Local tribe of Chumash Native Americans goes all-in on sustainability

In perfect step with the wisdom and heritage of their ancestors — who lived in relative harmony with nature for thousands of prosperous years — the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians is turning its 130-acre reservation into a trailblazing example of sustainability in action.

During the past five years, with very little fanfare or recognition from the outside community, the Chumash people (as they are better known these days) have greened up every corner of their land, from the very public casino all the way down to their individual homes. With so many solar panels, biofuels, drought-tolerant plants, and creek-restoration projects underway — not to mention practical training for tribal members and loads of money being allocated to the cause — the Chumash efforts are not only at the forefront of what anyone else is doing in Santa Barbara County; they appear to be leading the state in this sort of development, as well.

“They are an actual vision of what can be achieved, and that is something the environmental movement needs. … It’s amazing and inspiring.”

And better yet, to hear the tribe tell it, they are just getting started.

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Petition Facebook to put a woman on it's all male Board of Directors

Facebook hasn’t even gone public yet, but the scrutiny that comes with being a publicly traded company has already started rolling in, with the second-largest U.S. pension fund, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, saying the social network’s board of directors is too “homogenous.”

From CalSTRS Director of Corporate Governance Anne Sheehan:

We are disappointed that the Facebook board will not have any women members. This is particularly glaring in view of the fact that Facebook is going public at a time when there is clear evidence that companies with diverse boards perform far better than the companies with more homogenous boards.

We realize that Facebook will be a controlled company in which the public stockholders will have little influence, but when the company’s mission and subscriber base are considered, a diverse board makes good business sense. We strongly encourage you to increase the diversity of your board prior to the IPO.

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With a majority of women in Facebook this should be an easy movement to get started. I’ve created a page for everyone to like called:

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Petition Facebook to put a woman on it’s all male Board of Directors

Facebook hasn’t even gone public yet, but the scrutiny that comes with being a publicly traded company has already started rolling in, with the second-largest U.S. pension fund, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, saying the social network’s board of directors is too “homogenous.”

From CalSTRS Director of Corporate Governance Anne Sheehan:

We are disappointed that the Facebook board will not have any women members. This is particularly glaring in view of the fact that Facebook is going public at a time when there is clear evidence that companies with diverse boards perform far better than the companies with more homogenous boards.

We realize that Facebook will be a controlled company in which the public stockholders will have little influence, but when the company’s mission and subscriber base are considered, a diverse board makes good business sense. We strongly encourage you to increase the diversity of your board prior to the IPO.

via All Facebook

With a majority of women in Facebook this should be an easy movement to get started. I’ve created a page for everyone to like called:

Petition to put a woman on the Board of Directors

They wouldn’t let me put Facebook anywhere in the name, but I think this works.

Let’s see if we can get organized and push Facebook to do the right thing. Join in and like the page!