15 Welcome and announcements 9:30 - 11:00 Small-Space Food Gardening 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Kairos, Logos, Ethos, Peithos: Ancient Greek Rhetorical Approaches for Modern Persuasion and Activism 1:00 - 2:00 Lunch 2:00 - 3:30 Introduction to Greywater Use and System Design 3:30 - 4:00 Walk (ten minutes) or carpool to Reitz residence 4:00 - 4:15 Upcoming Courses 4:15 - 4:30 Introducing The 7th Congress of Southern California 4:30 - 5:00 7th Congress discussion, brainstorming, ideas, possibilities 5:00 - 6:30 7th Congress Inaugural Session: Imagining the Future Enrollment Cost: $80 for Saturday only, $55 for Sunday only, $120 for both For people who have taken a paid workshop or course from Darren Butler since Jan, 2007: $70 for Saturday only, $45 for Sunday only, $95 for both Enrollment fee covers snackfood but no meals. If space permits, there will be free attendance for the evening activities. Free attendance to the Saturday evening party will be offered first to spouses, family members, and significant others of attendees, and to the Sunday evening launch of 7th Congress to those who are interested in being a part of the group. Paid enrollment is required to ensure attendance to evening events, and availability of free attendance may be uncertain until the week prior to the event. Contact Darren Butler if interested in free attendance to either evening activity. Food and Meals: Attendees are on their own for breakfasts prior to arrival, and for lunches on both days (lunchtime is an hour each day). Bring sack lunches that don't require refridgeration or that will keep for four hours during the morning, or plan to go out to eat locally, or if living nearby, return home. Snackfood is included in the cost of enrollment and will be provided both days. Attendees are welcome to bring potluck snacks to share. Menus for delivery or group pickup from local restaurants will be on hand for Saturday's dinner, including for at least one nearby vegan restaurant. Cost of Saturday's dinner is not included in the enrollment fee and will be paid directly by attendees to restaurants. Enrollment, payment, and refund policy: For this weekend event, full enrollment fee must be paid to reserve enrollment. Full refunds less $20 will be available until seven days before the event. No refunds thereafter except for cancellation by the instructor. Substitute attendance for late cancellations is welcome. If details change after enrollment has been paid, full refund is available until three days before the first class if cancellation is based upon the change(s).

Hands-On Greywater Design and Installation - Sundays, Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15; 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, Dragonfly Ranch in Topanga This course may fill up rapidly. Please enroll early to avoid disappointment. With water rationing likely in Los Angeles and other Southern California cities during 2009, greywater use is increasingly important and popular. Intelligent systems remain illegal throughout California (although state laws are apparently not being enforced in LA County), but are nevertheless increasingly common. This hands-on course will cover the skills of evaluation, design, and installation of a gravity-fed greywater system from an outdoor shower to an existing young orchard and proposed food-forest. The system will be designed for versatility to accommodate understory plantings being added later, and possible grandfathering into an additional greywater system to be run from the house and as a possible future distribution system for rainwater. This will not be the typical greywater project of running a pipe out to landscape plants from a washroom or sink, and will not include extensive coverage of household plumbing for greywater retrofit. Topics are expected to include basics of greywater use and planning; basic hydraulics; selecting and sizing pipe; volume calculations; design for below-surface delivery; installation of piping, manual valves, and cleanouts; effluent options and emmitters; and more. Because many materials and methods are the same, the course will also serve secondarily as an introduction to general design and installation of landscape irrigation systems. Course difficulty: 4 out of 10. Basic experience with landscape irrigation is recommended but not required. Some material is technical and may be difficult for some students, and skills will come more easily to some than others. Beginners should expect difficulty. Those with landscape irrigation experience should expect that time will be spent on basics. Course dates: Sundays, Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15; 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (arrival recommended 20 minutes prior to starting time). Course locations: Dragonfly Ranch in Topanga, near Greenleaf Canyon Rd and Topanga Canyon Blvd. Course fee: $195 early registration through Jan 18. $220 after Jan 18. There will be an additional $50 fee and additional requirements to receive a course certificate.

To contact instructor Darren Butler (818) 271-0963
To sign up, mail payment to: Darren Butler PO Box 589 Topanga CA 90290 -0589

The Burbank Green Alliance Zero Waste Food Service for Restaurants to Potlucks Workshop - Wednesday, February 4th 2:00 - 4:00 pm (1:30 pm Check-In) Buena Vista Library (map) Leave the workshop with honest and inspirational examples from organizations that have reduced and recycled food service wastes. Why should you attend? You work in a food service (or related) business. You coordinate food service contracts or host meetings and events. You want your organization to reduce food service waste. Topics Food Service Waste & Alternatives to Disposables -Stephanie Barger, Founder and Executive Director of Earth Resource Foundation & Kreigh Hampel, Recycling Coordinator, The City of Burbank Food Composting Overview - Eric Wilhite, Vice President of Supermarket Division Community Recycling & Resource Recovery, Inc. Getting to Zero Waste, Closing the Loop on Organics - Marialyce Pedersen, Senior Program Research Representative, The Walt Disney Company Seating is limited, please RSVP now. Contact Burbank Recycle Center 818-238-3900 or

A Green Beacon shines on the east side of Los Angeles
In March 2008 Julie Solomon saved a 94-year-old historically sustainable home from demolition and chose to remodel and showcase it with all ecologically-sound products and processes. This eco-renovation was filmed for Discovery's new channel, Planet Green and is airing on their flagship show called "Greenovate".

As one of LA's oldest neighborhoods, Elysian Heights has been home to many artists, writers, architects filmmakers, counter-culture and radical political activists from the early 1900s to present day. Nestled in the verdant hills of this historic area, her "garden home" was originally a real estate office on the Miracle Mile of Wilshire Boulevard and moved to its current location in 1914 on a horse-drawn flat bed.

Solomon recently established a non-profit organization called The Green Beacon Foundation (GBF) to serve as a community resource for the public to have tactile experiences of "going green," such as on-going workshops, lectures, tours, etc. here on the property. They are hosting public tours of the home and garden on the 1st Saturday of every month at 3:00 pm.

For more information about the Green Beacon Foundation or to make a reservation, please call 323.717.9636, or email Julie:
ECO-CHIC WORKSHOPS: The best organic gardeners and eco-consultants in Los Angeles will facilitate the workshops using organic and repurposed materials. The price of the workshops and lectures are all-inclusive. There will be a wine tasting compliments of Bossa Premium Wine Imports preceding each of the Thursday evening workshops.
* Decomposition is Hot: Home Composting Workshop - Thursday, February 5th, 6:30pm $45
* The Princess & The Pea: Raised Vegetable Garden Workshop - Saturday, March 14th, 10am $85
* April Showers: Drip Irrigation - Thursday, April 16th, 6:30 $45
* Treat Yourself: Medicinal Tea Container Design - Thursday, May 7th, 6:30pm $45
* California Dreamin: Draught Tolerant Landscape Workshop - Saturday, June 13th, 10am $125

Composting Workshops
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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, January 6th, people have stepped up and 68,799 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 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 The clubs are intended to catalyze group discussion and action on a local level. We hope you will consider joining our conversation!


Calling all interns: your daily thread, L.A.'s neighborhood guide to conscious living is looking for a "green" minded intern to help us starting in January. Flexible schedules and hours will be available (content creating opportunities as well). Ideal candidate will be a motivated self starter, have strong writing, media and people skills, plus be passionate about green, sustainable living in Los Angeles. We are happy to provide school credit if that is a possibility. Knowledge of Photoshop, graphic design, and/or web design is a PLUS, but not necessary! Please contact for further information.

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
This position will start at $10/HR fulltime, 9AM to 6PM with an hour break.

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

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

LA Green Drinks - West Hollywood / Silverlake
Thursday, February 12th
, 2009

location to be determined

LA Green Drinks - Downtown
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
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 – Valley
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Green and Greener
4838 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Valley Village 91607

LA Green Drinks - West Side

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

location to be determined

LA Green Drinks returns to the South Bay on February 12th.

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