Sustainable Works

Green Living Workshop update week 15 2008

Sustainable Works Green Living Workshops,

Thanks to everyone who made the workshops at Virginia Ave Park, Patagonia and the Santa Monica Public Library so rich!

If you have any comments, suggestions, or feedback for our organization
an email to
will reach our entire office.

Finally, please let any of your green (or wanna be green) friends and neighbors know about the next class starting on Saturday, May 3rd, 1-2:30 in Santa Monica.
a personal referral is always the best-

It will be held in the beautiful green energy powered Colorado Court building designed by world renowned architects

502 Colorado Ave.
Colorado Court
Community Room
Santa Monica, CA

Thanks again for being such a wonderful groups!

If any of you still need to turn in your Life Style Survey please mail it to:
Sustainable Works
Residential Greening Program
1744 Pearl St.
Santa Monica , CA


Shopping the very informative environmental section of Consumer Reports. the new online environmental portal where you can review green products and will eventually be able to read others reviews. CoOp America's excellent online resource that alerts the public about the social and environmental impact of major corporations while providing opportunities for consumers and investors to vote with their dollars for change.
terrific new resource created by the author of the Better World Shoppping Guide. LA's green guide for all things green in our area.;;

EnviroMedia Greenwashing Index - rate real ads by whether you think they're greenwashing or not.

CorpWatch Greenwashing Awards - nominate companies that greenwash for this less-than-desirable bimonthly award.


MicroPlace - eBay's lending site, where you can make a return of up to 3% off your microloan investment.

FINCA - sets up community banks in small villages in developing countries.

GlobalGiving - offers a money-back guarantee if you don't like the results, and heads up American projects like helping people affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Grameen Foundation - the original microlender, it's credited with reducing rural poverty in Bangladesh by 40%.

Kiva - lets you choose a project; loan $25 or more, and you'll receive updates on how the money's being spent - and the idea is that you'll be repaid.

resource for those of you looking to dramatically lower your ecological footprint by reducing your consumption of animal products.
free resource including, booklet, recipes, advice and current nutritional information
online resource connecting diet and global warming, including several links to the UN report detailing the environmental impacts of meat.
weekly e-newsletter that delivers a veg recipe, an inspirational message, and an informative feature to help you go without meat every Monday.

Food Revolution the bestselling book I read from whenever we discussed the environmental impacts of food. I highly recommend it for learning more about how food effects the health of both us and the planet.

from p.242 (Re: the lagoon spill we discussed)

Gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon-Valdez: 12 Million

Gallons of putrefying hog urine and feces spilled into the New River in North Carolina on June 21, 1995 when a "lagoon" holding 8 acres of hog excrement burst: 25 Million

Fish killed as an immediate result: 10-14 Million

Fish whose breeding area was decimated by this disaster: Half of all mid-East coast fish species.

Acres of coastal wetlands closed to shell fishing as a result: 364,000

Vegetarian is the New Prius
great article summarizing the the environmental benefits of eating plant based meals

Look for the labels stuck on your fruits and veggies:
  • A four-digit number means it's conventionally grown.
  • A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it's organic.
  • A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it's GM.


Blue Ocean Institute FishPhone - send a text to 30644 with the message FISH in all caps, followed by the name of the fish you want to know about, and it'll fire back sustainability info on that species.

Oceans Alive - download a pocket seafood selector and check its up-to-date list for the
skinny on the most and least sustainable fish.

NRDC - mercury info and another pocket-sized seafood selector that focuses on mercury levels.

Thursdays @ REI 7-8:30pm

Commuters network

Bike Metro the site that helps you select routes for easy urban biking.
non profit bike workshop that helps you learn to repair your own bike

Better World Club the environmental alternative to the Car Domination strategy of AAA.

Plug In America Non Profit organization of activists that saved the Electric Vehicles and lists all of the automakers phone numbers so you can demand a environmentally superior plug in electric vehicle. Scroll down to the "What Can I Do?" section.
Group that retro fitted an existing Prius into a Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Author of Plug In Hybrids, includes the most comprehensive analysis of Well to Wheels emissions Alternative Fuel comparisons


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