Local Climate March April 29

The Peoples Climate Movement will hold a march on Saturday, April 29th in Washington, DC for “climate, jobs and justice.” If you are not able to go to DC, there are local “sister” marches listed on the website, including one in Butler, PA on the same day.  See the flyer image below or the event Facebook page.

 

 

Sustainable Slippery Rock and SRU Invite Community Participation in Earth Month

April is Earth Month in Slippery Rock! Sustainable Slippery Rock is partnering with Slippery Rock University in encouraging community members to be part of the events happening throughout the month. 
 
Here’s a look what’s happening. More details and updates will be available on SRU’s Sustainability website. (Keep checking, as ongoing plans are being made.) *Note that parking is FREE, with no permit required, after 5:00 PM on SRU’s campus.
 
1. The first event will be a keynote presentation by Chad Pregracke on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:00 PM at SRU’s Smith Student Center Theater. Learn a little more about Chad and his efforts to clean up some of America’s greatest waterways here.
 
2. On Thursday, April 6th at 6 PM at SRU’s McKay Building the film “No Impact Man”will be shown. See the trailer here. (Note: there is some minor language in this film, so use your best judgement as to whether or not to bring your kiddos along.) Dr. Shawn Davis, professor in the Parks and Recreation Department will introduce the community wide “No Impact Week” Experiment, in which all students, faculty, staff, community members and families will have the opportunity to participate during the week of April 9th. After the film, an optional, informal mixer will offer a chance to meet others who are committing to the experiment, and perhaps arrange to share experiences.
 
3. On Sunday, April 9th the “No Impact Week” Experiment begins. Everyone will have the opportunity to register to be a part of this experiment. Your experiment is specific to you; the great thing is that you can tailor and adjust the level of challenge for yourself. SRU will have a Facebook page set up, so that participants can post, share ideas, and ask for help among their fellow community experimenters! We’re eager to see whether this challenge will help people make small, simple, permanent changes to their everyday lives, that will help make a positive change for our community, natural environment, and our overall quality of life. For more information on experiment details click here. SIGN-UP EARLY for the No Impact Experiment HERE.
 
4. April 22nd, Earth Day, will feature a variety of opportunities for learning and action on campus and within the broader community: 
  • EarthFest will be held at the Macoskey Center on campus 12 – 4 PM. (Find details here when they are available). 
  • Jennings Environmental Education Center invites volunteers to participate in “Take Back the Woods: Battling Invasive Species,” to help remove invasive plants from the park on the same day 9 AM – 1 PM. (Registration is required through DCNR’s Calendar of Events.)  
  • “Go Green” festival will take place at Clearview Mall near Butler, 11 AM – 5 PM. This free, public event will feature displays and information about “green” products and services, home improvement businesses, conservation organizations and electric vehicles. Find details here

“Communicating Climate Change” in Butler This Weekend AND Future Action Opportunities

Saturday, March 11, 12:30 pm at the Butler Public Library (218 N. McKean St. Butler, PA)

Marcellus Outreach Butler presents another opportunity to learn about climate change:

The presentation by Dr. Shawn K Davis will focus on how to discuss climate change and other environmental issues in persuasive ways, in order to influence peoples’ beliefs, attitudes and actions. It will cover the importance of knowing the audience, how to frame environmental issues, and potent communication tools, such as stories. Part talk, part workshop, come ready to discuss, learn and practice these environmental communication techniques. The program is free and open to all.

Dr. Davis is an  assistant professor in the Parks and Recreation Department at Slippery Rock University. He completed a master’s degree in human dimensions of natural resources through a fellowship program with Walking Mountains Science Center in Colorado. Shawn’s Ph.D. research at Colorado State University involved investigating place-based educational strategies for communicating climate change in America’s National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges. His current research involves a collaborative project that partners rock climbers with bat biologists to discover roosting locations in Colorado.

 

BUILDING A BUTLER REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOR
CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION

Get sociable! Meet up at the Brick House for Climate Cocktails
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 PM

Consider joining other local people who are concerned and motivated to be active about climate change. They will be getting together in the private banquet room of the Brick House in Butler for “Climate Cocktails” (118 North Main Street). Here’s a chance to connect with folks in a social atmosphere – food, drinks, conversation.

Climate March and Rally in Butler
Saturday, April 29, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
This will be a “sister march” to the Peoples Climate Movement march in Washington, D.C. on the same day. Find details here.

Solar Energy Presentation February 24th

Join Sustainable Slippery Rock for a presentation by Greg Winks, Solar Energy Consultant for SolarCity, on Friday, February 24th, 7:00 PM at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building* in Slippery Rock. The presentation will cover the state of the solar industry in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania; how solar energy works; why someone would choose to “go solar”; financing options; and the timeline for converting to solar energy. This will be an informative presentation, not a sales pitch for any particular company or product.

Mr. Winks’ background includes educational outreach related to solar energy, assistance to homeowners, and consulting with commercial, municipal and institutional organizations in order to incorporate solar options into their long-term energy strategies. SolarCity is a “national leader in clean energy services, working toward efficient and affordable solar solutions for homeowners, businesses, schools and government organizations. http://www.solarcity.com/ 

*Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 174 South Main Street, just behind the buildings facing South Main Street along “Grange Alley.”  Parking is available in the public lot along Elm Street. https://www.google.com/maps/ place/41%C2%B003’46.8%22N+80% C2%B003’21.6%22W/@41.062987,- 80.0566242,18z/data=!3m1!4b1! 4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41. 062987!4d-80.055992 )

 

 

“Speaking of Climate Change”…at Jennings

“Speaking of Climate Change….” 
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Jennings Environmental Education Center
Climate change—it is an issue that can be complex, overwhelming, alarming, and sometimes divisive, perhaps causing us to shy away from talking about it or taking action. We invite you to increase your own understanding of climate change science, develop your skills in sorting through the myriad of messages you hear, and build your confidence in discussing this issue with others. This program will include brief presentations by experienced panelists and will acquaint you with opportunities for further learning and action. Panelists will include Dr. Julie Snow and Dr. Shawn Davis of Slippery Rock University, who will provide an overview of key concepts and effective ways of communicating messages about earth’s changing climate. Representatives of 350 Pittsburgh and Citizens Climate Lobby also will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Registration is not required for this free, public program.

Climate Change Book Discussions To Be Facilitated by Marcellus Outreach Butler

Introductory Session: This Friday, December 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Jennings Environmental Education Center (2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057)

Join concerned citizens for a series of sessions to study and discuss the book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, written by climate scientist Mark Mann and cartoonist Tom Toles. The book summarizes where we are today on the climate change issue and how we got here, exploring the science, the politics, the confusion and the denial. The discussions will be facilitated by Marcellus Outreach Butler, a grassroots environmental organization formed in 2010 in Butler County to educate, advocate, and act in relation to the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), climate change, and the need for a transition to renewable energy.

During this first session, a film related to climate change will be shown as an introduction to the issue and the book. The book study will be conducted over three additional sessions, tentatively scheduled for January 4, 11 and 18, 2017. (These may be subject to change, based on availability and wishes of registered participants.)

Marcellus Outreach Butler will make a limited number of copies of the book available on a first-come, first-served basis to those interested, for a donation of $16.00. To register for the sessions or get further information, e-mail mpro113@gmail.com .

 

“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.