Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More green changes completed by SF Viv spots

They just keep rolling in. 5 new changes. Very exciting. Thanks Vivers for voting with your sticker. Here’s the rundown (+ a few snaps):
Bruno’s Pizzeria & Cucina (2) – Switched to paper towels that contain a minimum of 40% recycled content; Changed all traditional light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs
Sweet Jimmy’s / A&M Market (2) – Ensures that all appliances that consume power when plugged into an outlet are unplugged or turned off while the business is not open; Committed to the use of no-VOC paints for any & all future painting
Noc Noc (1) – Switched to using only non-toxic, earth-friendly cleaning products
Pics from Left to Right = 1 & 2) Bruno’s Pizzeria & Cucina, 3) Sweet Jimmy’s / A&M Market
A slice of pizza would hit the spot right about now…

Friday, September 11, 2009

Quick ask to help Viv win $100K grant

We would love your help to vote for us in Amex’s (and Ellen Degeneres’) small business contest, so we can get enough “spotlights” to move into the judging round by Saturday the 12th. If we win (and I know we have a good chance), the Viv team will take all of you out who voted to an amazing night on the town!
All you’ve got to do is:
1) Go here:
2) Click “Endorse this story now” near the top left corner, then click “register” (which only takes 2 minutes, I promise), and finally “Endorse this story now” to finish voting for Viv.
Thank you for your help!! We need to get 50 spotlights (and a heck of a lot more to wow the judges) in the next 24 hours, so if you can vote asap that would be tremendously appreciated.
- The Viv Team

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Green cafe Network presents "Greening the Routine: Fundamentals of Green Cafe Operations"

Our friends at the Green Cafe Network are hosting a workshop for cafe and restaurant staff on operating a green cafe. Details below – please spread the word!

Please JOIN US for our fun, informative, action-packed, skill- building workshop:
“Greening the Routine: Fundamentals of Green Cafe Operations”

Wednesday, September 16th, from 4:30-7:30pm

This workshop is especially designed for cafe & restaurant staff!
As you know, operating a green business is not just about switching to energy efficient lightbulbs and carrying green products.
Most of operating a green business depends on your most important asset – your staff!
Cafe Managers and owners are welcome, too, of course! Here’s the details:

Greening the Routine: Fundamentals of Green Cafe Operations
Participants Will:
- Learn up-to-date green business “best practices” in waste management, water & energy conservation, toxics reduction and community outreach.
- Learn practical skills that can be immediately implemented on the job.
- Gain understanding of the environmental impacts of café & restaurant industries.
- Improve your “environmental literacy,” by gaining a big-picture understanding of the connections between our workplaces, personal lives & our environment.
When: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 from 4:30-7:30pm
Where: Powersource Cafe Address: 81 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105. Near the corner of Fremont and Mission Street. Public Transit: Near Embarcadero BART station
Who: Staff members of any cafe or restaurant in the Bay Area are welcome
Registration: Advanced registration is required, as there is limited space. Please send an email to: and we’ll respond with details and confirm your participation.
Workshop Fees*:
Member cafes of Green Cafe Network: $30 for one staff member, $20 for each additional staff member
Non-members of Green Cafe Network: $50 for each staff member, $45 for each additional staff member
*We want everyone who wants to participate to be able to. Please contact us if you need special consideration for workshop fees.

GCN’s 2009 Workshop Series:
“Greening the Routine: Fundamentals of Green Cafe Operations” is the first of GCN’s series of action-oriented workshops grounded in the daily routine of café operations.

The skills gained through this workshop series serve the dual purpose of making sustainability accessible in the face of time and budget constraints and tapping into the potential of café workers to play a powerful role in protecting our environment and encouraging community members to enhance their environmental responsibility and stewardship.
or phone Kirstin at 415-407-6987

SIGN UP BY EMAILING: or just call us!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

You can find us on the streets… Vivin'

It’s going down. Tomorrow. Thursday, 9/3/2009 – all day Viv Tour. SF. (wow – say that line out loud, project your voice, and add some echo… feels like you just intro-ed a rap album?)
Well, we’ve got a big day planned, so I guess it needed a big intro. We’re going SOMA to the Marina, Western Addition to FiDi. If there are places to be Viv’d – we’ll be there.
We’ll be tweeting all day, so follow us @DoYouViv and come find us to:
- Lay down some eco-graffiti; Grab a Viv headband, buttons, or other gear; stock up on extra stickers; Get a cameo in a Viv video we’re shooting; And last, but most importantly, Viv some businesses!!
Here’s the route (open full map or click on a store to see place & time specifics):
View You can find us on the streets… Vivin’ in a larger map