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“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/

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

Slippery Rock Farmers’ Market Vendors and Volunteers Wanted

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Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2016 season, which will begin May 7th and continue through the end of October. A planning and organizational meeting for the upcoming season is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building at 174 South Main Street, Slippery Rock. (It’s the yellow building along the alley between the Main Street storefronts and the big, public parking lot.) All current and prospective vendors and anyone who wishes to volunteer or support the market are encouraged to attend, in order to provide input and ideas to the market management committee. To grow the market, we need and will appreciate your help!

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/

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/ 

 

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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Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is open for the season!

Slippery Rock Community Farmers’ Market is now open for the 2015 season every Saturday morning from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon 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 by patronizing your local farmers’ market.

The market features a variety of fresh and preserved foods, including vegetables, fruits, meats and baked goods. Particularly at the beginning of the season, vegetable, herb, fruit, and flower seedlings and plants will be sold for transplanting into gardens and landscape beds. Unique handcrafted items, such as soaps, lotions, home products, candles, and jewelry, also are available.  New vendors are welcome and are encouraged to contact srcfarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.

In addition to items for sale, the market schedules informative speakers and displays related to food, gardening, health and sustainable living; live music; and activities for children. On May 30th, the Butler County Master Gardeners will bring an informative display, answer gardening questions, and offer plants for sale. 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.