Wednesday, February 22, 2012

PG&E's Pacific Energy Center presents "Truck Farm: A Screening and Conversation with Director Ian Cheney and Mei Ling Hui of San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance."

PG&E recently announced a March 1st 2012 screening of the 45 minute short film "Truck Farm", a unique project that transformed an old pick-up truck into a traveling 20-member CSA enterprise. Using green-roof technology, lightweight soil and heirloom seeds, filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis transformed granddad's '86 Dodge half-ton into a farm on wheels. They planted between the wheel wells with arugula and tomatoes, parked the truck on a Brooklyn street, and waited for sun and rain to work their charms. When the first sprouts came up, Truck Farm (http://www.truck-farm.com/) was born. Subscribers received deliveries of produce, arriving via the mobile farm itself. Come and hear from the folks who made this happen. The film also covers urban farming techniques and efforts in New York.

Mei Ling Hui of San Francisco's Department of the Environment will discuss her and San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance (SFUAA) efforts to promote urban agriculture and forestry. The San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance (SFUAA) promotes the growing of food within San Francisco and the associated goals of our member organizations, through advocacy, education, and grassroots action. SFUAA pursues its mission by leveraging the strengths of its members, from backyard farmers to social justice organizations, both within the alliance and in collaboration with outside organizations and governmental agencies.

"Truck Farm: A Screening and Conversation with Director Ian Cheney and Mei Ling Hui of San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance" will be held at PG&E's Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA (near Powell Street BART/MUNI).
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (light refreshments at 6:00pm)
Cost: Free
Register at www.pge.com/pec/classes/5329.htm.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The state of green business

The State of Green Business Report is out for 2012 -- and it contains both good and bad news. Surprisingly, the report finds a "slowing of momentum -- or even backwards motion, in some cases -- on some of the indicators. Among the downgraded topics include investments in clean technology innovations, overall energy intensity, certifications of LEED buildings, and paper use and recycling." On the bright side, businesses are continuing to set ambitious environmental goals and to dedicate resources toward meeting those goals.

What's your experience of the state of green business as we proceed into 2012? We'd like to hear from you!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences

We're excited about our next Green PM Seminar, coming up on Saturday, February 18! Our speaker is Hershow Al-Barazi, Building Systems Project Manager at the California Academy of Sciences.

Sustainability is often defined as meeting current human needs without endangering our descendants.

The California Academy of Sciences' mission to explore, explain, and protect the natural world compels the Academy to engage in scientific research relevant to sustainability, to raise public awareness about these urgent problems, and to minimize its own environmental impact. The Academy's green building signifies its commitment to sustainability. The culture and internal practices mirror that commitment in the areas of energy, water, waste management, transportation, purchasing, and food. Academy programs highlight the living world and its connection to the changing global environment.

As an organization, California Academy of Sciences is unique as the building that it sits in. It is a building that houses an Aquarium, Planetarium, an indoor Rainforest, Natural History Museum, Café and Restaurant, Research Laboratories, and millions of specimens in its Collections. The diversity of activities that occur within the Academy's walls provide significant challenges and a wealth of opportunities when thinking in terms of sustainable practices.

So join us on February 18 to hear all about this fascinating institution and building.

To register:

Visit http://www.pmi-sfbac.org/cde.cfm?event=377090.

Seminar series details:

The Green Project Management seminars are held at the Keller Graduate School's Daly City location from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon PDT on the third Saturday of each month. For more details and to register, visit the Project Management Institute San Francisco Bay Area Chapter website at www.pmi-sfbac.org/calendar.cfm or www.pmi-sfbac.org/calendarshowevents.cfm. These events are co-sponsored by the Keller Graduate School Sustainable Management MBA Program.