Catamount Earth Institute’s Late February E-Newsletter

Hungry for Change Discussion Group

BALE has organized a Hungry for Change community discussion group that starts Tuesday, March 5 in South Royalton. Here’s the announcement from www.balevt.org.

            “Interested in digging deeper into a discussion about our food system and changes that can be made, both on a personal and systemic level? “Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability” is a six-part series hosted by BALE, South Royalton Market and the Vermont Law School’s Food and Agriculture Law Society this winter in South Royalton. The program starts Tuesday, March 5 and run for six consecutive Tuesday evenings (5:15 p.m.), starting out at BALE’s community space  (35 South Windsor Street). In collaboration with the Catamount Earth Institute, participants will explore such issues as: the interconnected nature of food systems and our relationships to them; the impact our food choices have on our health, the health of others and the health of our planet; and the ethical and political implications of our current food system and our personal food choices. Sound interesting?… [email protected] or 802-498-8438.”

Home Energy Challenge
The Home Energy Challenge is a state-wide Efficiency Vermont program to weatherize 3 percent of Vermont homes by the end of 2013.There are twelve Upper Valley towns participating in the Home Energy Challenge:  Bradford, Fairlee, Hartland, Norwich, Randolph, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, Topsham, Tunbridge and Weathersfield and Woodstock.
This is a perfect time to take the Home Energy Challenge and weatherize your home. There are $150 discounts for energy audits. Efficiency Vermont provides up to $2,000 in assistance to homeowners who install energy improvements through this Home Performance program. For more information about the program, see Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) or Efficiency Vermont.
Start by taking Efficiency Vermont’s Pledge to Save Energy. Your pledge helps your town win community prizes. Following through with a pledge to weatherstrip your windows and doors, or work with a certified contractor to seal air leaks will save you money, energy, and give you a more comfortable home. These 12 towns can use volunteers to reach out to neighbors. Contact Bob Walker of SERG at [email protected] for your local Town Energy Committee contact. Contact me at [email protected] to help in Fairlee.

Catamount EcoChallenge
The second challenge is the Catamount Earth Institute’s Eco-Challenge. Catamount’s parent organization, the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has an annual two-week EcoChallenge the first two weeks of October. We thought we’d try out this Challenge in early April. Participants choose a category: water conservation, energy efficiency, food, alternative transportation, or trash reduction, and challenge themselves to live more sustainably. We’ll celebrate our achievements on Earth Day, Monday April 22nd. See Catamount EcoChallenge for challenge ideas. We encourage you to form a team from a former discussion group, friends, neighbors or workmates.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-8:30 Thetford Center Community Building
Home Energy Challenge Forum for Thetford Residents. Learn about your neighbors’ home weatherization successes. Meet local energy auditors and contractors. Learn about financial incentives for weatherization projects. More info: [email protected]

Thursday, February 28th, 2013, Norwich Public Library
“How to Maximize Your Vegetable Production Without Breaking Your Back”
Garden writer Henry Homeyer offers simple organic methods to increase your yields and minimize the time it takes to bring in a good harvest. Dealing with weeds, bugs, drought or fungi doesn’t need to take over your life – or your garden. Henry will also answer your questions, and have his gardening books for sale after the talk. Bio: Henry Homeyer is the author of 4 gardening books, writes a weekly gardening column for 12 New England newspapers, and has been a UNH Extension Master Gardener for more than 10 years.

Mar 1 – 2, 2013, Laconia Middle School, 150 McGrath Street, Laconia, NH (map)
NOFA-NH Winter Conference
March 1st will be a Pre-Conference Intensive for Farmers and those interested in farming.
March 2nd will be the Winter Conferences, NHs Largest Organic Agriculture event of the year.
Highlights: Keynote speakers, Interactive Workshops, Tractor Demo, Organic Potluck, Green Market Fair, Community Building Networking.  Conference coordinator: Jo Russavage, 508-330-1034, [email protected]  For more information: http://nofanh.org/education-events/winter-conference/

Sat, March 2, 11am – 2pm, Sustainable Farmer 71 Artisans Way Windsor, VT 05089 (map)
Mozzarella Making – Beth Carlson and Heather Gallagher
Mild and milky, smooth and silky: any way you stretch it, we love fresh mozzarella! And in this hands-on crash course we’ll teach you how to make it at home. First we’ll set you straight on coagulation as we tell you how milk turns from fluid to firm curds. Then we’ll all roll up our sleeves to turn curds into the beautiful balls that we know as fresh mozzarella. Taste several samples of fresh pasta filata (pulled curd) style cheeses (think Mozzarella, Bufala, Burrata, oh my!), enjoy a glass of beer, and bring home your own mozzarella masterpiece.

Monday, March 4, 6:30 pm, Upstairs Colatina Exit, Main St. Bradford, VT
1st Monday film is Twin Sides of the Fossil Fuel Coin: the Truth About Climate Change with Guy McPherson.
Dr. McPherson delivers an urgent and terrifying update on the most current news from climate scientists from around the world. After the video, Dr. McPherson will join us for a live Q & A session via Skype. Dr. McPherson is professor emeritus of Biology at the University of Arizona.
The film is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. It’s sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission.

Tuesday, March 5, 3:30 pm, Spanos Auditorium, 100 Cummings Hall, Thayer School, Dartmouth College
Seminar on photovoltaics research by Dr. David Mitzi, a world leader in advancing technology for generating electricity from sunlight

Tuesday, March 5, 5:15-6:45, BALE’s community space,35 South Windsor Street, South Royalton
Hungry for Change, 1st of a 6-session discussion series on food, ethics and sustainability.
Register and buy a discussion guide from Chris Wood at BALE, [email protected] or 802-498-8438.

Wednesday, March 13, 9- noon, Norwich Congregational Church
Vermont Residential Energy Code Workshop
This 3-hour workshop is intended for builders, architects, realtors and other housing professionals, but is also appropriate for other motivated individuals intending to build in Vermont.    The workshop will provide attendees with the information needed to understand and comply with the code.  No previous experience with the energy code is required. The workshop is FREE and qualifies for 3 BPI and AIA continuing education credits.  Pre-registration is required at: http://serginfo.wufoo.com/forms/vermont-residential-energy-code-workshop/

Thursday March 14th   6:30-8:30  Montshire Museum
“Eye Witness Report From Fukushima, Japan”
Talk and slide show by Chiho Kaneko about the nuclear power plant melt down
Sponsored by the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley

Saturday, March 16; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Montpelier High School
Global Warming Conference; What climate change means for Vermont
Senator Bernie Sanders and Vermont/national environmental leaders. Sponsored by UVM’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, VNRC, VPIRG, NWF, Lake Champlain Committee. Free, lunch provided. RSVPs requested. RSVP HERE

March 18, 2013, Flavors of the Valley registration deadline for your Farm or Food Friendly Business
Register by clicking http://vitalcommunities.org/Agriculture/flavors/flavors_information.htm

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

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