Welcome to Rogue Green!

rogue (rōg)
- noun
a playfully mischievous person

green (green)
environmentally sound or beneficial

Rogue Green is about bringing the fun back to GREEN. The grassroots, the inspiration, the loss of ego and collective spirit of seeing the BIGGER picture.

Monthly social/networking events for eco-minded ROGUES held the 1st Thursday of every month, along with side projects and events when the rogue mood strikes! Events will always take place in the Downtown/Midtown Metro Phoenix area.

Hosted by the always fun and mostly mischievous Ms. Stacey Champion.


April Rogue Green - What's New With Energize Phoenix

We're long overdue for a Rogue Green & April is Earth Month!

My dear friend Mara DeFilippis recently took a new position as the Sr. Project Coordinator for Energize Phoenix and they've been working on some great stuff!

We'll have a presentation and Q & A from 6 PM - 7 PM at ASU Cronkite School, Room #314 (555 N. Central Ave.) then head over to the Westin lounge (333 N. Central Ave.) to have drinks and socialize/network from 7 PM - 8 PM.

FREE to attend, but you must register so we have an accurate count for the room. Buy your own drinks at the Westin. 

Walking, biking or lightrail is encouraged. Parking meters downtown are free after 5 PM if you drive.

Title: ASU presents Energy Efficiency Idea Guide and Energize Phoenix Preliminary Findings

What: ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability has compiled a book of many of the best ideas from across the nation tailored to grow energy efficiency in Arizona. Energize Phoenix is a three-year energy efficiency building upgrade program managed by the city of Phoenix and in partnership with Arizona State University and Arizona Public Service. The $25MM program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program.

Get an early glance and provide feedback on our just-released Energy Efficiency Idea Guide. We want to hear from you about how to most efficiently take the lowest hanging fruit from idea to implementation!

The Guide:
• Provides brief and non-technical EE solutions specific to Arizona’s unique economic, regulatory and political environment
• Is adapted from successful policies, programs and ideas from across the country
• Is intended for policymakers and stakeholders to spark ideas and discussions that lead to implementation

Also, hear the latest results from Energize Phoenix: who is participating, who is not and how much energy is being saved.

Presenter: Mick Dalrymple


Upcoming Events to Feed Your Soul & Other News Tidbits

There's so much going on, so I decided to put everything in one post for easy perusing.The summer is almost over - hooray!  I'm looking forward to boots and jacket weather.  Just a little longer... Speaking of heat, if you haven't read the Demos 'Economic and Environmental Impacts of Climate Change in Arizona' Report, you can download it HERE.  If you're feeling proactive after reading it, send a quick email to Mayor Stanton and/or your Council person to ask them when Phoenix is going to create a Climate Change Adaptation Plan (here's the Chicago plan as an example). Let me know what they say!

At the end of August, Rogue Green and Downtown Voices Coalition launched Change By Us PHX - an awesome web based community engagement tool that allows you to share your ideas for our city, but even more importantly, allows you to START or JOIN projects.  Huge thanks to code guru Marc Chung and Local Projects for making it possible.  Our idealistic hope is that people will be inspired to turn there ideas into reality.  Less talk - more action.  The project section is great because it combines everything in one place - project needs, events, discussions & external links.  Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Last week, I was super honored to be profiled in a grist.org article about our battle with SB1507 last legislative session.  My main partner in fighting the good fight was Sandy Bahr, Exec. Director of Grand Canyon Chapter Sierra Club and an all around phenomenal human.  Jonce Walker, Jeff Frost, Phil Allsopp & Talonya Adams all helped me keep my sanity by allowing me to rant on a regular basis over those long weeks!  The grist piece was a featured story, and I got nice notes from people all over the country (and world) after it ran which was a surprise and super appreciated, especially as I had been scolded by so many people locally for being so vocal about the bill and getting the media involved.  A huge shout out to Emily Gersema for breaking that first story - a story that ended up going national shortly thereafter, which in my opinion, played a huge role in the bill finally dying.  I've been a big grist fan for many years, so was and am still dorking out over it.  It's kind of like the Rolling Stone of the environmental industry...

On to events!

In lieu of our September Rogue Green event, we're supporting one of our favorite local magazines!  THIS THURSDAY please come to help Green Living AZ Magazine celebrate their 2 year anniversary in one of the coolest buildings in downtown Phoenix - monOrchid!  All of the event details can be found HERE.

On September 21st, it will be time to set up parks for our 4th annual Park(ing) Day Phoenix during Friday morning rush hour in downtown Phoenix.

 PARK(ing) Day was originally created in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, as an experimental exploration in repurposing public space.  It is an annual, one-day, global event that promotes the importance of green and urban public spaces. It is intended to help people rethink the way we use our streets and creates diverse conversations about how we can make sustainable cities. This concept of PARK(ing) Day is based on the idea that putting money into a parking meter is like ʻrentingʼ a public space.  Event info can be found HERE.  Click HERE if you're interested in volunteering to help with organizational tasks.

On Sept. 26th, I'll be doing an educational seminar for Local First AZ called 'Tips & Tricks for Small Business - Start-Up Through the First Year."  Open to members only and $5 in advance.  6p - 7p at monOrchid

Jonce Walker and crew are gearing up for Pedal Craft Vol 2 on Sept. 28th.  Work on a bike rack the weekend before at EDGE Industries and keep your eyes peeled for a special Rogue Green chalkboard project thrown in the mix!

Save the date for Oct. 4th Rogue Green with special guest, green architect & author, Eric Corey Freed!

My co-hosts for the evening will be AZ Green Living magazine. Location & ticket link will be posted this week on the event.

Tickets - $15/advance $20/cash door $5/cash door student w/ID
Drinks & refreshments provided.

Attack of the Dodo-Sapiens: innovative new models for sustainable development

Our way of life is killing us. Whether by tradition or habit, the human race does some silly things that hurt us all in the long term. Our cities, buildings and surroundings have been designed around abundant and cheap oil, but now we have painted ourselves into a corner and are stuck there.

The next generation of buildings will have to do better than just energy efficiency and recycled materials. Our lack of foresight has made our building toxic, wasteful and unaffordable. Simply "being less bad" isn't enough and will delay our progress for generations. In order to undo the damage of the past, we need innovative, new models for how to build deep green, bio-based buildings.

In this talk we will explore how the lessons learned from biomimicry, crowdfunding, psychology and history can provide new insight into ways to design and finance living, regenerative buildings for everyone in a matter of decades. We'll uncover specific, bold ideas for how to retrofit our existing cities and suburbs. Using case studies, we will discover new tools to design and fund a new wave of innovative buildings.

Using biomimicry and organic principles as a guide, we'll uncover tangible, deployable lessons we can apply to our built environment. With specific examples, you'll learn innovative methods to sell clients on these ideas, while creating healthier buildings in the process.

This brand new talk is "bullet-point free" (no boring, text heavy slides used). Using rich graphics and video, this presentation will expand your imagination and and provide you a list of actions to take into your own community. Presented by the acclaimed speaker, architect and author of "Green Building for Dummies."

I hope to see you soon, and please feel free to send me an email if you have questions or comments about any of the items here!

Love and laughter,

Msss. Champion

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Rogue Green is THREE!!!! Please join me, Ms. Champion and Co-Host Wayne Rainey, owner of monOrchid, to help celebrate the 3rd Year Anniversary of Rogue Green!  Please RSVP HERE!

SPECIAL THANKS to our 3 Year Anniversary event sponsor - David Byrnes, owner of GreenID!  The best of the best in energy audits, GreenID can help you save $$$ and make your house more comfortable.  Get a FREE residential energy audit and double rebates if you live in the Energize Phoenix boundaries.  APS and SRP also offer great rebates for energy audits, so just give David a call.

Special thanks to DJ Al Page for supplying the tunes, and raffle sponsors artist Christine Cassano, Ruben Gonzales of 11th Monk3y Apparel and Designs, Beth Soliere of Boutique Solie & more!

Rogue Green was created to bring the fun back to GREEN. The grassroots, the inspiration, the loss of ego and collective spirit of seeing the BIGGER picture. It was my goal to help the arts and sustainability communities collide, to push the envelope, to help empower the community, to educate, inspire and infiltrate!

For the past three years this has been one of my biggest love projects. I have organized monthly events to try to reach all of those objectives. We've had amazing presenters - Eric Corey Freed, Josiah Cain, Shane Snipes, Jonce Walker, Mark Wilhelm, and others. We've learned about biomimicry, climate change, urban heat island effect, energy programs and liveable communities to name a few... We've had roundtable discussions and networking events filled with meaningful conversations. We've participated in and organized community clean-ups and worked together to save the 1st St. ficus tree. We've written letters and attended city and legislative hearings. We've stopped bad anti-sustainability bills and potentially toxic pipelines under schools. And then of course there's my beloved chalkboard project! We - our community - went Rogue Green and kicked some serious ass! I couldn't have done this without the support of various sponsors and generous building owners. I thank each and every one of you who has ever attended an event - especially all of you regulars!

I am proud to call Phoenix my home, even though it drives me crazy sometimes. It is a fight worth fighting for...

So in keeping the momentum going, the beautiful domino effect of inspiration, this event will be a very special one for me - and I hope for you too. I have invited many of the people who are near and dear to my heart in the sustainability community to share their inspiration for fighting the good fight in 2 minute speeches. What drives them to make change? What propels them forward? I'm so excited to hear what they have to say!

There will be music and snacks and mingling. There will be surprise guests. I will be smiling! Please join us for the celebration in the home of my new industrial treehouse fort workspace in the beautiful monOrchid building in downtown Phoenix. I will also be making some very SPECIAL announcements.

If you would like to donate a door prize to bring awareness to your business or be a monetary sponsor to off-set event costs, please send me an email. Suggested $10 attendee donation appreciated for future projects/events.

About monOrchid:

• Located in the heart of the arts district in downtown Phoenix, the monOrchid building offers space for a variety of events: weddings, photo/video production, art exhibits and corporate events and seminars.
• The monOrchid is a 14,000 square foot space comprised of open exhibition space, office pods, and two world-class photo cycloramas.
• The varied connected spaces house multiple creative businesses and offer unique settings for cultural events within the masonry walls and soaring natural wood bow trusses.
• Originally a warehouse constructed in 1937 by Del Webb, the building is an excellent example of adaptive-reuse in the City’s core. Through ten years of renovation and invention, the building has morphed into a place for collaboration, creativity and celebration.

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Rogue Green - Event Numero Veinticuatro - Eric Corey Freed in the HOUSE!

Rogue Green, Plant Solutions, IKOLOJI & Salvador Calvano Salon invite you to a special and dynamic evening featuring famous green architect and author, Eric Corey Freed to give his latest presentation!  Join us for conversation, connecting, food, drinks and inspiration!  Thursday, Dec. 1st from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Salvador Calvano Salon, located at 2505 N. 7th St., Phoenix 85006.

Tickets for the event will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door - $5 at the door for students with student ID- to benefit future Rogue Green projects and events. Parking is limited, so public transport and car pooling is encouraged. This is a beautiful and surprising space/local business located in the Coronado Historic District.

Sponsorship and/or raffle prize opportunities still available. Contact Stacey for more info.

If you've never had the pleasure of being at one of Eric's talks, I promise you that it will be one of the best presentations you'll ever see in your life. Seriously. Not only is he one of my favorite people and panel partners in the universe, he will make you think outside of the box and laugh while doing it!

Dodo-Sapiens: how our way of life is killing us and the need for regenerative, bio-based buildings

We are victims of our own stupidity. Seemingly harmless decisions about our buildings made decades ago and now throwing all of our natural systems into decline. While every other technology has made vast improvements (cell phones, computers, automobiles), our buildings continue to be boring, energy-wasting and toxic. In this talk, you’ll tour bold, new ideas for transforming our cities and suburbs into regenerative and restorative places. By learning from Nature, we’ll uncover lessons to apply to our built environment that will save energy, water, resources and be healthier in the process.

This brand new "bullet-point free" talk is presented by the acclaimed speaker and author of "Green Building for Dummies."


* Discover how biomimicry (study of nature as designer) can apply to our built environment

* Understand new methods of saving water, restoring aquifers, recycling greywater by copying natural systems

* Uncover hidden opportunities to radically transform our existing cities and suburbs

* Discover how voluntary programs don’t go far enough, and the bold initiatives needed in your city

* Map out an action plan for what you can do to implement these ideas

Plant Solutions - www.plantsolutions.com
Plant Solutions design services for indoor plants, planters, green walls, installation, service and horticultural service maintenance. For 30 years we have been providing high quality plant material, unique planters, design and maintenance services to discriminating clients throughout the metro Phoenix area.

IKOLOJI - www.ikoloji.com
At IKOLOJI, it is our mission to advance a sustainable society through education and economic development by providing in-depth information and resources for the communities we serve. The Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) program teaches you how to apply the fundamental principles of sustainability. The course offers a hands-on approach to sustainability training that challenges students to recognize and understand problems, identify opportunities, and craft innovative solutions in the built environment. Scope includes global, regional, municipal, commercial, and residential perspectives.

Salvador Calvano Salon - www.hairpeace.com
Unlike any other salon in the southwest Salvador Calvano has created a space that is as comfortable to get your hair done as it is to work. This is no ordinary studio and you see it the second you walk in the door. Salvador is not only a world class hair stylist, he is also an accomplished photographer. The walls of the studio are adorned with his work and provide a visual experience you will not find at any other studio. Hairpeace.com is just what is says it is. It is all about Hair and Peace. People doing what they love and doing it well. Living life at its fullest and being passionate about it for the sake of doing a good job and caring. using the best products and tools available. Through education and experience we achieve and live our dreams.

About Eric:
Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with nearly 20 years of experience in green building.

Eric co-developed the Sustainable Design programs at the Academy of Art University and University of California Berkeley Extension. He is on the boards of Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Green Home Guide and West Coast Green, as well as the advisory boards of nearly a dozen other organizations.

He was the founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum and one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. He is a regular contributor for Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications. Eric lectures around the country at 40+ conferences a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on Fox News, HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS.

When Eric was just 25 years old, noted architect and critic Philip Johnson described him as "one of the real brains of his generation". Today, Eric continues the tradition of “Organic Architecture”, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

He is a founding board member and current Chair of the Coachella Valley branch of the US Green Building Council, and sits on the Sustainability Commission of the City of Palm Desert. He has received awards from several Mayors, and worked with dozens of municipalities around the country.

Eric is the author of four books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a best seller with over 100,000 copies in print, and "Sustainable School Architecture." His latest, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005 and "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008.


We hope to see you there!

Love and laughter,

Msss. Champion
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Rogue Green Clean-Up + Guerilla Art Project

While out on an urban adventure a couple of weeks ago with my Z urchins and some other kids, I was saddened to see a ton of trash and debris along a 3 block stretch of 4th Street.  I decided to do something about it, so organized a Rogue Green clean-up.  I had also read about a really cool project in New Orleans done by Candy Chang that week, which inspired me to create something similar, but make it Phoenix specific.

Rogue Green - Event Numero Diecinueve - Sustainable Communities

Thursday, June 2 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Phoenix Urban Research Lab (PURL)   
234 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ

Coming up on the 2 year anniversary of Rogue Green (which will be in August - and YES we're throwing a party!) I'm happy and honored to have connected with so many inspiring and authentic people. This month is going to be fantastic!


Rogue Green - Event Numero Dieciocho - Cinco de Mayo Poolside

Please join us by the beautiful pool and water wall at the Clarendon Hotel to celebrate Cinco de Mayo - Rogue Green style. 
Go HERE for event details and to RSVP.
Practice your 30 second elevator pitch for this social/networking event with some of the city's finest creative visionaries and environmental leaders.


Rogue Green - Event Numero Diecisiete -" It's Getting Hot in Here"

RSVP for this event here if you plan to attend.

Thursday, April 7 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Phoenix Urban Research Lab (PURL)
234 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ

This will be a fantastic event held in partnership with Keep Arizona Beautiful.

Due to PURL security requirements, I will need an accurate guest list, so please be sure to RSVP on this event if you plan on attending!