Tuesday, September 29, 2009
To that end, we've given a number of 'grants' for deserving green businesses. Here's a partial list of who's there, courtesy of Green Human: 'E-waste' (computer recycling), Everett Community College (Classes on Sustainability), Tim's Bike Shop, Novel Homes and Green Homes of Washington (Green Builders), Northwest Wigglers (Composting and they have a worm display for the kids), Winter Sun Design (Solar Energy). Of course there are lots of other 'green' businesses there as well, as well as an entire Home Show where many of those businesses are spotlighting their sustainable offers.
There are green seminars including: Geothermal Energy for your Home (Sean Dillon), , Savings Energy and Dollars with LED Lighting (Randy King), Designing Sustainable Stone 101 (Aaron Cohen), Green Jobs in Washington State (Miguel Hernandez), Why you Should Join the PUD Energy Challenge (Laura McCrae), and Green Cleaner and the So-What Factor, (Robert Goodwins).
There's also a green activity section for the kids with all kinds of fun 'green' activities sponsored by Kids N Us which includes: Brown Bag Scrapbook, Egg Carton Caterpillars, Paperweight Rocks, Green Goo Factory, Free Form Recycled Art, and Newspaper Rubber Stamp.
A big thanks to everyone that helping to make this happen, we couldn't do it without you.
The event happens October 2nd-4th at the Comcast Arena in Everett. I'll be hanging around the seminar stage for a good portion of the time twittering (twitter.com/greenhuman) stop by and say hi.
Ticket information and more details can be found here.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
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Visiting with some friends last night who work in the health care industry, we got talking about the health care debate. We talked through lots of issues, the idea of a single payer system and the challenges of driving down the cost of health care. We really weren't getting any consensus - until we took the conversation in the direction of 'making America healthier". The idea being simple- if we could somehow incent people to live healthier lives, then, in addition to the obvious lifestyle benefits, we'd actually save money in the health care system since we'd have to spend less money taking care of people.
Then we started (several glasses of red wine later) to talk through HOW we might incent people whether through private efforts, government edict or intervention. Our ideas ranged from the obvious - people who are healthy, at their correct weight, exercise, etc. pay less for health insurance or health care, to ideas about how we could incent or mandate schools to provide healthier meals (thereby setting good habits), all the way to things like charging overweight people more to sit on airplanes, buses, in movie theatres, etc.
My idea was to have the government set the standards by which businesses or individuals could acheive cost savings, but leave it to private enterprise to figure out HOW those standards would be reached. Kind of like a clean air act - but for people.
And it definately ties into things like "eating locally grown food", "walking to work" or other concepts that fit the sustainability model.
What do you think? Does the idea that creating healthier Americans would, almost by default, help create a heathier America?
Could it work? What would stand in the way of it being implemented?