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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

Slippery Rock Community Farmers and Makers Market Opens for the Season May 6th!

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ and Makers Market will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 6th at Rock Falls Park (on Route 173 just south of Slippery Rock). Get to know the folks who grow your food and create various handmade items, each Saturday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon through the end of October.

Because all produce offered at the market is locally grown, shoppers might expect to find asparagus, rhubarb, herbs, and early spring greens, as these become available during the month of May. Vegetable, 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, goat milk fudge, jellies, breads and other baked goods. Unique handcrafted items, such as natural soaps, hair and skin products, knit items, jewelry, and decorative pieces will be available as well.  New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact srcfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.

In addition to products for sale, the market schedules live music; informative speakers and displays; and activities for children throughout the season. Keep up with what’s happening 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.

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.

“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/