We want to update you on some things. We’ve taken a few months off and put some feelers out in the Portland and Westside communities for how best to restart Green Drinks this fall.
We’re making a few changes to the organization of Green Drinks, thanks in part to the excellent feedback we received from attendees. We’re here to address those changes, and some things we are keeping the same, and how they will affect the two events we have been holding each month.
1. Instead of two Green Drinks events each month, we will scale back to just one. We will also alternate each month between Portland and Westside Green Drinks. This means we’ll hold at most, six Portland Green Drinks, and six Westside Green Drinks each year. We aim to help build up interest and participation in the events. As much as we love to put these on, we felt the two-each-month cycle was diluting the effectiveness and importance of the events. So, we’ll have more time now to organize and promote the events.
2. Attendance fees will remain $5 per person. Some of the feedback we received questioned why we charge $5 to attend events. Considerable time and cost goes into planning and promoting Green Drinks events. For those attending Westside events, we provide food and beverages at BestHQ. And for some events, rental fees do apply, especially for larger turnouts that require renting a full-room, private space. As much as we support the spirit of a sharing economy, the fact is that we cannot put on these events for free. We can however improve the experience. This leads to our next items…
3. Speaker and presenter microphones. Some events are well attended and feedback indicates it is sometimes hard to hear the speakers. Therefore, we have purchased a portable speaker and wireless mic setup to help with this! It should make a big difference.
4. Raffle prizes! This is an area we hope to give back. Portland Cider House is still excited to offer up their space, and as we’ve seen with some other Green Drinks events in the Northwest, raffle prizes are fun! All attendees will receive a raffle ticket and depending on the location and event, we will have a variety of prizes to give out. While we cannot give out “free” alcoholic beverages, we certainly can raffle off an empty growler and some cash to help fill it, as an example. Also…
5. Sponsorship opportunities! This is an area we are opening up for outside interest. While PDX and Westside Green Drinks is officially organized and managed by Canvas Host, we don’t want to take all the fun. So if you’re a local company that would love some exposure in front of a fantastic audience of green, well-educated, caring folks — yes, that is us giving you all a big shout-out — then please contact us at email@example.com. If you have items that you think would make great raffle prizes, we’d love to hear about them. All sponsors will be given 5-10 minutes to talk about their services and products, during the Green Drinks event they are sponsoring. And finally…
6. First Wednesday of each month. This is the day we will hold future Green Drinks events, whether PDX or Westside. We will alternate, again, every other month. So look for the return of PDX Green Drinks in October, Westside Green Drinks in November, and so forth.
We appreciate all the time and attention you provided us with your feedback. If you are interested in presenting, sponsoring, or assisting in Green Drinks, please do reach out. And, thanks again for your interest!
Are you ready to have fun and fight cancer at the same time? Join Canvas Host at this weekend’s Relay For Life of Beaverton, an event organized through the American Cancer Society.
Cancer never sleeps, so neither will we. For 18 hours, 20 teams and hundreds of volunteers will walk, jog, and run around a track as we raise awareness about cancer, and raise money for cancer research, and patient, survivor, and caregiver services.
July 22, 6:00pm to July 23, 12:00pm
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
13715 SW Walker Road
Beaverton, OR 97005
PLUS: We’re sponsoring bubble soccer. It’s safe, bouncy fun for all ages. Just $5 to play, and all proceeds go directly to our fundraising goal.
Please join us if you can! Together, we can help put a stop to cancer.
We’re thrilled to announce the latest gTLD domain options, now available for you to register!
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.COURSES – $44.95/year
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The .OOO domain is a gTLD that can be used for all purposes. .OOO is a unique domain that is easier to type, offers a range of domain name options and is suitable for everyone ranging from individuals to businesses. .OOO is easy to remember, search engine friendly and hence, we believe that it is a natural choice for anyone who wants to own a domain name.
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.WINE – $59.95/year
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Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? If not, don’t feel bad — that’s a big part of the problem with it.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries and which has received very little public awareness, and for good reason: If the general public knew much about TPP, there’s simply no way it would have gotten as far as it has.
For several years, the United States government, along with other countries, has fleshed out a 30-chapter trade agreement spanning almost 6,000-pages that claims to “enhance innovation and productivity”, “reduce poverty”, “promote transparency”, and “enhance labor and environmental protections.” However, the details point to business that would look nothing like those claims.
The extent of the TPP’s impacts are bewildering and dangerous; They grant greater power to corporations at the expense of private citizens’ rights and freedoms.
Why are we taking a stand on it?
Though some Internet service providers and web hosts have actively supported the TPP, Canvas Host opposes it for a simple reason.
In an age when the world needs transparency in business and triple-bottom-line accountability (people, planet, and profit), profit-only business has no place.
The TPP puts at risk Internet users’ freedoms and privacy; It is anything but fair, equitable, and accountable trade; And, it has no place in a world where increasingly, triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) thinking is needed over profit-only business.
Specific to the online world, which we tend to care quite a lot about, the TPP outlines intellectual property and copyright laws that shift the balance of protections away from public interest and private users, and place them in the hands of copyright holders, compelling draconian punishments even in the face of legitimate, legal, fair-use claims.
Worse, the provisions press Internet service providers to work with corporations to determine if users’ activities are infringing on corporations’ copyrights, at the expense of user privacy. It’s not too far removed from the way China’s “Great Firewall” continuously polices its citizens against accessing information the government deems unfit for consumption.
Where is legislation at right now?
While the United States government has in various ways both opposed and approved of this legislation, the ultimate outcome has sadly been approved at all levels, including the President, House of Representatives, and Senate, under a “Fast Track” provision of the 1974 Trade Act. The TPP was signed on February 4, 2016 by all twelve member countries.
The only thing remaining is for Congress to vote on the final bill this summer, or later this year.
What can you do about it?
With an upcoming Congressional vote on the final bill surrounding the TPP coming soon, there’s still time to act. Community engagement is a powerful way to get messages through to your elected representatives. The Trans-Pacific Partnership hasn’t been fully enacted. We encourage you to get involved in stopping the TPP, by contacting your local Representatives and Senators:
Fair, equitable, and just business are things we and all B Corporations fight for. If you have additional information to share with us about developments surrounding the trade agreement, feel free to contact us, at sales [at] canvashost [dot] com.
We’re pleased to announce that Canvas Host has recertified Gold with Sustainability at Work PDX. This is the highest certification level achievable by Portland businesses through the program, and recognizes us for various steps we have taken in our sustainability program.
Highlights of our achievements include:
We design our own servers to maximize performance while minimizing electricity consumption throughout our fleet of web servers. All technology is purchased locally to support our community.
To offset our energy consumption, we purchase 27,000 kWH every month of renewable wind energy from local wind farms, through Renewable Energy Credits with Bonneville Environmental Foundation. This equates to 200% of their energy needs, which offsets not only our business, but also 15 Portland-area homes as well.
We are a certified B Corporation and Oregon Benefit Company, and are committed to responsible business practices. When making operating decisions, we take into account the impacts of all decisions on our staff, customers, community, and environment.
We organize two monthly Green Drinks events each month: One in Portland and one on the Westside. Green Drinks features educational speakers, and offers attendees a progressive space to network over topics of sustainability, environmental issues, and political developments of concern.
We aggressively recycle and have reduced our waste stream to near-zero by recycling additional, non-curbside items such as all plastics, styrofoam, metals and electronic waste.
Certification for many downtown Portland businesses can be challenging, as tenants of large buildings do not have direct control over critical building systems, such as water/sewer, waste management, and HVAC. We’ve worked with building management to gradually increase buy-in and deployment of energy-efficient and saving systems, and our own score is a result of some of these steps.
The certification process helps remind us all that we each play a role in helping green our city by refining our sustainability program, as well as helping others adopt these same principles.