Catamount Earth Institute’s September 2013 Newsletter

Catamount Earth Institute’s September 2013 Newsletter

Hello Catamount Earth Institute Friends,

I’ve been on an extended break from starting Northwest Earth Institute discussion courses this summer. However, there are too many exciting upcoming events that I’ve quit my break to share them with you.

 Northwest Earth Institute’s Oct. 15-30 EcoChallenge

The EcoChallenge is an opportunity to change your life for good. For two weeks, October 15-30, the NWEI challenges you to change one habit for Earth. Here’s the word from NWEI:  You choose your challenge, we connect you with other EcoChallengers, and collectively we prove that small actions create real change. This is a fun challenge that Catamount Earth Institute tried this past April. Check it out!

Northwest Earth Institute has updated its website. They make organizing discussion groups so easy that you barely need help from Catamount Earth Institute (although we will continue to offer it). There’s a Menu for the Future group meeting at the VTC library as of September 10.

Efficiency Vermont’s Home Energy Challenge Incentives
As Efficiency Vermont says, “There are many ways to lower your energy bills and make your home more confortable.” Here are Efficiency Vermont’ special financial incentives to help you save energy and save money:
• $100 discount on a home energy audit

• $, 2,600 incentives for completing home energy efficiency improvements
Click here for details or call Efficiency Vermont at 888 921 5990 with questions. Look for October 5 Button Up activities in your Vermont town.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

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

Tuesday, September 24, 7 pm, Mayer Room, Howe Library, 7 pm, 13 South St. Hanover
Local farmer and Hartford Selectboard member Chuck Wooster will talk about the ethics of raising animals for meat. This event is part of Howe’s  “Everyone is Reading” 2013. More information is available at:

Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm, Porter Community Room at the Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT
“The Science of Global Warming,” lecture by Brown University professor of physics, Brad Marston

Professor Marston has been lauded by Brown’s students for his “excellent lectures which express great enthusiasm and interest.” He will provide an update on the scientific evidence for a warming climate, stressing its underlying scientific basis, and making a compelling case for human causality. Professor Marston has a BS from Caltech and a Ph.D. from Princeton. His research and teaching career includes appointments at Cornell, UC Santa Barbara, MIT, and Caltech.
The program is sponsored by the Upper Valley Sierra Club. Co-sponsors include Union of Concerned Scientists, Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) League of Women Voters, Transition Towns,, the Norwich Energy Committee, Sustainable Hanover Committee, Hanover Conservancy, the Catamount Earth Institute, the Hanover High School Environmental Club, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Building A Local Economy (BALE).

Friday, September 27, 7 pm, Hartland Library Community Room,153 Rt 5, Hartland, VT
State of the World Film Series presents: A Place At the Table
A Place At the Table investigates hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem. Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Info: 802 698-0257

Monday, October 7, 6:30, Colatina Exit Upstairs, Main St., Bradford
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission

Thursday, October, 10, Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction, 5 pm
Seed Savers potluck and program with reports of member’s growing season, seeds they were able to grow and save this year, and trials they conducted. Join us!
Info: Sylvia Davatz, 802-436-3262

Saturday, October 12, Central VT Community Action Council, Barre, 9-3 pm
Homeowner Weatherization Skillshop
This Skillshop is open to all and will teach individuals how to install energy improvements in their homes and help them participate in Efficiency Vermont’s “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) program. The DIY program provides homeowners with financial incentives for making their home own energy improvements.
Registration for the Skillshop is required. The $25/individual registration cost covers lunch, cost of the presenters, and a guidebook. To register for this or other Skillshops taking place around Vermont this fall, click here. To learn more about the DIY program, go to
For more information on these and other Efficiency Vermont programs, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or

Saturday, October 19, Thetford Academy, 304 Academy Rd., Thetford, 9-3 pm
Homeowner Weatherization Skillshop, See information above for the same program.


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

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