Food Water Shelter / Kesho Leo – Sustainability and Permaculture Tour

July 11, 2013, Sinon, Tanzania

Just a short hike through local villages, the Kesho Leo site is designed for women with children who have suffered from abuse due to their widow status.  This award-winning eco-friendly and sustainable design creates a village with an expansive permaculture garden, biogas for cooking, an edible-fish pond, a man-made aquifer, a library, classrooms, income generating sewing projects and endless fresh air with a view of the inspiring Mt. Meru. 


Permaculture Possibilities

June 25, 2013, Alliance Francaise, Arusha, Tanzania

Steve Whitman, a professional planner and permaculture teacher from New Hampshire, spoke of the seemingly-endless possibilities of design and benefit from permaculture gardens and farms. Be it small or large, a well thought our garden or farm can easily allow for a low energy, low chemical, biodiversity promoting future for food production, incorporating biodigesters, compost, natural systems, etc.


Safari to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and Lake Manyara National Park

June 10 – 14, 2013, Northern Tanzania

My first rhino sighting was in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Ngorongoro Crater.  The rhino was far, but at least not dead. What was dead were all the hominid fossils seen at a site I know all too well from undergrad – Olduvai Gorge.  I have waited almost two decades to come to this graveyard for our bipedal ancestors – thanks Bruce Latimer!  What a joy photographing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebras on the western side of The Serengeti as they travel north in their annual migration to what they believe will be greener pastures of the Masai Mara in Kenya. Dozens of vultures from two different species “fought like vultures” over a barebones wildebeest carcass while the original predators, a small pride of lions, digested their prey only a few meters away in the shade of a small bush.


Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives of Royal Caribbean – Saving the Waves

April 19, 2013, Brilliance of the Seas, Middle of Atlantic Ocean

Amidst an increasingly-competitive cruising industry, Royal Caribbean is the first cruise and vacation company in the world to not just embrace the tenants of sustainability but to also make a commitment to “go above and beyond required compliance to make as little impact as possible”.  From ballast water changes at least twelve miles from shore to recycling everything that can be, Royal Caribbean is leading the way with its Save the Waves program.


CommNexus and The EcoCom SIG Presents…Microgrids as a Growing Technology

March 19, 2013, Del Mar, CA

Microgrids provide an opportunity to enhance the way consumers and utilities use energy. In the right applications, microgrids can increase the use of renewable energy, reduce costs, and improve energy reliability. Microgrid use is beginning to increase across the United States to achieve these benefits. Examples include installations by the military, businesses, universities, and utilities. The challenges and opportunities are plentiful, and the microgrid concept is simple.


Environmental Health Coalition – South Bay Tour

March 15, 2013, San Diego, CA

Environmental Health Coalition’s staff and community activists toured South Bay communities to see firsthand how our work improves the neighborhoods and how much more work needs to be done.  Tour followed by networking with Councilman David Alvarez.


Workshop – 5 Steps to Forming Strategic Alliances for Entrepreneurs

March 15, 2013, Del Mar, CA

Hosted by serial-entrepreneur and founder of Hera Hub and award-winner, Felena Hanson.


Sustainable Seafood Week at Harney Sushi and SeaRocket Bistro

March 12 & 14, 2013, San Diego, CA

Hosted dinners at two of the most respected seafood restaurants in San Diego, educating people on the need for sustainable fishing.