“Tim, it was great reporting on your teams efforts for Greenbiz.com during SXSW Eco. I am sharing this paper with companies in Dallas that I know will benefit from this template. Your book Changing Business from the Inside Out has also been very helpful.”
“Christina, I deeply appreciate your perspective, particularly the example you offer on the National Underwater Robotics Championship. We need to be reminded of the potential - not just athletic, but intellectual - that we're losing when we fail to offer a pathway to citizenship for hardworking youth.”
“Ellen, you raise an excellent point. Lack of training is frequently where the breakdown occurs between organizational policy and action. I see the same thing in recycling programs - although in this case the consequences are far worse. Thanks for taking the time to identify a critical area that we can hold institutions accountable to - and a way to potentially contribute as a volunteer as well.”
“Jaime, I couldn't agree more. Thanks for the inspiring reminder that ensuring that America's children have basic needs met is up to all of us. It's really in our interest to see that as many of our kids get educated as possible. Our future is only as bright as they are.”
“Wow, I could not have said that better myself. Thanks for this thoughtful examination of how the far right gets it wrong when it comes to matters of faith. It is telling that many would prefer to quote Paul over Jesus. I am grateful to progressive Christians who are willing to rationally and soberly point out the blatant inconsistencies between the political rhetoric and the actual mission of Jesus, as he stated so clearly when he quoted Isaiah. This all starting coming more clear to me when I actually read the Bible for myself.”
“Of all the species imperiled by environmental damage, bees are one of the most serious. They are vital to our food supply. The documentary "Colony" offers a glimpse into what happens to beekeepers and local farming economies when bee populations decline. It's worth watching.”
“We just got our very first public charging station in Dallas. Half Price Books, right in the center of town, was always a great place to get coffee and hang out. It's an ideal stop for EV drivers to get a 30-minute charge. Now, thanks to a cooperative effort between the city and electricity providers, we're getting 12 more charging stations. Also, the Volt hits this market in March. 2011 should be a big year for the EV in Dallas.”
Ragnar Danneskjold on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:42:05
“Great. You can hang out and drink 12 lattes over the 6 hours it takes to charge the Volt.”
“As a Christian, I am deeply offended by this video. These people are classic reactionaries who are terrified of change and things they don't understand. There is no simple regulatory solution to our environmental dilemma, but hiding behind a myopic ideology is definitely not the way to fix things. We need to accept the fact of human-ecological interdependence. This earth we live on is the vehicle God has provided to clothe, feed and shelter us. The bible calls us to be responsible stewards of God's creation, our natural capital. Psalms 24:1 " The Earth is the Lord's and everything in it" pretty much sums it up. And regarding the poor, simple actions over here can vastly help others "over there." If Americans would reduce meat consumption by a mere 10%, for example, we would have enough grain left over to feed 60 million people. That's just one "green" action that can make a tremendous difference. We'd also be doing ourselves a favor in terms of improving our health care and lessening obesity. There are many other examples of how genuine Christian living is consistent with sustainable living.
For those who want to see a compassionate, responsible, and insightful side of our faith, check out the creation care movement. The "religious right" is not the only expression of Christianity out there, thank God!”
Lee Enry Erickson on Dec 19, 2010 at 23:42:31
“Excellent response, Anna. Thank you for standing up for those of us who are indeed Bible-believing followers of Jesus Christ who do not in the slightest way align with the inflammatory fear-based propaganda of this organization, whose agenda is to discredit and label any church, leader, organization or individual who embraces the creation care movement as an "enemy" of the true church and our society. Everyone I personally know who is a Christian environmental and social justice activist seeks to follow God's Word and mandate to care those less fortunate while preserving and conserving all that He has provided for our earthly habitation and sustenance. I am continually blessed by the demonstrations of compassion with action I witness through such socio-environmental ministries here and abroad. It is our Christian duty and responsibility to future generations to be trustworthy stewards of all His creation, as we care for the sick and helpless among us as we provide sustainable solutions to reverse their poverty... this is what the creation care movement is all about.”
KCM7 on Dec 18, 2010 at 13:11:52
Good post. I wish more christians were like you.
My only criticism is your last two words.
Sometimes you need to give credit where it is due...to yourself.
So I will. Thank you.”
VioletsAreBlue12 on Dec 18, 2010 at 12:11:42
“Though I may not hold the same views about whether or not God created the Earth (and/or the universe), I can honestly say Earth would be a better place if there were more Christians like you on it.”
baseballmom on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:39:33
“Excellent post. I don't agree with the religious aspect, but I appreciate your thoughtful comments and will read about the "creation care" movement. Fanned.”
“Thanks for the update, Christiana. I've been a customer of Green Mountain for 11 years. It was the very first thing we did as a family to make a difference. That simple action opened the door for other decisions, such as us build our Platinum LEED certified home, launch a sustainability consulting practice, and my new book "Green, American Style". Thanks to Green Mountain's dedication to customer service, committed leadership, and community involvement (like none I've ever seen), we've continued our use of 100% renewable energy for over a decade. During that time, the number of Texans using clean power has more than doubled. Thanks in part to GMEC's branding and education efforts, the competition has had to step up their game as well, giving us even more options for cleaner power. To think all this began with the vision of a single entrepreneur and his daughter is deeply inspiring. This is an American success story!”
hp blogger Christiana Wyly on Sep 21, 2010 at 20:29:10
“I love to hear about the ripple effects! Once one starts connecting the dots- it's hard to disconnect them. Its great to hear that you have been an early adopter and now are educating others. Thanks Anna!”
“I'm an advocate of green living and a proud driver of a 1998 Toyota 4Runner. The car has lasted 12 years, is virtually maintenance-free, and safe for my two toddlers. I've had friends ask me why I drive an SUV and not a hybrid. I tell that that sustainable living requires a holistic look at one's lifestyle. Since I work from home (a Platinum LEED-certified house) and try to shop locally, and I don't drive as much as I used to, running out and buying a hybrid to prove I'm green is counter productive. My 4Runner is fully paid off, which means I save money while saving an enormous amount of carbon emissions in the manufacture of a new vehicle. I applaud Toyota for making good cars that last, as well as being a leader in the hybrid arena. Even though hybrids aren't perfect, as with any emerging clean technology, they are a forerunner to something better. For my part, I expect my 4Runner to last so long that the next car I buy will probably be electric. By then the battery technology should be vastly improved - thanks in part to Toyota's R&D efforts.”
markbn on Feb 6, 2010 at 22:10:09
“fyi--below from today's New York Times via the HuffPost..........hope your 4Runner was made after this. You may also wish to consider that no 12 year old car is remotely as safe as todays vehicles, in terms of crash test worthiness.
"And in early 1996, Toyota engineers discovered that a crucial steering mechanism could fracture on the Hilux Surf, which was sold as the 4Runner in the United States. Toyota started installing a stronger version on new models.
Yet it took Toyota eight more years to start recalling Hilux Surfs and 4Runners built before the 1996 design change, after an accident involving an out-of-control Hilux Surf prompted a police investigation. Toyota received a rebuke from the Japanese government and was ordered to overhaul its recall system."”
“My business is in corporate sustainability so I tend to receive inquiries about green initiatives in the context of profitability and the triple bottom line, sort of a "what can green do for me?" approach. It is a rare pleasure to run across a leader who comes at this from a place of inspiration and genuine contribution. Touring your Russian River vineyard, meeting the experts at DeLoach, and tasting your wines and fresh organic cuisine (ah, the delicious tasting!), I was sold on the superiority of biodynamic farming. it is a beautiful way to honor the earth, not to mention the drinkers of your wines. I'm even more inspired to see how you are extending the sustainability ethos into bridge building, community involvement, and support of the arts. This is one more reminder that eco-oriented leadership doesn't end with our own companies. It begins with them. Bravo, Boisset!”