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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.



Participating in TEDxPresidio 2012: RE-INVENTING CAPITALISM


BUSINESS-SociallyResponsible-Nov2012-TEDx-BrianSolisToday I am headed off to San Francisco to participate at TEDxPresidio. I am excited to be amongst some of the brightest thought leaders in business on behalf of the Green Chamber of Commerce.

I look forward to hearing about Nature vs. Nurture, game-changing technologies, new expectations and implications of the hyper-connected consumer, innovation, disruption, CSR vs. ROI, sustainability, economic policies and much more.

I will chronicle the conversations I hear and those I participate in with the event having over 700 influential founders, executives, investors, bloggers, business owners, technologists, artists, educators and foundations changing the face of business today.

If you have any questions you would like answered, please contact me and I will make sure that they are answered.

Personally, I love traveling to San Francisco. As they say, if you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.”


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