The Green Blog
Delta Zetas are doing great things in the world of green!

Delta Zeta has been reporting on some eco-conscious members who are working to improve the environment and educate others about the importance of green practices on the national website and in The LAMP. The Pink Goes Green blog would like to introduce you to some of them.

Giving to those in need -- the green way
Mary Vincent, Kappa Beta '86 (Northern Kentucky University)
, an entrepreneur who has founded several startup ventures, all with the goal of reducing climate emissions, has begun the Healthy Vegan Snack Box Campaign through her green business, Gratitude Gourmet, to help families in need during the holidays. To donate, visit the campaign here.

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(Photo courtesy of Seth Affoumado, Photographer)

Gratitude Gourmet is a Fun Sustainable Lifestyle Destination. As a California-Certified Green Business, Gratitude Gourmet finds exciting places, science and health news, and interviews and reviews of inspiring brands and global entrepreneurs.

Mary Vincent founded Gratitude Gourmet in May 2008 to bring attention to the fact that many of our food choices have a significant impact on global health, well-being, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and our oceans.

Mary co-founded the Green Software Unconference and writes about green business and technology thought leaders on her blog (http://www.ecoprotection.blogspot.com/). She is Founder and CEO of Green Star Solution and has worked at global fortune 500 companies creating and running global engineering and logistics projects and programs, including Sun Microsystems and DHL Express. She left Sun Microsystems in May 2008 to create and run businesses focusing on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Gratitude Gourmet is one of them.  Previous to Sun and DHL, Mary served in the US Peace Corps Hungary teaching business English and environmental awareness including establishing the first Earth Week in her city and a Vegetarian Day.

Sylish water bottles are safe and eco-friendly
Jillian Craig, Beta Tau '00 (Nebraska Wesleyan University)
, has launched Rivé, a design-driven producer of reusable glass water bottles. Craig recognized consumer concern over chemical-leaching plastic and taste-changing metal bottles and began designing an alternative, a stylish glass water bottle. The Rivé bottles have been featured on Omaha-based online retailer Hayneedle's "The Foundary," a daily sale site that offers members home furnishings, decor and accessories.

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"We are excited to be a Nebraska-based business, because Nebraskans invest back in their economy," commented Jillian. "The state is fiscally strong, especially in this shaky economy. We also enjoy low-cost energy and a robust pool of talent."
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Designed to address the need for portable water in a fashionable way, Rivé's product line consists of two different collections: The Elán and the Savoy Designer Series. All are acid-etched, which gives them a frosted look. View the bottle designs at http://www.riveusa.com/.

"Americans have become more health conscious, so the use of reusable water bottles has increased," said Jillian. "Consumers are becoming worried about the possible detrimental health effects of drinking water from disposable bottles. Rivé presents consumers with a stylish and smart alternative."

Rivé glass water bottles can be now purchased at specialty and online retailers, such as amazon.com and csnstores.com . Learn more at http://www.riveusa.com/.

Preserving wildlife and a way of life
Sarah Daniel Oxner, Epsilon Xi '93 (University of Central Arkansas)
, and her husband, Michael, were spotlighted in a recent article in the Southeast Farm Press when Michael was named as Arkansas Southeastern Farmer of the Year.

Michael and Sarah own a 6,000 acre farm, which includes an important wildlife refuge. He and Sarah are active in their Searcy, Arkansas community, and recently donated land in Bald Knob, Arkansas to Habitat for Humanity, on which a house will be built for a family in need.

Read the full story here. (Source: Southeast Farm Press)

Do you know a Delta Zeta, collegian or alumna, who is doing something great in the world of green? Please let us know at PGG@dzshq.com.