Los Angeles Bioneers – get involved and active on the fracking issue here in LA
Los Angeles Bioneers
A Revolution From the Heart of Nature
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Our guest speaker this month is Andrew Behar, CEO of “As You Sow,” will give a presentation of the exciting work of this ground-breaking non-profit, with a special emphasis on their “No Fracking Way” initiative. Hydrolic fracturing is already happening in California and is sited to occur in Culver City soon, and the more we know about it, the better we will be able to fight it. As You Sow seeks to protect children, families, and communities from the toxic byproducts and carbon pollution caused by burning fossil fuels for energy, and to ensure that the cleantech industry is not only clean, but green.
Founded in 1992, As You Sow promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. Their efforts create large-scale systemic change by establishing sustainable and equitable corporate practices.
As You Sow was founded on the belief that many environmental and human rights issues can be resolved by increased corporate responsibility. As investor representatives, they communicate directly with corporate executives to collaboratively develop and implement business models that reduce risk, benefit brand reputation, and protect long term shareholder value while simultaneously bringing about positive change for the environment and human rights.
They build coalitions with shareholder allies including socially responsible investors (SRIs), pension funds, labor groups, foundations, and faith-based investor communities. Through proactive dialogue, these coalitions educate and encourage companies to reform policies and practices with negative environmental and social impacts. If dialogue alone is insufficient they file shareholder resolutions and reach out to institutional investors, media outlets, and proxy analysts to raise awareness and advocate for change.
As You Sow has led or actively participated in hundreds of shareholder dialogues and resolutions. The many companies whose policies and practices have been impacted by our work include: Chevron, ExxonMobil, Duke Energy, FirstEnergy, General Electric, McDonald‘s, Safeway, Whole Foods, Yum! Brands, Apple, Dell, HP, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé Waters, Starbucks, Target, Gap, Home Depot, Walt Disney, and DuPont.
Andy has 30 years of experience as a Senior Executive and strategist in the clean-tech, communications and life science sectors. Prior to joining As You Sow, Andrew founded and was CEO of a clean-tech start-up developing innovative fuel cell technologies. He served as COO for a social media agency focused in the sustainability space and has been a strategic consultant in the nonprofit sector. He has founded and run start-ups in the medical device and communications areas and serves on the boards of several high-tech innovation companies.
The evening starts at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at our wonderful still-feels-new venue, G2 Gallery at 1503 Abbot Kinney Bl. in Venice. This beautiful space houses some of the most stunning nature photography you will ever see. There is both street parking and parking behind the building. Car pool if you can! Or ride a bike! Please try to arrive as close to 7 as possible so we can meet and mingle then get the program underway by 7:30.
RSVP to Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to come. For more information about Bioneers, see www.bioneers.org.
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October 19-21, 2012
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