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Hi Chris,

Thank you for sharing your sustainability business concepts. Reading them did spark a few ideas.

I like the idea of a consultants "guru" network where each member can refer clients to other members who are expert in meeting the clients' specific needs. As an electrical engineer with experience in automation software and hardware integration, I'm thinking of providing process automation services to help businesses reduce pollution and save money. I'd love to be able to call in other experts to help a client (and to be called in!).

The other idea may not be much of a money maker but could leverage a large impact on the sustainability of our society. As an individual, I compost, recycle, buy organic food, etc., but there is only so much impact I can make. I have two kids, one in second grade and one in kindergarten. It's amazing some of the concepts they bring home from school. "Walking instead of driving is good for Mother Earth".
"You shouldn't use pesticides because they have poison in them".
"The dark green lettuce is healthier than the light green lettuce".

Presenting sustainability concepts to children at schools reaches an unjaded, open minded audience who doesn't have such a vested short term interest in maintaining the unsustainable status quo as we adults do. These school classes/presentations would positively influence our kids, the future decision makers, and the kids immediately would be a powerful voice for change to their parents.

I'm not sure how to pursue this, but there must be existing programs. Does anyone know of some? I'm particularly interested in sustainability and anti-consmerism/conscious consumerism to counter the messages to kids from the mainstream media.

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