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April 27th, 2015

Join Me? ShiftCon 2015 Eco Blogging Conference

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ShiftCon 2015

The wheels are in motion. It’s official. I’m headed back to LA in September for what promises to be another fabulous weekend.

I hope you’ll join me for the second annual ShiftConShiftCon is the first social media conference for bloggers interested in wellness, sustainability & activism. This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers in one place.Join me at ShiftCon 2015 Groovy Green Livin

Last year I had a fantastic time with one big takeaway: Our profession thrives on people working together towards a few common goals. There’s no denying that we’re a powerful group commanding change.

I’ll be joining together with a strong and thriving eco-wellness community from September 24 – 26 at the Marriott Manhattan Beach Hotel in Los Angeles. All the details are still in the works, but here are few things to help convince you to join in the fun:

  • All food served by at ShiftCon is either Organic OR GMO free.
  • Each day a wellness activity is organized in the morning.
  • Sponsors of the conference have passed strict guidelines to ensure they are free from toxins.

Join my tribe at Shiftcon

This year ShiftCon 2015 is trying out something new and exciting. There will be several tribes covering different aspects of the conference. I’ve been asked lead a tribe called “Detoxifying the Home” along with Alicia Voorhies of The Soft Landing and Andrea Kessel Fabry of It Takes Time. Tribal Leaders are bloggers who are respected in their field and are in a leadership position at ShiftCon. Because “green” has so many different facets  and it’s very easy to get lost, tribes have been created that mirror all the different interests of the bloggers attending the conference. Through our tribe we’ll create community around the important and practical ways we can create safe homes. As tribe leaders, we’ll be available throughout the conference to mentor and guide attendees. Hopefully that will include some of you.

And there’s more! I’m speaking again at ShiftCon 2015

Last year I had the good fortune to speak on a panel called Social Media For Change alongside two of my friends and colleagues, Lindsay Dahl (left) and Trina O’Boyle (middle).

Join me ShiftCon 2015 Groovy Green Livin

At ShiftCon 2015 I’m going to be speaking again alongside two women I respect as leaders in the green movement and who I’m honored to call my friends: Lindsay Dahl of Beautycounter and Lindsay Dahl’s Blog and Micaela Preston of Mindful Momma. Together we’ll be talking about safe cosmetics and personal care products-such an important topic for everyone. More to come on this soon so stay tuned!

Ready to join the fun at ShiftCon 2015? Click HERE to register.


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April 9th, 2015

Moms Clean Air Force Honors EPA Adminstrater Gina McCarthy

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

Moms Clean Air Force Team

A few weeks ago I traveled with Moms Clean Air Force to Washington DC to celebrate (and meet!) an incredible woman, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. This article was originally published over at Moms Clean Air Force

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. ~Mother Theresa

Last month was Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and pay tribute to the generations of women who have provided contributions to events throughout history. These women have helped shape our society and have paved the way for others to follow, while continuing to be a source of inspiration for all.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

Dominique, Browning, Co-Founder of Moms Clean Air Force and Administrator McCarthy

Administrator McCarthy was appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Throughout her years as EPA’s Assistant Administrator and now as Administrator she has continued to be a strong advocate for addressing climate change. Administrator McCarthy is committed to carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan which would reduce carbon pollution and address the impacts of a changing climate.

According to Politico:

As the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, she’s become the face of Obama’s plan that will, for the first time in U.S. history, regulate the amount of carbon dioxide released by the nation’s fleet of power plants as part of the strategy to shrink the pollution that scientists blame for global warming.”

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

The reception was well attended, honoring the efforts by Administrator McCarthy to protect our planet. When she spoke she elicited laughter and many heads nodding in agreement. Her words were powerful.

Administrator McCarthy kicked off her remarks with: “Isn’t every woman a Super Woman?

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

Lori Popkewitz Alper, Groovy Green Livin, EPA Administrator McCarthy, Diane MacEachern, Big Green Purse

Congressional leaders and faith leaders came together as a united front on this issue of climate change along with many activists and non-profit partners. Administrator McCarthy reminded us that nothing happens in Washington unless people make their voices loud enough.

Representative Brenda Lawrence, Dominique Browning and Administrator McCarthy

Representative Brenda Lawrence, Dominique Browning and Administrator McCarthy

The desire and commitment to making the world a better place filled the room. As I mingled with all the fabulous men and women I realized that so many women are worthy of being honored for working tirelessly to keep our children and families safe.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Moms Clean Air Force in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation organized a reception in Washington, DC honoring one woman who stands out as a continual source of inspiration when it comes to protecting public health and the environment: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Groovy Green Livin

Harriet Sugarman, Climate Mama, Ronnie Citron-Fink, Managing Editor Moms Clean Air Force, Lori Popkewitz Alper, Groovy Green Livin

My parting thoughts when heading out the door after an incredible evening were: We are a powerful bunch. Every woman truly is a Super Woman and together we can change the world! One easy way is by signing petitions that make a difference, like this one…

TELL YOUR SENATORS HELP STOP CLIMATE CHANGE

 


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December 23rd, 2014

Vacation: If You Need Me I’ll Be Here

If you need me I'll be here Groovy Green Livin

If you need me I’ll be here (see photo above), or somewhere close by.

As 2014 comes to a close I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support this year. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you and all you bring to this amazing community of groovy greeness that we’ve created together.

As the momentum we create continues to grow I can see clearly that together we can and will continue to make a BIG difference in 2015. Your voices do matter.

I’ll be closing up shop for a few days to spend some quality time with my family. Although there’s not much snow at the moment I have high hopes that mother nature will dump some of her white stuff on the ski slopes. If you need me, chances are I’ll be skiing, reading, cooking or playing a board game by the fire. If you want to follow along on my daily adventures I’ll be posting photos on Instagram– so head on over and check them out. I would love to see what you’re up to.

May whatever you do to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year bring you much joy and happiness. I am going to take a few days off from writing and I will be back in 2015 with more groovy green info to share. I’m looking forward to connecting with you here and on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ or maybe even in real life.

Much of my gratitude and love this year goes out to you. Thank you.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Wishing you much love and groovy greenness in the new year.

~Lori

If I need you where will you be? How are you spending the holidays? Hopefully doing something spectacular!


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October 21st, 2014

5 Websites to Visit This Week

Groovy Green Livin Websites to Visit

There are a lot of websites out there. Sometimes, because of lack of time, I find it challenging to visit all the sites I want to check out. I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and explore websites that might not fit squarely under a green umbrella. There are so many talented writers providing an incredible service to their readers. I think I could spend days or maybe even weeks hunting them all down.

I thought you might like to check out a few that I stumbled upon this week.  These are new sites for me and I’m looking forward to spending some time browsing around over the next few weeks.

5 Websites You Won’t Want to Miss

Minimalist Baker

This website is run by John and Dana, a husband and wife team currently based in Kansas City. Here’s their about section: “We share simple, delicious recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare.” I’m hooked.

TimeLapse

If you have time to kill head on over to Timelapse . Watch how climate change has impacted the earth from 1987-2012 or see how a place has changed over a period of three decades through a series of satellite images from Google Maps. Warning: it’s addictive.

A Good Movie to Watch

How many countless hours have you spent searching for a movie? A Good Movie to Watch can help. It’s a movie suggestion website which directs you to a selection of little-known,good movies! I haven’t spent enough time on it yet to know if their suggestions are a good fit. Let me know what you find.

Healthy Slow Cooking

The author of Healthy Slow-Cooking, Kathy, has been eating meatless since 1983. She has a passion for teaching people how to eat better with less effort. Her recipes are simple and doable. Check out her recipe for Harry Potter’s Curried Pumpkin Burger -it looks mighty tasty.

The Lean Green Bean

The author of The Lean Green Bean, Lindsay, is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio.  Her website shares her  passion for nutrition and healthy living, including healthy recipes, nutrition tips and workouts.

What are your favorite websites this week?

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October 7th, 2014

10 Things I Learned at ShiftCon in Los Angeles

Groovy Green Livin ShiftCon

I’m back from ShiftCon in LA! ShiftCon is the very first international social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment. What a fabulous experience. There’s so much to share, so I thought I would start off with things I learned (or realized) while at the conference.

1. I love my peeps. No, I mean I really love my peeps

Photo courtesy of Paige Wolf

Photo courtesy of Paige Wolf

We are not all the same. We have different opinions within a movement that’s making corporations stop and listen. We come from different places and different backgrounds. But we’re all working towards one goal: to make a difference and to make the world a better place for us all.

2. Meeting IRL makes a difference

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 Trina from O’Boy Organic and Sarah from Mindfully Frugal Mom

Blogging is kind of a funky profession. Many of us collaborate online and have never met in real life. Heading to a conference like this and having an opportunity to hug a person with whom you’ve worked with for years is an incredible experience.

3. Together we can change the world

Groovy Green Livin The Food Babe at ShiftCon

After hearing Robyn O’Brien and Vani Hari, the Food Babe,  give keynotes and feeling the brilliant and inspirational energy in the panel rooms, I have no doubt that together we can change the world. There are smart women and men out there (and I mean really smart) working tirelessly to make sure that happens and I have no doubt that it will.

4. Competition is out and collaboration is in

The profession of green and sustainable blogging thrives on people working together towards a few goals. Rarely have I encountered someone within the green blogging sphere who wasn’t willing to share information.

5. I love speaking in public

Groovy Green Livin ShiftCon Social Media and Blogging for Change

Social Media and Blogging for Change Panel presented by Lindsay Dahl of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Trina O’Boyle from O’Boy Organics and me.

A few years back, when I was practicing law I used to get physically sick before a trial. I was always well prepared, but the thought of speaking in public took hold and did a number on me. Over the past few years my public speaking opportunities have increased. At first I was hesitant to take any on for fear that I would become physically ill. Slowly I’ve been accepting more and more and I’m finding that I love speaking in front of an audience. Whether it’s in front of television cameras or speaking on a panel, I can’t get enough. I finally figured out why-because I’m speaking about something that I’m passionate about and it’s coming from my heart.

6. We need more men to show up at ShiftCon next year

There were a token few. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike, The Green Dad, who bravely decided to come to this conference among a sea of mainly women. We need more men. Their reach is different and their voice is needed to bring this movement to all.

7. We each have a unique perspective to bring to the table

It always amazes me that although we have so much in common we can also have so much diversity. Some of us come from conservative religious backgrounds and others from the left of left. But it doesn’t matter. That’s how we reach everyone.

8. You won’t be alone if you decide to wake up at 6:30 am to practice yoga or run a 5k

Coming from the East Coast,  it wasn’t bad waking up at 6:30 for an exercise fix. Thankfully I wasn’t alone.

Groovy Green Livin Shiftcon Yoga and 5K

 Penelope Jagessar Chaffer from Toxic Baby, Margie Kelley from Breast Cancer Fund and Paige Wolf from Spit That Out!

9. It’s possible to have delicious, healthy food at a conference

I’ve been to quite a few conferences and usually the food is nothing to write home about. The food was fabulous at ShiftCon- fresh, non-GMO, organic and healthy.

10. Green brands are where it’s at

When I first walked into the exhibit hall it was incredible to see all the brands and organizations that believed in and invested in this conference. I saw so many familiar faces including my Stonyfield crew, Organic Valley, Applegate, and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families. It’s not an inexpensive endeavor to set up a table at a conference. Thank you to each and every one of them for taking that leap of faith.

A special long distance hug to my friend and colleague, Micaela of Mindful Momma who wasn’t able to come to ShiftCon this year. Our thoughts go out to her and her family.

What were your top takeaways from ShiftCon? Who’s planning to go next year?

 


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September 30th, 2014

ShiftCon: Shift Happens. Be a Part of It. I’m Speaking!

Groovy Green Livin ShiftCon

The eco wellness community is many members strong. Our bonds have been strengthened by our online connection and an occasional meet face-to-face. Our friendships and collaborative efforts continue to grow, but there’s something missing in our tight and powerful community. We’re lacking a space to exchange ideas and information in real life. There are countless blogging conferences out there to choose from, but none of them are designed specifically for us.

Until now. Finally someone’s decided to step up to the plate to change that.

We all know there’s something much more magical that happens when we collaborate face-to-face.

A little over a year ago I was at BlogHer, a blogging conference in Chicago, and I had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Segedie (third over from the left in the photo above), the founder of Mamavation and the powerhouse behind a new conference that’s launching this coming weekend in Los Angeles called ShiftCon.

During that conference last summer ShiftCon was only a dream, but it has blossomed into a reality. Through the hard work of Leah Segedie and her team at Mamavation this conference is happening and I couldn’t be more excited.

This weekend I’ll be hopping on a plane to Los Angeles to collaborate with so many of my colleagues in the green world, many of whom I’ve never met in real life.

ShiftCon is the very first international social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment. This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers all over the United States and Canada in one place.

Stay tuned for photos and updates. This one below is from one of my favorites from the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Stroller Brigade.

Groovy Green Livin Safer Chemicals Healthy Families

I’m Speaking! If You’re Headed to ShiftCon Come Join Me!  Social Media for Change

Not only will I be spending time with so many green colleagues, but I’ll also be speaking at this conference! I’m on a panel called Social Media For Change alongside two of my friends and colleagues, Lindsay Dahl (in the middle of this photo) and Trina O’Boyle (on the far left in the top photo).

The panel will be happening on Friday, October 3rd at 1:30 pm PST. Be there!

If you’re interested in using your writing and your leverage to make a difference in the world, here’s why this panel is for you!

We’ll be covering some important questions when it comes to a successful social media campaign.

  • How can my writing fit into a larger movement and have the highest impact?
  • How can I start and run a successful petition? And do they matter?
  • Is there a best practice for taking social causes with out being too political?
  • What is the best social media network to break out of the “echo chamber”?
  • How to run a successful campaign.

Enter our raffle!

If you attend our panel in person, we’ll be collecting business cards for a live raffle.

The prize:

You’ll get the chance to work one on one with our panel after the conference to help analyze opportunities to make your social impact stronger. Are you interested in running a petition about an issue you care about? We’ll help you craft that petition and create a successful campaign. Want to take on topics that may alienate some of your base? Get expert messaging advice how to build the movement without offending people. Want advice on which non-profit partners are the best to work with on the topics you care about most? We’ll help recommend the best organizations in the field.

Let me know if you’re planning to be at ShiftCon! I’d love to connect with you. 

 


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September 5th, 2014

Writing for The Huffington Post and Other Groovy Green Updates

Groovy Green Livin Huffington Post

This week The Huffington Post in partnership with NRG launched a new section called Generation Change. This launch is very exciting for many reasons, but one that is super exciting.

Writing for The Huffington Post

My BIG news: I’m going to be writing for this new section of The Huffington Post! My first post went live this week: How Climate Change Could Affect Your Breakfast. I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting and important addition to an already fabulous publication.

This new HuffPo section is dedicated to creating awareness of and fostering a conversation around climate change and clean energy with the goal of preserving our planet. It will explore everything from clean technology options for homes and businesses to breakthroughs in climate legislation and the latest developments at the forefront of renewable energy.

Through a mix of news articles, slideshows and instructive content about sustainability, along with opinion pieces from thought leaders on the topics of climate and energy policy, Generation Change will be a prime resource for educating readers about the realities of global warming and the importance and impact of our individual choices, as well as those of society as a whole.
I would love for you to check it out and comment if you feel up to it. Better yet, if you’re on social media please give it a share!

Here’s a Tweet for you:

Featured on everydayhero

I’m also honored to be featured on everydayhero, a company that helps people give back to causes they are passionate about. everydayhero, it is an online platform that helps people fundraise for any cause they choose. The platform is integrated with MapMyFitness, VolunteerMatch, Facebook and Twitter, so that people can see how everything they do (fun for charity, volunteer at the SPCA, share their stories on social) contribute to and count towards giving to a cause. All this information is calculated into your Giving Footprint that grows with your activities over time.

Stay tuned for more from me on The Huffington Post.

And while you’re waiting have a fabulous weekend! Any big plans?

~Lori

 


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