Catamount Earth Institute’s Late March 2014 Newsletter

Catamount Earth Institute’s Late March 2014 Newsletter

We’ve completed one neighborhood and one library discussion group for Powering A Bright Future, a new two-session discussion group series on energy that is being organized in the Upper Valley. This reading and discussion program explores issues related to the current energy crises, and actions we can take as individuals and communities to make sustainable use of energy. Powering a Bright Future contains solution-based readings on energy use and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and low carbon food tips. The Powering a Bright Future booklet includes discussion questions, facilitation guidelines, additional resources and personal and community action steps. Click here for a Table of Contents of the readings. Thanks to the Byrne Foundation, booklets are available on loan to discussion groups. The booklets are also available as pdfs from [email protected] and for $10 from the Hanover Co-op Service Desk. Most discussion groups meet for 1-1 ½ hours for 2 sessions.

A NORWICH GROUP STARTING MARCH 19 AND HANOVER AND QUECHEE GROUPS STARTING NEXT WEEK. INVITE A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR AND JOIN IN GOOD CONVERSATIONS!

Here are the scheduled discussion groups.
Please register and read the Session I readings before the first meeting. JOIN US!!

Norwich Historical Society, Main St., Norwich,
Wednesdays, March 19 and 26, 6:30-8 pm
Register and borrow booklets from the Cross School front desk, Sponsored by the Norwich Energy Committee

Hanover Co-op Food Store Conference Room
Mondays, March 24 and 31, 6-7:30 pm
Register and purchase booklets for $10 at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk
Sponsored by the Co-op and Catamount Earth Institute

Quechee Library, 1957 Quechee Main St.
Thursdays, March 27 and April 3, 6:30-8 pm.
Register and borrow booklets from the library
Co-sponsored by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Quechee Library
For more information contact VINS’ Hannah Putnam at [email protected] or Quechee Library’s Kate Schaal at [email protected] .

Latham Library, Thetford Hill
Sundays, March 30 and April 6, 4- 5:30 pm
Register and borrow booklets from the library
Info:  [email protected], Sponsored by the Theford Energy Committee

Kilton Library, 80 Main St., W. Lebanon
Wednesdays, April 2 and 9, 6:30-8 pm
Register and borrow booklets from the library
Sponsored by the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee
Info:  Rainie Kelly, [email protected]

Danforth Library, Rte. 12 Barnard
Wednesdays, April 16, 23, and 30, 6:30-8 pm.
Sponsored by the Barnard Energy Committee
Info: Elizabeth Ferry [email protected]

Kimball Library, Randolph
Wednesdays, April 30 and May 7, 6-8:00 pm
Register and borrow booklets from the library
Info: Tamara S. Morgan [email protected]

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information. Booklets are available for loan or for purchase ($10) from the Hanover Co-op Service Desk.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

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

Friday, March 21, 5 pm, Upper Valley Food Co-op,
Upper Valley Seed Savers, potluck dinner and program, Please RSVP to Sylvia Davatz, [email protected]

Saturday, March 22, 6 pm, Barrett Hall, So. Strafford
The Green Ball
6-7 pm localvore finger food, Energy Quest Challenge, Solarize Poster Contest,
7-10 dance, $10/person, $20/family, $2 off if wearing reused/recycled/good for the earth costume
Fundraiser for the United Church of Strafford. Co-sponsors Strafford and Thetford Energy Committee, BALE, The Sharon Academy

S
unday, March 30, 3 p.m. Last Call – the film, Damon Hall , 1 Quechee Road, Hartland
Q & A at 4 pm by Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, Co-Director Climate Interactive, Enrico Cerasuolo,
Last Call Director, Marta Ceroni, Executive Director, Donella Meadows
Institute
Sponsored by: State of the World Film Series, Donella Meadows 
Institute, Cobb Hill Cohousing

Tuesday, April 1, 5 pm. Last Call – the film, Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center,
Dartmouth College, Reception 6:30  
Last Call is a film about the book Limits to Growth, a study by Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, and Jørgen Randers, and William Behrens III. The authors of Limits to Growth used computers to model the effects of 
exponential economic and population growth within our finite planet. The
 team’s conclusions–that unchecked growth would lead to overshoot and
 collapse of natural systems–spurred intense controversy worldwide. But
 their findings and message of hope have endured, inspiring a generation of environmental thinkers and activists to devise alternatives to growth.

 

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact mcgovern.patriciaATgmail.com.
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)   802-333-3664 (May-Oct.)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these monthly updates.

 

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Catamount Earth Institute’s March 2014 Newsletter

Catamount Earth Institute’s March 2014 Newsletter

Powering A Bright Future, a new two-session discussion groups on energy are being organized in the Upper Valley. This reading and discussion program explores issues related to the current energy crises, and actions we can take as individuals and communities to make sustainable use of energy. Powering a Bright Future contains solution-based readings on energy use and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and low carbon food tips. The Powering a Bright Future booklet includes discussion questions, facilitation guidelines, additional resources and personal and community action steps. Click here for a Table of Contents of the readings. Thanks to the Byrne Foundation, booklets are available on loan to discussion groups. The booklets are also available as pdfs from [email protected] and for $10 from the Hanover Co-op Service Desk. Most discussion groups meet for 1-1 ½ hours for 2 sessions.

Here are the scheduled discussion groups.
Please register and read the Session I readings before the first meeting.

Baxter Memorial Library, Rte 14, Sharon, VT
Wednesdays, March 5, 12 and 19, 7 – 8:30 pm
Borrow booklets from the library, Register with the library or with Dee Gish at [email protected]

Tamara Morgan’s house, E. Randolph
Tuesdays, March 11 & 18, 6-8 pm
Email Tamara for more information and directions at [email protected]

Hanover Co-op Food Store Conference Room
Mondays, March 24 and 31, 6-7:30 pm
Register and purchase booklets for $10 at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk

Norwich Historical Society, Main St., Norwich
Wednesdays, March 19 and 26, 6:30-8 pm
Register and borrow booklets from the Cross School front desk

Quechee Library, 1957 Quechee Main St.
Thursdays, March 27 and April 3, 6:30-8 pm.
Register and borrow booklets from the library
This series is co-sponsored by the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Quechee Library
For more information contact VINS’ Hannah Putnam at [email protected] or Quechee Library’s Kate Schaal at [email protected] .

Latham Library, Thetford Hill
Sundays, March 30 and April 6, 4- 5:30 pm
Register and borrow booklets from the library
For more information contact [email protected]

Kilton Library, 80 Main St. W. Lebanon
Wednesdays, April 2 and 9, 6:30-8:00
Register at and borrow booklet from the library
For more information contact [email protected]

Catamount is working with about six other libraries and civic groups to start more Powering a Bright Future discussion groups. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information. Booklets are available for loan or for purchase ($10) from the Hanover Co-op Service Desk.

Upper Valley Sustainable Living
Check out this new website. It’s a resource by, for and about residents of the Upper Connecticut River Valley. The website is likely the best source for finding (or posting) sustainability and environmental events.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

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

 

Thursday, February 27, Chandler Center (Upper Gallery), Randolph, 6:30 pm gather; 7 pm program
Facing Climate Change: An Intergenerational Dialogue About the Future
This is the 8th Community Dialogue by BALE (Building a Local Economy)

Friday, February 28, 7pm, Hartland Library Community Room, 153 Rte 5
Bidder 70
This film is about an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.

Monday, March 3, 6:30, Colatina Exit Upstairs, Main St., Bradford, VT, 1st Monday film
Thin Ice, the movie
This film features researchers on four continents and the ocean as they studied the changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets through measurements (from instruments, satellites, ice and rock) and computer modeling. Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission

Friday, March 7th 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Bugbee Senior Center; 262 North Main Street; WRJ, VT
Marta Ceroni will lead an interactive workshop on the topicBuilding A Narrative for Collective Action: Visioning and Acting from a Place of Caring”
Marta Ceroni is the director of the Donella Meadows Institute in Norwich, VT.  A forest ecologist turned economist, she is interested in social organizing for an economy that cares.
This interactive workshop will address such questions as:
How can we engage the true source of caring within ourselves for change?
What does caring really mean?
How do we shape new stories of the communities we want to live in?
HOSTED BY:  Transition Five Villages, Hartford, VT, and The Center For Transformational Practice, WRJ
SPONSORED BY:  Chelsea Green Publishing, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund,  Upper Valley Sierra Club, 350VT, Occupy the Upper Valley

Monday, March 17 6:30-8, Kilton Library, Main St. West Lebanon
GASLAND PART II -the movie
Gasland Part II argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane.
SPONSORED BY: Upper Valley Sierra Club, free and open to the public
CO-SPONSORS: BALE, Catamount Earth Institute, League of Women Voters,  Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee, Norwich Energy Committee, SERG.

Other business:  Long-time Upper Valley writer and environmentalist Audrey McCollum found herself in the awkward position of talking with someone who was a consumer of gas for recreation. It made her question how to broach the topic of fossil fuel consumption.  She asked Sierra Club members for their responses. The following link offers thoughtful responses about not judging and not being a hypocrite in our fossil fuel use. http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=iwhmyY00_ZvIKn8j_JhQhQ

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact mcgovern.patriciaATgmail.com.
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)   802-333-3664 (May-Oct.)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these monthly updates.

 

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Catamount Earth Institute’s February 2014 Newsletter

Catamount Earth Institute’s February 2014 Newsletter

 

It’s time to join a discussion group for Powering A Bright Futurea new two-session mini-course on energy. This course explores issues related to the current energy crises, and actions we can take as individuals and communities to enact sustainable use of energy. Powering a Bright Future contains solution-based readings on energy use and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and low carbon food tips. The Powering a Bright Future booklet includes discussion questions, facilitation guidelines, additional resources and personal and community action steps. The booklets are also available as pdfs. Thanks to the Byrne Foundation, booklets are available on loan to discussion groups.

Hartland Public Library is sponsoring a discussion group on Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 Contact them to register and borrow a booklet. Please read Session One before Feb. 5.
The Sharon Energy Committee is a sponsoring a Powering a Bright Future discussion group starting March 5 from 7- 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Dee Gish at [email protected]. The group will meet at Sharon Baxter Library and will have books to loan.
VINS and the Quechee Public Library are sponsoring a Powering a Bright Future discussion group starting March 27 from 6:30- 8pm. For more information contact VINS’ Hannah Putnam at [email protected] or Quechee Library’s Kate Schaal at [email protected]
Catamount is working with other libraries and civic groups to start Powering a Bright Future discussion groups. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information. Booklets are available from Catamount for $10.

Upper Valley Sustainable Living
Check out this new website. It’s a resource by, for and about residents of the Upper Connecticut River Valley. The website is likely the best source for finding (or posting) sustainability and environmental events. Catamount posts monthly, but the Upper Valley Sustainable Living site posts daily!

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

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

Friday, January 24, 3:30pm Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall, Dartmouth College 
Limits to Growth of Energy: Facts About Fracking in the US
Dennis Meadows, University of New Hampshire, co-author of Limits to Growth
Dennis Meadows was the Director of policy institutes at MIT, Dartmouth, and the University of New Hampshire between 1972 to 2004. Watch this talk live at engineering.dartmouth.edu/jones/live/

Sunday, January 26, 6pm, Thetford Congregational Church at the top of Thetford Hill
NOVA film called “Power Surge”

Can emerging technology defeat global warming? The United States has invested tens of billions of dollars in clean energy projects as our leaders try to save our crumbling economy and our poisoned planet in one bold, green stroke. Are we finally on the brink of a green-energy “power surge,” or is it all a case of too little, too late? From solar panel factories in China to a carbon capture-and-storage facility in the Sahara desert to massive wind and solar installations in the United States, the movie “Power Surge” travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change. The movie focuses on the latest and greatest innovations, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy. Can our technology, which helped create this problem, now solve it?
SPONSOR: Thetford Energy Committee. This is part of its “Warmth in Winter” film and discussion series.

 Monday, January 27, 6:30-8 pm, Howe Library, Mayer Room, 13 South St., Hanover
Thin Ice, the movie
Continuing the Sierra Club’s focus on climate change, this film features researchers on four continents and the ocean as they studied the changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets through measurements (from instruments, satellites, ice and rock) and computer modeling.
SPONSORED BY: Upper Valley Sierra Club
CO-SPONSORS: 350Vermont, BALE, Catamount Earth Institute, Donella Meadows Institute, League of Women Voters, Norwich Energy Committee, Occupy the  Upper Valley, SERG, Sustainable Hanover, Transition 5 Villages, Union of Concerned Scientists

Thursday, January 30, 6:30 pm, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT
The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community, a film by Anne McSoud
More information:  click here
SPONSORED BY: BALE (Building a Local Economy) in partnership with Randolph Area Community Development Corporation.
CO-SPONSORS: Donella Meadows Institute, Vital Communities, 350 Vermont, Vermonters for a New Economy, Black Krim Tavern, South Royalton Market, Bethany Church’s Advocacy Committee, Sustainable Woodstock, Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) and Catamount Earth Institute. 

Monday, February 3, 6:30, Colatina Exit Upstairs, Main St., Bradford, VT, 1st Monday film
The World According to Monsanto   vimeo.com/62777597
This 2008 film directed by Marie-Monique Robin is the result of her three year research into Monsanto.
Donations appreciated. Come early if you’d like to purchase supper or a drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission

Friday, Feb. 7, 7-9 pm, Bugbee Senior Ctr., 262 N. Main St., White River Junction, VT 05001 (map
Jim Merkel, author, sustainability pioneer, and former Dartmouth College sustainability coordinator will give a free talk about how to build a meaningful life in “the age of Collapse.” Discussion to follow. Donations gratefully accepted.

Saturday, Feb. 8th, 10-5:30 pm, Ctr. for Transformational Practice, 149 Latham Works Lane, WRJ, VT
Jim Merkel workshop on the “Journey of Radical Simplification
 Part financial seminar, part meditation retreat, this workshop will also give participants practical insights about how to organize their lives so as to be free and available to serve the planet, while living in alignment with their spiritual values. Free lunch; $40 in advance or $50 at door (Optional Dinner $15 extra with reservation only)
SPONSOR: Transition Five Villages

 

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact mcgovern.patriciaATgmail.com.
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)   802-333-3664 (May-Oct.)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these monthly updates.

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Catamount Earth Institute’s November 2013

Catamount Earth Institute’s November 2013

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

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

Thursday, November 7, 6 pm gathering, 6:30 pm program, Chandler Center, Randolph, VT
Next Steps for Food System Change
Hear from the big-picture leaders of Vermont’s current food system changes: Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Coordinator of Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative; Andrea Stander, Executive Director of Rural Vermont; Peter Allison, Executive Director of Upper Valley Farm to School and Coordinator of Food to Institution New England (FINE); and Suzanne Long, owner of Luna Bleu Farm, Royalton.
This is the 4th in a series of programs organized by BALE (Building a Local Economy) that explore local resilience in the face of climate change and economic inequity. The series is presented in coordination of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation. Co-sponsors include the Donella Meadows Institute, Vital Communities, 350 Vermont, Vermonters for a New Economy, Black Krim Tavern, South Royalton Market, Bethany Church’s Advocacy Committee, Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG), Sustainable Woodstock, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Catamount Earth Institute.
The 6 pm gathering time features local food provided by Black Krim Tavern and music by Jeremiah McLane, accordion.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 10:00 am-11:00am, Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Polar Opposites? The Science and Politics of Environmental Change in the Arctic and Antarctica
Back to Class Dartmouth Faculty Lecture by Ross Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and Director, Institute of Arctic Studies
As polar ice on land and sea retreats from rapid global warming, the specter for international conflict over newly exposed natural resources may increase. This talk will consider how the environments at the ends of the Earth are changing and how international politics, through conflict or cooperation, will shape the future of the poles.
Sponsored by Alumni Relations for the public

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Steele 006 on the campus of Dartmouth College
 “Climate Change over the Northeast” Projections and Impacts on Flooding and Agriculture
A Presentation by Jonathan Winter and Frank Magilligan, Department of Geography faculty, Dartmouth College
This fall the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 5th Assessment Report headlined: “Human influence on the climate system is clear”.  According to this report, global surface temperature is projected to rise more than 1.5°C relative to 1850 to 1900 by the end of the 21st century in all but the lowest greenhouse gas emission scenarios considered, and is likely to exceed 2°C for the two highest scenarios.  This will result in more frequently and longer lasting heat waves, changes in rainfall patterns that broadly find wet regions receiving more rainfall and dry regions receiving less, reductions in glaciers and ice sheets, and rising global mean sea level. Come learn what these global predictions mean for New England and the Upper Valley. Professor Magilligan’s research focuses on major storm water events; Winter’s, on the impacts of climate change on agriculture and water resources.
Sponsored by THE SIERRA CLUB

Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 pm, Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT.
“How Much Wood Should I Burn? The Environmental and Other Implications of Household Wood Burning”

A presentation by Dartmouth Environmental Studies professor Andrew Friedland. Friedland’s recent research is on biomass as an energy source, particularly examining the scale of firewood use that makes sense from an environmental standpoint.
Sponsored by THE SIERRA CLUB

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact mcgovern.patriciaATgmail.com.
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)   802-333-3664 (May-Oct.)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these monthly updates.

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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: http://www.howelibrary.org/interior.php/pid/2/sid/1/eid/3039

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, 350.org, 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
www.chasingice.com
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 www.efficiencyvermont.com/DIY.
For more information on these and other Efficiency Vermont programs, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or www.efficiencyvermont.com/homeperformance

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

 

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact mcgovern.patriciaATgmail.com.
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)   802-333-3664 (May-Oct.)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these monthly updates.

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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 www.nwei.org 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.
More info: http://www.efficiencyvermont.com/homeperformance.

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 on MOYERS & COMPANY
Sandra Steingraber speaks about fracking, toxic chemicals, climate change, and more.
Watch it here: http://billmoyers.com/segment/sandra-steingrabers-war-on-toxic-trespassers/

FOR THE GROWING SEASON:
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]

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact mcgovern.patriciaATgmail.com.
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

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

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)   802-333-3664 (May-Oct.)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
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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 350.org, 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
http://ecbrowns.brownpapertickets.com  Ticket stubs are good for $10 off during the 2013 season.

Sunday, April 21st, 7 pm, the BALE space, South Royalton
350.org‘ s “Do the Math” film followed by a live simulcast featuring a panel of national experts.
For more info: http://act.350.org/event/do_the_math_film/search/.

Sunday, April 21st, 7 pm, Tunbridge Library, Tunbridge
350.org‘ 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
350.org‘ 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 WRIF.org

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 www.uvfts.org

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
www.mothernaturesmovie.com/
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 www.uvapplecorps.org.

FOR THE GROWING SEASON:
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]

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact [email protected].
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)   802-333-3664 (May-Oct.)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these occasional updates.

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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.

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact [email protected].
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)   802-333-3664 (May-Oct.)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these occasional updates.

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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

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact [email protected].
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
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Happy New Year!

Catamount Earth Institute’s January E-Newsletter
 

            Here’s an invitation to participate in a Choices in Sustainable Living discussion series sponsored by the Quechee Library and VINS. It will start Thursday, Jan. 10 and run for seven consecutive Thursdays. This series covers ecological principles, food, purchasing, economics, and building a sustainable community. This is a brand new edition, with books available on loan from the library. For more information call the Library at 295-1232 or contact Kate Schaal at [email protected]. Read Session One for Jan. 10.

            Vermont’s Midstate Library has sets of 10-12 Northwest Earth Institute books that may be borrowed by local libraries for patron’s discussion groups. Contact librarian Greg McCandless at 802-828-2320 for more information.
Here are the available books, number of sets, number of sessions and description:
            Choices for Sustainable Living (1 set, 7 sessions on sustainable living)
            Menu for the Future (2 sets, 6 sessions on healthy agriculture and healthy diets)
            A World of Health (3 sets, 6 sessions on connections between human and environmental health)
            Voluntary Simplicity (1 set, 5 sessions on living simply and our relationships to money, stuff, time)

            Catamount Earth Institute is excited about two challenges. The first is the Home Energy Challenge to weatherize Vermont’s homes. This Efficiency Vermont project has Town Energy Committees and other local partners competing with other towns within their region to see which town can get the most homes weatherized in 2013. Each town will try to weatherize 3% of the homes. See more at Efficiency Vermont for more information. You can also contact Bob Walker of SERG at [email protected] to learn about taking on a Home Energy Challenge in your town.
            The second challenge is the Northwest Earth Institute’s Eco-Challenge. 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 choosea category: water conservation, energy efficiency, food, alternative transportation, or trash reduction.
            Here’s an example of one participant’s EcoChallenge: “This year, my EcoChallenge is to get out of the car. I will use only human-powered transportation (my legs and my bike) from Oct. 1-15.” In October 2012, NWEI had 192 EcoChallenge teams. To learn more about the NWEI EcoChallenge click here. There are blogs, participant videos and a Q & A section. Upper Valley Localvore leader Pat McGovern took on the challenge this fall and saved all of her trash for 2 weeks. See Pat’s EcoChallenge with a photo of the (very small amount of plastic) trash at Pat’s blog. Stories of other’s EcoChallenges are at the NWEI October 2012 blog. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you’d like to participate in the April Challenge.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Most programs are free and open to the public

Monday, January 7, 6:30 pm, Upstairs Colatina Exit, Main St. Bradford, VT
1st Monday film is “Bidder 70″ about Tim DeChristopher.

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.
  Here’s background information from the film’s website (www.bidder70film.com)
            On December 19, 2008 (University of Utah economics student) Tim DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels (which, starting at $2 an acre, were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park), winning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted.
            Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction. DeChristopher, however, was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Patrick Shea, former BLM Director for Clinton, represented DeChristopher pro-bono.
            With the threat of prison looming, DeChristopher stepped up his activism and evolved into a charismatic and ingenious climate justice leader. He co-founded Peaceful Uprising, a grass-roots group dedicated to defending a livable future through empowering non-violent action. After two years and nine postponements, his trial began on February 28, 2011. Outside the courtroom, hundreds rallied in solidarity with Tim. Inside, Judge Dee Benson disallowed every defense his lawyers put forth. After a five-day trial, DeChristopher was found guilty. On July 26, 2012 Tim was sentenced to two years in federal prison.
Thursday, January 10, 6:30-8pm Quechee Library, Main St. Quechee, 295-1232
Choices for Sustainable Living, 1st of 7 sessions, Register and borrow a discussion guide at the Library, Read Session One for Jan. 10

Tuesday, January 15, 4-5:30 Dowd’s Inn, Lyme
Janisse Ray, Author of Ecology of the Cracker Childhood, winner of the American Book Award.
This book combines memoir and natural history writing, particularly descriptions of the ecology of the South’s vanishing longleaf pine forests. Ray is the author of four books, is an environmental activist, and teaches creative writing at Chatham University. This talk is sponsored by the Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT). The program is a celebration of  25years of service by UVLT’s president, Jeanie McIntyre. The program is open to the public. Admission is $10, with proceeds going to support the work of the UVLT.

Wednesday, January 16th, 7 pm, Downstairs, Kimball Library, Randolph
Talk by Andy Simon of 350.org on How BIG OIL Threatens Vermont
Sponsored by the Randolph Area Justice and Peace Coalition and the Sustainable Living Network

Winter Farmers’ Markets
Bradford, Grace United Methodist Church, [email protected]
Enfield Community Center, Route 4, 2nd Saturday, 10-1 pm

Lebanon, Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3rd Saturday, 10-1 pm
Norwich, Tracy Hall, Saturdays, 10-1 pm, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13

Sharon, Between The Sharon Academy Middle School and the Town Offices, Saturdays, 10-1 pm
   Sharon Sprouts food and activities at the Sharon Elementary School
Windsor, Windsor Welcome Center , 1st and 3rd Sundays, noon-3

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact [email protected].
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these occasional updates.

 

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