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April 2009
Wow, Spring is here and for some parts of the country it still feels like Winter. The news, as I write this, is that the Denver area may get up to three feet of snow! Not to mention that we had snow this week in Las Vegas! But, the signs of Spring are all around us. We need Spring as it brings a regenerative newness. Springtime gives us the opportunity to touch the soil, see the blueness of the sky, and the green on the trees. This is Earth's reminder, to appreciate the beauty and the warmth of living. The move for the Company, to Las Vegas, was two years in planning, yet with the events of this past year, this has felt like the worst of times to do anything but hunker down. This is the time for opportunity. It may take a bit more time, and a bit more work, but success will be sweet.

If you are of a certain age, remember when.....OMG, I cannot believe I am starting a paragraph this way, we always ate dinner at home - no going out. Telephones were on party lines and listening to your neighbor's private conversations was a secret indulgence, milk was delivered as was the newspaper and the entire town watched Ed Sullivan.

Now, to stay connected, we have Myspace, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter just to name a few. My #1 granddaughter now follows me on Twitter and her first "Tweat" was  "figured my gma has a twitter - so I better get one too!!". My friend Carole, who has been proud to say she stays away from technology, has changed so much in recently.  She now text messages to stay connected with her digital native, granddaughters and she is on Facebook to stay connected to her students. What an exciting time, no matter what time zone, you can feel connected to those you care about. It costs nothing or very little and is all at your fingertips.

Earth day is April 22th this year. Be kind to our planet, to yourself and to those around you. You deserve it. For me, I feel so fortunate, as a woman, to live in this time, in this county, and in this state. I have the opportunity to contribute, to make a difference, and to follow my dreams. We wish you a warm and loving Earth Day.


In This Issue
Save Energy and Save Time
History of Earth Day
Where Does Change Begin?
Appreciative Inquiry
Online Workshops
Ways to Save
Meet at Your Favorite Hangout
Climate Change
Save Energy and Save Time
The U.S. Department of Energy has a terrific website and "Right in your own home", you have the power to reduce energy demand, and when you reduce demand, you cut the amount of resources, like coal and gas, needed to make energy that means you create less greenhouse gas emissions, which keeps air cleaner for all of us...and saves on your utility bills! Plus, reducing energy use increases our energy security. you may order the booklet or download it. The website is loaded with facts and consumer tips save energy with your appliances and autos, plus a blog to see how others are saving energy and you will also find links to other great websites, just go to Dept of Energy Consumer Tips.
History of Earth Day
You can find the history of Earth Day, beginning with the first Earth Day in 1970 at Earth Day is April 22: Got Plans?. The site is filled with information in a then and now format.  They start you on the journey"EPA was born in 1970 - a time when rivers caught fire and cities were hidden under dense clouds of smoke. We've made remarkable progress since then in protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment."   If you want to find out how to take action in your community this site has tons of suggestions Earth Day.Gov and finally to prove that the U.S. Gov has a sense of humor, try the fun and interactive Make Every Day Earth Day website.

What's Your EnviroQ? Take this little quiz to check out your environmental savvy. The Earthday network is a terrific website. With their interactive quiz you can find out your ecological footprint, Earth Day activities in your community, or you can post your long range planning.  We are now on a count-down to the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day - The Green Generation. What changes can you make to reduce your footprint?

Earth Day - April 22, 2009 and 2010: What plans do you have?

Where Does Change Begin?
Van Jones, Special Advisor to the President for Green Jobs and the "Energy Czar" was interviewed on CNN on how the current administration is working on Green Jobs, to see this short video go to Green Jobs and the Economy on CNN. Robert Redford joined Van Jones, and the message is very clear - "we are in a time of change and the real change will come from the grass roots".  Just think, if each of us would make one change  - in our homes, our work and how we drive - what impact would we make? As my father told me "you will never know unless you try."

What is your Earth Day Resolution?

Organizational Tips - What you can do at work
(1)  Organize an employee group to develop a Green Plan to recycle, be energy wise and to invest in Green jobs.
(2)  Provide employee development opportunities online - saving time and money.
(3)  Cost Saving measures? Invest ten (10) percent of savings to company programs that conserve resources, hire people and develop new services and programs to generate revenue in the Green Economy.

August 18 to 21, 2009 - Cape Town, South Africa

October 13-16, 2009 - Hilo, Hawaii
November 18-21, 2009 - Vancouver, British Columbia

Watch our calendar as we are planning the four day training in Las Vegas (July 20, 21, 22, 23 2009). We are seeking a site on the east coast or southern region of the U.S. If your organization would like to host this amazing program, please email Kathy or Natalie.

Calendar of Events

Department Chair Institute
Las Vegas, NV - July 15, 16 & 17 2009

As soon as we finalize the details, you will find it all on the Department Chair Institute site.

Online Workshops

Online workshops that are led by Experts in the field. Quality programs delivered to you - anywhere.  Collaborative - Proven workshops partnered with new technology develops learning communities like never before! Online is global with professionals from every type of organization and country-just a click away!

We can customize any of our workshops to meet any organizations needs. Company of Experts workshops are delivered face 2 face, online, or hybrid-the choice is yours!
Workshops currently at capacity (we hope to see you registered next time):
Managing Professional Relationships at Work
Managing Conflict

New Workshops to be added soon.

Learning Styles
Emotional Intelligence

If you would like to see a workshop or subject added, please contact Kathy.
Ways to Save

Save Water: Southern Nevada's annual water consumption decreased by nearly 21 billion gallons between 2002 and 2008 despite an increase in population.

Save Trees: Limit printing and copying, if possible. Send and store electronically. If you must print, use both sides of the paper.

Save Electricity: To save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at work, always activate the power management features on your computer and monitor, unplug laptop power cords when not in use and turn off equipment and lights at the end of the day. Consider using a power strip that can be turned off when you're done using your computers, printers, wireless routers and other electronics.

Drive Smart: To improve fuel economy, go easy on the brakes and gas pedal, avoid hard accelerations, reduce time idling and take unnecessary items out of the trunk to reduce weight.

Happy Earth Day!

Kathy Becker
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Meet You at Your Favorite Hangout
Cutting down on travel, expenses and still want feel connected? Social Networking lets you be "friends" on Facebook, "join" others on Linkedin or  "follow" with Twitter. Oh, and email works too.


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