Come and enjoy a seminar on Saturday July 21st at 2:15 PM at the East Hartford Public Library, 840 Main Street, Hartford Connecticut. There will be a presentation by Chris Lenda, President of Aegis Solar, concerning Solar Thermal and Solar Electric installations. Most importantly, learn about minimizing energy requirements. Advance reservation requested. Call 860-233-5684, or go to www.solarenergyofct.org
Please join GVI (Green Village Initiative — goGVI.org) for the world premiere screening of Fixing The Future on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 pm at The Bow Tie Royale Theater, 542 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, CT.
Fixing The Future, hosted by David Brancaccio, of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS, visits people and organizations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. For more information, go to fixingthefuture.org.
Brancaccio says this about his documentary in a November, 2010 entry on Huffington Post: "The people I meet along my journey are working Americans who are pioneering solutions right now, built on American values of commonwealth, shared prosperity, fairness, wellness, sustainability, and creativity."
100 special GVI underwritten tickets are available @ $5 for the screening.
Tickets will be available the night of the screening on a first come first serve basis. There will also be general admission tickets at $11.
Saturday, June 2
HIKE: Trails Day hike to lesser known areas
Take part in the fun of Connecticut Trails Day right in your own community! Join the Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) and Audubon Greenwich (AG) on Saturday, June 2nd for a beautiful three-mile hike through protected open spaces of northern Greenwich. The hike will span a variety of habitats, including a red maple swamp, meadows, a lake, and hillside forests. Visitors will hike some of the highest terrain in Greenwich and experience an array of birds and wildlife. A guided hike will leave at 11 AM from the Audubon Greenwich parking lot at the corner of Riversville Road and John Street. The hiking trail traverses Audubon Greenwich property and continues in a loop through several Greenwich Land Trust preserves. Terrain is moderate with challenging spots. Most suitable for interested youth and adults. No charge or RSVP. Donations accepted in Audubon’s Nature Store.
Sunday, June 3
Slow Food Potluck & Full Moon Hike
A fun evening that begins with a traditional potluck dinner from 6:30-8:00 pm and ends with a night hike under the full moon. Music and fun suitable for all ages. Guests donate $10 to Audubon and bring a home-cooked dish that serves approx. 4-6 people. Ideally, ingredients should be sourced from organic or local farms or both but it is not required. All ages welcome (short and long hike). Arrival & Dinner Set-up: 6:30-7:00 pm. Dinner served at 7 pm. Please RSVP with # of people and an idea of the dish you plan to bring. Bring dish description & BYOB. Sign up with Jeff Cordulack by email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message @ 203-869-5272 x239. This event is sponsored by the Slow Food Metro North – your local chapter of Slow Food U.S.A. – actively serving Putnam, Westchester & Fairfield Counties. Learn more online and join the food-centric fun!
On May 24th, from 6:30-10:00 PM, Wholesome Wave is celebrating its New England roots and love of local food with some of Connecticut's most celebrated culinary artists at Clark's culinary showroom in South Norwalk at this year's Whole Hog!
The Whole Hog fundraising event will bring together Wholesome Wave's co-founder and President, internationally renowned chef, author and owner of The Dressing Room Michel Nischan, along with fellow chefs Tim LaBant of the Schoolhouse at Cannondale restaurant in Wilton, John Barricelli of SoNo Baking Company in South Norwalk, Bun Lai of Miya's Sushi in New Haven and Joe Wolfson, the new executive chef of Terrain Garden Café in Westport.
Working with nontraditional cuts of local free-range pork, each chef will surprise guests with their unique interpretations featuring locally grown ingredients.
Tickets for The Whole Hog are available for purchase online.
Saturday, May 19th
Gumdrop Swap and Pryceless Consulting are very excited to host the 2nd Annual Eco-Kid Bash! The first Eco-Kid Bash was held last year in honor of Earth Day. This year, this fun, educational event has been moved to May when spring will be in full swing. That way, families can enjoy the other Earth Day events without having to miss this one. Let's face it, there is never a bad time to learn how to be kinder to our planet!
Their unique venue, the Arcade Mall, was one of the nation's first indoor shopping malls. It is truly a hidden gem!
There will be lots to do and see. Children and families can learn about nature, programs in our community, do activities, arts & crafts, and plant a seed to take home. Please dress young children in clothing that you won't mind if they get dirty. Some activities will be messy.
When over 200 people showed up to this event in the pouring rain last year, the co-hosts knew that we had to make this an annual event. What makes these companies so interested in being green? Gumdrop Swap is a consignment shop for new and gently-used maternity and children's clothing. Pryceless Consulting is a marketing and social media company that focuses on sustainability and eco-consciousness for small businesses.
This event is a free and open to the public with the intent to entertain and promote eco-friendly practices that families can easily adopt. The purpose of this event is to create awareness on local green initiatives and to engage the community on sustainable behavior by providing engaging activities and useful information.
To find out more, visit them online at www.ecokidbash.com.
When: Saturday, April 28th at 10:30 a.m.
RAIN DATE, Sunday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Brodie Park, New Hartford
What: We will be PLANTING decorated pots. Please dress appropriately (there will be dirt). If you have small garden tools that the kids can use please bring them. Program participants will be able to take a planted pot home (Mother’s day gift!) with them as well as help plant pots to be donated to support our Non profit’s Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12th. Play time will follow the planting program.
There is NO charge, and you do NOT have to be a New Hartford Garden Club member to enjoy the “SPROUTS” program with your children/grandchildren. Open to all ages!
Please join us … RSVP by email; NewHartfordGardenClub@gmail.com
Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Hartford-Garden-Club/111117642303026
The Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield (LEAF) will be hosting a series of events the week of April 16-April 23 to commemorate Earth Day. Several are open to the public and these are listed below.
Tuesday, April 17:
Wednesday, April 18:
Thursday, April 19:
Friday, April 20:
Saturday, April 21:
Sunday, April 22 (EARTH DAY!):
Monday, April 23:
For more information, visit their web site at www.fairfield.edu.
Image courtesy of EarthDay.org.
We're excited to announce that on March 16-17, 2012, Social Venture Partners Rhode Island (SVPRI), Brown’s Social Innovation Initiative, and Entrepreneurship Program at Brown University will host the Social Enterprise Ecosystem and Economic Development (SEEED) Summit at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
CT and Boston GreenScene plan to be there - Register here and join us!
SEEED will convene a national audience of social entrepreneurs, innovators, civic leaders, legislators, academics and students to explore the role of social enterprise in economic development. SEEED creates a needed platform to share models and explore the increasingly important role of social enterprise in our local, national and global economy.
“When visionary Americans apply their entrepreneurial spirit to today’s most pressing issues, they challenge us to rethink how business and government can work together and grow the economy in Rhode Island and around the globe,” said Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Honorary Chair of the Event. “I applaud SVPRI and Brown for convening some of our nation’s leading innovators—including many talented Rhode Islanders—and look forward to participating in this conversation.”
SEEED features national thought leaders as speakers, panelists and as well as interdisciplinary workshops aimed at sharing best practices and developing future public policy suggestions on the state and federal level. Speakers include Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance, Inc. John Maeda, President of RISD, Martin Keen, Principal & Owner Keen Design Studio, Bill Strathmann, CEO of Network For Good, and Michael Brown, CEO and Co-founder of City Year. Topics to be discussed at SEEED, include: Impact Investing, Research, Ecosystem Models, Workforce Development, and New Innovations among many others.
“One exciting aspect of SEEED is the fact that this is the first convening of the growing number of organizations from across the nation which are working to support social enterprise. Our goal is to create a network of these ecosystem builders that can work together to better understand the national impact of social enterprise and advance the agenda,” said Kelly Ramirez, CEO of SVPRI.
Tags: and Entrepreneurship Program at Brown University, and Michael Brown, Bill Strathmann, City Year, John Maeda, Keen Design Studio, Kelly Ramirez, Martin Keen, Network For Good, Sheldon Whitehouse, Social Enterprise Ecosystem and Economic Development, Social Finance, Social Innovation Initiative, Tracy Palandjian
On Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Pequot Library in Southport, the Connecticut GMO labeling bill will be discussed by some of the state's heaviest hitters when it comes to the environment and how it affects the food we eat. The lecture entitled What Are GMOs and What Does the Bill Mean for Consumers? is free and open to the public.
This initiative will also be discussed tomorrow night at The Shack restaurant on Post Road in Fairfield at the Green Drinks event that is hosted there every Tuesday night. One of the key speakers at The Shack as well as at the Pequot will be Analiese Paik, founder of Fairfield Green Food Guide and a past contributor to this site.
At the March 10th event, Representative Tony Hwang, a member of the Environment Committee, will discuss HB 5117, An Act Concerning Genetically-Engineered Foods, and the state legislative process. Analiese Paik from the Fairfield Green Food Guide will share testimony she delivered to the Environment Committee, which was reported in the Wall Street Journal, and discuss ways to support the bill. Tara Cook-Littmann, a holistic health counselor, will discuss GMOs, how prevalent they are in everyday foods, and how the labeling bill supports our right to make informed choices. According to national polls, over 90% of consumers want GMOs labeled. Connecticut is one of several states currently considering mandatory labeling of foods containing GMOs. Bring your questions and concerns so we can address them.
Photo above, from left to right: Rep. T.R. Rowe of Trumbull, Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide, Rep. Fred Camillo of Greenwich, (back) Glen Colello of Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe, Rep. Tony Hwang of Fairfield, Tara Cook-Littman JD, and Connecticut State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Feb. 22. Paik, Colello and Cook-Littman testified in support of HB 5117 at the Environment Committee’s public hearing that day.
Winter in the Northeast usually has at least one or two storms that pack a wicked punch. Maybe it's you, or maybe it's your neighbor. But one of you will end up with limbs hanging and trees down. Find out from this lecture what you can do about it.
Sponsored by the Fairfield Forestry Committee. Free and open to the public.
2011 GREEN HOMES & GREEN BUILDING SERIES
FINAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Greener Wine Room Design with Fred Tregaskis of New England Wine Cellars
Thursday, December 8, 2011
6:00 pm: Holiday Festivities & Wine Reception
7:00 pm: Main Presentation
Hosted at Audubon Greenwich
Come learn how to create safe and sound storage for your favorite vintages. The evening will start with festivities in the main hall and will be followed by the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. This program will be suitable for profession al builders and home owners who want to learn more about wine cellars and learn how they can be high effective without electricity, if designer properly. Please note: RSVPs are requested for this event.
A primer on the considerations, techniques and details for successful design and construction of a beautiful, functional and energy efficient wine storage room. Aesthetics, environmental conditions necessary for successful wine storage, materials of construction and mechanical systems will all be considered.
Fred Tregaskis began his career in wine during college in the vineyards of New York’s Hudson Valley. After a three year tenure as a wine taster for a national magazine, he founded his own wine room design and construction company, starting with the 28,000 bottle wine cellar for the Lespinasse Restaurant at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. Since that start he has completed hundreds of beautiful and functional residential and commercial wine cellars throughout New England, across the country and around the world. Additionally, Fred writes for Country and Abroad magazine and hosts WHDD/ Robin Hood Radio on National Public Radio.
Presented by Fred Tregaskis, President, New England Wine Cellars & Generously Sponsored by Coastal Point Construction, LLC.
Admission is $20 per person. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. To RSVP, email Jeff Cordulack, email@example.com or leave a message at (203) 869-5272 x239.
Environmental Policy and Eco-feminism in China and India
Wednesday, November 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fairfield University, Multimedia Room, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield.
Please join Fairfield University’s Program on the Environment for a panel discussion of global environmental issues among women in China and India. Dr. Danke Li will discuss her interviews with Liao Xiaoyi, winner of the Sophie Prize in 2000, awarded to her by President Bill Clinton for her efforts in building sustainable housing in China. Dr. Gita Rajan will discuss environmentally conscious companies among women in India, who are entering the global economy in a time of environmental crisis. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Professor Elizabeth Petrino at (203) 254-4000 x3014 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Hear Commissioner James Redeker, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Thursday, December 1st, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 45 Church Street, New Haven. Commissioner James Redeker of the Department of Transportation will be speaking to the public on his agency's visions for creating a sustainable development model supported by smart land-use decisions that integrate rational mass transit, economic development, and smart-energy practices. Join 1000 Friends of Connecticut and learn more about the rare opportunities our regions face in curbing the sprawling development that has turned our highways into parking lots every morning and every evening during rush hour. Register for free at http://www.1000friends-ct.org/2011-speaker-series-registration-redeker-conndot.html.
Looking for something to do tomorrow night? Head out to the Audubon Greenwich to find out how to insulate your home and still be green!
Green Homes, Green Buildings:
An "Audubon At Home" Series in Greenwich
Green Insulation Choices for Residential Architecture
Presented by Foster Lyons from Coastal Point Construction, LLC
November 17, 2011
Foster Lyons is co-owner of Coastal Point Construction, LLC, in Cos Cob, CT. Since entering the construction industry in 1988, he has been involved with the construction management of over 800 units of housing. He has served as Superintendent, Project Manager, Project Executive and company owner for many commercial and residential projects in Connecticut, New York City and its northern suburbs. Foster’s educational background, especially in the areas of heat and moisture transfer allows him a comfortable familiarity with building science and green construction. Foster holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Georgetown University.
Lyons' lecture will be a detailed explanation of the numerous thermal insulation choices for residential architecture and a methodology for proper selection. It is suitable for both homeowners and building professionals.
1.5 Hours, 1.5 AIA Learning Units, HSW, SD
$20 per person. RSVP Required. RSVP to Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239 or email@example.com. 6:00 pm: Wine & Cheese Reception / 7:00-8:30 pm: Presentation
Friday, November 18th
Christ and Holy Trinity Church
75 Church Lane
Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.
Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasonably burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.
The film is presented by Westport Cinema Initiative and the Westport Farmers Market. The event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.
Putting Connecticut Back on its Tracks!
A Fall Speaker Series featuring Commissioner Dan Esty
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
1000 Friends of Connecticut invites you to hear Commissioner Dan Esty, Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, speak to our Smart Growth issues and help start a dialogue that will move Connecticut into a brighter future with thriving cities at the heart of strong regions!
Join us on October 27, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the City Trust Building at 955 Main Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Register for FREE on their web-site!
Nichole Strack, Executive Director
Putting Connecticut Back on its Tracks!
1000 Friends of Connecticut is hosting a Fall Speaker Series throughout the state and inviting Commissioners from key executive agencies to speak to issues surrounding land use decisions and sustainability. Join us to learn how state officials will make these decisions in the future and learn more about Connecticut's prospects of making real progress in areas including:
• Compact, walkable communities
• Revitalized Downtowns
• Enhanced Mass-Transit
• Smart-Energy Practices,
• and the Land-use Decisions that Support Them!
1000 Friends of Connecticut is a statewide organization whose mission is to promote and shape growth to ensure a prosperous economy, a healthy natural environment, and distinctive, integrated and attractive communities while promoting opportunities in education, housing, transportation, and employment for ourselves and future generations.
Hartford, Connecticut – Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 – Live Hartford’s bicycling and parks legacies. Road, mountain, commuter, comfort, hybrid, racing, touring, single speed, hardtail, 3- speed, banana, cargo, whatever you pedal. This is a fun loving urban parks tour - not a race. 10, 15, 25, and 40 mile bike tours will remind some of the routes of the 1990’s Hartford Parks Bike Tour but also feature miles new of riverfront trails and bike lanes. Both guided and self-guided walks feature Hartford’s historic, architectural, and natural attractions, some free and some for free. All routes depart and return to beautiful Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford.
Discounted online pre-registration is now open for the bike tour. Walk tour registration is day of event only. Remembering New York City ten years after September 11th, and recognizing Connecticut First Responders’ service every day saving and protecting life on our roadways - complimentary day of event registration for Police, Fire, and EMT/Ambulance personnel in work shirt.
Proceeds benefit Bike Walk CT and the City of Hartford, Hartford Parks Trust Fund. “The stronger the roots, the sweeter the fruits.”
“I invite residents and visitors alike to explore and rediscover Hartford. By touring our treasured and historic parks system, it’s easy to be in awe of the visionaries who founded our great city. It also inspires us today to continue implementing our One City, One Plan for conservation and development as Hartford becomes a greener, grander, and choice destination,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
Bike Walk Connecticut's mission is to change the culture of transportation in Connecticut through advocacy and education by making bicycling and walking safe, feasible and attractive for a healthier and cleaner Connecticut.
Discover Hartford Tour Website – www.hartfordbiketour.org
Discover Hartford Tour Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=159052354171214
Bike Walk Connecticut – www.bikewalkct.org
City of Hartford – http://www.hartford.gov/
Hartford Parks – http://www.hartford.gov/healthyhartford/OpenSpace/OSParks.htm
Fairfield is moving. On Saturday, September 24, a community bicycle ride is scheduled as part of an international day of climate action. “Moving Planet” was conceived by 350.org, a global grassroots movement founded by noted author Bill McKibben, as a rallying call for the world to move beyond fossil fuels.
Two community groups, the Fairfield Bike Walk Coalition (FWBC) and the Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force (CETF), have joined forces to organize the local event, which will feature a one-hour bicycle ride. The approximately 6 mile ride will begin and end at the Farmers Market at Brick Walk, 1189-1215 Post Road in Fairfield starting at 10 a.m.
On Thursday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m., Fairfield University invites you to participate in THE BIG CATS INITIATIVE. Esteemed wildlife photographer, Evan Schiller, will be leading a discussion about the plight of big cats around the world and will share some of his world-class, award winning photos of endangered big cats. Come learn about the global dangers facing lions, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars and other members of the big cat family.
THE BIG CATS INITIATIVE is a global public awareness campaign sponsored by the National Geographic Society that supports on-the-ground conservation projects, education, and economic incentive efforts to prevent the extinction of big cats.
Date – Thursday September 29, 2011
Time – 4:00 p.m.
Location – Gonzaga Hall Auditorium (Fairfield University)
Free to the Public
Gonzaga Hall (#39) - Located across campus circle.
Use main entrance on North Benson Road.
Use parking at the Kelly Center.
For directions and campus map see below or go to: http://www.fairfield.edu/about/about_directions.html
“One Planet, Many Choices”: Edgerton Park is the place to be September 9-11 for music and green ideas
CT Folk is pleased to present the 2011 Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo. The weekend event kicks off on Friday September 9th, with the Grassy Hill Song Circle, a unique evening of collaborative entertainment. Four of the hottest musicians on the Indie/Americana scene will play solo work and then accompany each other in a jam-session atmosphere: Mai Bloomfield, Anthony daCosta, Brian Dolzani and Rachael Sage. The Neighborhood Music School’s DoSo Band opens the night and the Master of Ceremonies again this year is the hilarious Vance Gilbert! The Grassy Hill Song Circle will also be held in the magical atmosphere of Edgerton Park, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday afternoon, Edgerton Park will be the site of CT Folk’s sixth annual Green Expo, a free afternoon event (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) featuring 75 exhibitors, demonstrations and activities to promote living a sustainable life, as well as a free family concert with Nerissa and Katryna Nields.
Audubon Greenwich ~ Nature Programs & Events:
FARM-TO-TABLE “PARTY IN THE BARN”
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A unique fundraising event showcasing local farms and seasonal harvests. Enjoy exquisite wines paired with small plates of farm-fresh goodness from organic and biodynamic farms. Evening will include wine education and an auction. Advance tickets required and limited. For tickets, contact Jeff at 203-869-5272 x239.
Friday, August 5
Night Hike: In Search of Local Bats
Join us for an indoor discussion about bats and the devastating white-nose syndrome (WNS) disease destroying thousands of these important members of the ecosystem. Learn what scientists are doing to find a cure and then hike outside to look and listen for local bats in the sanctuary. Ages 5 & up. RSVP required to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.
Saturday, August 6
Family Woodland and River Hike
Hit the trails with an Audubon naturalist for a fun exploration of shady woodlands in mid-summer. All ages. Space limited. RSVP to Store at 203-869-5272 x221.
Sunday, August 7
Nature Photography for All
Hike with Jeff Cordulack in search of great nature photos at Audubon Greenwich. The focus will be on flowers, insects and scenic photos. Ideal for learning basic composition and close-up (macro) photo techniques. All ages. $5/person. RSVP required to Jeff at 203-869-5272 x239.
Come have a bite of what your local farms have to offer,
and sample the local flavor.
Enjoy a night among friends, filled with festivities, fun, and flavor.
Book Signing, Connecticut Farmer and Feast
Hayden Wine and Spirits
Local Wine Tasting
Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm
Local Cheese Tasting
Farm Fresh Produce Delivery
Goat Milking Demonstration
Local Produce, Jams, Preserves Tasting and More
Presented By Staehly Farms
July 20th, 2011 7:00p-9:00p
278 Town Street, East Haddam, CT 06423
No Admission Fee, but please reserve a space:
(860) 873-9774 firstname.lastname@example.org
Register early for NERC’s School Webinar – “Composting at Schools.” The Webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm. Learn how to start and maintain a school composting program. Information to be discussed includes: stakeholders and program set-up; benefits to the school community; the curriculum connection; funding, labor and collection logistics; types of compost bins and bin maintenance for on-site composting; options for off-site composting; and more.
Virginia Walton (Ginny), Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut will present “Composting at Mansfield Middle School.” Her presentation will include an overview of the Mansfield Middle School composting program. Karen DiFranza, from Hands to Earth will present “On-site School Composting: Students as Earth Stewards.” Ms. DiFranza has been instrumental in setting up several school composting programs, including Quabbin Regional High School and Hubbardston Center School (MA) composting programs. Additionally, Eric Magers and Scott Morrison from the Manchester Essex (MA) Regional Middle School, who presented in NERC’s first School Webinar, “Small Town/Rural School Waste Reduction & Recycling”, will provide an update on their school’s successful composting program.
The School Composting Webinar is free. To register for the September 20, 2011 Webinar visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/815497014.
NERC’s school project is funded through a USDA grant. Tips on school waste reduction, recycling, and composting, along with presentations from NERC’s first School Webinar can be found on NERC’s Website.
Fort Hill Farms & Gardens in Thompson, Connecticut, will be celebrating lavender on June 18th and 19th. Home to one of New England’s largest lavender gardens, the farm has a weekend planned with lavender-centered activities and other family-friendly activities.
“Our gardens have over 1,500 organic lavender plants that will be in full bloom over the festival weekend,” says Kristin Orr, co-owner of Fort Hill Farms and the green-thumb behind its gardens. “Anyone looking for a relaxing and intoxicating daytrip will enjoy strolling through the gardens. Lavender has been enjoyed for centuries for its fragrance, as well as its medicinal benefits and, more recently, for its culinary applications.”
Come celebrate the warm spring days and beautiful colors of spring flowers at Fort Hill Farms’ Columbines & Colors event in Thompson on May 14th and 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to the thousands of blooms at the farms’ Quintessential Gardens, nature lovers, photographers and artists from all over are invited to come view and capture the landscapes and celebrate the riot of colors on display. Free guided Garden Tours by Kristin Orr will be given at 9a & 2p each day.
There is “Music In The Garden”: A fun, family-friendly music event in support of the "Armstrong Court Community Organic Garden"
Sunday, May 15
The Armstrong Court Community Organic Garden ’s “Music in the Garden” series kicks off Sunday, May 15th, from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. at Greenwich Audubon. They are proud to welcome the return of Greenwich’s own, Jesse Terry, as well as fellow award-winning, singer/songwriter, Michael Logen. Both recording artists have toured extensively and their unique styles truly create magic in the garden when they perform together!
Besides the wonderful entertainment—and in keeping with the garden’s fresh food mission—light, healthy fare will be served, along with wine and sparkling water and. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Armstrong Court gardeners, who will be happy to talk about their experience in this unique, multi-cultural garden.
The winter is over, the ice on the pond has melted and the baby goats are born and the new milk is especially sweet! Come sample a selection of the first goat milk cheeses of the season in our seasonal tasting room at the farm. Enjoy some punch and meet the new baby goats! Every Sunday during May. 11:00 to 3:00 pm.
Beltane Farm, 59 Taylor Bridge Rd. Lebanon, Connecticut 860. 887. 4709
Several local wineries within proximity – Direction to them available at the farm on Sundays. Also available – A full array of Artisan Goat Milk Soaps from Oak Leaf Dairy of Lebanon.
Raw Milk- Beltane Farm is producing raw milk again this year! Available in quarts or half gallons.
Visit their web site at www.beltanefarm.com
by Ilene Moyher
In honor of Earth Day April 22, 2011, let’s embrace "Operation Trashdown" as a way to help create a cleaner earth. Everyone can help by adopting the ‘less trash’ mindset in their shopping and daily routines. Three basics are:
Did you know that 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills every year, enough to circle the earth 150 times, and each bottle takes hundreds of years to decompose! Most towns and venues offer recycling for these, so it’s an easy way to make a difference. Better yet, use your own bottle and water and save money, too. You can find this fun fact on the Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda. Click the link to see the segment for more ways to easily become greener.
The community is invited to Earthstock Connecticut, an eco-friendly “green” celebration, on Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the courtyard at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Admission is free. Rain date is May 8.
The event features close to 70 eco-minded vendors and exhibitors, music, food and family activities.
Some of the highlights include performances on a solar powered stage by Boxx of Roxx, The Green Jazz Band, and John Mayock and The Homesteaders. Participants can also take part in drumming circles by Power of the Drum and Garden of Beats, face painting, hula hoop dancing, rides on the Roaming Railroad’s electric engine train, and greetings with costumed characters. Other highlights include a guided tour by a nationally board certified herbalist who will identify edible and medicinal weeds, a demonstration of a VW Golf TDI that runs on vegetable oil, and child identification and fingerprinting.
Vendors will sell items such as jewelry, crafts, candles, apparel, handbags, soap, honey, all natural cleaning products, and more. A portion of proceeds from these sales will be donated to the Tunxis Community College Sustainable Energy Fund.
For a complete list of vendors, demonstrations and a schedule of performances and activities, visit www.earthstockconnecticut.com. Tunxis and CT Environmental Headlines are sponsors of the event.
Earthstock Connecticut is one of a series of events at Tunxis Community College celebrating 40 years of education in the Farmington Valley and beyond. The College first opened for classes in October 1970 and currently offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. For more on 40th anniversary events at Tunxis, visit tunxis.commnet.edu/40th.
The Connecticut River Costal Conservation District will hold its 20th Annual Tree Seedling and Shrub Sale. It’s never too early to think of spring planting! Orders must be received by March 25. Visit the website and see the order form.
April 16: Eco Home Tour in Branford
Location: Branford, CT
Sponsored in conjunction with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. Savor spring at this Short Beach 2000 square foot home built for $170 per square foot! Using passive solar design, solar electricity, and hot water, this wonderful home epitomized tight construction, respect for the unique site, rainwater flush toilets, passive ventilation, and salvaged wood. This is a Pace Star house!
Sunday, March 27
"Poultry for All" Event
With the film, ' Mad City Chickens'
Raising chickens at home is getting more popular easier every year. Come be inspired to have your own coop and learn the basics of how to get started when Melina Brown, founder of the Southern CT/Westchester Backyard Poultry Meetup, and Derek Sasaki and Traci Torres, local experts and owners of Norwalk-based My Pet Chicken LLC, visit Audubon Greenwich to discuss the how-to of raising your own chickens and show some of the many unique breeds available. This event will include a presentation about what is involved with raising chickens in your backyard, a screening of the acclaimed film, 'Mad City Chickens', and ample time for Q&A.
Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad professor and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.
Also check out the article about backyard chickens previously posted on this site.
Suitable for all ages. Tickets still available but RSVPs are greatly appreciated. $12/adult. Youth admitted free. National Audubon Society & Southern CT/ Westchester Backyard Poultry Meetup members enjoy discounted admission ($8/adult). Audubon memberships will be available on the day of the event. To RSVP, contact Jeff Cordulack at email@example.com or leave a message at (203) 869-5272 x239.
Monday, March 28
Africa’s Painted Dogs: Conserving African wild dogs in Zimbabwe
A special guest lecture by Dr Gregory Rasmussen, Director and Founder of the Painted Dog Conservation project.
Reception: 6:00–7:30 pm
Lecture: 7:30– 8:30 pm
African Wild Dogs, also known as Painted Dogs, are one of Africa ’s rarest and most social carnivores. In the last century their numbers have declined 99% and there are now only 3000 - 5500 individuals remaining. They face persecution from many quarters, often being caught in snares, run over, shot or poisoned. Despite the difficulties studying this highly nomadic species, Dr Rasmussen spent years researching them in Zimbabwe , home of one of the last viable populations. In 1989, realizing that research alone would not save the dogs, he set up the Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) project (www.painteddog.org) near Hwange National Park . Dr Rasmussen will speak about his life with this intriguing species, their chances for survival and how PDC plays a vital role in the local community through conservation, education and employment opportunities.
Dr Gregory Rasmussen grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe ) and obtained his doctorate at Oxford University in England . He is a member of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (also at Oxford University ), and is supported by the Wildlife Conservation Network, based in San Francisco . He was featured in the TV series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” when his light aircraft crashed in Hwange National Park and he spent a day and a half alone in the bush with both legs and pelvis broken before he was found. After numerous surgeries he is once again able to spend time in the bush working to conserve Africa 's Painted Dogs.
Reception: 6:00-7:30 pm/Talk: 7:30-8:30 pm. $10 per adult will be given in support of the Painted Dog Project. Under 18 are free. RSVPs appreciated to Jeff: 203-869-5272 x239. Contact: Jeff Cordulack at Audubon Greenwich on 203-869-5272 x239.
Tags: African Painted dogs, backyard chickens, Hwange National Park, IUCN Canid Specialist Group, Mad City Chickens, My Pet Chicken, Painted Dog Conservation, Southern CT/Westchester Backyard Poultry Meetup, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
On Wednesday, March 23rd at 12:30 pm, St. Luke's LifeWorks (SLLW) will be commemorating a solar energy initiative and partnership with a reception at the Center for Children and their Families building on 141 Franklin Street in Stamford, featuring brief remarks from Congressman Jim Himes. SLLW has selected to partner with Soltage, LLC, a full-service, renewable energy company that develops, finances, builds, and operates solar energy stations on client sites. Soltage, LLC will own and operate the system for 15 years, enabling SLLW to purchase electricity at a discounted rate of 17%. After 15 years, SLLW will likely own the system.
“Even through this harsh winter, the solar installation has been operating as we had hoped,” said Jason Shaplen, Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s LifeWorks. “It’s a win-win situation for us. We’re able to go green and help preserve the environment. We also pay less for electricity, allowing us to put the money we save towards our mission to help people move from the streets to health, jobs, and homes.”
“In this tough economy, SLLW is achieving lasting economic benefits that, due to their nonprofit status, can be 50-60% greater by working under our solar services model than if they bought the system themselves” said Vanessa Stewart, Chief Operating Officer of Soltage. The reduced electricity costs will directly contribute to SLLW’s ability to help break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives. In addition, this cutting-edge initiative exemplifies St. Luke’s LifeWorks’ commitment to being a results-oriented and cost-effective organization.
To visit the web site, click here or call 203-388-0100.
Image courtesy of hangontomato.com.
With a recent UCONN study showing Connecticut’s agricultural industry contributes over $3.5 billion dollars and 20,000 jobs to the state, the need for farmers and municipal leaders to work together has never been higher. A conference on March 31, 2011 organized by the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association will bring the groups together to discuss the fundamentals of municipal planning and zoning and help educate attendees on how they can work to support local agriculture.
“This is our second annual conference and those who attend will receive an overview of the fundamentals of planning and zoning and discuss effective strategies to encourage agricultural growth in municipalities,” says Joan Nichols, Government Relations Specialist at Connecticut Farm Bureau Association. "So much of Connecticut agriculture is impacted by local zoning regulations and decisions that it is critical producers understand how municipal zoning impacts their agricultural operation, and more importantly, what they can do to improve the local regulatory climate for agriculture in their communities.”
Dude, grab your favorite football jersey and park yourself in front of the tube for a face-off with the Steelers and the Packers. Planning on having some friends join you, too? Here are some tips to help you make your party eco-friendly. Thanks to Sustainability Ninja, eHow.com, and Earth911.com, we've got a nice little list to keep you green and clean this February 6th.
Whatever your plans are for Super Bowl LXV, there are a number of ways to have fun and still maintain a green lifestyle. Have any other tips we didn't mention here? Leave a comment and let our other readers know!
Image courtesy of NFL.com via Associated Press.
From solar thermal to green building to sustainable landscaping to weatherization and ruuse solutions that will save you money--a multitude of interesting, inspiring and informative courses run from January to April. To register, call 203-575-8029 or email Ann Travers ATravers@nvcc.commnet.edu.
Solar Thermal for Homeowners your geothermal system
CRN 2747 • Danbury Center, 2 Sat., 1/8 & 1/15,
9 am - 12 pm, Rm: CL3
Instructor: Peter Governale
Is solar thermal energy a viable option for your home? Join us to learn basic solar energy principles, what it takes to install solar assisted hot water system, principal operating dynamics. Bring your own energy bills to calculate the cost effectiveness and return on investment for your home.
Geothermal for Homeowners
CRN 2748 • Danbury Center, 2 Sat., 1/22 & 1/29,
9 am - 12 pm, Rm: CL3, Instructor: Peter Governale
Why do nations such as Germany and Sweden have 97% of all new buildings space conditioned by geothermal? And why does the Iowa Board of Education mandate geothermal for its schools? Did you know that in 1993, the Environmental Protection Agency proclaimed “Geothermal heating and cooling is the most cost effective space conditioning system there is?” Join us to learn the fundamental principles of how geothermal energy works: practical applications for homes, businesses and schools; return on investment, cost effectiveness and life cycle fundamentals of installation procedures; technical principals of geothermal; what to look for in a contractor; available tax credits and state rebates; how making your home more energy efficient plays a role in designing your geothermal system.
Solar PV for Homeowners
CRN 2749 • Danbury Center, Thu., 2/10, 7 – 9 pm,
Rm: CL1, Instructor: Thomas Thompson
Learn about the many benefits and cost savings of implementing a solar photovoltaic system in your home. This course will provide information about Connecticut’s financial incentive programs for homeowners and the environmental impacts of PV installations.
Seasons of Change: Global Warming in Your Backyard is a new exhibit coming soon to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. It will show you how climate change is already affecting the plants, animals and environments of New England.
The new interactive exhibit will feature:
The exhibit encourages visitors to become a “Citizen Scientist” and develop their own projects to study the environment. Projects could range from bird watching to water testing or temperature tracking.
Seasons of Change was developed by the Center for Environmental Studies at Brown University, and funded by the National Science Foundation. The presentation of Seasons of Change is made possible at by the generous support of the Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation of Norwalk.
Members of the Aquarium can preview the exhibit on Sunday, December 12th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit their web site or contact them at 203-852-0700.
Audubon & Partners Launch A New Young Birders Club in Connecticut
Realizing there was a great deal of interest from younger birders and hawk watchers, the Audubon staff in Greenwich launched a new club for Connecticut’s young birders on October 16, 2010. Similar clubs already exist in New York, Vermont, Ohio, and other states and provide a great opportunity for both new and more experienced young birders to teach and learn from each other. When several other organizations expressed support for the idea and a desire to be involved, the staff got the ball rolling.
The kick-off event was a great success, with eleven members age eight through 15 joining us for the inaugural meeting and walk here at Audubon Greenwich. The club was extremely privileged to have legendary birder and author Kenn Kaufman join our meeting and lead our initial trip. On their walk, Kenn fielded the huge numbers of questions from the kids, which ranged from separating the calls of White and Red-breasted Nuthatch to the decision making process on English bird names at the International Ornithological Union. Their excitement and enthusiasm for the birds they saw and their time with Kenn was the perfect start to this initiative!