Green Hall of Fame

Sam Geil is a man of energy and action. He’s spent the last four years leading the growth of the International Green Industry Hall of Fame. The Hall honors those who are creating a cleaner, healthier world. Individuals, organizations, and companies are all eligible for nomination and induction. This week the IGIHOF will induct its fourth class at a ceremony in San Jose, CA.

(Watch Sam Geil discuss the International Green Industry Hall of Fame)

The nominees this year include some of the green movement’s greatest leaders, innovators, and luminaries. Here’s just a few (see the full list here).

  • Amory Lovins – founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute and named by Time Magazine in 2009 as one of the world’s Top 100 Most Influential People
  • Roz Savage – the first woman to row solo across three oceans to raise awareness about environmental issues
  • Recyclebank – a rewards platform that provides incentives to people to take environmental actions
  • Terracycle – a company that turns the concept of waste on its head by upcycling recyclables into innovative new products
  • McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry  - a firm founded by William McDonough, co-authors of Cradle to Cradle, perhaps the green movement’s most influential book on product design

In 2010, I had the honor to be inducted into the Hall as a member of the first class.  There are so many deserving leaders in this green movement who continue to press on to build a better present and a bridge to an outstanding future. And I see a new wave of green innovators emerging who are using an increasing array of tools to rapidly bring green solutions to the marketplace.

It’s an exciting time to be in the green industry. There’s much work ahead of us and therein lies the opportunity.


Santosha Chocolate Yumminess

Raw Chocolate – Dark, Organic, Vegan, Crazy Yummy, Healthy

One of the many delights of moving to Asheville is discovering the numerous locally made natural and organic products. I think it’s fair to say that Santosha Chocolate is the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted. That’s not just the higher altitude of this mountain town talking.

My favorite, Single Origin Peru, packs all the benefits of dark chocolate into a 4 oz. bar that only has 6 grams of sugar. I mean, are you f$#@ing kidding me?!!! 6 grams of sugar! That’s insane for a chocolate bar.

From the company:

We make our Single Origin Peru with equitably-traded, shade-grown, Criollo cacao beans from Peru’s Piura region. The Criollo cacao variety is a rare gem that comprises less than 5% of the world’s cacao production. Raw cacao is one of the healthiest foods on the planet – full of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and living enzymes. We sweeten our chocolate with coconut palm sugar, one of most flavorful and lowest glycemic sweeteners available.



Thank you, Dan Row, you somewhat odd yet clearly visionary, knife wielding chocolatier.



Why It’s Green: All of the ingredients are organic.

Buy: Santosha Chocolate