Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring of Sustainability -- FREE online seminars!

Spring is just beginning, and with it comes the Spring of Sustainability, a 3-month series of virtual and live events designed to empower us all to "connect, collaborate, and create a sustainable community and world."

The series, produced by The Shift Network and the Sustainable World Coalition, is packed with luminaries in all areas of sustainable living, from Van Jones to Bill McKibben to Frances Moore Lappe -- and others too numerous to list here.

You can call in and listen live on weekdays at noon Pacific Time, or you can access recordings later.

What do the series producers expect you'l get out of attending? In their words, you can:

  • Transform fear and frustration into hope and actions you can contribute directly to creating a sustainable world for all beings 
  • Learn fun, inspiring ways you can engage your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers in creating a healthy and sustainable community 
  • Discover why new systems rooted in justice and sustainability principles are the only viable solution for our planet 
  • Network and collaborate with other passionate people and organizations on sustainable initiatives – and help create a thriving planet 
  • Get the latest cutting-edge insights into green building, green business, green living, renewable energy sources, wildlife preservation and climate change 
  • Understand the role of culture and social will in creating a paradigm shift in economic, political, and social systems that are destroying the planet 
  • ...And more

Sounds like a good way to get inspired to continue promoting sustainability in all our projects, whether they're at work or in the rest of our lives.

For more information and to register (free!), see

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Clean Energy and Global Development Community,

I just got word of an really interesting event this coming Monday, 12 March.

Drew Sloan, Army Veteran and Rachel Kleinfeld, Truman National Security Project's CEO, will be at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco to discuss their recent book: "Let There Be Light."

Providing electricity to the unlit and unstable parts of the globe is crucial to jump-starting development, improving the environment, and stabilizing fragile states that ferment many of today's security threats. Let There Be Light shows the failures of centralized electricity to meet these challenges—and describes how distributed, renewable energy such as solar and wind power can work. But, Kleinfeld and Sloan argue, it is not enough to harness the power of the elements. To scale, distributed energy must harness the power of the market. Taking on the major challenges that have impeded distributed energy's success, this book describes the roles development donors, social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, the military, and the business world can play to make lighting the developing world a reality.

Rachel is the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project. Named one of the Top 40 Political Leaders by Time Magazine, Rachel appears regularly on national radio and television. Her passion lies in issues that fall along the seams of national security, human security, and development. She has written on building the rule of law in weak states, bioterrorism, energy, and a host of national security issues. Rachel has worked in microfinance in India, served as an election monitor in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and consulted for the World Bank, OECD, EU, and multiple private organizations on building the rule of law, work that she continues as a non-resident Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She serves as a founding member of the State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which provides the Secretary and other senior State Department officials with foreign policy guidance.
Rachel received her D.Phil and M.Phil from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and holds a B.A. from Yale University. She grew up in a log house on a dirt road in Fairbanks, Alaska, which has one of the world's largest batteries backing up an electricity grid phone to blackouts.

Drew currently works in the Client Solutions Department of the energy efficiency company, OPower. Prior to this, he spent five years in the United States Army, where he served in Afghanistan, was wounded, and after convalescing at Walter Reed, returned to active duty and subsequently deployed to Iraq as the aide-de-camp for a brigadier general. He was awarded two bronze stars for meritorious service and a purple heart. Since departing the military he has worked at both Rocky Mountain Institute under the direct tutelage of Amory Lovins as well and in the Commercialization Office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Drew holds a Bachelor's of Science in History from the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

For more information, please visit

Where: Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel | 609 Sutter Street (@ Mason St), San Francisco, CA
When: 12 March, Registration at 5:30 pm | Program at 6:00-7:00 pm

Monday, March 5, 2012

It's back: FREE Sustainability / Construction / Project Management Symposium

We have a new date for this exciting symposium! Be DOUBLE GREEN for St Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PT)
Oakland, CA

The Project Management Institute San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, in conjunction with The Green Science Academy and US Green Building Council Northern California Chapter, will host its second symposium on sustainability, construction, and project management at DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Oakland.

This event will provide you with a great opportunity to hear leaders in the field speak about current thinking on green building/sustainability as well as a chance to network with individuals from a wide variety of green companies and gain actionable information for your job search or career transition.

With four exciting knowledge tracks, this symposium will help you learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment; managing your business’ waste stream; and the slow food and slow money movements. In the opening and closing plenary sessions, you’ll also hear about LEED rating system updates planned for 2012 and 2013, and the vital role advocacy plays in advancing the green building industry through education, awareness, and sharing research to influence policy at the national, state, and local levels.

Admission is free, courtesy of the symposium host, DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Oakland. However, space is limited to the first 180 attendees, so register now to lock in your spot!

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For details, contact

The DeVry University campus is just one block from Oakland’s 12th Street BART station, at 505 14th Street, Oakland. Transportation, parking, and food are the responsibility of the attendee.

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