The Ludacris Foundation, Green For All and Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam Host “Keep It Fresh” Earth Day Event
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Atlanta-Area Students To Plant Water GardenAtlanta, GA (April 20, 2011) – Green For All, a national organization dedicated to improving lives through a clean economy, has partnered with The Ludacris Foundation and special guests, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Rashan Ali to celebrate Earth Day. The partners seek to raise awareness about critical water issues through a community service event on Thursday, April 21, 1:30 pm, at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, 1442 Richland Road SW in Atlanta. (Map to location: bit.ly/fXMNYA) Under the guidance of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA), students from Dobbs Elementary will serve together by planting a rain garden (aids in water treatment) and completing a frog and turtle pond. The service day will also include educational session around water treatment and water conservation from local Green For All Fellows and Ambassadors, that will provide participants with kits and information that can help them save water at home and at school “Saving our planet’s water systems – saving our planet – doesn’t have to be difficult,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “Any community can develop innovative ways to address its local environmental needs. We’re thrilled to be able to work with The Ludacris Foundation and schoolchildren in Atlanta to prove that.” Access to clean water isn’t a future problem, it’s a current problem facing many – particularly, America’s low-income communities and communities of color. Currently, only 1 percent of the earth’s freshwater is easily accessible. Thirty-six states expect to face water shortages within the next five years; at least fourteen are currently experiencing crisis-level water shortages and contamination. Given Ludacris’ green stance on the issues facing youth and his unique ability to educate young adults, both organizations saw an opportunity to work together for change. “The Ludacris Foundation is excited to partner with Green For All, Keshia, Rashan and the students to honor Earth Day and reframe the face of environmentalism. Protecting our youth includes educating and empowering them about the promises and opportunities of a green economy – safer streets, cleaner communities, pathways out of poverty,” stated Roberta Shields, Executive Director of The Ludacris Foundation. About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.gfa.fchq.ca. The Ludacris Foundation The Ludacris Foundation (TLF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. 2011 marks the foundation’s ten (10) year anniversary. GRAMMY® award winning artist and actor, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges established his foundation in 2001, with the aim of inspiring youth through education and memorable experiences to live their dreams. Most of the foundation’s work is dedicated to the idea of helping youth and help themselves. The foundation’s program focus is in three key areas (3L’s): Leadership and Education; Living Healthy Lifestyles; and LudaCares. For more information, visitwww.theludacrisfoundation.org
Green For All Media Contact: LaVenia LaVelle Mosaic Global Communications 917.858.9378 email@example.com SIGG North America Media Contact: Lydia Lee Truth Be Told 310.550.7200 firstname.lastname@example.orgOakland, CA (March 22, 2011) – Green For All, an environmentally focused non-profit organization, has partnered with SIGG USA, the manufacturer of premium Swiss-engineered reusable beverage bottles, to announce the "Keep It Fresh" public education campaign for the 2011 Campus Consciousness Tour featuring hip-hop superstar Wiz Khalifa. The campaign kicks off today, March 22nd, World Water Day, and will run until April 22nd, Earth Day. The "Keep It Fresh" campaign uses interactive online engagement, onsite activity and offline organization to educate communities about today's water challenges. Currently, only 1 percent of the earth's freshwater is easily accessible. 36 states in the U.S. expect to face water shortages within the next five years. At least 14 states in the U.S. are currently experiencing crisis-level water shortages and contamination. The "Keep It Fresh" campaign is designed to raise awareness about the crisis-level water shortages, inspire personal action around water usage and advocate for improving local water situations. Green For All and SIGG USA have partnered with the Campus Consciousness Tour and Wiz Khalifa because of his pro-environment stance on important issues facing America, and his unique ability to educate young adults about the promises of a green economy. The "Keep It Fresh" campaign will leverage Wiz Khalifa's participation in the tour to bring attention to water sustainability. "We are proud to partner with the Campus Consciousness Tour featuring Wiz Khalifa for the 'Keep It Fresh' campaign to raise awareness about our clean water crisis and the economic opportunity provided in protecting our fresh water supply," stated Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "Access to clean water isn't a future problem, it's a current problem facing many of us, particularly, many of our nation's low-income communities and communities of color. I am excited about this partnership's potential to create change through action." The campaign will be hosting an online giveaway promoted through the 'Keep It Fresh' Facebook page www.facebook.com/freshtour, and will be offering a free iPad2 along with custom-designed SIGG bottles that are exclusive to the campaign. For more information, please visithttp://www.campusconsciousness.org. "SIGG is proud to be partnering with Green For All in its mission to improve drinking water availability and awareness about the necessary steps needed to insure continued access to this basic necessity", says President of SIGG North America, Rob Dewar.
About Green For AllGreen For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.gfa.fchq.ca.
About SIGGSIGG – SWISS MADE. SINCE 1908. SIGG Switzerland is a renowned company with a long and unique history of success. Founded in Switzerland over 100 years ago, SIGG manufactures reusable aluminum water bottles. These "Original Swiss Bottles" are produced in our own factory in Switzerland. SIGG bottles make a global statement for quality, design and eco-friendliness. All SIGG bottles are 100% recyclable and contribute significantly to reducing the global carbon footprint. Every year, we launch a new design collection of SIGG bottles, two of which have found their way into the permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. While SIGG bottles originally found great acceptance with hikers and mountain climbers due to their outstanding quality, lightweight and functionality, they have become a major part of today's trend towards sustainability. For further information, please visit www.mysigg.com in North America and www.sigg.com for all international inquiries.
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DENVER, CO – On Friday, November 19th, Green For All, in partnership with the University of Phoenix, will host a free, day-long Business Academy focused on building the capacity of emerging clean energy entrepreneurs in Denver. The Business Academy will equip entrepreneurs with the tools, resources, and networking opportunities they need to scale their operations and create more green jobs. "Green For All is committed to building an inclusive green economy," says Cecilia Estolano, Chief Strategist on State & Local Initiatives at Green For All. "Colorado brings the two most important ingredients for green business: a business community that celebrates innovation, and cutting edge research and entrepreneurship on clean energy." The Academy will provide a realistic overview of the opportunities that exist within the region’s green business ecosystem, and identify the policies, programs, capital providers, and potential partners that together support the growth of the green economy. "Colorado has supported some of the strongest green business organizations and entrepreneurs since the beginning, such as the Rocky Mountain Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory," says Carol Tombari, Manager of Stakeholder Initiatives at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and keynote speaker for the Denver Business Academy. "Colorado green business owners have the potential to lead the country in innovation." Speakers at the event will include successful CEOs, capital providers, government officials, lenders, policymakers, public and private buyers, and other business support agencies, all of whom will share their insights on green business within their community. "The Green For All Denver Business Academy is the place to be if you want to learn how to grow your green business, find investors and meet with successful entrepreneurs," says Stephen Miller, President/CEO of CleanLaunch. Media is welcome to attend any portion of the event, which is free to the public. WHEN: Friday, November 19, 2010, 8:30am – 3:00pm, and Networking Happy Hour at Element Hotel from 3:30pm – 5:00pm WHERE: University of Phoenix - Colorado Campus, 10004 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124
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New York, NY – On November 16th, Green For All and SJF Institute announced the first everGreen Jobs Award honorees. The Green Jobs Award honors businesses that contribute to the economy and the environment. The first Green Jobs Award honorees are: Alvarado Street Bakery, Bioengineering Group, CLEAResult, E Light Wind & Solar, Inc., FLS Energy, Melink Corporation, OPOWER, Petra Solar, Sellars Absorbent Materials and Southern Energy Management. "Each of the companies chosen this year does its part in building the green economy through innovation and job creation here in the United States," says Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "They are demonstrating that by addressing the climate crisis we can take real steps in addressing the economic crisis as well." Honorees are from across the country, representing diverse industries – from renewable energy and energy efficiency to consumer products and engineering. Together the companies honored today employ more than 1,300 people and their aggregate revenue exceeds $150 million. "We hope that by acknowledging the tremendous work these companies are doing, we can support their noble efforts, and inspire other business leaders to follow their lead," says Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director of SJF Institute. Applicants were judged on their contribution to environmental quality, the quality of their jobs and benefits, the diversity of employment opportunities, and their level of community engagement. Honorees will receive a package of complimentary business services provided by Service Partners including Beyond the Bottom Line, Green Jobs Network, Green Retirement Plans, Hanson Bridgett, Relevance, Rimon Law, Singlebrook Technology, Springleaf Strategies, Social K, and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Data and case studies on all applicants will also be compiled, creating a database of innovative green job creators that help tell the story of the green economy’s potential. The Green Jobs Award is made possible by the support of the Citi Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Community conference and concert at Dillard UniversityFor more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 |email@example.com Nov 05, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Saturday, November 13th Green For All hosts Green UP New Orleans. A day of green education and entertainment, featuring musical acts Dead Prez, Hot 8 Brass Band and Charmaine Neville. "New Orleans has the opportunity to be an innovator on greening the economy like we have in so many other facets of life post-Katrina," says Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Building a better quality of life for current and future generations through sustainable communities is an important part of our work, so we’re proud to welcome environmental organizations like Green For All to our city." Green UP New Orleans will include free workshops and a celebration of New Orleans culture with local talent and performers. "My family and I have lived in New Orleans for generations,” says Charmaine Neville. "The reason why I am performing at the Green UP Conference and Concert is because I believe nothing is more important than preserving the health of our city, our families now and for generations to come." "We are playing at Green UP New Orleans because this new movement for an equitable, green economy is key to uplifting our communities," says M1 of Dead Prez. "As an artist concerned with living a healthy lifestyle, my band is committed to sharing positive messages through our music for the people of the beautiful and resilient city of New Orleans." The day's events will also include the Green UP Local Hero Award presented to a leader in New Orleans working to build the clean green economy. "If any city in America understands the need to transition to a clean energy economy, it is New Orleans," says Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "New Orleans has some of the most innovative green success stories we see on a local level nationwide and it is exciting to think of New Orleans leading in the green economy - an economy where people don’t have to choose between putting food on the table and their health and safety. It is our hope, that Green UP New Orleans will bring families and communities a moment of hope and opportunity." Also presenting the event are, The City of New Orleans, The Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club, The Green Project, Green NOLA, The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice of Dillard University, Gulf Coast Fellowship, The Bayou Shared Faith Organizing Committee, Limitless Vistas Inc., Good Work Network, Blues to Green, Louisiana Green Corps, Madison Media Group and Whole Foods. Schedule for the day is as follows:
12:00pm - Local Food Market and Exhibits 1:00pm - Opening Plenary and Performances 2:00-6:00pm - Workshops and Educational Opportunities 7:00pm - Concert with Charmaine Neville, Dead Prez, the Hot 8 Brass Band and local performersLocation: Dillard University, LEED Certified Professional Schools Building, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana Media is welcome to attend any portion of the event, which is also free to the public.
Initiative to learn about the state’s clean energy economy – and how Prop 23 threatens its growthFor more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 |firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES – Today the Green Jobs Bus rolls into Los Angeles to meet leaders in the California green jobs economy and to educate Americans on how Prop 23 and other legislation threatens the emerging industry. "California has a new, clean economy that's just starting to take off, creating jobs making solar panels, inventing new fuels and building wind turbines," said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "We are sending our Green Jobs Bus on the road for 100 hours to meet the people dedicated to creating jobs for Californians in this new economy." The Green Jobs Bus departed from the Green For All Oakland office at Noon on Monday October 25th and will return at 4:00pm on Friday October 29th. So far, the bus has made stops in Sacramento, Madera and Fresno. When the bus returns after its 100 hours on the road, there will be 100 hours left to vote on Prop 23. In Sacramento, the Green Jobs Bus team interviewed Mayor Kevin Johnson at the Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase. "We already have over 100 clean tech companies in our community that employ over 2,000 people," said Mayor Johnson. "AB 32 is a job generator and Prop 23 is trying to stop that so we need all elected officials to advocate for innovative policies... policies that accelerate opportunities for clean tech... the one growing sector in California, a very down economy." In Los Angeles, the Green Jobs Bus stops include, the Los Angeles Business Council, Capstone Turbine Corporation, Green Box Movers and a local sustainable furniture manufacturer. "This industry is at a tipping point. Investment now could position California at the leading edge of several new technologies. But allowing the passage of Prop 23 would put existing jobs, and those opportunities, at risk," notes Ellis-Lamkins. "Voting no on 23 will protect statewide environmental priorities. But perhaps more importantly, voting no on Prop 23 will tell our representatives to keep doing the right thing, to keep fighting the good fight." Follow the bus on twitter @greenjobsbus or find us online at www.greenjobsb.us.
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OAKLAND – Today, Green For All announced the launch of the Green Jobs Bus, a campaign to educate Americans on the California green jobs economy and how Prop 23 and other legislation threatens the emerging industry. "California has a new, clean economy that's just starting to take off, creating jobs making solar panels, inventing new fuels and building wind turbines," said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "We are sending our Green Jobs Bus on the road for 100 hours to meet the people dedicated to creating jobs for Californians in this new economy." The Green Jobs Bus will depart from the Green For All Oakland office (1611 Telegraph Ave.) at Noon on Monday October 25th and return at 4:00pm on Friday October 29th. When the bus returns after its 100 hours on the road, there will be 100 hours left to vote on Prop 23. The Green Jobs Bus team will interview business pioneers, non-profit activists and elected officials creating green jobs in 10 cities including Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles. The bus will highlight sector diversity in the green jobs industry including solar, wind, algae oil technology, agriculture, water conservation and green manufacturing. "This industry is at a tipping point. Investment now could position California at the leading edge of several new technologies. But allowing the passage of Prop 23 would put existing jobs, and those opportunities, at risk," notes Ellis-Lamkins. "Voting no on 23 will protect statewide environmental priorities. But perhaps more importantly, voting no on Prop 23 will tell our representatives to keep doing the right thing, to keep fighting the good fight." Follow the bus on twitter @greenjobsbus or find us online at www.greenjobsb.us.
The action-sports community teams up with local kids to clean a skate parkFor more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 |firstname.lastname@example.org
LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday October 13th, Green For All – in partnership with the Dew Tour – hosts an event to promote Protect the 360°, a campaign to engage and activate the action-sports community in efforts to curb climate change. The initiative is a direct response to fans’ concerns over global warming and its impact on outdoor sports. WHAT: Dew Tour athletes team up with local kids to clean a skate park and install recycling bins. WHEN: Wednesday October 13th 3:30-4:30pm WHERE: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St., Henderson, NV 89015 WHO: Dew Tour athletes Fabrizio Santos, Sierra Fellers and Kevin Porter "Climate change is real," said Dave Mirra, BMX legend. "It affects everything from snow quality to quality of life. But doing little things – like turning off your lights or riding your bike instead of driving – can add up to make a difference. I am doing my part and I hope fans will join me in doing theirs to protect the 360°." The Protect the 360° campaign includes an interactive website (www.protect360.org) that provides simple, useful information about how people can make their lives greener. "Green For All works to educate new audiences about the benefits of going green," said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "2010 is the hottest year on record and we all have a part to play in curbing climate change." During the campaign fans participated in an online survey to determine how green their lifestyle is right now. By completing the "Tread Lightly" survey, fans immediately entered to win gear signed by the Nike 6.0 BMX team and a trip for two to the Dew Tour finals in Las Vegas. Ellis-Lamkins says, "The response by Dew Tour athletes and fans to Protect the 360° has been incredible. People are excited to learn simple ways to green their lives. We hope the campaign serves as a platform to channel this community’s concern about climate change into action and continued conversations."
Innovative online climate change art contest engages thousands of artists with winners selected by celebrities, experts, and public votingContact: Sarah Ingersoll Email: Sarahingersoll@me.com Phone: (310) 486-5448 WASHINGTON, DC – The CoolClimate Art Contest called on artists worldwide to submit their work for the first online art competition designed to generate iconic images that address the impact of climate change. More than 1,000 artists from around the globe made submissions through CoolClimate’s partner, deviantART.com, the largest online network for artists, creatives, and art enthusiasts, with 15 million members worldwide. As Agnes Gund, art expert and one of the judges for the Contest said, "There is probably no issue more important facing us today then how we are affecting our environment. The CoolClimate Art Contest is a smart and engaging way to compel artists to influence and communicate the critical issue of climate change. Art has the power to persuade on a deeply emotional level, sometimes more effectively than grafts or numbers or datasheets." A panel of notable art experts and celebrities selected the 20 semi-finalists that were featured on The Huffington Post where the public voted to determine the Top 5 winners. The judging panel included:
- Jackson Browne (musician)
- Chevy Chase (Comedian) and Jayni Chase (philanthropist)
- Mel Chin (artist)
- Dianna Cohen (artist)
- Philippe Cousteau (ecologist)
- Agnes Gund (collector & philanthropist)
- Van Jones (environmental activist)
- Carrie Mae Weems (artist)
- David Ross (curator)
1st place: No Pollution Please by Christos Lamprianidis (Greece) 2nd place: AIR by David Criado (Bolivia) 3rd place: Oil Spill Duck Sculpture by Donald Gialanella (Wisconsin) 4Th place: Don’t Trash It by Starkman Design Group (California) 5Th place: Tick Tock by Juliet McIver (California)
1st Place Winner: No Pollution PleaseAngelo Sotira, CEO and founder of deviantART, Inc. added, "Using art for social action is a powerful tool and a passionate interest of our community. Partnering to host this initiative was an obvious choice for our global network of artists. We’re very proud of Christos Lamprianidis, a deviantART member of two years, for being awarded the top spot for his stunning piece 'No Pollution Please.' We look forward to seeing his blog on the Huffington Post." The winners will be honored October 7th at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, featured on the Planet Green Planet100 show and distributed at key global warming events for 350.org's international day of climate action on 10/10/10. Environmental organizations and 350.org organizers worldwide are being provided with an image tool kit that offers 10 ideas for using the CoolClimate Art finalists in their ongoing climate change communications. The winning images include reference to a range of issues related to climate change problems and solutions. Van Jones, environmental activist and judge for the Contest stated, "These powerful images speak to the air, water, and earth that sustains us, and reveal the perils arising from our addiction to coal and oil. Human ingenuity created these problems; human creativity - on full display here - can get us out. I encourage all environmental activists to use these images in their ongoing climate change communications." All entries, as well as winners and finalists, can be viewed at the CoolClimate deviantART web site (http://coolclimate.deviantart.com). Artists are encouraged to continue to submit their creations to the CoolClimate project to connect with one another and share their work with the public.
- Artillery Magazine
- Big New Ideas
- The Canary Project
- The Center for American Progress
- Chesapeake Climate Action Network
- Clean Energy Works
- Climate Change Education
- Creative Visions Foundation
- Defenders of Wildlife
- Earth Day Network
- Energy Action Coalition
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Green Community Schools
- Green For All
- Hip Hop Caucus
- Huffington Post
- Kaze Design
- Metropolis Magazine
- National Wildlife Federation
- Plastic Pollution Coalition
- Rock the Vote
- Sierra Club
- Student PIRGS
- Southern Energy Network
- World Wildlife Fund
Economy, public health, ecosystems threatened without new direction in freshwater management by public and private sectors, diverse coalition cautionsFor more information, contact Ricki Weisberg Ndege 202-412-3775 |email@example.com
WASHINGTON – September 16, 2010 - Green For All has joined a diverse coalition of businesses, farmers, environmental organizations, and government agencies today in issuing a landmark call to action aimed at heading off a national crisis in water quality and supply that could affect the nation's economy, the livability of our communities, and the health of our ecosystems. The call to action comes in a report, "Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges," that is the culmination of an intensive two-year collaboration exploring solutions to U.S. freshwater challenges. It was presented to the Obama Administration before being released to the public during a noon forum where Cecilia Estolano, Green For All's Chief Strategist on State and Local Initiatives, spoke. "Energy may be America's most obvious resource challenge, but water is on the verge of becoming just as big a problem if we don't act now," says Estolano. "With energy, we waited too long and are paying the price now; this Call to Action gives us a chance to address water before it's too late." The report states that participants reached "broad consensus…that our current path will, unless changed, lead us to a national freshwater crisis in the foreseeable future." It identifies serious challenges to the quality and supply of freshwater, including water infrastructure in need of upgrades and repairs; pollution and scarcity; competing urban, rural, and ecosystem water needs; climate change; environmental and public health impacts; and a variety of economic implications. It offers actions to confront these threats and a plan to ensure that our freshwater resources are secure for the 21st century. "For too long, our society has treated water as a cheap, non-strategic and infinitely available resource. Not anymore. Threats to water quality and access are putting our businesses, communities, and way of life in jeopardy. The time to act is now," said S. Curtis Johnson, chairman of Diversey Inc., a leading global provider of cleaning and hygiene solutions to the institutional marketplace and co-signer of the Call to Action. The Call to Action's recommendations include streamlining governance and modernizing America's freshwater regulatory framework, developed in the 1970s. The report also calls for badly needed upgrades to U.S. water and wastewater systems, which it suggests could be easier to finance with a better accounting of the full cost of services delivered by municipal water and wastewater utilities that is shared with consumers. For more information about Green For All, visit www.gfa.fchq.ca. For more information about the Call to Action, or to learn more about The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, please visit www.johnsonfdn.org.