Green Living Workshop update week 20 2008
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There are 4 workshops currently running:
2526 6th St.
715 Navy St.
Week 1 Introduction+WATER 5/12, 5/14
Next Week ENERGY 5/20, 5/21
Life Style Survey
read Water and Energy
3 WATER Solutions
Ecological Footprint www.ecofoot.org
Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan
Santa Monica Ecological Footprint description
Santa Monica Ecological Footprint graphic
Green Community Groups
Sustainable Business Council
Net Impact Los Angeles
Green Business Networking
LA Green Drinks
SMURRF Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling Facility
Tankless Water Heaters
Takagi USA - top-of-the-line tankless water heater company that has models that can heat up to 5 gal per Tankless Water Heaters min.
GreenHomeGuide - great rundown of what to look for when buying a tankless water heater.
Santa Monica's Environmental Programs Division demonstration garden comparison
Theodore Payne Foundation promotes the understanding and preservation of California native
Plant Right a voluntary, proactive program for the horticultural community to prevent invasive plant introductions through horticulture. PlantRight was designed by the steering committee of California Horticultural Invasives Prevention (Cal-HIP) partnership to communicate the need to transition away from invasive plants in the gardening and landscaping trade.Weed Watch
Los Angeles Regional Invasive Ornamental Plant Guide
This Guide is produced and distributed by the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council for the primary purpose of educating landscape professionals and the general-public regarding the cultivation, selection, use and management of invasive plants in our local landscape.
California Invasive Plant Council
Across California, invasive plants damage wildlands. Invasive plants displace native plants and wildlife, increase wildfire and flood danger, consume valuable water, degrade recreational opportunities, and destroy productive range and timber lands. Cal-IPC works with land managers, researchers, concerned citizens, and policy makers to protect the state from invasive plants.
Unitarian Church of Santa Monica
18th and Arizona
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Week 4 CHEMICALS 5/13, 5/14
Next Week TRANSPORTATION&TRAVEL 5/20, 5/21
3 CHEMICALS Solutions
Take a look at the best resource available for finding out the safety of your daily hygiene products. The Environmental Working Group, who put together the Skin Deep website, is a terrific resource for information regarding environmental health.
DIY Cleaning Products
Consumer Reports' GreenerChoices.org lists several simple recipes for making cleaners at home using familiar household ingredients. See all the recipes.
Alternative Household Product Recipes
PBS web video documenting the Phthalates issue as an example of the safer EU standards versus the more dangerous US standards.
Center for Investigative Reporting: About the book "Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power "
Carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane Found in Leading "Organic" Brand Personal Care Products from Organic Consumers AssociationPopular 'green' products test positive for toxicant
LA Times article interviewing corporate representatives regarding the 1,4-dioxane
from the Organic Consumers Association
Cosmetics are carefully regulated by the FDA
▶ The FDA does not conduct or require independent pre-market
safety testing of new products or chemicals. The cosmetics
and personal care products industry must provide
its own safety testing.
▶ Companies are industry allowed to provide data to the FDA
regarding the safety of their own product ingredients by
funding scientific review boards comprised of doctors and
toxicologists which they select. In this way, companies seeking
to profit from products may influence the selection of
.study results submitted to the FDA submits.
▶ Once a product is on the market, the burden of legal proof
required for its removal is extremely high.
▶ Since cancer and birth defects are often latent occurrences,
it is difficult if not impossible to prove causation in the judicial
system. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to remove a
potentially dangerous product.