Amazon Go Grocery Store opens in Seattle

The new AMAZON GO market,,,,,

This sounds like a 7-11 convenience market, but with more efficiency and stocking the food you promised yourself you’d eat more of this year…. using AI and many technologies to make the experience fast, efficient, with fresh, affordable, quality food.

  1. Walk in the store,
  2. You’ll log on to your Amazon account (download the free app)
  3. Shop for items – fresh food, prepared healthy meals (similar to the meal plan delivery sign-ups)
  4. This AI driven store will track your selections (using QR codes of items you pick up)
  5. Walk out with your items, items will be tallied and you’ll purchase them through the app.

You won’t see aisles of chips, baked goods and frozen food OR checkout lines.

More consumer testing is going on now…. but I hope we get to try it soon.

VentureBeat article

San Bruno Mountain- plant Wildflowers for Butterflies

Imagine The Mission blue butterfly sipping nectar!

Plant Wildflowers for Mountain Butterflies!
Nourish mission blue & callippe silverspot butterflies this Saturday 1/20 or Sunday 1/21 at Owl Canyon!
San Bruno Mountain California.jpgJoin in on the first butterfly plantings of the year! Help plant native wildflowers for the benefit of the endangered mission blue and callippe silverspot butterflies at beautiful Owl Canyon. Rain or shine! Picnic by the gurgling Owl Creek included!

We’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 1pm; come one day or both! Click here to see event details and RSVP!

We live in the SF Bay Area, a  NIRVANA for food-lovers! There are classes, professional leadership seminars, food hackathons, tours, gourmet field to table extravaganzas, and also this wonderful opportunity made available by Alice Waters and Will Rosenzweig, leaders in thoughtful eating, great food, and sustainability.

  • CLASS: Edible Education 101
  • DATE: Begins Wednesday 1/17
  • Details below:

It is my privilege to join Alice Waters to co-host Edible Education 101 again this semester.  This uniquely UC Berkeley course, now in its seventh year, is available to undergraduates, graduate students and the local community and is live-streamed and archived online. EE 101 meets Wednesday evenings (6:15 to 8pm Pacific Time) beginning January 17, 2018. We’d encourage you to share this invitation with friends who are passionate about shaping a healthy and regenerative food system.

Once again we are honored to hear from the thoughtful, informed and provocative voices shaping and leading the food movement. The course explores current food issues against a backdrop of systems thinking, ethical action, creativity and innovation. This semester we will also showcase the work of inspiring, emerging leaders who are making a difference in diverse disciplines. Our intent is to help our community of learners develop “food systems intelligence” — a way of seeing and acting in our local and global food ecologies with clear intent and an understanding of our personal and collective impacts. We also hope to build a bridge for students to envision how they can apply themselves personally and professionally in the world of food. Here is the schedule of guest lecturers and topics (with special surprises in the works). All classes are on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm PST.        Our teaching team will be creating a weekly newsletter with a link to the class readings and video archive. Each edition will preview the coming class content and will provide a recap of the prior week’s highlights. We will also post weekly invitations (space permitting) to obtain a ticket to attend the class in person, on campus. If you received this email from a friend or colleague and would like to join the class and get weekly updates, click here. If you do not wish to receive weekly course updates or invites, you can opt-out by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email.  We look forward to seeing you in class! With all good thoughts, Will Rosenzweig Social Impact Fellow Special thanks to Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business, The Edible Schoolyard Project, Food Venture Lab, and Steve Silberstein for the generous support and collaboration that makes this course possible and broadly available.

It is my privilege to join Alice Waters to co-host Edible Education 101 again this semester.  This uniquely UC Berkeley course, now in its seventh year, is available to undergraduates, graduate students and the local community and is live-streamed and archived online. EE 101 meets Wednesday evenings (6:15 to 8pm Pacific Time) beginning January 17, 2018. We’d encourage you to share this invitation with friends who are passionate about shaping a healthy and regenerative food system.

Once again we are honored to hear from the thoughtful, informed and provocative voices shaping and leading the food movement. The course explores current food issues against a backdrop of systems thinking, ethical action, creativity and innovation. This semester we will also showcase the work of inspiring, emerging leaders who are making a difference in diverse disciplines. Our intent is to help our community of learners develop “food systems intelligence” — a way of seeing and acting in our local and global food ecologies with clear intent and an understanding of our personal and collective impacts. We also hope to build a bridge for students to envision how they can apply themselves personally and professionally in the world of food. Here is the schedule of guest lecturers and topics (with special surprises in the works). All classes are on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm PST.        Our teaching team will be creating a weekly newsletter with a link to the class readings and video archive. Each edition will preview the coming class content and will provide a recap of the prior week’s highlights. We will also post weekly invitations (space permitting) to obtain a ticket to attend the class in person, on campus. If you received this email from a friend or colleague and would like to join the class and get weekly updates, click here. If you do not wish to receive weekly course updates or invites, you can opt-out by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email.  We look forward to seeing you in class! With all good thoughts, Will Rosenzweig Social Impact Fellow Special thanks to Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business, The Edible Schoolyard Project, Food Venture Lab, and Steve Silberstein for the generous support and collaboration that makes this course possible and broadly available.

Climate Change: Six Easy Ways You Can Make a Difference

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Located at and co-sponsored by:

Marin Art and Garden Center, the Studio Building
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA

6:30  – 8:30 pm

What is happening in Marin to address climate change and what can you do to help? Learn about Marin’s Climate Action Plans and programs, including 6 easy actions you and your family can take now to make a difference. Marin is leading the way, local governments are taking action, and we have some of the cleanest electricity in the country, yet we are still far from truly being ‘green’. Join three local sustainability experts and staff from local impact programs (electric cars included), and see how you can lower your carbon footprint. 

Join us as we try to save the world or have fun trying!  

Light refreshments will be served. Organizations tabling include: Cool the Earth, Resilient Neighborhoods, Zero Waste Marin and MCE.

Speaker Biographies

Environmental Forum of Marin <lectureseries@marinefm.org>

 

going Meatless…. Doesn’t have to be Hard

There are so many choices! We have eaten Vegan for nearly 3 months. Yes there have been a few slips, but it is easy really.  Why?

  • You’ll try new restaurants
  • Cookbooks will be come a new point of inspiration
  • Don’t you want to KNOW what the IMPOSSIBLE Burger is? Get yours in Palo Alto, CA, yes it is Vegan, you won’t believe it! Picture below!
  • Also Ike’s Sandwiches and Love is incredible fun, they have a huge selection of vegetarian entrees and all of those can be made VEGAN! My husband’s favorite is The Meatless Ike’s Sub. So good!  (The IKE’S are in several locations in the Bay Area – we have tried Daly City Serramonte, Redwood City – El Camino)

Looking for Great Cultural Events on Asia

Asia Society in SF, continually offers interesting and fun events on various cultures. Our group, Asian Connection, enjoys these events, and they often are low-cost with food served. We will be going to this event on Friday! Join us!  they have an event on many nights each week.

Thursday 14 September 2017 – 5:30pm
Join ASNC for an evening of Indian street snacks, Kathak dancing, Asia trivia & prizes while mingling with our members and guests!

Established in 1998, Asia Society Northern California (ASNC) is uniquely positioned on the edge of the Pacific and at the entrance to Silicon Valley. ASNC connects the San Francisco Bay Area’s diverse local community with a wide network of leaders and visionaries in the fields of policy, business, arts & culture, and sustainability.

Through conferences, panel discussions, cultural programs, exclusive dinners, and networking events, ASNC presents timely and relevant forums for educating and engaging the public about the critical issues facing the United States, Asia, and the world.

Hurricane Irma

Get accurate information on Hurricane Irma and downloadable videos here at NOAA:  view the damage https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov

You can select a location and the download is usually very quick.

NOTE: I find the best data from sources other than CNN and other news outlets that specialize in hype and hysteria to boost ratings. I found their coverage to be ill-informed, out of date and repeated without substance.  I have family in Houston and the Keys and I don’t need to be overwhelmed by fake news and neither do you.

Eclipse and Planning

How did California Grid Operators Manage the Eclipse? This is the kind of thing our power companies plan for… While school kids were gathered to “see the sun go out” others were making plans to provide power from list solar generation.
Grid managers knew exactly when the moon would transit the sun’s path, blotting out gigawatts of solar power generation along its path. California was not in the path of totality, but it was projected that the eclipse would knock out about 5,600 megawatts of solar power supplied by utility-scale power plants and rooftop solar panels. Utilities, however, were prepped and ready to replace the shortfall. IEEE has meetings and a monthly magazine that explains and discusses engineering and more.

Five Inconvenient Truths -Global steel industry

Interesting article, it discusses trade, overcapacity, raw materials, growth/slow down in building, and re-purposing of existing mills.  Maybe that is true. Read more here.

I must admit I am most intrigued by the existence of this group:

John Lichtenstein is a managing director for Accenture Strategy and the global lead of Accenture’s metals group.
The article did not discuss:  
  1. Changes in Environmental regulation. What if the total cost of an item was part of the selection process for materials (Aluminum vs. Steel)? What if LEED building specified LOCAL MATERIAL use or adding the effects of long distance shipping into the environmental degradation? What if shipping companies were forced to contribute money to the clean-up of the plastic gyre in the Pacific Ocean when shipping across the Pacific Ocean?  Unlikely, but possible and more sensible than carbon credits.
  2. Quality of the steel produced in China (I’d really like to know why the Bay Bridge is rusting with its low quality steel imported from China), coupled with the environmental devastation caused by converting raw materials to finished goods in a country that does not have strict environmental regulations and technologies.
  3. The main premise that global demand is slowing and will remain so, flies in the face of the greatest population being urban, and the population continues to expand. Housing in urban areas is made with steel, when it is high-density.

There is always room to learn more. I’ll be interested in Accenture’s next set of statistics.

There are many other Accenture articles; here is another from the same author.

Origami Whales: A Gentle Way to Teach Conservation

Thanks TED Talks for this lovely broadcast!  Watch the video, link below

Allow things to unfold and you will find your Purpose in Life. | Peggy Oki | TEDxQueenstown   (time 16.34)

Image result for Origami WhalesThis insightful artist folds paper whales using origami and thousands of volunteers to fold the whales & dophins and give a clear call to action and visual reference point.  Children, Adults, Students, Seniors – all join in and FOLD then STITCH these whales into curtains to be displayed in galleries, schools, civic centers.

HINT: There are YouTubes and Pinterest on origami

Peggy Oki leads with passion. She gives advice to a beginning environmental activist: “Follow your heart with vision and actions, create your fold and you will find your porpoise in life.”

ART THAT HAS PURPOSE:

Published on Apr 28, 2016

With an appreciation of flow and motion Peggy’s life has been always been driven by passion. From surfing and skateboarding to the intimate appreciation what she calls the ‘Cetacean Nation’. Discovering the transformative force of participation artwork through her Origami Whales project was the first step to realising that passion could be harnessed, amplified and ultimately inspire for a deeper purpose.

Surfer, Skateboarder, Artist and Activist.
Once the only female member of the famous Zephyr Skateboard team from documentary ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’: Peggy’s love of the outdoors inspires her to travel worldwide in search of good surf. In 2004, she founded the Origami Whales Project to raise awareness about commercial whaling. She has also developed the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program and led campaigns such as ‘Let’s Face It’, which petitions to save New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphins and Hector’s dolphins.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx