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CLIMATEACTION  November 2006

CLIMATEACTION November 2006

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FW: SERG UPDATE AND ACTIVITIES

From:

Debra Sachs <[log in to unmask]>

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Debra Sachs <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 7 Nov 2006 13:58:07 -0500

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Thanks to Bob Walker for assembling this notice.  Please spread the word and
forward to interested individuals. Please excuse cross-postings. ~Deb

HAPPENINGS & UPCOMING EVENTS (see more below under item 5)
	- VERMONTERS BUILDING SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE 11/11 
	- VEI CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION 11/8 
	- MCAN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE 11/19

1.) 11/11 ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE--ENERGY ORGANIZING 	WORKSHOP
	Bob Walker of SERG and our Vermont Energy and
	Climate Action Network (VECAN) partner Deb Sachs of
	Alliance for Climate Action (ACA) will lead a workshop
	on forming town energy and climate action committees at
	the Nov. 11th "Vermonters Building Solutions: People
	Creating Healthy Communities" conference. See complete
	details on 11/11 Conference under EVENTS below.

2.) ENERGY ORGANIZERS ACTION GUIDE SET FOR RELEASE 
	VECAN partners (Alliance for Climate Action, Sustainable Energy
Resource Group, and Vermont Natural Resources Council) have just
completed our "Town Energy and Climate
	Action Guide," a resource manual listing steps to
	forming energy committees, programs, strategies, and
	initiatives, Vermont energy committees, projects and
	contact information, funding and program resources. 
	VECAN will distribute the Guide at our 11/11 workshop
	(above) and to towns throughout Vermont interested in
	forming energy and climate action committees.  For more
	information contact [log in to unmask];
[log in to unmask]; or [log in to unmask]

3.) ENERGY ORGANIZERS NETWORK GATHERING 12/6 
     VECAN is	hosting a Network Gathering for Vermont community energy
	organizers, to take place Wed. Dec. 6th, 5pm at the
	National Life Building in Montpelier. Representatives
	from groups working on town energy, climate action, peak
	oil, and related issues will join us to share what
	projects they are working on, what's worked, what
	hasn't, future plans and possible collaborations.  For
	more information contact SERG.

4.) STREETLIGHT HEARINGS SET--SERG has been consulting with
	the Town of Thetford on its case before the Vermont
	Public Service Board to get Central Vermont Public
	Service Corp. to allow the Town purchase its own
	streetlights for placement on CVPS poles.  This would
	give Thetford greater choice in lights, fixtures and
	controls to help the Town reduce energy use and unwanted
	light pollution.  It should also result in costs savings
	to the Town.  Hearings with witnesses in this case have
	been set for January 10th.  SERG hopes that a positive
	decision by the PSB will prove beneficial for towns
	throughout Vermont.

5.) EVENTS

"VERMONTERS BUILDING SOLUTIONS: PEOPLE CREATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES"

Saturday, November 11, 2006 8:30-5:30 Vermont Technical
	College - Randolph, Vermont Pre-registration is only
	$20!  ($25 at the door) and covers breakfast, childcare
	(must pre-register), all workshops, speakers, and cafes,
	and an evening reception.

Get Inspired! Learn how you can help create healthy, just,
	vibrant, and economically and environmentally
	sustainable communities.

Network! Meet some of the region's leading experts and
	activists working on important community development
	issues.

Learn Skills! Choose from over 30 solutions-oriented
	workshops led by experts from across the Northeast and
	learn how-to tips and tools to take action at the local,
	state, or national level.

Workshops include: Avoiding Toxic Products, Assessing Your
	Community's Health, Building an Effective Citizens
	Group, Cultivating Vermont's Homegrown Economy,
	Community Food Sustainability and Security,  Creating a
	Statewide Clean Energy Future, Influencing Decision
	Makers, Linking Land Use, Organizing a Successful Media
	Event, Protecting Vermont's Drinking Water, Strategies
	for Starting Sustainable Community Gardens,
	Transportation and Climate Change, The Ins and Outs of
	Meeting Facilitation, Zero Waste, and many more.

Keynote Address by Professor Patrick A. Parenteau, former
	director of Vermont Law School$E2s Environmental Law
	Center, is recognized for his expertise regarding
	endangered species and biological diversity, water
	quality and wetlands, environmental policy and
	litigation, and land use and property rights.

Professor Parenteau received his B.S. degree in business
	administration from Regis College in 1969 and his J.D.
	degree from Creighton University in 1972.  He served as
	staff counsel for the Legal Aid Society of Omaha,
	Nebraska, then earned his LL.M. degree from George
	Washington University in 1975. From 1976 to 1984, he
	held three positions with the National Wildlife
	Federation  Washington, DC including vice president for
	conservation. During this period, he also served as an
	adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, at George
	Washington University, and at the Northwestern School of
	Law of Lewis and Clark College.

>From 1984 to 1987, he served as regional counsel for the
	United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region I,
	in Boston, during which time he helped establish
	national precedent for wetlands protection. Professor
	Parenteau served as commissioner of the Vermont
	Department of Environmental Conservation from 1987 to
	1989. He served as special counsel to the U.S. Fish and
	Wildlife Service during the spotted owl exemption
	proceedings in 1991 to 1992. In 1993, he returned to
	Vermont to assume the directorship of the Environmental
	Law Center, a position he held through 1998. Professor
	Parenteau has lectured on environmental issues in the
	Czech Republic, Cuba, Russia, and China. He also teaches
	at Dartmouth College as an adjunct professor in
	environmental studies.

For more information or to register for the Building
	Solutions Conference, contact:
	www.vtbuildingsolutions.org 802-223-4099
	[log in to unmask]

VEI CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION 11/8 
Vermont Earth Institute's UPPER VALLEY SUSTAINABLE LIVING NETWORK is
sponsoring
	its fall soup and bread supper on Wednesday, November 8
	at 6:00 at King Arthur Flour's kitchen on Route 5, south
	of Norwich. We invite you for post-election nourishment
	of the body and soul, plus inspiration to take action
	about climate change.

We have a special program by Beth Sawin, director of the
	"Our Climate, Ourselves" project of Dana Meadow's
	Sustainability Institute. This is a power point
	presentation that has the impact of "An Inconvenient
	Truth" in clearly presenting the facts of climate
	change. Beth's program includes small group discussions
	of actions we can take that go beyond buying CFLs and
	correctly inflating car tires.

VEI has 3 goals for this program: 1.	That participants
	will be well nourished by the soup, bread, and desserts
	AND the good company of others. 2.	That participants
	will become better informed about climate change and wil
	be better able to respond to its challenges. 3.	That
	participants will involve others in taking action. Here
	are some suggestions: a.	Arrange for a presentation
	of this talk at a local school, faith community, or
	other community function. b.	Commit to presenting the
	"Our Climate, Ourselves" talks to small groups.
	c.	Get involved in a town energy committee through
	SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group). (Call Bob
	Walker at 802-785-4126) d.	Show the video Kilowatt
	Ours (available from VEI) to friends and neighbors or
	invite them to your house for VEI facililated Eco-Party
	on reducing household waste and energy use.

LOGISTICS:  Please RSVP to [log in to unmask] Please indicate
	whether you will bring soup or dessert for 6 people or
	$5 to pay for supper. (Supper payments will be
	distributed among the cooks.




MCAN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE 11/19 Please join us at Mass.
	Climate Action Network's 5th Massachusetts & New England
	Global Warming Action Conference Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:30
	am - 6:00 pm MIT's Stata Center, 32 Vassar St,
	Cambridge, MA

o  What you, your town, state, company, or university can do
	about global warming o  Learn from & network with
	climate activists, technical & policy experts  from
	Massachusetts, New England & beyond.

Confirmed speakers include: Gina McCarthy, Commissioner,
	Conn. Dept. of Environmental Protection Professor
	William Moomaw of Tufts U., a renowned expert on global
	warming Ross Gelbspan, author of  Boiling Point and The
	Heat is On Peter C. Frumhoff, Director, Global
	Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists Kelly
	Sims Gallagher, Director, Energy Technology Innovation
	Project, Kennedy School of Government Plenary speakers
	and 14+ workshops covering: * New developments in
	climate change science & impacts * Transportation
	challenges  * Pushing state & regional policy & action *
	Threats to and opportunities for renewable energy
	development * Global warming policy in Europe & around
	the world * Skills for advocacy, publicity & fundraising
	* Local climate action plans & GHG reduction strategies
	* Campus sustainability & climate activism * The
	Northeastas plan for cutting power plant pollution
	(RGGI) * Improving energy efficiency in homes and
	government buildings * Promoting clean power  * Reaching
	out to new constituencies * Green building initiatives *
	Community-based social marketing * Cape Wind  * Framing
	the climate message

More details and registration information available at
	www.massclimateaction.org

Marc Breslow, Ph.D. Exec. Director
Mass. Climate Action Network 
[log in to unmask] 
781-643-5911 (primary), 617-426-1228 ext. 105 (secondary)
www.massclimateaction.org 
86 Milton St.
Arlington, MA 02474




Debra Sachs, Executive Director
Alliance for Climate Action
585 Pine Street
Burlington, VT   05401
802-865-7330
www.10percentchallenge.org
 
Bob Walker
Sustainable Energy Resource Group
432 Ulman Rd.
Thetford Center, VT 05075
802-785-4126
[log in to unmask]
www.SERG-info.org

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