Monthly Archives: January 2012


The full title of this 2011 documentary, showing in Albany on Sunday afternoon, February 12th, 2012, is Growthbusters – Hooked on Growth?  The synopsis begins, “Everything we thought we knew is wrong!”

When you challenge such a firmly held paradigm as the one that says economic growth is essential for our heath and happiness, you can bet you’ll meet with opposition. The creator of this film, Dave Gardner (“will direct to save planet”), ran for office in his home town in Colorado on the platform of zero growth after meeting with progressively more open ridicule every time he addressed the city council. After a nail-biting campaign against the incumbent, he won over 40% of the votes. In today’s political climate, that’s quite an achievement! His passion and sense of humor come through in the film and make very palatable the hard task he presents to us of contemplating a completely new way of thinking about progress.

The final piece of the movie consists of local Transition leaders, including Bay Localize’s Dave Broom, demonstrating what can be done.

The screening will be followed by discussion led by instructor in Human Evolution, Mark Mason PhD, who also volunteers with Occupy Oakland.

That’s Sunday, February 12, 1:30 pm at the Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue at Masonic, Albany, CA. The documentary is 100 minutes long and the whole event should be over by 4:30 pm.

There is no charge for this event, but we will be collecting donations to help cover the cost of the screening. If you want to guarantee seats for yourself or your party, please email or call 510-528-2261, then arrive before 1:15 pm. Thank you!

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Posted in Economy, Social Justice on January 20, 2012

Saving Energy & Money

Did you know that the average home loses 40% of its energy though leaks??? You can save a lot of money by ensuring your home is energy efficient while you conserve precious resources for our low energy future.


Another factoid: indoor air quality is two to five times worse than outdoor air quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and can often be the cause of asthma.


Now you can learn how to  save up to $4,000 on energy upgrades by coming to a free informational evening for Albany and Alameda County homeowners.



Wednesday January 25th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue at Solano. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Participating contractors, trained and ready to work on your home, will be there to answer your questions.

***If you decide on an energy upgrade for your house, $100 will go to the local school of your choice. Now that’s nice!***

For more information, please contact Lou Riordan at 510-891-6553 or info(at)

This event is co-sponsored by City of Albany, Carbon Neutral Albany and Transition Albany



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Posted in Economy, Energy on January 6, 2012