Making Transition Neighborhoods

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 9.07.12 AMI just watched the latest video in the Peak Moment TV series, where Janaia Donaldson talks to the co-founder of Transition Victoria, BC, Michelle Colussi. Many beautiful insights, including a rousing endorsement of the Transition Streets neighborhood program. Worth spending 20 minutes to watch it. The next iteration of Transition Streets is ready to roll. Anyone excited to get their neighbors together?

Posted in Community Building, Economy, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Health and Healing, Housing, Local Activities, Resources, Social Justice on May 18, 2015

Ecological Design for Drought & more with Art Ludwig

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - Event Details

Ecological designer Art Ludwig consults internationally on the design of water, wastewater and solar energy systems, as well as efficient fixtures, and edible landscapes. He has designed four new types of greywater systems, and formulated the first plant and soil biocompatible cleaners. We’ll cover the following, along with plenty of bigger picture context:
The historic opportunity posed by this drought
Water budgets and infographics
How you can dramatically improve the water budget on your land and community
Rainwater infiltration
Outdoor and indoor residential water efficiency
Water reuse
Greywater systems
The impact of transportation choices on the water cycle
Sustainability policy
What you can do
Discussion with audience

Check out http://oasisdesign.net/

This talk will be technical but accessible. There will be something here for people at all levels of familiarity with these concepts. Audience: Permaculturalists, Landscape professionals, policy makers, homeowners, students…

It would be helpful to do a bit of preparation. Below are resources and thoughts to ponder: (more…)

Posted in on April 27, 2015

Greywater DIY Laundry-to-Landscape Workshop

May 16 @ 10:00 am - Event Details

Don’t let your laundry water go down the drain. Learn how to install a greywater system to water your plants with your recycled laundry water. Save water by learning how to install a laundry-to-landscape greywater irrigation system. Come to our DIY greywater workshop on Saturday, May 16th from 10-4.

Greywater workshop will:

  • Show you how to design and install a greywater system
  • Give you hands-on experience with parts and tools
  • Guide you to rebates to help with costs
  • Tell you which plants and detergents will work best

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: $25

Location: Class will be held at a private residence in Berkeley. Once you RSVP, address will be provided.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To RSVP, sign up online at:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1556190
Sponsored by the Water Working Group of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition and The Ecology Center.

 

Posted in , , , , , on April 25, 2015

Bike to Work Day – May 14th

May 14 @ 7:00 am - Event Details
 BTWDBike East Bay is hosting annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday May 14th with energizer stations (think friendly people and give-aways for those who cycle to work) throughout the area  – find one near you here – and several evening celebrations.
Kudos to all of Albany’s schools for participating and to Bikes on Solano for hosting an Energizer Station at the Ohlone Greenway at Marin & Masonic, from 7 – 9 am.
In the evening there’s Bike Happy Hour 6 – 9 pm at Berkeley Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley, featuring food trucks, music, games, discounts and beer, and the mayor of the friendliest bike city in the world, Copenhagen, will be there to answer questions.
Get all the details at BikeEastBay.org/BTWD
Posted in , , , , , on April 20, 2015

Every Drop Counts – May 17th 4 – 6 pm

May 17 @ 4:00 pm - Event Details

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On Sunday May 17th, the Albany Carbon Reduction Action Team (ACRAT) will kick off a citywide conservation effort with a special event focused on water, Every Drop Counts. We would be absolutely delighted to have you join us.

The program is scheduled for 4 – 6 pm on the new patio at Sam’s Log Cabin, 945 San Pablo Avenue in Albany. It features a dynamic climate action keynote speaker, Trathen Heckman, founder of Petaluma’s very successful Daily Acts, EBMUD representatives, and a variety of water conservation resources. Equally important, it all takes place in a lovely setting with great food!

Resource stations and subject matter experts will be available to provide details on low water landscaping, water conservation tips, greywater systems and rainwater catchment, EBMUD incentive and rebate information, along with conservation items.

We’re hopeful that our guests will walk away inspired and equipped with the tools necessary to begin enhancing their water conservation efforts immediately and that events such as these will seed a greater sense of community and shared action.

Please spread the word among your Albany friends and acquaintances. It’s time for us all to get engaged in water conservation…!

 

Posted in , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2015

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