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

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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
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Catamount Earth Institute Late November E-Newsletter

            The Quechee Library and VINS will again sponsor a Northwest Earth Institute discussion course. It will be Choices in Sustainable Living and will start Thursday, Jan. 10 and run consecutive Thursdays. This series covers ecological principles, food, purchasing, economics, and building a sustainable community. The books will be available on loan. For more information, contact Kate Schaal at [email protected] or Hannah Putnam at [email protected].  More discussions are in the planning stages by the South Royalton Market and BALE, (Building a Local Economy) also located in South Royalton.

The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has a fun Eco-Challenge in October in which people make up personal or group challenges to reduce their waste, energy use, vehicle miles and other ways of shrinking their ecological footprints. See the NWEI blog for a story and about UV Localvore Pat McGovern and her challenge to reduce her waste.

We’d like to draw your attention to the Vermont Home Energy Project, an exciting project of Efficiency Vermont, VECAN (Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network), and regional energy groups such as SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group). Here’s some information from Efficiency Vermont: “ Under the Challenge, town energy committees and other local partners will compete with other towns within their region to see which town can get the most homes weatherized within a one‐year period. Each local partner will have a target of weatherizing 3% of the homes within their community. … The Challenge is designed to mobilize many more Vermonters to take action and help Vermont reach its statewide goal of 25% energy savings in 80,000 homes by the year 2020.” Efficiency Vermont has many programs to help local groups to meet and exceed this weatherization goal. Are you a member of a town energy committee? Would you like to participate in this Challenge in your Vermont town? Contact Bob Walker of SERG at [email protected] for more information. Please note that VECAN and SERG are sponsoring a day-long, statewide conference about community energy action at the Lake Morey Inn on Saturday, December 1. This is a good way to learn more about the work of town energy committees. More information about the event and to register, click here.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public

Wednesday, November 28, 7 pm, Mayer Room, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Our Oceans, Ourselves
Dartmouth professor D. G. Webster and UNH professor Jonathan Pennock discuss their research on oceans and the ways in which human cultures and behaviors impact ocean ecology. This program is part of the Howe Library’s Everyone’s Reading 2012 program that features Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn. It was rescheduled from October 30.

Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 pm, Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5
Talk by Ben Hewett, author of The Town That Food Saved
Hewett tells about the many ways that local agriculture and food production has boosted the economic and social health of Hardwick, Vermont. Info: 802-436-2473

Thursday, November 29, 6:30 p.m., Montshire Museum, Norwich
Presentation by Bob Walker, director of SERG, and Vermont State Legislator Margaret Cheney about renewable energy programs in Germany
Bob and Margaret will report on what they learned from their recent renewable energy trip to Germany as guests of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The trip, which was designed for policymakers and advocates who are advancing renewable energy, included seven other Americans from around the U.S. The group spent the week traveling around Germany to meet with members of Parliament, government officials, cooperative organizers, technical consultants, and farmers, all of whom are rapidly helping to make Germany the world’s leader in renewable energy development. Bob and Margaret will share lessons from their trip and discuss how government policies, financing mechanisms, and local involvement can stimulate the growth of renewable energy, create business opportunities, and strengthen the regional economy.
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by SERG. Co-sponsors: VNRC, UV Sierra Club, Catamount Earth Institute, Vital Communities, League of Women Voters, Co-op Food Stores and Upper Valley Co-op.

Friday, November 30, 7 p.m., Hartland Public Library, 153 Rt 5, Hartland Three Corners
Persepolis,
Persepolis is the story follows a young Iranian girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.
Sponsored by State of the World Films, Free admission and popcorn. Info. 802 738-0215

Saturday, December 1, 9-4 pm. (Registration starts at 8 a.m.)
 Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee
VECAN’s Annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference 
The theme of this year’s energizing event is “Getting to 90 Percent Renewable by 2050.” There are over a dozen timely workshops, hot-topic roundtable discussions and unparalleled networking opportunities. This year the keynote speaker is economic researcher and futurist Chris Martenson. Dr. Martensen speaks around the world on the interconnection of the “Three E’s” — the economy, energy and the environment — in a resource-restricted world. Cost for the day is $30 ($25 until Nov. 25) and includes a largely locally-sourced lunch. Visit www.regonline.com/2012VTEnergy for all the details and to register.

Monday, December 3, 6:30, Colantina Exit, 2nd floor, Main St. Bradford
Earth Days -1st Monday documentary
Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era’s pioneers — among them Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, biologist/Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins.
Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission
Free, donations welcome, Come early if you want to order drinks and supper

Thursday, December 13th, 5 pm, Upper Valley Food Co-op
Upper Valley Seed Savers monthly meeting
For more information:  http://uppervalleyseedsavers.pbworks.com/w/page/50320963/FrontPage

Winter Farmers’ Markets
Norwich, Tracy Hall, Saturdays, 10-1 pm, Dec. 1 (10-2), Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13
Lebanon, Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3rd Saturday, 10-1 pm
Enfield Community Center, Route 4, 2nd Saturday, 10-1 pm
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

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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Catamount Earth Institute Late October E-Newsletter

            Please check out the NWEI discussion courses at www.nwei.org and choose a topic you might like to discuss with friends and neighbors. Some of the series’ discussion guides are available for loan thanks to the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation; others may be purchased. I’m happy to help you set up a discussion group.

            This calendar attempts to cover a range of environmental issues. The Howe Library’s Moby Duck series and the DHMC’s symposium on connections between human and environmental health offer a fine complement to Catamount’s 2012 discussion course Healthy People, Healthy Planet.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public

Monday, Oct. 22 to Fri, Oct. 26 is the Way to Go Commuter Challenge.
How do you get to work? Could you take the bus or carpool? I love riding my bike to get around, but the cars need more of us to encourage drivers to share the road. For more info. contact [email protected]

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 pm, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Source to Sea Cleanup, a Talk by Ron Rhodes
This talk about stream clean up is part of the Howe Library’s Everyone’s Reading 2012 program that features Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn. This entertaining book looks at plastics and ocean pollution, shipping, global trade and much more. The book was based on container ship traveling from China to Seattle that lost many of its containers, including one filled with rubber duckies, in a severe storm.

Friday, October 26, 3:30 pm, Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall, Thayer School of Engineering
A Profile of Dartmouth’s Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Programs
Stephen Shadford, Energy Program Manager, Dartmouth College will present Dartmouth’s Energy Program to achieve an energy reduction of greater than 20% by 2015.

Friday, October 26, 7 p.m., Hartland Public Library, 153 Rt 5, Hartland Three Corners
In the Land of Blood and Honey
In a land where people of different faiths and cultures coexist, there was a brief moment when hope blossomed. Then violence tore through the nation, pitting neighbor against neighbor. A haunting film about faith, religion and conflict.
Sponsored by State of the World Films, Free admission and popcorn. Info. 802 738-0215

Tuesday, October 30, Mayer Room, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Our Oceans, Ourselves
Dartmouth professor D. G. Webster and UNH professor Jonathan Pennock discuss their research on oceans and the ways in which human cultures and behaviors impact ocean ecology. This program is is part of the Howe Library’s Everyone’s Reading 2012 program that features Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn. (See Oct. 25 program at the Howe Library.)

Thursday, November 1, Mayer Room, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Dr. Perovich, of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, will speak on Arctic exploration, sea ice, and ongoing environmental changes. This program is part of the Howe Library’s Everyone’s Reading 2012 program that features Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn.

Monday, November 5, Colatina Exit, 6:30 p.m., Main St., Bradford, VT
The 11th Hour, First Monday Film
This powerful film by Leonardo DiCaprio is about climate change and a convergence of crises
Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission
Free, donations welcome, Come early if you want to order drinks and supper

Wednesday, November 7th, 7 p.m., Vernon Elementary School, Vernon
Public Service Board Public Hearing on Vermont Yankee re-licensing

Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m., Murray Room, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Moby-Duck Book Discussion with Howe Library staff

Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m., Mayer Room, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
The Howe’s Everyone’s Reading series based on the book Moby Duck concludes with a lecture by the author Donovan Hohn.

Wednesday, November 14, 7-9 p.m., Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth College, Maynard St.
Ninth Annual Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health Symposium Keynote Address:
Exposing Environmental Dangers: Human Health Implications

Richard Delaney, President and CEO, Center for Coastal Studies; Kristen Welker-Hood, Director Environmental Health Consulting; Kathryn Cottingham, Professor, Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College
Info: www.d-h.org/great-issues-symposium

Friday, November 16, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Auditoria E & F, Rubin Building, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
“Are the Kids Alright?” Hazards in the Child’s Environment
Medical Grand Rounds by Dr. Alan D. Woolf, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, as part of the Ninth Annual Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health Symposium
Sponsored by the Department of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Department of Pediatrics, DHMC.

Monday, November 19th, 7:00 Public Service Board comments about Vermont Yankee Re-licensing via Vt. Interactive TV.
You can read more about the hearings, the case, and interactive TV locations at the state’s website:  http://psb.vermont.gov/docketsand%20projects/electric/7862

November 29, 6:30 p.m., Montshire Museum, Norwich
Presentation by director of SERG, Bob Walker, and Vermont State Legislator Margaret Cheney about energy efficiency programs in Germany. Bob and Margaret and 7 other Americans recently traveled to Germany for meetings and tours including the 4th Congress on 100% Renewable Energy.

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
802-333-3664 (May- Oct.)  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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Catamount Earth Institute Late September E-Newsletter

When I first encountered the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI), our Vermont non-profit was looking for a means to encourage people to live lighter on the planet. The NWEI was and still is, in my opinion, the most inspiring organization in providing information and empowering individuals and groups to take action as environmental stewards. In the past two years hundreds of Upper Valley residents came together for discussion groups about healthy food and on the connections between human and environmental health. NWEI has twelve discussion topics. Check them out at www.nwei.org . Perhaps you’ll choose a topic that you’d like to discuss with friends and neighbors. I can help you set up a group discussion. Some of the discussion guides are available for loan thanks to the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation; others may be purchased.

Here’s one issue that I became aware of thanks to information shared in NWEI readings and group discussions: The Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30. The House hasn’t voted yet and according to the Center for Food Safety, its riders seek to erode USDA oversight of Genetically Engineered crops. See the Center for Food Safety website for more information and to contact your Congressional Representative.

A fall NWEI activity is its EcoChallenge! Each year NWEI gets several thousand people to commit to changing a habit for the Earth over the span of two weeks (October 1-15th). You can sign up at www.ecochallenge.org and pick your own action (no fundraising required!!). During the EcoChallenge, participants choose one action to reduce their environmental impact and stick with it for two weeks. Ecochallengers pick a category—water, trash, energy, food or transportation—and set a goal that is fun, stretches their comfort zone and makes a difference for themselves and the planet. My family’s challenge is to have a vegetarian diet. What low impact action works for you? The NWEI EcoChallenge helps us move from “I should” to “I can” and it’s fun. Join the challenge with NWEI enthusiasts from around the country.!

Please also check out the NWEI discussion courses at www.nwei.org and pick one you might like to do with friends and neighbors. Some of the series are available for loan thanks to the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation; others may be purchased. I’m happy to help you set up a group discussion.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Friday, Sept. 21, 7 pm, Bradford Academy Auditorium, Main St., Bradford, VT
VT-made film The Summer of Walter Hacks

Fundraiser for the VT Farm Disaster Relief Fund.  Suggested donation:  $5.
There will be live music by Stovepipe Mountain Band and fresh food prepared by local vendors from 4:30-6:45. This film was made almost exclusively in Vermont. Come and meet the film’s professional writer and director, George Woodard, who is also a farmer in Waterbury Center, VT. This is a fictional story of a Vermont farm family in the 1950s featuring 11 year Walter Hacks and his older brother. To learn more about film, see www.pastureproductions.com.

Monday, September 24, 5:30- 7:30 pm
Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction
Learn about some homemade gift ideas. Choose from several gift projects. The Sew-op has sewing machines for your use during class.
$20 fee for members, $25 for non-members

Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m., Mayer Room, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail
Talk byJerry Monkman, a photographer and contributor to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s new book, The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail.
Info: Howe Library, 603-643-4120, Co-sponsored by the Hanover and Norwich friends of the  Appalachian Trail

Tuesday, October 2, 4- 5:30 pm, Montshire Museum, Norwich
Invasive Plants and their Native Alternatives: Best Practices for Vermont and New Hampshire
Free and open to the public

October 9, 16, 23, 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 1, 6, 8, 14, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Discussions and lectures related to Moby Duck, Howe’s Everyone’s Reading 2012 book by
Donovan Hohn. Copies of Moby-Duck are available for checkout at Howe Library by any Upper Valley resident, with or without a Howe Library card. For more information about all of these events see http://bit.ly/EIR2012 .

Here’s a little information about the book from the Howe Library’s website:
“Donovan Hohn was a high school English teacher when one of his students wrote an essay about a shipment of rubber ducks that tumbled overboard in the north Pacific Ocean and subsequently began washing up on beaches hundreds of miles away. Intrigued, Mr. Hohn set out to trace the journey of the toys. Along the way, he visited Alaska, Hawaii, and Hong Kong; went beachcoming, sailed through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and took a container ship across the Pacific Ocean; spoke with beachcombers, environmentalists, factory owners, and scientists; and completed his journey with a trip through the Northwest Passage. Part environmental treatise and part travelogue, Moby-Duck touches on an eclectic combination of topics, including plastics pollution, global warming, oceanography, beachcombing, globalization, and literature; it is a lighthearted but serious-minded testament to the joys – and travails – of one man’s attempt to satisfy his curiosity.”

Thursdays, October 18- November 8, 6 pm to 9 pm (Registration deadline October 5)
Master Composter Course
Upper Valley Interactive TV Locations: White River Junction, Springfield, Randolph
Cost: $40
Info: (802) 656-9562, [email protected], www.uvm.edu/mastergardener

Thursday, October 11, Hartland
Seedsavers October Meeting, Potluck and program
For more information contact Sylvia Davatz at [email protected]

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

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
802-333-3664 (May- Oct.)  603-643-0328 (Nov.-April)
[email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
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Catamount Earth Institute Late August E-Newsletter

 The Co-op Food Store offers Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, and Sustainability starting Monday September 17, 7 pm.

 Date: Mondays: September 17 and 24, and October 1, 8, 15, and 22

The food choices we make affect not only ourselves, but also the treatment of harvesters and factory workers, the health of farm workers, how humanely animals are treated, and how much carbon dioxide and methane are released into the atmosphere.

The Co-op invites you to join our newest discussion course from Catamount Earth Institute: Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, and Sustainability. In this six-session weekly discussion course, we will explore the interconnections of our food systems and our relationship to and responsibility in these systems. This course challenges us to look at our roles not only as consumer of food, but also as creators of food, of systems, and of the world we live in.

The course begins on Monday, September 17, and runs for six consecutive Monday evenings. Each one-and-a-half-hour session includes assigned readings and lively discussion. Meetings are held upstairs in the Hanover Co-op at 7:00 p.m. The course book costs $15 and can be purchased at the Hanover Service Desk; the course is free. A limited number of books are available for borrowing, as long as they are not marked up or written in.

Learn More and Register
For more information or to register contact the Co-op’s Information Desk staff at 603-643-2667.

 

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Monday, Sept. 3, 6:30 pm, Colatina Exit, Upstairs
1st Monday Film:  Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food
This is a film about Monsanto and its genetically modified seeds and herbicides. Come early, if you wish to order food or drink.
Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission. Donations welcomed, but optional.

Wednesday, September 5, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Auditorium G
1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 
6 to 8 p.m.
Mercury: From Source to Seafood
This short (10 minute) film follows mercury from coal-fired plants to the seafood we eat. The film discusses mercury in fish, the health benefits of fish consumption, and the importance of reducing mercury pollution in the environment. This short film on mercury will be particularly relevant to participants in Menu for the Future and Healthy People, Healthy Planet, but is a valuable film for all to see.

This event is hosted by the Dartmouth College Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program in collaboration with The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Join the hosts for a heavy hors d’oeuvre reception and an opportunity to meet with Dartmouth researchers, medical, health and nutrition professionals, and community leaders to discuss the issue of mercury in seafood.

For more information call: 603-643-1853 or email Laura Harrington at [email protected]
www.source2seafood.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
802-333-3664 (May 1- Oct. 31)  [email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
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Catamount Earth Institute Late July E-Newsletter


            Summer is a great time for reading, but not a very manageable time for bringing discussion groups together for multiple weeks. Here are two Northwest Earth Institute books available as pdfs:  The first is a new two-session book on energy called Powering a Bright Future. You can purchase it from www.nwei.org for $10; the second is a series of readings about our connections to energy use called Just Below the Surface: Perspectives on the Gulf Cost Oil Spill available from www.nwei.org for $5.  Check out www.nwei.org for all of the discussion series. While it’s more fun to discuss these readings and topics with others, perhaps you’ll get together with friends, neighbors, book club members or colleagues for a Northwest Earth Institute discussion series in the fall.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Friday, July 27th, 7:30 pm, Hartland Public Library Community Room, 153 Rt 5,  Hartland, VT
Anima Mundi
About permaculture, peak oil, climate change, and the “soul of the world.” 78 minutes.  From the website:
“Many people do not realize that permaculture is much more than about growing fruit and vegetables, it is a whole view incorporating the environment, energy, resources, housing, technology, education, healthcare, the arts, spirituality, psychology, philosophy and agriculture. It provides a realistic alternative for our future sustainability, a gentler way that treads lightly on our Mother Earth. Anima Mundi is not a “How To” video, it is a “Where To” documentary showcasing alternatives like Earthship’s, Permaculture, Permablitz, retrofitting the suburbs, lifeboats, localized food production and currency’s, planned energy decent and Gaian philosophy.”
Sponsored by State of the World Films. Free admission. Donations accepted. 802 738-0215 for info.

Monday, August 6, 6:30 pm, Colatina Exit, Upstairs
1st Monday Film:  There Once Was an Island

“Three people in a unique Pacific Island community face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood.  Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?”
Come early, if you wish to order food or drink.
Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission. Donations welcomed, but optional.

Tuesday, August 7, 6 pm, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover, NH
Fukushima The Nuclear Industry’s Gift to our Planet
Talk by Cecile Pineda, the award-winning author of the highly acclaimed, new book Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step.  In her latest book Pineda details the piecemeal release of data and the wholesale lack of comprehensive information that we need to fully grasp the depth and breadth of the still unfolding Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Ms. Pineda will share her personal reflections and the evolution of her own activism as well as the fruits of her investigative reporting in critically reviewing the nuclear industry and the connections between nuclear energy and nuclear weaponry.
Sponsored by the Upper Valley Sierra Club. Refreshments.

New England Environmental Education Grants Available
Catamount has been asked to spread the word of this EPA grant to expand their reach of potential grantees.

            Be a part of one of the most far-reaching environmental education initiatives underway in New England!!
With a $150,000 grant from the U.S. EPA, the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) is soliciting proposals from non-profits, schools, and local or state agencies for sub-grants of up to $5,000. These grants will support projects that strengthen environmental education through capacity building on a state-wide level or that advance educational achievement by implementing the goals of state Environmental Literacy Plans.
NEEEA, in close partnership with the six professional environmental education associations that comprise NEEEA, will award at least 19 grants of up to $5,000 (three in each state) to projects that implement regional priorities such as:
Designing, implementing, and linking environmental education programs and leadership across New England to promote long-term sustainability of the programs
Developing replicable and sustainable professional development programs for teachers and trainers in Environmental Literacy
Implementing one or more objectives of Environmental Literacy or K-12 Environmental Literacy Plans in the New England states
Get your organization involved in this historic opportunity for EE in New England and help advance the vision of environmental literacy in New England. Download the Request-for-Proposals and application package at www.neeea.org. Proposal deadline is August 31, 2012.
Contact Jim McCracken, at [email protected] if you have questions about this opportunity.

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter contact [email protected].
Thanks to the State of the World Films and Bradford Conservation Commission for these news items.
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
802-333-3664 (May 1- Oct. 31)  [email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
Contact [email protected]  if you do NOT want to receive these occasional updates.


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Mid-May E-Newsletter


Healthy People, Healthy Planet Season Wraps Up

      Catamount Earth Institute’s winter/spring season of Healthy People, Healthy Planet and Choices for Sustainable Living discussion groups are all completed. The steering committee suggested that we make many of the Northwest Earth Institute courses available over the next year, rather than focusing on one topic. They also recommended that groups contact Catamount with ideas about your preferred starting dates.  The Vermont Department of Libraries has sets of 10-12 of the following series available for loan by local libraries: Menu for the Future, Voluntary Simplicity, Choices for Sustainable Living, A World of Health (aka Healthy People, Healthy Planet), and Healthy Children, Healthy Planet. Visit www.nwei.org to check out other Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) courses. NWEI just published a new two-session pdf on energy called Powering a Bright Future. We will purchase at least one new set of books, so please let us know your preferences. You’re also invited to contribute toward the purchase of new sets of NWEI books.

Thank you
The steering committee was a tremendous help in planning and developing the outreach for this year’s Healthy People, Healthy Planet (HPHP) program. Thanks to the individuals and the organizations they represent. The steering committee members are:  Judi Colla; Pat McGovern (Upper Valley Localvores); Emily Neuman (Co-op Food Stores); Joyce Noll (League of Women Voters and Hazardous Waste Committee of the Upper Valley); Michael Paul; and Anna Slack (Upper Valley Land Trust).
Thanks to the following funders for providing funding for publicity, lending libraries, and subsidies for the HPHP books:  Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation; the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation; the Sierra Club of the Upper Valley; the Frank and Brinna Sands Foundation; and King Arthur Flour. Thanks also to the Co-op Food Stores, the Upper Valley Food Co-op, and Health Connections for purchasing books to lend to individuals. Thanks also to all of the group organizers and facilitators. You are great community builders!
Thanks to the League of Women Voters, the Howe Library and the Sierra Club for offering two special programs on creating healthy lawns and to Will Allen and Paul Sachs for speaking about lawns.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, White River Community Garden, Ratcliffe Park,WRJ
Gardening Workshop with Cedar Circle’s Cat Buxton
Topics include:  Design logic, planning for succession crops, preparing soil, crop rotation, frost and sun protection, hardening plants, seeding tips, timing and temperature, thinning, using mulch.
This workshop is free.

Wednesday, May 16, 6:30-9 pm, the Wilder Center, 2087 Hartford Ave.,
Rural Vermont 2012 Annual Celebration
Keynote: The Future’s in the Dirt: Growing a Culture of Vermonters Feeding Vermonters by Ben Hewitt
Free for Rural Vermont members; $5-$10 sliding scale for everyone else

Friday, May 18, 3:30- 4:30,  006 Steele Hall, Dartmouth College
Lecture:  Hydrofracturing: Environmental Risk Assessment for Shale Gas Development
Daniel J. Soeder, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology 
Laboratory, Morgantown, WV
 Earth Sciences Departmental seminar:
 Free, Open to the public
More info: http://d2u.dartmouth.edu/archive?id=11411

Monday, May 21, 7-9pm, 5 Olde Tavern, South Royalton, VT
New Farmer Meet-up 
Are you a new or aspiring farmer? Join Valley Food & Farm and BALE for a social get together and some inspiration! Chris Piana will give an informal talk on how he accessed land to start Fable Farm in Barnard. This is the first in a series of Farmer Meet-ups held by Valley Food & Farm.

Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 pm, Norwich Public Library, Norwich, VT
Discussion and slideshow about the cougar’s presence in New England with Robert Tougias, author of The Quest for the Eastern Cougar
Free, open to the public

Friday, May 25, 7:30, Hartland Public Library, Hartland Three Corners
Farmageddon, The Unseen War on American’s Farm Farms
Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why. Free popcorn, donations appreciated.

Sunday, May 27, 11 AM – 3 PM
Hartland Farm Fest
Celebrating Local Farms, Food and Arts! 

Hartland Library Grounds

Tuesday, May 29th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Haldeman 041, Dartmouth College
Lecture: Polar Environmental Trends and Their Policy Implications
Dartmouth cryosphere scientists Ross Virginia and Meredith Kelly are teaming up to provide an update on environmental research results from the Arctic, Antarctic, Greenland and terrestrial glaciers. The Earth’s climate is changing, and “polar amplification” means the impacts are greatest nearer the poles with ominous projections for lower latitudes. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7 pm at the Meriden Grange Hall, 18 Bean Rd., Meriden
Film: Dark Side of Smart Meters
A discussion period will be held after the film.  Refreshments will be served.  Donations welcome.

Wednesday, May 30, 6:30-9:30 pm, Upper Valley Food Co-op Gathering Room, WRJ
Free Workshop and Discussion: The Future of Money: Creating a Human Scale Local Economy
Presenters include Gwen Hallsmith, Co-author Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies

 Monday, June 4, 6:30 pm, Colatina Exit, Upstairs
1st Monday Film: Gas Hole
What caused America to go from being a leading exporter of oil to the world’s largest importer? What are the economic and sociological forces that have contributed to that change and impede its solution?
Come early, if you wish to order food or drink.
Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission. Donations welcomed, but optional.

Thursday, June 7 from 3-9 pm, Green, South Royalton
2nd Annual BALE Fest: A Celebration of All Things Local!

Saturday, June 16 at Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction
Concert by New York Americana band Bovine Social Club
This concert is a benefit for our Vermont Farm Share Program, which subsidizes CSA shares for limited-income Vermonters. See https://www.facebook.com/events/194652507318630/

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter, contact [email protected].
Thanks to the Sierra Club, BALE, Upper Valley Food Co-op, State of the World Films, Bradford Conservation Commission, the Meriden Grange,Transition Town WRJ, Vital Communities for these news items.
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
802-333-3664 (May 1- Oct. 31)  [email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
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Catamount Earth Institute Late-April E-Newsletter


Healthy People, Healthy Planet Celebratory Potluck

            On April 17, members of seven Healthy People, Healthy Planet groups celebrated friendships, concerns and ideas around environmental and human health. Common concerns are fighting for GMO labeling in VT, reducing and cleaning up plastics, composting, and restoring the riparian zone damaged by Hurrican Irene. For more information from the discussion see Catamount’s website.
One of the news items was that Saturday, April 28 is the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are the local participating police departments that will take your drugs on 4/28: Thetford, Hartford, So. Royalton, Woodstock, Enfield, Canaan, and Grantham..
Thanks to all the participants and organizers of the Healthy People, Healthy Planet groups. Check out www.nwei.org for other Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) courses that you’d like to participate in. NWEI just published a new two-session program on energy called Powering a Bright Future. The readings consider what changes need to be made in order to create a sustainable energy future and examine ways to address energy issues in one’s personal and professional life. The blog Nourishing Words tells about second NWEI course about food called Hungry for Change. Please let us know what NWEI programs or other discussions you’d like to have in the fall. We usually don’t have discussion groups in the summer.

GMO Update
This news comes from VPIRG, NOFA-VT, and Rural Vermont. On Friday, April 20 the Vermont House Agriculture Committee voted 9-1 in favor of H.722, the bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in Vermont. “The bill will now move to the House Judiciary Committee, where it will be examined before it can reach the floor. It is not likely that the Judiciary Committee will have time to consider the bill, because the legislative session is slated to end in less than two weeks.”
Another group that is petitioning the FDA to deny approval of 2,4-D-resistant GMO crops is www.SumOfUs.org. The petition reads, “The USDA should keep in mind the dangers that 2,4-D and the dioxins it contains pose to both ecosystems and individuals and deny approval for Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant GE corn.” 2,4-D is a major component of the chemical Agent Orange.

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Tuesday, April 24, noon- 1pm, Tucker Foundation Living Room
Supporting Local Farms:  A conversation with Andrea Stander, Director of Rural Vermont, who will discuss their work advocating on behalf of Vermont farmers and consumers to promote vibrant rural economies and communities by supporting small, sustainable farms. Program also includes soup, salad, and bread.
            Rural Vermont, a Vermont statewide grassroots organization, works to support an economic policy for Vermont that serves agriculture, natural resource based industries, and small rural business, and provides good jobs, fair wages, decent health care, and housing and transportation for all rural citizens.
Sponsored by the  Tucker Foundation. Info: Kate Petcosky, 603-646-3778

Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 – 7:30, 6 pm, Montshire Museum, Norwich, Porter Community
Panel Discussion: Decommissioning: A Future Without Vermont Yankee
Panel:
Deb Katz, Executive Director of the Citizens Awareness Network
Chris Williams, Organizer for Vermont Citizens Action Network
Robert Stannard, Citizen Lobbyist for the Vermont Citizens Action Network
Come learn more about the current status of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, VT: the lawsuits and appeals, the Public Service board process; public engagement and the inevitable nuclear power plant decommissioning.

Wednesday, April 25, 4:30pm, Montshire Museum, Norwich
Following Nature’s Lead: Integrated Landscaping
Marilyn Wyzga, Wildlife Educator, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and co-author of Integrated Landscaping:  Following Nature’s Lead will speak about choosing plant systems that increase biodiversity, benefiting both wildlife and habitat.
Sponsored League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley and the Montshire Museum

Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. Thetford Elementary School Cafeteria
Reading the Forested Landscape: A program by Tom Wessels
Tom Wessels is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. A great speaker, his books include Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape.
Sponsors: The Thetford, West Fairlee, and Corinth Conservation Commissions

Thursday- Sunday, April 27-29, White River Junction
White River Indie Film Festival
Info: www.wrif.org

Friday, April 27th at 7:30 pm, Hartland Public Library Community Room, Hartland Three Corners
Free film screening “SEEKING THE CURRENT
“Seeking the Current” depicts the voyage of the filmmakers Boisclair and Alexis de Gheldere, canoeing the entire course of the pristine Romaine River one year before Hydro-Quebec started construction on a new $8 billion complex of hydropower projects there.  Along the way, the filmmakers examine the history and economics of hydropower in Quebec and explore the renewable alternatives to more hydropower projects.
Sponsored by: State of the World Films, Info: [email protected]

Saturday, April 28, 10-12, Upstairs, Upper Valley Food Co-op
Sewing Class for Children
Cost: $20/co-op member, $25/non-member
Please register: [email protected]   802/295-5804

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 3:00 pm, Hartland Public Library, Hartland Three Corners
“Fukushima Daiichi – Truth And The Way Forward, ” A Presentation by Arnie Gundersen
Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident last year, the nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen has provided some of the most accurate analyses of the unfolding situation at the power plant.
Sponsored by Hartland Energy Committee and the Hartland Public Library
Info: Chiho Kaneko ([email protected] ); Mary Danko, Library Director  ([email protected]) or Karl Kemnitzer, Hartland Energy Committee ([email protected])

Monday, April 30, 5:30-7:30, Upstairs, Upper Valley Food Co-op
Basic Sewing Class for Adults
The class covers the basics of sewing machines and how to operate them; the basics of fabric; and how to pin and sew seams. You will make a simple project.
Cost: $20/co-op member, $25/non-member
Please register: [email protected]   802/295-5804

Tuesday, May 1, 11:30-6 pm, City Hall, Montpelier
PUT PEOPLE FIRST MARCH AND RALLY
Bernie Sanders and Bill McKibben, 1-2 pm
Occupy Vermont: Bringing Capitalism to trial! (3-4pm) Statewide General Assembly (4-6pm)
Sponsor: Vermont Workers Center, 350.VT and dozens of social and climate justice groups, register here

Tuesday, May 1, 3-7 pm, Lebanon Green
May Day Celebration
We will have music, free food, educational speakers and tables from local farms and organizations.  Laura Simon will be performing with her “full band” Mark Vogel and David Indenbaum.
Info. or to volunteer, contact Laura Simon [[email protected]] or Patricia [[email protected]]

Saturday, May 5, 1 -3:30 pm, Flemer Field, Waitsfield
350.org Connect the Dots -Climate Impacts Day
Bill McKibben and other local leaders will explore how climate change is affecting Vermont today.
Register here

Monday, May 7, 6:30 pm, Colatina Exit, Upstairs
1st Monday Film: SPOIL” – a movie about the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada under threat from tar sands oil. Beautiful photography and celebration of the natural world. Come early, if you wish to order food or drink.
Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission. Donations welcomed, but optional.

Tuesday, May 29, 7 pm, Vershire Town Center
“LOCAL FOOD: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?” 
Four Rivers Food Center Project, presents Ben Hewitt of Hardwick, author of The Town that Food Saved and Making Supper Safe. We’ll also present our final report on the prospects for regional food centers in this area, and open the floor to responses. Come with ideas or to listen. Snacks of local origin will be provided.
Info: 802-439-5324.

To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter, contact [email protected].
For Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) info. see www.SERG-info.org
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov. 1-April 30) 802-333-3664 (May 1- Oct. 31) [email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
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Catamount Earth Institute Late-March E-Newsletter

 Healthy People, Healthy Planet Follow-up Action

We’re wrapping up this winter and spring’s 12 Healthy People, Healthy Planet, 4 Choices for Sustainable Living, and 1 Menu for the Future discussion groups. It’s on to personal and collective action, two programs on lawn chemicals (see below) and the Co-op Food Stores’ March 31 Sustainability Expo. It was Northwest Earth Institute activists from Port Townsend, Washington that spurred me on to try organizing multiple groups of one program such as Menu for the Future and Healthy People, Healthy Planet. A recent inspiration comes from a blog from Concord, New Hampshire. It tells of a starting Hungry for Change, the Northwest Earth Institute’s (NWEI) discussion new series on food. The site has recipes, articles, books, and a blog about the group’s Hungry for Change discussions. Thanks to Upper Valley Localvore’s Pat McGovern for making this connection and for her Upper Valley Localvore blog where you’ll find a report that there’s an undetectable amount of arsenic in Champlain Valley’s sweet cider. Hooray!

Lawns Without Chemicals, March 28 – 1st of 4 Programs on “Creating a Healthy Landscape”
The next piece of inspiration is a four-part collaboration that expands upon the success of last year’s Menu for the Future’s complementary programs at the Howe Library. On Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm Catamount is collaborating with the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley Natural Resource Committee and Howe Library to bring Will Allen, co-manager of Cedar Circle Farm and Paul Sachs, founder North Country Organics to discuss the intended benefits, unintended consequences, and long-term effects of lawn and garden pesticides and herbicides; and strategies for building a healthy lawn. The program, Lawns Without Chemicals, will be in the Mayer Room of Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, NH.

A Chemical Reaction April 4, A Documentary About Banning Lawn Chemicals
On Wednesday, April 4 Catamount, LWVUV and the Sierra Club will present the documentary A Chemical Reaction about health risks of lawn chemicals, how the town of Hudson, Quebec banned the use of chemical lawn products, and how similar bans were adopted in five Canadian provinces. This is also at the Howe Library at 7 pm.

Two More Healthy People, Healthy Planet Groups Start April 3 and 4- Join Us

    For more information about this program see Catamount Earth Institute or Northwest Earth Institute.  The Hanover Co-op Service Desk has a few more copies of A World of Health, the discussion guide for our Healthy People, Healthy Planet discussion groups.

Richards Free Library, Newport, NH
Tuesdays, April 3 – May 8, 7- 8:15 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library
603-863-3430

Canaan Town Library, Canaan, NH
Wednesdays, April 4 – May 9, 7 -8:30 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library
603-523-9650

 Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Monday, March 19, 5:30 – 7:30, Upstairs, Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction
Using Patterns for Sewing Learn how to use a pattern as a guide in sewing with Jennifer Lynn Limit of 6 students, Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills Cost: $20/Co-op member, $25/non-member. Please sign up beneath the ‘Co-op Notices’ bulletin board, or contact Kye Cochran: [email protected] 295-5804

Tuesday, March 20, 6-8, Welch’s True Value on Route 14 in S. Royalton
Free Button Up Workshop on home weatherization by SERG’s Bob Walker
Please pre-register 763-2400 or [email protected]
Sponsor, the South Royalton Market is providing a light supper. Click for info.

Wed. March 21, 6:30 – 8pm, Porter Community Room, Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT.
Dirty Energy: From Fracking to Tar Sands
Vermont Law School professors Pat Parenteau and Jack Tuholske will discuss legal and environmental concerns related to shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and tar sands extraction, including the proposed Trailbreaker and Keystone pipelines, water pollution, impacts on climate change, Vermont legislation restricting fracking and the relationship of these dirty fuels to local efficiency and renewables efforts.  
Light refreshments contributed by the Coop Food Stores and the Upper Valley Food Coop.
Sponsors: Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Thetford and Norwich Energy Committees, Catamount Earth Institute, League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, Sierra Club, Coop Food Stores, Upper Valley Food Co-op.  Info: [email protected] or 802-785-4126.

Saturday, March 24, 11-3, Rivendell Multi-Purpose Room, Orford, NH Free Button Up homeowner weatherization workshops, Button Up 101 from 11-12 More advanced Button Up 201 from 1-3. These workshops offer information on reducing fuel and electricity use via basic air sealing & insulation techniques, finding technical and financial resources, identifying sources of energy waste and easy do-it-yourself conservation measures. For more info click here.

Wednesday, March 28, 7pm, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Lawns Without Chemicals
Will Allen, co-manager of Cedar Circle Farm in E. Thetford and Paul Sachs, founder of North Country Organics of Bradford, VT will discuss the effects of long-term exposure to lawn chemicals and strategies for building a healthy lawn.
Sponsored by Catamount Earth Institute, League of Women Voters, Howe Library
Refreshments served, Will and Paul will have their books for sale.
 
Thursday, March 29, 9-4pm, Vt. Technical College,

6th Annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit
View complete agenda here. 

Thursday, March 29, 7pm, Howe Library, 13 South St. Hanover
Green Fire, a thought-provoking new film about the life and legacy of legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, which proposes a land ethic for the 21st century.
Sponsored by the Hanover Conservancy and the Upper Valley Sierra Club

Friday, March 30, 7:30 Hartland Library, 153 Rt 5, Hartland, VT 
State of the World Film: Enemies of the People
This is an award-winning film about the killing fields of Cambodia. Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath begins with a quest to learn why his family members were killed and in the process “understands the real story of his country’s tragedy.”
Free, including popcorn, donations welcome.
Info: 802 738-0215 or  sites.google.com/site/stateoftheworldfilms/

Saturday, March 31, Co-op Food Stores Annual Meeting Expo, White River Junction Elementary School
9:30-10:30 am annual meeting; 11- 3 pm Expo., 3-6, Weatherization Skillshop by CVCAC (Central Vermont Community Action Council). The Expo will offer dozens of displays and booths about how people all over the Upper Valley are working toward a more sustainable world.  Catamount Earth Institute and the Upper Valley Localvores and two of many exhibitors.

Monday, April  2, 6:30, Colatina Exit, Main St. Bradford, First Monday Film Series
Wasteland
This 2010 documentary portrays the lives of the Rio de Janeiro garbage pickers and their working conditions. Come at 6pm to order food and drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission.
Donations welcomed.

Wednesday, April 4, 7 pm Howe Library, 13 South St. Hanover,
A Chemical Reaction is a documentary about health risks of lawn chemicals, how the town of Hudson, Quebec banned the use of chemical lawn products, and how similar bans were adopted in five Canadian provinces.
Sponsored by Catamount Earth Institute, the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, Sierra Club

Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 for 5 weeks, April 3-May 2.
Lebanon College: Gardening: A Practical Workshop. Garden writer Henry Homeyer will teach you the basics of organic vegetable and flower gardening. From garden design to seed-starting, planting, watering, weeding, mulching, and harvesting, this course will give each student practical knowledge of gardening. Contact Lebanon College to reserve a spot for this 5-part workshop www.lebanoncollege.edu or call 603-448-2445.

Wednesday, April 11, 1 pm, Black Community Center, 48 Lebanon Street, Hanover
Absorb the Storm, a program about stormwater management for homeowners
Features a demonstration of the Black Center’s rain garden by Peter Kulbacki, Hanover’s Director of Public Works, and presentation by NH Dept. of Environmental Services Stormwater Coordinator Jillian McCarthy
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley and the Town of Hanover

Thursday, April 12, 5 pm, Upstairs, Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Co-op
Upper Valley Seed Savers monthly potluck and meeting
For more info: [email protected]

Sunday, April 15, 11-3:00, Hartford High School, White River Junction

Flavors of the Valley, Valley Food and Farm’s tasting event.

Wednesday, April 25, 4:30pm, Montshire Museum, Norwich
Following Nature’s Lead: Integrated Landscaping
Marilyn Wyzga, Wildlife Educator, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and co-author of Integrated Landscaping:  Following Nature’s Lead will speak about choosing plant systems that increase biodiversity, benefiting both wildlife and habitat.
Sponsored League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley and the Montshire Museum

Three AVA Gallery workshops with Henry Homeyer
Attend one or all of these workshops. For more info. call 603-448-3117

April 9; Monday, 6:30–8:30pm; One 2-hour class
Sculpting the Living Landscape: Starting Flowers from Seed 

April 23; Monday, 6:30–8:30pm; One 2-hour class
Sculpting the Living Landscape: Perfect Perennials for the Upper Valley Garden,


May 7; Monday, 6:30–8:30pm; One 2-hour class
Sculpting the Living Landscape: Organic Techniques for Enriching Soil and Managing Pests

Thanks to SERG, UV Localvores, UV Food Co-op, Chris West, and Bradford Conservation Commission for event info.

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For Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) info. see www.SERG-info.org
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

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