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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.

Sustainable Sandwich Wraps

Bee’s Wrap Sandwich Wraps are a natural food storage container and are reusable! They are made from organic muslin infused with beeswax and jojoba oil. The antibacterial properties of the beeswax and jojoba oil help to keep food fresh. Perfect for lunch on the go!

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I found this information in my “love note” from Farm Fresh to You, in addition to great fresh, delivered food, they have great green ideas and recipes!

Cool Chairs- Rustic and hand Crafted

Vermont Cedar Chair Co. turns forgotten wood into sustainable furniture that fuses comfort, function and form

It’s the big, rustic, bark-covered chair, and it’s the most comfortable seat in the house. Based on the concept of using leftover wood from the natural selection process of forgotten trees, Vermont Cedar Chair Company has regenerated outside furniture with green, sustainable and comfortable products that add function and instill beauty to the environment.

There is such a variety of color, shape and style in these comfortable chairs…. all quite beautiful!  –the editor

 

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Honing strict sustainable harvesting methods, every part of the tree is used to create the original Vermont rustic cedar line that uses white cedar and manila. Known for its ability to withstand the elements, white cedar weathers to a silvery gray over time. Manila fiber, chosen for strength and longevity, is the most rot-resistant natural fiber on earth and used for riggings on old ships. To increase market appeal, the rustic line is now joined by the Arcadia line that uses dimensional lumber, and can be produced more quickly due to its uniformed components. Having the same suspension seat design as the rustic line, Arcadia pieces will also be sold in colors. The traditional chairs have an unconventional seat that floats in the frame, is attached to the back, and suspended from the sides by rope. The successful result is the luxurious comfort of a suspended hammock chair.

For more information please visit: http://vermontchairs.com/

 

SOMA and sustainable water filters

Since its launch in September 2013, Soma’s incredible success story and meaningful giveback mission has created an indelible legacy for the brand. By incorporating cause, design, convenience and sustainability, the world’s first 100% sustainable water filter has brought attention to the importance of having a proper water filter at home while simultaneously raising awareness about the need for clean water abroad in developing countries.

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Through Soma’s partnership with charity: water, they have helped launch water projects in 5 different countries and within their first year of business, Soma was able to provide clean drinking water for over 3K people. They hope to meet their goal of donating clean drinking water to one million people in need around the world including countries such as Ethiopia, India and Cambodia.
The “Made to Matter” program is an exciting step in Soma’s brand story and signifies the company’s commitment to making the world a better place. It’s important to Soma to not only provide clean drinking solutions but also to educate consumers and companies alike to live consciously and become more socially responsible. Much like its colleagues in the “Made to Matter” program, Soma is proof that dedication to sustainability and charitable initiatives goes a long way, leading to a better tomorrow.
“We designed Soma to be not just a product, but an experience and one that is unlike that of any other water filter. Soma is truly made to matter. I am very proud of our accomplishments thus far, and we are honored to be a “Made to Matter” brand and equally looking forward to taking this next step with Target.”  –CEO and founder of Soma, Mike Del Ponte
Soma will be available at Target stores on March 22, 2015. For more information about Soma visit Drinksoma.com.
About Made To Matter: The important new platform shines a light on brand leaders of the future and innovators that deliver a positive influence to society as a core part of their business model.
About Soma: Soma is on a mission to improve life for everyone who drinks water, with sustainable, plant-based filters that make water healthy and delicious, beautiful carafes and pitchers, and a convenient filter subscription service. Soma believes everyone deserves clean drinking water, and actively supports organizations dedicated to solving the global water crisis. Soma was founded in 2012 by Mike Del Ponte, it’s Chief Hydration Officer, and is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit drinksoma.com.

Force of Nature

Wal-Mart has embarked upon an unprecedented green makeover. The company’s move reflects the simple yet compelling philosophy that the most sustainable, clean, energy-efficient, and waste-free company will beat its competitors every time. Wal-Mart dispelled the long-held belief that going green kills jobs and profits, as it has been able to boost its bottom line even in the toughest of economies. In Force of Nature, Edward Humes chronicles the course of this unlikely second industrial revolution in which corporate titans enlist their supply chains to tackle product stewardship and sustainability, bridging the gap between planet and profit.

Jib Ellison was the change agent credited in proclaiming that Wal-mart could take a new green path. The Wal-Mart I remember? Low wages, skimpy benefits, and medical insurance that the tax payers pay for the giant Wal-Mart workers, add to that, Lousy products, careless location planning, poor disposal and clean up actions. To hear something different? Amazing! I am glad to read this book, it has been good for my brain and heart to be able to STOP ranting about Wal-Mart and its unending “bad-for-everyone” practices. Whew!  — the editor

 It makes me think ANY COMPANY can improve, set a goal and do better.  Green actions and conservation ARE GOOD for the Bottom-line. Read it with me!!

Bamboo Kitchen Products – Sustainable, Reusable

3Pc Bamboo tool Set-Lo Res BambooSteamer chopsticksFrom plastic bags and bottles to wasteful paper and more, everyday products are wreaking havoc on our environment and consumers are becoming more & more aware of the destruction this is causing, and are trying to go “greener.” Bamboo, which is actually classified as a fast growing grass (not wood!), does not require any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to grow, which makes it a great option for consumers who want to go green. 100% bio-degradable, eco-friendly, recyclable and also light in weight (it’s edible as well), bamboo is a better option for our environment.

In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd), here are  a selection of bamboo products that are perfect for your kitchen to help you stay eco-friendly even when cooking.

The IMUSA Bamboo Steamer is made from eco-friendly material and allows for a healthier way to cook while retaining flavor, vitamins and nutrients. Bamboo steamers are great for cooking vegetables, seafood, dim sum and more. The beautifully woven bottom allows steam to pass through, while the multiple layers allow you to separate and cook a variety of foods at the same time. Available at Macys.com for $30.00

IMUSA’s Bamboo Mortar & Pestle (NEW SPRING 2014 PRODUCT) is an essential tool for traditional cooking and great for crushing fresh herbs and spices. IMUSA’s Bamboo Mortar & Pestle set is natural and eco-friendly, while featuring orange silicone accents for a stylish design, better grip and non-slip bottom to easily grind spices, herbs, garlic and more. Cooking with fresh herbs provides a much healthier and richer flavor when compared to dried herbs. Available in Spring 2014; Target.com for $17.99

IMUSA 3-piece Bamboo Cooking Tools Set is made from eco-friendly bamboo and includes a cooking spoon, spatula and coop to make stir-frying, sautéing, deep frying, steaming and parboiling easier. Available at BedBathandBeyond.com for $5.99

IMUSA Colored Bamboo Chopsticks come in a pack of 12 and are essential for enjoying the perfect Asian-inspired dishes. Add a burst of color to the kitchen table! Available atBedBathandBeyond.com for $5.99

The IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera is ideal for making perfectly pressed Tostones with just the right thickness and shape. Tostones are crispy fried plantains, which are very popular in Hispanic cusiine as a side dish or appetizer. This tostonera easily flattens sliced plantains and prepares them to be fried. Available at Macys.com for $9.99

4th annual Green Schools National Conference in March

One of the largest national gatherings of ‘green school’ administrators, teachers, students and parents comes to California this spring.

The 4th annual Green Schools National Conference, set for March 27-29 in Sacramento, is sponsored by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) and has a stated goal of “working together for healthy, sustainable schools.”

The conference, which last year attracted more than 1,200 participants, will address various topics, all tied to the concept of green schools. Leaders from across the country will share best practices aimed at transforming schools into green, healthy, and sustaining learning communities.

Topics will include curriculum; stewardship and service learning; sustainable facilities design and management; health and well being; and creating strong partnerships and networks.

Participants will represent hundreds of private, public, charter schools and schools districts that see the ‘greening’ of the nation’s schools as the way to save money, improve student health and achievement — and reduce their environmental impact in the process. Also participating will be business leaders and representatives from a wide range of NGOs and other groups.

“This national movement has come to include not only schools, but government agencies, nonprofit entities, business, and others working on behalf of the greening of our nation’s schools,” says GSNN director Jim McGrath.

The term “green schools” has come to mean more than energy-efficient buildings and school gardens, says McGrath. “Green schools integrate sustainability and systems thinking throughout the school – from using environmental themes to integrate curriculum and to influence many aspects of school operations – including zero waste programs, indoor air quality, healthier options in the lunchroom, and sustainable purchasing of materials and supplies.”

At the heart of green schools are students, and this year’s conference will feature a Student Summit to engage and inspire students. McGrath points out that in many schools, students initiate innovative sustainable changes to green their schools and communities. “Our goal is to connect students, who are our future green school leaders, with representatives from the public and private sectors currently working in this growing national movement.”

Says McGrath, “Whether your school is a comprehensive  ‘green school’ or just getting started, the conference will offer practical strategies, solutions and connect your school with experts who will provide a ‘road map’ for greening their school.” 

For more information, visit greenschoolsnationalnetwork.org.

About the Green Schools National Network

The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) advances the national green and healthy schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations.  GSNN is nationally recognized as the premier partner in advancing collaboration to integrate a green and healthy culture in schools to ensure that current and future generation of students are environmentally literate as well as practice and promote sustainability in their community.

Conservation with Homes Brings a Higher Price

Follow the money! It may help us start the conservation and preservation discussion in building! This discussion is looking at homes in neighborhoods with Protected Open Space (compared to conventional rural residential projects across the five counties).

FORT COLLINS (March 5, 2013) – Homes in neighborhoods that incorporate protected open space command prices 20 to 29 percent higher than those without open space, according to a new study by a Colorado State University multidisciplinary research team that included Wildlife Conservation Society scientist, Sarah Reed.

Conservation development is an approach to the design, construction, and stewardship of a development that protects natural resources while also providing social and economic benefits to people. The properties in this study specifically incorporated protected open space into the design of the neighborhood.

The study, which was funded by the National Association of Realtors and CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, evaluated home sales in more than 200 developments across Colorado. Researchers chose Chaffee, Douglas, Larimer, Mesa and Routt counties as a representative sample of Colorado communities and because they had large numbers of conservation developments.

“Our study shows that people are willing to pay more to live in subdivisions that incorporate conservation elements,” said Sarah Reed, a study co-author, faculty affiliate in the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Department at CSU and Associate Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. “This may provide an extra incentive for developers, real estate professionals and lending institutions to market this type of development.”

Other results from the study indicated that increased sales prices for homes in conservation development projects varied among counties (9 to 51 percent) and that a greater number of homes and lots sold per conservation development project vs. conventional development projects between 1998 and 2011.

The study appears in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sustainable Real Estate. Reed and Liba Pejchar, assistant professor in the Warner College of Natural Resources, served as principal investigators on the project. The lead author of the study paper is Christopher Hannum, a CSU economics doctoral student. Co-authors include Lindsay Ex, a senior environmental planner with the City of Fort Collins, and Steven Laposa of Alvarez & Marsal Real Estate Advisory Services in Denver.

Reed and Pejchar lead a Global Challenges Research Team on Conservation Development, a group of 20 researchers from nine departments in five colleges at CSU that is synthesizing data on existing conservation development practices, establishing a rigorous scientific basis for evaluating conservation development designs and policies, and engaging with land use planning, development, and conservation practitioners to inform the design of future projects in the United States and around the world. For more information, go to http://cd.colostate.edu.

“This is the kind of collaborative research at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability that is solving big global challenges and getting the solutions into the hands of people who need them,” said Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and founding director of the school.

Future projects will assess whether conservation development subdivisions are achieving conservation benefits.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. Visit www.wcs.org.

About the School of Global Environmental Sustainability The school, known as SoGES, galvanizes all eight colleges at Colorado State to provide interdisciplinary research and education on problem-solving for sustainable issues, preparing students to address the multiple economic, environmental and societal challenges of global sustainability through engagement in broad-based research and technology, curricular and outreach initiatives.

FAIR new Fair Trade Spirits

Southern Wines and Spirits is marketing sustainably produced ultra-high quality spirits. Grouped under the product name of FAIR, obviously, they are highlighting the Fair Trade ethics that started this effort. Look for:

  • FAIR Vodka, made with Quinoa
  • FAIR Cafe, made with organic coffee beans
  • FAIR Goji, made with goji berries from the Himalayan mountain valleys

Greener Office Supplies

To help your company qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) Volume Certification program you will make greener choices. Part of those standards involves the types of office supplies used. Several companies have made supply lists which feature items with at least 10 percent post-consumer content or 20 percent post-industrial material. A key element to going greener, is to take the guess-work OUT!
One method: by using StaplesLink, (part of the online Staples store) your company creates a list of green office supplies and its products have an impact by helping employees select more sustainable office supply options and making them readily available.  Anything that makes the selection and check-out quicker makes my company WANT to participate in going greener.

Another Method: Get a “GreenWatch” group going in your company! If this is their passion they will love searching out the best products and most progressive ideas. It is a huge bonus to buyers groups and trickles down to the families in the company because this green purchasing information is very valuable.  Make sure to document your decisions, so you can share your results. Don’t worry about every decision being perfect, the fact that your group is making the effort and working together has a huge positive effect for your company and employees.