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Greening Our Investments PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Earth Supported  

 

Our investment choices can have a broad impact socially and environmentally. Financial Advisor Toby  Cooper will explore the origins, development, and benefits of “socially responsible” (aka, sustainable, ethical, or green) investing, including a nod to 18th Century Quakers, Dr. Martin Luther King, and anti-war activists of the Vietnam war era. He will discuss how investors can achieve their financial goals while aligning their invested dollars with their inner values. He will demonstrate how sustainable investing has found its place in the mainstream investor landscape today. Finally, he will discuss how sustainable investment decisions will interface with “2015 Year-Ahead” investment forecasts from leading Wall Street analysts. Come join us for an interesting evening and explore how your investment choices can make a difference.

 

 

Thursday February 5, 2015   

 

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm    Check-in, Networking/Refreshments

 

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm    Presentation and Q&A

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Human Relations In The Workplace PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Lemons   

Eric Lemons  

Understanding the role of human relations in the workplace is critical to our personal success and to the long term success of
any business. This talk will provide some insight into how we can be more effective and  how businesses can improve by paying attention to human relations. Areas to be discussed will include: 
 

 

 

  

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Dealing with Change
  • Continuous Learning
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Handling Conflict and Negotiation

 

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The Magic of the Bioneers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

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Prior to 2012 I did not know of the Bioneers organization; didn’t even know they existed. I came across their website and signed up for their newsletter. After reading and pondering what they had to say, I convinced myself that this was a very interesting and meaningful organization and there was probably more than meets the eye. And was I ever right.

 

I signed up and attended their 25th Anniversary Bioneers Summit Conference. It was held near the civic center complex in San Rafael, California. It was a nice drive there and I leisurely stopped along the way taking lots of pictures.

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The Smart Grid is Getting Smarter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Rod Kirk
On October 9, 2014 Rod Kirk presented a talk entitled "The Smart Grid is Getting Smarter".  Work on the Smart Grid is accelerating. Smart Grid 3.0 is taking shape. In this talk Rod explored what Smart Grid 3.0 is all about, the driving forces, and some of the issues that need to be resolved.

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Meet the Bioneers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

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We are fortunate to live in a geographical area full of opportunites to engage with people and organizations involved with "helping the earth". The Bioneers is one such organization. For some reason, this organization has gone unnoticed by too many people. This discussion will provide some informative and interesting background on this great organization. Your take aways will be an understanding of the philosophy, programs, people, events, and future plans of the Bioneers. Please join us for this interesting session.  

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 January 2015 20:34
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Free / Low Cost Learning Resources PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mei-Ling Shek   

We have available at our fingertips numerous free or very low cost cleantech educational resources to take advantage of. In this presentation, Mei-Ling covers a sampling of recommended sources. The presentation highlights the following resosurces:

 

  • Online resources
  • Educational institutions
  • Individual company resources
  • Utilities

 

Mei-Ling Shek has worked as a consultant and scientist in both academic and industrial startup settings (telecom optoelectronics & low-power solar concentrators). She has a background in surface science, and materials & optics. While looking for ways to make technical contributions in the field of LED lighting, she spends time learning about the many facets of sustainability and apply what she has learned to preserve our environment. Her favorite environmental organization are the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

 

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An Electric Bike: Why Not? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Al Sanchez   

Al Sanchez-Chew
Rationale: 

Easy to Do. 

Save on Gasoline consumption.  

The same basics as any Electric Vehicle. 

A learning experience/Experiment. 

Relatively inexpensive.  Compared to an EV (car), $300 -1,500. 

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