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Communications for a Sustainable World
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Happy New Year!

Here at Blue Practice, we have hit the new year running! We recently welcomed a new team leader, Tara Holmes, who is jumping in as our VP of Accounts & Strategy. Tara comes to us with over 10 years of strategic communications experience focusing on sustainability, advocacy, and environmental conservation. She's excited to bring her passion for elevating positive change to Blue Practice, and we're thrilled to have her join our team! 

Also below, get updates on our recent activities, whereabouts, and exciting events on the horizon.
Blue Practice founders Tim Gnatek and Jessica Switzer Green recently attended the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival. They participated in the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation workshop on "The Most Urgent Untold Environmental Stories of our Time" and were equally inspired by the array of beautiful films and community of activists and storytellers. The workshop presented findings from a survey of Switzer Fellows, nearly 600 leaders from the non-profit, public policy, business, academic and government sectors, who are working to solve today’s environmental challenges.
Projects We're Advocating For

This week at the World Economic Forum, William McDonough, designer and Chair of the World Economic Forum Meta-Council on the Circular Economy, is debuting ICEhouse™ (Innovation for the Circular Economy house) as a place for those attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting to gather and discuss the future of Innovation for the Circular Economy. We loved seeing this structure come to life in just 48 hours.

 
The winners of the Fall 2015 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge were just announced, and we've enjoyed spreading the news! The goal was to come up with a design for the circular economy that eliminates the concept of waste completely. The winning designs from four different submission categories were incredibly impressive, like a stylish laptop backpack made out of plastic bags and a recyclable broom. 
Events We're Keeping an Eye On
The Active Living Research Annual Conference brings together researchers and champions from over 30 disciplines to advance action around active communities. Our eye is on the workshop: “Using Technology, science and urban planning to improve health,” where Breece Robertson (National GIS Director of The Trust for Public Land), Dee Merriam (Landscape Architect, Community Planner at the Centers for Disease Control), and Sue Babey, PhD (Senior Research Scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research) will be speaking. Attendees will be gathering in Clearwater Beach, Florida January 31-February 3.
TED2016 is returning to Vancouver, Canada in February. Closer to home, our very own TEDxMarin will be hosting its New Year Community Gathering (no talks) in Sausalito on January 28th. In addition to the great people, like executive board member Tim Gnatek, you'll meet executives and representatives from fine Bay Area companies and organizations. Tickets are almost sold out! You can register here.
From March 2-4, nearly 2,000 business leaders and government officials from over 50 countries will come together to network and advance global business and sustainability agendas at GLOBE 2016. We’ve got our eyes on a few themes, including Infrastructure & Urban Development; Communities, Partnerships, & Communications; and Technology Game-Changers & the Energy Transition. Look out for updates on @GLOBE_Series and get involved with the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GLOBE2016.
Until next time, we'll be pushing ahead in this new year with new resolutions and exploring new topics to communicate for a more sustainable world. 
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