One (wo)man's trash is another's treasure. Or, at least, useful item! Reclaiming, reusing, redistributing, rejuvenating, salvaging, upcycling, composting... that's what we're talking about at the 40th & 41st Sustainability Salons on May 2nd and June 20th. For your summer calendar, the next two salons will be on July 25th and August 22nd.
Leftover hotel soap is being recycled and provided to communities in rural Cambodia where improving hygiene can make a big difference by the Eco-Soap Bank, and we'll have founder and director Samir Lakhani (left) here to tell us all about it. We'll talk a bit about an innovative program to make use of leftover medicines so that they can provide for those in need instead of adding to the pharmaceutical waste stream -- and whether we might implement such a program here. We’ll also (almost certainly, pending smooth travel) have Jacob Shuford, campaign staffer for Senate candidate Joe Sestak, here to speak briefly and answer questions about Admiral Sestak’s campaign to unseat Senator Toomey.
Bring food and/or drink to share if you can, along with musical instruments if you play. Check back on MarensList (where you can find information on all sorts of environmental and social justice events) for updates. And if you aren't yet on my list, if you're interested in Sustainability Salons (and our occasional house concert, simply contact me and I'll put you on my email list.
Past topics have included reuse, neighborhood-scale food systems, other forms of green community revitalization, solar power, climate change, environmental art, environmental education (Part I & Part II), community mapping projects, environmental journalism, grassroots action, community solar power, Marcellus shale development and community rights, green building, air quality, health care, more solar power, trees and park stewardship, alternative energy and climate policy, regional watershed issues, fantastic film screenings and discussions (led by filmmakers) over the winter with Rachel Carson and the Power Of One Voice, Sustainability Pioneers, films on consumption, Living Downstream, Bidder 70, YERT, Gas Rush Stories, and food, food, food, food, food, food, and more food (a recurrent theme; with California running out of water, we'd better gear up to produce a lot more of our own!).
Quite a few people have asked me what sorts of food to bring -- and my answer, as always, is whatever inspires you; I believe in the "luck" part of potlucks. Tasty noshings for the afternoon, hearty main dishes or scrumptious salads and sides for dinner, baked goods from biscuits and breads to brownies or baklava -- and/or beverages of any kind: wine, beer, hard or sweet cider (the latter we can mull if you like), juice, tea, whatever (I've got the kombucha covered, though it's always fun to compare). The more the merrier! Local fare is always particularly welcome, whether homegrown or boughten. Dishes containing meat or dairy are fine, though if it isn't really obvious please make a note of it.