September 2008


This week’s recipe we are taking it back to the beginning with a traditional breakfast favorite! Just one bite of these sweet breakfast treats and your palate will be brimming. These make one great way to start a weekend morning or any day of the week! After all its the most important meal of the day, why not make it count?!

Vegan French Toast

Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 15 minutes

4-5 Slices of your favorite bread (we suggest sourdough or whole wheat)
3/4 to 1 Cup of Vanilla Soy Milk
1 Tbl of Flour
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Sugar or other sweetner
1/2 tsp of Ener-G Egg Replacer (optional)

In a large mixing bowl combine the soy milk, flour, cinnamon, sugar, and egg replacer. Whisk together the ingredients until fully liquefied. Heat a frying pan with a little cooking oil or use a griddle with the temperature at 350 degrees. Dip each piece of bread in the mixture, coating both sides. Cook bread in pan or on griddle. Flip after several minutes and cook until both sides are golden brown. Serve with maple syrup, fruit, soy ice cream, or any of your favorite toppings. To put a fun fall twist you can add pumpkin spice or nutmeg. Now dig in!

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A few weeks ago we did a post on the Top Green Colleges, however the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh did not make our list. We now think they not only should be on the list, but they deserve their very own post! We want to congratulate the university for becoming the very first US Fair Trade University! In September of this year, UW Oshkosh announced they are making a commitment to Fair Trade. Europe already hosts 70 Fair Trade universities, but UW Oshkosh’s announcement makes it the first American university to climb on board. The university has pledged to sell Fair Trade certified coffee, tea, and chocolate campus-wide, as well as sell handicrafts and other certified fair trade products. They also plan to educate and encourage their students to purchase Fair Trade products as much as possible through their newly-formed department the Campus Sustainability Council . They have also become members of the Fair Labor Association, meaning they only work with companies and vendors who are certified by the FLA as not working with sweatshops.

On top of their new Fair Trade commitment, UW Oshkosh has made several awesome moves to become a fully green university. They are a part of the EPA Green Power Partnership and source some of their energy from renewable resources. They also have chosen to have all eggs supplied on campus from cage-free chickens. And just a few days ago the school announced another first! They are doing a comprehensive assessment of their carbon footprint and analyzing how each part of the university emits carbon into the atmosphere. Once the analysis is complete the administration will implement a plan to fully change campus operations to lessen their carbon footprint.

We are so excited about UW Oshkosh’s moves to lessen their emissions as well as becoming a Fair Trade University! These are the exciting changes we love to hear about and look forward to following their plans as they unfold in the coming years. So everyone, tip your glass and send a “Cheers!” to the students, faculty, and administration that made this possible!!!

The 2nd Annual Fair Trade LA Festival is taking place this weekend on Sunday September 28th at 1500 Vine St, Hollywood, CA from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. So for all you Los Angeles area folks, come check out a festival of Fair Trade companies including, Autonomie Project. Not only can you shop for Fair Trade and Sweatshop Free products, but you can learn about Fair Trade and worker support from numerous organizations, including Oxfam. For a full list of sponsors, check out Fair Trade LA’s blog.

So please if you are in the LA area stop by and chat with us and the many other Fair Trade supporters! See you there.

With the election coming up and the candidates are voicing their opinions on everything from abortion to the wars, and even evolution. So let’s make sure they talk about major issues affecting us all: the Environment and a Responsible Energy Plan. Power Vote is organizing thousands and hopefully millions of citizens and young people to make a Pledge that in November they will choose the candidate who will expand the green economy, as well as green jobs, cut down on pollution and dependence on “dirty energy” and create a sustainable energy policy. We want to welcome all of you to sign their pledge and join the movement!

Power Vote does not back any political party and works through grass roots movements to bring awareness to the candidates and Washington in general about the Green Movement and how it is important to the sustainability of our economy, job market, and planet!! This is the future of our country and  world, so please take a moment to check out Power Vote and sign the pledge.

Also, there are a ton of localized groups and events related to Power Vote throughout the country! You can also create a group and get involved in outreach. Think about getting involved and making sure both candidates hear the message.

A quick reminder that this Saturday, September 27th is Green Jobs Now Day of Action!! Let the country know how important Green Jobs are and demand whoever wins the election pay attention to our needs as the concerned youth of this nation!

We know its been said over and over again, but this is a historic election and the time for change has never been more eminent. With the economy falling apart, two wars waging, and the environment on the brink, its time to take a stand!! It is clear, this year it’s extra important to make sure your voice is heard. Plus how can you complain about the government come 2009, if you haven’t cast your vote?

So please if you have not done so already take the time to Register To Vote. There are a number of ways to register including your local Post Office, DMV/RMV, or online. There are two awesome organizations that allow you to register online: Rock the Vote and Declare Yourself. Both are dedicated to making sure no one is disenfranchised and that all people have a voice.

Be sure to register as soon as possible, as the deadlines are approaching fast. Make sure to check with your individual state for deadlines. Some states like Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming allow you to register the day of the election at the polls. For full information and answers to any question regarding voting, try Google Voter Information and type in your home address!

Remember we aren’t just voting for a new President, there are also many House of Representatives and Senate Officials up for election as well as your own State and Local laws. Also, we control the government through the power of voting, so let’s make it known we want to see actual change! And no matter what your political beliefs are PLEASE REGISTER NOW!!

Already a registered voter? Spread the word to friends, classmates, or anyone willing to listen!! Get involved in your local area or post on your Facebook/Myspace page encouraging people to get out and register. Here are some helpful hints on how to get involved.

It’s voting time again for Co-op America’s People’s Choice Green Business of the Year Award! Please take the time to cast your vote for your favorite nominated Green Business by October 9th. The Nominees are all Co-op America Certified Green Business that have shown exceptional commitment to the Green movement in the last year. This award is very prestigious and the company chosen will be looked at as an example to all others in the country. There are several great companies nominated and we suggest you take a look at each business as they range from Fair Trade goods to Natural Food Co-ops and even recycled pet products!


Be sure to check out their National Green Pages, a directory of Green Businesses (you’ll find Autonomie there!) and enjoy reading interviews with some of the entrepreneurs themselves. And as always, please join Co-op America if you are not already a member or donate and show your support!! On last thing, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE for this year’s People’s Choice Green Business of the Year, ballots must be in by October 9th!! Winners will be announced at GreenFest San Francisco and in the Co-op America Newsletter.

Since starting Autonomie Project last winter, we’ve been avid fans of Zaproot, a somewhat sarcastic, always fun, always chock-full of interesting eco tidbits, 3-4 minute online video series.  No matter how hectic our busy days can get tending to our baby start-up, we always stop everything to watch Jessica Williamson tell us the latest, greatest, and most horrific developments in the eco revolution.

The show is produced by Viropop, a “green video network” that also features a cool blog and a super active community site where you can join the action, create your own page, and hey, even your own video show!


Below, check out one of our favorite episodes.  An amusing, and somewhat scary, report on peta2’s work with KFC Canada and the astounding lengths China went to in order to “green” themselves for the Olympics!

We most certainly couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Want to see more? Make sure to check out www.viropop.com and become a subscriber.

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