EMA 2011 Highlights
Green. The media is claiming there's fatigue.
There's media that also claims that global climate
change doesn't exist. And there's media that says
it's our moment… shall we ironically say, ‘in the
sun?’ So, where are we at? Really, do you think
everyone knows everything? Your relatives in
Kansas, Indiana, even San Francisco, Vermont...
how sustainable are their lives?
Finances are strained. As Ed Begley Jr. says, ‘I'm
cheap, that's how I began being an environmentalist!
You save money!’ Ed's right. Why aren't we
a society that has jumped wholeheartedly into
frugal sustainability? Our numbers are growing,
but we're not there yet.
As media, social media and instant information
24/7 grows at a pace that is nearly incomprehensible,
EMA's mission is incredibly vital and
timely for everyone. (Including those who won't
allow themselves to accept human responsibility.)
We're back to ‘who doesn't want clean air, water,
energy independence and a healthy non toxic
environment?’ Whatever the dialogue is, there can
be no debate with that. It's our responsibility to
use media, in all its current ever-present form, to
motive and educate and finally make sustainability
We began the year partnering with Brita
FilterforGood and the Sundance Institute. The
legendary film festival was a water bottle free event!
(As was the 2010 EMA Awards last year and are of
course this year as well.) EMA Young Hollywood
Board Member Emmanuelle Chriqui traveled to
the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to announce the
winners of the Brita FilterforGood Film Project.
The announcement was made at an exclusive
party at the Sundance Channel HQ hosted by EMA
and Brita FilterforGood. The evening was the
culmination of a campaign that began last summer.
Brita partnered with EMA to find incredible stories
and challenges to the environment via water issues
across the U.S.
Emmanuelle filmed a PSA that aired on the
Sundance Channel as a call to action for young
filmmakers to tell their stories. Three winners were
chosen and were paired with a Sundance Festival
filmmaker to bring their stories to life. The films
showcased very diverse stories from the cleanup of
cigarette butts on the beaches of Wilmington, NC
to the effects of plastic bags and containers on the
oceans, to showcasing America's greenest school
Emmanuelle and EMA President Debbie Levin
introduced the filmmakers and the films, which all
received unanimous acclaim. EMA Co-Founders
Lyn & Norman Lear and Cindy Horn joined us for
the event, along with EMA Young Hollywood Board
Members Cody and Cassidy Horn. Adrian Grenier
was among the notable guests for the evening.
Our EMA Young Hollywood Board held their first
Board meeting at the home of Board Chair, Amy
Smart on the evening of February 21st. Lance
Bass, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Cody Horn, Rachelle
Lefevre, Carter Oosterhouse and Amy along with
EMA Prez, Debbie Levin and Exec Director, Greg
Baldwin discussed ways to use their celebrity over a
pot luck dinner and wine. We invited Environment
CA's Dan Jacobson and Marshall Wright to see how
our YHB could roll up their sleeves and get involved
with the pressing issues facing our state. Initiatives
specifically for the EMA YHB were incubated.
On March 22nd, we were so fortunate to be able
to host Administrator of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), Lisa Jackson at the home
of EMA Founding Board Members, Cindy and
Alan Horn. In this tumultuous time in our nation's
capital, safeguarding and protecting the EPA's role
and authorities is more important than ever. With
Administrator Jackson at the forefront of this
fight, the evening was an invaluable occasion to
exchange ideas on how we can help each other and
Since launching in the Spring of 2009, the EMA
School Garden Program is thriving and we're so
fortunate to be working with 16 schools in the Los
Angeles area. On April 2nd at Westminster Avenue
Elementary School in Venice we had a tree planting
with TreePeople and asphalt breakthrough with
school mentor, Rosario Dawson.
On April 5th, mentor Emmanuelle Chriqui went
back to see her kids at Carson High School, and to
visit her peach tree and see how big it grew! We did
a press conference as well.
Malin Akerman met the amazing teachers and
students at 186th Street School on April 15th for
a workday and press conference to announce
our partnership and sponsorship with Toyota for
In June we broke ground with our partners, the
LA Conservation Corps at University High with
their incredible supporters at UTA. The students
helped put in garden beds and plants so that by the
new school year the garden would be thriving. Our
schools include: 186th Street School, Calvert Street
Elementary, Carson Senior High School, Carthy
Center Elementary School, Eliot Middle School,
Helen Bernstein High School, Nueva Esperanza
Charter School, Saturn Street Elementary School,
University High School, Venice Senior High School,
Westminster Elementary School, Marvin Avenue
Elementary School, Cochran Middle School,
Queen Anne Elementary School with two more
Our mentors include: Malin Akerman, Lance Bass,
Mehcad Brooks, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rosario
Dawson, Rachelle Lefevre, Maroon 5, Ali Larter,
Carter Oosterhouse, Mary-Louise Parker, Matthew
Rhys, Nicole Richie, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily
VanCamp and Olivia Wilde. And a big thank you
goes to Dole, Mike Sullivan's LA CarGuy Family of
Dealers, Lowes, Plant with Purpose, Signorelli, Sony, Tiffany
& Co., Toyota and UTA for helping us support
EMA partnered with The Artists and Athletes
Alliance and UCLA for a special evening with
environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, President
and CEO, Earth Echo International and Special
Correspondent for CNN, on Monday, April 11th at
the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Philippe
talked about his recent expedition to The Arctic
Circle to study global warming and provided an
update on the Gulf Oil Spill.
EMA joined forces with the largest green consumer
show in North America on April 16th bringing the
EMA Awards to Toronto! The world renowned Dr.
David Suzuki received the International Award
of Excellence along with the documentary, Force
of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie. Petropolis:
Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands, Land
of Destiny, Down2Earth and popular CBC reality
series, Dragon's Den all were honored. EMA YHB
Member (and Canadian-born) Rachelle Lefevre
and Debbie Levin represented EMA.
The whole Begley family, Rachelle, Hayden
and Ed hosted the Greenzys Family Earth Day
with proceeds going to EMA and the Arbor Day
Foundation at Fred Segal in West Hollywood.
Celebrities and their kids all gathered on April 21st
to support the environmentally themed book and
sustainably manufactured plush toys.
This past spring, EMA was invited to be a partner
at the inaugural Green Awards in Los Angeles.
Designed to celebrate individuals across the
country making a difference for the environment,
the event was sponsored by Green Giant and held
at the Vibiana on Friday, May 13. EMA Board
Member, Michael Martin and Effect Partners
brought us into this inspiring new event. The
awards brought together three finalists in each of
four categories: Green Parent, Green Civic Leader,
Green Entrepreneur and Green Local Organizer.
Over fifty thousand people voted online to choose
the four winners, who each received twenty-five
thousand dollars to expand their environmental
projects. All of the finalists had impressive stories
of positive change in their lives and communities.
EMA Board Members Carter Oosterhouse and Amy
Smart hosted the evening's festivities. EMA Board
members Ed Begley, Jr., Frances Fisher and Young
Hollywood Board Members Emmanuelle Chriqui,
Beau Garrett and actor Reid Scott joined us as
On June 2, at the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise
Center, the Orion 11 hosted an evening for EMA
with a tour and introduction of their unique cruise
ship. Orion Expedition Cruises create authentic
experiences with experts in all disciplines of
history, plant, marine and wildlife. They travel to
communities, villages or tribes that often have
no tourism at all. Their destinations include:
Australia's Kimberley Coast, Papua New Guinea &
Melanesia, New Zealand & Sub-Antarctic Islands,
Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand & Cambodia. The ship
itself uses sustainable materials and practices.
Back at University High School on June 7th,
EMA celebrated our 2nd Annual School Garden
Luncheon. The luncheon was held in an amazing
green space that the school shares with the
Gabrieleño Tongva tribe. EMA President Debbie
Levin greeted the crowd of fifty-plus students,
teachers and parents from schools across Los
Angeles. YHB Board Chair Amy Smart and YHB
Members Malin Akerman, Beau Garrett and
Matthew Rhys joined us for the day as everyone
enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by EMA's
longtime friend and partner Border Grill's Mary
Sue Milliken, incorporating vegetables and herbs
from partner school gardens.
On July 19th and 21st EMA teamed up with
Rebuilding Together and Carter's Kids to construct
a brand new garden and playground, as well as
renovate houses in the neighborhood surrounding
Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy. This two-day
build at Nueva Esperanza resulted in a wonderful
ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the
completion and included the mayor of the City of
San Fernando as well as many community members
and Lowe's executives. EMA YHB Members Amy
Smart, Carter Oosterhouse, Ali Larter and husband
Hayes MacArthur, as well as Beau Garrett assisted
the LA Conservation Corps with their final touches
in the EMA garden.
On August 9th, the California Green Communities
(CGC) first 10 cities met at City Hall in Claremont.
The cities did presentations on their progress vying
for certification. All the cities aggressively worked
this year on creating plans for achieving Silver,
Gold and Platinum levels in the CGC challenge
that was launched by EMA in partnership with
(EMA Honoree) Southern California Edison (SCE)
and Green Seal November 2009. This program
recognizes environmental achievement and fosters
innovative ways for participating cities to reduce
carbon emissions and energy consumption while
building vibrant, sustainable communities.
The 10 cities - Claremont, Culver City, Los Angeles,
Monrovia, Redlands, Riverside, San Gabriel, Santa
Clarita, Santa Monica and Simi Valley developed
a unique set of actions they will take to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and to improve the
quality of life in their communities. Their Action
Plans address the following 10 sustainability
areas: Energy efficiency and conservation,
Water and wastewater systems, Green building,
Waste reduction and recycling, Climate-friendly
purchasing, Renewable energy and low-carbon
fuels, Efficient transportation, Land use and
community design, Urban forestry and carbon
offsets, and Promoting community and individual
After less than two years, we are incredibly proud
to announce that four cities have qualified for the
Silver level and are inches away from Gold and
Platinum in many areas. We are proud to announce that Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside and Santa Clarita received the first CGC Silver Certification.
EMA held a Showrunners Briefing on September
7th at the offices of Executive Board Members,
CAA. We talked story lines, issues provided by
many of our Advisory Board Members and green
production and had creative teams representing
half-hour, hour scripted and reality series.
We also talked about the EMA Green Seal program.
We have great support from the studio community
(many EMA Executive Board Members) and are
working with EMA Honoree PGA and their PGA
Green Program. With the criteria and messaging
we can give, our program remains unique and as the
only non-profit in this space, we're forging ahead
to be able to assist and recognize the ever-growing
sustainability departments at the studios. With ‘all
the stars aligned,’ we hope that each production,
whether locally produced or on location will be
striving for EMA Green Seal recognition from
pre-production throughout the shoot.
As always, your support of EMA helps us continue
our program work to activate the power of
Hollywood and the media on a broad spectrum.
We continue to thrive towards highlighting crucial
environmental issues and effecting positive change.
2011 EMA Awards Winners
|Feature Film: Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear (Warner Bros Pictures)
|Daryl Hannah, Andrew Haas
Executive Producers: Jim Dyer, Andrew Haas, & Lee Berger
Producers: Donald DeLine & Karen Rosenfelt
Writers: Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin & Brad Copeland
Director: Eric Brevig
Revenge of the Electric Car
Revenge of the Electric Car (WestMidWest Productions)
|Chris Paine, Ed Begley Jr.,
Executive Producer: Stefano Durdic
Producers: P.G. Morgan & Jessie Deeter
Producer of Marketing and Distribution: Michelle Kaffko
Writers: Chris Paine & P.G. Morgan
Director: Chris Paine
|Television Episodic Drama:
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ‘Fracked’ (CBS)
|Madeleine Stowe, Phil Conserva,
David Weddle, Emily VanCamp
Executive Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker, Don McGill, Jonathan Littman & Louis Milito
Producer: Seven Felder
Line Producer: Frank Waldeck
Co-Producers: Phil Conserva, Alec Smight, Brad Tanenbaum & Kim Cybulski
Writer: Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Director: Martha Coolidge
|Television Episodic Comedy: Futurama
Futurama, ‘The Futurama Holiday Spectacular’ (Comedy Central)
Mike Rowe, Amy Smart
Executive Producers: Matt Groening, David X. Cohen & Ken Keeler
Co-Executive Producers: Patric M. Verrone, Josh Weinstein, Michael Rowe, Eric Horsted & Dan Vebber
Producers: Lee Supercinski & Claudia Katz
Writer: Michael Rowe
Director: Ray Claffey
| Television Reality Program:
HGTV Green Home 2011 (TIE)
HGTV Green Home 2011 (HGTV)
|Matthew Rhys, Jamie Durie,
Kim Raver, Loren Ruch
Executive Producer: Rick Venable
Supervising Producer: Jessyca Williams
Co-Producers: Michael Twardy & Clarke Keown
Writer: Jessyca Williams
Director: Jason Grant
|Television Reality Program:
Real Time with Bill Maher (TIE)
Real Time with Bill Maher, Episode #188 (HBO)
|Matthew Rhys, Scott Carter,
Executive Producers: Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz & Billy Martin
Co-Executive Producer: Dean Johnsen
Producer: Matt Wood
Writers: Billy Martin, Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Amani Redd, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly & Bill Maher
Director: Paul Casey
|Children's Television: Bubble Guppies
Bubble Guppies, "Boy Meets Squirrel" (Nickelodeon)
Robert Scull, Frances Fisher
Executive Producers: Jonny Belt, Robert Scull & Catherine Xu
Co-Executive Producer: Janice Burgess
Producer: Nancy Evelyn
Supervising Producers: Irene Sherman & Ellen Martin
Writers: Jonny Belt, Robert Scull & Anna Housley Juster
Director: Claus Dzalakowski
|Norman Lear, Justin Timberlake
|Board of Directors
Ongoing Commitment Award:
|Nick Offerman, Marc Nathanson, Aubrey Plaza
|Corporate Responsibility Award:
Southern California Edison
|Wendie Malick, Janes Leeves, Megan Jordan,
Hal Conklin, Valerie Bertinelli
|Green Production Award:
|Lydia Dean Pilcher, Kyra Sedgwick,
Fred Baron, Vance Van Petten
21st Annual EMA Awards
In the open air of a crisp October night, the back lot of Warner Bros. Studios played host to the 21st Annual Environmental Media Awards. As always, the show and after-party were accentuated with environmental messaging, sustainable food and Hollywood heavy-weights including one of the world's greatest entertainers - Justin Timberlake, who charmed the crowd with his inspirational and hilarious speech while receiving the EMA Futures Award.
Nearly 1000 guests attended the Toyota and Lexus sponsored event hosted by Entourage stars Emmanuelle Chriqui, Perrey Reeves and Constance Zimmer. Other celebrities in attendance included Ed Begley, Jr., Valerie Bertinelli, Frances Fisher, Daryl Hannah, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Nick Offerman, Carter Oosterhouse, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nicole Richie, Kyra Sedgwick, Amy Smart, Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp along with the cast of Revenge. A Fine Frenzy opened the show with an exciting performance to get the evening started.
The annual EMA Awards show and gala celebrate environmental achievement throughout the entertainment and corporate industries. In addition to Justin Timberlake, EMA was thrilled to honor Marc Nathanson, PGA Green and Southern California Edison for their unyielding commitment to the environment. And, for the first time ever, the show was streamed live on Livestream.com and the EMA Facebook page.
After the ceremony, guests roamed New York Street visiting our sponsors and collecting fantastic eco-friendly gifts. Guests also bid on environmentally themed silent auction items with all proceeds going to EMA. Delicious organic cuisine was enjoyed from our celebrity chefs and restaurants: AN Catering and Tiato, Border Grill, Chaya Brasserie, The Churchill, Locanda Del Lago, Pace, Pazzo Gelato, Real Food Daily, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Susan Feniger's STREET, Schulzies Bread Pudding and Yamashiro. Special thanks go out to everyone who helped make the evening such a huge success!
EMA doesn't just recognize sustainable productions throughout the entertainment industry, we also keep our own productions environmentally responsible as well. The 2011 Environmental Media Awards was the most eco-friendly event to date. Besides being a completely water bottle-free event thanks to our good friends and partners at Brita FilterForGood, green initiatives included:
In addition to our Presenting Sponsors, Toyota and Lexus, we would like to thank sponsors Brita FilterForGood, Earthbound Farm, entwine, KB Home, LAcarGuy Family of Dealers, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Patrón Spirits Company, Plant With Purpose, Scripps Networks, Southern California Edison, Star Waggons, Stila, Tiffany & Co., Ultimat Vodka, VeeV Açaí Spirit and Eel River Brewing Co.
- Compostable serviceware and reusable glassware
- Chef stations used local, seasonal and organic food whenever possible
- Leftover food was donated to homeless shelters via the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition
- Green fashion worn by presenters and guests alike
- Special Toyota hybrid lane valet for alternative fuel vehicles
- Waste Management handled recycling/composting and developed a new technology that processed food waste to produce low carbon transportation fuel (LNG or CNG).
Our heartfelt thanks also go out to Hillary Harris and the entire Special Events team at Warner Bros. Studios for their incredibly hard work. Thank you to the EMA Board of Directors, Young Hollywood Board, Corporate Board, sponsors and guests for making the 21st Annual EMA Awards a night to remember!
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|Music, film and television superstar, Justin Timberlake, is one
of the world's most recognized and accomplished entertainers.
Originally rising to fame as a member of the phenomenally
successful Pop Group *NSYNC, Timberlake went on to launch a
solo career as a singer, songwriter, producer and actor that has
earned him six Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards and dozens
of accolades from around the world.
Following the success of his second multi-platinum selling
solo album, Timberlake embarked on a career in both film
and television, turning in well-received performances in such
acclaimed films as Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Southland
Tales, Shrek The Third, The Social Network while simultaneously
delivering pop culture defining appearances on Saturday Night Live.
For one of his first films, Timberlake received rave reviews for his role as Frankie Ballenbacher in Universal's crime drama Alpha Dog co-starring Emile Hirsh, Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone. The Los Angeles Times said the movie is ‘a showcase of Timberlake, who turns in Alpha Dog's most nuanced performance.’ He was also applauded for his role alongside Christina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson in Black Snake Moan. In the summer of 2007, he joined the all-star cast of DreamWorks' Shrek The Third in which he provided the voice of Artie (the young King Arthur) and starred alongside Cameron Diaz, Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas. Soon after, Timberlake joined Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mandy Moore in Southland Tales from the director of the cult hit Donnie Darko. Justin appeared in the 2009 independent film, The Open Road, with Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges, Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton and Kate Mara.
Timberlake continued to strengthen his film portfolio in 2010 when he was praised for his portrayal of Napster founder, Sean Parker, in David Fincher's Academy Award®-nominated film, The Social Network. He was also the voice of Boo-Boo in Warner Brother's animated hit, Yogi Bear. In 2011, Justin has appeared in the successful comedies, Bad Teacher from Columbia Pictures starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segal and Lucy Punch and the Screen Gems' summer comedy Friends With Benefits co-starring Mila Kunis. He will play the lead role of Will Salas in the highly anticipated Andrew Niccol-directed New Regency thriller In Time opposite Amanda Seyfried this fall.
Timberlake has also tackled the world of television where he hosted two unforgettable episodes of Saturday Night Live that produced viral video sensations including the Emmy Award®-winning ‘D**k in the Box’ – a video that went on to be viewed over 100 million times on YouTube. Timberlake won a second Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live – a first in the show's nearly 30 year history. He won the same award again in 2011 and also picked up an additional Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
As the recipient of the Futures Award, Timberlake is being honored for his leadership as part of the new generation of Young Hollywood. He has lent his voice to a multitude of environmental causes while also making his last world tour carbon neutral. But perhaps his biggest impact is through his creation of Mirimichi, the first eco golf course in North America. It is the first golf course in North, South and Central America to receive a certified status from the international Golf Environment Organization (GEO), and it will have a huge impact on the industry.
|Marc B. Nathanson, a distinguished environmentalist
and philanthropist, has been one of the nation's leading
communications executives for over forty years. Currently, he
is Chairman of Mapleton Investments and Falcon Waterfree
Technologies. Nathanson founded Falcon Waterfree
Technologies, a company dedicated to advancing sustainability
through the built environment by reducing precious water use,
as well as the energy and resulting greenhouse gas emissions
from treating and moving water to our buildings. Falcon
Waterfree Technologies has been praised by environmentalists
and received multiple awards, including ‘Top Product’
by Sustainable Facility magazine and the ‘organicAward’ by
As a Cable TV pioneer, Nathanson was elected to the Cable TV Hall of Fame. He has owned and operated cable TV, satellite systems, radio stations, microwave and internet services throughout the world. In 1994, he was elected ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Inc. Magazine.
President Bill Clinton appointed him (1995-2002) as the Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which is responsible for all US non-military communications including the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Radio-TV Marti and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Nathanson ran this Federal agency for six years for President Clinton and eighteen months for President Bush, until his successor was confirmed by the US Senate.
Nathanson is currently Vice Chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International A!airs (NDI) and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is on the Board of Trustees of the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Aspen Institute, and the Pacific Council on International Policy.
He is also the founder of the Homeland Security Advisory Council for Los Angeles County and is a member of the Aspen Homeland Security Group. Nathanson is on the Board and was the first Chair of the USC Center for the Digital Future and a former long term Board member of the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) for many years.
|Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011, Southern
California Edison, an Edison International Company, is
one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving more
than 15 million Californians. SCE is committed to meeting
California's renewables portfolio standard legislation,
enacted in April 2011, in a manner that balances safety, reliability, and affordability for our customers.
SCE is a national leader in renewable energy, delivering enough power from renewable resources – including solar, wind, hydro and geothermal – to supply electricity to three million homes. However, SCE also believes that balance is the key to securing Southern California's energy future – balance in our
commitments to safety, reliability, and compliance while keeping rates affordable for our customers. One way SCE balances its multiple priorities is by empowering customers with the information, tools and programs they need to consume energy responsibly. These include one of the largest demand response programs in the nation, which rewards residential and business customers for voluntarily reducing
electricity usage during periods of peak power demand; and innovative municipal programs such as California Green Communities, which encourages cities to adopt sustainable, climate-friendly practices, such as energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling, green buildings and more.
Empowering customers is also central to SCE's groundbreaking smart meter program, Edison SmartConnect™, which is on track to install more than 5 million technologically advanced meters by 2012. These smart meters are designed to provide customers with the information they need to make informed decisions about their energy consumption, and serve as the gateway to the smart energy grid of tomorrow.
SCE has been championing the advancement of electric transportation for more than 20 years. Its Electric Vehicle Technical Center, lauded in a personal visit by President Barack Obama in March 2009, is a nationally recognized testing facility for all forms of electro-drive and advanced energy storage systems. The company also operates one of the largest commercial fleets of electric vehicles in the nation. SCE is continuing its collaboration with Ford, GM, other automakers and industry stakeholders to help develop the next generation of electric transportation technologies. Today, as more electric vehicles come to market, SCE is working directly with customers and cities to get them ‘plug-in ready’ to support widespread adoption.
|The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA has over 4,500 members working together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with health benefits, employment opportunities, and the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits. In addition, the PGA promotes education and advocacy e!orts including sustainable production practices through the PGA Green initiative.
The PGA Green informally came together during the summer of 2007 when the PGA was represented at a dinner of business leaders in New York. At the gathering, former vice president Al Gore challenged the group to do more to help solve the climate crisis. He insisted that each industry would have to learn how to reform themselves, and fast. Subsequently, the PGA joined the advisory board of a sustainable film task force along with an advisory board of scientists, activists and filmmakers. Their first goal was to launch a pilot project that would test the use of sustainable practices on film sets while measuring the overall carbon footprint at the beginning and end of a production. Sam Mendes' film Away We Go became the first film to be carboncalculated, third party-verified, biodiesel-combusting and fifty-percent recycled.
Armed with information and experience from AWAY WE GO, the PGA kicked off the PGA Green seminar series in May 2008 with a second series taking place in November 2008. It was at that time the NY Green Resource Guide and LA Green Resource Guide were launched to provide filmmakers with a list of local environmentally friendly production vendors.
In January 2009, under the leadership of Fred Baron, the PGA Board of Directors formalized the PGA Green Committee National and launched PGAGreen.org. Later that year the PGA unveiled the Green Production Guide, an interactive, international website providing the production community with access to a database of environmentally friendly products and services.
The Green Production Guide, which was developed with seed funding and support from Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros., currently provides access to a global database of over 1,500 vendors offering sustainable or environmentally friendly services and products. Both producers and individual companies can submit vendor profiles for consideration on an ongoing basis and all aspects of the website are free of charge. The site also houses a ‘Carbon Calculator,’ a valuable tool that enables production staff to quantify the carbon emissions of their production. The ‘PGA Green Unified Best Practices’ guide has been developed for the site and details best practices for sustainable film and television production and o!ers case studies. Working with international groups like the BBC on spreading the message, the PGA is in the process of developing additional features including video blogs and a mobile version of the site.
PGA Green works closely with the EMA Green Seal Program to recognize those effecting change in the industry.
PGA Green Committee East is chaired by Mari Jo Winkler and Lydia Dean Pilcher and co-chaired by Katie Carpenter. PGA Green Committee West is chaired by Kathleen Courtney and Amanda Scarano Carter, and co-chaired by Rachael Joy.
EMA Awards Reception
BORDER GRILL CATERING
Quinoa Fritters with Crab Salsa
Soft and Crunchy Nuggets of Aztec Grain, Scallion, and Cotija Cheese
Served with a Piquillo Aioli
Spanish Gazpacho with Manchego Almond Cracker
Heirloom Tomato, Spanish Olive Oil, Peppers and Spiced Almonds
Roasted Duck Tostadita
Poblano Confit Duck with Roasted Tomato topped with Cilantro Crema
Membrillo and Queso Empanada
Housemade Quince Jelly, Spanish Aged Goat Cheese, and Marjoram
Black Mission Fig and Serrano Ham
Caramelized Fig, Serrano Ham, Pickled Jalapeno, Valderon
Bacon and Eggs
Chipotle Spiced Organic Deviled Eggs, Piloncillo Glazed Bacon, and Celery
Kobacka and Red Chard Sopes
Pickled Radish with Poblano Mole
EMA Awards Gala
AN CATERING & TIATO KITCHEN + VENUE
An's Famous Garlic Noodles
Eggplant Tofu skewers
BORDER GRILL RESTAURANTS
Salpicon de Mariscos
Crab, Shrimp, Octopus, Green Olive and Olive Oil
BORDER GRILL TRUCK
Rolled in Red Quinoa, Amaranth, and Black Sesame
Topped with Chipotle Salsa, Roasted Corn Relish and Pickled Onion
Compressed Organic Watermelon
Wild Striped Bass Crudo
Raw Thinly Sliced Bass, Nasturtium, Pink Pepper and Braised Fennel Jam
THE FRESH DIET
Organic Chocolate Pudding
Topped with Organic Fresh Raspberry
Organic Vanilla Cheesecake Mousse
LOCANDA DEL LAGO
Housemade Basil Sorbetto, Burrata, and Cherry Tomato Confit
Chicken Cacciatore with Baby Artichokes
Sea Salt Caramel
Madagascar Chocolate (dark)
Coconut Sorbetto with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (non dairy) Chocolate
Cointreau Madagascar Vanilla Bean Blood Orange Sorbetto (non dairy)
Mascarpone Orange Fudge Swirl
REAL FOOD DAILY
Lentil Walnut Pate
with Pesto Crustini
Tea Cake Cookies
THE RESTAURANT AT WENTE VINEYARDS
Roasted Cauliflower, Garden Peppers, and Almonds
Smoked Sturgeon, with Pumpkin, Pickled Tomatillos, and Watercress
Lamb Pastrami with Coriander Aioli, Pickled Onions, and Rye
SCHULZIES BREAD PUDDING
Blazin' Rum Raisin
Blissed Out Blueberry
Boom Boom Banana Cream Pie!
Celestial Chocolate Chip
The Essential Earl Grey
Fun, Fun, Funfetti
Salted Caramel Sutra
Berry Coulis, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Sauce,
Fetti Sprinkles, Fresh Bananas, Raisins Coconut, Whisky Sauce
SUSAN FENIGER'S STREET
Indian Semolina Pu!s filled with Spiced Potato and 3 Chutneys
Kurobuta Pork Carnitas
Served with Serrano Chile, Blackened Shallots,
Cilantro, Tomatillo-Ponzu Salsa
LAcarGUY SPONSORS EMA SCHOOL GARDEN PROJECT
Car dealerships and school gardens may not seem like a natural fit … except if you are LAcarGUY, the number one hybrid dealer in the world. As a longtime EMA supporter, LAcarGUY's Toyota of Hollywood dealership jumped at the chance to be part of EMA's School Gardens Program, an ongoing partnership with LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles.
The LAcarGUY garden groundbreaking at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood took place this past November and the first harvest is expected in April 2012. The garden will provide a hands-on ‘living classroom’ for students, as well as an innovative way to make eco-friendly education fun. In addition, LAcarGUY has created an entire blog dedicated to the project, which will track the garden's ongoing progress with photos, videos and student observations. Check it out at LAcarGUY.com/schoolgardens.
Community and the environment have always been priorities for LAcarGUY and its president, Mike Sullivan. The company was recently honored with the Sustainable Quality Award Grand Prize, which recognizes businesses and organizations in Santa Monica that implement sustainable practices in the natural and built environments, and go above and beyond in the areas of social responsibility and economic development. Sponsoring the school garden at Helen Bernstein High School is another example of how LAcarGUY supports the communities in which it operates.
LAcarGUY understands the importance of education. It is the first auto dealership to create the position of ‘Manager of the Environment’ to help LAcarGUY and its employees adopt greener practices as well as increase awareness of environmental issues through partnerships such as the one with EMA. In addition, LAcarGUY is leading the way towards a greener automotive future offering 350+ eco-friendly cars, as well as public access EV charging stations at many of its dealerships.
LAcarGUY joined forces with EMA nine years ago and Mike Sullivan has been a member of the EMA Corporate Board since its inception in 2005.
For more information about LAcarGUY, please go to www.lacarguy.com
CA Green Government Roundup 2011
In many ways, 2011 was a tough year for the environment. At the state and federal levels, radical anti-environment legislators tried to roll back common-sense health and safety protections and safeguards. That dark cloud, however, had a silver lining. The legislature passed 18 of 28 high priority environmental bills, and Governor Jerry Brown signed the vast majority of those bills that reached his desk. Though the governor was focused almost singularly on the state budget, he showed that he recognizes a healthy, clean environment and a strong California economy go hand-in-hand. Some of these big achievements include:
AB 1319 (Butler) - will ban the use of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups.
AB 376 (Fong, Huffman) - will help stabilize ocean ecosystems by banning the possession, sale, trade, and distribution of shark fins.
SB 454 (Pavley) - will improve the enforcement of and compliance with California's appliance and building energy efficiency stands.
AB 1221 (Alejo) - will ensure disadvantaged communities have access to funds for the cleanup of contaminated water and sewage waste water.
AB 42 (Huffman) - will help with funding shortfalls for state parks by allowing nonprofit organizations to operate, restore, or maintain parks.
AB 341 (Chesbro) - will bring commercial recycling to businesses and apartment builds and set a statewide solid waste diversion goal of 75% by 2020.
The environmental community also stopped countless bills that would have rolled back environmental protections from passing out of the legislature. To see a full list of achievements this year, please go to: http://www.ecovote.org/page/2011-legislative-results
Montage Beverly Hills Celebrates
Congratulations to Montage Beverly Hills for recently earning Gold Level Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) for New Construction, becoming the first ultra-luxury hotel in Southern California to receive this recognition. The property is one of just four Gold Certified hotels worldwide created by this third-party rating system, which encourages the design, construction, and operations of more sustainable buildings. Montage Beverly Hills is also the first newly constructed mixed-use hotel and residential project to be LEED certified as a single development, denoting it as a responsible, efficient, and healthy place to live and work.
Montage Beverly Hills has successfully implemented several sustainability programs and features including creating an energy system 43% more efficient than a standard mixed-use building, as well as efficient in-room electronic systems offering the latest in technological advances. In addition, 83% of the construction waste was recycled, greatly limiting the amount of waste sent to landfills.
For more information please visit www.montagehotels.com/resort-sustainability.php or www.montagebeverlyhills.com/beverly-hills-green-hotel.php.
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