It’s been a while since I have shared news on my blog - simply because my life was a (pleasant) whirlwind after I wrapped up the production of my very successful “sustainability week NYC” including trips to Belgium, Colombia and Hawaii.
Thanks to all my awesome partners from the green and social economy - I was able to organize a week of events that promoted and celebrated sustainable lifestyles with several trendsetters active in the field for decades.
One of my partners - EXKI - was introduced to my network as they catered two of my events and this before their official opening which happened last June.
This restaurant - situated on 257 Park Avenue South - provides local and natural ingredients with a focus on seasonal vegetables, crafting recipes prepared daily in their kitchen.
Check out their website www.exkinyc.com and stay tuned on my blog/FB and twitter accounts, as I will give a lecture on sustainable lifestyle habits and how to become an eco hero for their best clients next month.
my next tv projects will be announced shortly. Until then!
Introducing the first “Sustainability Week NYC”, which will run from Monday May the 12th through May the 17th of 2014.
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Contact Pamela Peeters at 917 6966264
New York, NY April 22nd 2014. Environmental Economist Pamela Peeters announced during a lecture at Flanders House on Earth Day that she will be producing the very first “Sustainability Week” NYC from May the 12th through May the 17th. The theme of the first year is “LEGACY”!
Pamela’s brainchild comes to life in the closing year of the UNESCO Decade for Sustainable Education during which she served on the marketing team of the US Partnerships since its inception. The purpose of this new project is to invite, inspire and motivate the New York community to take a part in the development of a sustainable planet and it will be her legacy for the next decade to come.
The weeklong activities will function as a catalyst towards the establishment of a dialogue beyond the traditional climate change debate and is aimed at generating a conscious consumerism and a more nurturing economic relationship with our planet. Most of the events are FREE to the public and the registered attendees will also receive a complimentary “every week can be earth week” workshop and an annual membership to the Sustainable Styles media magazine. The goal is to train a new generation of Sustainable Planet Ambassadors and a team of mentors are available to guide them. Among the sustainability mentors are: Rick Bell from the American Institute of Architects, Sass Brown from FIT, Nicolas Eisenberger from Pure Energy Partners, Nick Kumbatovic from Cameron Engineering, Amy Larkin; author of Environmental Debt and Tim Hayduk from the CFA Foundation, to name a few.
Among the programmed activities are conferences with specialist keynotes, Q&A sessions, the Sustainable Steward Gala, an edition of the Sustainable Planet film festival - already in its 11th edition and produced in so far four countries, an Eco Hero art exhibit, an ethical fashion show, a Sustainable Planet tv cover and many receptions and networking opportunities. Events are planned at Tesla Motors, Ricoh Americas Corp, the American Institute of Architects, The Belgian American Chamber of Commerce, and one more surprise location. Among the founding partners are: Eileen Fisher, Cameron Engineering, Exki, the Center for Architecture Foundation, Duvel & Ommegang and NY Auto Steamers. Additional talent is provided by the Arts Institute.
Documentary film maker Susan Rockefeller will receive the Sustainable Steward Award during the Sustainable Steward Gala, which will take place at Tesla Motors on May the 15th. The Sustainable Stewards are considered visionary agents of change who promote and drive sustainable development in different areas of society either through a product, a project or a service. Susan is a longstanding creative conservationist who uses the power of documentary filmmaking, photography, jewelry design and storytelling to inspire awareness and action for the causes she champions. She is a board member and chairs the Ocean Council for Oceana, is on the board of We Are Family Foundation, is a member of the global Leadership Council for Natural Resources Defense Council and serves on the program committee for the Stone Barns Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Past laureates of the Sustainable Steward Award were Dr Jamie Lerner - urban planner and former Mayor of Curitiba for the sustainable transformation of his city more than 20 years ago; HRH Princess Basma bint Ali from Jordan for spearheading a Botanical Garden in her nation, Gaelin Rosenwaks - Ocean explorer who researches the effects of climate change on marine life and Explorer’s Club fellow, just to name a few.
More information on www.sustainable-planet.net
Hope you all had a fabulous Earth Week, I hope it was a good one and I am curious what good deeds you all accomplished!
I had a very busy week, which kicked off on Earth Day itself - April 22nd - as Flanders House at the New York Times building celebrated my body of work with an elegant reception, preceded by a presentation on my three previous books, my Eco Hero program for kids and some of my art.
Flanders House aims to be the gateway to Flanders in New York and is a source for inspiration and information on cultural activities, educational and scientific exchange.
Some breaking news was announced at the end of my one hour lecture and you can read about that on May the first.
Two days later, I spoke at the senior center @ St Peter’s Church on Lex and it was wonderful to inspire the elders.
Kids were on the program on Friday where I selected about 6 children at the American Museum of Natural History to be a part of my new educational “Eco Hero” tv show.
During the weekend I went to the Green Festival for whom I was a media partner last year and was interviewed for an international documentary.
More “Eco Hero” filming will take place tomorrow!
Happy Spring to you all …
Couldn’t be more excited about this new season starting. Winter has lasted long enough … 5 months of cold is not my forte .. so to literally feel a shift in energy on my birthday (March 18th) and then dive strait into blossom season is always considered one of the most precious gifts of the year.
With the beginning of this new season, there is a lot to look forward to:
This coming Thursday - there is the Annual Skraptacular Fundraiser - see post below - on whose board I am on. They do a great job in teaching kids how to think about packaging and waste and how to turn it into art.
Later on this month I will be heading to Miami - as I sit in the opening panel of “Sustainatopia” - a fantastic feast of visionary’s that will be organized at the Botanical Gardens. The next two days - April 18 and 19th - I will produce and host a special screening of my Sustainable Planet film festival .. couldn’t be more excited with my expansion to Florida ..
A private lecture on Earth Day itself - April 22nd - is next and will include a reading from my three books and a presentation on the “new” paradigm. “How to change behaviors that are unsustainable”? - in other words and there will be some room for a mini art exhibit as well. I am thinking of presenting ten pieces of mixed media and photography.
The same week I will organize two t-shirt trunk shows with my Eco Hero brand at EXHALE Spa and look forward to present another session of my Eco Hero workshop at a local school…art, fashion, food and entertainment assignments will be introduced.
More tv productions as well and a lot of pre-production for the 12 edition of my Sustainable PLanet film festival - set for May 15,16 and 17th in Manhattan.
For now .. Happy Spring - see you around and one more time thanks to TWO FLASH photography and David Berman for the great photos taken during the B+B skin lab eco fashion event I hosted and helped produce.
PS: want more energy this month? Juice … juice and juice … it will cleanse your body and open up your appetite to get rid of processed foods.
Last TUESDAY February the 11th - I helped out Diana Seo - the visionary force behind New York’s newest wellness and beauty destination and hosted the 2014 F.A.B. fundraiser to benefit The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals & Russell Simmons’ Diamond Empowerment Fund.
The Cocktail event featured the following talent in Fashion, Art & Beauty at the gorgeous 267, 5th Avenue (29th St) Midtown Loft.
1) B + B Skin Lab/Diana Seo and Priori Skincare
B+B Skin Lab is the new luxurious destination for state of the art skincare, personal training and total beauty and wellness treatments incorporating Priori Skincare’s CoffeeBerry® Natureceuticals™ - Nature’s Most Potent Anti-Aging Botanical. Collagen infusing facials featuring advanced non-invasive technology is the spa’s signature treatment. Diana Seo is the owner, founder and primary esthetician behind this exclusive new spa/skin lab concept located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
2) Eco conscious designer Deborah Lindquist
Deborah is known for feminine clothing with an edgy, urban vibe. Working with a blend of organic, sustainable, and vintage “reincarnated” materials her Fall 2014 collection is entitled “Steampunk: An Eco-Conscious Vision of Victorian/Futuristic Alternative History.” Includes bustiers made of Sonic Fabric (a recycled cassette tape fabric that plays sound) and vintage leather, Victorian-inspired bustled dresses and skirts made of hemp/silk and peace silk, and Lindquist’s popular appliqué reincarnated cashmere sweaters. www.deborahlindquist.com
3) Italian-born Pamela Quinzi
Pamela is known as the New York Cinderella. Her one-of-a-kind uniquely decorated shoes and couture concept dresses are fantasy flirtations for a New Modern Princess. She works with embroidery, lace, vintage pieces, and Swarovski crystals, to give her creations a magic vibe. Her couture is seen in Italian Music Videos and on International Celebrities. www.pamelaquinzidesign.com
4) My own Art from my new series “Elements”
Elements - a journey into the language of Mother Earth - inspires humanity about the beauty and generosity of Mother Earth. www.afterthestorm-artbaselmiamibeach.info
5) Adrian Kondratowicz
One of my former Sustainable Steward Award recipients in the art category joined my art curation with his TRASH project - which is committed to engage communities through public art, transforming waste into vivid sculptures of color. www..trashproject.biz
6) Sara Charness
Musician Sarah is the vibrant and vivacious electric violinist who plays classical,
contemporary and even top 40 songs on her pink electric violin. www.sarahcharness.com
7) Duvel beer
As always - my great friends from the Ommegang brewery provided me with Belgian Duvel beer for the guests to consume on location. A couple of lucky guests were able to take some cool glasses home. www.ommegang.com
Next month I will work on another GREEN event and will then also head to Austin - Texas for SXSW!!! Only eco heroes can apply - and will be invited!!! First session of Eco Hero workshop will be given too.