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World Environment Day June 5

What can you do? TIPS and HINTS

Energy:

  • Make your computer more efficient. Remove screensavers and turn on your computer’s power management features to save energy and extend the life of your battery.
  • Unplug. Devices like phone chargers and power adapters continue to draw electricity even when not in active use. So unplug these items when they are not in use to save energy and the environment.
  • Opt for the revolving door. Energy is wasted when we enter and exit a warm or cool building. Help us conserve by using the revolving door.

Use Less Paper:

  • Make your meetings digital. In the meeting invitation, let your colleagues know that the meeting will be paperless. Use projectors and monitors to display slides rather than printing handouts and encourage attendees to use their laptops for slide viewing and note taking.
  • Print responsibly. Make double-sided printing your default, purchase 100% recycled paper and reuse sheets whenever possible.
  • Transition to online banking. Take advantage of  many paperless banking options, which offer convenient and secure access for account holders while conserving resources and money.
  • Use Microsoft OneNote.  This is so much easier and better than a paper notebook! Take your meeting notes online, file them online and easily share them. This works so well for me!

Reduce Waster & Recycle:

  • Dispose of Electronic Waste responsibly. Never recycle it or throw it in the regular trash. There are many local recyclers in your area, Goodwill and community groups have recycling days.
  • Trade before you buy. Before you purchase something new, see if your friends family have what you need, or upgrade to get just the thing you need. Look on Craigslist.org for swaps and trades. Renting equipment, or using a renting/sharing app  works well for equipment that you seldom use: trimmers/hedgers, kayaks, canoes, wheel-barrows, cement mixers, tile cutters, nailers, floor sanders…. you know! …the stuff that can fill up your garage!
  • Take advantage of the recycling and composting facilities available near you. Protect the environment and save valuable company resources by sorting your trash correctly.

Save Water:

  • Refill and reuse. Conserve water when using a reusable water bottle or hydration backpack by reducing water used in producing disposable bottles and shipping containers to new locations.
  • Conserve energy. Electricity uses water. In fact, the energy sector is the single largest consumer of water in the United States, using 201 billion gallons a day to generate electricity. WOW!!! So, save two resources at once by being energy efficient.
  • Turn faucets off all the way. A steady drip can waste 20 gallons of water per day. And report any leaks as soon as you notice them in bathrooms, kitchens, gyms or any other locations.
  • When working out, make sure your fitness center knows you are environmentally minded by asking your fitness center staff about low volume shower heads. Post-workout showers: turn off the water while shaving, shampooing or lathering up.

Green your Commute:

  • Route your commute. You can find the fastest way to work using public transit — and other useful information — by using helpful websites like publictransportation.org
  • Combine your commute with exercise. Check out bicycle safety tips  from the CDC and facts and stats  from Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center to learn how you can commute by bike or walking and save yourself a trip to the gym.
  • Use more active transportation. Researchers looked at residents in Charlotte, North Carolina , before and after the city built a light-rail transit system (LRT). People who used the LRT reported they walked more when using the train than when they drove regularly. And they lost weight.

Get involved in your community and help with conservation, tree planting, beach clean-up and other eco-activities!

Yerba Buena Art Walk, and its FREE

13 museums, galleries and institutions open for FREE for this special day. 

  • DATE: Saturday June 17
  • TIME: 2-6 p.m.
  • AND….. AFTER PARTY 6-9 p.m.

The Yerba Buena Alliance proudly presents the Yerba Buena Art Walk

Explore the heard of downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood at 12 locations open for FREE.

This is a GREAT area to walk in, so much to see and do! You’ll love the museums – each is different, creative and awe-inspiring!  — the editor

Win prizes from each institution. Collect stamps from each Art Walk location in your Yerba Buena Passport at the TechShop Even Gallery featuring live band Positively Space Music. Grand Prize winners must be present to win

Schedule of Events

Pre Event Art Walk Reception
12:00-2:00 pm
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
1:00-2:30 pm
Presents
M.A.K.U. SoundSystem
A Party for the People

Free concert in Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Streets

ART WALK
2:00-6:00 pm
12 locations, 13 institutions

Art Walk After Party and Prize Drawing
Tech Shop Event Gallery
910 Howard Street
6:00-9:00 pm

Prize Drawing at 6:45 pm
Featuring Positively Space Music
(Bob Bralove, Henry Kaiser, Chris Muir)

  1. 111 Minna Gallery
    111 Minna Street
    111minnagallery.com
  2. American Bookbinders Museum
    In collaboration with The Mexican Museum
    355 Clementina Street
    Bookbindersmuseum.org, mexicanmuseum.org
  3. California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    Californiahistoricalsociety.org
  4. Mirus Gallery
    540 Howard Street
    Mirusgallery.com
  5. Museum of Performance + Design
    893B Folsom Street
    mpdsf.org
  6. Museum of the African Diaspora
    685 Mission Street
    Moadsf.org
  7. SFMOMA (until 5pm)
    151 3rd Street
    sfmoma.org
    Free admission only inlcudes acess to the pbulic spaces
    sfmoma.org/visit/free-to-see
  8. SPUR
    654 Mission Street
    Spur.org
  9. TechShop
    926 Howard Street
    Techshop.ws
  10. The Contemporary Jewish Museum
    736 Mission Street
    Thecjm.org
  11. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    701 Mission Street
    ybca.org
  12. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    Inside Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Street
    ybgfestival.org

Companies Going Green & Employee Engagement

Have you noticed how many companies are going green (or at least trying to convince us that they are)? Going green is good for the environment. It is good for the bottom line. It can also be good for employee engagement. People are proud to work for companies that do good green deeds. Pride in the workplace is one form of inherent recognition (recognition that comes from the work and workplace). So, a sincere “green” effort would contribute to this sense of pride. What can your team do to go green?

This post comes from Cindy Ventrice a public speaker, Recognition Champion and author: Want help creating a program? The Secret to Recognition Programs That Work is a little book packed with ideas. You can find it at www.maketheirday.com in the Resource section. She also sends out weekly recognition ideas, sign up for them, they are inspired!

We call this faker greenies – green washing. Sometimes corporations get it wrong, and have done great good deeds, but don’t portray these efforts well. Sometimes they are fakers.

The same thing happens with people, there are fakers and there are wonderful green good deed doers.  MY PET PEEVE? Imagining that buying $100 organic cotton yoga clothes  (made in a sweatshop in Vietnam or China) somehow gives you the “mantle” of instant green.  UGH.  Look past the label! — the editor

Try this, read: Green Gone Wrong, a book.

 

Greenlining Institute Serves Non-Profits

At a time when nonprofits are being displaced due to high rents, the Greenlining Institute is providing a safe haven space to several nonprofits at affordable, below-market rents at its newly renovated energy-efficient building at 360 14th St. in the heart of downtown Oakland.

In late February 2017, the Greenlining Institute hosted a grand opening event to showcase the space with elected officials, activists, nonprofits and the community. During the event, Greenlining Institute President Orson Aguilar thanked all the  sponsors for their support. He wished the Center had enough space to house other nonprofits currently being displaced.

With a long relationship of more than 2 decades, along with other sponsors, a grant of $500,000 from Wells Fargo helps makes 360 Center possible. This is an especially important time, because many non-profits are leaving Oakland.  — the editor

GREEN JOBS FAIR

INTERFAITH COALITION TO HOST EAST BAY
GREEN JOBS FAIR IN WEST OAKLAND, April 15th

The Green Jobs Interfaith Coalition presents The East Bay Green Jobs & Careers Fair to address the challenges of the climate crisis, economic inequality, displacement and high unemployment rates. The East Bay Green Jobs & Career Fair will be held on Saturday, this is a community event with several exhibitors. To learn more go to their website.

Join us for the East Bay Green Jobs & Careers Fair
When: Saturday, April 15, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Mount Zion Missionary Baptist
1203 Willow St, Oakland, CA 94607

The Green Careers/Jobs Fair is the next logical step after our successful Oakland Green Jobs Summit held on October 5, 2016 (check out this report back from Planting Justice), and will continue to strengthen our shared vision to build economic equity for under-served communities and to foster green job development in the East Bay for years to come. Because of the broad age range of participants we expect, exhibitors are encouraged to share two types of employment information when possible: 1) to connect participants to current employment, and 2) to expose participants to future career opportunities. To support job creation we also plan to have a small business corner that will highlight opportunities the green economy holds for those with the entrepreneurial spirit.

SETI & Autodesk: Design Night -Discover the roots of life through design

Autodesk has a spectacular museum at 1 Market Plaza in downtown SF. Once a month, they have an evening event, with food, guest speakers , hands-on fun and more. You can go to the museum for free, open Wednesdays around noon… but the evening event… will knock your socks off. You must get tickets (price  $20-25), go to their site.

One of my favorite SF events! Never Been? Read on…..

Design is much more than pixel pushing and selecting wallpaper. It’s been a part of the human experience from the beginning. Our ability to design and create tools has allowed us to ascend to the top of the food chain and better our environmental circumstances. Come explore ORIGINS with us and see the tools that made us who we are today, and the tools that will change us tomorrow. — Autodesk  (follow  @autodeskgallery)  #designnight

Hear from Dr. Jill Tarter, astronomer at The SETI Institute and recipient of 2 NASA Public Service Medals, and Jonathan Knowles, Autodesk Explorer

Interact with ancient tools of our distant relatives

And much more!  Eat! Drink! Make! Learn!

Date and Time  Thu, April 6, 2017  6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

>Take BART, the event is at the Embarcadero station.

Wells Fargo Adds 10 Clean-Tech Startups to Innovation Incubator

This WF program helps advance energy efficiency for commercial buildings by providing startups with cash grants and in-kind resources to accelerate innovative clean technologies

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) today announced it has selected the third round of clean technology startup companies to join the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a five-year, $10 million program which helps advance energy efficiency by accelerating sustainable commercial-building technologies. The 10 early-stage companies in Round 3 will each receive up to $250,000 in cash and in-kind technical assistance to advance their technologies and an opportunity to beta test within Wells Fargo’s real estate footprint. Launched in 2014, IN2 is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The 10 early-stage companies include a diverse mix of technologies designed to advance energy and water efficiency through HVAC system innovation, building management and controls software, advanced lighting, water-data technologies and more. They join 10 other companies selected for IN2 in prior rounds, bringing the total to 20 early stage companies now participating in the highly selective program.

In addition to receiving non-dilutive funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation, IN2 participants receive financial and technical consultation from a network of experts, as well as research and testing support at NREL’s world-class facility in Golden, Colo. Clean-tech startups participating in IN2 will have their technologies validated at NREL’s facilities, and many will follow the lab validation with beta testing at select Wells Fargo locations. The real-world beta testing is a signature component of the IN2 program and an important validation exercise for startups to learn how their technologies will perform and integrate with other systems.

As an organization managing nearly 100 million square feet of real estate, we know that efficiency matters, and we are pleased that our efforts to build and foster an ecosystem that accelerates the commercialization of clean technologies for commercial buildings is bearing fruit,” said Ashley Grosh, vice president and IN2 co-lead for Wells Fargo. “Companies from rounds one and two have achieved significant milestones on their way to the commercial marketplace. We are pleased to add this third round of innovators to IN2 and expect the momentum we’ve seen to date continue across the program.”

The 10 clean technology startups joining Round 3 of the IN2 program are:

  • Transformative Wave: (Kent, Wash/Boulder, Colo.) HVAC, light, and battery storage retrofit kit for commercial buildings
  • Software Motor Corporation: (Sunnyvale, Calif.) Super high-efficiency Internet-enabled motor for HVAC applications
  • PowerFlex Systems: (Los Altos, Calif.) Adaptive EV charging network for demand response and renewable integration
  • simuwatt®: (Boulder, Colo.) Rapid energy auditing software and platform
  • Maalka: (New York, N.Y.) Open modeling platform for managing large scale building sustainability initiatives
  • Geli: (San Francisco, Calif.) Software platform to design, automate, and manage energy storage systems
  • APANA: (Bellingham, Wash.) C&II smart water management systems using IoT and prescriptive analytics
  • EdgePower: (Aspen, Colo.) Cloud-hosted energy simulation application for analyzing and enhancing building performance
  • Ibis Networks: (Honolulu, Hawaii) Plug load management for the enterprise
  • J2 Innovations: (Chino, Calif.) Building automation and operating system for connecting and controlling devices

IN2 continues to attract high quality applicants and companies, and is proving out the model that we had envisioned; participating companies have been acquired by successful clean-technology corporations, received follow-on funding, and beta demonstrations are underway within the program,” said Richard Adams, Director of NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. “We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to advance these early stage technologies as well as to offer real-world test conditions in order to optimize their potential for success in the market.”

The IN2 program is part of Wells Fargo’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments, which include commitments to accelerate the transition to a lower carbon economy and provide $65 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and innovative projects that are delivering social, economic and environmental impact. IN2 would not be possible without the collaboration and partnership of its 44 Channel Partners across the U.S., which include universities, business plan competitions and other clean technology accelerators. These Channel Partners provide a pipeline of early stage, high quality startup company referrals to IN2.

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Channel Partners include:

  • ACRE |Urban Future Lab / Powerbridge
    NYU Tandon School of Engineering | Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) | Washington, D.C.
  • Cal-Tech, Flow Program | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Case Western Reserve University | Cleveland, Ohio
  • Clean Energy Trust | Chicago, Ill.
  • Cleantech Group | San Francisco. Calif.
  • Cleantech Open | Redwood City, Calif.
  • Coachella Valley Economic Partnership | Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Colorado State University Energy Institute | Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Energy Excelerator | Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Fraunhofer CSE TechBridge Program | Boston, Mass.
  • Green Town Labs | Boston, Mass.
  • Imagine H20, Inc. | San Francisco, Calif.
  • Innosphere | Denver, Colo.
  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator | Los Angeles, Calif.
  • MassChallenge | Boston, Mass.
  • MIT Energy Club | Cambridge, Mass.
  • Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) Institute | Boston, Mass.
  • NextEnergy Center | Detroit, Mich.
  • Northwestern University | Evanston, Ill.
  • Oregon BEST | Portland, Ore.
  • Portland State University | Portland, Ore.
  • Prospect SV | San Jose, Calif.
  • Purdue University | West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Rice University Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship | Houston, Texas
  • Stanford, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy | Stanford, Calif.
  • Sustainable Startups | Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Telluride Venture Accelerator | Telluride, Colo.
  • Texas A&M University, Research Valley Partnership | College Station, Texas
  • Texas State University | San Marcos, Texas
  • The Water Council | Milwaukee, Wis.
  • UC Berkeley, Cleantech 2 Market (C2M)| Berkeley, Calif.
  • UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) | Davis, Calif.
  • UC Irvine | Irvine, Calif.
  • UC San Diego | San Diego, Calif.
  • University of Colorado | Boulder, Colo.
  • University of Denver | Denver, Colo.
  • University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • UNC Charlotte | Charlotte, N.C.
  • UT Austin, Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) | Austin, Texas
  • UT Austin, McCombs Business School Texas Venture Labs| Austin, Texas
  • University of Washington Foster School of Business | Seattle, Wash.
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison | Madison, Wis.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 16,300 nonprofits, ranking No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s rankings of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in 2015, serving more than 40,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Using Social Media to Promote your GREEN product…. or any product….

72% Of Businesses Say Buy Buttons Don’t Sell

Retail Touch Points – “Digital marketers are overwhelmingly rejecting the use of buy buttons on social media platforms, and for good reason: 72% of businesses say that they have seen no sales as a result of buy buttons in 2016, according to a report from Campaigner.”

 

SPRING EQUINOX FARM TOUR! March 18

FarmFresh DATE & TIME Saturday, March 18  11:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Capay Organic Farm 23808 State Highway 16, Capay CA

You can come see where it Happens! Head to the farm in Capay! Get to know your farmer, harvest your own fruits and veggies, ride the tractor-tram, picnic near the fields and participate in our fun farm activities!

  • Farm Talk with your Farmer–Get to know your farmer! Meet us at the lower event site at noon. Thaddeus and Brendan will share tidbits about Farm Fresh To You, organic produce and sustainable agriculture. Get your questions answered!
  • Kids’ Activities — We will have tractor-tram rides every 15 minutes touring you around the farm. The Esparto/Capay 4-H Club will have a mini petting zoo set up and we will also have a face painting booth!
  • Organic Market Stand — Our Farm Fresh To You Market Stand will be selling seasonal, organic produce as well as fun Farm Fresh To You swag! Pick up a canvas tote featuring one of our favorite fruits/vegetables and load it with seasonal produce.
  • Tasty Treats  — Tacos 911 will have authentic, Mexican tacos available for purchase. Luciano’s Scoop will be selling their artisan gelato, The Rustic Puff will be selling their homemade marshmallows, and Pachamama Coffee will be serving up hot coffee and cold brew. We will also have Township Valley Farms selling their homemade pesto, and Capay Valley Ranches offering premium olive oils.

FARM TOUR ADMISSION:

$5 per adult | Children 12 and under FREE!

No RSVP necessary for Farm Tours. Just come out and have fun!


For more information please visit us at
WWW.FARMFRESHTOYOU.COM

 

When Business Collides with the Environment

It doesn’t  have to be this way.  And it is gutt-wrenching when a company you trust seems to go astray. But first, ask Why are they participating in this action? Is one of my favorite companies alone in this action OR is this a collaboration with other companies? Are they required to join in?

Most of all, ask is there any community benefit that will be created …. or has new information come to light? Sometimes, something that seems to help underserved communities, ends up harming others or the community.

Environmental Leadership and corporate goals may seem to never go “hand-in-hand”. However, some companies are members of the communities they serve. You can see their involvement by their sponsorship of parades, museums, volunteerism and contributions to non-profits. There are many great stories at Wells Fargo that represent their commitment to the environment, to innovation, to small farmers and much more.

SeaTurtlesFLPlease check out this link.  It will bring you to a collection of Wells Fargo stories.

For any corporation, look into their overall focus, their commitment to positive change, recognition of neighborhood values and also their LISTENING SKILLS.