“Strategic Energy Management for your Municipality” event May 30, 2019

Re-Imagine Butler County*, a project of Marcellus Outreach Butler, the League of Women Voters, and Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, will co-sponsor “Strategic Energy Management for Your Municipality” this coming Thursday, May 30, 2019. (Additional co-sponsors include Sustainable Pittsburgh, PennFuture, Solbridge Energy Advisors, and others.) Although municipal leaders are particularly encouraged to attend, the session will present information of interest to anyone concerned about advancing sustainability, saving taxpayer money, and improving community resiliency.

The event will be held from 5:30 PM ’til 8:00 PM at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course, 5601 Freshcorn Road, Cranberry, PA. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Food and beverages will be served. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-money-for-your-tax-payers… 
(Further details about the event, including a list of speakers, also may be found on the event page.)

Learn from local municipal leaders who have guided the installation of large-scale solar and energy efficiency projects for their communities–projects showing dramatic money saving results. (e.g. electricity meters that run backwards, paying YOU for electricity!) Hear from energy efficiency and solar experts about common mis-perceptions and/or issues concerning energy projects, and improve your understanding of energy management best practices for municipal governments

The discussion will cover financing options that municipal leaders can consider and funding that is available from state and federal governments and private investors.

There will be time to network with peers and/or speak directly with experts in financing, solar consulting, energy efficiency, and community engagement and resiliency.

*More information about Re-Imagine Butler County can be found here: (https://www.reimaginebutlercounty.com/)

Slippery Rock Farmers Market opens May 18th!

Supporting local growers and makers, the market features seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods and prepared foods, and unique hand-crafted items for body and home. Local musicians, kids’ activities, and informative displays are scheduled throughout the season, to make the market a fun and friendly place to be on Saturdays! Keep up with what’s available or on the schedule via Facebook.com/SRCFM or slipperyrockfarmers on Instagram.

Climate Reality Leadership Panel Event is Open to All

Learn and ask questions about climate change science, impacts and solutions from Climate Reality leaders from the local community and Slippery Rock University. This discussion will take place on Wednesday April 18 at 7:30 PM at the Fowler Building, 165 Elm Street, Slippery Rock (which is the location of SRU’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator). Panelists will include Dr. Julie Snow, Dr. Shawn Davis, Ms. Becky Lubold, Mr. Paul Scanlon, and Ms. Tabitha Giacalone, with Dr. John Golden moderating.  Additional details can be found on this flyer: Climate Reality Panel – April 18th

April Earth Days at Slippery Rock University!

A month’s worth of educational and action-oriented events have been planned by Slippery Rock University’s President’s Commission on Sustainability, in collaboration with various academic departments and faculty, staff and community representatives. Many are open to the public. Some examples include:

  • A Climate Reality Leadership panel on April 18
  • Kaleidoscope Children’s Earth Day Celebration and EarthFest at the Macoskey Center on April 21
  • Screening of the film, “The Eagle Huntress” on April 24
  • “The Long Game: Sustainability and Reality in the Environmental Century,” a presentation on April 26 by Stephen Mulkey, scientist and former president of Unity College
  • A community E-Waste Collection Day on April 28
  • and various showings of the film, “The Lorax.”

A calendar of these events with details can be found on the university’s Sustainability web page.

Democracy Discussions to be Held Locally and Regionally

Meeting sustainability goals and participating in the democratic process go hand in hand. For those interested in exploring these connections and learning more, a series of discussions will be held in Slippery Rock and three other western Pennsylvania locations this coming week and weekend. (See events listings below.)

Adam Eichen, co-author with Frances Moore Lappe of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, will be joining MarchOnHarrisburg for a speaking tour and democracy training hosted by Unitarian Universalist Churches across Pennsylvania.

The forum will include presentations from Eichen, MarchOnHarrisburg Executive Director Rabbi Michael Pollack, and other MarchOnHarrisburg organizers. Additional organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival may be added. MOH has signed onto Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign, a 6-week national campaign that will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience simultaneously at 25 State Capitol buildings across the country, intending to launch a “moral revival” in our national political debate.

After the speakers, there will be a citizen lobbying training on anti-corruption, pro-democracy bills, as well as information about how to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign.

Scheduled area events include the following. Find additional details on MarchOnHarrisburg’s website. (Click on the “Barnstorming” tab.)

  • Thursday, March 8, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Slippery Rock
  • Friday, March 9, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills in Franklin Park
  • Saturday, March 10, 9:oo am – 12:00 pm at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Shadyside
  • Sunday, March 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Indiana, PA.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby regional chapter to meet January 17th

The regional chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), based in the Slippery Rock area and congressional district 3,  will meet this week, Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 PM at the Robert A Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road).
A detailed agenda for the event appears here: 20180117_MonthlyMeeting Agenda
The agenda lists items that are suggested for action each month by the national organization, as well as those specific to the local chapter. Even if you can’t attend the meeting, the agenda includes links to the items, as well as to background information related to the work of CCL. A monthly informational video, and other links can be viewed prior to attending the meeting or at any time.
Pizza and beverages (water, iced tea and soft drinks) will be ordered, so attendees are asked to bring a few dollars to share the expense, if possible. Come at any point during the meeting time that your schedule and interests allow.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a “non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Taking a respectful approach to climate education and building on shared values within communities, CCL works toward “the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these the organization, as well as possibilities for action within congressional district #3.  For more information, contact chapter coordinator Bruce Cooper at brrlmakr@zoominternet.net

What is your vision for the Macoskey Center??

 

Community Café at Macoskey Center

On Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, members of the Slippery Rock community are invited to this FUN and creative café conversation in order to brainstorm ideas for the future direction of programming of the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served, as participants envision ways to cultivate and develop new ideas for the Macoskey Center and the future of sustainability in Slippery Rock. This is an opportunity to think big: What can the Macoskey Center do for you? ***Space is limited and there are only a few openings left. RSVP via Facebook, email to macoskey.center@sru.edu or phone (724) 738-4050.

November 8 Meeting of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Slippery Rock Chapter

The next meeting of a Slippery Rock regional chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will be held Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA). The meeting agenda includes updates on the latest climate science special report and proposal by the Climate Solutions Caucus, an informational video, a “laser talk” about CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend policy proposal, discussion related to organizing and building the chapter, and more. Pizza and beverages (water, iced tea and soft drinks) will be ordered, so attendees are asked to bring a few dollars to chip in for the expense, if possible. Come at any point during the meeting time that your schedule and interests allow.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a “non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Taking a respectful approach to climate education and building on shared values within communities, CCL works toward “the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these efforts, as well as possibilities for efforts within congressional district #3.

A detailed agenda for the event appears here: WeeklyNewsletter21_Nov3rd_2017 (1)

Coming up this weekend at Macoskey Center

Our friends at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainability Education and Research at Slippery Rock University are offering two events of interest this weekend: 

  • Friday, October 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Halloween Interpretive Trail. This fun,educational event will feature a guided trail walk to various stations in the Center’s garden and forest to learn about the magical transformations of fall. Topics include leaves, monarch butterflies, bees, medicinal teas, fermented foods, and apple cider making. Bring a reusable cup for tasting and comfortable shoes for walking. Parking is at the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center (ADA accessible parking at the Macoskey Center). A student guide will meet you near the parking lot and lead you on an exciting journey. The event is free and open to the SRU and surrounding community, but we will be collecting donations to support future programming at the Center (suggested donation $2/person). Family-friendly and non-scary.
  • Saturday, October 28, 10 AM – 3 PM: Mushroom growing workshop with local grower, Jesse Allen. Free for SRU students, 25$ fee for others. Includes lunch. RSVP requested, but walk-ins also are welcome!

 

 

 

October 11: Meeting of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Slippery Rock Chapter

The next meeting of a Slippery Rock regional chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will be held Wednesday, October 11 at the Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA). The meeting agenda includes an informational video, a”laser talk” about CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend policy proposal, discussion related to organizing and building the chapter, and more. Pizza and beverages (water, iced tea and soft drinks) will be ordered, so attendees are asked to bring a few dollars to chip in for the expense, if possible.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a “non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Taking a respectful approach to climate education and building on shared values within communities, CCL works toward “the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these efforts, as well as possibilities for efforts within congressional district #3.

A flyer for the event appears here: CCL-Meeting-Flyer_20171011