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Friday, November 19, 2010

Environmental Charter High School Celebrating 10 Years of Green Education

Left: Taylor, Colter, Laimon, Diaz
The Environmental Charter High School (ECHS), founded by Alison Suffet Diaz, celebrates ten years of service to the community this year. Suffet-Diaz and friend Sara Laimon, founder of the Green Ambassadors Institute (with the help of many others) joined forces and created an exceptional school that has become a true model for sustainable education.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Take Action - Prevent Childhood Obesity LAUSD 2011-12 Proposed Menu

Local produce at one early meeting
We need your help in spreading the word about this important issue ... healthy food served in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). I was recently asked to sit on the LAUSD’s Cafeteria Improvement Committee to make contributions to help improve the food served to the thousands of students in the schools district.

The Committee is in a rare position to make some dramatic changes to LAUSD's food menu for the 2011-12, but parent's participation is really critical to make these changes. This is your big chance to let the powers that be know that we want high fructose corn syrup and flavored milk taken off the menu (and any other thoughts) - an opportunity that won’t come around again for another five years.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stand Up For Clean Energy ... Vote No On Prop 23

Stand up for clean energy … “As the national leader in clean, renewable energy, California is showing us the way to a clean energy future. That’s why it’s so critical that we defeat Proposition 23.”
Stakeholders opposed Prop 23
Earlier this month I attended a press conference called by Governor Schwarzenegger’s office in collaboration with No on 23 – Californians to Stop the Dirty Energy Proposition – to bring attention to the dangerous potential impact of Proposition 23. Shangri-LA Construction hosted the event at their LEED built airplane hanger at the Burbank airport. Community stakeholders, business leaders, city officials, the San Fernando Valley Green Team and union workers were all on hand to support the opposition. That was also the day I saw the first television commercial alerting Californian’s about the nasties of Proposition 23.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Changing The Course Of Our Destiny

Reverend Michael Beckwith
Rarely have I been moved to tears, deeply inspired, filled with joy, danced in the aisles, served some of the most flavorful vegetarian cuisine in town, all while breathlessly in awe of a collective presence of visionary leaders … This past Tuesday night was one of those extraordinary moments when Evolutionary Leaders from around the world gathered at UCLA. Their mission was clear, a call to action … a chance to change the course of our destiny!

This brilliantly choreographed evening accompanied by the Agape House Band throughout, was a show of unity, emotion, creativity, awareness, cooperation, and profound thought … truly a collective effort of passionate humanitarianism and love. As the visionary leaders began to arrive, the excitement and peaceful energy infused the Royce Hall patio.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Call To Conscious Evolution - Our Moment of Choice

Evolutionary Leaders - In Service
UCLA - August 31, 2010
Thirty years ago, long before The Secret came onto the scene, I found myself in a challenging health situation where I had been to 12 specialists while enduring constant pain. Unfortunately, none of them could figure out what was wrong with me. Then one day while sitting on the front lawn in a hopeless state, a Spirit driven miracle took place: my neighbor pulled up with a big smile on her face and a bag full of new age books from the Bodhi Tree bookstore. In that bag were two books that would change my life forever – Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life and Sondra Ray’s Loving Relationships.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Roar and Snore - A Safari Adventure

It was 11:00am Saturday August 8, 2009 when my daughter (24), myself and our respective partners arrived at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park for an unforgettable 24-hour family adventure. As a conscious and compassionate animal person, I have to admit I had major reservations about visiting the animal park when my (vegetarian) boyfriend originally showed me the article he read about the parks Roar and Snore overnight camping program. Once he shared his feelings about their program being an integral part of saving many of the creatures on the worlds "Endangered Species" list, that's when I started doing research into this unique 1,800-acre Wild Animal Park, which also includes a 900-acre native plant reserve.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Herbie Hancock at The Grammy Museum - The Imagine Project

If you haven’t yet ventured out to The Grammy Museum at LA Live, you must treat yourself. The 18-month-old museum offers the community a substantial gift through classes, events (for all ages), artifacts, culture and history. The current exhibit – Strange Kozmic Experience, gives the visitor a rare glimpse into the lives of Janis Joplin, The Doors/Jim Morrison, and Jimi Hendrex, among others. On display are photos, cars, personal hand-written letters, journals, lyrics, and there is much more to this 30,000 sq foot museum.

The Museum’s mission is to use music as a gateway to learning; inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical-thinking and self-expression. The experiential tools that support their vision include after school programs, teacher curriculum, teacher workshops, museum tours, seminars, symposia, master music classes taught by Academy members, mentoring programs, music

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WCWP Helps Sponsor WE Build Habitat For Humanity

Last year I had the great fortune of helping the San Fernando Valley Green Building Task Force (A subcommittee of the SFV Green Team) on a volunteer build for Habitat for Humanity in Pacoima, CA. It was truly a memorable experience of working together as a group for an important cause … creating homes for those in need and building community. One of the added benefits of the day was I learned how to build a fence with a few other women and really enjoyed the sense of accomplishment of the finished product.

Then in January I met Donna Deutchman the Executive Director/CEO for local Habitat For Humanity projects on a conference call. When Donna told me about one of the projects she was working on – a Women’s Empowerment Build, I knew right away it was something that WCWP would like to help sponsor. It was a project dedicated to empowering women - a three-day build that would take place on May 23, 24 and 25, 2010.