Macoskey Center/Kaleidoscope Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 25th

Celebrate Earth Day  on Saturday, April 25th from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM with the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University. This year’s family-oriented celebration includes arts and crafts, games and activities for people of all ages. Enjoy youth & community performances, as well as musicians of “Rock Falls Park,” while viewing earth-friendly and interactive displays and demonstrations offered by local organizations and sustainable vendors. Food and beverages will be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for the complete schedule of events or call (724) 738-4721 for more information.
(The University Union will be the “rain location” in the event of inclement weather.)

Earth Day/Week Events at Slippery Rock University: Schedule Revised!

Slippery Rock University has announced its schedule of events for the week of April 19-25th in celebration of Earth Day.  These events are open to the public, including several films about current environmental issues, a “Green Building Design” panel discussion, and Community E-Waste Collection days. View the updated schedule here: SRU Earth Day Master Schedule of Events 2015

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market Seeks New Vendors

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2015 market season with a planning and organizational meeting on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 PM at the Slippery Rock Alliance Church, 530 Kiester Road, Slippery Rock. All current vendors and market supporters are encouraged to attend, in order to provide input and ideas to the market management committee and hear about upcoming developments. New and prospective vendors are especially invited to come learn about plans for this year’s market. The market will open on May 2 and run until the end of October, on Saturday morinings, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon at Rock Falls Park.

March 26th Slow Food at SRU

MarchSlowFoodFler (3)The Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University will hold its next event on Thursday, March 26th at 6:00 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. Students and community members are all welcome to attend.

Foods for this month’s dinner will feature “coffee as an ingredient.”  Bring a dish to share, made from a recipe that includes coffee as more than just a beverage.  In order to reduce disposables and model sustainable practices, attendees are asked to bring their own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, eating utensils and cup or mug.

During the dinner, Tim Gebhart, who works at a sustainable farming operation, will offer information about growing fruit trees.

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA.

 

February Slow Food Event at SRU

crockpoteventapproved (2) (618x800)The next event hosted by the Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University will be held on Thursday, February 26th at 6:00 PM. Due to the great turnout for the January event and the need for more space, this one will be held at the Slippery Rock Alliance Church, 530 Kiester Road. Students and community members alike are welcome to attend.

This month’s theme is “Crock Pot Meals,” featuring dishes that can be made in a slow cooker.  Creativity is encouraged!  In order to reduce disposables and model sustainable practices, attendees are asked to bring their own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, eating utensils and cup or mug.

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA

Backyard Maple Sugaring at Jennings

maple tap_sized for calendarHome Sweet Home: Backyard Maple Sugaring at Jennings Environmental Education Center

Saturday, February 28, 2015: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Optional sugar bush tour 1 – 2 p.m.)

Here’s an opportunity for adults who want to try making their own tasty maple syrup! From choosing appropriate trees through tapping, collecting and evaporating maple sap, participants will learn, observe and practice the steps in the sugaring process, and discover how it can be done on a backyard scale. Information and resources will be provided for finding out more and getting started at home. The program is free, with equipment available to purchase. Registration is required by February 20. Space is limited and the workshop is nearly full.  Call 724-794-6011 to register.*

(Jennings Environmental Education Center is located ~4 1/2 miles south of Slippery Rock along Route 528.)

Slow Food Events Begin Again at SRU

The Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University has announced four monthly events during the spring semester. Students and community members are invited to participate in these gatherings, which will be held at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. The first event will begin at 6:00 pm this coming Thursday, January 29, with the theme of “Super Bowl Food Alternatives…healthy food alternatives to get your game on.” Attendees are encouraged to bring a food item to share that fits the theme, and recipes are often requested.

In addition, mark your calendar for the next three events, listed and described on the flyer below. (Click on flyer to enlarge.)

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA

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What you’ve always wanted to know about recycling in Butler County!

green_recycle_symbolOn October 20th Sustainable Slippery Rock hosted a meeting with a program by Sheryl Kelly, Butler County Recycling and Waste Management Coordinator. Sheryl offered a general overview of recycling in the county and answered many questions. In an effort to share this information, here are links to documents that provide details about what, how and where to recycle various items.  (Residents of other counties also will find these useful.)

1. 2014 Butler County Holiday Recycling Guide: A guide to how to recycle those items we tend to acquire more of, or that are especially related to the holiday season.

2. Hard to Recycle Guide 2014: A comprehensive document that lists recycling and drop-off locations, reuse centers, and general information for many hard to recycle items.

For 2015 a full schedule of collection events is being developed for collection and safe disposal of items such as electronics and household hazardous waste materials.  To learn more about recycling and disposal programs in Butler County or to contact Sheryl with questions, check out the website of the Department of Recycling and Waste Management.

Slow Food Continues in Slippery Rock

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The Slow Food chapter of Slippery Rock University has started up again for the fall semester.  Students and community members are invited to participate in monthly gatherings held at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock.  This month’s event will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 20, with participants encouraged to bring a warm winter drink or soup to share.

Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement consisting of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, Slow Food links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.  Find more information at: Slow Food USA

 

Project ALTER/Macoskey documentary to be shown October 23rd!

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“Macoskey’s ALTER; Missionaries of Sustainability” is an oral history documentary of Dr. Robert A. Macoskey, the ALTER project he created, and their futuristic vision to bring sustainability to Slippery Rock University. The focus was experimenting with practical alternatives to environmental problems to come. A story told by members and associates of the ALTER Project, this video is to showcase how SRU has laid its foundation in sustainability over 30 years ago!

The premiere showing of the film will be held this coming Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Smith Student Center Theater on Slippery Rock University’s campus.  For more information go to Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator.