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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 

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/

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

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/

“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.)

Butler County Holiday Recycling Guide

recycled-christmas‘Tis the holiday season, during which we often produce more of standard recyclables, as well as acquiring more “stuff” that we aren’t quite sure what to do with. Butler County Department of Recycling and Waste Management has released their annual Holiday Recycling Guide, which includes recycling options for items such as wrapping paper and packaging; clothing, toys and electronics that might have been replaced by new ones; batteries; and Christmas trees.  (Note: If dropping an item off at a specific business or thrift store, always call first to be sure they still accept it.)

Find the guide here: Holiday Recycling Guide 2015

 

Marcellus Outreach Butler Presentation: Shale Gas Infrastructure and Community Organizing

On Saturday, December 1st Marcellus Outreach Butler will host a presentation by Alex Lotorto of the Energy Justice Network. The presentation is scheduled from 1:00 until 3:00 PM at the Butler Public Library (218 Noshaleshock image resizedrth McKean Street). It is free and open to the public.

Mr. Lotorto will review the natural gas midstream from wellhead to end use, explaining cryogenic processing plants, pipelines and compressor stations and the potential impacts of each of these. He’ll also discuss how various strategies and tactics implemented through community organizing have been used across the state to influence decision making by gas companies. Find further details and information on the Marcellus Outreach Butler website: http://www.marcellusoutreachbutler.org/ 

 

Duquesne University Hosts Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation: Climate Change

Integrity of Creation Web Banner FINAL 2015Wednesday-Friday, September 30-October 2, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh will host its first “Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation,” with climate change being the topic of discussion.  According to the university, “This interdisciplinary, academic conference will occur each year to provide a scholarly forum for exploring a topic related to the general theme of the Integrity of Creation.”

The conference has three goals:  1. To provide a scholarly opportunity to engage established and emerging research on the conference topic; 2. To foster interdisciplinary discourse on each topic, such as among science, health, philosophy, religion and policy; and 3. To enlighten public awareness and discussion of the conference topic.

Speakers will include Richard Alley (Evan Pugh Professor of Environmental Science, Penn State University, and Nobel Laureate); Robert Brinkmann (Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies); Mary Wood (Phillip Knight Professor of Law, University of Oregon); and Laurie Zoloth (Professor of Religious Studies, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Northwestern University).

The conference is free, but registration is required.  To see the complete schedule and to register, go to the conference website  (http://www.duq.edu/research/integrity-of-creation-conference—climate-change)

 

Slow Foods events begin for fall semester at Slippery Rock University

It’s back to school time, and time again to begin the series of campus/community Slow Food dinners. Generally scheduled on the last Thursday of the month, the first will be held this week, Thursday, August 27th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM. The event will take place at the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), 165 Elm St., Slippery Rock, located next to the public parking lot across from the SR Fire Department. 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. Also, in order to reduce the waste of disposables and model sustainable practices, please bring your own (reusable) place setting, including plate, bowl, utensils, and cup or mug.
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 maked this pleasure possible. Learn more at: Slow Food USA
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