A Deeper Focus



New Board Member

Amanda Smith, owner of Abalone Coast Analytical, a local environmental laboratory, has joined the board of directors of San Luis Obispo-based non-profit Ecologistics, Inc. Amanda opened Abalone Coast Analytical in 2007, specializing in microbiology and general chemistry on all types of water. “Local community and sustainability are very important to me,” says Amanda,”and I am always looking for places to volunteer my time and resources to this cause.” In the past, Amanda has been a sponsor of the Central Coast Bioneers Conference, Green Drinks, the Land Conservancy, The Cure for Lupus, and the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy. She has been a member of SLO Green Build and is currently a member of the SLO Permaculture Guild. She loves to hike and spend time in or on the ocean, and is currently a permaculture student at the Regenerative Design Institute in Santa Cruz. “My intention,” says Amanda,”is to become adept at developing food forests with what I am learning and then create a community network of food forests.”

New Chamber Committee Member

Michael Jencks, Chair of the Board of Directors of Ecologistics, Inc., has been selected to serve on the San Luis Obispo Chamber Sustainability and Resources Committee. The mission of the committee is to educate the SLO business community and the community at large on the responsible use and protection of resources, encourage new and expanding businesses by identifying and defining business opportunities and benefits that strengthen the local economy while promoting best practices in energy and resource conservation, improve the environmental performance of the business community by providing information and training, and advocate on behalf of business for reasonable environmental legislation and educate members about how to best adapt to new legislation.