Last week, I attended the 2nd annual Women in Green Forum (aka WIGF), which was an awesome conference of about 150 women and few men.  It was very casual yet professional, and even though I was too sick to make it to the 2nd day, the sessions I made it to on the 1st day were exceptional and thought provoking.

Heres some highlights:

• Wahleah Johns, Executive Director, Black Mesa Water Coalition, spoke about the destruction of her homeland in Arizona due to our thirst for electric power in places like LA, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.  It was really heart-wrenching to hear direct from the source about the places from which we get our power, and really out into perspective what is necessary and what is NOT in our lives.

Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council, Ann Davlin, Director of Development, Carbon War Room, and Nancy Flyod, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power spoke about the realities of financing green technologies and energy in a variety of venues.  Really inspiring and made the change to greening our city seem more realistic.

• Sarah Potts, City Director, Los Angeles, Clinton Climate Initiative/C40, Angela Fox, President/ Chief Executive Officer, Crystal City BID, Amanda Eichel, C40/Cities Program, Clinton Climate Initiative, Gillian Wright Director, Customer Programs and Assistance, Southern California Gas Company shared a variety of thoughts on programs at various levels of government.  Angela Fox’s presentation on Crystal City’s BID was especially intriguing- if you can make it Crystal City, it sounds like you really should

The other speakers were all excellent, too!  I also test drove a Chevy Volt and an electric Honda Accord- both very cool and very far out of my price range.  Being a green traveler at this point for me means borrowing a car when necessary, but mostly biking or walking around LA (which means I don’t go much of anywhere.  Its pretty scary biking in the Valley).

We were also treated to the world premiere of The Right to Breathe, a relatively depressing look at air quality in LA.  You can see a trailer of the documentary here.

Hope to attend next year as well!