Community

“See who is there with you and celebrate…The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!… We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” –Elders of the Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona

Our lounge can be a “Who’s Who” of green business leaders, community activists, healers, creatives and visionaries. Our Community Binder, containing business cards, pamphlets, and flyers facilitates connections between our wonderful clients and social profit organizations that share our values. Browse the binder and you just might find the perfect chiropractor, a fantastic weekend event, or the organic caterer you were looking for.

We believe in giving back to the community that supports us and we put our money and our time where our mouths are. When you refer one of your friends or family to our practice, we make a donation to a non-profit to honor you for your confidence in us. In addition to money, we give of ourselves, like providing dental services for an amazing Iraqi woman who was on a speaking tour in the U.S. and developed a nasty toothache. On another front, we donated 500 toothbrushes for children in El Salvador.

Social profit organizations we support

Circle of Life was founded by Julia Butterfly Hill (picture to left), the activist who captured the attention of the world by living more than 2 years in an ancient redwood that was marked for destruction. Because of Julia’s activism, that tree, and the entire grove around it, was saved. Circle of Life honors the interdependence of all life and believes that each of us can and does make a difference.

ASAPROSAR’s mission is to empower and serve the poor of El Salvador. ASAPROSAR listens to each community’s needs, identifies leaders, and trains these leaders in the areas of health, nutrition, family planning, child development, the environment and sustainable agriculture. The leaders then educate their communities. ASAPROSAR also offers small loans to groups of entrepreneurs, most of them women, and is a leading provider of eye care for low income people all over the country. Transcendentist® has helped with their efforts in El Salvador.

Pachamama Alliance’s mission is to preserve the Earth’s tropical rainforests by empowering the indigenous people who are its natural custodians; and to contribute to the creation of a new global vision of equity and sustainability for all. The initial work of Pachamama is being carried out in partnership with the Achuar, an indigenous group living in the Amazon basin in southeastern Ecuador. One of the first initiatives to evolve from the Achuar’s request for support is the development and implementation of an integrated resource management plan for their territory. The goal of this master plan is to insure the long-term well being of the Achuar lands and culture. Pachamama is committed to    strengthening and clarifying this vision and to being a clearinghouse of new ideas and information that will alter our perspectives and, ultimately, our behavior.

Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. Since it was founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action Network has been working to protect rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests. From the beginning, RAN has played a key role in strengthening the worldwide rainforest conservation movement through supporting activists in rainforest countries as well as organizing and mobilizing consumers and community action groups throughout the United States.

Women’s Earth Alliance works towards a world in which women environmental leaders around the globe are in continual communication – exchanging best practices, building alliances, and collectively enacting a global shift toward environmental social justice. WEA unites women environmental advocates around the world, providing the connections, resources and training they need to foster a thriving planet. WEA focuses its work on key issues that directly affect women’s responsibilities, well-being, safety, equity and equality, and leadership.

 

Businesses We Support

Back to Earth specializes in serving fresh, seasonal cuisine, carefully prepared and artfully presented to complement the atmosphere of your event. They serve vegetarian and vegan fare as well as free-range natural meats and sustainable fish, using only the highest quality organic ingredients and take pride in supporting local farmers and businesses. Back to Earth is also building a fabulous new “green” restaurant in the LEED certified David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley.

Sun Light & Power, a certified green company, is a design/build firm with over 30 years of leadership in alternative energy systems and innovative designs for homes and businesses. Their commitment is to create a living environment that serves people’s intrinsic needs, supports the human spirit and preserves the planet’s resources for future generations. Providing complete solutions, Sun Light and Power demonstrates its leadership in sustainability by being the first renewable energy contractor to be certified by the Alameda County Green Business Program.

TerraPass Transcendentist® offsets our energy usage with the purchase of TerraPass credits to fund clean energy and efficiency projects such as wind farms. These projects result in verified reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. As a TerraPass member, we have taken a simple positive step to fight global warming. Every TerraPass purchase is a vote for innovation, efficiency, and clean energy. Together, we have eliminated over 600 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Join us!

Clif Bar aspires to sustain the planet, sustain community, sustain people, sustain business and sustain brands… and they make a delicious energy bar. Check out their website to find out more about their total commitment to the well-being of people and planet, and their passion for food.

Numi Teas, served in our client lounge, sources its teas and herbs directly from the gardens of origin ensuring the freshest ingredients of the season’s latest pickings. Their teas and herbs are certified ORGANIC, Fair Trade, Kosher and Halal. Numi uses only full-leaf tea in their teabags, ensuring a loose-leaf quality tea in every cup. The taste of each tea offers a clean, crisp and long lasting experience. Most tea bags utilize leftover tea dust or fannings that can only be steeped for 30 seconds, otherwise resulting in a bitter taste. To create the purest tea on the planet, Numi uses only real fruits, flowers, herbs and spices in their tea bags, without the added oils or flavorings (including “natural flavorings”) common to the market.