Welcome to WEN, an educational and networking community of professional women who work in the environmental field in the greater
San Francisco Bay Area!

WEN attracts a broad spectrum of women working in the sustainability and environmental fields. We organize events and outings on a monthly basis, including
networking happy hours, career building workshops, book groups, hikes, and other social meet-ups with an emphasis on promoting sustainability. We also publish a monthly newsletter with spotlights on WEN members as well as green employers and organizations around the Bay Area. Thanks for dropping in - we hope to see you at a future event!

This Just In:

Check out our January Newsletter and latest WEN member spotlight, Ashley Eagle-Gibbs!

New Year, New Ideas! Please send us comments, concerns, and ideas for upcoming events YOU'D like to see! Provide feedback to wenbayarea@gmail.com. 

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Upcoming Events:


January 2015 - 
The Ethics of Eating (and Growing) Food with Dr. Sapna E. Thottathil, WEN Board Member

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6:30 - 8 PM

Where: Pollinate Farm & Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland (map)

Closest BART: Fruitvale Station, 3401 East 12th Street (map)

Cost: $5-$20 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)

RSVP: Space is limited, register through Pollinate's ticket website here

Food: Feel free to bring a "bag" dinner to eat during the talk. The Half Orange, next to Fruitvale BART, offers a selection for "Pick Up" (ready in 10 minutes). Visit "Order Online" at http://www.thehalforange.com.

WEN Board member, Dr. Sapna Thottathil, will give a talk based on her new book, India’s Organic Farming Revolution at Pollinate Farm & Garden in the Fruitvale district of Oakland. 

Does growing your own food or buying local food conflict with supporting sustainable farmers from abroad? Can consumers trust foods with the organic label, even if the food is from another country? What can U.S. consumers and gardeners learn from organic farmers in places like India? Dr. Thottathil will tackle these and other questions and explain how our global food system has come to take its complex shape over the years so that consumers are faced with these tough decisions. Dr. Thottathil will also share details about the growing buy-local and organic farming movements in India. 

February 2015 - Network, Walk and Talk with Nature in the City

Join WEN and tour an urban wildlife corridor that was created by Nature in the City, neighbors, and schoolchildren to support the recovery of the Green Hairstreak butterfly.

When: Saturday February 21, 2015

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Meet and network with other WEN members while enjoying free Arizmendi Bakery pastries or your own "brown bag" lunch. Thanks Arizmendi!

1:00 - 2:00 PMA walk and talk through the Green Hairstreak Corridor with Amber Hasselbring, Executive Director of Nature in the City. We will begin the walk promptly at 1:00 PM!

Where: Moraga Tiled Steps, 16th Avenue and Moraga Street, Inner Sunset Neighborhood, San Francisco (map)

Closest Transit: N Judah Line (map)

Cost: $10 plus service fee (a portion of the proceeds will go to Nature in the City)

RSVP: Eventbrite

Recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Green Hairstreak Corridor is a community initiative started in 2007 to connect two butterfly populations that had become isolated by urban development. Green Hairstreaks fly in spring, from January through May, so if conditions are right, we might see flying, basking, mating, and egg-laying! The tour will begin at the Moraga Tiled Steps, which is Nature in the City's newest habitat restoration site. Then we’ll walk along the Corridor to 12 habitat patches and three natural areas. The tour will be a loop

Additional volunteer opportunity with Nature in the City:

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: If you would like to arrive early and participate in hands-on restoration work with Nature in the City, please sign up on the Nature in the City Meetup page.

WEN is on Twitter

WEN is pleased to announce we are now live on Twitter @WENBayArea! Keep up to date with WEN and partner events, news, and relevant news links. Click here to follow us!

Bay Area Green Events:

In an effort to centralize the best green events around networking, education and volunteering within the San Francisco Bay Area, WEN has partnered with Net Impact SF and SF Green Drinks to provide you with this calendar. Submit events to the calendar here.

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