Green Me Film Festival






9th Green Me Film Festival: Germany

I am very honored to be a partner, contributor, and panelist for the 9th edition of the Green Me Film Festival. This year it will take place at the CinemaxX (Potsdamer Platz) in Berlin from Friday 29th of January until Sunday the 31st. This year’s focus is set on the thematic trio Ocean- Life-Water.

Mission Blue

Over 30 featured films and documentaries addressing the following topics: Ocean, Life and water will be screened. This year’s festival features several special highlights such as Academy Award-Winner “Racing Extinction”Emmy Award Winner documentary “Mission Blue”, which exposes legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle’s work.

Can You Dig This, Ron Finley

Ron Finley’s Can You Dig This” which is a personal favorite documentary as it focuses on my dear friend and colleague, Ron Finley or otherwise known as the Gangsta Garner and explores the urban gardening revolution taking place in South Central Los Angeles.

In addition to fantastic films that will be screened, there will be discussion panels which include the  film directors, experts and environmentalists to discuss topic relevant issues and sustainability.

Winners will be presented awards by celebrities such as Sarah Wiener or Mateo Jaschik, member of the Culcha Candela band at the Green Me Award ceremony, which will be held on Sunday evening.

Our younger audience will be delighted to see productions such as “Ponyo”, a Japanese animation movie or Oscar Nominee movie “Song of the Sea”, perfectly suited for a family day. Children up to 14 years old are admitted free of charge.

The Green Me film festival is a non-profit event and was put together with the help of its partners and the team of volunteers. The festival does not receive any state subsidies.

This year, Auma Obama, sociologist, germanist and expert on environmental questions gave a moving speech as the documentary The Salt of the Earth received the Green Me Award for best documentary. Auma Obama and the German minister for environment Barbara Hendricks presented the award to the awe-inspiring film director, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.


Green Me AwardOn a personal note, I am particularly fond of this sustainability festival and received the Green Me Award for my international work in sustainability, specifically my work in Germany in the renewable energy field. I have implemented many wind and solar farms throughout the Country since the early 90’s and helped to create the first feed-in-tariff program.  I was very honored to have received the award from both the German Consulate General Los Angeles and the Green Me Film Festival for my ecological and sustainable achievements. 

As a woman in #stem, it is festivals like this that do make a difference. I do hope you have a chance to enjoy the festival or will support it.



UNA Pasadena Event: Piece by Piece



Join us, the UNA Pasadena, on February 16th at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena (145 North Raymond Avenue in Old Town Pasadena) from 7-9pm to learn about a beautiful and creative solution to poverty and homelessness.

Piece by Piece is a social enterprise arts organization that has provided low-income and formerly homeless populations with free mosaic workshops since 2008. Using recycled materials, individuals develop marketable skills, confidence, earned income, and an improved quality of life as they integrate into a social network and create gorgeous works of art.

Throughout Los Angeles’ Skid Row and many other inner city locations, Piece by Piece invests in hope and support, skills and income, community and caring.

We will feature a table of beautiful mosaics to enjoy and purchase!

Leigh Adams works for Piece by Piece, teaching three times each week on Skid Row. She is an inspiring teacher, landscaper, & Artist-In-Residence at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

- PARKINGFREE parking can be found on a block north on Raymond and nearby streets or two buildings north of Armory for a flat fee of $6.00. The Memorial Park Station Metro stop is very close as well.

$10 suggested donation, but all are welcome. 
Proceeds go to the ongoing work for our Pasadena Chapter.



Solutions to the drought in California


Water Wisdom with Leigh Adams
Practical, cross-cultural approaches to harvesting, utilizing and conserving water.

It is my honor to introduce my dear friend, colleague and a woman who I call my US mum, Leigh Adams tonight at the UNA Pasadena coffee talk. Leigh is the LA County Arboretum’s Artist-in-Residence, teacher, and garden designer, is currently curating and developing The Crescent Farm – A Living Demonstration of Water Conservation and Sustainable Landscapes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Leigh will present a storyteller’s approach to thinking about, teaching, harvesting and conserving water.

We have droughtbeen in a drought in California for many years and are currently faced   with some tough decisions we must make regarding water.  We are challenged by the ongoing drought, rapidly depleting groundwater, and our own cultural biases. Perhaps a look at how water is used in other cultures may offer some valuable clues to improving our local systems and overcoming these persistent, contemporary cultural difficulties with WATER



At tonight’s event, you will also have an opportunity to see some unique approaches taking place in your own neighborhoods. You will also hear about smart sprinkler irrigation controllers and rebates (in Pasadena rebates are as much as $250) you can receive in your area. For attendees and members you will receive a $40 discount off of a skydrop controller using the code ECMC40. The skydrop controller was created to help consumers monitor real-time weather patterns. The Smart Watering Technology gives you the power of weather based watering which saves time, water and money. Please contact me here or at elena@elenachristopoulos.com for more information on skydrop and how to receive your special offer!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

All Saints Church Guild Room
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

 $10 donation at the door all proceeds go to the United Nations Association.




Wonder Women Tech Conference


It is an honor to be speaking at the Wonder Women Tech Conference this weekend. I will be speaking @ 3PM SUN 3/1 on the Main Stage about sustainable technology, supporting women in Science and the initiative to get more girls into ‪#‎STEM. This fantastic event, which starts tomorrow will be packed with dynamic talks, thought-provoking panel discussions, a variety of activities, including a #hackathon, coding classes, gaming sessions, and media challenges, and the chance to meet inspiring people in tech and science #STEAM and #STEM from all over the country.


Come check it out!       ow.ly/JGd3g ‪#‎womeninscience ‪#‎wonderwomentech ‪#‎sustainableliving #WWT2015


The Big Dry: How Serious is California’s Drought?


Do you know what is affecting 37 million Californians in 2015?


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If you were in Southern California in December you will remember the rain. We

finally did have a few days of heavy rainfall, but that has not helped the fact that

we are still in a severe drought and the effects on over 37 million Californians is

still unknown. We do know that prolonged drought conditions in California are

increasing the risk for fires, landslides and contaminated water supplies.

California’s drought conditions are ramping up the risk for forest fires. Indirectly,

the increased risk of fires leads to the possibility of flooding and landslides. After

plants burn, they cover the forest floor with a residue that acts as a conduit for

water to flow. Then if you pour water on it, it will simply run right off. After forest

fires stop trees from holding soil, the soil enters our water supply and possibly

increasing the contamination of our freshwater.


A new analysis from NASA satellite data concluded that California would need 11

trillion gallons of water to recover from its three-year dry spell. That’s almost

equivalent to filling up Lake Meade, the United States largest reservoir, one and

a half times.


Our state needs much more rain and snow than we’ve experienced over the past

two years to end the drought in 2015. Californians, we must continue water

conservation practices.


Remember, every drop of water is important. Use water wisely. The drought is

on–turn your water off and take shorter showers or shower with a friend.

Here are 48 indoor tips from WaterUseItWisely on how you can save water. Use

the tips that work for you, it is a guide to help you conserve water.

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learn more about how you can save water and other conservation measures.

Feel free to email me any questions at hello@elenachristopoulos.com.


1) When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

2) Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.

3) If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

4) Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

5) Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

6) Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

7) Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

8) Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.

9) Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.

10) Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

11) Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

12) Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

13) If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead. Especially great for orchids.

14) Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

15) When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.

16) Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.

17) When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.

18) Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your city and county for codes.

19) If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead to an energy efficiency model.

20) Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.

21) Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.

22) Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.

23) Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.

24) When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.

25) If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.