Apr 7, 2015
“Preposterously beautiful.” That’s how novelist Jim Harrison once described Patagonia, Arizona, a town on the edge of the Sonoran Desert. Rachel’s Network members confirmed this view on a recent trip to the Sky Island region where they learned about local efforts to preserve this unique and biodiverse landscape. The trip was led by local Rachel’s Network Member Diana Hadley who supports a number of conservation programs on both sides of the US-Mexico border and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the area.
Oct 10, 2013
Food is deeply tied to the human experience. It’s woven into our culture, history, and community. It nourishes us, sustains us, and comforts us. And yet, for something so essential to daily life, many Americans have only a vague understanding of where our food comes from, how it’s produced, and the tremendous impact it has on the environment. Rachel’s Network explored the global agricultural system during our 2013 Fall Retreat, “Seeding the Future of Food.” Co-chaired by Members Charlotte Hanes and Cari Rudd, the Retreat convened nearly 40 members and guests in Austin, Texas, one of the nation’s major food hubs, to hear expert perspectives on how to advance a sustainable food future.
Mar 20, 2013
It seems that everywhere we turn, there are constant reminders of the huge environmental challenges we face. It’s clear that many of the existing models—such as economic, business, and educational—aren’t working for our health or the planet’s, but what are the alternatives that will help us reduce our footprints? In March, Rachel’s Network addressed that question by gathering leading advocates for “Advancing the Low-Impact Lifestyle” at our 2013 Annual Meeting. More than 40 members and guests joined us in Washington, D.C. to hear diverse perspectives and success stories from experts who are on the frontlines of the sustainable living movement.
Oct 25, 2012
Rachel’s Network members and guests traveled to San Francisco for the 2012 Fall Retreat, Venture Philanthropy and the Green Economy. For three days, members met with thought leaders and trailblazing entrepreneurs and immersed themselves in the themes of impact investing, clean tech innovation, and sustainability. Set against the backdrop of one of the country’s greenest cities, it was a truly powerful and inspiring gathering.