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Introducing West Coast Green Living

Outside of our apartment in Huntington Beach, CA
Outside of our apartment in Huntington Beach, CA

It has been over a year since I have posted to my blog. I relocated to Orange County, CA from Seattle, WA in March 2013 and had a very difficult time figuring out how I was going to have an impact in my new locale. My former blog, Green Spaces Real Estate, was an educational outlet related to my real estate sales business, and here in SoCal I am working in property management, not sales. The green home industry is in its early stages here which is why I have not become a licensed real estate broker here. My niche was green homes, and here I would just be a real estate salesperson like all the rest. Not to mention it costs a lot of money to get licensed and be in that industry in this area. I have moved into administration instead.

So from a professional standpoint I am not really making a green impact here, and I have also struggled personally. Much of 2013 was spent looking for work, looking for place to live, moving, missing my husband, and waiting for the BIG move and closing up our house in Seattle, then unpacking. He arrived around Thanksgiving and it took several months to get fully settled in to our apartment, things stored away, and miscellaneous small improvement projects around the new home to be finished. (Curtains, shelving, more organization since the space is so small, etc.) I finally feel like I have energy to do something besides just work, keep house, and sleep.

Part of what changed for me in the last year was my transportation. My MINI Cooper of 11 years got over 125k miles and started acting like it needed major work. I have had my eye on the Fiat 500 as a possible replacement since it came out. Here in CA there is an all electric version, the Fiat 500e, (referred to as a BEV, battery electric vehicle). Getting an all electric car would get me into the HOV lane as a single occupant vehicle. My morning commute and chronic tardiness was a huge amount of stress for me, so this was important to me. Besides doing something good for the environment and saving a ton of money on gas, I got a free pass into the HOV lane and I fly by all of the traffic every morning, ta1555504_10202491486070360_1263854296_nking my commute from 35-60+ minutes to a reliable 23 minutes!! Totally worth all the trouble trying to find places to charge the car. But more on that later. I don’t have to show up at work early and not get paid for it anymore.

One thing I have done is volunteer to be a City Captain to help organize a big National Drive Electric Week event (Plug In America). It will be in September and we are working with another couple who is immersed in the car industry here to get this event off the ground. Right now I feel rather superfluous actually, since my area of expertise will be the social media marketing once we get closer to the date. But I see a lot of email on the topic and am really in awe of other people who are planning huge events all over the country from the ground up. I hope to learn a lot and be able to help more in the earlier stages next year. I have enjoyed participating in the many online communities related to electric vehicles, battery technology, public infrastructure for charging, and more both loca, national, and global.

My new URL and blog name change is a combination of my former blog and my Facebook page, which has been around since 2008 as Westside Green Living With Wendy. Now that I have made myself and my mission over for my new location, and set a direction to move forward, you will start hearing more from me. We have had a couple of recent projects I am eager to share!

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Admiral Theater Brings FREEDOM Film To Seattle August 6th

Along with The North American Clean Energy Tour

I love it when big things happen locally to me. The Admiral Theater in West Seattle is proud to present the only Seattle theatrical premiere of FREEDOM, the jolting new documentary that takes a hard look at America’s perilous and unsustainable addiction to foreign oil on Saturday, August 6th at 7 PM. The documentary, which focuses on a surprising solution to America’s oil dependence, is from the filmmakers of the award winning Sundance documentary FUEL. I plan to attend and I am partway through FUEL, available to stream on demand on Netflix.

The Freedom Bus has a 30 city tour planned.

In a move that harkens back to the grand old days of showmanship, the husband and wife FREEDOM filmmaking team of Josh and Rebecca Tickell are embarking on a three month, 30+ city North American Clean Energy Tour in a fully customized Freedom Bus, a “green” constructed, highly energy efficient vehicle that will park at movie theaters playing the film. The FREEDOM Bus (@Freedom_Film on Twitter) will be open to the public for free and will showcase the latest biofuel-efficient, advance fuels and wind, solar and water technology. They’ll be filming webisodes of The FREEDOM Drive! Come participate, debate and be inspired…

FREEDOM features an eclectic array of personalities, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former NATO commander Wesley Clark, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz, (who scored the film), international author Deepak Chopra, and such “green” actors as Ed Begley, Jr. (seriously one of my favorite people!!), Amy Smart, and Michelle Rodriguez.

FREEDOM invites audiences to not just get mad, but to get motivated, offering serious fuel for thought for empowering people with knowledge and inspiring social change. The film explores the role that Ethanol plays as a homegrown alternative that will boost the domestic economy, create jobs and reduce our need to rely on dangerous and unstable parts of the world for our fuel. There is widespread agreement that America needs to wean itself off oil yet Ethanol has become a lightning rod of controversy. An anti Ethanol coalition made up of both big oil and radical environmentalists stokes the fires of that controversy every day. Debate rages on the pros and cons of Ethanol but what is the truth?

Both Josh and Rebecca Tickell will be available after the film for an audience Q&A. Tickets are $10.00 for the exclusive screening and can be bought at the Admiral starting Friday, August 5 or through Brown Paper Tickets. Or donations can be made at the door. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook here.

FREEDOM is a Green Planet Productions release. More information on FREEDOM, its theatrical release, its DVD release, and the North American Clean Energy Tour may be found here.