Intersecting Crises: The Economy and the Environment. Presentations and open discussion led by Dr. Richard Wolff (Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Visiting Professor, New School of Social Research; author, Capitalism Hits the Fan), and Dr. Daniel Bednarz (President, Energy and Health Care Consultants).
2 p.m. in Mervis Hall room 104 (Katz Business School, University of Pittsburgh) Sponsored by the Green Party of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Socialist Forum.
For more information and to register, go to the conference website.
Join Troy Firth, Guy Dunkle and Susan Stout for some time in the woods, looking at common-sense strategies for sustainable forestry under the guidance of some seasoned professionals.
How can landowners manage their forests to ensure that there is room to grow for new seedlings of species they want to have in the long-term future? Natural regeneration is the heart of sustainable forestry, but deer, fern, and slow-growing, shade-loving shrubs and saplings can make the forest floor so dark that the seedlings you want just can't grow.
The program will start with a walk through a woodlot that was harvested last summer. The discussion during the walk will include identifying interfering vegetation that hinders germination and tactics for controlling it to allow for optimum growth of the desired species.. The participants will then return to the Firth sawmill for some classroom time before lunch.
After lunch, we’ll head off to another woodlot to learn about “worst first” tree selection, logging with horses and uneven aged silviculture. There will be opportunity to watch a couple of trees fall safely and see the horses work as the loggers skid some logs. This woodlot is also tapped for maple syrup, too, and there will be discussion around that.
The material presented on this day will help you recognize problems and address them in manners that emphasize both the long-term health and ecology of the woodlot and the overall return to the owner as priorities.
This Field Day is one of many conducted as part of the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s year-round educational program. Cost for the program is $15 for PASA members and $25 for non-members. Contact www.pasafarming.org for registration information or call 814-349-9856.
Troy Firth owns and manages several thousand acres of woodlots in PA. In addition to timber management and forestry education, Troy, assisted by Guy Dunkle, also runs a sawmill and produces maple syrup. The Firth family has managed some sections of these forests for over a hundred years. Firth Maple Products is the second largest producer of maple syrup in the state, marketing over 5,000 gallons a year, primarily to the wholesale market where it is used as sweetener.
Troy’s unique strength lies in his talent for conveying the integrative manner in which the various components – from tree selection and silviculture to the vital contribution of horse logging - work in synergy around forest restoration and stewardship.
The Foundation for Sustainable Forests was created by Troy and Lynn Firth in 2004. A 501c3 nonprofit, the Foundation was designed to protect and manage working forests as an example to private and public landowners. Since 2004 the Foundation has grown to include more than 400 acres of land in three Pennsylvania counties. The Foundation has received independent certification by the Forest Stewardship Council of the Rainforest Alliance.
Susan Stout is a Research Project Leader for the USDA Forest Service research group. She leads a team of 13 forest scientists in PA, OH, and NH who conduct research on topics from regeneration through forest fire physics to climate change. Susan’s been in her current position for 18 years, and has worked on problems of sustaining Pennsylvania forests from the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Irvine, PA for 29 years.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Firth Maple Products, 22418 Firth Road, Spartansburg, PA 16434 (in Crawford County); 814-654-7265. Organized by the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the PA Chapter of the Sierra Club. Financial support from the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.
At this workshop, you'll learn about why you should take the extra step to recycle items like light bulbs, batteries, ceramic tile, building materials, small appliances, cell phones, computers, printers, and many other items that your interact with each day.
Why is there a fee to recycle some of these items and not for others? Our speakers will address this question and any others that you raise.
BONUS: Attendees are encouraged to bring cell phones, alkaline batteries and inkjet/laser jet cartridges for proper, ethical disposal and recycling ... at NO CHARGE.
Oil & Gas Tour Details
8:45am. Pittsburgh - Folks interested in carpooling are meeting at the Sierra Club Office in Oakland at 8:45am (Craig Street Side). We'll be leaving at 9am sharp. Directions: http://tinyurl.com/PGHSierra
10:45am. Marienville, PA - Everyone else should meet in Marienville, PA outside the Bucktail Restaurant in the town center. Directions: http://tinyurl.com/Bucktail
The oil & gas sites are along dirt roads in and around public lands areas. Expect a wide range of possible weather conditions from snow to rain. Thaw-like conditions are probable so expect mud. Come dressed for the outdoors for whatever weather is forecast (check weather for Marienville, PA). Bring water and pack a lunch and snacks. Expect to walk a bit. Sites are about 1/4 mile from main road.
For more info e-mail or call Jim Kleissler at email@example.com or 412-559-1364.
The National Research Council of the National Academies been conducting an evaluation of the implementation of the Clean Water Act in protecting and restoring water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River. This effort has involved a comprehensive analysis of the progress that has been made with respect to water quality in the Mississippi River, the range of water quality challenges that remain, and the opportunities to address those challenges in the framework of the Clean Water Act. David Dzombak has been involved with this effort from its inception in 2005. He will provide an overview of the findings and recommendations of the comprehensive study, including the need for improved computational tools to enable data sharing and to encourage consistency in data collection methods and quality control.
Pittsburgh Green Drinks 6th Year Launch Party hosted by Senator Jim Ferlo and County Executive Dan Onorato. Every anniversary we invite Senator Jim Ferlo, our original host, to help us celebrate. And why? He loves the Green Drinks crowd, and even foots the bill for complimentary food, beer and wine.
This year, he is bringing a special guest, County Executive Dan Onorato. Dan has established an impressive track record of Green initiatives and public policy changes over the last six years. We want to celebrate and build on these accomplishments: from expanding our regional parks and trails network to a signature brownfield reclamation program that has transformed toxic and blighted property to shovel ready development sites, Dan and his county team have pursued a Green Agenda we can all be proud of as County residents. Come hear about them!
Come out to Green Drinks, take part in the evening’s festivities, meet and greet our County Executive as he outlines all the good progress to date, and of course, connect with each other! And besides, what better week to have Green Drinks than the week of good St. Patrick?
What is Green Drinks?
Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have in interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks at places all around the world at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from Non profit, academia, labor, government, media and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there's always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.
These events are simple and unstructured. Make friends, develop new ideas, do deals and forge a new organic future. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help its spreading to other cities. Green Drinks meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 PM...or later!! Put it in your calendar and count on it: Green Drinks is happening every month.
2010 Calendar - Save these dates: April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17
Peter, Paul and Mary are not only three of the greatest folk artists ever, but also three of the performing arts’ most outstanding champions of social justice and peace. - Coretta Scott King
The PEAL Center helps families of children with disabilities and special health care needs. You can watch this news piece to learn about Peter Yarrow's work with Operation Respect.
TransitionPGH is proud to announce that we have been selected to host a Training for Transition (T4T)! Two trainers from our national organization will visit for a two-day intensive training. Training for Transition is the popular, in-depth experiential workshop brought to the U.S. by the international Transition Network. The course describes how to set up, run, and maintain a successful Transition Initiative. It is packed with imaginative and inspiring ways to engage your community, and delves into both the theory and practice of Transition that has worked so well in hundreds of communities in the U.K. and around the world. It meets the training requirement for local initiating groups to become an internationally-recognized Transition Town.
TransitionPGH is a volunteer network of support for low-energy living in the Pittsburgh Bioregion. TransitionPGH is the hub from which neighborhood-sized transition initiatives can launch. The goal of each initiative is to establish a collective 20-year vision, determine the steps, and then execute what's called the Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) to accomplish each vision for each neighborhood in Pittsburgh. To get a better handle on TransitionPGH, you can read this press release and attend the meetup and film screening on March 9th.
The training runs 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days at Kingsley House, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Lunch is pot luck, and snacks are provided. Cost is $200 for 2 days with 2 trainers from TransitionUS. Some scholarships will be given if there is a legitimate need or trade agreement.
For more info on transition, check here: transitiontowns.org and our events at TransitionPGH.org
The three-part course will be offered 3 separate times this spring:
1st Series: March 11, 18, 25 SOLD OUT
2nd Series: April 6, 13, 20
3rd Series: May 3, 10, 17
All courses will be held 7-9 p.m. at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S Highland Ave in East Liberty. Cost is $50, includes materials and light refreshments. Payment can be made via PayPal, or by sending a check to Grow Pittsburgh at 5429 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. You can register online to secure your seat.
Penn State Extension, Allegheny County, and co-sponsor Chatham University are proud to announce the first annual "Local Food Showcase: a Grower / Buyer Event". This event brings together Western Pennsylvania farmers, value-added producers, food industry purchasers, and consumers. If you grow food, cook food or eat food, this event is for you!
This is a great opportunity to find local sources of fresh and processed foods for retail, restaurant, CSA (community supported agriculture), wholesale, farm markets, and home use. This event features a tradeshow format to foster networking. These local food producers will be displaying their products and seasonal availability to potential customers. In addition, there will be demonstrations, tastings and educational information on local farms, biofuels, composting and gardening. Many area organizations will be on hand contributing to this event.
Pennsylvania agriculture yields an amazing variety of food. The full spectrum of locally produced foods will be represented including fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, sauces and salsas.
The goal of the "Local Food Showcase: a Grower / Buyer Event" is to foster economic development through business relationships between farmers and chefs, retailers, wholesalers, institutions, for the upcoming 2010 growing season and beyond. It is part of a larger effort to strengthen the local food infrastructure in Western Pennsylvania.
The event will be hosted by co-sponsor Chatham University, in the Mellon Board Room, Pittsburgh PA 15232, on March 11, 2010 from 1-4pm. Farmers and vendors can register for this event through Penn State Extension, Allegheny County by contacting Heather Mikulas at 412-473-2540 or hem12@... Registration deadline is February 26, 2010. The public is invited to attend; the entrance fee to the event is $5.
Proscribed Floods, Prescribed Fires: The Roles of The Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy. It All Happens Right Here in Pennsylvania!
This is the first public meetup of TransitionPGH. We are working together to build awareness for energy descent and ultimately to establish Pittsburgh as a premier Transition Town Hub.
Join us for a free screening of InTransition, the Official Transition Movie, followed by small group discussion and networking. We'll collect and compile your ideas and provide them back to the group via email.
7:00-9:00pm at the First United Methodist Church, on the corner of Center & Aiken in Shadyside. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.transitiontowns.org RSVP Here : http://meetup.com/transitionPGH
The 15th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner will be held at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland on Sunday, March 7th. This year we are opening the bidding for the top bowls from the Silent Auction early! Check out these one-of-a-kind ceramic and celebrity autographed bowls (just a sampling of the many that will be at the event)!
Online bidding will end at 4 pm EST on Thursday, March 4. The auction will end live at the event on Sunday, March 7, 2010. If you are not able to attend the event, you can submit an absentee bid online and we'll do the bidding for you!
Additional Items The silent auction at the event will include more ceramic bowls and other art. Additional celebrity bowls include future hall-of-famer Jerome Bettis, rocker Donnie Iris, actor/comedian Jimmy Fallon, Penguins Max Talbot, Jordan Staal and Eric Godard,
Tickets are still available for this family-favorite event - visit our website for details and to buy tickets.