Yesterday I signed a lease for office space in downtown Carrboro! After almost two years of work its FINALLY starting to happen. But this is only the beginning. So much more to do before we open. So much to do to run the space.
Last night I shared with friends and supporters the news.
Brother and Sister Meat lovers! Dig this educational video by Rhet and Link!
Thanks to Paul Jones, Dave Menconi, and most likely countless others for sharing this meat meme. For the record I love North Carolina style BBQ and prefer hushpuppies and local beer with it. When that’s not around, dry county for example, I’ll take CheerWine.
I’ve just added a few posts to this blog about Green Business. I’m espcially interested in seeing it grow in Orange County, North Carolina. (That includes Chapel Hill and Carrboro.) So you’ll see on the top right of this blog a link to all the posts in the Green Business category. I hope this becomes a resource for others.
I define Green Business as socially and environmentally sustainable economic activity. Wikipedia defines Sustainable Business as:
A business is sustainable if it has adapted its practices for the use of renewable resources and holds itself accountable for the environmental and human rights impacts of its activities. This includes businesses that operate in a socially responsible manner and protect the environment.
I’m really just learning about this and trying to fit my business into this mold as much as I can.
Al Gore calls for “100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.” What are our local governments doing to take this challenge and make it a reality locally?
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of seeing Van Jones speak. He co-founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and is founder and president of Green For All. He spoke convincingly of a future of increased equality and how one of the roads to this future is green jobs. Green-collar jobs are employment in the environmental or agricultural sectors of the economy. [Source: Wikipedia] But they also include any work that will help transform our society into a more environmentally sustainable one.
One way our local government leaders could participate in this national movement is to sign the Green Jobs Pledge. Its goal is to "rebuild American competitiveness and environmental leadership by growing a green economy that fights global warming, pollution and poverty at the same time." Here are the five steps this pledge asks our leaders to agree to:
Commit to Action
Create a Green-collar Jobs Taskforce
Identify Goals and Assess Opportunities
Create a Local Action Plan
Evaluate, Leverage and Grow
So far the the U.S. Conference of Mayors has agreed with Green For All that this pledge is good idea. Mayor Martin ChÃ¡vez of Albuquerque, New Mexico and County Executive Ron Sims of King County, Washington have put there name on it. You can download the Green Jobs Pledge Packet here. [PDF]
Let’s discuss ways we can build a green economy from the ground up, and see if we can get our elected officials to take the pledge.
Atomic Age Architecture Symposium. Explore Chapel Hill’s modernist architecture of the 1950s-1970s. The sleepy college town became a center for avant garde designers creating a collection of radically different homes. Dail Dixon, George Smart, and Cathleen Turner will discuss modernism in Chapel Hill and what can be done to preserve these treasures. Tickets are $15 and symposium will be held in the Chapel Hill Museum. Call 942-7818 to reserve tickets.