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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)

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

Local Foods Through the Winter!

As local outdoor farmers markets wind down for the season, here’s how you can continue to eat local, seasonal and sustainably-grown produce and other farm products throughout the winter:

Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative is a group of 19 farms from Butler, Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, Clarion, and Venango counties, who raise a full range of organic/natural products. The cooperative offers two wintertime opportunities. Customers can purchase a winter farm share/CSA in which they pre-pay a set amount prior to the growing season, and then receive a share of the harvest every other week. (CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a partnership in which farms and consumers share equally in the rewards and risks inherent in agriculture.) Add-ons are available for local eggs and meats, including ground beef, sausage or chicken. NWPA Growers also offers a Winter Market Webstore, through which customers can place orders online for specific items. There will be 8 pickup dates for shares and webstore orders, beginning November 29 and ending March 14, with nearby pickup sites in Butler, Grove City and Slippery Rock, as well as other sites. Find details about each of these options at http://www.nwpagrowers.com/ or visit NWPA Growers’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWPA-Growers-Co-op-362940736424/

“Go Green” Electric Car Show and Festival this Saturday, September 16th!

Free event for all who are interested in clean energy alternatives for transportation and sustainable living. For festival news and related information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/GoGreenFestivalNews/

September 13: Citizens’ Climate Lobby to Inaugurate New Chapter in Slippery Rock

Between two record-breaking hurricanes, amidst one of the worst wildfire seasons in US history, and with concern about other extreme events, as climate change advances, we are sharing the following information:
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will hold an inaugural meeting of a regional chapter that will cover the area of Congressional District 3 (Representative Mike Kelly’s district). The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 – 8:30 PM at the Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA).
Ray Roberts, Pennsylvania’s State Co-Coordinator for CCL, will lead the discussion during the meeting. 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,” including a proposed Carbon Fee and Dividend system. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these efforts, as well as possibilities for our congressional district.
A flyer for the event appears here: PA03_InauguralMeetingFlyer