My “Free Style” Blog :)

Good morning everyone 🙂

I am a morning person and going to school at night was at first Very challenging for me, but as I got to know all my wonderful classmates and teachers more intimately I looked forward to going to class and interacting with them no matter what time of day it is :).

I thank you all for being on this journey with me and hope that you continue to blog and that we all find our perfect careers that we are passionate about! We can all make a difference and I will always cherish this time we have spent together.

Thanks for everything thus far!

Gwen Stone

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Jobs I May Pursue In The Green Industry

Good Morning All 🙂

After taking my first two courses at IVC in resource Management and Zero Waste I am not sure which direction I will go with this knowledge.

We have successfully run a “social marketing” campaign on the IVC Campus and have helped to get all signatures needed to apply for a grant to get a recycling program started on the campus early next year!!

I enjoyed doing the campaign as I got to work outside and with people, which are two of my favorite things.

I would really like to do something that pertains to rivers or wilderness areas, so I will keep my options open and see what the next 8 week courses have to offer.

Thanks for reading,

Gwen Stone

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What I Personally Learned From The First 7 Weeks of Class

Hello Everyone 🙂

It’s already the end of the 7th week of my zero waste/sustainability class and I have really learned a lot.

I will list the top 10 things that I have learned:

1. I learned how to blog 🙂

2. I learned the value of networking

3. I learned the difference between a “dirty: MRF and a “clean” MRF

4. I learned how to do a recycle audit on a business or facility

5. I learned how to research green companies and find jobs in the green industry

6. I learned about various laws and legislation pertaining to “green” issues

7. I have learned about the 12 categories of recyclables

8. I learned what zero waste means

9. I learned I am a sapphire in the “Dani Johnson” Gems

10. I learned to “Trust but Verify”

I also read 2 wonderful books Dale Carnegie’s book “How to win friends and Influence People” and “From Green to Gold”

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Green to Gold

Spreading-Sustainability-From-the-Fortune-500-to-the-Next-5000Green to Gold playbook

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The Principles of “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

 Hi Everyone 🙂

I have listed below the “principles” from the book by Dale Carnegie “How to win friends and influence people 🙂

So very important and tried, true,  and simple!! Enjoy 🙂


 “How to win Friends and Influence people”, and “How to stop worrying and start living.”





1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain. 2. Give honest, sincere appreciation. 3. Arouse in the other person an eager want. 4. Become genuinely interested in other people. 5. Smile. 6. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the most important sound in any language. 7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. 8. Talk in terms of the other person’s interest. 9. Make the other person feel important – and do so sincerely. 10 The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.






11. Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, “You’re wrong.” 12. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically. 13. Begin in a friendly way. 14. Get the other person saying, “Yes, yes” immediately. 15. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking. 16. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers. 17. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view. 18. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires. 19. Appeal to the nobler motives. 20. Dramatize your ideas.






21. Throw down a challenge. 22. Begin with praise and honest appreciation. 23. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly. 24. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person. 25. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders. 26. Let the other person save face. 27. Praise the slightest and every improvement. Be “lavish in your praise.” 28. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to. 29. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct. 30. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.


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Green to gold, ecodesign

Hello everyone 🙂

In reading Green to Gold this week I was intrigued by the description of “ecodesign”. In short, it means “the item was developed in a way that reduces environmental impacts for someone somewhere in it’s life cycle journey from supplier to product to end-of-life disposal”.
In implementing “ecodesign” companies have learned that they need to follow these rules to be successful:
1. Meet a need that actually exists.
2. Don’t ignore other needs of the customer.
3. Pay attention to your own costs.

The bottom line is still price, quality and performance.

Thanks for reading my blog,


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Green Campuses

Hello 🙂

This week in one of our classes at IVC we are working on getting a Recycle Program started. It is quite exciting to think that we could actually get something in place before our program is finished this winter.

We would like to have a program as involved in zero waste and sustainability as Orange Coast College has in place, but must take “baby steps” to get there!

Some of the barriers we are facing for our project are:

1.We have No Bins 2. We have No Plan (as of yet) 3. Our Administration is not on board

Our class believes there are significant Benefits to starting this plan and they are:

1. Revenue  2. Fostering Sustainable Behavior  3. Less cost for Waste Disposal  4. Good for the environment.

I’ve attached a few links to OCC’s programs that they have in place and would appreciate Any feedback on how to move closer to this goal of getting IVC to becoming a much “Greener” school.

Thanks Gwen


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