“No Impact Experiment” Presentation December 2

noimpactweek_1-jpg-560x0_q80_crop-smart_croppedSustainable Slippery Rock will sponsor a a presentation by Slippery Rock University Professors Becky Thomas and Shawn Davis on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 pm, at the meeting place of Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation, (174 South Main Street in Slippery Rock, behind the building at 172 South Main). The event is free and open to all.

 

Titled “Making an impact with ‘No Impact’,” the presentation will relate to the professors’ experiences in doing the “No Impact Experiment” with students at two universities: lessons learned and ideas for scaling up in April and possibly including the whole community.


Inspired by the No Impact Man book, film, and blog by Colin Beavan, the “No Impact Project” is an international, environmental nonprofit founded in 2009. A description from the project’s website explains that, “The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.”

Learn more about the project at http://noimpactproject.org/experiment/.One of several video testimonials by project participants about their experiences also may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og4p_STCLog&index=2&list=PLWQUrgLEJaHdQqCd3k6q81uDQtVhWmSEb 

Slippery Rock Slow Food December Event

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Join Slippery Rock University’s Slow Food chapter on Thursday, December 1st from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. Community members, as well as students, are welcome to attend.
A Chili cook-off is the theme for this month. Everyone is encouraged to make and bring their own special recipe, and there will be voting for the best bowl at the end of the event. Participants also are asked to bring their own place setting (plate, cup, utensils) to reduce disposable waste.
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Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of sharing good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible.  Learn more at https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

LowCarbon Crossings Event in Slippery Rock this Saturday, November 5

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Sustainable Slippery Rock and SRU’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator will co-sponsor a presentation by the LowCarbon Crossings (LCC) team as they pass through the area this weekend on their ride from Oregon to Washington, DC. The LCC Team aims to increase “understanding of climate issues, inspire action towards climate solutions, promote cycling as a healthy, carbon-neutral way to see the world, and engage with people dedicated to making a difference.”
 
The presentation by cyclists Mindy Ahler and Ryan Hall is scheduled for this coming Saturday, November 5, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at 165 Elm Street. Students, faculty and community members are welcome to attend to meet the team, and hear about their efforts and their journey. Representatives of Citizens Climate Lobby also will be on hand to talk about proposed solutions and action related to climate change issues.
Learn more about the LCC team and their ride at: https://lowcarboncrossings.wordpress.com/cross-country-ride-2016/

Slippery Rock Farmers’ Market Opens May 7th!

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market will open for the 2016 season on Saturday, May 7th at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock). Get to know the folks who grow your food and support the regional economy, each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon through October.srcfm logo

Vegetable, herb, fruit, and flower seedlings and plants for transplanting into gardens and landscape beds will be featured at the beginning of the market season. Vendors also will offer a variety of fresh and preserved foods, including grass-finished beef, eggs, goat milk fudge, jellies, breads and other baked goods. Unique handcrafted items, such as soaps, lotions, natural home products, candles, and jewelry, will be available as well.  New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact srcfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.

In addition to items for sale, the market schedules live music; informative speakers and displays related to food, gardening, health and sustainable living; and activities for children. On opening day, local musician Brian Tighe will share his singing and songwriting talents. Keep up with what’s happening at the market at https://www.facebook.com/SRCFM. Call the farmers’ market hotline with questions: 724-374-3276. Better yet, come see for yourself what the market has to offer.

April Slow Food event is last of the semester

Join Slippery Rock University’s Slow Food chapter on Thursday, April 28 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. Community members, as well as students, are welcome to attend.  This will be the last event of the semester.
Soup and bread will be featured this month. Participants are asked to bring one or the other of these to share with others, as well as their own place setting (plate, cup, utensils) to reduce disposable waste. Lori Sands of Silver Wheel Farm near Harrisville will give a presentation on baking organic sourdough breads. Ashley Beal will provide music.
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Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food movement, that links the pleasure of sharing good food with a commitment to the community, culture, knowledge and environment that makes this pleasure possible.  Learn more at https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

Earth Days Events at Slippery Rock University

earth days 2016Slippery Rock University has unveiled its schedule of events for Earth Days 2016 
Highlights of the series include featured speaker Richard Alley on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 PM at the Advanced Technology & Science Hall Auditorium.  A well-known and respected scientist, researcher and author, Dr. Alley will present:“Energy, Climate and Our Future: Big Challenges and Bigger Opportunities.”  This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!
A free Community E-Waste Collection will be held on Friday, April 22 (Earth Day) and Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM – 2 PM each day at the SRU Recycling Center on Kiester Road (access behind the SRU Police Building).  Find details and information about types of electronic waste that will be/will not be accepted at: http://www.sru.edu/Documents/about/sustainability/2016%20e-waste%20collection%20program%20description.pdf
Saturday, April 23 will feature the Kids’ Kaleidoscope Earth Day Celebration 11 AM – 4 PM at the Macoskey Center, 247 Harmony Road; (rain location: University Union) see www.facebook.com/MacoskeyCenter  for all the details!
There are additional film showings, lectures and other events throughout the week and on April 26 the following week. Find the complete schedule at http://www.sru.edu/Documents/about/sustainability/master%20schedule%20of%20events.pdf

Slippery Rock Farmers’ Market Vendors and Volunteers Wanted

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Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2016 season, which will begin May 7th and continue through the end of October. A planning and organizational meeting for the upcoming season is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building at 174 South Main Street, Slippery Rock. (It’s the yellow building along the alley between the Main Street storefronts and the big, public parking lot.) All current and prospective vendors and anyone who wishes to volunteer or support the market are encouraged to attend, in order to provide input and ideas to the market management committee. To grow the market, we need and will appreciate your help!

March Slow Food Event Features Wine and Cheese

logo Slow FoodJoin Slippery Rock University’s Slow Food chapter on Thursday, March 31st from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, 165 Elm Street in Slippery Rock. Community members, as well as students, are welcome to attend.
This month’s theme is “Let’s get cheesy.”  Participants are asked to bring a cheese-inspired dish to share, as well as their own place setting (plate, cup, utensils) to reduce disposable waste. Those who are over 21 are welcome to bring their own wine or beer to enjoy with the meal.
Mark Ciotti will give a presentation on home wine making.

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

Slow Food Events Begin for Spring Semester at SRU

Slow foods poster feb2016Students are back in town, and the monthly series of campus/community Slow Food dinners has begun. Generally scheduled on the last Thursday of the month, the next event will be held this week, Thursday, February 25th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the SRU Ski Lodge on campus (207 Rock Pride Drive). Students and community members are welcome to attend.

Participants are asked to bring a theme-related dish to share, that represents and celebrates sustainably, locally and ethically grown, seasonal, fresh or home-prepared, rather than processed foods. The theme for this month is “Spice Up Your Winter!” with the idea of incorporating your favorite spice into your dish. Also, in order to avoid the waste of disposables and model sustainable practices, please bring your own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, utensils, and cup or mug.

A presentation will be given by Ashley Beal, from the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator’s Aquaponics Project, showing how an aquaponics vegetable growing system works, and how it will eventually benefit schools in Uganda.

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

“This Changes Everything” Film Screening in Butler

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Marcellus Outreach Butler will host a screening of This Changes Everything, on Saturday, January 23, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Butler Public Library, 218 North McKean Street, Butler. The event is free and open to all. Based on Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes
Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
, the film presents stories of seven communities, interwoven with Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.   (See additional details about the film in the November 3rd post below.)