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Took a long, long break

I took a break because, quite frankly, I was tired or writing and not doing anything when it came to responding to climate change.

But I am ready to get back into the game of learning what I can do.

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Why I like Sun Microsystems

Just found this article about Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy of which Sun Microsystems is member as is Starbucks and Levis.  Essentially it is a business lobby that wants to be included in the Obama administration’s discussion on climate change. Sun, according to this article (BICEP want to flex on climat change) wants to see a national energy efficiency goals for all utilities.

Yes, Sun has struggled for many years but the savings Sun has afforded cities by keeping its employees off the roads at critical rush-hour times has never been fully recognized nor acknowledged.  There’s still a way to go but with Sun’s strategy for green data centers and the way they continue to innovate, Sun is destined to emerge as a key player in this new, green economy.

Boulder Green Drinks – Tuesday March 31st

At the b.side lounge. Starting at 5pm. See you all there.

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Benoit Aquin wins Prix Pictet

Canadian photographer Benoit Aquin wins the Prix Pictet, an award established for photographic excellence in sustainability. Monocle has a small clip of the winner, if you can get through the music. The winner makes two interesting points: the unsustainable agricultural practices going on in China (something I had no idea was happening) and the new market for this type of work – photography that focuses on the environment.

This year's theme for the competition was water. Some of the photos are really quite amazing!

Pictet is a wealth and asset management group. I think that might mean "bank" but they seem to be committed to the promotion of sustainability in both business and the environment.

Good Times at Green Drinks – Boulder

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Great time at Green Drinks last night at Scotch Corner a cute little pub on the corner of Arapahoe and I think Walnut. I tell you what, every time I go to Green Drinks it seems like there are more and more people. It must be Bryan from EcoGreenOffice – he has really developed this group and what's more people seem to be having a genuinely good time.  I haven't been to too many networking shindings but at this one everyone is smiling.  And once again, I met some great people doing some pretty interesting things:

  • I met up again with Nate of Eco Handman.  His business seems to be growing from strength to strength. Good for him. 
  • Matt Lebeau has just moved back to Boulder and is helping companies with their marketing/strategy  over at Greenhouse Partners.
  • I spoke with Mike Olson from Johnson Printing very briefly as we were walking out and his company is using FSC paper and they are an environmental silver-level printer!! That's cool. Not quite sure what it is but I'll look more into it over the weekend.
  • Pepper Clayton from Emerge Green is an energy audit company that manages your energy rating strategy from testing to implementation to measurement. This is sooo needed. We had an energy audit completed several months ago, with the end deliverable a document. So, someone there to help you review that document and implement measurable changes is a great next step.

Another great thing about this group is that you get to meet and talk with so many people representing different companies and even individuals from various city programs are present. I spoke with one woman about the new recycling effort and she was very eager to talk about how her team supports this new effort by talking with people (particularly seniors) about the changes, what they mean and why they are happening.  Communicating the changes to how we live and why they are so important is critical to getting people involved and enthused.

Great time. Thanks Bryan!

San Antonio – Goes Organic

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So, to indulge in a bit of stereotype I would have to admit that San Antonio is not the first city that comes to mind when you think about organic restaurants. But recently I went home and discovered this cozy little restaurant where the old Pearl Brewery used to be. The place is called Texas Farm to Table and they serve up local favorites made from ingredients from local farmers. So, you can still get your fill of tacos and quesadillas but they strive to use only in-state produce when possible.

We sat outside the day we ate there. I had an enormous taco (fulfilling yet another stereotype) and my mom and husband had the eggs benedict. All of the dishes were great and we weren't stuffed when we finished.

The location is a bit interesting. The building appears to be made out of limestone and shares its space with Aveda, which seems to have some sort of school/shop space. 

Anyway, it was great to see these types of places popping up in the home town.

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