An Eco-Friendly City

San Francisco is definitely one of the most eco-friendly cities in the country – with progressive programs and projects ranging from trash management, recycling, green traveling and everything eco-friendly.  San Franciscans aim to promote a sustainable lifestyle that can conserve and protect the environment while living a meaningful and respectful life in the community. In an article titled “Visit San Francisco: is this the World’s most Eco-friendly City? “ Jana Free states that “Many people consider San Francisco to be the most beautiful city in the world. It might also be the world’s most eco-friendly city to visit.”, She also notices how “These efforts conserve valuable resources for the enjoyment of future generations of residents and visitors.” and that “Business owners and public officials go to great measures to not only preserve San Francisco’s urban and marine eco-systems but to integrate “green” practices into daily life.” This speaks in loud volumes to green-loving locals like myself  who live in San Francisco and are enjoying these values in their own families’ lives

Trash management is widely encouraged and supported by the city by providing eco-friendly ways on how people can segregate their household waste, where they can bring recyclable items and how they can donate scrap materials.  All of these aim to lessen the volume of trash ending up in landfills. See here my family’s waste management habit.

Shopping at local Farmer’s market is also promoted for a more greener and eco-friendly lifestyle.  Not only do you get the freshest produce but you also help support local farmers and encourage them in their eco-friendly ways of producing their harvest.

San Franciscans also know how to get around the eco-friendly way – to ease traffic congestion, save energy and of course save environment as well.

Eco-Friendly Ways of Getting Around

It’s undeniable that much of air pollution is coming from the carbon dioxide emission from cars – not to mention the traffic that private cars are causing (did you know that there are 1.3 cars for every driver in the US? Now, that’s way too much!).  This is why we take advantage of the City’s public transportation whenever we can.

We also resort to car pooling for a more eco-friendly way of traveling, to save money and for convenience as well.  The fewer cars on the road, the less air pollution there is.  Not to mention the non-renewable fossil fuel you’re saving.

We just happen to love eco-friendly hybrid cars a well! It’s not surprising that according to Forbes.com, we buy the most hybrid cars and that almost 1 in every 10 vehicles in San Francisco is a hybrid.  Now, that’s pretty amazing!  Hybrid cars have increasingly been gaining popularity. Electric cars emits minimal if not zero-emission and are proven to be safer for the environment while still making sure that your traveling experience is at par with the best car in the market.

One of my neighbors purchased an eclectic car a few years ago and I checked in with him about his experience. here is part of the interview: Leafy Green: Bay Area Air Quality Management Reviews the Nissan Leaf

The Green Seahorse owner, Lisa Burnham, sat down with Robert Cave, Senior Air Quality Specialist for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, to discuss all things Leaf: the newest zero-emissions vehicle manufactured by Nissan. Cave shares his thoughts (and critiques!) of this much-lauded entry into the eco-car marketplace, and lends his insight on performance, features, and how the Nissan is helping new owners at tax time.

LISA: In basic terms, how does the Leaf compare, performance-wise, to the electric competitors, like the Ford Focus and the upcoming Honda Fit E?

Robert: I have not driven any other electric cars so I can’t comment on how it compares as far as performance.  The big thing that the Leaf has going for it, is that it is available. The Ford Focus is supposed to have a faster charger so it will take half as long to charge up as the current leaf, but probably by the time the Focus is available, the Leaf will also have an upgraded charger. The Leaf is very fun to drive.  It’s extremely quick off the line, there is no shifting gears, so it’s just one continuous acceleration.  Also, the Leaf has good acceleration even at freeway speeds. I have run it up over 90 mph. Sometimes the brakes are a bit weird (there is a delay.) I don’t know if this is anti-lock combined with regeneration or what. 

LISA: Consumer reports tested the Leaf with a cold-weather owner and found that the range panel indicator to be somewhat inaccurate in especially cold climates. Is there an ideal driver for the Nissan Leaf?

Robert: Nissan has also developed a Cold Weather package that improves the Leaf’s performance in those locations.  It includes heated seats, heated steering wheel and heated battery pack.  It’s not really an issue for me.

 LISA: For a family thinking about making the switch, what are some considerations when buying an electric car?

Robert:  Given the dearth of public charging opportunities, it really only makes sense as a second car.  We use our Highlander whenever we go on a family trip.  But that was also true when I had my Subaru, because of space and reliability.  To maximize tax credits, get the charging dock installed in a different year than when you purchase the car.  Do not pay extra for a quick-charge port, until level 3 charging docks become a reality.  A second meter is the way to go so that you can have your charger on a time of use rate, and the rest of your electrical needs on a normal rate.

 Lisa: Eco-cars can sneak up people. Tell me about Nissan’s VSP and how this technology was developed.

 Robert:  Personally, [I think] this is just plain stupid.  My Subaru when it was new was so quiet that I sometimes couldn’t tell if it was running when I was stopped.  Noisemakers are a bad thing. If there are going to be restrictions on how quiet a car can be, then there should be a minimum decibel level for all cars, not just hybrids and electric cars.  The VSP can be shut off by the push of a button (which I almost always do), but it defaults back to on when you shut off the car.  It is possible to hack into the car to turn it off permanently, but I have not gone so far as to do that.

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And for a healthier as well as eco-friendly way of getting around the city – go bicycling!  Yep, it’s good for your health and it’s good for the environment.  You don’t even have to have your own bike; there is a bike share program in San Francisco. What’s good about bike-sharing is that aside from the fact that you’re not contributing to air pollution you’re also saving the environment from future waste product of metals and bolts that can easily weigh tons.

A New, Environmentally Friendly Way to Rent Cars

RelayRides, a peer-to-peer rental car company, helps to solve that waste of resources. Car owners can turn their idle cars into cash-generating rental car businesses and make extra money to offset their car expenses. On the other side, renters get to rent unique cars (Porsche, anybody?) that would otherwise sit idle and go unused. That means we’re not only maximizing the utilization of expensive resources, but also saving money on all the costs associated with owning a car.

Eco-friendly Lifestyle for a More Sustainable Life

We can all create a more sustainable life not just for our family but for our community as well.  We can make it happen.  Step by step, one family at a time, once city after the other – for a good start let’s embrace a lifestyle that is certified eco-friendly.

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!

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An Eco Friendly Event

Green Festival is definitely one of the most awaited green events in US; in fact it’s the largest and longest-running sustainable and green living event in America.  Hundreds of retailers, wholesalers and small and big companies’ alike gather together to showcase their eco friendly products and services.  Green Festival is a powerful, unique and dynamic platform designed to purposely bridge the connection between the eco friendly suppliers and the conscious consumers.  This event definitely raises awareness about living a more eco friendly lifestyle that empowers the consumers as well as the men and women behind these green businesses.

Aside from the large display of the latest green products and services, there are also educational activities, hand-on demos, and inspirational speakers in the event.  Green Festival believes in sustainable development and encourages companies to adopt fair trade principles that will protect the environment and support community development at the same time.  Green Festival also ensures the consumers that participating companies are committed to environmental sustainability and work with staff and volunteers striving to make it a truly zero-waste event.

Eco Friendly Ways: A Green Commitment

Green Festival is serious about their green commitment ensuring to minimize the impact of the event in the environment.  They make sure that they create a fun and festive atmosphere without sacrificing the welfare of the environment thru the help of staff, volunteers and participants as well.

Resource recovery rate is improved my ensuring that attendees make use of the bins to properly dispose trash and volunteers and staff sorting waste as well.  For food vendors, only biodegradable or compostable food wares and utensils are used in sampling.  They are also particular with eco-friendly packaging and re-usable or recyclable materials in making signage and other booth materials.

You can also help Green Festival by bringing your own water container (instead of bottled waters) and dispose food ware and other items at the Resource Recovery Station.  To save energy, you can use public transport or carpooling whenever possible, better yet, come in bicycle.  And of course, remember to spread the message and bring awareness about sustainable living!

Eco Friendly Gathering to Celebrate Green Living

Visit Green Festival’s official page, www.greenfestivals.org to know more about them and see which cities they’re going to head next.  Give green a chance and take time to really embrace the process of becoming green for a more sustainable lifestyle – living simply with all things eco friendly.

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Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

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Go Green, Choose Green!

Green is the new black!!! Awareness about the current state of our environment, of our sole blue planet, is now gradually making progress. In fact yesterday, September 22, hundreds of thousands gathered in New York for the international day of protest on climate change.  Another way of supporting environmental causes such as this one is by choosing to go green and embracing a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  In order to go green, you have to make a conscious effort to always choose green – it involves knowing and learning what greening really means.  It goes beyond the color or a small tag saying ‘eco-friendly.’  To go green you have to prepare yourself to a process that will involve work and effort on your part.

Go Green, Stay Green!

You can gradually ease into green living one step at a time – you don’t have to go green all the way in an instant - as mentioned above, it is a process not a status.  Realistically speaking, green living takes patience and dedication more than the average whim to jump into the bandwagon.  Sure, being green sounds cool, and it is actually cool!  But drinking your coffee from a mug that says ‘green living’ or sporting a bag that says ‘recycled’ doesn’t make you green– again, green is not a status, it’s a process.

These could be a good start though, call it your first step into the process.  It means somehow you are aware, you know green and open to the prospect of choosing green.  You embrace the fact that we are ultimately responsible for this blue planet.  That our actions or non-actions today will determine the state of the environment that we’re living behind for the future generation.

Make the conscious effort now to educate and bring awareness to yourself. Know the impact of your actions, your lifestyle, and habits to the environment. It may sound easy to pull out the ignorance card and take defense for not knowing – but with so many information now available in just a few clicks over the internet, it’s getting harder and harder to get away with it.  It’s time that we take responsibility for our actions (or non-actions).

For instance, know the products you’re using – be a conscious consumer, know the real cost of what you are buying.  There are options, you don’t have to settle for what’s cheap or on sale or in fashion.  Make a conscious effort to conserve energy consumption – little acts when put together can go a long way, for example, unplugging appliances when not in use.  Learn to live simply, remember that less is more.  You’ll be surprised to know that you can survive with far too less of what you have today.

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For a bluer planet, simply go green!

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Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

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That decision spawned an idea that’s kind of turned into this bizarre phenomenon called the 'Fight the Forces of Evil' tool-kit.

It wound up having a strange effect on the majority of the people I showed it to:

- It made them want it.

- And it made the people they showed it to want it too.

People from all walks of life have found themselves unable to resist the power of the 2 'Mesmer Effect' questions that are part of this simple system. These are the 2 questions you have to ask if you want someone to buy from you without ever feeling like they’re being sold to. It’s the secret to the art “selling without selling”.

They found themselves wanting to be part of a company that has a purpose, where they can also potentially earn more than anywhere else. And they began passing it on, and the people they passed it on to also pass it on. All that passing on gets products into the hands of business owners and regular people who really need them. And the coolest part is, along the way, all that passing it on has help many people earn more than they have anywhere else.

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Art for Sale but Who’s Buying?

We may differ in our opinions as to what makes good art - some focus on the internal logic, on the agreement, on the relevance, or simply on one’s taste.  Every artwork safe to say is good art to someone, somewhere – now, all you need to do is find these people who are interested in art for sale.

People are naturally drawn into art, in some ways or another.  One may not be the type who passes time in art galleries, art festivals, art museums and other art functions but is all the same an avid art fan.  Perhaps they find these avenues too fancy, or maybe they don’t have the time – nonetheless, these people are interested in art for sale just the same.

These are the very people you want to spend a little extra time reaching out to.  For an art for sale to actually sell, you have to provide the means for them to find you easily and conveniently without taking too much of their time.  They may not know it yet, but they want an art piece perhaps in their home or in their office or for gifts, and it’s up to you to target and grab that tiny window of interest by presenting the options right before their very eyes.

Art for Sale, How to Actually Sell

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – almost everyone is almost online all the time!  We always turn to the internet if we need something – looking for trip ideas, Google it, looking for recipes, Google it, don’t know how to, Google it!  I’m not saying it’s a good idea to Google just about anything, but it does prove the fact that you’ll find a good number of people online – searching or simply browsing.  So, that’s where you need to be – art for sale…online!

Online art marketing is quite easy – basically because most are free.  For one, there are the social media sites – Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.  Keeping an account on one or two (or as many as you want) will help you stay current – and staying current in these fast changing internet world is important.  If people don’t see you, they don’t know – if they don’t see you often, they forget.  So to keep your presence always seen and felt you have to keep up with these social media sites.

There are also websites whose main function is to help artists sell their artworks online, like for instance fineartamerica.com.   Some of these websites does not even charge you for any cost or membership fees, only a percentage of your sold artworks.   This is also a good idea and a good place to start.  Just make sure that you study which websites you want to become a member of before actually signing up.  Keep in mind as well that since the website is actually intended for artists – you’re basically in a pool full of competitors alike.

Starting a blog is one of the best ways to actually sell an art for sale.  Why?  With blogging, you keep a constant presence on the web – you can easily update your readers/fans/clients/potential clients as to what you are up to.  This keeps the connection.  The deal does not end when you make the sale; you develop relationships that open the door for opportunities of future sales. 

Art for Sale Through Blogging

Blogging may sound daunting at first, but speaking from experience, with the right blogging platform it can be the best move you can ever make to market your artworks online.  More on that on my future posts, for now, trust that through blogging you can effectively target your market and sell any art for sale.

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Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Click below and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

“A simple system that anybody can follow to potentially make more money than they ever have before.”

That decision spawned an idea that’s kind of turned into this bizarre phenomenon called the 'Fight the Forces of Evil' tool-kit.
It wound up having a strange effect on the majority of the people I showed it to:
- It made them want it.
- And it made the people they showed it to want it too.

People from all walks of life have found themselves unable to resist the power of the 2 'Mesmer Effect' questions that are part of this simple system. These are the 2 questions you have to ask if you want someone to buy from you without ever feeling like they’re being sold to. It’s the secret to the art “selling without selling”.

They found themselves wanting to be part of a company that has a purpose, where they can also potentially earn more than anywhere else. And they began passing it on, and the people they passed it on to also pass it on. All that passing on gets products into the hands of business owners and regular people who really need them. And the coolest part is, along the way, all that passing it on has help many people earn more than they have anywhere else.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Association

This challenge involves dumping ice cold water over the head of the individual who’s been challenge is intended to raise awareness for ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hence the name  ALS ice bucket challenge.  The person nominated must complete the challenge within 24 hours of being nominated or donate $100 dollars to ALS Association.  And in the light of supporting a worthy cause while spreading fun at the same time, most people choose to donate and still perform the ice bucket challenge.  This fund raising project surely reached a phenomenal impact to the public in general – where people from all walks of life including famous personalities are doing the ice bucket challenge.

ALS is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” it is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  As it progresses and the motor neuron dies, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is also lost. This may eventually leave the patient totally paralyzed during the later stages of the disease. 

The ALS Association is bringing hope to those people affected by the disease by leading the way in global research and providing assistance - through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships. The Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS and with the attention that the fund raising project is getting right now, there is a big hope that more and more people will be educated about ALS.  For more about ALS and the ALS Association you can visit their official website on www.alsa.org.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted!

You have probably saw tons of people doing the ice bucket challenge – from ordinary people to famous personalities!  And yours truly has been challenged by my superwoman friend Carla Kohlhase.  So this supermom rises to the occasion and took to my daughter Eloise and son Tristan to help me with the ice bucket challenge!

I then nominate my superwomen friends, Layla Black, Candice Mata Box and Terri Nicholson – everybody was a good sport and obliged themselves to do the Ice Bucket Challenge! FUN!

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is Simply Contagious

What a great way to spread awareness, right?! Ice Bucket Challenge became a great tool in creating awareness about a disease that probably not a lot of people are familiar with.  As the popularity of this fun challenge continues to spread so is the awareness about ALS.

As of August 25, The ALS Association has received 79.7 million dollars in donations, from July 29 to August 25. That’s way more than the $2.5 million dollars raised during the same time period last year. These donations came from existing donors and 1.7 million new donors to The Association.  That’s a very promising development, I’m positive that before the fun died out we’ll be able to reach and educate as many people as possible with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

Connect with me at about.me/lisabnetwork

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Click below and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

“A simple system that anybody can follow to potentially make more money than they ever have before.”

That decision spawned an idea that’s kind of turned into this bizarre phenomenon called the 'Fight the Forces of Evil' tool-kit.

It wound up having a strange effect on the majority of the people I showed it to:
- It made them want it.
- And it made the people they showed it to want it too.

People from all walks of life have found themselves unable to resist the power of the 2 'Mesmer Effect' questions that are part of this simple system. These are the 2 questions you have to ask if you want someone to buy from you without ever feeling like they’re being sold to. It’s the secret to the art “selling without selling”.

They found themselves wanting to be part of a company that has a purpose, where they can also potentially earn more than anywhere else. And they began passing it on, and the people they passed it on to also pass it on. All that passing on gets products into the hands of business owners and regular people who really need them. And the coolest part is, along the way, all that passing it on has help many people earn more than they have anywhere else.

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