Catamount Earth Institute’s June 2013 Newsletter

Catamount EcoChallenge Report 
EcoChallenge participants generated less waste, ate a healthier diet, used less energy and more public transportation. This was an inspiring two-week experiment prior to Earth Day, April 22. Have a look at the comments under the blog at the  Catamount EcoChallenge for Challenge adventures. Thanks to the Co-op Food Stores for food treats for the celebratory potluck and to King Arthur Flour for its $50 gift certificate raffle, won by Wendy Judge, who joined the EcoChallenge through the South Royalton Market’s outreach.

Northwest Earth Institute’s 20th Anniversary’s Founder’s Award goes to Barbara Duncan
At its 10th anniversary, NWEI awarded its founders, Dick and Jeanne Roy with a Founders Award. This May for NWEI’s 20th anniversary, the organization again celebrated a Founders Award. The Award went to Portland super-volunteer Betty Shelley and to Catamount’s Barbara Duncan. Catamount Earth Institute is one of 27 NWEI partner organizations across the country.

The Intel Corporation was presented NWEI’s first Change for Good Award.
The Change for Good Award is given to an organization that has integrated sustainability principles into the core of their operations and, working in partnership with NWEI, has helped make its surrounding community a healthier, richer place to live. More than 400 Intel employees around the world have participated in NWEI discussion courses. In 2011, 35 Intel volunteers took the NWEI discussion course program into 20 local high schools, with these volunteers’ efforts rippling out to reach 4,500 people.

To learn more about NWEI, its discussion courses and EcoChallenge, see or contact Catamount Earth Institute for help starting a local discussion group. See NWEI’s new web section Where Change Happens for examples of how NWEI’s discussions courses are being used in workplaces, centers of faith, higher education, and community groups and organizations. Start a discussion group this fall!

Efficiency Vermont’s Home Energy Challenge Incentives
Efficiency Vermont is offering a seasonal promotion of an additional $500 completed job incentive to its customers participating in its Home and Building Performance programs.  The offer will be extended to qualifying home owners and businesses completing jobs by August 31st, and sending in their paperwork (completed signed incentive form) by September 30th.  This bonus incentive is on top of the $100 audit discount and usual incentives ranging up to $2,000 for installed improvements. Along with the customer bonus incentive, a contractor incentive of an additional $100 per completed job will also be offered. Contact Customer Support Department, Efficiency Vermont at 888 921 5990 with questions.
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Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted)

Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-7 pm, WRJ Community Garden, Ratcliff Park, Latham Works Lane
Community Garden Workshop: Companion Planting

Tuesday, June 4, 7 pm, Mayer Room, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Tim Matson, local expert on earth ponds and creator of the bestselling Earth Ponds series of books and videos, will discuss how to build and maintain an earth pond in a way that accommodates our changing climate.
Mr. Matson’s talk will include a question-and-answer session for participants to discuss their own projects. Copies of some of Mr. Matson’s books will be available for sale at the event.

Wednesdays, June 5 & 12, 6:00-8:00pm, COVER Building – 158 South Main Street, WRJ
Introduction to Solar for the Home
Cost: $20-$40, sliding scale, financial aid available

Monday, June 10, 6 pm, Hartland Public Library
Writer Janisse Ray will read from her book The Seed Underground. 

The book highlights seed saving efforts across the country, and includes a chapter about Hartland resident and seed saver Sylvia Davatz.
Across the country, a renaissance of local food, farming, and place-based culinary traditions is taking hold. And yet something small, critically important, and profoundly at risk is being overlooked in this local food resurgence: seeds. We are losing our seeds. Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94 percent have been lost – forever.
Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray is a seed saver, seed exchanger, and seed banker, and has gardened for twenty-five years. Info: Library director Amy Wisehart at 802-436-2473.

Wednesday, June 12, 6:00-8:00pm, COVER Building – 158 South Main Street, White River Junction
Introduction to Solar for the Home
Cost: $20-$40, sliding scale, financial aid available

Thursday, June 13, 3-9 pm, South Royalton Green
BALE Fest: A Celebration of All Things Local… on the South Royalton Green, Big farmers market, huge tent, workshops on rotational grazing and making kombucha, demonstrations on rain barrels, controlling invasives and more, lots of music (Sayon Camara Drumming and Royalton Town Band), launch of the Vermont Digital Economy Project, and lots of great, locally-sourced food (crepes, pizza, tapas, sushi, spanakopita). For info: [email protected] or 802-498-8438.

Friday, June 21, Upper Valley Food Co-op
Swing by and donate food items or plants. 

We will be accepting donations to benefit the Upper Valley Haven. Plants will find a home at the White River Junction Community Garden on Saturday, the 22nd. These plots will be maintained by garden members and crops will be donated to the local food shelf over the course of the growing season.

Sat, June 22, 10am – 12pm, WRJ Community Garden, Ratcliff Park, Latham Works Lane
Community Garden Workshop

On Your Own Time
Sandra Steingraber speaks about fracking, toxic chemicals, climate change, and more.
Watch it here:

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.

Thanks for events from the VT Interfaith Power and Light newsletter,

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