Catamount Earth Institute’s Late March E-Newsletter

Catamount EcoChallenge
Sign-ups are coming in daily for Catamount Earth Institute’s Eco-Challenge. For two weeks, starting April 8, leading up to Earth Day, April 22, 2013, we challenge you to change one habit for the good of the Earth. You choose the challenge, then meet with other Eco Challengers on April 22 for a potluck supper to share Challenge experiences. For suggestions and inspiration check the categories in the horizontal menu at Catamount EcoChallenge (Food, Energy, Transportation, Trash, Water). We encourage you to form a team from a former discussion group, friends, neighbors or workmates. Vital Communities staff have a team, as do South Royalton Market shoppers.

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.

If you’ve had a home energy audit and are having weatherization work done, we’d love to have you share your experiences. Home Performance Contractors are discounting their audits by $50 if you schedule an audit by the end of April and complete it by the end of June. Click here for a list of local Home Performance Contractors. Efficiency Vermont is offering a $100 audit discount.

For more information about the program, see Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) or Efficiency Vermont. The next Button-Up Workshop on home weatherization is on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Bradford Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public

Today, Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. Westshire Elementary School,West Fairlee
Bobcats are Back!
A presentation about bobcats by Vt. Fish & Wildlife biologist Jens Hilke.
Sponsored by Conservation Commissions of West Fairlee & Thetford. Info: [email protected]

Monday, April 1, 6:30 pm, Upstairs Colatina Exit, Main St. Bradford, VT
1st Monday film is Climate Refugees.
A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. This prize-winning documentary is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission.

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-8:30 Bradford Public Library, Bradford, VT
Button-Up Weatherization Workshop by Efficiency Vermont staff member
Button-Up workshops are a great way to learn what you or a contractor can do to tighten up your house.

Friday, April 5; 7 p.m. Tunbridge Library
 “Sunlight is Life: Defining the Path to a Sustainable Future,” The last program of “Winter Evenings” series.
Steven Strong, world-renowned solar design engineer (President of Solar Design Associates who is currently building a net-zero solar home in Tunbridge) will weave technology, politics and social policy together with humor and compelling success stories to demonstrate that renewable energy is ready, here and now. Info. 802-889-9404

Sunday, April 7; 1 p.m. Film at the Woodstock Town Hall, 2 p.m. Conversation, North Chapel, Woodstock
A conversation about the connection between religion and ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker, Terry Tempest Williams and the music of Eugene Friesen.
Mary Evelyn Tucker co-wrote and produced the film Journey of the Universe. Writer Terry Tempest Williams’ work covers issues of human culture, ecology, and health. Award-winning cellist, Eugene Friesen’s latest work is The Soul of the White Ant.

Monday, April 8, First day of the two-week EcoChallenge  at your home, workplace
Register and blog at Catamount EcoChallenge

Thursday, April 11, 5 p.m. Upstairs, Upper Valley Food Co-op, WRJ
Upper Valley Seed Savers potluck supper and meeting.
Bring your own plate and cutlery. Info: [email protected]

Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., Thetford Elementary School, Route 113, Thetford Hill
Animals of the North: What Will Climate Change Mean for Them
A talk by Sue Morse, celebrated wildlife tracker and photographer

Friday, April 12; 6-7 p.m., Red Door Church, 67 S. Windsor St., South Royalton
 Special FREE community meal features plenty of late winter soups by chef Toni Hover
– and a great opportunity for the everyone to gather, meet new neighbors and help build community.

Monday, April 22 EARTH DAY! 6- 8 p.m. Norwich Congregational Church Parish Hall, Norwich, VT
Potluck celebration of our EcoChallenges. Bread, Cheese, Cider supplied, Bring desserts and light supper items

Tuesday, April 30, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Kilton Library, 80 Main Street, West Lebanon.
Are We Taking Our Water for Granted?
A presentation about water quality and towns’ infrastructure by Public Works staff of the Towns of Lebanon, Hanover, Hartford, and Norwich. John Gilbert, Chairman of the NH 2012 New Hampshire Water Sustainability Commission, will begin the program, citing the Commission’s greatest concerns about water quality and quantify today and in the future. Christine Walker, Director of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, will moderate a discussion by presenters and field audience questions. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley.

Thursday, May 16, 4:30, Hypertherm, Heater Road, Lebanon
Tour of the new Hypertherm facility, an example of green infrastructure and water conservation
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley.

Saturday, May 18, Join the Apple Corps!
The Upper Valley Apple Corps fruit tree-planting project was created with the goal of planting and caring for 250 fruit trees in public locations over the next three years. On Saturday, May 18, UVAC aims to plant 50 apple, peach and pear trees. The fruit tree drive was chosen to advance a three-fold mission of strengthening community, raising awareness about the need for greater food security, and laying the ground for broader organizational collaboration. This project is a collaboration between permaculture enthusiasts and fruit eaters from Transition Town Five Villages and Occupy Upper Valley. Info: [email protected] or www.uvapplecorps.org.

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

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