Greywater is lightly used water from your shower, washbasin, tub or washing machine. If you would like to see your fruit trees, shade trees and bushes thrive, while you reduce your potable water use by up to half, come to this free one-hour free seminar, co-sponsored by Alameda County Library and ACRAT (Albany Carbon Reduction Action Team). You’ll learn which kind of greywater system, if any, would best suit your situation, the legal framework for greywater systems, and how they actually work.
Note: bring with you the daily water use figure for your household (check the bottom right section of your latest EMBUD bill). (more…)
The 2015 Building Resilient Communities Convergence, at the beautiful Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, is a dynamic and engaging weekend designed to build a powerful movement for community resilience.
Whether you are a permaculture designer, community organizer, or simply excited to learn about new ways of living in thriving resilience with people and the planet, we hope you’ll take advantage of the early bird pricing and join hundreds of other like-minded people for this life-changing weekend.
Keep reading for a taste of why you should come, and to find out about the many ticket options and work-trade opportunities.
Schedule is here. (more…)
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Tony Wolcott, Albany’s Urban Forester, is retiring this month.
The City will be hosting a gathering in honor of Tony the Treeman, and the community is welcome to join in the celebration. There will be cake and refreshments; maybe a bar-b-que.
Come out and show your appreciation for Tony’s active support of many Transition Albany projects and his life commitment to living transition ideals. Plus he’s just a really cool guy.
Bring a dessert to share, if you can.
Tony Wolcott, the retiring City of Albany Arborist and active supporter of the Edible Landscape Project, will pass on to us a small portion of his wisdom about fruit trees. We’ll learn about tree pruning and other care and we’ll get the trees in the ELP pruned for the summer.
• What do we try to accomplish with summer vs. winter pruning of fruit trees?
• How does one plant a fruit tree; what is the soil preparation? When/why go with bare root vs. root ball with soil? When should one cut back a tree that is being planted? How much?
• How do you espalier? Why? When?
• What about fertilizing and/or planting other plants nearby to enrich the soil for trees?
• What are pruning principles to keep fruit within reach from the ground or a short ladder?
• What are tips to keep fruit trees healthy in public places?
• How can fruit trees be supported in a drought?
• What else do we need to know to have thriving and productive fruit trees?
In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.
Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.
HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage. The film marks artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film directorial debut.
HOME the movie is carbon offset. All of the CO2 emissions engendered by the making of the film are calculated and offset by sums of money that are used to provide clean energy to those who do not have any. For the last ten years, all the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been carbon offset.