From left to right: Mara Haseltine, David Sklar, Scott Sklar, Nora Maccoby-Hathaway, Richard Marks, William Haseltine
Last Sunday, the Green Salon convened in my New York apartment. The Salon is an informal group of people deeply committed to implementing social and political change to improve the environment. Over the past several years, the Salon met in my home in Georgetown to discuss a variety issues including alternative energy and environmentally friendly ways to convert trash to energy. The Swedish Embassy in Washington and the Green Salon jointly hosted "Blue Salon" to discuss the fate of our planet's oceans and fresh water. Water again was the topic of the Salon on Sunday, inspired in part by the current disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The New York Salon was organized by Nora Maccoby-Hathaway, Mara Haseltine (my daughter) and Richard Marks, the same three who organized the Washington meetings. The salon was co-hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences. The Waterkeeper Alliance, the Agnes B Tara Oceans Project, the Stella Group, STAR ISLAND, the Stella Group, and Urban Assembly, New York Harbor School were also represented.
The Salon, meeting as it does over an informal Sunday brunch, encourages dialogue. Short verbal presentations (Powerpoint is not allowed) are followed by Q&A.
Scott Sklar, Director of Stella Group, opened the discussion by commenting that energy use is the the primary cause of pollution of our water, land, and air. Scott has a long history of environmental activism. He currently serves as chair of the steering committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition and as a director of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.