‘Workshops’ Category


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.







I’m the speaker at Coffee Talks Speaker’s Series: Grid Off!

Come out on July 8th to learn how to harness renewable energy and reduce your home energy bills!

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When: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Where: All Saints Church Guild Room 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
$10 donation at the door – proceeds go to the ongoing work of the United Nations Association.

For information, visit www.unapasadena.org


California Workforce Association (CWA) 14th Annual Youth Employment Conference



California Workforce Association 14th Annual Youth Employment Conference Defy the Predictable Hyatt Regency Orange County: January 15-17, 2013

Hosted by the California Workforce Association, this dynamic conference showcases successful strategies in program design and implementation that are making a difference for at-risk and opportunity youth – those unconnected to school or work – and highlights unique and productive partnerships and collaborations.


CWA Executive Director, Barbara Halsey said, “The Youth Conference is a forum for California’s youth providers to make valuable connections with education, business, and the non-profit sector that lead to new collaborations, program innovations, and improved outcomes for youth.”


The Youth Conference will offer Issue Sessions, allowing workforce professionals an opportunity to share the critical challenges they are facing in working with youth and identify strategies to address those challenges.


Halsey said, “This year’s conference really takes it to the next level as we engage our partners in education and business & industry in capacity-building discussions everything from youth entrepreneurship to critical thinking skills that impact safety in the workplace.”


The Youth Conference brings together practitioners and policy makers involved in addressing the employment, training and education needs of youth. Businesses and Chambers of Commerce (such as the Green Chamber of Commerce), involved in youth programs, those working with transitioning foster youth and adjudicated youth, as well as companies who commit resources to these efforts, are encouraged to attend.  Join with others who defy the predictable every day by helping alter the destiny of young people, and creating a better future for youth and their communities. Registration is available now at www.calworkforce.org/Youth.



The Role of Business in Building a Sustainable Economy


Workshop Session I: Friday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concentration: Business, Investments and New Markets

New and powerful voices are emerging within America’s business community willing to advocate for sustainable and progressive policies. These ‘triple bottom line’ companies and business associations are educating policymakers and the media on how sustainability is good for business, the economy and society. From clean energy to affordable health care, domestic manufacturing, campaign finance, and tax reform, business leaders are supporting sustainable economic policies. This session features business leaders actively engaged in the policy process at the federal, state, and municipal level.  Join us for a lively discussion about how businesses can support laws and regulations that create new market opportunities and jobs while accounting for social and environmental impacts.

Elena Christopoulos, Executive Director, Green Chamber of Commerce
Richard Eidlin, Policy Director, American Sustainable Business Council

Fri, 03/16/2012 – 10:30am – 12:00pm