Catamount Earth Institute Late November E-Newsletter

            The Quechee Library and VINS will again sponsor a Northwest Earth Institute discussion course. It will be Choices in Sustainable Living and will start Thursday, Jan. 10 and run consecutive Thursdays. This series covers ecological principles, food, purchasing, economics, and building a sustainable community. The books will be available on loan. For more information, contact Kate Schaal at [email protected] or Hannah Putnam at [email protected].  More discussions are in the planning stages by the South Royalton Market and BALE, (Building a Local Economy) also located in South Royalton.

The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has a fun Eco-Challenge in October in which people make up personal or group challenges to reduce their waste, energy use, vehicle miles and other ways of shrinking their ecological footprints. See the NWEI blog for a story and about UV Localvore Pat McGovern and her challenge to reduce her waste.

We’d like to draw your attention to the Vermont Home Energy Project, an exciting project of Efficiency Vermont, VECAN (Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network), and regional energy groups such as SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group). Here’s some information from Efficiency Vermont: “ Under the Challenge, town energy committees and other local partners will compete with other towns within their region to see which town can get the most homes weatherized within a one‐year period. Each local partner will have a target of weatherizing 3% of the homes within their community. … The Challenge is designed to mobilize many more Vermonters to take action and help Vermont reach its statewide goal of 25% energy savings in 80,000 homes by the year 2020.” Efficiency Vermont has many programs to help local groups to meet and exceed this weatherization goal. Are you a member of a town energy committee? Would you like to participate in this Challenge in your Vermont town? Contact Bob Walker of SERG at [email protected] for more information. Please note that VECAN and SERG are sponsoring a day-long, statewide conference about community energy action at the Lake Morey Inn on Saturday, December 1. This is a good way to learn more about the work of town energy committees. More information about the event and to register, click here.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public

Wednesday, November 28, 7 pm, Mayer Room, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Our Oceans, Ourselves
Dartmouth professor D. G. Webster and UNH professor Jonathan Pennock discuss their research on oceans and the ways in which human cultures and behaviors impact ocean ecology. This program is part of the Howe Library’s Everyone’s Reading 2012 program that features Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn. It was rescheduled from October 30.

Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 pm, Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5
Talk by Ben Hewett, author of The Town That Food Saved
Hewett tells about the many ways that local agriculture and food production has boosted the economic and social health of Hardwick, Vermont. Info: 802-436-2473

Thursday, November 29, 6:30 p.m., Montshire Museum, Norwich
Presentation by Bob Walker, director of SERG, and Vermont State Legislator Margaret Cheney about renewable energy programs in Germany
Bob and Margaret will report on what they learned from their recent renewable energy trip to Germany as guests of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The trip, which was designed for policymakers and advocates who are advancing renewable energy, included seven other Americans from around the U.S. The group spent the week traveling around Germany to meet with members of Parliament, government officials, cooperative organizers, technical consultants, and farmers, all of whom are rapidly helping to make Germany the world’s leader in renewable energy development. Bob and Margaret will share lessons from their trip and discuss how government policies, financing mechanisms, and local involvement can stimulate the growth of renewable energy, create business opportunities, and strengthen the regional economy.
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by SERG. Co-sponsors: VNRC, UV Sierra Club, Catamount Earth Institute, Vital Communities, League of Women Voters, Co-op Food Stores and Upper Valley Co-op.

Friday, November 30, 7 p.m., Hartland Public Library, 153 Rt 5, Hartland Three Corners
Persepolis is the story follows a young Iranian girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.
Sponsored by State of the World Films, Free admission and popcorn. Info. 802 738-0215

Saturday, December 1, 9-4 pm. (Registration starts at 8 a.m.)
 Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee
VECAN’s Annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference 
The theme of this year’s energizing event is “Getting to 90 Percent Renewable by 2050.” There are over a dozen timely workshops, hot-topic roundtable discussions and unparalleled networking opportunities. This year the keynote speaker is economic researcher and futurist Chris Martenson. Dr. Martensen speaks around the world on the interconnection of the “Three E’s” — the economy, energy and the environment — in a resource-restricted world. Cost for the day is $30 ($25 until Nov. 25) and includes a largely locally-sourced lunch. Visit for all the details and to register.

Monday, December 3, 6:30, Colantina Exit, 2nd floor, Main St. Bradford
Earth Days -1st Monday documentary
Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era’s pioneers — among them Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, biologist/Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins.
Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission
Free, donations welcome, Come early if you want to order drinks and supper

Thursday, December 13th, 5 pm, Upper Valley Food Co-op
Upper Valley Seed Savers monthly meeting
For more information:

Winter Farmers’ Markets
Norwich, Tracy Hall, Saturdays, 10-1 pm, Dec. 1 (10-2), Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13
Lebanon, Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3rd Saturday, 10-1 pm
Enfield Community Center, Route 4, 2nd Saturday, 10-1 pm
Sharon, Between The Sharon Academy Middle School and the Town Offices, Saturdays, 10-1 pm
Sharon Sprouts food and activities at the Sharon Elementary School

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This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

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