Who says work can’t be fun? The California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) EcoCAR 2 team recently attended its first green event with great success. Matthew Kirkwood and Matthew VanAtta from the Outreach/Business team attended the 2012 Eco-Resolutions Party, and the energy was, please excuse the pun, electric!
The event was located in Santa Monica’s “Green Light District,” part of a national group of business committed to sustainable business practices that has helped make Santa Monica a green hub for Southern California. Events such as the Eco-Resolutions Party are held monthly all over the world by local chapters of Green Drinks International, a networking organization that allows for anyone working in the environmental field or that is concerned about environmental issues to get together to network, develop new ideas and create partnerships.
The team’s goals for the event were to inform the green community about EcoCAR 2 and generate interest, identify and network with key players in the green community, meet potential sponsors and event organizers and become better informed about the green community in order to gain insights into techniques that successfully reach the general public.
The event was not only a fun and engaging night, but a networking success for CSULA EcoCAR 2 as well. The team mingled with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including heavy hitters such as Ken Spector, V.P. of Living Eco, who is heavily involved in the green community and is a potential link to media exposure and celebrity endorsement, and Carl Cole, the founder of a green business networking site, yourecoteam.com, which has a network of over 2,000 green businesses. Contacts were also made with event planners and community organizers, as well as people from the petroleum, solar and energy efficient construction industries.
Everyone attending the event was generous with their passion, excitement and advice. The green community has many diverse events and CSULA’s team generated several new ideas for its own public education campaign (as well as several eco-resolutions) by attending this one.