Your guide to the coolest eco events
that you must attend, support or at least tweet:


Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party

March 3, 2010

Los Angeles, CA

The Official Why:

Founded in 1994 by activist and philanthropist Diane Meyer Simon, Global Green is the American Arm of Green Cross International (GCI), which was created by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment. Global Green is working to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. In the United States our work is primarily focused on stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities. The Global Green Pre-Oscar Party benefits Global Green’s national initiatives to fight climate change by creating healthy, green homes, school and communities.

The EcoPop Why:

Their party tagline might be “Greener Cities for a Cooler Planet” but this party is hot, hot, hot! Celebrities galore including James Cameron who is getting all kinds of eco buzz over his hit film Avatar.  James Cameron himself has been calling Avatar a catalyst for environmental action saying he now wants to “use the spotlight that’s been put on him by Avatar’s success to bring attention to environmental causes.”

Music by Camp Freddy & friends, Benji & Joel Madden of Good Charlotte and Mia Maestro will make sure you can’t hear a dang thing anyone is actually saying about global warming but that’s ok cuz this party is about rocking, not talking.  Best news yet–I’ll be there with some of my fellow Project Green Search girls working the green scene in eco couture! Party organizers promise:  eco friendly décor, celebrity arrivals in eco friendly automobiles, bicycles and carpool, organic hors d’oeuvres, no disposable glasses or dishes and eco product gift bags.

For libations, Global Green USA has chosen 360 Organic Vodka as their vodka sponsor. Calling themselves the “world’s first eco-friendly flavored vodka series” they offer up crazy flavors like cola and double chocolate. Too bad they didn’t call themselves 350 vodka and hook up with 350.org‘s 350 Day of Action because I certainly could’ve used a drink after marching in the rain for hours but I digress. Organic cuisine provided by Honey at the Avalon and wine by  Newton Vineyard, a sustainable winery in St. Helena, CA.  Pretty cool after all!

Historic Green “Spring Greening”

March 9-19, 2010

New Orleans, LA

The Official Why:

Historic Green serves to transform and revitalize communities through education and charitable activities that integrate sustainable design and heritage conservation practices.  During the previous “Spring Greening” events in March 2008 & 2009, Historic Green and businesses  contributed more than $250,000 worth of volunteer labor to 12 various projects. Now in its third year, the Historic Green event “Spring Greening“ continues to focus on sustainability and preservation techniques to combine the concepts of green design construction and historic restoration.

As one of the most devastated parts of New Orleans ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Holy Cross in the Lower 9th Ward is being rebuilt and restored sustainably, with the help of young professionals and student volunteers in the construction industry. More than 85 percent of this area’s homes are listed on the National Historic Registry. Holy Cross has aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2020 and climate neutral by 2030. Nowhere else in the world, perhaps, is this more possible than the Lower Ninth Ward.

The EcoPop Why:

Sure you could spend Spring Break in Daytona Beach or Cancun but the only green you’ll see  there is the money spent on cheap flip flops and bad margaritas, plus you probably won’t remember it anyway!  Open to college students, young professionals, skilled professionals, retirees, community members and anyone who can work a shovel or a paintbrush, Historic Green’s Spring Greening event is an opportunity to do some green good.  The projects this year include:

-Construct a new LEED Platinum facility to house the new offices of the Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED)
-Partner with Lower Ninth homeowners to green their properties: weatherization, radiant barriers, widespread installation of compact fluorescent lamps
-Continue renovations of the Lower 9th Ward Village
-Design and install demonstration rain gardens throughout the Lower Ninth Ward
-Restore a tupelo cypress ecosystem at Bayou Bienvenue and ”green up” public spaces around the Bayou



Cree LED Revolution Green Media Happy Hour

March 15, 2010 (#ecomonday on Twitter!)

SXSW

Austin, TX

The Official Why:

There’s nothing official, just totally biased because I’m one of the organizers. See below.

The EcoPop Why:

This is THE place to be if you wan to meet up with green minded folks at SXSW. Take a break from geeking out over Google earth and geek out over the real earth.  Co-hosted by TriplePundit and EcoPop.tv means there’s a focus on green media but the happy hour is open to non-profits, social entrepreneurs, issues bloggers, clean techies, environmental filmmakers and as we like to lovingly say, “anyone who gives a damn.”

The exciting news is that Cree LED signed up to sponsor the event so there’s free beer while supplies last and If you’re thinking we paired up with Cree just for the sponsorship dough, think again. With the help of their social media guru, Ginny Skalski, Cree is using the power of social media to educate people about the benefits of energy effecient LED lighting and we love that! If you’re a loyal EcoPop viewer you might have noticed that right on the homepage, I state “EcoPop is not ‘how to’ TV. It is not preachy, compost this, recycle that, change your freaking light bulb (although you should) TV.” I’d like to elaborate–I’m all for changing light bulbs–but as a content creator, I’m less interested in the how and more interested in the why. Cree provides the why.

They also provide the light. The Cree Lighting the LED Revolution site is an interactive LED makeover playground. Who doesn’t have a totally depressing and horrible lighting situation somewhere in their home or office? I do and it’s called the living room. On their site, people can upload photos of the their dim dining rooms and enter a chance to win Cree recessed lighting. I can’t explain it, either it’s the voyeur in me or the fact that I take comfort in knowing I’m not alone in my lighting woes but I really enjoy clicking through their “cries for help” photos. I’m hoping they include “after” photos at some point for a complete “before and after” experience. One makeover at a time, Cree is proving that the LED lighting Revolution has begun.

Last but certainly not least, we’re giving out eco goodies provided by our amazing gift bag sponsors:  TheEcoLuxeLife, Hail Merry, Josie Maran Cosmetics, Honest Tea, FilterForGood & Brita, Joyful Bath Co., and Herbalogic.

RSVP here and I’ll see you there!!

Environmental Film Festival

March 16-28, 2010

Washington, DC

The Official Why:

As we enter a new decade of the 21st century, the Environmental Film Festival comes of age, marking 18 eventful years in Washington, D.C. with our biggest and most ambitious Festival yet. This year the Festival is proud to present 155 diverse and thought-provoking films, including 66 Washington, D.C., United States and World premieres, that celebrate the wonder of the natural world and illuminate the growing challenges to life on earth.

The 2010 Festival explores the vital connections between food and the environment. What we eat is essential to our health and well being; how food is produced and transported to our tables affects the condition of our planet. Additional films address the environmental implications of such diverse subjects as the current natural gas drilling boom, mountaintop removal and the mysterious disappearance of frogs, while others point to the success of businesses that are adopting green practices and stimulating the growth of clean, renewable energy.

The EcoPop Why:

An entire festival dedicated to environmental films? I’m in heaven! And it’s in my backyard! The only thing I’m bummed about is that I’ll be out of town and miss the festival launch party, March 10th which advertises open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music, raffles and special guest speaker Nora Pouillon, founder of Restaurant Nora, the nation’s first certified organic restaurant….did you catch that people? The nation’s first certified organic restaurant was in DC–not California, not New York. DC. Thank you.

Anyway, a few films on my must see list: 

Nora! (of course) profiles Washington restaurateur, Nora Pouillon, founder of my FAVORITE restaurant.

HomeGrown spotlights an urban family farm in Pasadena, California.

Who Killed Crassostrea Virginica? investigates the decline of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

GasLand, an award-winner from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, will screen on the Festival’s opening night with filmmaker Josh Fox in attendance.

Green, a stylized exploration of the effects of deforestation on an orangutan and winner of Grand Teton award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

Oh and here’s the super mega amazing part:  most screenings are free!


Earth Hour

March 27, 8:30pm

Global

The Official Why:

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation.

The EcoPop Why:

This is so easy people. You don’t even leave your house.  All you do is turn off your lights for an hour. Even you with energy efficient LED lights, turn ’em off!  Does turning off your lights for an hour make an actual impact on global warming? Heck no. But that’s not the point. Earth Hour is about sending a powerful visual message to world leaders that you are “voting for action with your light switch.”  Symbolic events can be very effective at galvanizing public opinion and fostering social change. WWF started Earth Hour because climate change is one of the greatest threats facing wildlife and nature….remember polar bears?  Set your clock, gather your candles, pour your organic wine and enjoy an hour of mood lighting for the earth.