Eco Educational Programs

LEAF Academy Summer 2015

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The LEAF Academy program is for middle school kids ages 10-12 in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It was founded by the teachers and staff at Presidio Hill School.   They partnered with Matter of Trust in 2013 to  offer this course at our Eco-Center to the inner-city Mission District.   LEAF at a Glance Location: Matter of Trust Eco-Center 3338 17th Street San Francisco, CA 94110   2015 Dates: Session I: June 29th – July 10th Session II: July 13th  – July 24th (415)...

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Tree of Wisdom

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Volunteer mural artists Dr. Rosa Ten and Evelyne Thommassen put finishing touches on our Tree of Wisdom.  This is an interactive exhibit with inspirational quotes and areas where the public can make suggestions for solving environmental challenges.

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Sprouts Summer Camp

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2015 Sprouts Summer Camp 5 days – Monday-Friday from 9 am- 4 pm (Extended care available 8 am-6 pm) Age Group 7-10 year olds Group Size 1:8 adult-to-child ratio for high caliber instruction and maximum safety Tuition: $350 per week (Mon-Fri 9-4) $99 per week (Mon-Fri 9-4)  with scholarship   Food: Please pack a healthy lunch, two snacks and a water bottle in a backpack that your child can carry. (We will provide fruit snacks during the day.) T-shirt: All campers will receive a free...

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Permaculture Courses at Eco-Center

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Permaculture training may just change your life. This training offers the opportunity to develop professional skills and provides valuable education to enhance your current vocation, prepare you for your next venture and give you inspiration about solutions that you can implement in your life at home. It is one of the few permaculture design trainings that match the schedule and tuition to the busy lives of urban professionals and full-time students. It is also a great way to meet and connect...

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Wrap Star Campaign – 2011-Present

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If we can reduce the amount of plastic we use each day, we can reduce the amount of plastic that winds up in our oceans. Lots of manufacturers use WAY too much packaging for their products. Let’s band together to encourage them to rethink their packaging choices by choosing to buy products that are packaged in an environmentally friendly way. And let’s create jobs and see this generation revolutionize the packaging industry through smart design and green materials. To promote products...

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Eco-Industry Apprenticeships Program – 2013-Present

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  Matter of Trust is a strong advocate for apprenticeship programs and the importance of distinction, dignity and recognition for excellence within sectors and vocations.  Many of the programs that we work with involve manufacturing, stockpiles of materials, packaging and logistics.  We have seen sectors like the textile trade dwindle before our eyes in the US.  The shining stories of artisans and craft and maker fairs are where many turn for examples of ingenuity and fine handiwork...

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Matter of Trust Eco-Center 2013 – Present

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Matter of Trust is very excited to be getting an Eco-Center in San Francisco! Matter Of Trust Eco-Center 3338 17th Street San Francisco  CA  94110 USA We’re at the corner of 17th Street and Hoff Street between Valencia and Mission.  It’s a wonderful, vibrant neighborhood with a mix of cultures, long-time San Francisco established and new trendy shops and restaurants as well as homes and apartments.   We’re not officially open yet and we’ve already had a...

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Earth Day 2013 – 2013-Present

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Matter of Trust Earth Day’s A-Maze Program Part 1 of 2 Matter of Trust Earth Day’s A-Maze Program Part 2 of 2

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Peace of Mind Kits – 2006-Present

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Our ecological compliment to the “Disaster Kit.” Peace of Mind kits inform and prepare instead of react and frighten. This kit provides pleasurable lifestyle ideas and outside-the-box plans that provide comfort even in times of crisis. We also are making kits and lesson plans for teachers who want to use our POM kits as part of science experiments.

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Green Energy Millions (GEM) Campaign – 2007-Present

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  Our Green Energy Millions (GEMs) campaign is a connection between our current lifestyles and our earth. We’ve gathered bite-size, quick, inexpensive commitments that every individual can do. Join us and make your GEMs here today for a brighter, greener future! This is a great activity for students and teachers!

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Nats, Philos, Fools and Funds – 1999-Present

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Naturalists, Philosophers, Foolshearty Grassroots Projects and Funders’ Roundtables, hosted by Matter of Trust.  We invite experts with answers to particular challenges, and bring them to the table with funders and green business entrepreneurs to discuss how best to concentrate our resources for maximum benefits. We review current and new projects, proposals from grassroots groups seeking fiscal sponsorship, and foundations, government staffers, socially conscious businesses,  or large...

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What You Can Do.org – 2007-Present

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Did you ever hear a stirring story about a distressing social issue or ecological problem that made you feel like you desperately wanted to do something, but you just didn’t know what to do? Challenges are presented to us every day on the web and in the news, and yet so often at the end of these articles, reports or documentaries our impulses to help are simply met with a phrase like “write your congressman.” That seems unsatisfying to us at Matter of Trust. We know that...

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Good Karma Exchange – 2006-Present

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A new component of our Nats, Philos and Fools Conference, and part of our fund-raising section, this was developed for all Excess Access donors and other visitors to our sites who,  bitten by the philanthropy bug, wanted to connect more with good works. We are also continually researching grassroots nonprofits and projects that post wishlists on Excess Access. When possible, we fiscally sponsor beneficial programs that request our assistance.

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Pipeline – 2000-Present

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Pipeline, a PowerPoint Presentation and Lecture, is a look at the history of petroleum and its effects on the environment through photos, information and world music. Feel free to email us for more information.  

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It’s Easy Being Green – Humorous Eco-tips Handbook

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It’s Easy Being Green © 2003 was written and compiled for our organization by Jennifer Pratt, with a foreword and edited by Lisa Craig Gautier, founder of Excess Access and Matter of Trust, Inc. With 230 pages printed on hemp paper using soy ink, it is an edible and delightful guide to a convenient, green lifestyle offering hundreds of useful tips. See how small changes by individuals add up and actually create less work and more pleasure out of life. It’s Easy Being Green is a...

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Solar Peace Sculpture – 2007-Present

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Matter of Trust was the fiscal sponsor for the planning stages of Fred George’s Solar Peace Sculpture, which appeals to the global citizen as well as politicians around the world. In addition to the commentary on current wars, this piece represents symbolically a call to the world to embrace alternative energies. The Solar Peace Sculpture is constructed of oil barrels, with a solar energy panel mounted on each barrel. The solar energy produced from the panels will feed into the electrical...

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