Catamount Earth Institute’s Late–April 2013 Newsletter

Catamount EcoChallenge
For past two weeks, leading up to Earth Day, April 22, twenty people have challenged themselves to change at least one habit for the good of the Earth. Perhaps others of you waged private, personal challenges. Have a look at the comments under the blog at the  Catamount EcoChallenge  for stories of adventures in the categories of Food, Energy, Transportation, Trash, and Water. The EcoChallengers are meeting on Earth Day at the Norwich Congregational Church at 6 pm for a celebratory potluck, an exchange of challenges and solutions, and for a drawing for bloggers for a $50 gift certificate from King Arthur Flour. Others are welcome to join us on April 22 to learn about the EcoChallengers’ experiences. Bring a dish to share.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public

Saturday, April 20, 2013, Randolph, NH, noon, Durand Lake Recreation Area, off Route 2   
Earth Day Event to Stop Tar Sands, Informational Picnic and Pipeline Hike
Concerned citizens and environmentalists will come together to draw attention to the possibility of toxic tar sands oil from Canada coming through northern New England via the Portland Montreal Pipe Line (PMLP). This family-friendly event will begin with a potluck picnic & informational meeting at the picnic shelter at noon. Speakers include, Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and Trout Unlimited. Following the speakers, participants will have the opportunity to hike a section of the pipeline route, which runs roughly parallel to Rt. 2 as it traverses through scenic mountain countryside, including a portion of Durand Lake. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share at the potluck picnic, and to dress appropriately for possibly muddy conditions if they plan to hike. Rain date in case of severe weather is Sunday, April 21.

Saturday, April 20th, 10 a.m. Thetford Community Center
Explore the possibilities of less lawn with award-winning author Evelyn Hadden. In this colorful presentation you’ll encounter fresh ideas from large-scale (Stroll Gardens, Woodland Gardens, Lawnless Front Gardens) to small (Welcome Gardens, Herb Gardens, Island Beds).
Call E.C. Browns’ Nursery for more information 802-785-2167 or register online  Ticket stubs are good for $10 off during the 2013 season.

Sunday, April 21st, 7 pm, the BALE space, South Royalton‘ s “Do the Math” film followed by a live simulcast featuring a panel of national experts.
For more info:

Sunday, April 21st, 7 pm, Tunbridge Library, Tunbridge‘ s “Do the Math” film  This event is preceded by a barbecue on the Library lawn at 5 PM.
Info: Theo at [email protected].

Sunday, April 21st, 6 pm, The Center for Transformational Practice, White River Junction‘ s “Do the Math” film
Pick your venue for this film

Monday, April 22, Earth Day, 6 pm. Norwich Congregational Church
 EcoChallengers’ Potluck supper, bread, cheese, cider provided. Bring dessert and light supper items.
One of the bloggers will win a $50 King Arthur Flour gift certificate.

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m. Howe Library, 13 South Street
Wind Power and Wildlife
Carol Foss, New Hampshire Audubon’s Director of Conservation, will discuss what scientists have learned to date about wildlife responses to onshore wind energy development.
Sponsored by Howe Library and the Mascoma chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society

Wednesday, April 24, 7–9 PM at Cook Auditorium, Thayer School, Dartmouth College
Presentation by Dr. Andreas Wieg and Dirk Vansintjan, two leaders in Europe’s community-based transition to renewable energy. Their three city speaking tour is sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, which sponsored a trip to Germany last September by SERG Director Bob Walker, Vermont State Representative, Margaret Cheney and seven other community energy organizers from the United States. The forum is organized by The Dartmouth Energy Collaborative, Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Sierra Club of the Upper Valley, Vital Communities, and Donella Meadows Institute. For more information contact SERG at 802-785-4126 or [email protected] .

Saturday April 27, 4:30pm, Tupelo Music Hall, 188 S. Main St, White River Jct, VT
Documentary Chasing Ice
Filmmaker James Balog devised revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. For tickets, go to

Tuesday, April 30, 9 am- 1 pm, DHMC Auditorium F
Trash Talk: The Changing Flow of Commercial & Institutional Waste Streams in the Upper Valley
This is a “symposium for gaining a greater understanding of downstream processes, markets, and developments.” Pre-registration required. Email [email protected]  with your contact information and organization name.

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 staffs 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 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.

Wednesday, May 1, 3 – 5:30 p.m., Meet at Thetford Elementary School, Thetford, VT
School Compost Tour of compost systems at the Thetford, Bradford, and Newbury schools
Please RSVP to: Aurora Coon, Project Associate Upper Valley Farm to School Network [email protected] (603) 727-6582

Sunday, May 5, 3-5 pm, Energy Emporium, 78 Main St, Enfield, NH
Energy Independence info series at the Energy Emporium continues with the second event: “Renewable Energy Choices”. Join us for a short presentation and Q&A on solar hot water, solar electric, wood, geothermal, wind — how to determine what is right for your home. We will also discuss some ideas for financing and insuring renewable systems

Monday, May 6, 6:30, Colatina Exit Upstairs, Main St., Bradford
Mother Nature’s Child is about the importance of children interacting with nature. A moving film, it was co-produced by Vermonters Camilla Rockwell and Wendy Converse. Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission

Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 Bugbee Senior Center, White River Junction
6th Annual Energy Roundtable provides networking and educational opportunities for volunteer energy committee members, town staff, and interested citizens. All energy enthusiasts are welcomed to the event, particularly those from towns who have not yet formed an energy group. We’d love to help you get started! RSVP for the Roundtable. Sponsored by Vital Communities and SERG.

Thursday, May 16, 4:00- 6 pm Hypertherm, 71 Heater Rd, Lebanon
Tour of the 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

The Willing Hands garden at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, VT is looking for garden volunteers for the summer. Work sessions will be Tuesday mornings 9-11am and Thursday evenings 5:15-7:15.  Can you help?  Contact [email protected]

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

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