What were you up to on Dec. 11, 2012? 2012-12-11 19.01.39

Well if you weren’t at our Holiday Housewarming Party, you missed out on some great food, drinks and lively conversation.

GCM opened its office doors for an open house at a one of a kind location.  In case you haven’t heard, we over here at Airhugger work out of a home office built with recycled shipping containers.  It’s a five star green home built with sustainable materials including no VOC paint and bamboo floors.  So we wanted to show it off to our local activists, Board members and allies.

2012-12-11 17.17.59Emily Su, former Chez Panisse chef, prepared AMAZING food and with a couple donations from Trader Joe’s and El Cerrito Natural, we pulled together a few sweet holiday snacks.

As children ran around in sparkly costumes and guests mingled, our Board Treasurer spoke about our extensive work in California’s Central Valley as well as in the Bay Area.  We sprung into action following

2012-12-11 17.52.36the Chevron Refinery fire in Richmond, CA and continue to work in the well established, grassroots Environmental Justice movement in the Central Valley around compromised air quality.Many were amazed at just how much a small staff can accomplish on a non-profit budget.

But, our work is not limited to California.  We’ve launched a multi-state project of citizen based air monitoring near fracking and other natural gas development sites as well as connected with activists fighting the refining of tar sands crude along the Canada/US border.

All in all, it’s been a crazy busy year for us!  So we had more than earned a little time to celebrate our hard work and it was so rewarding to be able to celebrate this time with our hard working Board members and supporters.  BIG THANKS to all who joined us!

If you weren’t able to make it, we missed you!  But, it’s not too late to make your year end gift to GCM to support our local, national and international work.  In the midst of so many environmental threats, your contribution could not be more appreciated than right now.