Vina Enoteca to serve first ‘Impossible burger’ in Silicon Valley

A burger made entirely from plants at a Redwood City startup has been making waves at select restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York — and now, in Palo Alto.

The Impossible Foods burger sun-dried tomatoes, cavolo nero (or lacinato kale) and a sun-dried tomatoes mayonnaise on a poppy seed bun will make its debut today at Vina Enoteca, the first Silicon Valley restaurant to serve the scientifically engineered veggie burgers.

The goal is to not only make a veggie burger that tastes good, but one that is environmentally sustainable and ultimately will change the way we consume meat.

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!

Dandelion Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie RECIPE!!

Dandelion has graciously offered their recipe for their delicious hearty Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie! You can give these to Dad for Father’s Day, to the Grads in your life on their special day, or for yourself any day of the week!

YUM!

Give a Shuck about the Oceans! June 8 at Hog Island

Mark you calendars! June 8th is World Oceans Day and Hog Island Oyster Co. is celebrating with their next dine and donate, Let’s Give A Shuck for the Oceans!

Nothing is more important to the Hog Island team, then the health of our oceans. That’s why they have chosen to donate 10% of their proceeds to Humboldt BayKeeper – a Northern California organization that works to safeguard coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Humboldt Bay.

Join the Hog Island Oyster Co. team for a day of dining and donating and help Give A Shuck for Our Oceans!

Bay Area Book Festival June 3 & 4

A Festival for Books? At Greeneroo, we LOVE books, not just green ones but all kinds of books on travel, geology, conservation, and even the winemaker detective series.

Over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017, the third annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or history, of fiction or memoir, of poetry or food writing, of children’s literature or science, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet!

There are 86 sessions, many have several speakers, so many subjects and multiple locations.  You’ll want to get your most organized friends to help you plan your 2 day agenda. Some sessions will be full, so go early.

  • For more information on authors, speakers, tickets:  https://m.baybookfest.org
  • Schedule of Writers

Hurricanes – Be Prepared

With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, it is time to prepare and use emergency procedures and resources to stay safe.

According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season. Forecasters predict there is a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Take these steps to prepare:

  1. Secure your home, including windows, roof, soffits, and other openings.
  2. Know your evacuation route.
  3. Don’t hesitate when it’s time to leave.

To be ready for any emergency, make a personal disaster plan that fits your needs and those of your family. Take a look at the Disaster Prepper’s book!

Consider how you will contact each other and where to meet if you can’t go home. Also think about creating a “go kit” that includes a battery-powered radio, medications, records you may need, food and water, and comfort items if you have to shelter or evacuate for a few hours or days.

Download the American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone and Android devices to monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm, prepare your family and home, and notify others you’re safe even if the power is out.

You can get free community training throughout the USA, look up CERT – Community Emergency Response.

Related Links: CERT Training Classes    Disasters Infographic  Disaster Prepper’s book

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

How do you Pick your Beauty?

  • Honest Beauty lipstick –  antioxidant blend of coconut oil, murumuru butter, and shea butter, $18
  •  Hemp Organics lipstick –  made from 95% certified organic ingredients $15.80.

and Revlon is $5-10 and it lasts for 3 years. Can you imagine why it lasts that long?

Some Stores that Put Healthy First!

100% Pure – a whole line up of beauty. Take a look.

Drunk Elephant – this company describes ingredients and source, uses natural and “low-hazard” synthetic ingredients; that’s the way founder Tiffany Masterson, wants it.

Tata Harper –  has a natural beauty market, whose value is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018. Uses high-performance ingredients including Spanish lavender extract to help reduce wrinkle formation and retinoic acid from rosehip seed oil (instead of Retinol).

The Detox Market, the green beauty e-commerce shop; founder Romain Gaillard.

Ulta – beauty retailer in the U.S. – 950 stores, has natural products that includes a top-selling lip oil infused with green tea and avocado extracts.

Sephora – has natural products cleansers, anti-aging, shampoos, but also – biotechnology-backed Biossance, a 100% plant-based skin care line. Also has a “Naturals” landing page showcasing hundreds of items.

Beautycounter –  has their own line of products range from makeup basics like lipstick and blush to sunscreen and body scrubs.

Birchbox  – a NY startup debuted an “Ingredient Conscious” shop category.

WHY pay more?  Parabens and phthalates, , have been found to be endocrine disruptors linked to increased risk of breast cancer. A recent study  from UCB showed that stopping use of the chemical crap, can lower levels of people’s hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Remember, naturals have a shorter shelf life (2-3 months)!  You can also MAKE YOUR OWN cosmetics, then you know what you are getting. This is big-business and big money, you must read the label. We will know that we have made a change when the label is no written in “mouse print” and you can eat any of the cosmetics, creams, and lotions while actually being able to say the ingredients out loud!  Look at coconut oil, try out plant based products, recycle the jars of questionable stuff.

A lot of HOW you look, depends on WHAT you eat. Put down the cookie. Eat an Avocado.

Look for more interest in this area from businesses, start-ups and lawyers. Even Dianne Feinstein, a CA senator thought about legislation and  introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Please understand, YOU must know what you are putting on your face, I have almost no faith in legislation. It seens to add more watchers and less do-ers.

FOOD BIZ – Plant based Food Seminar

Online, Thursday, May 25 @ 1pm PST / 4pm EST How is Impossible Foods scaling up its environmentally-friendly, plant-based food products? David Lee, the COO and CFO of Impossible Foods discusses how the success of this food startup begins with an innovative approach to selling its products to suppliers and consumers. Join us on May 25th as David sits down with FBS host Will Rosenzweig to discuss how Impossible Foods uses social media and celebrity chefs to generate buzz—as well as create revolutionary products that taste great and positively impact climate, sustainability, and public health during this month’s FOODBIZ+ Climate session. (click to sign-up)

Impossible Foods = The world loves meat. But relying on cows to make meat is land-hungry, water-thirsty, and pollution-heavy. That’s why we set out to do the impossible: make delicious meats that are good for people and the planet.

Geocaching and Letter-Boxing

On May 3 2000, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt” and posted it in an internet GPS users’ group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.

The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple:

“Take some stuff, leave some stuff.”

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

*A great summer activity.* Some helpful websites:

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.

Maybe Geocaching is a little like Pokémon Go, but it has been going for a long time… even before GPS, when compasses were used for scavenger hunts. It is a fun way to explore and learn more about the local area that you live in!