On Monday February 23rd U.S political, business and environmental leaders gathered together at the Newseum in Washington D.C to further discuss the idea of building a national electricty grid that they hope will both diminish the effects of global warming and help to boost the economy. Click here to check out the full article.
Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser: The Case for Creating Green Schools Now
Today, millions of children and teachers go to school every day in unhealthy, inefficient schools that waste money, make kids sick and provide poor environments for learning. The state of aging school infrastructure is truly a national travesty. When I first visited New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina to see how my environmental organization Global Green could help rebuild the city green, I toured a local high school and was overwhelmed to discover such decay and disrepair. I later learned this didn't result from the storm, but from years of neglect. Sadly this is not an isolated school or city.
Fortunately, we do have the solutions to help rebuild our schools to be healthy, efficient and productive centers of learning. California is leading the way with $100 million dollars in bond money to support building green schools and Los Angeles Unified is building all of its new schools to healthy green standards. New Orleans is considering doing the same and now Congress has approved $40 billion in the stimulus package to build green schools.
To help drive national awareness about the need to build green schools, Global Green is hosting its Sixth Annual Pre-Oscar® party in Hollywood, CA on February 19th. Sheryl Crow, who recently performed at the Huffington Post Pre-Inaugural party co-sponsored by Global Green, will perform along with Gavin Rossdale (lead singer from Bush). For ticket information visit www.globalgreen.org/oscars.
For the past six years, I've been proud to collaborate with Global Green Board members Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, photographer and climate activist Sebastian Copeland and supporters including Salma Hayek, Orlando Bloom and Penelope Cruz among others to help raise global awareness of smart solutions to global warming -- from plug-in hybrid cars that get 100+ mpg to green affordable homes that can save hundreds of dollars on annual electric bills to the importance of voting green.
Its exciting to finally be able to promote climate policy solutions like green schools that are not only good ideas for our health, economy, national security and environment, but are finally being embraced by our political leaders in Congress and the White House. The current Congressional stimulus package includes a $40 billion dollar investment in green schools -- a good start on reinvesting in our future from those who we are borrowing so much from to get out of our financial meltdown.
Global Green USA has been pioneering smart climate solutions for schools, homes and communities for more than a decade and has helped more than 40,000 students by greening hundreds of millions of dollars of green school construction in California and New Orleans. Building Green Schools is one of the most effective ways to improve academic performance, improve health and lower costs of operating schools.
With the support of the Annenberg Foundation, Global Green has already partnered with the LA Unified School District to build more than 34 new green schools resulting in:
25,000 students and staff benefit from reduced exposure to air pollutants such as formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds, many of which are asthma triggers
23,600 children provided with improved learning environments through the provision of natural daylight and improved acoustics
38,779 tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided - equivalent to planting
116,338 trees annually, or removing 6,463 cars from the road each year
These statistics are impressive, but more importantly, Green Schools protect and improve student and teacher health, improve student performance (by as much as 25%), lower operating costs (20-40%) and provide a unique educational opportunity to have the classroom and school serve as a teaching opportunity.
In New Orleans, where we've put forward a vision of building a sustainable, green city, Global Green received a grant from the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund to similarly help rebuild green schools and return students and teachers to healthier, more productive classrooms than they had even pre-Katrina. For an investment of just $75,000 in energy improvements, we've been able to save schools on average $25,000 per year in electricity costs (a three year payback).
As the Congress deliberates the largest stimulus package in history, there is no single better investment that we can make than to help maximize the potential learning and productivity of our children.
HotelWorld Announces Hoteliers of the Year
Cleveland, OH — February 17, 2009 — HotelWorld Expo & Conference is proud to announce the winners of the Hotelier of the Year awards today as William Hornbuckle, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and Frederick Cerrone, President and Chief Executive Operator of Hotel Equities. Hornbuckle will receive the Hotelier of the Year-Nevada award, which is an award specifically for an outstanding hospitality leader in Nevada as voted for by Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association (NH&LA) members, and Cerrone will receive the Hotelier of the Year award, which recognizes an outstanding global leader as determined by the editors of Hotel & Motel Management, Hotel Design and Luxury Hotelier magazines. Both awards are the most prestigious honors bestowed by the HotelWorld Global Hospitality & Design award committee and will be presented at the award ceremony held March 3 in Las Vegas.
“The Hoteliers of the Year have the high distinction of being recognized by their colleagues and peers in the industry for their leadership, vision and exemplary contributions to the hospitality lodging and tourism industry,” said Van V. Heffner, president & CEO, NH&LA. “This event is designed to recognize the true leaders in the hospitality industry and to provide them with a singular event to celebrate their yearly accomplishments. We believe that both William and Frederick truly deserve this award for their outstanding leadership roles in 2008.”
Hornbuckle is a 28-year veteran of the gaming industry and his career has included senior management positions with Mirage Resorts including President and COO for the Golden Nugget, Laughlin; Executive Vice President and COO for Treasure Island; and Vice President of Hotel Operations for The Mirage. Hornbuckle also served as President and COO for Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Hornbuckle is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration. His commitment to education and the youth of his community has led him to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Andre Agassi Foundation. Previously, he served on the boards for the United Way of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation. From 1999 to 2003, he also served on the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He is a past chairman of the board for Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association (NH&LA) in 1992 and board member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA).
With more than 35 years of hospitality experience, Cerrone is a veteran in the area of hotel management. First starting as a desk clerk at the Boston Sheraton, he became the youngest general manager in Sheraton history at age 21. He was chosen to manage the first all-suites hotel in the United States and was twice recognized as “GM of the Year” by national franchises. He later became the co-founder of Day Hospitality Group (DHG), and purchased the management segment of DHG in 2004 to begin Sivica Hospitality, an independent hotel management, development and consulting firm. In 2006, Cerrone re-launched the company under the Hotel Equities name and began strategic expansion that led to rapid company growth to date. He has displayed his commitment to philanthropic endeavors with InStep International, which provides missionary work around the world and is known in the industry as a man of great generosity, compassion, vision, integrity and wisdom. He currently chairs the Fairfield Inn and Suites Franchise Advisory Council and also is a member of the SpringHill Suites Franchise Advisory Council for Marriott.
“The second annual HotelWorld Global Hospitality & Design award event will be enhanced by having such exciting and worthy winners,” said Liz Crawford, show director of HotelWorld Expo & Conference. “There were many commendable applicants but the clear winners were Frederick and William as our Hoteliers of the Year. Their dedication to the industry and beyond has set them apart from all others.”
Other recently announced winners for HotelWorld Global Hospitality & Design Awards include winners in the new “10 to Watch” award category. Winners are industry professionals who will have a major impact on the hotel industry in the coming years and were considered from all aspects of lodging including line-level, property-level staff, sales and marketing, F&B and operations. The award will honor people at the mid-and-rising-fast levels in their careers.
10 to Watch winners
Jennifer Wallace, Corporate Director F&B, Noble Investment Group
Jason Cassidy, General Manager, Quality Inn and Suites Colorado Springs
Deirdre Wallace, Founder and President, The Ambrose Collection
Ben Bethel, Managing Member, Clarendon Hotel Group
Carmen Baker, Vice President of Responsible Business, CarlsonHotels Worldwide
Teague Hunter, Broker, Hunter Realty
Patrick O’Neil, General Manager, NYLO Plano at Legacy
Stefan Mühle, General Manager, Orchard Garden Hotel San Francisco
Matthew MacLaren, Director of Government Affairs and Communications, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
Jason Neff, Assistant Director of F&B, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
For a complete list of award finalists, please click here.
The HotelWorld Global Hospitality & Design Award Ceremony will be held March 3, 2009 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Tickets may be purchased for the award ceremony while registering for HotelWorld Expo & Conference at www.hotelworldexpo.com (Discount code: HWA2009) or by contacting Christina Harrison at email@example.com or 216-706-3770.
Every year, our friends at Global Green host an annual Pre-Oscar Party during the week of the Oscars.
Celebrities such as Salma Hayek (pictured)Orlando Bloom, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrian Grenier, Jason Lewis, and Penelope Cruz, industry executives, concerned citizens, and environmentalists join Global Green to help raise funds for our initiatives, including green affordable housing and schools.
This year is no exception, so save the date and come join us all on Wednesday, February 18th at the Avalon in Hollywood for the eco event of the Oscars. This year the focus is on Global Green's Green Schools initiative.Green schools lessen the impact of building construction on the environment and set an example for future generations that environmental quality is essential to our long-term well being.
6th Annual Pre-Oscar Party
Wednesday, February 19 2009
To purchase tickets please visit Global Green
For individual sponsorship packages contact Lindsay Rachelefsky: firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-966-6020
For corporate sponsorship contact Adam Greenfield:email@example.com, 310-581-2700 ext. 163
Planning something special for Saturday?
Here's a few of our favorite local spots to consider:
Capo Restaurant offers modern Italian style cuisine, homemade pastas, fresh seafood and fireplace grilled meats. On Saturday Capo will be offering 2 pre fix menus - a tasting menu and a truffle menu. All reservations must be held with a credit card.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen will be offering a 4 course pre fix menu for $75 a person. Offering fresh farmers market inspired dishes with delicious wines to match this little place fills up fast and will only be offering 2 seating times on the
14th so book your reservations now!
Wilshire Restaurant, another neighborhood favorite will be offering both their regular menu as well as a special pre fix menu for $175 per couple. Dishes originate from a fusion of American and International influences, presented in a simple and accessible style. Now taking reservations.
And for those of you in the mood to get your groove on our favorite neighbor nightclub Zanzibar
will be spinning the best in top 40's, hip hop and world music.
Making these beautiful chocolate-dipped berries is a breeze. If you have leftover chocolate, dip other fruits or cookies in it.
4 ounces (about 3/4 cup) 365 Everyday Value® Semi-Sweet Vegan Chocolate Chips
Line a plate with wax paper or parchment. Place chocolate chips in a glass bowl or measuring cup and microwave on high, 1 to 2 minutes, or until melted and very smooth, stopping to stir about every 20 seconds. One at a time, dip strawberries into melted chocolate and place on the prepared plate. Refrigerate about 10 minutes to harden. Store covered and refrigerated up to 1 day.
NutritionPer serving (6 strawberries/199g-wt.):
450 calories (210 from fat), 24g total fat, 15g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 67g total carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 53g sugar), 7g protein
Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember — we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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25 Things We Would Really Like You To Know About The Ambrose:
1. We are the first hotel to become LEED for Existing Buildings Certified by the United States Green Building Council.
2. We are an Energy Star Certified Building.
3. We have 77 guestrooms.
4. We are really proud to offer COMPLIMENTARY parking and wi-fi.
5. Our room service is catered by the good folks at Urth Caffe.
6. Our little guests love to feed our Koi.
7. We have a 100% Non-toxic cleaning program in place and our housekeepers love us for it!
8. Our hotel shuttle is a London taxi that runs on Bio Diesel.
9. We offer all of team members complimentary bus passes.
10. We REALLY want you to recycle.
11. Our staff loves to volunteer together (and not just because we get paid to do it!).
12. We have an in house eco-team that tends to all things "green".
13. New team members always spend one afternoon watching The 11th Hour (Join the Facebook grouphere.)
14. We use 100% recycled paper products.
15. Our gift shop is made up entirely of one of kind pieces of jewelry made my local artistJen Leitzes.
16. We have always been 100% non smoking.
17. We encourage you to take our beach cruisers for a ride.
18. We have preferred parking spots for hybrids.
19. Most of our team members have been happily working here for a VERY long time.
20. We have a library filled with inspiring books that will help you go green.
21. We just launched our brand new blog: www.ourambrose.com
22. We believe in the peaceful powers of Feng Shui and call upon a talented practitioner regularly.
23. We are grateful for all of our neighbors, friends, guests and colleagues.
24. You can learn more about our fearless leader here here.
25. We believe in the proverbial saying " We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our children" and do our very best to live and work by those words everyday.
Congratulations to last night's 51st Annual Grammy winners: Coldplay, Adele, Lil' Wayne, John Mayer, Bela Fleck, The Eagles and bluegrass songstress Alison Krauss and classic rock icon Robert Plant whose album Raising Sand took home quite a few awards.
This years nominees were treated to Eco-fabulous retreat and spa services provided by Green With Music. These VIP guests were treated to blissful body treatments, delectable organic cuisine and all things Ayurvedic.
"Green with Music was created by veteran Hollywood publicists Beverly Visty-Doman and John Forrester to leverage long-standing relationships in both the green world and the music world to further public awareness of “going green” by educating and influencing artists to make a stand, make a change and give back to the environment. "
With Valentine's Day quickly approaching love is in the air! This month, Whole Life Times contributor Andi McDonald asks the questions on every ecologically conscious bride and grooms mind and shares the stories of a few newlyweds who have already walked down the eco-aisle in Nice Day For A Green Wedding.
Also included a hand picked guide to going green on your big day. From where to get your "conflict-free" diamonds and sustainably designed bridal gowns to how to order earth friendly invitations. This article is a must read for anyone about to say "I do!"
From a one time college photo-sharing site to a burgeoning business- networking platform for self-promotion, advertising and multimedia interaction Facebook has quickly become THE place for businesses to be.
So please add Alfred and don't forget to become a fan of The Ambrose! Also, stay tuned for specials offers for our Facebook "friends"!